Blizzard Entertainment gave a more specific release date today for the long awaited Android tablet version of their hit online trading card game Hearthstone, The company announced during the Blizzcon 2014 keynote that it will launch for those devices sometime in December. That’s also the time frame that Blizzard is targeting to release a new expansion to the game, Gobins vs Gnomes.
Android users aren’t the only ones to reap the benefits of Google’s gorgeous new Material Design. On Thursday, a fresh coat of paint was applied to Google Maps on iOS as well, giving iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users a taste of what Android 5.0 Lollipop is going to offer in the coming months. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be especially pleased with the iOS 8 optimization, shrinking the UI elements at the top of the screen to their appropriate size.
When you consider how often we see Microsoft Surfaces on our televisions versus how many are actually sold, you really have to question whether Microsoft’s big spending on such product placement is worthwhile. This is especially true when such product placement backfires in hilarious ways, such as when NFL announcers refer to the Surface tablets coaches are using on the sidelines as “iPads.” However, it turns out it can get even worse than that because GeekWire has spotted a new Surface product placement failure that might be Microsoft’s most embarrassing one yet.
Even though Apple released two new iPad models this year, including the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, only the 9.7-inch version received a significant upgrade, with the mini model only getting a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and an extra color option. A report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News suggests that starting next year, Apple will discontinue the iPad mini line and replace it with the bigger 12.2-inch iPad Pro model.
Tired of having to defend his company against claims that its products (including hardware, software and even online presentation) are shameless copies of their respective Apple versions, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra on Tuesday said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference that some of Apple’s most recent products also take cues from rivals, Gigaom reports.
Solutions like Apple’s iCloud can be frustrating at times, especially when they’re hacked. When they work, however, they make our lives so much easier. Download a song on your phone and it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Install a new app on your iPad and it’s automatically installed on your iPhone. Add a phone number to a contact on your Nexus 5 and it instantly updates all of your devices.
In an interview with CNET following Apple’s iPad and Mac event on Thursday, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, who talked about Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X operating systems during the keynote, said Apple isn’t likely to make a Mac or Macbook computer with a touchscreen display anytime soon.
On Thursday, Apple held an event and unveiled the new iPad mini 3, iPad Air 2 and a refreshed iMac with a 5K Retina display. Apple executives weren’t all business while on stage in California, however, as Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi took some time to reveal to the world that Apple has enlisted Stephen Colbert as its new “chief of secrecy.”
Apple made plenty of big announcements during its press conference Thursday — along with one ridiculously small announcement — and details surrounding its first big revision of iOS 8 were among them. While it may look just like Apple’s previous mobile software version, iOS 8.1 is a huge deal, mainly because it will finally bring Apple Pay to iPhones and iPads. Apple announced that it is already working with more than 500 partners on its mobile payment solution, and down the road it could clearly be a huge boost for Apple’s bottom line and an added convenience for Apple’s customers.
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