Here’s What’s New In The Windows 8.1 Update 1

The last time we covered something important about Windows 8 was back in October 2013 when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop and the deeply-missed Start Menu button were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage. Read More

iOS 7.1 Available To Download; Here’s What’s New

The wait is finally over, as the latest iOS iteration, iOS 7.1, was released to the general public just a while back. The update, despite being incremental, brings a variety of new features and bug fixes, including the all new CarPlay that Apple showcased a while back, improvements to TouchID, Siri, iTunes Radio, Calendars, and a variety of other things. We’ll take a look at what’s notably new past the break. Read More

GBA4iOS 2.0 Brings iPad Support, Controller Skins, Dropbox Sync & A New UI For iOS 7

When we covered GBA4iOS last year, it was already a pretty neat and feature-rich emulator but quite some time has passed since then without the app undergoing any changes. After the release of iOS 7, almost all major apps received updates to match the new flat UI, so it makes sense that GBA4iOS has joined the club as well, albeit a little late. GBA4iOS 2.0 comes with a revamped interface and some awesome new features. You can save the state of your games to Dropbox, and ROMs can also be stored in the cloud for easier management. To augment the new UI, GBA4iOS 2.0 has also added support for third-party skins for the emulator’s controller. If you own an iPad, GBA4iOS has finally been optimized for your tablet’s larger screen, letting users enjoy their favorite childhood games more thoroughly. Read More

Instagram Brings Direct & Group Photo Sharing To iOS & Android

Editing and applying filters to photos might be the more eye-catching part of Instagram, but the service’s main purpose is sharing media socially. While Instagram is great for publicly posting your photos, it has never been famous as a personal social network. Lack of privacy controls and an overly simplistic news feed has made it difficult for users to create posts for a targeted audiences. Other social networks differ from Instagram in this regard, as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ all have some form of personal messaging. Until now, it was not possible to make private posts aimed at your Instagram friends, but this longstanding issue has finally been resolved. Thanks to the Instagram ‘Direct’ mode, users can post photos that are visible only to some handpicked people. These Direct posts come complete with their ‘seen’ receipts, and an elaborate commenting system. Read More

KakaoStory For Android & iOS Gets Instagram & Vine-Like Short Video Sharing

Twitter’s Vine initially popularized the concept of recording and sharing small video clips with others from a smartphone, and later on, Instagram also added video recording & sharing to its own app. Now, we have another entrant in the market. Kakao Corp. – the developer behind the rather famous KakaoTalk messenger, as well as the private group photo sharing and chat app, KakaoGroup – recently updated both Android and iOS variants of their social photo sharing app KakaoStory, adding the ability to record and share 15-second video clips on its own social network. While not as popular as the former two, all of Kakao’s apps enjoy quite a loyal following among their userbase. So, how does Kakao’s offering differ from Vine and Instagram, and what features does it bring to the table? Let’s find out. Read More

Android 4.4 KitKat: A Summary Of New Features & Improvements

All the regular leaks and rumors have kept the Android community abuzz for the past few weeks, waiting for the next major update to Android. Well, Google announced Android 4.4 'KitKat' some time ago, but they just formally detailed all the new features a few hours ago. In this article, we'll be covering all the new changes you should expect when your device manufacturer ultimately rolls out Android 4.4 to your device. Read More

Photo & Video Sharing On Google+ Just Got A Big Boost: Here’s What’s New

Two years later, Google+ is still significantly behind Facebook, but Google is putting every possible effort into making it - at least feature-wise - the best social network on the web. As of yesterday, over 540 million users are active (logged in at least once over the past 30 days), while at least 300 million are actively posting in the "stream", which is a good bump from last year. Yesterday, Google announced a bunch of new photo/video-editing and sharing tools for Google+ that we'll be looking at in more detail after the jump. Read More

