There is nothing in the Windows taskbar that bothers me more than notification icons from applications which I installed. I like my taskbar clean, displaying only the icons that belong to the operating system itself. In fact I even disable the Action center icon. So I was pretty annoyed when the other day a notifications icon for Google Chrome appeared along with a ‘Google Chrome running in the background’ icon. Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4,… oh wait we are not talking about Lebron here. Back to Chrome – so not 1 but 2 icons appeared after a Chrome updated itself.
Ever wanted that your tablet could make phone calls as well? Asus sure think there are people out there that want this as it just announced a 7 inch Android tablet that can make phone calls too. While not being the first one (the original Samsung Galaxy Tab could make phone calls already over 2 years ago) it’s definitely welcome to see that phone functionality is coming back. Most people probably won’t need to use this functionality but it’s good to be there in case you would need it, especially as it will go on sale for only £179 sometime in the Q2 this year. Head past the break for specifications, photos and a short hands-on by Engadget.
It’s been just a couple of weeks since BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) launched its own brand new OS the BlackBerry 10 along with introducing Alicia Keys as a global creative director. There have been numerous reviews posted of both the new operating system and new handsets. Writing a review or actually living with the device as your only smartphone option is totally different experience and gives a way better look into a new device. That’s why we are happy that one of the guys over at Engadget decided to give the new BlackBerry OS a 30-day trial and posted his first impressions after first 3 days. Head over to Engadget to read the full article and check the official press shots of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 which are both available in black or white colour options after the break.
If you have been or wanted to start developing apps for Mozilla’s Firefox OS you could only test your apps through a Marketplace for Android app, Firefox OS simulator or install it on your own device. But soon you will be able to test it on a Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone that has just been announced by Mozilla. There are two smartphones being built in cooperation with Geeksphone and Telefonica. The budget one is a called ‘Keon’ and will pack a 3.5 inch screen and a single core processor while the ‘Peak’ will come with a larger 4.3 inch screen and a dual core processor. Check after the break for more details.
With CES 2013 kicking off today there has been shortage of new digital camera announcements but Canon managed to steal our attention with a uniquely designed PowerShot N 12.1 megapixel digital camera. Canon decided to ditch a standard set of controls on top of the camera becuase… there is no top of the camera! It works whichever way you turn it. The on-screen controls will turn automatically, as for the shutter button and zoom controls they have all been moved the ring surrounding the lens. On top of that the touch-screen can be tilted to offer better viewing angles depending on you shooting position. At first this all sounded a bit gimmicky to us but actually seeing a demo of it in action proved that Canon PowerShot N offers very intuitive set of controls. Check more info, hands-on video and photos after the break.
It’s been nearly a couple of months since HTC started rolling out the Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ update for HTC One X and looks like the wait is finally over for the UK SIM-free models as ours just got updated. Hope everyone else gets updated soon as there have been a few welcome features that you will probably appreciate. Check the screenshots and what’s new after the break.
Welcome to the third article in our top Windows 8 Desktop features series. In our previous post we were talking about Task Manager and Automatic Colour option. Today we will talk about something that’s not immediately obvious but to me as a Web designer is one of the most welcome interface changes in Windows 8 – updated default desigh of the HTML form elements. Can’t remember how many times I have asked myself why especially radio buttons and checkboxes just look outdated in Windows 7 which resulted in the need of adding additional jQuery and CSS code in order to give them a more polished look. Luckiliy Microsoft addressed the issue with the new look for these elements Head on past the break for more details.
Welcome to the second article in our top Windows 8 Desktop features series. In our previous post we were talking about Task Manager and today we will cover the Automatic Colour feature. In Windows 7 you could choose a colour for your windows and task bar and also choose a selection of images as a Slide Show for desktop wallpaper. We have been a big fan of both features but found it at times that the colour we have chosen did not match all of the photos we have selected for the slideshow. Luckily Windows 8 solves this issue with offering ‘Automatic’ colour option which then changes accordingly to the current image being viewed on your desktop background. Check past the break for more details.
It is well known that Windows 8 brought a new interface with tiles which tablet users will benefit from but it seems like there aren’t really any improvements for ‘standard’ PC users. That’s why we decided to share some of our favourite ‘desktop’ features to show that Windows 8 does bring improvements to the desktop interface as well. There aren’t any revolutionary game changing features in Windows 8 desktop mode but a small tiny improvements that make your daily use more convenient. In our first article we will take a closer look the ‘Task Manager’. Head on past the break to read more.
Apple’s ‘We’ve got a little more to show you’ even turned out to be a one ‘big’ event with most of Apple’s product lineup being updated so we assume that ‘little’ in the event title had something to do with the launch of the long-rumoured iPad Mini. On top of that other rumoured product updates were launched as well – a refreshed Mac Mini and iMac but what totally caught us off-guard was an update iPad with Retina display it’s been just over six months since its predecessor was introduced. Check after the break for more details and photos for all the new products announced.