7 Awesome apps iPhone or iPad on sale for free today

#iOS #App – 7 Awesome apps iPhone or iPad on sale for free today : The week is winding down but our quest to bring you the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free never ends. Today’s post packs 7 nifty apps that are all on sale for free right now, and you’ll find a few more freebies if you head back to yesterday’s post.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free.

These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now – obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written.

If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

SONIC CD

Sonic travels to the distant shores of Never Lake for the once-a-year appearance of Little Planet – a mysterious world where past, present, and future collide through the power of the Time Stones that lie hidden within it.

Sonic arrives only to find the once beautiful world imprisoned beneath a twisted metallic shell. His arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman, has come for the Time Stones and with them, will soon have the power to control time itself!

In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!

Featuring Retina Display, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the epic adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy Rose and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.

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WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING

CNET: “a perfect holiday iPhone/iPad game to discover”

(9/10) IGN: “This is a great, fully featured port for iOS”

(5/5) Touch Arcade: “Sonic CD is incredible”

(4/4) Slide to play: “Sonic CD is a Must Have”

(4.5/5) 148 Apps: “looks and runs perfectly”

(9/10) Appgamer: “does the job in style”

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Classically Updated:
Sonic CD has been restored to bring you a classic gaming experience with Retina Display support and gameplay optimized for iOS!

Play On the Go!
Collect GameCenter achievements and challenge your friends via online leaderboards

By Popular Demand:
Sonic CD now features BOTH the US and Japanese soundtracks!

Tails Joins the Fight!
Available from your second playthrough onwards, save Little Planet as Sonic’s high-flying companion, Miles “Tails” Prower!

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Handheld Console Hybrid Will Use Nvidia's Pascal Technology, Could Be More Powerful Than Sony's PS4 Pro, Extends Battery Life : Nintendo News

#Nvidia #Nintendo – Handheld Console Hybrid Will Use Nvidia’s Pascal Technology, Could Be More Powerful Than Sony’s PS4 Pro, Extends Battery Life : Nintendo News : The Nintendo Switch is set to have its features revealed on Jan. 12 next year including its release date, features, games, and lots more. It seems that the old-time gaming giant has dusted off their pants and stood up to run on top along with current major players Microsoft and Sony.

Zenji Nishikawa, a Japanese tech writer, says that the Nintendo Switch could continuously evolve with the help of Nvidia’s Tegra technology. The actual words in translation is: “keep evolving with advance of Tegra itself”. Not quite sure what the actual context is but my guess from the previous sentences would stand for now.

What does this mean?

Well, boys and girls, it means that Nintendo Switch could not just be a one-time built console but rather pattern their product after what the big upcoming consoles – PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, are now doing which is making systems that iterate faster than what consoles usually do. Nishikawa’s credibility when it comes to predicting future releases, particularly in the gaming realm, has had its notable moments. For one, he was the first person to say that the PS4 will have a boosted up version years ago, and now PS4 Pro is announced. With Nishikawa’s proven credibility, it’s safe to lean on the possibility side of the spectrum rather than speculation, as reported by Gadgets.NDTV.com.

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How will they play it?

Nishikawa also reports that the Switch will be utilizing Nvidia’s Pacal architecture, as opposed to assumed Volta or Maxwell architectures which was previously leaked. That said, Nintendo and NVIDIA are now working together so that the Switch will be packing up customized NVIDIA Tegra chip. As of this writing, no exact specifications are revealed and it is more likely that it will be one of the details to be unveiled on the Jan.12 announcement. With that written, it is being speculated that since Nintendo will be using new technology from NVidia, it will surpass the PS4 Pro’s computing capability. Still, let’s just hold our horses for now.

In addition, WCCFTech.com says that Zenji has posted that the Nintendo Switch will use the Pascal ‘Parker’ technology from NVidia. Since the device is scheduled to be out by March 2017 and the latest and upcoming Tegra generations are embracing ‘Parker’, it seems that both would fit in the timeline.

Nonetheless, if a PS4 Pro/Xbox Scorpio concept is to be implemented for the Nintendo Switch, it will be after years and months after the first generation hits the shelf. This will be most-likely patterned with how Nintendo traditionally releases improved hardware, for instance, the more powerful XL was released a year after the original 3DS.

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Does Tegra technology help battery life?

Hopefully it does, according to a post that reveals that NVidia aims to save power with their new cards. Backed with Pascal architecture, the cards are reported to save 60% power compared to its previous generations. I am also particular on how they would pull off battery life for the Nintendo Switch. With all modern technology racing towards being the best, so does the demand powering up for it. If we don’t look into the battery aspects of our devices, we will be left with nothing but superb devices with also superbly short life spans when not plugged in. Below is a video showcasing Nvidia’s Tegra techonology. Source itechpost

How To Install Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM

#OnePlusOne #AndroidNougat –How To Install Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM : The original ‘flagship killer’, OnePlus One is unlikely to get the latest Android Nougat update anytime soon. However, the OnePlus One users can still get their hands on the latest Nougat features via custom ROMs.

