At least that's what Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball is suggesting. Apple is hosting its iTunes Festival -- featuring the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and Pitbull -- starting March 11 at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The performances will be streamed to iOS devices via an app, but Gruber cites a source that tells him the app needs to be running on iOS 7.1. Thus, he concludes the update must be coming out sometime before … Read more
One of the main new features of Windows Phone 8.1 -- the personal digital assistant code-named "Cortana" -- has made a brief, unofficial video debut.
The UnleashThePhones.com site posted a 2-plus-minute video clip to YouTube showing what seems to be Cortana in action. Though the "speaking voice" of Cortana isn't revealed, a few new tidbits are.… Read more
The "spring" update to Windows 8.1 is purportedly now in the hands of PC and tablet makers.
Microsoft has signed off on the update and moved it into the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) stage, The Verge said on Tuesday, citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans." A similar tidbit was served by Russian leaker Wzor, who tweeted that the Windows 8.1 spring update was signed off by Microsoft on February 26 and is now final.
The update has begun to reach device makers to test and install on their products, The Verge added. Windows 8.1 … Read more
Grand Battle is an excellent real-time strategy game, if you're into war and battles, but it can get repetitive quickly. It's a little cheesy compared to more realistic war simulators, as well. While it may not be for everyone, people who like battle simulators, will find a lot to enjoy in this free game.
This game makes you the commander of an ever-expanding group of soldiers and warriors as you fight to protect your base and conquer others. Not only does war strategy play a big role, but managing your resources and choosing what and when you level … Read more
NIV Bible isn't a very complex app, but that makes it awesome for people who just need a plain pocket reference. It's very easy to read and browse, though a search or share feature would really push it over the top. Still, it's a fine app if you just want "the good book" and no frills.
This app gives you the full versions of the Old and New Testaments to help you reference passages or study the Bible. The app presents the book in its original order, so you can read the whole Bible in … Read more
PhotoSweeper for Mac finds identical and highly similar photos and marks them for deletion. This premium product comes with a demo version and features several image comparison methods with adjustable settings, as well as a beautiful user interface that makes it a joy to use. Another noteworthy feature is the integration with professional photo editors like iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom.
When started, PhotoSweeper for Mac presents you with a few tips on using the software and then reveals a media browser window where you can drop iPhoto, Aperture, or Lightroom photo libraries. If you have a folder with images … Read more
Lyn for Mac serves as a gallery for all your images, whether local, remote, or on a connected camera. The app comes with a free trial and offers a handy way of geotagging images just by dragging and dropping them onto a map. It's also equipped to handle the editing of metadata for multiple images at a time, as well as to convert them to another format.
Lyn for Mac features a clean main screen with a toolbar through which you can adjust the view options and share images to popular services like Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and Dropbox, and … Read more
PTGui for Mac combines similar images in order to create a new one that is of higher resolution. The software comes with a free trial and attempts to guide you through the process by breaking it down into three more or less easy steps. Even though the end result will vary wildly depending on the quality of the images used, the app allows for a high degree of manual fine-tuning, which helps with the removal of faults.
When launched, PTGui for Mac offers you video tutorials on how to get started with the app and how to take photos suitable … Read more
Shades for Mac applies a tint of your choice on top of your display to boost your privacy. It can be used either through an optional slider situated on your desktop and in the app's menu, or through keyboard shortcuts. Unlike the built-in brightness controls on your Mac, this app will not save you battery life since it doesn't affect the display's backlighting.
After installation, Shades for Mac resides in your System Preferences as a pane and runs continuously in the background. When the service is started, you will notice a new menu bar icon and a … Read more
Jaikoz for Mac updates the metadata of your music files using one of several available online databases. The app comes with a trial mode in which you can edit 20 tracks at once -- during our testing the accuracy was 95 percent. Apart from the minor tagging inaccuracies, the app suffers from a few hindrances and usability problems.
When launching Jaikoz for Mac, you will notice that iTunes will automatically launch as well, but contrary to expectations, the iTunes library will not be automatically loaded; You have to go into settings, and point the app to your Music folder. The … Read more