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28
Mar

Best Apple Watch stands and docks


The Apple Watch has been out since April 2015 but while there are plenty of options when it comes to case colours, materials and straps through Apple, it only offers one official docking station for holding the Watch. The Magnetic Charging Dock activates nightstand mode and the Watch will recharge on its side or flat across the pad but it only comes in white, which might not be exciting enough for some.

Without a dock or stand however, your Watch will sit on the bedside table or desk with the circular charger attached and depending on how much time you spend attaching the cable and positioning the device, it will either be upright or on its side. This might not bother some, but considering the Apple Watch costs a minimum of £299, we feel it deserves a little bit of love when it’s not on your wrist.

With that in mind, we have rounded up some of the best Apple Watch stands and docks we have come across in the gallery. Several well-known case companies have got on board with the stands, from Spigen and Belkin to Griffin Technology and you can read a little more about Apple’s own option too so it’s well worth checking out what is on offer if you don’t want to leave your Apple Watch lying on the side.

We will be updating this feature as more catch our eye so keep checking back if none of these tickle your fancy. For those still deciding what Apple Watch to get, you can find all the options available here and we have also rounded up a few accessories too, which can be found here.

28
Mar

Web Links Crashing Safari, Mail, Chrome, and Other Apps on iOS 9.3


A significant number of iPhone and iPad users on the MacRumors discussion forums, Apple Support Communities, and Twitter have reported an apparent iOS bug that causes Safari, Mail, Messages, Notes, Chrome, and select other preinstalled and third-party apps to crash or freeze after tapping or long-pressing on web links.

The issue has grown wider since iOS 9.3 was publicly released last week, but some users also claim to be affected on iOS 9.2.1 and earlier software versions. A wide range of devices appear to be affected, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini.

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Apple has yet to comment on the matter, but some users have suggested turning off JavaScript under Settings > Safari > Advanced as a temporary solution. However, this will degrade your web browsing experience. Force closing Safari or other affected apps, or restarting the iPhone entirely, does not appear to fix the problem.

The underlying cause of the problem remains unclear, but there is speculation that the Booking.com app may be a contributing factor. Over the weekend, a Russian-language video was uploaded to YouTube that demonstrates how Safari links become unresponsive on iPad Air 2 after the popular travel app was installed.


In the meantime, some users have resorted to using Puffin, iCab, or select other third-party web browsers to bypass the web links issue. An online support representative seemingly confirmed that Apple engineers are aware of the issue, and this article will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Update: iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith confirmed that installing the Booking.com app broke link handling across iOS. He said Booking.com “literally put every URL they had into their site association file,” resulting in a 2.3 MB download, but it appears the site has now fixed the file and reduced its size to around 4 KB. It remains unclear if this will resolve the link crashing issue at large.

Tags: Safari, iOS 9.3
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28
Mar

Kanye West Releases Single ‘Famous’ From New Album on Apple Music


Although Kanye West’s entire new album, “The Life of Pablo,” remains exclusive to Tidal, the artist recently released a single onto rival services like Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify (via Pitchfork). The song available is called “Famous,” and is described as “a sinister reflection on fame – featuring a Rihanna hook and brilliant samples” by the Editor’s Notes on Apple Music.

The release of Famous comes a few weeks after West tweeted that The Life of Pablo would “never never never” come to Apple Music or iTunes. The context of that tweet may point towards a less-than-serious mindset from the artist, because around the same time he tweeted about being $53 million in debt while using the social network to ask for money from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

In the transition to the new services, Famous also got a lyric change. The line reading “she be Puerto Rican day parade wavin’” was replaced with “she in school to be a real estate agent” on Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Those interested can listen to Famous from The Life of Pablo on Apple Music here.

Tags: Apple Music, Kanye West
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28
Mar

Sony could bring the PlayStation VR experience to the PC


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Sony’s own PlayStation VR headset could eventually make its way to the PC. Sony Computer Entertainment’s senior VP, Masayasu Ito, told Nikkei that making the headset compatible with the PC is a potential move for the company.

As translated by PC Gamer:

“Since PlayStation 4 shares a lot of its components with PCs, the possibility is there. At the moment we are focused on games and we are not ready to make any announcements at this stage, but I’d say there will be an expansion into various fields.”

There’s certainly space in the PC VR headset market for a mid-range, affordable option. Sony could well enter with the PlayStation VR and offer gamers access to the virtual reality realm without taking out a series of loans. VR is still considered by many to be the next leap for gaming, which makes any VR headset coming to the PC a very exciting prospect indeed.

For now, the headset is available for Sony’s own video game console.

  • Where to pre-order the PlayStation VR

Why is there PlayStation stuff here?

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PlayStation on Android Central?!? We use our Android phones to interact with the PlayStation 4 — especially if you have a Sony Xperia phone. We’re also talking a lot more about VR, and PlayStation VR is just as big a part of that conversation. It stretches things outside of Android a little, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. Enjoy!

