Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February

Apple's graphic when it unveiled the 64-bit A7 chip

Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must include 64-bit support from February 1st onward. While the company won't kick out existing titles, both new apps and updated releases will have to make the switch. Theoretically, this is easy -- developers just have to build apps using the most recent tools and standard settings.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple Developer

Google gives you the tools to build apps for Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android Wear

The official Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your phone may be weeks away, but Google has delivered all the ingredients for you to make Lollipop-ready apps. The search firm has released both the finished Lollipop developer kit and a fresh batch of stripped-down Android test releases for Nexus 5 and 7 devices. There's also a new round of Material Design guidelines and assets to make sure apps look at home in Google's flatter aesthetic. This won't help much if you just want to try all the whiz-bang features, but you'll definitely want to hit the source links if you're a software creator.

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Via: Matias Duarte (Google+)

Source: Android Developers Blog

Here’s every device getting Android 5.0 Lollipop so far

Motorola's examples of phones getting Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you're a die-hard Android fan, you're probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade -- when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this candy-flavored OS. Google's Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 models are naturally first in line, as are Android One and Google Play Edition hardware; its outgoing Motorola brand is equally on top of things with plans to patch the Moto E, G and X alongside Verizon's Droid Mini, Maxx and Ultra. HTC and OnePlus don't have full details, but they're both pledging to give their recent flagships a taste of Lollipop within 90 days of receiving finished code. NVIDIA and Sony, meanwhile, are being vague. While they're respectively teasing plans to update the Shield Tablet and the Xperia Z series, they won't say when just yet.

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Source: HTC (Twitter), Motorola, Sony Mobile Blog

Flickr chooses a great time to launch its iPad app

Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad's camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn't) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr's attention. Yahoo's photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the introduction of its first iPad-ready app (four years after Apple's slate arrived) isn't that late. So what's in the (now universal) Flickr iOS app? iPad-optimized layouts for members to browse pictures whether their own or others that "cascade in a lovely waterfall format." If you must take a picture with your tablet, the app can record photos or videos with live filters and a full suite of editing tools. It requires iOS 8 to work, and some of the upgrades that stretch across devices include support for the new sharing extensions, photo detail editing and a new unified search. The update is live in the app store now, and of course there's no time like 3AM ET on a Saturday to give it a try.

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Source: iTunes, Flickr Blog

Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile now available on Android

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Back in the dark distant past, when the world seemed like it was in black and white I spent my time whiling away the hours playing some classic games.  One of those titles was Chris Sawyer’s Roller Coaster Tycoon.  Creating your own theme park complete with epic roller coasters, attracting as many guests as possible and getting janitors to clean the inevitable vomit from the paths was all part and parcel a normal day in the tycoon land.

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Good news then for those of us that loved this series for Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile has arrived on Android and is free to download.

The free-to-play Android edition includes all gameplay experiences offered for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including the latest park attractions, social features and recent updates. With numerous ways to share and customize coasters and rides, players can grow their parks and connect with friends online to exchange blueprints, send a flyover plane with customized messages, and compare parks.

With this latest version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, Atari has incorporated classic gameplay features from the original games including Queue Lines. Entirely new gameplay, including a RollerCoaster Tycoon-themed slots mini-game and billboards that showcase real-world advertisements adding to the realism of the parks has also been introduced! Additional highly popular and nostalgic RollerCoaster Tycoon features including transport rides, janitors, and even the ability to make theme park visitors visibly sick after enjoying too many coaster rides will be available soon.

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The game which has topped the charts on app stores across several regions on iOS already having been launched in April 2014 on the platform.

Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is available to download for free now from Google Play

For further information read the full press release below.

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Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile now available on Android is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

EE’s newest 4G tablet only costs £99

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7

When Vodafone announced its first own-brand LTE tablet, the £125 Smart Tab 4G, earlier this week, it suddenly made EE's £209 Eagle look a little pricey. Knowing that cost is key in the lead-up to Christmas, the UK's biggest carrier isn't resting on its laurels and has shot back a its rival by pricing its latest 4G tablet even lower. At £99, the vibrant Alcatel ONE TOUCH Pop 7S, is the UK's most affordable pay-as-you-go 4G slate, according to EE, and comes with a 7-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 display, Android 4.3 (Android 4.4 KitKat available via an OTA update), a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8926 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear and 0.3 front facing cameras, 8GB storage (with microSD support) and a 3240 mAh battery. The operator will also throw in 100MB of free data every month with every 4G tablet bought between now and January 31st, sweetening the deal for parents or bargain hunters looking for a cheap connected tablet.

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Via: EE

Lenovo Reduce the Price of the Yoga 8 to £120

At the moment tablets are grabbing headlines with the launch of the Google Nexus 9, the Hudl 2 and the Apple iPad, and Lenovo are grabbing a few headlines of their own as the price of the impressive Yoga 8 drops to £119.99 through Argos.

