As promised, Apple has just released the latest and greatest version of its smartphone and tablet operating system, iOS 8.1. It’s not quite the tremendous leap forward that iOS 8 was compared to iOS 7, of course, but it brings a bunch of great new features and fixes with it, and it probably won’t brick your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus like iOS 8.0.1 did. More →
Apple on Thursday finally released the latest and greatest version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The new software features a complete visual overhaul, with all new graphical elements that bring parts of the flat new look in iOS to Mac computers. But beyond the visual changes, Yosemite is packed full of great new features that add tons of new functionality to Apple’s desktop and laptop computers.
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Over the weekend, Activision released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of the most anticipated titles of the holiday season. With just two weeks left until launch, there’s not much else to say about the latest entry in the Call of Duty series that hasn’t already been said. After half a decade of domination during the last generation, Activision has handed the reins over to a new studio in 2014 and its shaping up to be the biggest departure the franchise has ever seen. More →
iOS 8.1 is coming out later on Monday and for some iPhone 6 Plus owners’ sake, we hope it will fix one very annoying bug in particular. As you can see in the YouTube video posted below, some iPhone 6 Plus models are very slow to react when turned upside down at times and will often leave their home screen icons upside down even when you turn the phone right side up. More →
Home screen widget support probably isn’t anywhere near the top of most iPhone and iPad users’ wish lists in terms of missing iOS features, but a vocal minority has been begging for widget functionality ever since Android was first released. As opposed to static icons that are merely shortcuts to apps, home screen widgets offer a variety of additional functionality, namely access to zero-touch information that is updated automatically without any effort needed on the user’s part.
While home screen widgets still haven’t been added to Apple’s mobile platform in iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad OS does finally add widget support to the Today view in Apple’s Notification Center. More →
Google on Friday issued to developers the full release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, updating Lollipop builds for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 in the process, with the actual release of Android 5.0 set to follow next month. While developers can easily install these Lollipop builds on supported devices and enjoy all the new features, other Android users will still have to wait until their devices get Google’s latest OS and its gorgeous Material Design. However, until that happens, they can already download some of the Lollipop apps and resources thanks to the joint effort of various xda-developers members. More →
Welcome to another week of iPhone and iPad app sales, and today we’re kicking things off with a particularly awesome batch of apps. Developers constantly offer limited-time sales on their paid apps in an effort to drum up added interest, and it’s quite difficult to find and sort through all those sales to identify the best apps out there. Luckily, BGR is here to do the dirty work for you. Monday’s list includes eight nifty apps that are regularly worth a combined $60, but you can get each and every one for free if you hurry up and download them right away. More →
Google is going to update its Gmail Android app to version 5.0, which will bring Material Design as well as new features. Among them, Android Police has already discovered one that may be of special interest to many smartphone users. Gmail 5.0 will not only support multiple Gmail accounts, but also email accounts from various competing companies, including Outlook or Yahoo. More →
Motorola has been through a lot over the past few years as it struggled to find its place in a world after flip phones. The company’s future looked promising as it helped put Android on the map with Verizon’s original Droid, but then Samsung began throwing billions of dollars into marketing its own Android phones and Motorola was basically buried in the process. Following a sale to Google… and then another sale to Lenovo, Motorola appears to have finally hit its stride with impressive entry-level phones like the new Moto G and incredible flagship devices like the brand new Moto X.
But Motorola isn’t done just yet. More →
Apple last week unveiled two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 — though only the iPad Air 2 received a significant upgrade — making the new devices available for purchase almost immediately. Many older models are still officially available on Apple’s site and in stores, including the original iPad mini that sells for just $249.
As Forbes points out, from $249 to $829 there are 56 different iPad configurations to choose from, with users having to decide on various factors including size (two options), memory (four choices, but not available across the board), colors (up to three versions), wireless connectivity (two options), and whether they need a fingerprint scanner in their iPad or not. More →
As previously expected Google on Friday made the final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK version available to developers, who have already thoroughly inspected it, pulling out various apps and other Lollipop elements (wallpapers, fonts and boot animation) for other Android users to enjoy. Among the things users who installed the SDK looked at is the usual Easter Egg Google hides in every Android OS version, finding a pleasant, and strange, surprise. More →
The Chromecast dongle is one of the most popular gadgets Google launched in the last few years, according to the company’s own past statements, but a second-generation model is yet to hit stores. But when it does come out, a new Chromecast won’t have any new features to offer users, Google has confirmed, after an FCC filing outed the second-generation device. More →
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