MSI Haswell Motherboard Giveaway

We've got two more chances to win a Z87 Haswell motherboard, this time courtesy of MSI. Today's giveaway includes one MSI Z87 MPower Max and one Z87-GD65 Gaming.

MSI Haswell Motherboard Giveaway

We've got two more chances to win a Z87 Haswell motherboard, this time courtesy of MSI. Today's giveaway includes one MSI Z87 MPower Max and one Z87-GD65 Gaming.

US federal judge rules Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

Following a non-jury trial that ended on June 20th, US District Judge Denise Cote has ruled that Apple conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books, according to a Reuters report published this morning. Apple has been at the focus of the Manhattan-based antitrust trial, which began last month, with publishers Macmillan and Penguin Group named as co-defendants. The violation here centered on Apple’s agency pricing model, in which publishers set the price of each book and give sellers a 30 percent cut, rather than a traditional wholesale model in which retailers set the pricing at their own stores.

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Source: Reuters

Liquid metal for 3D printing could lead to bendy electronics, T-1000

DNP 3D printing liquid metal a la Terminator, yo

3D printing is awesome, yet it still has a lot of untapped potential — you can use it to create terrifying spiderbots and even tiny drones, but you can’t make electronic components out of pools of plastic. Thankfully, a team of North Carolina State University researchers have discovered a mixture of liquid metal that can retain shapes, which could eventually be used for 3D printing. Liquid metals naturally have the tendency to merge, but alloys composed of gallium and indium combined form a skin around the material. This allows researchers to create structures by piling drops on top of each other using a syringe, as well as to create specific shapes by using templates. The team is looking for a way to use the mixture with existing 3D printing technologies, but it might take some before it’s widely used as it currently costs 100 times more than plastic. We hope they address both issues in the near future, so we can conjure up futuristic tech like bendy electronics, or maybe even build a body to go with that artificial skin.

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Via: New Scientist, Gizmodo Australia

Source: North Carolina State University

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

We come across a ton of awesome jailbreak tweaks and apps for the iPhone throughout the year. We can’t talk about all of them. So, with that in mind, here are our favorites from the last few months.

First off, you’ll need to jailbreak your phone to use these tweaks. If you’re new to jailbreaking, be sure to check out our last roundup as well as our favorite jailbreak tweaks for iOS 6. Once you’re all caught up, it’s time to check out all the new stuff.

Velox Performs Awesome Actions Directly from the Home Screen

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

Velox is a tweak for the iPhone that allows you to swipe an icon to reveal more information. For example, if you swipe the Messages app when you have a notification, you can instantly respond directly from that screen, or if you swipe the Calculator you get access to the calculator. It’s handy enough that we walked you through some of our favorite extra features, and if you’re looking for a completely different way to interact with your iPhone’s home screen, Velox is well worth the $1.99 download.

Badger Makes It Easy to Instantly Respond to Notifications

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013Badger is similar to Velox in a way, but it concentrates entirely on notifications. Badger features a customizable popup window for all badges on your home screen. So, when you hold an icon, your notifications are shown in-line on the home screen where you can reply, or open the app as you normally would.

Abstergo Cleans Up Your Notifications Screen

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

iOS 6 introduced the handy reminders feature for phone calls, but it didn’t extend to any other notifications. Abstergo adds a similar feature set to all notifications, and you can set reminders to follow up to pretty much anything on your lock screen. For some apps, like Messages, you can even set a reminder right in the app itself. If you’re the type who forgets to follow up on text messages, tweets, email, or anything else, Abstergo is a handy utility to have.

Keyboard Control Pro Supercharges Your Typing Options

The iOS keyboard is fine for most of us, but it’s not really configurable in any way. Keyboard Control Pro is a new tweak that gives you a ton of options to make the keyboard subtly better. These include certain behaviours like making parentheses and brackets automatically close, automatically add spaces after symbols, automatically make the keyboard switch to numbers after certain characters (like a dollar sign), and plenty more. It might not seem like much at first, but it ends up being pretty handy in the long term.

NCEnough Shows Only the Amount of Notification Center that Matters

For whatever reason, the iOS Notification Center pulls down to cover the entire screen by default. In most cases, this really isn’t necessary. NCEnough is a tweak that changes Notification Center’s behavior so it only pulls down as far as it needs to in order to display the content on the screen.

AutoBrightness Improves on Apple’s Dynamic Screen Brightness

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

If you don’t like how the default auto-brightness feature works in iOS, then AutoBrightness is a worth a look. It takes in more of the ambient light in a room in order to adjust the screen brightness accordingly. It’s not much, but it’s certainly trying harder than the default option to actually make a screen’s brightness reflect what’s going on around it.

Volume Amplifier Turns Up Quiet Phone Calls

The speaker volume on a call with the iPhone isn’t always loud enough to hear in noisy environments. Volume Amplifier does exactly what the name suggests and cranks up the headset volume on iPhone 5′s. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on older devices, but if you’re sick of your phone being too quiet and you’re on an iPhone 5, then Volume Amplifier is worth a look.

