AllCast has had its ups and downs for the last couple of months. The developer, Koushik Dutta, has been hard at work to make the app work with various connected TV’s and devices. The app is designed to help you cast “ALL” things from your Android device to your Roku, Apple TV, Google TV or other connected devices capable of receiving the video or photo. (Music support coming soon)
The app is free in the Play Store, but does come with some restrictions. More so free to see if you like it, can use it and want it. There is a built-in premium purchase option that removes ads, splashscreens and the video length limit. That will put you back $4.99.
It still doesn’t have Chromecast support though. Koushik had it working at one point, but Google was quick to push out an update to the Chromecast that blocked it. Until Google allows the app to make the connection, you won’t be able to use it with your little $35 stick. However, we are sure many of you have an Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Google TV set-top box, Apple TV or one of the other supported connected TV’s.
Feel free to go pick it up and give it a whirl. Let’s hope Google gets in gear and allows AllCast to take part in the Chromecast experience soon. I would definitely be more apt to spend $4.99 with ClockworkMod then some of the other guys out there that are approved right now.
AllCast: Play Store Link
What better way to show off the Galaxy Gear’s features then by having two men trying to woo a young lady at a ski resort. The ad below shows us just how you can win a girl’s heart, by utilizing the Galaxy Gear’s features to impress her. You almost feel sorry the guy without the Gear, because the ad stresses on just how useful the watch can be. From dropping your phone of the ski lift, to dropping a drink you just bought to answer your phone, the Galaxy Gear seems very useful, but we all know these commercials make it seem flawless when we know it is not.
The Galaxy Gear didn’t see the sales numbers Samsung was hoping for, but they still have faith in their smartwatch. There has already been talks about a second generation Galaxy Gear releasing alongside the Galaxy S5, but in the mean time, they are going to continue to promote their first stab at it. Check out the ad below, and let us know what you think.
Sony recently released the Android 4.3 update to the Xperia Z1 and Ultra and it was only going to be a matter of time before the other Z line started to see theirs. We are happy to pass along that Sony is currently pushing out that Android 4.3 update to the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL and the Xperia Tablet Z.
Launched with Xperia Z1, we’re now bringing Sony’s Smart Social Camera to these devices – our signature camera experience, that lets you download, access and enjoy “Xperia camera apps” directly from within the viewfinder
- We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select and…
- Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, offering seamless access to both local and cloud content
- The launch of our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – more on this soon…
- The latest Android security enhancements, matched with Sony’s mobile enterprise solution: Xperia in Business
- Battery STAMINA Mode – updated version of Sony’s power management app, now with refreshed interface and more smart options for prolonging battery life
Increased user control for Xperia Tablet Z, with “Restricted Profiles”; option to create isolated, secure spaces with individual local storage, home screens, widgets and settings
While I am a happy Xperia Z owner, those of us here in the states know that it is going to be a while before T-Mobile probably rolls out the update. I can tell you though from personal experience with this update for the last week or so, that all the little features and tweaks certainly do make a HUGE difference to the device. I am particularly happy to report that it is noticeably smoother, the camera offers much more and the battery life has dramatically improved. T-Mobile will probably kill that off with bloatware though.
Be on the lookout for the update overseas to your various Xperia Z devices.
Via Sony Mobile
OpenEmu 1.0, an open source project designed to bring game emulation to OS X, has officially launched following a lengthy beta testing period. Though there are other emulator options for OS X, OpenEmu has been designed from the ground up for OS X.
For the first time, the ‘It just works’ philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.
OpenEmu is able to emulate the hardware of several different consoles, including several 16-bit systems like the Game Boy, GameBoy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo, among others.
The emulator features a native OS X interface with a design that mirrors iTunes, offering up ROMs in a unified card-style menu organized by system. OpenEmu includes full save state support, allowing multiple ROMs to be played at once, and it also provides OpenGL scaling, multithreaded playback, and gamepad support.
Multiple controllers are supported, including console controllers from Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation, along with gamepads from Gravis, Logitech, and more.
OpenEmu can currently be downloaded from the OpenEmu website for free.
We’ll have to take LG’s word on the success of its Pocket Photo mobile printer. Primarily because we fear the lady above and her soul-stealing stare, but also ’cause it would explain the investment in a sequel. LG’s Pocket Photo 2 is slightly thinner than its predecessor, and is said to have an improved battery life with 30 photos’ worth of juice. Printing resolution has been upped to 600 DPI and the platforms graced with companion apps are listed as Android, iOS and Windows 8. Otherwise, it’s much the same as the original — you pair up via NFC/Bluetooth, and can add QR codes and text to images before printing, as well as filters for the Instagram generation. Prior to a wider launch, the Pocket Photo 2 will hit Korea for an unspecified price in mid-January, shortly after LG tries to drum up interest for it at CES.
Source: LG (Korean)
Well it isn’t Android 4.4 Kit-Kat but hey, it is an upgrade from another OEM. Toshiba should be rolling out Android 4.3 to their Excite Pro and Excite Write very soon. Of course we already know the stuff Android 4.3 brings along, most notable is the multi accounts which is a nice feature to have especially on a tablet. Toshiba is updating a couple of their own apps as well, TruNote and TruCapture. The TruNote update brings the ability to convert notes to Office formats. And the TruCapture update allows signature and sketches to be digitized. So if you own one of these guys keep your eyes peeled for your software update. Perhaps we are finally seeing OEM’s take updates a little more seriously (maybe just maybe 4.4 won’t be far off from your Toshiba tablets).
