There’s a "Smart" for every kind of piece of equipment you own these days - why not a smart bag? Phorce Pro suggests that they’re the first to this market, bringing a bag that tells you how much battery life it’s carrying. The battery it carries also powers your devices - up to three of them at once.
Google's Chrome team is on a roll this week. Just after rolling out the stable version of 64-bit Chrome for Windows, they are doing the same for Mac users, though this time still in Beta form. But beta users, on Mac or otherwise, are all in a for treat as Google announced a new "Guest Mode" feature for the browser.
There’s a game out there called Super World Karts, one made in the "16-bit era" of games, ready to roll with an "indie" cast of characters in Steam Greenlight mode. Of course there’s also a Kickstarter. And of course it works for Windows, OS X, and OUYA - with more platforms on the way.
Those of you that enjoy changing the theme for your smartphone on a daily basis will appreciate what the folks behind Elementary OS are trying to do. They’re not trying to be your "Monday" theme, but your next operating system - and they’re trying to do it with Linux tied to an aesthetic that’s a cross between Chrome OS and Apple’s OS X.
It would appear that Apple’s acquisition of Beats by Dre, aka Beats Electronics, aka Beats Music, has been finalized. With it comes a message from Beats, likely written by a top wordsmith from Apple. It sounds that way, anyway, bringing on words that deem Beats headphones worthy of sitting alongside the iPod, iPad, and iPhone as Apple’s key "instruments."
This week it’s been tipped that Apple’s media content parters - or prospective parters - for the Apple TV are "dragging their heels." This means no Apple TV release inside of the year 2014, and it means the Apple TV box that’s already on the market will stay there.
Microsoft may be pushing Windows and Windows Phone hard, but that hasn't stopped it from polishing up its apps for Apple's platforms, with OneNote latest to get new features. The Mac, iPad, and iPhone apps have all been tweaked, with four new features including the ability to better secure digital notes, and to attach documents to them.
PC sales have been on a steady decline, and the reasons for which have largely been attributed to increased adoption of tablets and ever-larger smartphones. Both IDC and Gartner have shown largely similar numbers in terms of PC sales, and Gartner has recently shown a blip of health in PC growth, but Asymco's Horace Dediu has pointed out that uncoupling Mac shipments from non-Mac PC shipments hints at a bigger story.
MacBook finagler ModBook is back, teasing what looks to be a new tablet based on Apple's notebook but reworked to suit artists and pen lovers. The unnamed project has been teased in portions over the past week or so, with ModBook promising a full reveal this week. One thing's for sure: there's a stylus involved.
If you’re considering downloading the Beta of Apple’s OS X Yosemite, think twice. It’s not that the operating system itself is weak in any way, but if you’re an average user, you should not go rushing in to downloading this particular build at this particular time. The reasons you should avoid this Beta are simple.