Everyday news breaks left right and center in the world of technology. It is pretty much impossible to capture all these stories and bring a detailed report. And not bring this news to our readers feels unfair.
Just as a disclaimer, we would not be divulging into details of the story and just give a brief outline of what the story was all about. So without any further adieu lets begin on what caught our attention on a no moving news day of March 12th, 2014.
Instagram for Android receives a huge update
Practically a month after updating its iOS app with a neat flat design, Instagram has rolled out the new design for Android phones. The update takes the app to version 5.1 on Android. The new design is flatter with cleaner navigation with no ugly fat gradients anymore. The application feels faster and a lot more responsive than it was initially. The update would be available OTA for all the Android smartphones running the app. This version of Instagram finally brings about a cohesiveness in design lingo of the newest Android versions and Instagram.
Flappy Birds set to make a surprise comeback?
Remember Flappy Birds? Yes, exactly the game that you wasted hours and hours of your precious time, simply because you thought this was the chance to beat your highest score. The game may well be on course to come back after it was pulled by its developer rather surprisingly a few days ago. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the developer of the game, Dong Nguyen, said that he developed Flappy Birds simply as a throwback to the good old Nintendo games as he found the modern games visually intense. There had been reports that Nguyen pulled the game down because it was way too addictive and wasted people’s time despite earning about $50,000 a day in ads. However, looks like there is some reconsideration going in the background and we may soon have the game back on the popular app stores. (image: Among Tech)
John Scully to target Indian Smartphone market?
If you have seen any one of the countless Steve Jobs documentaries, there is no way you would have missed on John Scully’s name. Famous for being the man who overthrew Steve out from Apple, looks like John Scully is plotting his next move for a comeback. John Scully is on board of a company called Inflexionpoint which is a Singapore based IT company. The company is said to be setting up design centers, manufacturing plants etc for a big launch. The phones are reported to be retailed under the name of Obi. However, the hushes in the tech world are that the company will be focusing on budget smartphones in the region of under Rs 15,000. While, the market in India is large enough to accommodate another player, you really wonder what would be the differentiator here. The first Obi device is expected in the market in next six months.
iOS 7.1 brings neat Buttons to the otherwise plain text Navigation
It has been less than 48 hours since iOS 7.1 was released. There are still features that are uncovered or undiscovered which we will only find out with time. One such feature has been button styled navigation. So far the navigation on iOS 7 has largely been text based minimalistic. This is hit and miss as you may hit an area around the text and get no response. To find a way around, Apple has added an option in the accessibility that allows you to have a fixed geometrical shape around the navigation text so you knew the area of response.
XBox Live goes down on the Titanfall Day
It was perhaps a moment of huge shame for Microsoft when it’s live gaming service, the XBox Live went down for as much as six hours preventing the loyal users from getting their hands dirty on the newest mega release that Titanfall is. They did acknowledge the problem and took to Microblogging site, Twitter to say, “Unable to sign in to Xbox Live on Xbox One? We’re on the case to get this issue fixed as soon as possible!” The issue was resolved in six hours but definitely left a rather sad taste in the mouth of XBox loyalists who were gunning strong for the battle in the much anticipated game. Here is the gameplay in a Demo for Titanfall