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A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

A week in reviews: 11 - 15 August

By 16 August 2014

Ahead of the Surface Pro 3 release date on 28 August here in Blighty, we've got the full ins and outs of the latest laptop-meets-tablet. Is it the "laptop killer" it claims to be or at 12-inches is it too big to tick the successful tablet box? Next up... >>

Google Now starts pulling Field Trip data for nearby landmarks and restaurants

Google Now starts pulling Field Trip data for nearby landmarks and restaurants

By 16 August 2014

The Google Search app now offers a new Field Trip feature of sorts that enables Google Now to both suggest and offer details on nearby landmarks and restaurants. Google Now is a personal assistant developed by Google. It first debuted in July 2012 as... >>

Now Microsoft has a Snapchat-like app for Windows Phone, called WindUp

Now Microsoft has a Snapchat-like app for Windows Phone, called WindUp

By 15 August 2014

First there was Snapchat. Then there was Facebook's Slingshot. And now there's WindUp, from Microsoft. The Microsoft Research team has released an app called WindUp. It lets Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 device owners send self-destructing messages... >>

Blinkbox movies review
4 out of 5

Blinkbox movies review

By 15 August 2014

Many are choosing to look for streaming solutions for TV and movies rather than buying physical solutions to watch their favourites. The big names are familiar, with Netflix offering a subscription-only model where you can watch as much as you like, but... >>

Programmer uses software to like every woman on Tinder

Programmer uses software to like every woman on Tinder

By 15 August 2014

Tinder, the dating app, asks users to swipe through pictures of potential dates to like or dislike. This takes time that programmer Joel Zhang doesn't have, so he created software to like everyone for him. Once a person is liked on Tinder they're notified... >>

New Twitter features cater to verified users, lets them easily see their own verified followers

New Twitter features cater to verified users, lets them easily see their own verified followers

By 14 August 2014

Twtter has added two new features that'll let people engage more easily. Well, they're not just for anybody. They're for verified users only. The micro-blogging social network has announced that its mobile apps will now alert verified users when another... >>

Uber's Destination Entry feature lets you skip telling the driver where to go

Uber's Destination Entry feature lets you skip telling the driver where to go

By 13 August 2014

The Uber team announced today that it is trying to make the Uber experience more streamlined, and so it has rolled out a new feature that both delivers on that promise and simultaneously lets you bypass one of the most tedious aspects of hailing a cab:... >>

Facebook crashing on your iPhone? Not anymore as devs drop crashes by half

Facebook crashing on your iPhone? Not anymore as devs drop crashes by half

By 13 August 2014

Facebook on the iPhone has just had a major improvement that should mean it will crash half as often. Facebook's engineering blog has published a statement that says it's tackled an issue which should reduce the crash rate by 50 per cent. The bug has... >>

HTC Zoe to launch this week as social-photo app for other Android devices

HTC Zoe to launch this week as social-photo app for other Android devices

By 13 August 2014

HTC plans to release a standalone beta of its Zoe camera software later this week for Android devices. Only it's going to be a bit more social. Recode has reported that HTC's most noteworthy apps will no longer be limited to HTC-made devices. The company... >>

Skylanders Trap Team for iPad, Android and Fire OS: Hands-on with the full console game on tablet

Skylanders Trap Team for iPad, Android and Fire OS: Hands-on with the full console game on tablet

By 12 August 2014

Skylanders has appeared on mobile platforms a couple of times in the past, but always in tie-in titles that featured the characters but not the gameplay of the hugely successful console game and toy franchise. The technology has never really been up... >>