Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook


#applications-2, #facebook, #ios, #software, #update

New Google Play Store design rolling out to devices

Posted by: Brett

Google has made the Play Store design update official today and it will soon begin rolling out to Android devices. The update brings a fresh new Google Now-edque card look to the Play Store rather than the dark, Windows Phone tiled theme. The Roboto font and all its forms are now more prevalent and everything is much more Holo-themed and modern. This is the same design that leaked a couple weeks ago thanks to Droid Life and now it’s official.

The update will be rolling out over the course of the next few weeks to devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and newer.

Source: Google

#android-2, #google, #play-store, #update

Flipboard updated to version 2.0 on iOS

Posted by: Brett

Flipboard for iOS has been updated to version 2.0 and it brings with it some welcomed new features. Version 2.0 lets you create your own magazines, which other users can search and subscribe to, if you don’t choose to make it private, of course. There’s also a bookmarklet you can add to Safari to let you add articles to your magazine from the browser itself. You can choose to get notifications when someone subscribes, likes, or comments on your magazine.

Here’s everything else that’s new in v2.0:

★ You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started. If you prefer to remove the “+” button, you can turn it Off in Settings.
★ Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you) at any time.
★ Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser. Get it at https://share.flipboard.com.
★ Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
★ Email whole magazines or share them to your social network. Of course, you can still share or email any single article, photo or video.
★ Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
★ Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new improved results.
★ Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.

The update is free and is available now in the iOS App Store. It’ll be available next month on Android.

Source: Flipboard, App Store

#applications-2, #flipboard, #ios, #update

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 and update for Apple TV

Posted by: Brett

Apple released iOS 6.1.3 today as a minor update for all iOS 6 supported devices. The update brings a fix for the security flaw that could allow someone to gain access to your Phone app by exploiting a lock screen flaw, as well as Map improvements for Japan.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  •  Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the passcode and access the Phone app
  •  Improvements to Maps in Japan

The update also reportedly patches the Evasi0n jailbreak, although a tethered jailbreak has already been released for iOS 6 devices utilizing pre-A5 chips. If you’re jailbroken, updating to 6.1.3 will remove your jailbreak and render you unable to re-jailbreak for you’re device is an iPhone 4S or later, an iPod touch 5 or later, or iPad 2 or later.

Apple also released iOS 5.2.1 for the Apple TV second gen or later which patches some security flaws and brings a redesigned Hulu interface.

Source: Apple

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Apple releases OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion

Posted by: Brett

Apple released OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion this afternoon with a bevy of welcomed fixes and additions. A notable addition is the added Boot Camp support for Windows 8 and the ability to redeem an iTunes gift card using you Mac’s built-in camera. Here’s the entire change log:

  • The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly
  • A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs
  • Includes Safari 6.0.3

Source: Apple

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Microsoft to release major Windows Phone update during the 2013 holidays

Posted by: Brett

According to a job posting on Microsoft’s website, the company is planning to launch a major revision to Windows Phone later this year some time during the holidays.

This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences. There are enormous growth opportunities in this role and organization.


Windows Phone 8 launched last October so a holiday release this year would make sense. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Product Manager Greg Sullivan recently said that Windows Phone 8 would be able to be updated once a new major release came out and that the company will be following a new policy where they won’t be release information regarding new technologies/products so far in advance.

Source: Microsoft

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Sense 5 to arrive on existing HTC phones within the next few months

Posted by: Brett

HTC responded to a curious Facebook user, confirming that the company will in fact be bringing the new Sense 5, found on the HTC One, to existing HTC phones within the next few months.

HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.

It’s still unclear exactly which features will be brought over to those devices. Some of the newer features of Sense 5 include BlinkFeed (a Flipboard like home screen widget), a more cleaned up and fresh user interface, the new camera feature dubbed Zoe, although it’s like the latter is exclusive to the One due to its Snapdragon 600 processor.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

#htc, #sense-5, #software, #update