psn suspend voucherAccording to a variety of reports, it seems that the Sony PlayStation Network has been hit with connectivity issues. Players who are playing from their PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PS Vita from Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan are all reporting that they have trouble connecting to the service.

Many of these gamers are reporting the “cannot connect to the server” error message. So far Sony different region’s divisions have yet to comment on the matter, save for Sony PlayStation Japan who had recently posted a message apologizing for the issue and claiming that they are investigating the matter. Read full post →Gamers Having Trouble Connecting To Sony’s PlayStation Network

pioneer carplay 640x233Earlier this year, Apple officially announced CarPlay which was formerly known as iOS in the Car. Apple has obviously partnered up with several car manufacturers in the process in order to bring the feature to future car models, but what about those who us who already have car and don’t think it’s a clever idea to buy a new car just for that feature?

Well thankfully Pioneer announced that they would be working on bringing CarPlay to more vehicles. Now Pioneer is a company that makes audio equipment, like headphones and car entertainment systems, and the good news for car owners is that Pioneer has officially announced (via The Next Web) a new dashboard – the SPH-DA120. Read full post →Pioneer Launches Their First CarPlay Dashboard System

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ip6 china 640x339Apple’s new iPhone 6 handsets have recently been approved for sale in China. Pre-orders are expected to begin on the 10th of October with the phones officially going on sale on the 17th of October. Now we know it’s only the 2nd of October, but Chinese carriers have recently begun to take pre-sale registrations.

Well it seems that the reception over in China has been overwhelming. According to reports, it looks like there have been over 2 million reservations of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first six hours of carriers and retailers opening their stores. To put this into perspective, Apple had boasted 5 million pre-orders in 24 hours in the first 9 countries it was sold it. Read full post →Over 2 Million iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Units Have Been Reserved In China

lg webos smartwatch 640x426When it comes to smartwatches, Google has Android Wear which is a version of Android developed for wearables. Heck, even the Apple Watch appears to be running a modified version of iOS. Now as far as other platforms are concerned, Tizen is another player in the market and can be found in the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Gear 2.

While LG has released Android Wear devices like the G Watch and the G Watch R, it seems that the South Korean tech company has plans to release a webOS based smartwatch as well. This is thanks to LG’s developer website (via The Verge) which showed off the image above, which is the Bean Bird from LG’s webOS TV carrying a watch on its back. Read full post →LG Could Be Working On webOS Smartwatch

samsung logo 5 640x337Apple’s A-series of chipsets has typically been manufactured by Samsung, although given that both companies aren’t necessarily on the best of terms, Apple has since moved on to other manufacturers. For example it was recently discovered that the A8 chipset found in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are from TSMC.

However there have also been rumors that suggests that Apple could be returning to Samsung for their A9 chipsets in 2015. While those were initially rumors, it seems that Samsung might have confirmed it inadvertently. Speaking at a press event, the president of Samsung’s semiconductor business Kim Ki-nam spoke about the profits of the company. Read full post →Samsung Confirms They Will Produce Apple’s Next-gen A-series Chips

Windows OS stats sep 640x360Windows 8.1 is the latest version of the Windows platform at the moment. However come 2015, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10, but in the meantime how are Microsoft’s other builds doing? It seems that according to the latest figures by Net Applications, it turns out that despite Windows 8.1 being the latest version, the majority of Windows users are still running Windows 7.

As you can see in the pie chart above, 52% of the operating system market comprises of Windows 7. Coming in at second place is Windows XP at 23.87%, and coming in at third place is Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with a combined market share of 12.26%, with the remaining market share going to OS X, Linux, Windows Vista, and others. Read full post →Net Applications: Windows 7′s Market Share Continues To Dominate

Local Dimming Display 640x411The bigger the display of a smartphone, the more power it tends to draw. Many things affect a phone’s battery life although the display is a big part, not to mention leaving it at the maximum brightness will probably not do your battery any favors as well. However the good folks at Microsoft Research have been working on a way to help save battery life, which is by dimming the portion of your phone’s display in which your finger is covering.

When we use certain apps, our fingers might cover a portion of the display, such as when we’re scrolling through websites, Facebook’s News Feed, and so on. The idea behind Microsoft’s research, which has been dubbed FingerShadow, is that the portion that your finger is hovering over can be dimmed, which in turn they have estimated could end up saving 5.07%-22.32% of a smartphone’s battery. Read full post →Microsoft Research Comes Up With Interesting Battery Saving Method

activationlockonFor the most part if you were to walk into an official Apple retail store, the chances of you buying a counterfeit or stolen handset is pretty much close to zero. We’re not saying that it won’t happen, it’s just that the chances are very, very slim. However sometimes unofficial channels do offer better prices, which is why it is understandable that some seek alternate means to purchase their phones.

Now the good news is that if you’re curious as to whether the iPhone you just bought from Craigslist or eBay is the real deal, Apple has recently released a new tool which allows users to check whether or not the phone they have just purchased is locked to another user, which usually happens when the phone is stolen. Read full post →Apple Launches Activation Lock Check Tool On

windows10There were many out there who were pretty certain that the next-generation Windows would be called Windows 9. This was the logical progression since we had Windows 7, Windows 8, so the next step would be Windows 9, right? Well Microsoft surprised everyone when they went with Windows 10 instead.

So what gives? Why did Microsoft decide to skip a version? Well the official party line is “Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows. It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.” But what’s the unofficial party line then? According to a post on Reddit by a person with the handle cranbourne, they claim that it is because of Windows 95 that Microsoft had to go with Windows 10 instead. Read full post →Windows 95 Speculated To Be The Reason Why Microsoft Chose The “Windows 10″ Name

shazamEver wondered what that song was playing on radio or in that coffee house? Well thanks to smartphones and apps like Shazam and SoundHound, identifying these songs is a piece of cake. Well the good news for Windows Phone users is that it looks like Shazam for Windows Phone has recently been updated.

The latest version of Shazam will now come with Cortana support, meaning that when you launch Cortana, all you’d have to do is say “Shazam this” and it will activate Shazam to start listening to the sounds around you and hopefully identify the song that you were looking for. This is similar to Shazam for iOS which also has the “Shazam this” feature. Read full post →Shazam For Windows Phone Gains Cortana Support