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How to make sense of the new Lock screen in iOS 10

How to make sense of the new Lock screen in iOS 10

The feature that has been around from the start has been removed from iOS 10. When you download the latest operating system in September, or if you have already downloaded the public beta, the missing ‘Slide to Unlock’ prompt will be the first thing you notice, or rather lack thereof. Rather than sliding to unlock, users will now need to push the Home button, which will allow you to access the new features like Raise to Wake, widgets and more. New features of the iOS 10 Lock screen Lock screen notifications Simply picking up your iPhone running iOS 10 will instantly turn... more »
Google Maps updates: shaded ‘areas of interest’, cleaner design, Wi-Fi only option, more

Google Maps updates: shaded ‘areas of interest’, cleaner design, Wi-Fi only option, more

Over the past few days, Google Maps for both Android, iOS and desktop has received a variety of new updates, both as official updates from Google as well as changes that have accidently been discovered by users.   Ensure you have the latest version of Google Maps installed on your device. You can download the Android version from the Play Store and the iOS version from the App Store. We look at the new features for Google Maps including a cleaner design, shaded ‘areas of interest’, and the expansion of making edits and adding details to a business. We also look... more »
Cyanogen lays off 20 percent of its staff, denies rumors of pivoting to apps

Cyanogen lays off 20 percent of its staff, denies rumors of pivoting to apps

A new report by Android Police claims that CyanogenMod creator Cyanogen Inc has just laid off 30 employees, which represents roughly 20 percent of its workforce. According to Android Police, the layoffs came immediately after an executive retreat for Cyanogen's leadership, with no warning being given before they took place. The report also says that the layoffs have primarily affected the company's open source development arm. The news of the layoffs comes just three months after Cyanogen announced a new partnership with Microsoft, which would Microsoft products with Cyanogen's mobile OS, including Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, and Outlook. Despite that partnership, however, Cyanogen has struggled to... more »
Nintendo's Pokemon GO bubble bursts as stock prices tank

Nintendo's Pokemon GO bubble bursts as stock prices tank

The phenomenal success of Pokemon GO caused Nintendo Co Ltd's stock prices to soar to the highest they have been in years, but after the company recently downplayed the earnings it would make from the popular mobile game, those prices went plummeting by 17.7 percent While Nintendo is a major investor in Pokemon GO creator Niantic Inc., it is only a partial owner of Pokemon GO. Nintendo's relationship with the Pokemon brand itself is somewhat confusing, and it is not helped by the fact that many fans and even the media continuously refer to Pokemon as a Nintendo product. In reality, Pokemon belongs to The Pokemon Company, in... more »
Yay! Popular photo editing app Prisma is now available on Android

Yay! Popular photo editing app Prisma is now available on Android

Popular iOS photo editing app Prisma is now available in the Google Play store, giving Android users their first chance to find out what all the fuss is about. The app, which launched on iOS on June 11, allows users can upload or take pictures then select a variety of filters to transform the picture into an artistic effect. While that doesn't sound exciting by itself given that apps providing photo filters are a dime a dozen, Prisma actually uses a combination of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the photo in the cloud versus the app itself and as a... more »
How to live stream the Samsung Galaxy Note7 launch event & what to expect

How to live stream the Samsung Galaxy Note7 launch event & what to expect

In just over a week, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will launch its latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note7 at its Unpacked event in New York. The Note7 is the successor to the Note5 (pictured above), the company has skipped over number six in an attempt to align the Note with the current flagships the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.  We look at how you can live stream the Note7 launch presentation on August 2, as well as the rumored features you can expect to see. How to watch the Galaxy Note7 event? The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event will start at 11... more »
Will it integrate? Blendtec taps connectors for data mash-up

Will it integrate? Blendtec taps connectors for data mash-up

“Will it blend? That is the question.” Those words by Blendtec Inc. founder Tom Dickson (above) have kicked off each of the 146 (and counting) videos in the high-end blender maker’s phenomenally successful “Will It Blend?” video series. Each segment features Dickson pulverizing items ranging from golf balls to smart phones with the company’s flagship product. Launched in 2007, the series is considered a nearly perfect example of viral marketing: funny, short, repeatable and a perfect product showcase. Will It Blend? segments have notched nearly 300 million views on YouTube alone. Not surprisingly, business has grown, but it wasn’t until 2013 that hypergrowth... more »
A glimmer of hope for Pokémon Go fans using Windows Phone

A glimmer of hope for Pokémon Go fans using Windows Phone

The Pokémon Go game, turned global phenomenon, just keeps picking up speed, mesmerizing fans in now more than 30 countries, sending madding crowds this way and that in search of cutified monsters. Some fans aren’t happy though, and those people are the owners of a Windows Phone. That could all change soon, according Microsoft Portugal. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella might have mentioned the possibility of Pokémon Go coming to the augmented reality headset, HoloLens, but talking about the game’s instant success, Nadella didn’t say anything about the game coming to Windows Phone. The absence of Pokémon Go on Microsoft’s phone has caused... more »
Microsoft Surface Hub smashes sales forecast, plus tips to get the most out of yours

Microsoft Surface Hub smashes sales forecast, plus tips to get the most out of yours

Microsoft launched the Surface Hub at the Windows 10 Preview event back in January 2015. Regardless of the fact that it was delayed twice and eventually went on sale for $2,000 more than the expected price, sales have still exceeded expectations. The collaborative device, which starts at $8,999 for the 55 inch and $21,999 for the 84 inch, started shipping in March this year and has been purchased by more than 500 customers worldwide. With regards to availability, Microsoft told Petri, “Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers... more »
Pandora misses Q2 financials, rejects takeover offer

Pandora misses Q2 financials, rejects takeover offer

Internet radio company Pandora Media, Inc. missed analyst projections in its second quarter financials Thursday as the company continued to lose listeners. Pandora reported consolidated revenue of $343 million for the quarter, up 20 percent over the same quarter of 2015, but short of analyst projections of $351.7 million and Pandora's own guidance of $345 million to $355 million for the quarter. Revenue for its core internet radio service came in at $320.3 million, up 12 percent year-on-year, while advertising revenue was $265.1 million, up 15 percent versus Q2 2015; subscription and other revenue was booked at $55.1 million, up 1 percent... more »
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