OnePlus announces its ‘new and improved’ invite system

OnePlus has revealed details of the changes it’s made to the invite system for its new flagship, promising up to fifty times more launch inventory this time around along with a new ‘reservation list’. Read more…

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Microsoft updates OneDrive for Windows Phone with PIN codes, multiple accounts and more

Microsoft has rolled out the latest update to its OneDrive app for Windows Phone, adding a range of new features, including the ability to add a PIN code, and easily switch between Microsoft accounts. Read more…



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A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K Video

The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively.

4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that’s designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW.

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The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app developers found it is possible to playback 4K videos on the iPhone 6. Even if Apple hasn’t announced it, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are ready to play 4K videos.

With resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t be able to reproduce the detail in a 3840 x 2160 4K video, but the A8’s ability to play 4K content means 4K videos side-loaded onto one of Apple’s two devices will still be watchable.

It’s highly unlikely many users will load 4K videos on their iPhones due to the massive file size of 4K content and the fact that there’s little practical use for it, but it has the potential to be a somewhat useful feature for some users who want to play 4K video recorded on their devices as there are apps available that advertise 4K video recording on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.




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Velvetwire Unveils First Smart USB Charger Powered by Apple HomeKit Technology

Smart energy company Velvetwire today announced Powerslayer Blu, the latest addition to its Powerslayer lineup of USB chargers. This new model offers Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity and is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit technology rolling out with iOS 8. Apple’s vision for HomeKit is to make it easy for developers to allow users to control and interact with accessories around the home, leveraging BLE for energy-efficient communications.

„We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices,“ said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. „By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we’re offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple’s HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent, energy-efficient devices that allow users to live more consciously without sacrificing convenience. We look forward to sharing Powerslayer Blu and future generations of our power-saving devices with the world.“

The Powerslayer Blu improves upon earlier Powerslayer models with HomeKit integration and iOS app support that gathers information from the charger using Bluetooth LE. Users can receive notifications about the charging status of their devices and view energy level information via Velvetwire’s iOS app. The device also includes the option to switch between a fast, high-power charging profile and an energy conservation mode that maximizes battery life.

The Powerslayer Blu will be available before the end of the year and will retail for $89. While the price tag is likely to be a hurdle for many potential customers, Powerslayer Blu serves as a good example of the potential of HomeKit to use iOS as a hub for bringing together devices from around the home.




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Pocket for iOS Updated with Dynamic Categories, User Interface Enhancements [iOS Blog]

Popular reading app Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has been updated with various new features focused on delivering more relevant curated content and a streamlined user interface. The app now includes a feature known as “Highlights“, which splits content into four dynamic categories known as “Best of“, “Trending“, “Long Reads“, and “Quick Reads“, which are based on quality, popularity, and length, respectively. Highlights also regularly updates itself to match a user’s favorite authors, subjects and topics, labeling content automatically.

Highlights is split into different categories to make it easy to find the perfect item in your list: Best of (the most impactful articles and videos in your list), Trending (the most popular items being saved and shared throughout Pocket), Long Reads (for when you have a lot of time, like your commute), and Quick Reads (when you have only a few minutes to spare).

The update also includes a number of changes to Pocket’s user interface, including a unified search box, refined sidebar navigation, a new bulk edit option, and highlightable lists. Pocket saw its last major update in September with automatic background syncing and a new reading view, which followed an update in April that enabled users to share annotated content with anyone.

Pocket is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]




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