How do you improve upon the Surface, Microsoft's tablet-as-PC that debuted last year? Internal upgrades are always welcome: more battery life, a better display, amped-up graphics. But the real killer apps of the next Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets might once again be the accessories.
The Type Cover was the one part I loved the most about the last Surface Pro, for good reason: it worked great, felt small, and acted as a screen cozy. The Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 make small but very important improvements: they both add backlit keyboards, and the Touch … Read more
Mark Zuckerberg insists that people still want Facebook Home. After this next shift in strategy, he may not sound so delusional.
Facebook Home, in case you need a refresher, was the social-networking titan's big push to take over the smartphone and firmly establish its presence in the mobile world. It failed. Badly. The collection of apps that made up Home barely resonated with consumers, and the only phone to come loaded with the software, the HTC First (colloquially known as the "Facebook Phone"), was a complete flop.
After all that, it would be easy to conclude that … Read more
Photo2Cover is a fun-to-use app filled with custom filters that will convert your photos into magazine and newspaper covers. While there are a number of limitations here, including the text on each of these covers, the overall effect is often very impressive; and because it offers you so many options for how to integrate your photos, change certain headlines, and share the covers, there is a lot of fun to be had here.
When you load up Photo2Cover you can review each of the covers available for your photos. Most of them fit a certain theme -- popular magazine brands, … Read more
Microsoft executives have dropped hints in the past that the company would be making a combined keyboard/cover for its Surface devices that would include a built-in battery.
The latest anonymously sourced reports from Neowin.net and the Windows SuperSite indicate these new covers are, indeed, in the pipeline.
The so-called Power Covers will extend the battery life of the Intel-Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro, existing Intel-based Surface Pro and the coming ARM-based Surface 2, those sources are saying, but there's no word on exactly how much extra life they will add.
According to Windows SuperSite's Paul Thurrott, the… Read more
Facebook is updating its Android application with a few goodies designed to entertain audiences of its standard app and Home software.
The new version of Facebook for Android, rolling out to people on a gradual basis, animates some stickers -- aka the character-driven emoji available in messages -- and adds music controls to the lock screen for people running the social network's suite of services on their Android smartphone.
While relatively minor, the sticker animation piece adds some parity between Facebook's Android, iPhone, and Web messaging services. Stickers are part of the social network's push to keep … Read more
While presenting you with a very stylish way to unlock your phone, Dodol Cover apparently doesn't support English since the app's menus, display, and news articles are all in Korean. If you speak Korean and have a fairly up-to-date phone, this app is a great way to replace your phone's lock screen.
The app gives you a quick tutorial when you use it for the first time. The gist is that it's similar to a flipboard, presenting news articles, weather, and other details from all over the Web in one place. It takes the place of … Read more
Facebook Home was released for Android phones in April as a way for Facebook users to transform their phones into a Facebook-centric device. One of the features that stood out was Cover Feed, which turned the lock screen into a convenient and attractive way to browse your Facebook News Feed. With the latest Facebook for Android update, you can now use Cover Feed without having to install Home.
To enable Cover Feed, go to Settings then check the box next to "Use as Lock Screen." The lock screen will start up immediately and begin showing your feed. Remember … Read more