Nokia’s Drive+, Nokia’s exclusive offline SatNav navigation app on Windows Phone has had its Beta version updated.
The new update enables more efficient battery use when the app runs in the background plus a few other improvements. The updated app will turn off the GPS receiver when you send it to background to save battery (except in the cases when you are in a guidance mode, of course).
Nokia is also improving its free navigation offering by adding a ‘Back to my position’ function while exploring the map, and a distance measurement from your current position to any place you happen to be looking at.
You can check out Nokia Drive+ Beta just by heading to the link below.
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We have reported in the past that Valve, creators of the popular game distribution service Steam, is now planning on entering the hardware segment.
It wasn’t clear what this hardware would be like but in a recent interview with Kotaku, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell confirmed that Valve is working on a living room PC that will offer a console like experience and will compete with the PlayStation and the Xbox.
The hardware will probably be based on standard PC hardware but in a console like design, such as the Alienware X51. It will obviously come with Steam pre-installed along with the new Big Screen mode optimized for use with a TV and controller. Newell said that the hardware will be a “controlled environment”, which means just like on a console there won’t be much flexibility in changing the hardware or the software but in return you get a more streamlined, simplified experience that current desktop PCs lack.
Newell didn’t specify what operating system the hardware would be running on but it’s safe to assume it would be a variant of Linux, which unfortunately, means there won’t be a lot of games to play initially. On the upside, if the Steam Box (as it is known right now) takes off, it means gaming on Linux would as well.
No word yet on when this device will hit the market.
Source : Kotaku
RIM has just released the new BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 into the BlackBerry App World. It was just a few weeks ago that BlackBerry Messenger 7 was in beta, and today we’re seeing a finished version roll out to BlackBerry App World. Its key selling point is the free Wi-Fi calling, which lets you do calls to all other BBM 7.0 users for free. As we saw in mid-November, the revamp lets chatters switch to free VoIP chat on WiFi without having to drop text messaging or photo sharing in mid-session. That’s not the only upgrade.
Other new stuff coming up with the BBM 7.0 is the synchronization with your BlackBerry ID profile, 16 new emote icons and notifications when new version becomes available.
The BBM 7.0 is now available for the BB OS 7.x and 6.x users, while those stuck on OS 5.x need not worry. RIM is working on adding support for OS 5.x and will release a compatible version in the beginning of 2013.
There have been rumblings that Spotify would unveil a browser-based client. Well, the company has just confirmed to us that such a service is not only in the works, but is currently in beta testing.
The trial version is being rolled out slowly to users over the coming weeks and months, though it may be sometime before the general public is granted access. The statement we received didn’t specify an official launch date, the company simply said it “will have more information in Q1 of next year.”
We weren’t able to squeeze too many details out of the spokesperson but, according to a report from The Verge, there is a basic set of features that mirrors what you see in the desktop app. That means a what’s new section, simple search and Spotify Radio, though no support for apps at the moment. Now you’ll just have to cross your fingers that you’ll be one of the lucky few granted testing privileges sooner, rather than later.