Dropbox has launched a new version of the Dropbox Pro plan, and the latest plan will give you 1TB of storage for a fee of $9.99 a month.
The previous Dropbox Pro plans were available for $9.99 for 100GB, $19.99 a month for 200GB and $49.99 for 500GB, so this new plan is much better value, and comes with double the storage of the previous top plan.
We first launched Dropbox to help you simplify your life. Since then, you’ve told us that Dropbox does more than just that — it enables anyone with an idea, project, or passion to create amazing things.
This is especially true for the millions of you using Dropbox Pro. Whether you’re a professor sending out your lesson plans, a musician creating and sharing your new composition, or a consultant writing and refining a proposal, Dropbox Pro provides a home for your passion and creativity.
The company has also made a number of other changes to Dropbox Pro, which include passwords for shared links, and also expiration of shared links, plus you can now set view only permissions for shared folders.
You can find out more information about the new Dropbox Pro over at the Dprobox blog at the link below.
Instagram has launched a new app for Apple’s iOS platform, the apps is called Hyperlapse and it is designed to let you record time lapse videos.
The Hyperlapse app is designed to automatically stabilize the video your record, and you can record videos at a speed of up to 12 times the original speed, you can see a list of some of the features below.
* Shoot handheld time lapse videos in motion— while you’re walking, running, jumping or falling. * Smooth out your video for cinematic quality with automatic stabilization. * Speed up your hyperlapse to be up to 12 times the speed. * Share your videos seamlessly on Instagram and Facebook or save them to your camera roll to share anywhere, anytime. * Start filming immediately with a simple design that gets out of the way of your creativity * Download and start capturing. No sign up or account required.
Hyperlapse is available as a free download from iTunes, you can find out more details at the link below. The app will work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 and above.
Volvo has announced the launch of their latest SUV, the 2015 Volvo XC90, and to celebrate the launch, the company will release a limited first edition of the Volvo Xc90.
The 2015 Volvo XC90 limited edition will be available in a total of 1,927 cars, each will be individually numbered, and they will only be available to buy online from Volvo, this is the first time that the company has sold a car exclusively online.
The First Edition cars have uniquely numbered tread plates, a distinctive badge on the tailgate, a leather key fob with the First Edition logo, and are powered by a high-performance gasoline engine from Volvo Cars’ new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains.
The supercharged and turbocharged T6 AWD has an output of 316 hp and a maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft. The engines are teamed with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission.
The 4-corner air suspension includes Four-C, an electronically controlled damping system. There is a choice of five modes, including one where the driver is free to tailor the settings to his or her personal taste.
You can find out more details about the new 2015 Volvo Xc90 over at Volvo at the link below, the limited edition model will be sold online from the 3rd of September.
Over the past few months Google has been beta testing its Windows 64-bit Chrome Browser, which provides a faster and more stable version when compared to its 32-bit Chrome browser.
This week Google has now finished its beta testing and moved its 64-bit Chrome browser for Windows into its final stable release.
The new 64-bit Chrome Browser for will automatically download and install over your previous 64-bit beta Chrome installation and will automatically import your extensions, applications and other settings during the upgrade process.
Features included in the latest Chrome 37 stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux include : DirectWrite support on Windows for improved font rendering, a variety of new applications, extension and APIs. Together with plenty of tweaks and enhancements to provide users with more stability and performance. Google explains :
“We would also like to thank Collin Payne, Christoph Diehl, Sebastian Mauer, Atte Kettunen, and cloudfuzzer for working with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel. $8000 in additional rewards were issued.”
For a full list of all the new features, enhancements and security improvements within the latest Google Chrome browser which is now available as a 64-bit version for Windows jump over to the official Google Chrome blog.
Last week leaked information suggested that Kobo was preparing to launch a new waterproof eBook reader in the form of the new Kobo Aura H2O early next month priced at under $200.
This week Kobo have officially announced the launch of its new Kobo Aura H2O which will be available to purchase from October 1st 2014 priced at $180 throughout the US and Canada.
Within Europe the Kobo Aura H2O will be priced at €180 and be available in Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and Italy, as well as the UK where it will be priced at £140.
The Kobo Aura H2O is powered by a 1GHz processor and fitted with a 6.8 inch touchscreen e-ink display that offers users a resolution of 1430 x 1080 pixels with a density of 265dpi and supported by ComfortLight tech four reading in lowlight conditions.
Other features of the new Aura H2O eBook reader include 4GB of internal storage together with a microSD card slot that allows you to expand this even further by adding an extra 32GB card.
Kobo have also equipped their new eBook reader with a battery that is capable of providing up to 2 months of use from a single charge, when using a device for around 30 minutes a day. The Kobo Aura H2O as the name suggests is also waterproof and IP67 certified, allowing the e-reader to be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung Developer Conference takes place in November, and Samsung has announced that registration for this years conference is now live.
