News: Apps and Software
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Google is unifying the storage space across its Gmail, Google Drive and Google + products, giving all users access to a combined 15GB of data to use as they wish.
Monday, 13 May 2013
According a Q1, 2013 report by Canalys, 59.5 percent of all smart devices in the market -- 308.7 million smartphones, tablets and notebooks -- were running Google's Android operating system. Apple was in second place with a 19.3 percent market share and Microsoft had a market share of 18.1, just slightly behind Apple.
If the automakers can get behind a unified standard, we could soon be seeing cars with a standard OS that will let us quickly setup our favorite radio stations, GPS and even seat position settings.
A leaked Google Play Services (v3.1.36) update file contains codes that hint at a new multi-player social gaming network called Google Games. This new gaming network (expected to be revealed during Google I/O) will be similar to Apple's Game Center for iOS and Microsoft's Xbox Live for Xbox, which includes leaderboards, achievements and more.
Facebook Home, Facebook's customized Android launcher app, has not been the overwhelming success CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hoping for. After an initial rush of interest, the app continues to plummet down the Google Play download rankings, showing universal decline in every country.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Ahead of Google's I/O event next week, an updated interface for Google Maps has surfaced which removes the sidebar and focuses on the map itself rather than its various navigational components.
Despite controversy surrounding the uptake of Windows 8, Microsoft has revealed that more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses have now been sold. And the next update for the OS, codenamed Windows Blue, will see a public preview in June at the BUILD conference.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
An update for Futuremark's 3DMark (2013) benchmark has fixed an issue with multi-GPU setups. The new release will now work correctly on systems with up to four GPUs.
Adobe surprised everyone today by revealing the Projects Mighty and Napoleon hardware prototypes. The Mighty is Adobe's take on a cloud-connected stylus, while the Napoleon is a new kind of digital stencil; the projects are an attempt to digitise the creative workflow from pen and paper to stylus and tablet.
Monday, 6 May 2013
Samsung today announced that Samsung Knox-enabled devices have been approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for use in DoD networks. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has finished successful testing of Samsung Knox devices.