While there are many to choose from, the Pure Nexus Project firmware is the most trustworthy. Here’s How To Install Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM On OnePlus One:

The Pure Nexus Project is part of the XDA Developer Forum. It offers latest features with a clean interface and no junk-wares along with some performance enhancing tweaks. However, the experimental ROM might contain certain bugs, so proceed at your own risk.

Things To Remember Before Installation:

1. The new Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM can only be installed on OnePlus One aka Bacon models. Check your device model by going to Settings >> About phone >> Model Number.

2. Make sure your device is rooted (Bootloader unlocked).

3. Installing the custom ROM makes the company warranty void and it will no longer be eligible for future updates in future. However, you can restore the warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM.

4. The installation process requires clearing of memory. Remember to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/TWRP.

5. You need to install USB drivers on the PC, or your smartphone will not be recognized.

6. Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery for an uninterrupted installation.

Installation Process of Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM On OnePlus One via TWRP recovery method:

1. Download Pure Nexus Project Android Nougat Custom ROM and Google Apps on your PC.

2. Connect OnePlus One to your PC via USB cord. Paste Android 7.0 Nougat ROM zip file and the Google Apps .zip file into the phone’s storage memory [only in the storage root folder].

3. Turn off your smartphone and disconnect from the PC. Now, perform the regular Recovery Mode by press holding ‘Volume (Down)’ and ‘Power’ buttons.

4. After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting ‘wipe data/factory reset’. Use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options.

5. Clear the cache memory by selecting ‘wipe cache partition‘.

6. Go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select ‘advanced‘ and then ‘wipe dalvik cache‘ [The optional step is recommend to avoid boot loops or any other errors during installation].

7. Return to the main recovery screen and select ‘install zip from SD card’.

8. Now, tap on ‘choose zip from SD card’ and go to Android M ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process.

9. Repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps.

10. Once the installation process is finished, navigate to ‘+++++Go Back+++++‘ restart the device by choosing ‘reboot system now’ in the recovery menu.

11. Your smartphone will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

12. Go to ‘Settings’ >> ‘About phone‘ to confirm the installation.

Downloadable Files

[Sources: Pure Nexus Project- kwoktopus BeansTown106, freshgiammi and katinatez]

Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of irreversible damage to your smartphone. Source: mobipicker

Report ; Microsoft Pulled More than Half of the Windows 10 Apps in the Store

#Windows10 #Apps –Report ; Microsoft Pulled More than Half of the Windows 10 Apps in the Store    : According to a report that was published in German media, Microsoft actually pulled half of the Windows Store apps, at least from the German Store, as part of the same cleaning process.

It appears that the number of apps available for download experienced a dramatic drop from 328,639 to 164,436, which means that no less than 174,203 apps were removed because of the age rating rule.

What’s very important to note this time, however, is that the removal of the app impacted less known titles, so although quite a lot of them disappeared from the Store, there’s a big chance that only a few people actually noticed.

READ MORE : New Windows 10 Mobile handset has been delayed due to ‘regulatory hurdles’

In most of the cases, Microsoft’s requirement for developers to add age ratings to their apps is not impacting famous software makers, as the majority of them have already updated apps to come with line with Redmond’s policy.

But on the other hand, losing so many apps is clearly a big hit that Windows 10 receives, as some of the titles that were pulled from the Store might actually come in handy to a number of users who installed them on their devices.

On the good side, these apps aren’t completely gone, but only unlisted from the Store, so the only thing that developers have to do in order to make their apps available for download once again is to access the Dev Center and fill in the age ratings for their each of their titles.

This is a little effort that developers need to do for a very simple update, so there’s really no excuse if their titles do not show up in the Store once again. Source: softpedia

Sony Goes Retro With PS4 Pro's First Ad

#Games #PS4Pro – Sony Goes Retro With PS4 Pro’s First Ad : Sony takes a trip down to memory lane with its retro-inspired ad for the PlayStation 4 Pro, to be released in just a couple of weeks. The PS4 Pro ad, which calls the upcoming gaming platform as “the world’s most powerful console”, gives a feeling that we are in Netflix’s huge hit tv series, Stranger Things.

PS4 Pro Ad

With a tie-in to the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies in Spaceland Survival Mode, the first ever PS4 Pro commercial gives us a nostalgic trip to the 80’s. As unveiled in the ad, the latest of Sony’s gaming units is dubbed as the “supercharged PlayStation 4 Pro console system” that boasts its “revolutionary cord-free player paddle joysticks”.