The 2014 Samsung Developer Conference takes place in the Moscone Center West, in San Francisco from the 11th of November to the 13th of November.
“Samsung sees the developers’ role as more critical than ever as connecting multiple personal devices becomes a key for creating a differentiated user experience,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solution Center. “The Samsung Developers Conference 2014 presents a rare opportunity for participants to share their ideas directly with Samsung and enable them to take part in leading the present and future of a Connected Living.”
This years conference will feature nine different categories and will be made up of 84 technical an marketing sessions, plus keynotes and workshops. Samsung will be announcing a new range of products for developers which will include tools and software development kits.
You can find out more information and also register for this years Samsung Developer Conference over at Samsung, you can also find out more details at the link below.
A new Kickstarter project has been launched this week by Trend Power in the form of the Share Foil which has been designed to provide users with a wireless travel solution all in one handy package.
The Share Foil includes a 3G Converter, Power Bank, Wireless Router and USB and SD Card sharing facility. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Share Foil project and see it in action.
“Share Foil is your all-in-one wireless digital travel solution ! It functions as a portable wireless router and 3G to Wi-Fi converter which can support up to 10 devices. It offers USB and SD Card sharing as well as emergency power for your trip too. With Share Foil, you can share your happiness anywhere, anytime to everybody from now on!
In order to have an internet access in foreign countries while we are traveling, we often buy a local data SIM card. However, it allows one device to access only, be it a phone or a 3G dongle. You cannot have your mobile or laptop connected to the Internet coherently. And you still need to undergo a chain of technician-liked procedures to replace your current SIM from you phone and interchange between the dongle.“
The Share Foil project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $30,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production.
So if you think Share Foil is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Share Foil become a reality.
Those of you that enjoy using Moleskine notebooks to jot down notes, sketches and ideas but also wish you could have a digital copy of them available on your tablet or smartphone.
Moleskine has this week released a special range of hardback notebooks to its range which provides support for Livescribe Smartpens.
Each page with the Molskine notebook range contains a dot pattern that makes handwritten notes appear in digital form on your tablet or smartphone.
The new range of Livescribe Smartpen Moleskine notebooks are now available to purchase in the US and are priced at $29.95 and have been specifically designed for use with the Livescribe smartpens and the Livescribe+ app. Moleskine explains :
“Enjoy the convenience of digital whilst indulging in the tactile pleasures of pen and paper, for a seamless creative experience. Take notes in a Moleskine notebook, and send each penstroke to your device, so you can see your ideas travel from paper to screen.
Convert handwriting into editable text to cut and paste, tweet or SMS your notes as you please. Livescribe smartpens can capture sound so you can associate key ideas jotted down in the notebook with the full discussion that can be listened to again and again.”
For more information on the new Livescribe Smartpen Moleskin notebooks jump over to the Moleskine website for details.
We have heard many reports over the past few months that Google is going to buy Twitch, the popular video game streaming company. And even though it was reported earlier in the month that the deal was finished for $1 billion, it looks like Google did not get it. Amazon stole it away from them.
It has been confirmed that Amazon is acquiring Twitch. The outstanding shares will be purchased for about $970 million. Just to refresh your memory in case you don’t know what Twitch is: It is a video game streaming service that launched over three years ago and it has been super popular. As of the end of 2013, it had over 40 million users who were watching an average of more than 100 minutes of video every day.
Emmett Shear, Twitch’s CEO, posted a letter on the company’s official website confirming the acquisition. According to him, they went with Amazon because it believes in the community and also shares Twitch’s values and long-term vision. “They want to help us get there faster,”. Twitch users will be happy to hear that Twitch will be keeping its brand, employees and its office. Nice! That is a great outcome. Twitch will also be keeping its independence, but Amazon’s cash will provide them with enough resources to improve the video game streaming service in some really good ways that should benefit everyone.
LG has launched a new version of their G3 smartphone, the LG G3 Stylus, and the company will be showing off the handset at IFA 2014 next month.
The LG G3 Stylus is equipped with a 5.5 inch qHD display that has a resolution of 860 x 540 pixels, and the device is powered by a quad core 1.3GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM.
For storage, the LG G3 Stylus is equipped with 8GB built in, plus a microSD card slot, the handset also comes with a 3000 mAh removable battery, and the device measures 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm and weighs 163g.
The LG G3 Stylus features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and a 13 megapixel rear camera, for connectivity, the handset comes with 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.
“With its exceptional hardware and exceptional price that can’t be beat, the LG G3 Stylus is in a category all by itself,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Stylus is the perfect tool for consumers who don’t want to be bogged down carrying a laptop, tablet and smartphone. It gets things done and lets you have fun while doing without having to compromise on quality, style or user experience.”
