Monday, 13 May 2013
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.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
LG has announced the availability of the Optimus L3 II smartphone in Singapore. Upgrading the styling and UI of the original Optimus L3, the Optimus L3 II continues LG's design heritage with four new elements: Seamless Layout, Laser Cut Contour, Radiant Rear Design, and colorful Smart LED Lighting on the home button.
Friday, 10 May 2013
ASRock has announced its new onboard audio solution A-Style, featuring Purity Sound, for its upcoming 8-series motherboards that support Intel 'Haswell' processors. Powered by a Realtek ALC1150 audio chip, together with two onboard amplifiers, A-Style even touts support for high impedance headphones!
WD and SanDisk have announced that the two companies are collaborating to produce hybrid storage devices, such as the WD Black 5mm SSHD that began shipping last month.
Olympus' new PEN flagship E-P5 comes with the best from the OM-D E-M5 plus more. It includes the E-M5's excellent 16MP image sensor and advanced 5-axis image stabilization, but one-ups the E-M5 with built-in Wi-Fi, a faster maximum shutter speed and manual focus peaking.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in Singapore from 25 May in two versions: Wi-Fi only and LTE.
In the first quarter of 2013, Apple managed to regain fifth place in the Chinese mobile market with an eight percent market share. For the last two quarters in 2012, it was languishing in 6th place, while Samsung remained firmly in the top spot with a 20 percent market share.
UPDATE: YouTube paid subscriptions are now live starting at US$0.99/month! Google‘s YouTube subscription plans for specialist video channels could officially be announced as soon as this week, according to a report by ft.com.
ASUS posted a video on YouTube to tease its upcoming products at Computex 2013, which will include a new Transformer tablet with a stylus.