By adding translucency to certain interface elements in OS X Yosemite, we’ve put a greater emphasis on your content. Translucent toolbars let you know there’s more to see than what’s visible in the window as you scroll. And a translucent sidebar lets you see what’s hidden behind the active window. So the interface takes on the look of your desktop image and your content — making your Mac experience different from anyone else’s.
Streamlined toolbars put more features into less space.
In OS X Yosemite, we’ve streamlined the toolbars in some of your favorite apps without losing their capabilities. For instance, in Safari you can now access your favorite sites by clicking in the smart search field. With just one click of the Tab view button, you can see the Safari tabs that are open on all your devices. We’ve streamlined Maps and Calendar, too. Which means the apps give you more room for what you care about.
Controls that are smarter in both form and function.
A lot of what you do on your Mac requires clicking things like buttons, checkboxes, and pop-up menus. In OS X Yosemite, we’ve redesigned these controls to make the Mac experience feel cleaner and more refined throughout the system. And we’ve made them smarter as well. Take the red, yellow, and green “stoplights” in the corner of every app window. Not only have we streamlined their look, but we’ve also updated their functions. Close, minimize, and maximize are now close, minimize, and full screen, eliminating the extra full-screen control and consolidating the window controls in one place. Streamlining these and other elements of the interface means you can navigate the desktop more efficiently. And you can get the most from your beautiful Mac display.
A cleaner, more iconic Dock.
There are several ways to launch an app. But most likely you look to the Dock. With OS X Yosemite, we’ve simplified the appearance of the Dock and its icons to provide a more consistent look and feel. This new approach to the icons gives the entire app family a more harmonious look while making each one instantly recognizable.
Enjoy the view in all your favorite apps.
OS X Yosemite brings a new look to apps like Safari, Mail, Messages, and more. But it’s not just about how much better they look. It’s also about how much better they work.
Spotlight. Now brighter than ever.
The fastest way to find things on your Mac keeps getting better. The redesigned Spotlight appears front and center when you open it. It’s great for looking up information from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, news, Maps, movies, and more. And it gives you richer, more interactive previews of your results. So you can read a document, send an email, or make a phone call by clicking a result.
APPLE iOS 8 PREVIEW
iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad
iOS 8, codenamed Okemo, was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014 on June 2, with the first developer beta seeded the same day. The current beta, beta 2, was seeded on June 17, and it’s expected to become publicly available this fall. If Apple sticks to the pattern established over the course of the last two years, that would peg the iOS 8 release date as on or around September 17, 2014. (Apple, of course, doesn’t always stick to patterns.) Major new features include Continuity, Extensibility, QuickType, Health, iCloud Drive, and Family Sharing, as well as major improvements for Photos, Messages, Spotlight, and more. There will likely also be more, hardware-dependant features announced alongside the iPhone 6 this fall.
Continuity: Handoff, AirDrop, Instant Hotspot, calling and SMS/MMS
Continuity is all about providing a seamless, secure experience between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As long as you’re logged in under the same Apple ID, and your devices are in proximity, you can Handoff activity in an app on iOS to continue it right where you left off on OS X, or vice-versa. There’s also a new, cross-compatible version of AirDrop so you can push data between all your devices, and Instant Hotspot, so your Mac or iPad Wi-Fi can use your iPhone or iPad cellular connection to get online automagically. Continuity also lets you make or take phone calls and SMS and MMS messages from your iPhone on your iPad or Mac.
In addition to the Continuity SMS/MMS sending and receiving, and interactive notifications, Messages has gained several other new features. Thanks to new touch-and-hold radial controls, you can quickly create and send video and audio messages. You can also lift to your ear to listen. For existing photos and videos, you now get large thumbnails making them easy to add, even in volume.
There’s a new Details section that lets you see and share location as well as all photos and videos that are part of the conversation. In addition, for group messages, you can now easily invoke do-not-disturb on specific conversations, and even drop out entirely with just a couple of taps.
With Family Sharing, up to 6 people can co-mingle their iTunes music, movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games, all together, all at the same time. It doesn’t matter if you have different Apple IDs and passwords, all that matters is that you have the same credit card on all the shared accounts.
If you have children, you can also approve every in-app purchase they make — a notification appears on your iOS devices telling you a child wants to make an in-app purchase on one of their iOS devices.