  • Gaming with Second Screen apps
  • Hands-on with PlayStation VR
  • Specs comparison: Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR

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28
Mar

31 best PS4 games every gamer should own


With over two years under its belt, the PlayStation 4 has matured into a fine games console and no mistake. PlayStation Now is in full swing, offering cloud gaming for a large library of quality PS3 games. And Spotify integration through the PlayStation Music service means you can stream tracks through the device, even with free membership.

But it is the games that have made the PS4 as popular as it is today. It is, after all, “for the players” and the gaming experience has always been central to Sony’s philosophy for this console generation.

There’s certainly plenty to choose from. Some might even think there’s too many games out there now, especially if you have limited funds and are wondering which title would be best for your particular tastes.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of games we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of years, each of which having its own merits. Just click through our gallery above.

Some of them are brand new, having only been released in the last couple months of 2015, some have been around for a while – years even – but still offer a fantastic experience. The latter games might even be available for a hearty discount, so could make your budget stretch further.

So if you’ve just got a PS4, had one for a while, or are hoping to get one soon, here’s a mighty list of games we recommend you should check out.

28
Mar

In a world of smartphones, Nintendo’s 3DS reaches five years old


Nintendo’s (not quite) first steps into 3D were shaky. Some of us complained that the 3D effect hurt our eyes, while others found the battery life on the first-generation 3DS just awful. (It was.) However, with bigger (and some flatter) iterations along the way, the handheld has started to hit a groove. Five years since it hit stores in the US, there’s now a strong stable of quality games, and the company is bringing back some older SNES hits , as long as you’ve got the newer hardware.

There are now almost 58 million 3DSes out there across the world — still less than half of the lifetime sales of the original 2DS, but more than enough to ensure your StreetPass gets some use if you into a big city. And if five years doesn’t quite get your nostalgia juices flowing, you could always install Windows 95, you sadist.

28
Mar

LG UX 5.0 video gives us a look at all the new features coming to the G5


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Ahead of the LG G5 launch on April 1, the South Korean manufacturer has posted a walkthrough video detailing all the custom features on offer with its latest software iteration, LG UX 5.0.

A feature making its debut in UX 5.0 is LG Friends Manager app, which makes it easier to connect and control the modules available for the phone, such as the CAM Plus, Hi-Fi Plus, and 360 CAM. You can also find information on all the requisite apps needed for the modules from within Friends Manager. You get a different view based on the accessory the phone is connected to:

When paired with the 360 CAM, the screen on the G5 will display photo previews and the available shooting modes. The Friends Camera Album in the Gallery enables users to categorize and manage images captured with LG Friends such as 360 CAM and Rolling Bot.

LG is also talking about various camera-centric features available with the LG G5, including Auto Shot, which automatically takes a photo as soon as it recognizes your face. Unlike Gesture Shot, you don’t have to make a gesture or use a phrase. Multi View can be used to create a photo or video collage by sticking together different angles of the same image using both the front and rear cameras.

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With UX 5.0, LG has ditched the traditional app drawer, but the manufacturer will let you install one from the settings menu. Just navigate to Home and App Drawer, and you’ll be able to install a conventional app drawer.

Other enhancements include a new version of LG Health, which lets you effectively track and manage your activity goals, an app called Smart Doctor that checks if your phone is working at optimal levels, and the ability to wirelessly transfer all the content from your old phone to the LG G5 using LG Backup.

LG G5

  • LG G5 hands-on
  • LG G5 complete specs
  • LG G5 CAM Plus module
  • LG G5 B&O Hi-Fi audio module
  • The G5 has an always-on display
  • LG G5 keeps the SD card, shuns adoptable storage
  • Join the LG G5 discussion

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28
Mar

Toyota will make automatic braking near-standard by 2017


Worried that you might not stop your Camry in time to avoid a nasty collision? Toyota is determined to prevent that from happening going forward. The Japanese car maker has announced that its automatic braking systems will be standard on 25 out of 30 Toyota and Lexus models, at nearly every trim level, by the end of 2017. It’ll only be non-standard on the 4Runner, 86 (formerly the Scion FR-S), Mirai, Lexus GX and Scion iA.

Just what you’ll get will vary: while Lexus only has one braking system (based on a camera and millimeter wave radar), Toyota has both laser- and millimeter wave-based variants. Whatever you get, though, it’s a big step forward for safety and semi-autonomous driving in one of the world’s biggest vehicle brands. You probably won’t have to fork over extra just to minimize the chances of a crash, whether you’re driving a frugal Yaris or a decked-out Lexus LX.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Toyota

28
Mar

Mobile Nations Weekly: What’s old is new again


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What’s old is new again.

Apple made waves early in the week, and we wasted no time in putting their latest wares to the test. So here they are, our iPhone SE review and our iPad Pro 9.7-inch review. Oh, and some updates to iOS and new Apple Watch bands.