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CES is right around the corner, and if you are in part of the tech field, you are getting a slew of emails a day from exhibitors wanting you to come visit their booths. Not only are the small booths wanting you to check out their new products, big companies like ASUS like to unveil what they have cooking up, at the biggest electronic show in the world. Looks like we might have ourselves a device that has both Windows and Android.
The video below is nice little teaser video from ASUS, that does just what it is suppose to do. It teases us to no end. It shows the Statue of Liberty standing in all its glory, but she seems to holding up two fingers instead of the torch. Miss Liberty then seems to pull apart her famous tablet, and raises one of the pieces high up into the air. Now where it indicates that it is a dual-boot tablet that will have both Windows and Android, is the fact that it turns from blue to green. Blue indicating Windows, and green indicating Android. It is interesting now doubt, and we surely find out more about what ASUS is up to in the next couple weeks.
So check out the video and let us know what your thoughts about it are.
Apple has seeded a new build of iOS 7.1 to its “testing partners” or carriers, reports BGR, with a public release of the software set to come in March. A March launch of iOS 7.1 would mark more than four months of testing, as the first iOS 7.1 beta was seeded to developers in mid-November. iOS 7.1 beta 2, the version currently available to developers, was released in mid-December.
The current version of iOS, iOS 7.0.4, was released on November 14. If an iOS 7.1 release is not planned until March, it is likely that Apple will release iOS 7.0.5 in the interim, though MacRumors has seen no sign of the software in recent logs. iOS updates frequently, though not always, show up in our site analytics.
As the first major update to iOS 7 since its launch, iOS 7.1 is expected to include multiple bug fixes along with new accessibility options in the form of “Button Shapes” and potential support for iOS in the Car. Given the minor updates bundled into iOS 7.1, it is unclear why such a lengthy testing period is necessary. Last year, Apple released its iOS 6.1 update in January, though its iOS 5.1 update also came in March in 2012.
Apple has begun seeding a new build of iOS 7.1 to testing partners, we have learned from a trusted source. iOS 7.1 beta 3 is said to bring several important bug fixes in addition to some new features, though our source was uncomfortable detailing these for us at this time.
Apple reportedly acquired mapping firm BroadMap and Evernote competitor Catch in 2013, reports 9to5Mac, citing data acquired from “evidence and chatter from sources,” including LinkedIn profiles.
Several former BroadMap employees are now listed as working at Apple on LinkedIn, including the company’s former Director of Program Management who now works in “Maps Data Validation” at Apple. BroadMap CEO Daniel Perrone’s LinkedIn profile suggests the company was purchased by a “Fortune 5″ company for “supporting their digital mapping efforts.”
We have specifically heard from a source directly familiar with Apple’s mergers and acquisitions process that Apple acquired BroadMap. The source says that the acquisition was mostly centered around talent, not solely BroadMap’s technology. In addition to the information from our source, there is evidence online that Apple made the acquisition.
BroadMap is a company that provides Graphic Information Systems (GIS) services, designed to analyze and manage geographical data. The company provides GIS tools along with Digital Mapping Data Products, Location Intelligence, and Web and Mobile Application Development.
Catch, which suspended its service in August, was reportedly acquired in the same month according to the former LinkedIn profile of the company’s Vice President of Business Development. While it remains uncertain whether Apple officially acquired the company, multiple former employees are now working at Apple, including the company’s co-founder.
While Catch being acquired following promotion from Apple does not exactly indicate that Apple is the buyer, we have heard from multiple sources that the majority of Catch employees are now working for Apple. The sources say that the former list of Catch employees, which even includes co-founder Andreas Schobel, are working on iOS-related software.
Catch, a popular notetaking and archiving service, was behind the Catch Notes app, which originally launched in 2010. The app, designed to allow users to create text, photo, and voice notes, earned multiple awards and was previously featured on Apple’s “New and Noteworthy” list of apps. It is unknown how Apple could utilize Catch’s technology, but possible use cases include integration with Siri, Reminders, or Notes.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company made a total of 15 acquisitions during fiscal 2013, which has also included companies like AlgoTrim, Cue, Passif Semiconductor, and Matcha.tv. The company has also made several mapping-related acquisitions, including Embark, HopStop, WifiSLAM, and Locationary.
While eight of Apple’s fiscal 2013 acquisitions have been confirmed, several others remain unknown.
Nothing says “holiday cheer” like a fresh coat of snow, hot toddies and scads of CES pre-announcements from LG. After dishing on some of its 2014 smart TV plans, the Korean company has now moved on to audio, detailing several new components starting with the NP8740 wireless audio system. It’ll let you play music through your house in a similar fashion to to Sonos’ Play:1 speaker, thanks to a dual-band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi system using so-called mesh network technology. That means each speaker can repeat the signal throughout the house, letting you play the same song everywhere or choose music on a room-by-room-basis. It can even connect to other audio systems and let you control the whole shebang with a smartphone app.
The company also revealed its LAB540W SoundPlate, a slim home theater receiver for 32-to-55-inch TVs with a 4.1-channel, 320-watt amp and external wireless subwoofer. It packs a built-in 3D Blu-ray player and smart TV functions, letting you stream audio from a portable device via WiFi or Bluetooth. For those who just need audio, LG also flaunted the 320W NB5540 soundbar that can either work via a Bluetooth connection or over a single HDMI cable from your TV, thanks to an audio return channel. As usual, there’s no sign of pricing or availability for any of these products yet, but we’ll be boots on the ground next month at CES 2014 in Vegas to fill in all the details. Meanwhile, check after the break for a few more pics.
Via: Pocket Lint