While there wasn’t any mention of the Pro having HDR or 4k Support, the ad is still making waves as it focuses on the mass market instead of giving out too-technical specs.

Additionally, the PS4 Pro ad shows a guy rocking the “cool outfit” in the 80’s – denim, Reooks, and a mullet! Now that seriously caught the attention of viewers of all ages! Even PlayStation UK’s tweet about the ad has had a thousand retweets!

Read more : Skyrim Special Edition Release : PS4 and Xbox One

PS4 Pro Specs

PS4 Pro release date is set for Nov. 10 and will cost $399. One of the features Sony is boasting with the latest gaming console is that it has a 1TB hard drive and a doubled GPU power. Its technology also adapts the AMD Polaris graphics. With the said abovementioned specs of the PS4 Pro, it confirms that it “may reach resolutions that are not thought possible on consoles in 2016”.

Sony also promises that the PS4 Pro will “render higher or more consistent framerates, increased environmental and character model detail, improved overall visual quality, and other related visual enhancements.”

And to clarify, you can use the PS4 Pro on any TV that has HDMI but you will get the best out of Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro with a 4K TV. So no need to worry about selling your old TV unless of course you want to get the best out the Pro. Source itechpost

New Windows 10 Mobile handset has been delayed due to ‘regulatory hurdles’

#WhartonBrooks #Windows10 – New Windows 10 Mobile handset has been delayed due to ‘regulatory hurdles’ : Back in August, WhartonBrooks revealed plans to launch a new Windows 10 Mobile device, claiming that its “innovative approach will define the future of computing”, and that its innovations “will be the most disruptive since the advent of the smartphone in 2000”.

However, doubts have been raised over whether or not WhartonBrooks can live up to its own hype, given that the only product images the company has shown to date appear to be of devices built by Coship – an ODM that has raised its own concerns over the future of Windows 10 Mobile.

WhartonBrooks said that its new device, which is due to launch under its ‘Cerulean Mobile’ brand, would arrive this Fall, but those plans seem to have suffered a setback.

The @CeruleanMobile Twitter account has said that there is a “factory delay due to regulatory hurdles”, which seems likely to push back the release of its new handset. The company said that it is “working through” the delay, but didn’t offer any further details, and it hasn’t yet indicated when exactly it expects to launch the device.

In early September, WhartonBrooks announced plans to host a ‘meet and greet’ event at a Microsoft Store in Connecticut, to give Windows phone fans a chance to find out more about the company and what it’s been working on.

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But two days before that event, the company said that it had been postponed, as it needed “time to align schedules”. The event hasn’t yet been rescheduled. Source: oigel

Is the Rumored Microsoft Surface Phone Really a Threat to the Apple iPhone?

#SurfacePhone #AppleiPhone – Is the Rumored Microsoft Surface Phone Really a Threat to the Apple iPhone? :  Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was expected by many to release a completely new handset, dubbed Surface Phone, this month in New York City. But the Surface Phone did not attend the October event, where the software titan introduced its first ever desktop computer, Surface Studio. The new Windows 10 Mobile-powered phone may replace iPhone as smartphone superstar.

Microsoft remains silent about the Surface Phone, but the rumor mill has been speculating that the Surface Phone will have three models and will target business and corporate users. Reports suggesting that the Surface Phone would change Microsoft’s fate in the smartphone market, being dominated by Apple and Samsung. Let’s explore the Surface Phone rumors about features, specs, and potential release date.

Microsoft Surface Phone Rumors

Rumors suggest that the Surface Phone will come in three versions: a consumer model, a business model, and an enthusiast edition. The base model will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with a mid-range offering coming with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The handset is rumored to feature a 20 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. It will have an 8GB RAM and a Kaby Lake processor, and will run Windows 10 Redstone operating system. The phone will work with the Surface Pen and a removable keyboard. The accessories will make professionals and business users more productive. The Surface Pen will be compatible with the new smartphone for a more precise and accurate input method.

The Surface Phone is rumored to come with a unique fingerprint sensor. The company’s patent filing reveals that company plans to integrate the fingerprint sensor on the phone’s display.

The most exciting feature will be support Win32 apps, allowing the phone to run legacy Windows program that people run on their PCs. The availability of Win32 apps on the Surface Phone might give a compelling reason to iOS and Android users to switch to a Windows Mobile. If the reports are true and Microsoft makes the Surface Phone to run Win32 apps, the Surface Phone could get an edge over iPhone and Android devices.

The Surface Phone is expected to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPhone in the smartphone industry and will replace the company’s Lumia smartphone lineup. The Surface Phone will be the most secure and productivity-focused phone and could attract business and corporate customers, according to the reports.