How To Edit Videos & Save Recording Sessions In Vine For Android & iOS

When Instagram brought video to its app, quite a lot of users and app reviewers, including myself, were convinced that it had a much more intuitive capture scheme compared to the then leader of the video sharing scene, Vine. Vine had absolutely no room for error. If you made a mistake, you had to redo the whole thing from the very beginning. More than just a few times, I've seen users and professional Viners alike complain about the lack of editing features. Well, Vine fans, it seems your voices have finally been heard. In its latest update, the Vine app for Android and iOS delivers both editing features and saving multiple recording sessions for later! The editing features, while not as snappy as those offered by Instagram Video, are definitely more powerful in comparison. Support for uploading videos from the Camera Roll / Gallery is still absent, though. Join us after the break to learn how the two new features work. Read More

Hangouts For iOS Gets Free US & Canada Voice Calling & Google Voice Integration

There was once a time when Google's suite of communication apps included Google+ Messaging, Google Talk, Google Hangouts, and Google Voice. It made for a very disjointed experience for people sticking to Google for all their communication needs. Then, Google combined the first three services and called them "Hangouts". It didn't have a pretty start, but Hangouts has seriously improved across the board since launching back in May this year. Read More

Quickoffice For Android & iOS Goes Free; Offers 10GB Of Extra Google Drive Storage

Smartphones these days can handle so much more than making phone calls. If you often feel the need to view or edit Microsoft Office documents on the go, then today brings exciting news; Google is now offering its cloud-based Quickoffice app for iOS and Android - which was previously being sold for $14.99 at both the App Store and Play Store - completely free of cost. The app enables you to access Office documents straight from your mobile device, and allows editing Word files, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations, as well as uploading these files to your Google Drive account. The news comes after Apple made its iWork apps free for all users who are buying new Apple iDevices. Clearly a counterattack by Google against their strategy, and one with additional benefits. The app has no device-restrictions to speak of, looks pretty fantastic and comes packaged with loads of useful features including an extra 10GB worth of Google Drive space. Let’s take a closer look at the app after the break. Read More

Facebook & Twitter Apps Get The iOS 7 Look & A Few New Features

iOS 7 is such a huge update that it has caused an avalanche of app updates of the magnitude that no prior firmware has ever triggered. Developers don't want their apps to look out of place on the OS, so all the big names have already jumped on the iOS 7's flat UI bandwagon, whether they like it or not. Yesterday, we covered updates for Flipboard and Foursquare, and two even bigger names have today joined that list now that iOS 7 is actually available for the public. Twitter’s latest iOS version focuses just on making the app at home on the firmware update, but Facebook has shuffled things around a bit more thoroughly. The navigation bar that was previously at the top of the screen has now been moved to the bottom, and is now omnipresent. There is also a new search button that enables users to quickly find any profile or page they want to view. Read More

iCloud Gets Updated With New UI In Preparation For iOS 7 Release

Just like it changed prior to the release of iOS 6, iCloud has undergone an update of its own before the public release of iOS 7 that's just a few hours away. As the latest iOS update offers a complete UI overhaul, it was only to be expected that iCloud will have a new look, too. There are not too many new features in Apple's cloud service, but the apps and other interface elements now resemble their iOS 7 counterparts. The free iWork suite (still in beta) has a prominent place in the iCloud interface, and navigation between different apps has also become a lot more easy. Just like before, it is possible to access and manage your email, contacts, reminders, notes, and the Find My iPhone feature from anywhere, as long as you have an active iCloud account associated with your Apple ID. Read More

Evernote Web Clipper For Chrome Gets Revamped UI, New Clipping Options & Sharing

If you’re an avid user of Evernote’s Web Clipper app, today brings some exciting news for you, as the company has unveiled a bunch of handy new features for its Chrome extension. Besides two brand new clipping options called Simplified Article and Bookmark, there’s now a freshly designed UI that feels more intuitive than ever before, and instantly pops up on the right side when you click the extension's button. Appearance aside, Evernote has also now implemented an integrated share function for easily sharing your clips over social media, as well as ability to take screenshots and annotate them right away. Read on for our in-depth review. Read More

