Next Version Of OS X: El Capitan, Coming This Fall To Mac

osx-el-capitanAvailable to developers via a preview today, and to consumers in the Fall, OS X “El Capitan” is the next iteration of Apple’s desktop operating system and changes are coming. An overhaul to the Safari browser for one: you can pin tabs, set tabs to startup, and mute audio from specific tabs as well. Spotlight search has been improved to support natural language, so as asking it to find “documents I worked on in June” will net you the intended documents, including the weather, stocks, and games scores.

New Notes app as well as an improved Mission Control interface for better window management, including a Split View, which splits the screen into two halves: one for each app.

System-wide the font has been changed to Apple’s San Francisco, which will also be extended towards iOS 9 and unify the font used across Apple systems. A 40% increase in rendering is also being integrated into El Capitan, allowing for games (usually an afterthought on the OS) to run better than ever before.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

Apple Music: The $10 Monthly Streaming, Radio, And Social Service

apple-musicToday at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, a new app made its long-awaited (?) debut: Apple Music. Besides a regular music streaming service for 30 million iTunes songs, there’s radio curated by actual humans. Unsigned artists can also share music through Apple’s Music app, so they’re not left out of the fray.

Pricing is as follows: starting June 30th, you can trail Apple Music for free for three months, with $10 a month following. There’s also a family plan that allows up to six people access for $15 a month, through iCloud Family Sharing

Also, the app isn’t iOS exclusive: it’s headed to the Apple TV and Android, this fall.

Via: Apple

ASUS Zenfone 2 Review: A Compelling Replacement

L1010549ASUS gathered worldwide media to Gotham Hall of New York City for three things: minor festivities, free devices, and for the various attempts of ASUS CEO Jerry Shen being funny and quotable. By selling the Zenfone 2 online through third-party retailers, a flagship smartphone sporting an Intel Atom processor can come to market without being assailed by American carriers. Thus, ASUS is attacking two fronts: the mobile smartphone market in North America, and the use of Intel chips in mobile devices.

Oh, and of course, a third: if the Taiwanese company can produce a phone capable of some critical acclaim.

G-Shock GA1100-1A3 Review: A Rugged Compass

L1010524The G-Shock remains one of the toughest and most well-known watch lines in the world. The Aviation series that Casio produces attempts to refine that ruggedness slightly, by adding analog movements but marrying the mechanical with a myriad of technologies across the different models: atomic timekeeping, solar power, temperature and barometric readings, compasses, stopwatches, lateral g protection, dual time zones and the like.

Here, the GA1100-1A3 uses a few of the tricks from the trunk, so its sports main feature set consists of compass, timekeeping for multiple zones, 200 meter water resistance, 2-year battery life, and temperature readings.

Windows 10 Will Launch July 29th, And There Will Be Lots To See

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Microsoft has outed the street date of the Windows 10 launch: July 29th. With it, Windows becomes a service that caters to all screen sizes and hardware, rather than the arguably static most-used computer operating system it has been, until this point.

Of course, this aggressive release date is of some concern: bugs and finalized features will all but have to be ironed out in less than two months. Available as a free upgrade (for the first year) for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will revitalize Microsoft’s crown jewel, with Cortana, a new browser, the return of the Start menu, and a few more bells and whistles.

Time to put a reminder on the calendar, meanwhile.

Via: The Windows Blog

Google Cardboard Gets Updated: Expeditions For Classrooms, iOS/Android Support

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.37.12 PMGoogle Cardboard supports both Android and iOS, fitting phones up to 6-inches, requires just three steps to fold together, and uses a new button to simplify the process of using it across phones. And, of course, it’s still made of cardboard.

To bring virtual reality to education, Cardboard’s Expeditions allows teachers to receive a box filled with Google Cardboard units, phones, and a teacher tablet — allowing for field trips, to everywhere, for just about any classroom.

To record and share virtual reality, GoPro partnered with Google to produce a 360 degree camera array, to be part of the Jump initiative: to easily record, share, and catalog stereoscopic VR video.

YouTube will support Jump, which means that VR experiences will be possible through the app, with Google Cardboard and a phone being the tools needed.

Google Photos: Unlimited Picture And Video Storage, In 16MP And 1080p Resolutions

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.10.49 PMThe new home of photos, as Google puts it, is the new Photos app for web, Android and iOS. Unlimited picture and video storage uploads, preserved through time, subject, faces, and so on. Quality of images are preserved up to 16 megapixels or 1080p HD, and considering that those are excellent resolutions, the end result is that this is a viable solution for storing images — starting today.

Oh, and in case you wanted to find images, but still can’t sort them through despite the inclusion of multitouch gestures: searching in context is possible, and can generate accurate results.