The Lenovo Yoga 8 is a stylish piece of hardware with a multitouch 8″ 1280 x 800 IPS screen, unique holding grip & kick stand, it certainly looks the part.

As a general multimedia device the Yoga 8 has a reasonable spec with a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, Android 4.2 JellyBean, Dolby Digital sound and with an incredible battery that lasts up to 18 hours the Yoga 8 should certainly live up to your travel requirements.

There maybe more powerful tablets on the market but this is capable device and has great value.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, especially perhaps a family device, then at this price the Lenovo Yoga 8 if definitely worth consideration.

Lenovo Reduce the Price of the Yoga 8 to £120 is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Nexus 9 announced

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The new Nexus tablet is here and it looks brilliant. Is it enough to compete on the market as it stands?  Well lets dig in and try to find out.

I have owned and used both the previous Nexus 7 tablets amongst others, so I have been keen to see what the next generation of Google’s tablet would look like. We all heard the rumours and I can say that the rumours were true to form and we do indeed have an 8.7” screen on a tablet that weighs in at less than 1lb or 454 grams. Needless to say this is a significant departure from the previous style of tablet that Google have made. So the screen is going to a 4:3 aspect ratio, is that such a bad thing? Well, I don’t think so as this is what the bestselling tablet uses at the moment and it seems to work there so why can it not work here?

The core of this new tab is that it is running the new Tegra K1 super chip at 2.3 GHz, Kepler DX1 GPU and 2gb of RAM. It is the first 64 bit architecture tablet on the market. This puts it square in the crosshairs of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and also the Galaxy Tab S Range. Like all previous Nexus devices there is still no expandability in the form of a Micro SD card slot which is a bugbear of mine but hey ho. Storage sizes will be 16gb and 32gb

One addition that has got me a bit hot under the cooler is the fact that it is going to have the option of a Keyboard accessory, this will make it a conceivable option for people on the go like myself.
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You can order worldwide from 17th October although  UK pricing is still to be confirmed. We will bring you any more news as we get it.

In the meantime here is a vid to get you a little more excited.

 

Nexus 9 announced is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

EE now also do a cheap 4G tablet as well

Yesterday we heard that Vodafone were offering a cheap 4G tablet for pay as you go customers, today not to be outdone EE have announced that they’ll be selling the slightly cheaper and slightly smaller Alcatel One Touch Pop S. Which can be yours for £99.99 and it comes with a regular data allowance of 100MB.
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– EE announces the UK’s most affordable 4G Pay As You Go (PAYG) tablet in time for Christmas with the Alcatel ONE TOUCH Pop 7S at just £99.99.

– EE also unveils a 2014 Christmas gifting offer – providing all new EE PAYG smartphone and 4G tablet purchases with 100MB of free mobile data each and every month.

– All new 4G tablets launched on EE between now and 31st January 2015, and smartphones between now and 28th December 2014, to be included in the Christmas promotion.

Christopher Traggio, Director of Pay As You Go, EE said: 

“The Christmas sales have come early this year for those shopping for a new Pay As You Go smartphone or tablet. With the most affordable 4G tablet in the UK, plus free data each and every month on the UK’s biggest and fastest network, we’re helping customers purchase a gift that will keep on giving, long after the festive season is over.”

Quite how capable this tablet is remains to be seen. The only EE supplied about the tablet is as follows:

The thin and light tablet has a 7” screen, a front and rear camera, a quad core processor, 8GB hard drive and MicroSD slot. The tablet also comes with three colourful back covers at no extra cost.

The Alcatel website paints a different picture though. Quoting a dual core processor and Android 4.2.

The tablet is equipped with a 1.3GHz Cortex A7 dual-core processor and is powered by AndroidTM 4.2 (Jelly Bean). With up to twice the performance of a single core tablet, the POP 7 tablet offers faster multi-tasking capabilities, allowing users to simultaneously launch multiple apps, edit photos, and play graphic-intensive games.

The VGA megapixel front-facing camera make video calls a snap, while the 2 megapixel rear camera captures crisp photos and 1080p video.

EE now also do a cheap 4G tablet as well is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

ASUS’ PadFone X mini phone-and-tablet hybrid reaches AT&T

ASUS PadFone X mini for AT&T

If you liked ASUS' PadFone X but weren't willing to pay that much for the combination of an Android smartphone with a tablet shell, AT&T might soon have what you're looking for. The carrier is bringing the PadFone X mini to the US on October 24th, when it will sell for $200 to GoPhone's prepaid customers. There's a lot of hardware here for the money, although it won't surprise you to hear that ASUS makes sacrifices to give you two devices for the price of one. The smartphone half is a bit better than the regular PadFone mini thanks to its larger 4.5-inch screen, but you're still looking at a dual-core Atom processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. You're also docking into a 7-inch tablet which houses little more than a front camera and an extra battery, so don't expect a night-and-day difference when you use the bigger screen. With that said, the PadFone X mini beats getting a budget smartphone by itself -- give it a look if you'd rather not buy a separate tablet.

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Source: AT&T