Saturday, 16 March 2013

Saturday 16th March: In the News this Week

It's the week of Saturday 16th March 2013 and...

A week for Windows and Twitter
At the start of this week a new Twitter app was launched for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 and this update brought huge changed. For one, the app now functions properly! It is also quick, sleek and easy to use whilst keeping the Windows Phone look.
Then unexpectedly, on Thursday, Twitter for Windows 8 was launched! Since Windows 8 was launched in October there hasn't been any official Twitter apps - only apps like Metro Tweet (which were decent however not great). The Windows 8 app keeps the Windows 8 look because you scroll left and right to see new content (instead of up and down) and the app makes use of the big screens most Windows 8 devices have. This app was definitely worth the wait and is available free for all Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro devices.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced earlier this week in an event in New York, it has a 5-inch HD screen and a 13-MP camera on the back. The front facing camera for things such as Skype calls is 2MP and their are dozens of camera modes for you to try out. You can make your own GIF's, use both cameras at the same time and it also apparently can take snaps 100 times a minute.
The phone has some really cool and gimmicky features such as 'Air Gestures' which is ideal if you want to browse the internet or your photos without using his hands. You can also hover your finger over an option to show more information - such as on the Flipboard app where you can hover your finger over one of the squares to read the story.
We don't know the price yet however it is obviously going to be over £500 and I'm sure it will be the best phone of 2013 - until the iPhone 6 comes out in Autumn.

Formula 1 is back
Formula 1 returned earlier this week in Melbourne, Australia where there have so far been 3 practise sessions and half of qualifying. Due to heavy rain, qualifying was stopped after Q1 and is postponed until tomorrow (GMT). So far it is unclear to see which drivers are going to be fastest however I guess it will be the usual suspects (RedBull, McLaren, Ferrari) however also some unexpected manufacturers as well such as Lotus and Mercedes.