A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.
Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.
The world of Samsung smartphones runs the gamut from one size to another. Want a phone that doubles as a small tablet? There's a Galaxy for that. Not everyone finds phablet-sized smartphones of adequate size for a tablet, however, and so they opt for a larger dedicated tablet and, conversely, a smaller smartphone to complement it. Others simply want a small easy-to-hold-and-pocket offering. Regardless of your reasons for leaning towards the diminutive end of the spectrum, Samsung aims to have your back, rolling out the svelte GALAXY S 4 Mini -- a miniature version of its popular handset by the same name. How does the smartphone hold up to its larger brethren? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.
Mobile payments provider Square has updated its Square Reader dongle, slimming the card-swipe attachment by 45-percent, and supposedly improving performance to increase the chance of a successful scan first time. The new reader, which will be offered free to businesses using Square to process their credit and debit card transactions, makes use of a custom-designed magnetic stripe reader-head, of Square's own creation rather than an off-the-shelf component.
Nissan is set to reveal a new coupe that is rumored to resemble the company's 2011 Esflow concept car. Codenamed Z35, the new coupe is aimed at twentysomethings, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told Motor Trend. It will compete with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.
In Sudan, reports from the ground are grim. Demonstrations in Madani and the nation's capitol Khartoum against the Sudanese government for its alleged involvement in the ongoing economic crisis have turned bloody, according to reports by citizen journalists. Government forces backed by President Omar al Bashir have been firing into crowds, killing some. Brick-and-mortar news organizations have been shuttered. The Internet has been shut down in an effort to silence protesters. None of this would be known outside the country were it not for a local implementation, "Abena", of a crowdmapping platform called Ushahidi.
Today several sources - and users across the USA - are reporting a bit of an annoyance in iOS 7 for their iPhones and iPads when working with apps that require log-in information. One of the most prevalent of these is Mailbox, the email app released earlier this year to iPhone and iPad for iOS 6. It would appear that Apple's renewed interest in software and hardware security may have snuck up on developers now finding their apps to be kicking out refreshes at an alarming rate.
The development team behind the Crysis game family Crytek have suffered what appears to be a malicious attack - or at least "suspicious activity" - in the servers of several of their hero title websites. The developers from Crytek have taken down Crytek.com, Mycryengine.com, Crydev.net, and MyCrysis.com, making sure to mention that GFACE.com, Crysis.com, and Warface.com have been unaffected.
Nokia's Lumia 1020 PureView might not need an introduction, but it may need an explanation. Announced with no small amount of fanfare (and hyperbole from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop) the new Windows Phone borrows Nokia's photography tricks from the notably-niche 808 PureView of 2012, refining it with Microsoft's OS and a more streamlined form-factor to make an attempt at the mass-market. That mass-market will get the Lumia 1020 on AT&T from July 26, but the 41-megapixel marvel has already been on the SlashGear test bench, so read on for our full review.