Cut the Rope 2 is coming to your iOS device on December 19th. ZeptoLab announced this news today via their company blog, plus posted a teaser of the new features in a video on YouTube. The official title of this is called ‘Cut the Rope 2: Om Nom’s Unexpected Adventure’ and will first appear on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch), then hit Android sometime in 2014. As expected, Om Nom will fly through different locations and collect candy in 120 new levels, plus a bunch of new characters. (more…)
Skype has introduced an intriguing new feature just for Android tablet users: picture-in-picture mode. The functionality mimics Facebook’s popular Chat Heads popovers, but extends it to video calls. When turned on, the chat window will float on top of other apps, letting users move it to a more convenient part of the screen while they perform other tasks. This bodes well for business conferences where Android users may want to reference documents or webpages while maintaining a video call.
The tablet-centric update also fixes a number of performance issues and bugs, and improves video messaging quality. Furthermore, the new version also makes it easier to scroll through long lists of contacts with a pinch gesture.
The Microsoft-owned company has been focused on improving its Android offering over the past year, and now tablet users should be happy that they can do something no other mobile platform can replicate.
For the next two Saturdays, HTC will take to Toronto’s streets with a bunch of “Gifted Rappers.”
What’s a Gifted Rapper, you ask? Well, it’s not free gift-wrapping service; rather, it’s HTC golden opportunity to score a few minutes with you during a busy shopping period to deliver a custom holiday freestyle.
In an email to us, HTC states the fun will begin at 11:00am (locations below), and when you see the Gifted Rappers you tell them the names of the people you want to include in the rap and they’ll dream something up, record it with an HTC One mini, and email it over to you.
The ‘Gifted Rappers’ will be hitting these locations on December 14th and December 21st:
- Bay & Bloor (starting point at 11 a.m.)
- Yonge & Dundas
- Nathan Phillips Square
- St. Lawrence Market
- CN Tower
- Queen St. West
At the very least it sounds entertaining.
Koush keeps delivering the hits. Only days after releasing the beta of AllCast to Google Play, the ClockworkMod and CyanogenMOD developer is back with another great app, though at the moment its usefulness is limited to rooted Android 4.4.2 users.
Mirror for Android plugs into a new feature of KitKat, the ability for users to record their screens for demonstration purposes. Mirror is a one-touch utility that stays in the notification bar, and offers the ability to record audio from the phone’s external microphone. Then, as if by magic, it can be projected to an Apple TV.
Koush is looking into ways of tethering a device through a PC to bring the utility to non-root users, and is trying to backport the features to Android 4.1 and above. But, for now, Mirror is a very capable technology demo for the extreme minority that can use it.
Pebble may be approaching its first birthday (or its second, depending on when you consider its birth), but the team is still working on making the software as full-featured as possible. After releasing version 2.0 of its SDK to developers and bringing full notification support to iOS 7 users, another minor update is offering features all Pebble users will love.
If you’ve been waiting for Motorola to further improve the camera experience on the Moto G (and, soon, the Moto X), your wishes have been fulfilled.
The company released an update to the Moto G camera app, which it made available on Google Play earlier this year, that brings one-touch exposure and focus bracketing. The regular behaviour in the app is to quickly take a photo with a single tap of the screen and, previously, it was possible to tap anywhere on the screen to focus (and presumably set exposure) before taking the shot. Now, that same setting allows users to drag the bracket around the screen, finding an optimal scenario for lighting.
Here she is! Another phablet has arrived at Koodo Mobile and it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Even though its successor has already been released, this 5.5-inch Android is still solid device. As expected, the Note II is priced at $500 outright, or depending on the Tab size you choose will see the upfront price fluctuate.
The LTE-enabled Note II is only available in black and sports a 5.5-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, OS 4.3 Jelly Bean, 8MP camera that captures 1080p HD videos, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD card, 3100mAh battery and S Pen capabilities.
Looks like LG and Google have heard the complaints of some users and decided to slightly redesign the Nexus 5 — this is exactly the same fate the Nexus 4 experienced. This time around, users complained about poor speaker quality and that the ceramic volume rocker and power button made a rattling noise. This newly manufactured Nexus 5 has shipped and owners have reported that it now comes with a larger speaker holes, plus the volume and power button are noticeably thicker. Overall, these changes should provide a better experience for $350. (more…)
From the minute touch screens became the de facto smartphone interface, power users have looked for methods to replicate the superior typing experience of a full-QWERTY keyboard – some have been more promising than others. However, while Android features a handful of alternatives to its stock keyboard (SwiftKey, Swype, and Toronto’s own Minuum, for example), iOS users have been mostly left in the cold.
TELUS has launched a new service for their over eight million mobile subscribers today that gives them the option to check their data usage while traveling outside of Canada.
The “Travel Tracker” is a web portal that can be accessed when you’re roaming in the United States or overseas by visiting t.telusroam.com from any 4G device. Data usage is posted in real-time.
If you’re a TELUS customer traveling outside the country, and sign up for one of their roaming passes, you’ll first receive a free text that that tells you the country voice, text and data rates, plus a link to the Travel Tracker portal.
Probably the most important addition is that TELUS will send you a follow-up text of when data usage begins. TELUS said the new Travel Tracker will help “avoid bill shock” and give customers “peace of mind.”