LG And Google Have Made Slight Changes To The Nexus 5’s Aesthetic

nexus-5-revision-1It’s interesting, but actually not in bad faith. LG and Google have been listening to users who are quite satisfied with their new Nexus 5 smartphones, but also to those that see room for improvement. Enter, the speaker grilles for example. LG has increased their size to let out a decibel or so of more sound come out, while the SIM try and the volume rocker have been stiffened slightly to avoid rattling. Minor aesthetic changes to make everything better.

Otherwise, it’s the same Nexus 5 everyone else has.

Via: XDA

The PlayStation 4 Outsold The Xbox One During The Month Of November

xone-ps4It’s a confirmed fact that is actually making the next-gen console wars between Sony and Microsoft all the more exciting. The PS4 sold 2.1 million units, while the Xbox One was hot on its heels at a solid 2 million. As SCEA head Jack Tretton said, “Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.” Good news for Sony, but what about Microsoft?

It turns out that while the Xbox One came up short, it was the fastest selling console during that month, but the PS4’s sales distribution spanned a more symmetrical period of purchase. In other words, the Xbox One went off at 101K sold each day of availability (November 22nd through November 30th), but the PS4 was available starting on November 15th.

Still, the Xbox One sold out so quickly because of higher demand. Or as NPD creatively puts it, “When looking at sales on an average per-week basis, Xbox One led PS4.”

These stats are tricky, at times.

Via: JStiq

Instagram Direct Debuts As The Private Messaging Sector Of The App

instagram-directInstagram Direct is the newest feature to grace the retro filter-based photo social network. Implementing private text, image, and video messaging for a select user, from 1 to 15.

Apparently, CEO Kevin Systrom believes that this is a just a supplementary feature of Instagram, not designed to compete with competitors like WhatsApp or Snapchat: “Sometimes you want to be able to share not with everyone, but just with a specific group” — this can be true.

To make the feature viable and non-intrusive, a simple inbox has been added to the Android and iOS versions of the app, which would allow you to receive and send the private information.

Via: Instagram Blog

Valve Will Release SteamOS For All Of Us To Try — If You Have Skills

collageOn December 13th, Valve will begin shipping prototype Steam Machines to 300 gamers for beta testing. The rest of us get SteamOS as a free download the same day, but with a catch. As Steam’s parent company, Valve put it: “Unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out”.

Sounds like a challenge to be accepted by a few thousand individuals. Valve will speak more about the Steam Machines during CES, in January. Till then, the 300 lucky testers will be alerted of their good fortune by 5PM, on the 12th.

Via: Steam

The Nexus 7 Gets A White Paint job For Christmas


Added to the Google Play Store rather quietly, the white version of the fantastic Nexus 7 tablet launched during the summer, in WiFi first then LTE later, is available for purchase during the holidays.

However, it is restricted to a 32GB WiFi-only model for $270, and considering how Google stocks their devices along with the demand on the Google Play Store, it might not last long.

Via: Google Play Store

Spotify Adds Free Tablet Streaming And Led Zeppelin To Its Arsenal


Thanks to a New York City press event at company headquarters, the Spotify music streaming service has added two great things for the world is enjoy: Led Zeppelin and free music streaming on tablets on both Android and iOS.

Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek, also revealed some new statistics about the service: 1.5 billion playlists created (with one and a half million made each day) with a solid 4.5 billion hours of music streamed last year.

Also, don’t forget: Led Zeppelin and American Hustle make a great mix.

Via: Spotify

The Xbox One Receives Its First Post-Launch Update, Tweaking Multiplayer And The Start Screen

xbox-oneThere have been few console-breaking issues with the Xbox One’s multiplayer and Start screen since its launch, but that doesn’t mean there’s a kink (or two) that don’t need fixing. Enter, the first Xbox One update, which becomes mandatory for all Xbox one users starting tomorrow.

Aimed towards SmartGlass, multiplayer matches, notifications, network compatibility, dashboard performance and the TV guide features, these first few fixes are just the beginning in Microsoft’s quest to making sure the Xbox One is in good form, going into the holidays.

Via: Major Nelson

Another Play(ful) Addition For Google: The Sony Z Ultra

HERO_IMAGE_Sony_ExperiaDropping the “Xperia” brand name from Sony and slapping a clean-slate version of Android on top, the Sony Z Ultra is the next unlocked smartphone from a top-tier manufacturer to the get the cleansing treatment from Google.

By taking a great device that was cluttered with software additions, then converting it to something pure, Google has quite a great operation on its hands.

The Z Ultra retains all of its existing specs from beforehand, but is instead $649 off-contract and is fully-unlocked on LTE, HSPA+, and GSM/EDGE bands, so you can use it with a micro-SIM card, worldwide.

Via: Google