What’s more, Family Sharing automagically sets up a shared Photo Stream, shared Calendar, and allows shared location and shared Find my iPhone/iPad when and if you choose to enable it.
iCloud Photo Library is the big new feature in Photos. In theory, every photo and video you take with your iPhone or iPad gets store in iCloud so you can access it from any iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC, anywhere and any time you want. Apple even promises RAW files will be stored, if that’s the original format. In practice, however, the amount stored will depend on how much space you have in your iCloud account, which still starts at a paltry 5GB.
What’s more, iCloud Photo Library also stores non-destructive edits, so if you make a change to a photo or video on one device, those changes are synced to any and all other devices logged into the same Apple ID.
Smart search and smart suggestion tries to make it easier for you to find your photos later, with time, location, and album sorting.
There’s a new time-lapse mode for the Camera app, and smart composition tools so you can quickly crop and straighten photos. There are also smart adjustments so you can either automagically fix a photo, or manually tweak brightness, contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, and colors.
Thanks to Extensibility, you can now access third-part filters as well. Thanks to manual camera controls for third-party apps, you will also be able to set everything just the way you like it as well.
iOS doesn’t expose, and doesn’t need to expose a file system. They’re horrible relics of inhuman computing days past. However, iOS has always needed a file repository so that documents weren’t jailed inside apps. iCloud Drive provides just that. Create a document in any app, on any Apple device, and access it from any compatible app on any other Apple device.
It works for text files. It works of iWork documents. It just works.
Much like Passbook collects all your passes, cards, tickets, etc. all in one place, Health promises to collect all your health and fitness information in one app. In addition to sections of fitness, nutrition, sleep, medication, and more, you can also create an emergency card for first responders so any critical information about you is readily available when you need it most.
HealthKit, the developer side of Health, will make it easy for App Store apps and accessories to share their information, and for you to share it with medical professionals if and when you so choose.
Spotlight has gotten much smarter, and much more able, in iOS 8. In addition to the classic on-device results we’ve all come to know and expect, Spotlight now provides Wikipedia results inline. So too news and even Maps data like landmarks, restaurants, and movies. iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store results are provided for both stuff you’ve already downloaded and stuff you haven’t, in case you want to buy or download it immediately.
It’s not quite Siri’s sequential inference engine, at least not yet. But it’s getting there.
Where previously you could double-click the Home button to get the card-view interface for recently used apps, now you can do the same to get a horizontal list view of favorite and recent contacts as well
Mail gets new, more powerful gestures so you can mark as read, flag, or trash. Data detectors get highlighted right at the top of an email so you can more quickly and easily add contacts, calendar events, and more. There’s also a new, special multitasking mode for mail so you can keep multiple drafts open at the same time in a new, tabbed interface.
Safari on the iPad gets the same visual tab feature that the iPhone version got in iOS 7, and the same new transparent sidebar OS X Yosemite enjoys, better organizing bookmarks, reading list, and shared links.
S/MIME has now been enabled on a per-message basis, and Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and Messages apps, as well as account credential are now, like Mail and App Store apps, encrypted following a reboot unless and until a passcode is entered.
Meeting availability is now shown in Calendar and there are now new tools available to manage PDFs and books. IT can manage which apps can open enterprise documents, MDM in general has been made better and more granular.
You can even AirPlay directly, without having to get on the business network first.
In addition to everything mentioned above, developers also get HomeKit to better integrate with home automation and connected devices, and CloudKit to store key values and blobs on Apple’s servers. SceneKit, for easier 3D game creation, has now been ported from OS X to iOS, and Metal, for writing more directly to the GPU, promises Apple A7 — and future A-series processor — performance never before possible.
There’s also Swift, a brand new programming language that promises to take the C out of Objective-C, and provide REPL and Playground features to make programming more accessible to everyone.
The Parker Backpack offers a slimmer silhouette featuring a diagonal zipper and pleated front pocket. It is a basic bag with a unique style perfect for everyday use.
With the goal of creating detailed, timeless product, Vancouver-based Herschel Supply Co. has been producing quality bags, travel goods and accessories since 2009. A basic bag with a unique style perfect for everyday use. Fully-lined with a coated poly fabric. Features a 15” laptop sleeve pocket, zippered expandable front sleeve pocket, full-grain leather zipper pulls and internal media pocket. Available now in duck camo/paradise.
