Microsoft said on a number of occasions that its bold Windows 10 operating system intended to unify user experience across desktop, mobile and Xbox will be released this summer, without committing to an actual release date. However, a new report may have just narrowed down the launch window to a specific month, and it’s sooner than you might have thought. More →
Last year Google made a big push to improve the overall look of its mobile platform thanks to the addition of Material Design, a slick new design language that added terrific animations and other features to Android. Via 9to5Google, it seems that Google’s Material Design team has recognized 18 different mobile apps for having “best-in-class” designs that take advantage of the new tools Google developed with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ll go through them one-by-one below. More →
When the iTunes Music Store first launched back in 2003, its success proved that consumers are more than happy to pay for content if it’s a) affordable and b) easy to access. In a similar vein, Netflix is apparently putting quite a dent in BitTorrent, something it’s been doing for a few years now.
A recent report from Sandvine indicates that Internet traffic from Netflix is surging. During peak Internet hours in North America, Netflix is responsible for 36.5% of all Internet traffic. And in step with Netflix’s rise in popularity, we’re seeing a corresponding decline in traffic from BitTorrent.
Even the most hardened of Apple fans has to admit that Apple Maps simply can’t hold a candle to Google Maps. Though Apple’s own Maps app has improved drastically since its 2012 introduction, the software still lacks a number of basic features — such as transit directions — one would expect to see in modern mapping software.
One feature we were hoping Google would show off with Android M on Thursday was the inclusion of multi-window functionality that would let you have multiple apps open at once on the same screen. While that sadly didn’t come to pass, Android Authority has done some fine detective work and has discovered a hidden multi-window feature in the Android M developer preview that Google never mentioned during its big Google I/O presentation. Even better, the website has put together a guide for enabling this feature on your Nexus 5, Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 device right now, although it warns that this is still a very experimental feature that will likely be riddled with bugs. More →
Rather than publishing one giant review, I’ve been running my thoughts on the Apple Watch in bits and pieces. I recently shared one of the best things about the Watch, and I also told you about the Apple Watch’s most infuriating problem. Now it’s time to discuss an aspect of the Apple Watch that people still don’t seem to fully understand: Battery life. More →
This summer movie season has been full of action-packed blockbusters, from the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron to the surprisingly awesome Mad Max: Fury Road, but the best movie of the season isn’t in theaters. Nope, the only way to watch the best movie of the summer is to find it on YouTube. That movie is Kung Fury.
Remember back in 2012 when a local Fox affiliate thought some crazy iPhone 5 concept with a built-in laser keyboard and hologram projector was real? The video featuring that iPhone concept phone has since amassed more than 69 million views on YouTube, and it looks like at least a few of those views were Lenovo employees.
That’s right, Lenovo plans to make that crazy concept a reality. More →
For a while now I’ve been very wary of AT&T’s “sponsored data” program that allows companies to pay AT&T money in exchange for their services being exempt from the carrier’s data caps. This has the potential to seriously distort the market for online services by giving AT&T outsize power to pick winners and losers — after all, what chance would an upstart video streaming company have against an established company if its users are constantly worrying about being hit with overage fees for using it? More →
In this week’s episode of The BGR Show podcast, Jonathan and Zach discuss a major, transformative event that only comes around once in a lifetime: Jonathan finally got his gold Apple Watch Edition. Oh, and he just got married, too. Also covered this week are the BGR team’s expectations for iOS 9 and WWDC 2015, and plenty more. More →
Google on Thursday unveiled Android M, its newest major Android release that focuses on significantly improving the overall user experience. The company talked on stage about a bunch of new features, including new ways to manage app permissions, battery improvements, Android Pay support, fingerprint sensor support, and new Google Now capabilities. But there are plenty of other Android M features under the hood that Google didn’t have time to properly explain, and some of them are really quite interesting. More →
As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Google’s big I/O 2015 keynote took place on Thursday, and it lasted for more than two hours. As you might imagine, there was plenty of news shared on stage during the lengthy event and much of it was intriguing. When it comes to announcements that really made waves though, there were only a few to be found.
In terms of generating buzz, Google Photos was definitely somewhere near the top of the list. Google announced that it was releasing an updated version of its photo-hosting solution, and it now would offer unlimited storage for photos and videos.
It’s a pretty incredible deal indeed, but real photography fans might want to read the fine print before they get too excited. More →
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