Release Date

Some reports suggested that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will launch the Surface Phone sometime in 2016. Microsoft analyst Mary Jo Foley believes the Surface Phone to arrive next year.

“If and when anything like a Surface Phone ends up materializing, it will likely be late 2017 or maybe even not until 2018, my contacts have said recently,” Foley was quoted as saying by The Christian Times.

The Surface Phone will cost between $699- $1,100, according to a report in The Bitbag. The base model will carry a price tag of $699, while the top-level will be available at $1,099. source : learnbonds

Galaxy S8: Specs, price, release dates leaked

#GalaxyJ2Prime #GalaxyS8 – Galaxy S8: Specs, price, release dates leaked : Samsung is rumored to be getting ready with the flagship Galaxy J2 Prime. Also, Samsung Galaxy S8 is already tipped earlier to be launched on Febraury 26, 2017. Before the release of Galaxy S8, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy J2 Prime is rumored to arrive first.

Recent rumors which popped up on German website Win Future, claims that the Galaxy J2 Prime is expected to be featured with 5-inch display having 960×540 pixel resolution. The Galaxy J2 Prime is speculated to be powered by MediaTek M6737T quad-core processor based on 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A53 core.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime processor is expected to be coupled with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. An 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera is likely to be equipped in the smartphone. Galaxy J2 Prime will likely run on Android Marshmallow OS and will be packed with 2,600mAh battery.

The leaked report on Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime shows four color variants which the smartphone will boom in the tech market; Gold, White, Black and Pink. Also, the price tag of the Galaxy J2 Prime was leaked, indicating a price of 153USD.

Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks

According to Gadgets NDTV, early rumors on Samsung Galaxy S8 were the smartphone is likely to be launched on the side-lines of MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 26. Current rumors are also states the same date of launch from a Chinese phone tipster. The tipster also hints the Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely to be released in the market from March.

Samsung Galaxy S8 is speculated to be featured with 5.5 inch SUPER AMOLED display with 4K resolution. The display is comprised of 2160 X 3840 pixels with 806ppi. Exynos 8895 SoC processor is hinted by the tipster that will power the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to be featured with 16MP and 8MP dual rear camera set up at the rear. Also, Samsung Galaxy S8 is rumored to sport 6GB RAM and Samsung has already released the first 6GB RAM smartphone in the tech market i.e. Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro. Source: oigel

Global Population ; How the world's population has changed and when it will reach eight billion

#GlobalPopulation #World – Global Population ; How the world’s population has changed and when it will reach eight billion : he world’s human population is growing rapidly and is expected to hit eight billion in the next 10 years, according to the latest figures.

The impact this has on the world is huge. Currently scientists are deciding whether to approve the term Anthropocene, a new era in Earth’s history in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change.

The human population, which is partly blamed for the world’s biggest mass extinction of vertebrates, is estimated to reach eight billion by 2024 and nine billion by 2038.

This is due to high birth and low death rates – especially in developing countries. While death rates have lowered with some modern healthcare and knowledge, the higher birth rates in these countries have remained.

The global increase is driven by present-day population growth in the Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Africa in particular is to be home to a population boom this century. By 2100, it will be home to 4.4 billion people – four times its current population.

The Europe and Central Asia and North America regions have had slower growth in recent years. While these regions are still growing, lower birth rates in developed nations have led to older populations that are growing more slowly.

Currently, there are over twice as many human births than deaths on Earth.

source : telegraph

VR technology was brought Microsoft's Windows 10 with the New Range Headset

#VRTechnology #Windows10 – VR technology was brought Microsoft’s Windows 10 with the New Range Headset : With the popularity of virtual reality buzzing around, Microsoft astounds tech geeks at the Windows 10 and Surface event held in New York.

Introducing a Creator’s Edition update for Windows 10 named as ‘Redstone’, the company also revealed a new range of Windows VR headsets. The new headsets are expected to be available alongside the latest update by the first half of 2017.

Surprising part about the headsets is that they are integrated with an inside out six degrees of freedom sensors and will operate on the updated version of Windows 10; enabling users to have a unique VR experience.

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Apart from its innovative capability, the headsets will be available at just $299-a cheaper and better option than most VR headsets available in the market. Microsoft will release the new line of headsets working along with technology partners such as ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.

The new VR headsets will also work with HoloTour, a software that comes with the HoloLens headset. HoloTour, with the support of HoloLens, stages a virtual environment for users, which includes places and countries across the globe.

Furthermore, users have the option of creating their own space from within the virtual world. An example was demonstrated at the Windows 10 event showing a representative having a dedicated screen for sports, and some of his most used apps on a different screen.

“You see the world and in the world you see virtual objects and holograms,” says Satya Nadella, to the Wall Street Journal a day before the event. Source oigel