iOS 8 Now Available For Download Worldwide

ios-8Stripping away all the nuisances from iOS 7 that have been reported over the past few months, iOS 8 aims to add polish to the new designs that Apple has been incorporating over the past year. The Apple servers are currently under heavy strain, so it could be  awhile before an update is easily downloaded to your devices, which in this case, is several GBs.

Meanwhile, get ready for custom keyboards, because that’s one of many things arriving in iOS 8.

Microsoft Now Owns Minecraft And Mojang, For $2.5 Billion

Minecraft LogoMicrosoft is buying Minecraft studio Mojang for what was reported by Reuters earlier on to the tune of $2.5 billion. Analysts doing their usual crop of observations mention that Microsoft could be doing this to advance their Windows Phone division which will be going over rebranding, or even just to improve their gaming division.

Regardless of why, Microsoft now has one of the world’s most successful (current) video games, with 54 million copies of Minecraft having been sold across PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and other platforms (including PS4 and Xbox One).

Samsung’s NX1 Smart Camera Combines Speed And Lens To Make A Good Show

samsaung-nx1-smartSamsung’s latest Micro Four Thirds endeavor is to appeal to those who just won’t give up their DSLR cameras: specifically because the older platform is more developed and overall, can have better image quality for less, but trades in portability, weight, and sometimes even style.

So, to remedy that, the NX1 Smart Camera has been born: for $1,499 (body-only), users get a high-end (1kg in weight) 50-150mm f/2.8 lens ($1,599 by itself), with a 28 megapixel BSI (back-side illuminated sensor), a new 205-point autofocus system, a 15fps continuous shooting mode, and 4K video recording at 30FPS or Ultra HD at 24fps. Covering 90 percent of the frame, the phase-detect autofocus also works when shooting video, so you’ll have steady and smooth shots.

The “smart” aspect of the NX1 includes the NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity which allows it to share data between your phone or tablet. Oh, and it launches in mid-October. Then we’ll know if it’s truly worth considering.

Moto X Up For Pre-Orders September 16th, With Moto 360 Watch In Tow

motox-2014Yup, it’s going to be a Motorola opening sales week. The Moto X for 2014 will go up for pre-order on AT&T starting September 16th, with AT&T version and the unlocked Pure Edition (completely stock version of Android) will hit the web, with the carrier-free version setting you back $499 instead of $99 on a new 2 year contract.

Also, for those of you that missed an order on the Moto 360 watch: it will also go up for sale again, on the same day at noon. Be ready, folks.

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Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One coming November 18th, PC In 2015

The Grand Theft Auto franchise is coming to next-gen with the obvious graphical improvements, but Rockstar is bundling some very fun things to package: new weapons, vehicles, activities and additional animals. Also included is over a 100 new songs, denser traffic and a completely new foliage system. Only con: PC players will get all the same perks — but in 2015, which is of course, weird.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual.

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Nikon Goes All Out On Full Frame With The New D750

d750 Full frame DSLRs remain the preference of professional photographers, but also those with the additional cash to spend on a high-performing product. Take the new D750 that Nikon just lifted the curtain on: it’s a full frame DSLR, 24-megapixel FX format CMOS sensor, an Expeed 4 image processor, a light-sensitive 51-point autofocus system, and an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12,800 — all with a carbon fiber body and what Nikon says is improved battery life.

For the wireless capability, Nikon has added WiFi to the D750 as well as 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen. Starting in October, the body-only will retail for $2299 with the option of a 24-120mm f/4 VR kit lens, with as of yet, undisclosed price.

Apple Watch: It’s A Wearable, Comes In Two Sizes, And Launch Next Year For $349

apple-iwatch-960The “other” announcement from the folks at Cupertino: the Apple Watch. Designed as a fitness wearable, it can detect one’s heart rate using four sensors in unison, sports NFC for Apple Pay, is accurate to 50ms, sports a sapphire touchscreen display, and a choice or proprietary straps. Borrowing from the APple design laungage, a button the on side has the role of a “digital crown”, which can be used to navigate the software interface, zoom into images and more.

Price? $349 starting early next year, with support for iPhone 5 and up.

Besides being a smartwatch, it carries with it many intelligent functions, such as knowing when you lift up your wrist to look at it (it will activate the screen), and with the ability to work as a sport watch and fitness tracker, while interacting with your iPhone’s GPS (wah!). Also: aluminium, stainless steel and 18-carat gold editions exist, which are called Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition, respectively.

However, there is one strange thing about the Apple Watch: Apple hasn’t mentioned its battery life; something the company is so adamant about boasting with its other products. There is a mystery to be solved here.

Via: Apple

Apple Announces The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus, Pre-Orders Start The 12th

iphone-6-and-plusThe new iPhones are here — yes there are two, and one is bigger than the other. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch and the 6 Plus sports 5.5-inch Retina HD display, at 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively. Also, the 6 Plus sports a landscape mode on the homescreen, a la iPad. Now sporting curved edges and a design akin to that of the iPad Air and iPad Mini, the new iPhones are the best work that Apple says they’ve done so far.

As to aesthetic: the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin, the thinnest ever, and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin. Both have Apple’s latest 64-bit processor, the Apple A8, which is 25% improved with speeds and 50% faster GPU performance. The M8 motion coprocessor provides motion processing and also is being used for the fitness apps.

Improved battery life for both the 6 and 6 Plus, along with VoLTE, which is of course known as Voice over LTE, which improves the call quality (of course), along with WiFi calling over T-Mobile and other networks that support the technology over 802.11ac.

An NFC chip exists in the 6 and 6 Plus to allow for mobile payments, much like the Google Wallet Android phones — but Cupertino is branding its solution as Apple Pay. It gives a one-tap solution to pay for items or, all of which will also interact with the Passbook app. It’s also a PayPal-killing app, which allows for the payment of things online. Oh, and iOS 8 launches the 17th, for those of you keeping track.

As for the new cameras: both new iPhones sport an 8MP camera, true-tone flash. 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture. By utilizing “focus pixels”, the iSight cameras use phased focus to improve clarity and lighting. Panoramas are now also increased to 43 megapixels. The differences in cameras begin to appear in the 6 Plus, however: optical image stabilization is present, while on the smaller 6, “digital” optical stabilization. 1080p at 30 or 60fps, or 240fps for slow-motion shots.

The iPhone 6 will be priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The 6 Plus will start at $299 and will go up $100 for every increment in storage — both are priced on a new 2 year contract.

Pre-orders begin this Friday the 12th, with availability in 114 countries by the end of the year.

Via: Apple