When Vine revealed its newfound HD ambitions last week, your author wondered out loud whether the company’s long-in-the-tooth Windows Phone app was ever going to get an update again. Well, the answer is a pretty definitive yes: Vine pushed out the update earlier today, and with it comes a new look, support for Vine messaging and the ability to import videos straight from your camera. (Oh, and for those keeping count, the last time Vine updated the app was over a year ago. Seriously.)
You’ll be able to edit those clips once you’ve imported them into the app proper, too, just to make sure your six second slice of life is as heartfelt/inane/ridiculous as it truly deserves to be. None of this’ll sound terribly novel if you’ve been watching the iOS and Android versions of the app grow and develop (to wit: the importing and editing features went live for iOS users last August) but it’s nice to be reminded that Microsoft’s mobile platform isn’t completely being ignored by the app-makers that could make or break it.
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The process of software updates on Android has been riddled with issues for years. Few companies push timely software updates and most fail to do so before the next version of Android is announced. So consumers are left with devices running outdated software for months. Fortunately, owners of the OnePlus One will see quicker updates with the company’s new OxygenOS. OnePlus has released OxygenOS, which is based on Lollipop, with a focus on items that matter. OxygenOS features gestures, customization, and quick settings. The point made with it is to keep things “light and essential with subtle, useful features.”
Hit the break for a walk-through of OxygenOS’ top features and a link to the installation guide.
OnePlus urges One owners with OxygenOS installed to help them tailor and shape the software by utilizing the feedback app.
Come comment on this article: OnePlus’ OxygenOS, based on Lollipop, arrives for the One
There was once a time when Nexus devices were considered affordable. Now they cost just as much as any other flagship device. So any discount on a Nexus device causes consumers to take notice. After all, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 do start at $399 and $649 respectively. Both of them are, surprisingly, discounted this weekend. We learned yesterday that Best Buy was selling the Nexus 9 for $75 less than normal. Today, we found out that Amazon has select Nexus 6 models discounted. The discounts, which keep changing, are for all models except the Nexus 6 64GB in Midnight Blue. The models that are discounted will keep about 8% in buyers’ pockets.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Select Nexus 6 models discounted at Amazon
When it comes to waking up for work, I am not a morning person. I usually have to set two alarms each day and that is after hitting the snooze buttons countless times. Now while our phone does come with an alarm clock function and the ability to set multiple alarms, there is no harm in utilizing other applications that offer more functionality. One that fits this description is Nightly Clock which I previously shared with you in the BlackBerry App Roundup.
BlackBerry World is officially six years old today having launched at 1:01AM EDT on April 1st, 2009 known then as BlackBerry App World. To celebrate the occasion, if you look in BlackBerry World right now, the carousel should be showing you a birthday section where you can download rather predictably, six apps for free including Follow Mail, SoundScape, Max Contact Manager and more.
What did BlackBerry App World look like back then? Glad you asked. Check out this video ‘BlackBerry App World A to Z with Adam Zeis’ from back on October 9th, 2009. And happy birthday BlackBerry World!
We all love to save a bit here and there and if you’re looking to pick up some apps, why not look at this selection from QtHelex? They’ve brought us apps such as ClipMan Clipboard Manager, BlackBullet, Battery and System Analyzer and more. We’ve looked at these apps before and the developer puts a lot into the apps and engages with users too.
Disney has brought the classic side-scrolling action of DuckTales: Remastered to the iPhone and iPad.
Just like the original 1989 game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Disney’s DuckTales puts you in the role of Scrooge McDuck, traveling your way across the world, defending the McDuck fortune from Magic De Spell and the Beagle Boys. The game takes you to five locations, including the Himalayas, Transylvania, and the Moon to recover the Five Legendary Treasures.
DuckTales: Remastered features familiar gameplay elements such as Scrooge’s pogo jump and cane swing. You can collect power-ups that will make you temporarily invincible or increase your health. Bluetooth controllers are also fully supported.
In updating the look of the original game, the characters and environments are now hand-drawn. The remastered version also features the voice cast of the original DuckTales game. For for casual players, Disney has added an easy mode, while old fans can try their hand at the new Extreme difficulty mode.
DuckTales: Remastered is available on the App Store right now.
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iOS devices saw record sales in China in early 2015, particularly the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple captured 27.6% of the Chinese smartphone market, thanks primarily to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. China Mobile accounted for 59% of Apple’s total iPhone sales in China for the three-month period ending in February 2015, the iPhone 6 was the top-selling phone in China during that time.
From Kantar Worldpanel:
“In urban China, Apple iPhone 6 remained the best selling phone in the three months ending in February growing its share to 10.2% compared to 9.5% registered in the three months ending in January”, explained Tamsin Timpson, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. “The iPhone 6 Plus was the third best selling smartphone after the iPhone 6 and the Xiaomi RedMI Note.
iOS also saw some growth in Europe, growing by 2.9% over last year. European customers cited reliability and design as their primary reasons for purchasing an iPhone 6 over competing smartphones. The iPhone 6 was also the best selling smartphone in the U.K, as well as the U.S.
Source: Kantar Worldpanel
Blizzard has now released the first of five “wings” for its Blackrock Mountain expansion of the hit collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It’s now available for the iPad.
Players of the game can purchase each wing for $6.99 each or all five for $24.99. Here’s what Hearthstone fans can expect from this new single-player expansion:
In Blackrock Mountain, Hearthstone players find themselves amid a war between powerful forces battling for control of the legendary mountain. Deep within the mountain’s core, duelists go toe-to-toe against fierce minions, including Dark Iron dwarves, fire elementals, and dragons, while facing off against legendary menaces from the Warcraft universe, such as Ragnaros the Firelord. Card-slingers who extinguish these villains will reap a mighty reward—31 scorching new cards inspired by the mountain and its denizens, bringing a wealth of new tactical options to the ever-evolving Hearthstone metagame.
The expansion will go live on Friday, April 3 in Europe and Asia. Each of the other four wings in Blackrock Mountain will go live each week during the month of April. Blizzard plans to release a version of Hearthstone for the iPhone sometime later this spring, joining the iPad version.
- Free with IAP – Download now
For the second time this week, Apple has released a new build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers.
Build 14D130a of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is available for developers from the Apple Developer Center, as well as the Mac App Store. Public beta testers can also get the update from the Updates section of the Mac App Store.
OS X 10.10.3 contains the new Photos for Mac app. The app will let you view, manage, and edit your iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, and will replace Apple’s current iPhoto and Aperture applications when it launches to the public at some point this spring.