The G3 Stylus also comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and the handset will come with a Stylus and will launch in three colors, white, black and gold.
LG will launch the new LG G3 Stylus in September, the handset will go on sale in Brazil first and will then be rolled out to other countries which include Asia, Middle East and Africa and CIS, as yet there are no details on pricing.
Google has this week extended the range of applications available on Apple’s iOS devices and mobile operating system with the launch of their new Google Slides iOS application.
The Google Slides iOS app joins the already released Google Docs and Google Sheets office productivity products and completes the set of Google office suite apps to compete fully with the offerings of Microsoft’s Office and Apple iWorks applications.
Google Slides enables users to create, edit, and collaborate with others on presentations from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad which can then be shown directly from your iOS device, and is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
Features of the new Google Slides iOS app include the ability to create new presentations or edit those created on the web or on other another devices what ever the OS. You can also share presentations and collaborate with others in the same presentation at the same time. As well as have the ability to open Microsoft PowerPoint files for editing to re-save ready for your next presentation.
Using a similar system to that already implemented within Google applications Docs and Sheets, Google Slides alterations are saved simultaneously and supports real-time collaboration and persistent document saving.
For more information on the new Google Slides app jump over to the iTunes App store website for details and to download the free app which is 61.5mb in size.
Spotify has announced that Spotify for Windows Phone is now free, the app has been available on Windows Phone for some time, but Spotify has now launched a free version which is supported by adverts, like the iOS and Android versions.
The new Spotify for Windows Phone will let you listen to million of songs, plus playlists and more, you can see some of the new features for the Windows Phone app below.
All of the music. Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
Your favourite artists. Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
Want the right playlist? Just Browse. Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. Hosting a dinner or getting ready for a big night out? We’ve got you covered. We even have playlists for different moods, so regardless of whether you need an upbeat boost or something more relaxing to wind down to – we’ve got just the thing.
You can find out more details about the updated Spotify for Windows Phone app over at the Spotify blog at the link below, the app is available as a free download from the Windows Phone Store.
Casio has added a new digital camera to its range with the launch of the Casio EXILIM EX-FR10, which the company calls a ‘Split Camera’.
The Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 can be split in two it is comprised of a camera lens and an LCD display which can be separated to take photos, it can also be transformed to take seflies and more.
The Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 comes with a 14 megapixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with BSI, and it features a 2 inch LCD display, plus Bluetooth and WiFi.
The new EXILIM EX-FR10 advances the Element Design approach used with EXILIM TR series of cameras, with a newly designed camera unit that easily separates from the controller body at the press of a button. The innovative modular design enables “freestyle shooting” of photos without the constraints of holding the camera and pressing the shutter. The detached camera unit can be easily fixed anywhere using one of several attachments and allowing users to shoot photos from all-new angles.
The camera’s interval shooting function enables automatic hands-free shooting of photos and videos, enabling the user to become the subject of her own photo. The controller connects wirelessly to the camera unit via low-energy-consumption Bluetooth®*1 technology. Both the camera unit and controller are dust-proof, splash-proof, and durable enough to withstand a drop of two meters, so users can have fun capturing a wide range of images.
As yet there are no details on when the new Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 will launch and also no details on how much it will retail for, you can find out more information over at Casio at the link below.
The newly released iOS title Star Wars: Commander lets players side with either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. So depending on your choice, you will meet heroes like Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Leia on the battlegrounds, or fly TIE fighters and hang out with stormtroopers. Light or dark. Choose your side.
The game actually has a storyline takes place between Episodes IV-VI as the Galactic Civil War rages on. There will be characters from the expanded universe in the game as well as they have lots of stories to draw upon. You may be playing for some time so the game will be regularly serviced with new content, which will include new planets and missions to keep you busy.
Star Wars: Commander is a free-to-play title and Disney promises there are no elements of “pay to win”, and all story content, PVP campaigns, time-limited campaigns, and free missions are available without paying a dime. We certainly like that news. The game matches players by skill level, so it will be fair and balanced. If somebody levels up faster because of purchases, the game will put them against players of matching skill. Star Wars: Commander is available in the App Store right now. An Android version is coming in a few weeks.
Over the weekend both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live game Network have experienced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that occurred in the early hours of Sunday, August 24th 2014.
Sony has been quick to announced that no personal information has been accessed in the attacks and the PSN networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned to take place today.
Sony explained over on the PlayStation Blog :
“The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information.
In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support.”
Microsoft also reported “limited” sign-in functionality on the Xbox status page over the weekend and and its seems that the team responsible for the outages is the Lizard Squad. For more information on the new DDoS attacks on the gaming networks jump over to the Shacknews website for details.