New children’s magazine is packed with fascinating facts and colourful illustrations
New children’s magazine is packed with fascinating facts and colourful illustrations.
Which was the largest ever empire? Are there any Ice Age animals still alive today? Who would win in a fight between a medieval knight and a Japanese samurai? These questions and more are answered in the brand-new How It Works Illustrated magazine.
On sale today for £6.99, the first issue of How It Works Illustrated kicks off with a concise History of the World, spread over 132 pages with bright, colourful artwork and educational content that reflects the Key Stage 2 school curriculum, ideal for ages seven to 11.
New Chrome build indicates Android 4.5 version number.
Although Google didn’t divulge too much on Android L at their annual I/O event, there’s been plenty of talk about Google’s upcoming release.
Many believe that the next version of Android L will be using the 5.0 version number, but a recent Chrome update has fuelled speculation that it could potentially be 4.5. The Chrome app has recently been upgraded to the new Material Design look, with the new build number being 4.4.99. This would indicate that Android L could very much be using version number 4.5.
Whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0 we expect to see lots of great features in Android L. We’ve had some time to get to grips with the developer previous of Android L, so make you check out Android Magazine for the latest news.
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned?
Nearly three years after Amazon kick-started the Android tablet market with the Kindle Fire, it has launched its first smartphone. The Fire Phone runs on Fire OS, the company’s forked version of Android based – presumably, but not confirmed – on KitKat. The phone is available from 25 July, in the US only at first, and exclusive to AT&T.
The smartphone market is notoriously difficult for newcomers to make any kind of impact, with even a company as large as Facebook suffering a high profile and embarrassing failure with its first handset last year. Amazon has equipped its device with a few attention-grabbing features, including an innovative ‘Dynamic Perspective’ function that combines a 3D-like effect with gesture controls, and the Firefly software that provides users with an even quicker way to shop online, but will it be enough to convert to sales?
Delete data and unwanted apps to keep your Android device from slowing to a crawl
Android devices are a lot like cars (bear with us on this one). Although they require effectively zero user maintenance aside from putting fuel (power) in them, using a little bit of technical knowledge can help keep them in tip-top condition and running smoothly. You look after your car, er, phone, and your phone will look after you, as the saying goes.
After months of use, there are a number of things that can impact the performance of your device. Whether it’s apps that sit in memory or take up space on the device, data from long uninstalled apps or just an outdated ROM, there are a number of things you can do to give your device that brand new feeling again. Not only that, there are almost certainly some new tips and tricks you can use to help eke the most out of your smartphone or tablet.
Follow our spring-cleaning steps to make your device feel as fresh as – nay fresher – than the day you walked out of the store! Most of our tips are pretty self explanatory, but some are more in-depth so it’s a good idea to take a full backup (and store it off your device) before you break out that virtual feather duster.
You can run an Android window on your desktop computer.
Andyroid.net is a program that you can install on your desktop or laptop that lets you run an Android window on your PC. In a few steps you can essentially have an Android tablet running alongside the other programs on your computer. It’s pretty resource heavy, so you’re going to need a reasonably powerful computer to get it running in any useful way, but once you do you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account and install the apps and games that you have on your Android devices and access them direct from your PC.
It’s great if you want to use messaging apps without having to keep picking up your phone, or to play games on a bigger screen. You can even use your phone as a controller. It’s a pretty simple process to get the program up and running, and if you follow the steps in this tutorial you shouldn’t go wrong. Obviously you’re going to need to be sat near your computer for this one.
The Google Play store is one of the first apps to get the Material L treatment.
One of the thing we were most excited about at the recent I/O event was how Material Design was going to shape the way Android looks for the foreseeable future. One of the first apps to get the Material Design look is the Google Play store.
Although you’ll find all the same features present, the look of it has changed dramatically. There’s an array of new animations, a unique header and each page has been changed to fit the Material Design guidelines.
Google has confirmed that the rollout of the redesigned app is happening right now. It might take a few days for it to reach all devices, but you should soon have your hands on a beautiful new app.
Source: +Kirill Grouchnikov