Though it may not be as smooth and slim as its primary competitor, the Xbox One's hardware is just as user-friendly. As illustrated in an iFixit teardown Thursday, Microsoft's all-in-one entertainment machine achieved an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale and actually gave the teardown specialists slightly less trouble than Sony's PlayStation 4.
"Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360," the report reads. "Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, … Read more
As most teenagers know, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opens in movie theaters tomorrow. Just in time for the release, Lionsgate and Reliance Games have unveiled a movie tie-in for smartphones and tablets.
The game, fittingly, is an endless runner in the style of Temple Run, but with lots of power-ups, some social elements, and at least a few "Hunger Games"-oriented challenges.
You start by choosing a male or female character. Seconds later, you're off and running, an angry … Read more
If you haven't upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 7 yet, I have only one question: What are you waiting for?
That's not to say the new version of Apple's mobile OS is perfect. Here are four iOS 7 privacy settings you may want to review.
1. Clear and disable Frequent Locations Some people don't mind Apple tracking their location and retaining a history of the places where they use their iOS 7 devices. The rest of us have to disable the mobile OS's Frequent Locations feature, which is enabled by default.… Read more
IKnowMyAnimals Free helps little ones learn the names and sounds of barnyard animals, but its ad-support banner blocks too much of the screen. Kids young enough for this free Android game aren't likely to be able to read the ads, but they will notice when the top of a horse's head is obscured. IKnowMyAnimals Free is appealing without being cloying, and parents will like the fact that IKnowMyAnimals Free doesn't ask for access to anything, except network access for the banner ads.
IKnowMyAnimals Free has a colorful home page that also links to Safari and Water editions. … Read more
Target shoppers who buy any model iPad can score a $100 gift card come Black Friday.
The offer is good for all models and variations of the iPad, including the new Air and the iPad 2. Buyers of any iPad Mini will receive a $75 Target gift card.
Other Target Black Friday deals that may interest tech buyers include a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $40 (regularly $200) with the usual two-year agreement, a Nintendo 3DS XL game console for $150 (regularly $200), a Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $55 (regularly $105), a pair of Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones … Read more
iPad buyers looking to buy the fourth-generation model can score a $75 gift card through Best Buy.
The Best Buy page lists the deal as good for the iPad with Retina Display, which refers to the model released in November 2012. The offer applies to all variations of the fourth-generation iPad and is available both online and at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile retail stores.
Smartphones owners often dress up their phones in order to reflect their individual personalities and sense of fashion. They might opt for pink rhinestones, faux alligator, or sedate leather. Another option is to just throw caution to the wind and buy a Vanesa Ray necklace case to turn your iPhone into a giant piece of jewelry.
Described as a tech fashion accessory, the necklace is essentially a case on a chain. The chain is removable and the design also contains a slim wallet for carrying some cash and cards.… Read more
Apple has applied for five new patents, all related to Liquidmetal technology.
The US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published five patent applications Apple has filed on the process by which it would use Liquidmetal to build next-generation products. The patents are heavily technical, discussing the process for incorporating the technology into devices, but indicate that the company is at least thinking about incorporating Liquidmetal into several products, including smartphones, tablets, and digital displays.
Patently Apple reported on the applications earlier Thursday.
Interestingly, Apple's patent applications also tie in 3D printing and how the technology could be used … Read more
Pandora turned 13 this year. An identity crisis would be right on time.
But the operator of the Internet's biggest radio service seems to know exactly what it wants to be when it grows up. Its dream: become an advertising-powered heavyweight, holding its own against any of the radio giants that, for now, gorge on the lion's share of the estimated $14 billion radio-ad market. Yes, that also means leaving Apple and its nascent iTunes Radio music service in the dust.
Pandora appears on the path to get there ahead of its third-quarter earnings report Thursday, with a … Read more