We’re still getting to know the Samsung Galaxy S7, but things are about to get real crazy with the arrival of the LG G5. Not content to be left out, HTC is getting in on the action with the HTC 10.

Microsoft made waves of the wrong kind when their Tay AI Twitter bot was hijacked by the nastier parts of the internet. But there was good news too: a universal Windows Skype app is coming and our awesome limited-edition Clippy shirt is available for just a bit longer, so order yours now!

Android Central — LG’s turn

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In the oddest twist of the week, LG decided that its Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (what a name) was good to put back on sale, with both AT&T and Verizon putting it on sale — just be ready to pay a hefty price.

The LG G5 is getting closer and closer to availability, with several retailers now on board with pre-orders and different offers — from AT&T, Sprint and others — to sweeten the deal. The modules are varying in prices at this point — B&H has the CAM Plus for $69.

At the same time, HTC is ready to launch its HTC 10 flagship with an online-only event on April 12. We know it’ll have some extra “Boom” in its speakers, and the latest leaks give us a good idea of what it’ll look like. As we near the launch, we want to know what you’d like to see from the HTC 10.

In Google news, get ready for the company to continue its rebranding of “Chromecast” apps to “Google Cast” apps. Chromecast is just the name of the streaming dongle, now — the protocol is Google Cast.

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  • Money is the root of all Android
  • Galaxy S7 second opinion — the nicest phone I can’t stand to touch
  • Samsung Pay’s biggest challenge isn’t the technology
  • Android Central Podcast 280: Virtual porn, real issues

CrackBerry — Savings galore

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The week was all about deals, sales and updates. BlackBerry reduced pricing on the BlackBerry Passport, kicked off an app sale within BlackBerry World and released a new security update for ShopBlackBerry purchased Priv devices.

  • BlackBerry Spring Sale: Save 20 percent when purchasing a BlackBerry Passport!
  • March Madness Giveaway lets you score some great apps from BlackBerry World for free
  • Latest Priv update patches recent security exploits

iMore — All the reviews!

Apple’s “Let us Loop you in” event happened on Monday, and as expected we got the new 4-inch iPhone SE, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new colors, and a woven nylon fabric, for Apple Watch bands. We also got iOS 9.3 and updates to all the other operating systems, an something unexpected — CareKit, which will hopefully do for outpatient care what ResearchKit has done for studies. More on all of that in the weeks to come!

  • iPhone SE review
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro review
  • iOS 9.3 FAQ: What you need to know
  • Apple pausing iOS 9.3 update for older devices, working on activation fix

Windows Central — We can’t have nice things

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Microsoft was in the news again this week but for reasons it would rather avoid. The company tried to do a good thing by launching Tay AI a fun, interactive ‘bot that users can play with to help forward the artificial intelligence crazy. In less than 24 hours, however, the internet ruined a good thing by turning the AI into a racist, bigoted monster and Redmond had to shut the AI down. Microsoft is set to fix the bot before it returns to the human swamp sometime in the future.

New data suggests that around half of all active Windows Phones could, theoretically, upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. However, that number is likely to be actually lower due to carriers, regional delays, or users not taking the free over-the-air update.

We also compared the Surface 3 to the new, smaller, iPad Pro in terms of specs and features to see which would come out on top.

Microsoft is reversing course and will release a universal Windows Skype client to mobile and PC users in the coming weeks. The change undoes the merging of the Messaging and Skype apps as users evidently prefer a standalone client.

Finally, don’t forget to order your limited-edition Clippy shirt to help support our site!

  • Windows 10 PC and Mobile Insider preview build 14295 now available for Fast ring members
  • Microsoft introduces Social Challenges and Leaderboards for the Band
  • Unlocked Lumia 950 is on sale for $449 until March 27
  • Windows Phone isn’t dead, Part V: How Alcatel fits into the Windows ecosystem

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28
Mar

You can use a tube of lipstick to play ‘Counter-Strike’


Chloe Desmoineaux isn’t playing Counter-Strike, the renowned first-person shooter game from Valve, like everyone else. Instead of using traditional PC-gaming controls, she’s turned a tube of lipstick into a trigger for her Counter-Strike weapons, thanks to a Makey Makey. This is the same kit that’s been used to create a Play-Doh gamepad for Super Mario Bros, for example, since it lets you turn almost anything into a button.

“Counter-Strike is one of those games that’s mainly attributed to a male audience,” Desmoineaux said in email to Motherboard, describing what drove her to come up with this. “Lipstick for girls, war games for boys. Fuck that! I can mix it up. If it visually works and the resulting effect is comical, maybe it’s because we all use shortcuts and stereotypes embedded in our heads. It’s in this spirit that I got the idea for Lipstrike.” And, as bizarre as Lipstrike sounds, it’s even better in action.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Twitch (Lipstrike), YouTube (Lipstrike)

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