Fully Lined With Our Signature Coated Poly Fabric
Up To 15” Laptop Sleeve Pocket
Zippered Expandable Front Sleeve Pocket
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Internal Media Pocket
PRE-ORDER PS TV | AMAZON $99.99 | This item will be released on November 30, 2014.
Play Fun PlayStation Games Together: Hundreds of titles to download and play including PlayStation Vita games, classic games from PS One and PSP systems, and more.
Remote Play: Stream most of your PS4 games from your PS4 system to your PlayStation TV over local wi-fi.
Easy to Set up and Play: Plug in and play on almost any TV in your home.
PlayStation Now READY: Available later this year, PlayStation Now will give access to an expanding library of PS3 games to stream directly to PlayStation TV.
Movies, TV Shows, Music: Download, rent, or stream from PlayStation Store, Music Unlimited or other entertainment apps.
PlayStation®TV system is a sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available for you to stream, download and play. Whether as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.
Big family fun in a small console.
The PlayStation TV system can be used as a second console in your bedroom for PS4™ Remote Play* and streaming PS3™ games from PlayStation™Now**. PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together. The PlayStation TV system*** includes the following for $99.99 (MSRP):
Samsung’s new fitness tracker, the Gear Fit, is easily the most eye-catching wearable the company has released. But it isn’t the only one. Samsung also just launched a new pair of updates to the Galaxy Gear, dubbed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.
Design and Build
The move to clock Tizen in and check Android out is the biggest change to come to the Gear 2, though one that may not be as obvious to customers who strap on the watches. The watch still sports the same 1.6-inch screen with a 320x320-pixel resolution. More obviously, the Gear 2’s camera gets a slight boost to a 2-megapixel resolution and moves from the wrist straps to the body of the smartwatch.
Thus liberated, the straps are now in a position for you to pop them off and exchange them with different colored bands — with any standard watch band, in fact. For the Gear 2, your pool of body colors includes Charcoal Black, Gold Brown, and Wild Orange, all similar shades carried over from the original Galaxy Gear. Pro tip: you can switch your wallpaper to match the wrist strap.
The watch also picks up a few more hardware and software tricks, like an infrared sensor and Samsung’s WatchOn TV remote app to go with it, and a standalone music player that means you can leave your phone at home while you go for a jog (so long as you sync it to a Bluetooth headset.)
Samsung has also added a persistent heart rate sensor as well. It glows when you tell it to check your vitals, pulsing every 90 seconds. If you turn on a personal coach as part of the fitness regimen, haptic feedback and on-screen notifications give you an encouraging buzz when you’re lagging behind.
Some of us weren’t fans of flipping our wrists to talk into the microphone embedded in the original Galaxy Gear’s clasp, and Samsung listened, placing the mic into the phone’s body instead.
Aesthetically, the Gear 2 looks much the same as the original Gear, though its rectangular face is very slightly larger and slimmer. You’ll still see that brushed metal finish, the textured straps that come with the device, and a clip-in clasp closure. You’ll also continue to charge the smartwatch with a separate charging cradle.
In addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 will work with Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab Pro (12.2, 10.1, 8.4).
Toukiden: The Age of Demons
Toukiden: The Age of Demons casts players in the role of the demon-fighting warrior, known as a Slayer. Starting from the Utakata Village headquarters where they will accept quests, players will venture out to battle monstrous and deadly Oni (demons) before they destroy all of humanity.
Customize characters, weapons and armor, and form a group of hunters to take down the destructive Oni-demons who have invaded the world through cracks in space and time. This visually stunning game boasts an extensive character creation mode, six non-player characters designed by Atelier Ayesha artist Hidari, and six different weapon types, each of which can be forged and upgraded to the player’s preferences. Players can select party members from a supporting cast of characters, or join together with up to three other players through ad-hoc mode. The game is set against a backdrop inspired by various historical periods of Japan, and features 200 characters based on both fictional and historical Japanese figures, whose souls help players strengthen their team and defeat their enemies.
Awesome Soundcloud Re-design
Check out this Dribble shot of a Soundcloud re-design by Mikael Eidenberg.
The ninja are the most elite of warriors, exercising unparalleled skill, precision, and lethality for centuries. Only the most deadly candidates are given the rare and coveted opportunity to join the clan.
