There is a good news for Microsoft’s Windows 8 fans. It is being told that the company will be releasing the next version of DirectX pretty soon. Actually, it is rumoured to be released as soon as March 20th, this month, just two weeks from now. The release will happen at GDC. So, there is going to be some serious gaming on Windows 8 computers from now. DirectX 10 was for Vista+, DirectX 11 was for Windows 7+, and probably, DirectX 12 will be for Windows 8+. This is just going by the trend, and not an official statement, yet.
If you remember, sometime last month, T Mobile announced a promotional offer for the iPhone 4S for existing T Mobile Blackberry customers. The company started taking trade ins of any BlackBerry for a brand new iPhone 5S. And this started an online battle of words between the two companies’ CEOs on Twitter. But now, after a couple of weeks, T Mobile’s CMO Mike Sievert has tweeted that the country’s fourth largest wireless carrier has seen 15 times more trade ins than usual of BlackBerry in the last two weeks. Phone Arena says, “Now let’s hope we can get John Chen and John Legere to shake hands and make nice.”
Source: Phone Arena
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) fans have a good news, that the company is listening to your feedback and complaints. The company has announced that a future update to the app will bring in features like sharing photos in group chats. This is, if you ask me, of the basic features of a messaging app, and missing out on that is very bad. Also, the Waterloo based tech giant will be upping the limit of the file size that can be shared on the platform from 6 MB to 16 MB. These are welcome changes, but there is no idea when this updated will be rolled out.
SanDIsk recently announced their all new, gigantic-capacity 128 GB microSD card, that too a Class 10 version. But with such high capacity, comes a high price tag. And the company announced that this one will cost $200. But if you want the memory card very badly, and do not want to spend so much, you can get the same card for a very less price on Amazon. The online retailer is selling the memory card for just $120, but you will have to wait for at least 3 to 4 weeks to get it. But that’s worth the wait.
Source: Into Mobile
Geeksphone is back in the news with another awesome smartphone. The Blackphone from the company is taking securing on Android to whole new level. The smartphone is running a forked version of Google’s Android, called the PrivatOS. The device features a 2GHz quad-core chip, 4.7-inch HD IPS display, LTE connectivity support, Bluetooth 4.0, dual cameras, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The smartphone will allow you to make private calls, text, image, videos, chats, file exchange upto 100 MB, and much more. The company is basically targeting government and business sector. But if you have $629 to spend, this can be yours.
Watch the video below of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and observe the smartphones behind the smartwatch. Those could actually be the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. If this is the case, the smartphone is coming in three colors for sure, as can be seen from the video – white, black, and gold. But according to latest rumor, there is a blue color as well. The smartphone is very similar to the latest Note series smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3, with the faux leather back cover. The camera flash is now below the camera, and is more squared in shape. We’ll get to know more info about this once it is officially announced in a few hours.
Source: The Droid Guy
After the Nokia X line of Android smartphones, the company shed the curtains off of two other budget friendly phones, the Nokia 220 and the Nokia Asha 230. The Nokia 220 is the company’s cheapest internet phone coming in at just $39. The phone is a typical old school candybar styled internet phone with a good old T9 keyboard below the screen. It has a 2.4-inch 240×320 screen, a 2 MP camera, microSD card support, an FM radio, MP3 player, video player, an integrated flashlight, and not even 3G. The Asha 230 has a 2.8-inch 240×320 touchscreen, microSD card support, quad-band GSM (no 3G here either), Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3 MP camera, and a 1,020 mAh battery. This is the cheapest touch screen device from the company costing just $59.
Source: Unwired Review
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 event is just around the corner, and all major smartphone manufacturers from around the world are expected to showcase something really awesome at the event. Huawei is one of these manufacturers. We are already expecting the Ascend P7, a smartwatch, and the Ascend D3, probably. Along with this, there is a possibility of the MediaPad X1 to come out to the market. According to latest rumors, the MediaPad X1 will pack a quad-core HiSilicon 910 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 7-inch 1920×1200 display, and a whopping 6,000mAh battery.
Samsung lovers have something really new and exciting today. A new rumor suggests that the South Korean smartphone giant, Samsung, might actually consider lowering the price of its next generation Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S5. The smartphone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, which is not even a week away. It is being said that at least one wireless carrier has contacted the smartphone manufacturer and suggested that the pricing has to be a big more aggressive this time around. But we do not have anything more about the story than this. But we will soon get official data.
Source: Android Authority
If you are enjoying the Microsoft Office productivity suite on your iPhone, and want it on your Apple tablet as well, your wait may have gotten a bit shorter. This comes out of a rumor which says that the launch of the Office suite for iPad, which was scheduled to happen in the fall, may have been accelerated to before July. This means the suite will appear on iPads before the touch friendly version for the Windows tablets. Also, it is expected that an Office 365 subscription may be required to use the suite on Apple’s iPads.