Nintendo announced the Wii Mini – it’s a smaller and lighter version of the original Wii console sans the internet connection.
The new Wii Mini is intended as a gaming only device and is able to run all original Wii games. GameCube compatibility won’t be available though.
The Wii Mini will be available only in matte black with red boarder and comes with a red Wii Remote Plus and a red Nunchuk controller.
Wii Mini launches on December 7 on $99.99. Unfortunately it’s going to be exclusive to Canada initially and there is no info if and when it will become available elsewhere.
When Nokia released its TV spot showing off the image stabilization of the Lumia 920, it got into a bit of trouble because it turned out that the video wasn’t shot by a Lumia 920 at all.
Now that it’s on the market, some Lumia enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to recreate the original ad, this time with the smartphone itself.
According to Nokia, the Lumia 920′s optical image stabilization is unparalleled in its ability to reduce shakiness and make your videos look smooth.
Here’s how the device performs in this real life :
And, in light of Nokia’s debacle, the guys have included a making-of video :
As the Windows Phone 7.8 release is edging closer, leaks are starting to intensify. Beta builds, Windows Phone 7.8-running Nokia Lumia 510 and promotional materials for the latter – there are plenty sources to feed us with spicy rumors.
The Lumia 510 brochure is the most interesting piece, though it’s in Finnish. It does say the Lumia 510 will have a new Start screen with more available color themes, though. It also confirms the Windows Phone 7.8 won’t be the last firmware update you’ll get, probably to reassure the people who intend to buy the phone that it’s getting long-term support.
The guys over at Winp.ch managed to get their hands on a Windows Phone 7.8-running Lumia 510 and confirmed a few details as well. In addition to the resizable Live Tiles, re-designed system apps (Office, Xbox Games, Store, etc.), 10 new theme colors, we’ll also get a new boot screen matching Windows Phone 8 style and Live Lock Screen Wallpaper, which was previously introduced within Windows Phone 8. There is no info if that one will work with third-party apps though.
In case you are interested the build number of Windows Phone 7.8 is 7.10.8858.136. As the rumor has it, the update is already released to the manufacturers and it shouldn’t be long before it starts seeding to the end users.
I-O Data has released in Japan a new iOS only device that will “extend” your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch possibilities by access to any files (compatible with an iOS App) stored on a memory card without the need of a PC.
Nubes, the name of this new tool is a simple SD, SDHC and SDXC Card reader with an integrated Wireless AP and internal battery that will let you iOS thingy access to any files stored in it. Nubes is only compatible with devices running iOS 4.3.3 or later comes with a 1350mAh battery offering you up to 4h worth of battery life and weight just about 57g for a seize of 83.5×58.12.3mm
Nubes is apparently only sold via I-O Data online store in Japan and at around 4,180 Yen
Microsoft is allegedly working on an update to Windows Phone, called Apollo+. This will be a minor ‘.1’ update that will add some of the features missing in the initial release, such as support for VPN networks and OTA updates. It will also include bug fixes for issues such as Wi-Fi connection bug.
Microsoft reportedly ran out of time for the initial release of Windows Phone 8, due to which they had to leave out features such as a notification center. You can expect to see these features roll out gradually in future updates for Windows Phone 8.
Meanwhile, you can expect to find out more about Apollo+ in the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013.
Source : The Verge
The Meizu MX2 has become official today, just as previously expected. The device comes with a new MX5S chipset with four 32nm Cortex-A9 CPU cores, 2 GB worth of RAM, a 4.4″ screen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels) with the impressive ~347 ppi density. There’s also a faster GPU and Flyme 2.0 on top of Android Jelly Bean on board.
The Meizu MX2 will hit the shelves in China in the middle of December in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. They will cost $400, $480 or $640 respectively or ¥2,499/¥2,999/¥3,999. It remains unclear if the MX2 will launch globally and when.
The Meizu MX2 has borrowed many design cues from its predecessor’s, but instead of a physical home button there is a capacitive one this time. The display on the Meizu MX2 has really thin bezels around it (3.15 mm), giving the smartphone an even more impressive look.
The camera on the back is still an 8 MP one – it’s has a backside illuminated sensor abd an F/2.4 lens. The MX2 can do 9 frames per second in drive mode and comes with the Wide Dynamic Range mode we know from previous MXes and four-direction Panorama, among others.
The Meizu MX2 is powered by Jelly Bean, topped with Meizu’s Flyme 2.0 UI. Aside from the backup to the cloud option Flyme offers, the smartphone will also offer video and lossless music cloud streaming, but we’ll need to wait and see how good that actually is.
The Android 4.2 (still Jelly Bean) was released for the (ASUS-made) Nexus 7 slate back-to-back with the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Nexus 10 tablet two weeks ago. Soon after the users noticed December was missing from the Contacts app.
Well, the Google developers have finally squashed this bug (among others) with the Android 4.2.1 release. Available for all three devices, the update is already seeding globally.
The new 4.2.1 OTA update weighs just 1.1MB and makes December reappear in the Contacts app and fixes the Bluetooth issues lots of users were experiencing.
If you didn’t get the notification yet, you should just go and check for updates manually – it should be there waiting for you.
Rumored for a next year release comes the ZTE Apache. It will reportedly run on an 8 (that’s right, eight) core processor made by MediaTek. It will be made using the TSMC 28 nm process with Cortex-A15 CPU inside.
The ZTE Apache is expected to arrive by May next year and sport a 13 MP camera, 1080p display, 3G and 4G LTE. There’s nothing else we know about the smartphone at this stage, but ZTE already has our attention.
The first dual-core smartphone come to the market in early 2011 and the first quad-cores were unveiled at the MWC in February this year. This means that seeing eight-cores in 2013 is possible.
Perhaps ZTE will be using a big.Little architecture, similar to the one Samsung is working on.
These are just rumors so take them with a grain of salt for now.
Back in the day when Gmail was introduced, Google redefined the concept of email storage. Today, the wildly popular email service broke more new ground by integrating Google Drive into it. The trick will allow you to email files up to 10GB in size.
Gmail attachments from Google Drive will always be kept in sync, so recipients will have access to the most recent version of a document or project. Naturally, Google will allow you to set permissions for editing of the documents you are sharing – some recipients can have access to a read-only version of the documents.
Gmail’s latest feature should gradually become available over the next few days in the refreshed message composer window. There is no information on its availability across mobile platforms yet.
Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.
Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. This is confounding as other recent apps from Microsoft, such as OneNote Mobile and SkyDrive are actually pretty good.
Functionality-wise, the app is fine, but then, so is the stock mail client in Android. It even supports push mail, which leaves you with the question, why would you ever download this atrocity from Microsoft?
Update: Technically the app is developed by Seven Networks on behalf of Microsoft but it still has Microsoft’s stamp of approval on it so they are just as responsible for this terrible app.