JellyLock Gives You an Jellybean-like Lock Screen

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

The Android Jellybean lock screen launcher is incredibly handy, and launchers are certainly something iOS users have been clamoring for since the beginning. JellyLock is a launcher made to emulate the Jellybean lock screen and it works fantastically well on the iPhone. You can get instant access to up to six apps, and you can customize the look in all sorts of ways. If you’re in the mood for a similar app launcher not based on Android, the recently released Atom is just as good.

LSFlatAlerts Cleans Up Notification Bubbles

Your Quarterly Jailbreak Roundup, July 2013

If you think the notification pop-up bubble is annoying on iOS, then LSFlatAlerts is the tweak for you. Instead of showing that pop-up window, it immediately bumps everything up into the list view on the lock screen. It’s incredibly simple, but looks and works a lot better.

Opera for Android scores Chromium 28, snappier startups and video downloads

Opera for Android scores Chromium 28, snappier startups and video downloads

Opera for Android emerged from a beta phase with its last major release, and now its developers have polished it up further in version 15. With Chromium 28 freshly-placed under the hood, the mobile browser has caught up with its desktop counterparts when it comes to WebKit-based innards. A handful of features have also been added, which include improved start-up times, an “open in private tab” context menu and refined cookie clearing, along with the ability to set download locations and open files from an SD card. Thanks to the upgrade, users will also be able to save videos to their device and play them back, to boot. An assortment of bug fixes, in addition to spruced up tab UI animations, made the cut as well. Check your hardware for the update, or head to the second source link for the download.

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Via: Android Police

Source: Opera, Google Play

Tumblr on iOS expands search, Android version gets new animations

Tumblr on iOS expands search, Android version gets new animations

Tumblr‘s iOS and Android apps were both updated today, with the former getting a “new discovery experience” and the latter getting a variety of updates (most notably a UI redesign). The iOS app’s update adds the ability to “search tags and blogs” directly through Tumblr iOS’ “discovery” section (previously you could only search by tag), making it all the easier to find that entry on Public Shaming you wanted to show mom.

The Android app, meanwhile has “fancy new post animations,” and apparently it makes “images pop!” There are also a couple of bug fixes and some functionality updates — full notes for both versions are just below, and you can snag Tumblr for iOS and Android at the links in the source. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve gotta get back to reading Dear Trolls.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: iTunes, Google Play, Tumblr

Samsung offers $4 million bounty to populate Tizen app store

Samsung has over $4 million up for grabs to entice would-be developers toward its Tizen mobile OS. If you’re feeling crafty — and who isn’t futzing in the garage these days? — you have until November 1st to submit an app based on the South Korean giant’s upstart ecosystem. Games take the lion’s share of the prize, with the top title walking away with $200K out of the category’s $340K. The winning non-game application (music, social networking, et cetera) takes home $120K, and the 10 best HTML 5-based apps each net $50K. While we’ve seen this sort of stunt before, the end results typically speak for themselves.

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Via: CNET

Source: Tizen Developers

Revamped Google Maps for Android rolling out with new discovery, navigation tweaks

Revamped Google Maps for Android starts rolling out with new discovery, navigation tweaks

Google showed off its new maps UI for desktop and mobile back in May, and now the update is slowly rolling out for Android 4.0.3+ devices. At its event Google said this new version is bringing a more personalized experience, while the changelog reveals new navigation data with “live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting.” Ratings, reviews and other info have also been pushed to the front in an effort to help users find out more about local places, and on tablets an “Experience” feature should bring enhanced indoor walkthroughs. Assuming you haven’t already booked your own ticket to the desktop beta, check out Google’s PC-centric video preview after the break, or our hands-on impressions here. The description is live in the Play Store, but you may need to go another route if you’d like to snag the latest APK before the download rolls out to everyone.

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Source: Google Play

Google Maps 7.0 Update Refreshes the UI, Adds Traffic Reports and More

Google Maps 7.0 Update Refreshes the UI, Adds Traffic Reports and More

Android: Google just rewarded the night owls with a huge update to Google Maps that brings a new cards-based interface as well as a slew of new features for finding places and getting information on traffic conditions.

The update is currently rolling out on the Play Store (though if you want to jump the line, Android Police has an APK mirror for users running Android 4.0 and up). The new interface ditches the Action Bar and opts for the cards-style that its desktop counterpart is currently beta testing. It also includes the side panel that’s becoming standard.

In addition to the new look (which is so extensive we’ll need more time to dig into all the changes), there are also a few additional features. For starters, in Navigation, you can view your entire route and see any traffic, road construction, or closures that may slow you down both on and near your route. Back in Maps proper, tap on the empty Search box to see an Explore card and a Services card, both of which help you find new places in your area.

The roll out is happening on the Play Store right now. If you don’t see it immediately and don’t want to try out the APK, just wait a bit.

Google Maps | Google Play Store via Android Police