Tapatalk For Windows Phone Now Available As A Free App

If you are an active user of multiple community forums, the name Tapatalk shouldn't be completely unfamiliar to you. The service has been around on major mobile platforms for quite some time, letting you discover interesting online communities on the go. On Windows Phone, however, the official Disqus app beat Tapatalk to the Store. When Tapatalk was finally released a few months back, it came with an early access price tag of $2.99. Though it was understood that the app will go free some time in the future, and that time has finally come. Tapatalk has evolved into a decent app that's is up to the standards set by other variants of the service. You can search for forums based on their categories or topics, create new accounts for almost any forum, and participate in discussions. Read More

Instapaper On The Web Gets Major UI Redesign; Should Pocket Users Shift?

A few months ago, Marco Arment sold his breakthrough iOS, Android, and web-based read-it-later service 'Instapaper' to Betaworks, Inc. - parent company of other properties like Digg, bitly, and Dots - after he very publicly announced that he just could not maintain it any longer. Betaworks promised to improve and extend Instapaper, and they've already started delivering. Earlier today, the company announced a completely redesigned Instapaper Web experience consistent with their excellent mobile apps. Read More

YouTube For Android & iOS Gets In-App Floating Video, Continuous Playback & More

YouTube’s latest update to its smartphone app might not have the lengthiest changelog you will ever see, but the changes are pretty big nonetheless. In addition to getting a new icon on both platforms, the app is now capable of letting you navigate your account without stopping video playback. This means that the YouTube app finally lets you minimize videos, so that searching and browsing different areas of the service becomes possible. The miniaturized version of videos is reminiscent of the VideoPane tweak we covered earlier this month. Of course, the playback stops if you exit the app, but within YouTube, you can do anything you want without risking interruptions. The Android variant of the app has undergone several design improvements, while the long-awaited continuous playback option has been added to playlists as well. To top things off, the app now has a new logo. Read More

Hands-On With The New, Gorgeous Yahoo! Weather App For Android

Ever since Marissa Mayer took over as its President, Yahoo! has been making strides in terms of apps released for both iOS and Android such as Yahoo! Sports, Mail, News and Weather. What’s better than releasing quality apps? Keeping on updating them with new features and improvements, of course, and that’s what the team behind Yahoo! Weather has just done for the app on Google’s smartphone OS. Yahoo! Weather for Android features stunning user-uploaded pictures for locations, complete with themes based on the time of the day, sign-in support for syncing your locations across devices, widgets and more. Read More

A Look At What’s New In Firefox 23

Firefox’s faster development cycle is serving its userbase well. Instead of waiting years for major new features to come, you get them in smaller doses separated by a few weeks’ time. Earlier today, Mozilla released Firefox 23 for desktops, just six weeks after the previous release. New things in version 23 include an updated logo, new UI for managing mixed content, and a new Network Monitor tool for developers, among other smaller changes. So, let's take a look at all of them after the jump. Read More

Hands-On With The New WhatsApp Voice Messaging For Android, iOS & Windows Phone

The mobile messaging smash hit WhatsApp has become synonymous with instant messaging thanks to its 300 million strong user-base. The four-year-old service, which has expanded to several mobile platforms since its inception, including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian OS, is used to share 325 million photos and 31 billion messages around the globe per day according to its makers. To celebrate their achievement, WhatsApp has now rolled out an all new voice messaging feature that will enable users to send quick voice memos to one another. If you haven’t used WhatsApp before, it seems now is a good time to take the plunge. After the break, we'll be taking a closer look at how the new voice messaging works. Read More

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: A Summary Of New Features & Improvements

Google officially announced Android 4.3 (still named “Jelly Bean”) to a small gathering of technology journalists earlier today. While this is technically a ‘dot release’, we’ve seen major new features come with earlier dot releases like 2.3 Gingerbread, and 4.1 Jelly Bean. With that in mind, Android 4.3 is a bit of a disappointment since a) there are no ‘ground-breaking’ new features and b) most of the new features – as minor as they are – were revealed several weeks ago (courtesy of the leaked Camera app and Nexus 4 firmware). In what follows, we run through said minor new features. Read More