The final test of a ninja’s training is to face a true ninja master in combat. For years, Yaiba was that final ninja. But after suffering the indignity of serving a clan led by the weak-willed and spineless, he decided he had had enough. It only seemed natural to him that he should claim the spines they had no use for. Among his confederacy of cowards, the weakest of all in Yaiba’s eyes was the “legendary” Ryu Hayabusa.
Fifteen dead ninjas later and Yaiba found himself face-to-face with the straight-arrow poster boy. A vicious battle ensued and when the dust cleared, Ryu Hayabusa stood victorious — for the moment. But that’s only where the story begins…
What Hayabusa took from Yaiba with the Dragon Sword — his eye, arm, and life — technology restored. Due to the intervention of the mysterious benefactors, Yaiba reawakens as rage-filled as ever. Only now, a zombie outbreak threatens to plunge the world into darkness. Now literally and figuratively armed by cutting-edge technology, he’ll have to carve a path through legions of grotesque and deformed undead to reach Ryu Hayabusa. With Hayabusa racing against time to determine the source of the infection, Yaiba must leave his own parallel trail of destruction if he’s to exact his revenge.
In Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.
Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by YAIBA’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyborg arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter—and the desire to kill more and more zombies!
From razor chainsaw to rocket punch, this unique appendage gives new meaning to the phrase “WELL ARMED!”
Spectacular, heavily stylized graphics transport players into their own GRAPHIC ADVENTURE.
Killing gets imaginative. Tear off a pair of zombie arms to turn into ZOMBIE NUNCHUCKS! Or grab a zombie with your mecha arm and flail it around on a chain for wide swaths of destruction!
Build Rage with every zombie killed to unleash adrenaline-filled UBER-VIOLENCE on the undead.
Learn the tale of YAIBA’s mysterious past through movies rendered in the style of sumi-e Japanese ink paintings.
A host of unique features that cater to the current generation of gamers – intense battles for CORE gamers and breathtaking beauty for BROAD players.
Not only undead humans, but ungodly amalgamations of dead flesh that will blow your mind as you BLOW THEM AWAY.
For the first time EVER Team NINJA and comcept collaborate on a new IP.
Over the top, non-stop ACTION—relentless VIOLENCE is only interrupted by utter CHAOS!
iPad Mini Retina iOS 7 Screens
This is just a quick viewing of the portrait mode layout of iOS 7 on the iPad Mini w/Retina Display.
iOS 7 includes all new and totally redesigned user experiences. These include-
iCloud Photo Sharing
Full Screen Maps
Lock Screen Notification Center
Look for the Landscape orientation posting soon!
Halo: Spartan Assault Comes to Xbox One on Dec. 24
When it released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year, “Halo: Spartan Assault” was greeted by Halo fans with open arms. The twin stick shooter was lauded by critics and players alike for presenting a game that looked and sounded just as great as the Halo games of old while providing a top-down experience that had never been seen in the series. In fact, the only thing that was missing was the ability to play the game on your console.
That all changes on December 24 when a new and improved “Halo: Spartan Assault” comes to Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Not only will the game look gorgeous on the Xbox One thanks to its native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.991. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on your console in January 2014 and will offer the same affordable pricing ($14.99) and upgrade discount ($4.99) as the Xbox One version.
Xbox has seen record-breaking sales with the recent announcement of Xbox One selling more than 2 million units through to consumers worldwide since its launch. November NPD Group figures released today revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.
November 2013 NPD highlights include:
Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group).
During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group).
During the month of November, Xbox One sold nearly three times as many units compared to Xbox 360 in the U.S. during its November 2005 launch (Source: NPD Group).
We are seeing strong consumer excitement for next gen Xbox One games, with U.S. consumers purchasing an average of 2.1 games* per console.
November NPD Group data reports on sales data for November, which included only the first nine days of Xbox One’s availability.
Demand for Xbox One is continuing to exceed supply in our 13 launch markets and is sold out at most retailers around the world. As retailers noted in our worldwide sales announcement yesterday, consoles are flying off store shelves faster than they can stock them and the Xbox team is working hard to meet consumer demand, delivering consoles to retailers as fast as possible to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience everything Xbox One has to offer this holiday season.
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iPhone 5C Giveaway!
We will be giving away 2 iPhone 5C smartphones(1 for each color) to a random follower of our blog.
Health & Wellness
Win a Nike+ Fuel Band SE from Pixel Entertainment this month!
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra
This phone is AWESOME! check out the review on Engadget.com+ a nice photo gallery!