Apple has just pulled the trigger and launched iOS 8 to the world. Apple is calling it 'the biggest release since the launch of the App Store', in their own words.
iOS 8 will come installed by default on the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones that are due to start shipping to consumers around the world soon. Apple this week also announced that it sold four million iPhone 6 devices in just 24 hours during the start of its pre-order phase.
As you can see from the screenshot above, one of our editor's iPhone 5 devices in Taiwan was eligible for the iOS update just minutes before this post was published. Head over to the update section on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini now to see if your update is ready. It weighs in at almost 1GB, and may take longer than usual to download, due to the demand on Apple servers right now.
Samsung has yet another TV commercial for its Galaxy Tab S, calling in Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shephard. The couple star as themselves in the 90-second ad, featuring Samsung's Galaxy Tab S tablet.
In the ad, Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S as the type of device that you simply can't get away from, no matter your responsibility. Samsung wrote on YouTube: "Introducing the world's most entertaining device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S - you'll never want to put it down". Samsung's latest slate features the company's high-res AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2560x1600.
According to the latest report from mobile research specialist Juniper Research, global smartphone shipments are expected to swell this year to 1.2 billion units. This number is up 19% over the 985 million smartphones shipped in 2013.
This 19% growth is thanks to the increase in shipments in the emerging markets, where smartphones shipments are driven by low-cost economy ($75-$150) and ultra-economy (sub-$75) smartphones. Developed markets have been seeing a sign of slowing growth for a while now, as everyone has a smartphone, with some having no reason to upgrade.
Juniper Research does note that both Samsung and Apple have a massive 45% chunk of the global smartphone shipment pie, which is a mammoth number. The research specialist has said that the average price of a smartphone will slowly decline by 2019 to around $274, which will be thanks to increased advances in technology, as well as new competition.
If you're a big fan of Air Jordans, and a fan of Sony's PlayStation, you're going to have a great time checking out these new PS4-themed Air Jordans. Yes, they're a real thing, better yet - they have an HDMI port on the back of them.
The name of these new kicks? JRDN X PS4. Why the HDMI port? Well, according to Jonny Barry, the creative mind behind these new kicks from FreakerSNEAKS, the HDMI port has "no real function, apart from looking cool" and that "they actually come with a custom Jordan HDMI cable that when attached, can act as a type of carry cord for walking around sneaker conventions or something".
The JRDN X PS4 shoes will sell for a huge $950, but in an ultra-limited supply of just, 10. But don't worry, for that $950 you'll get an HDMI cable and custom box.
For far too many years, Sony has been bleeding cash, facing increased competition and selling off key assets and even business, such as the VAIO computing arm in a desperate effort to stay afloat. Now, things are getting a lot worse.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the struggling Japanese giant is set to announce a $2.15B loss for the last financial year, four and a half times the previously forecast loss, in results that are set to be published shortly.
Whilst specifics are forthcoming, it is expected that the former jewel in the companies crown; television, will continue to cause heavy losses, whilst the mobile division which encompasses tablets, phones and peripherals is also expected to post significant write downs.
For what has felt like forever, gamers have wanted the Xbox controller made available for Windows, and now that day has come. Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows, as well as a few other peripherals, with a new mouse and keyboard that will work on virtually any tablet on the market, including an iPad.
The new Xbox controller for Windows is different to the one console gamers know and love, with a USB cable tethering it to your PC. The new Xbox controller, while made for Windows, still works on the Xbox. The new controller sports infrared LEDs that can be picked up by the Kinect, working with other Xbox hardware such as the Charge Kit and Chat Headset.
Microsoft has made its new Xbox controller for Windows compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, requires a single USB port, and is priced at $59.95. Microsoft will make the new Xbox controller available to all in November.
Guerrilla Games has been working on the Killzone franchise for quite a number of years now, but some original IP could be on its way from the PlayStation developer. Over on the NeoGAF forums, there's leaked concept art for a new game called 'Horizon'.
Horizon looks like a very interesting mix of games, like a prehistoric science-fiction blend. We can see there are robotic dinosaurs, which is giving me flashbacks to the last Transformers movie, as well as some crossbow and gun action. There's not much known about it just now, but as news breaks on this game, we'll have it. It'll be interesting to see if this hits other platforms, or whether Sony will have Guerrilla Games making it a PS4 exclusive or not.
NASA has announced that astronauts will once again travel to and from the International Space Station (ISS) from the US on American spacecraft, thanks to new contracts announced just hours ago. The US space agency announced its partnerships with Boeing and SpaceX to transfer US crews to and from the ISS using their CST-100 and Crew Dragon spacecraft, ending its reliance on Russia by 2017.
NASA administrator, Charlie Bolden, said at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida: "From day one, the Obama Administration made clear that the greatest nation on Earth should not be dependent on other nations to get into space. Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, the hard work of our NASA and industry teams, and support from Congress, today we are one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation's sole reliance on Russia by 2017. Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry will also allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission - sending humans to Mars".
This deal has seen Boeing end up with $4.2 billion, while SpaceX receives a cheque from NASA for $2.6 billion. These new contracts include at least one rewed flight test per company, with NASA having one astronaut aboard to "verify the fully integrated rocket and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station, as well as validate all its systems perform as expected".
Samsung may have Oculus powering its Gear VR headset, but what about Apple users? Fear not, as AirVR has just hit Kickstarter, requesting $20,000 in funds to convert your iPad mini (Retina) or iPhone 6 Plus into a VR headset.
All you have to do is slot in your Retina iPad mini or iPhone 6 Plus into the AirVR, something that costs just $49, for portable, iOS-powered VR goodness. Metatecture is behind AirVR, which will go on sale 'early 2015'. The Kickstarter campaign explains: "AirVR brings the magic of Virtual Reality with you everywhere you go. Ditch the tangle of cables and experience VR anywhere in the world".
The world of Far Cry 4 is quite alive, with the native wildlife making the world feel real, and grounded. But, did you know that you can jump up onto an elephant, yes - and elephant - and control it? Using this majestic beast as a weapon? Check out the video below.
This has piqued my interest in Far Cry 4, as its predecessor was definitely a big surprise for me after the fiery mess that was Far Cry 2. The elephants can be used to ride into villages, crushing enemies, throwing them around, smashing cars away and so much more.