Major updates introduced for GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps

Major updates introduced for GarageBand and Logic Pro X apps
Apple unveiled major updates to its music creation apps this month, showcasing major new features for music makers on iPhone, iPad and Mac alike. GarageBand for iOS 2.2 has been expanded to incorporate Alchemy - a powerful creative synthesizer - in addition to a new sound browser that makes it easier than ever to search through instruments and patches. Logic Pro X 10.3 has also been updated…

Rollout of Android Nougat commences for Samsung Galaxy S7

Rollout of Android Nougat commences for Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung commenced rolling out the official Android 7.0 Nougat update for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge this month.The release of the update brings new and improved features to the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant's flagship Galaxy S range of smartphones. Users of the devices will be able to get more out of their smartphones as a result of the update, as it enables faster…

New year 2017 busiest ever for the App Store

New year 2017 busiest ever for the App Store
Apple has announced that the App Store opened the year with is busiest single day ever on New Year's Day. This was the cap on a holiday season that had already broken several records with breakout app hits and unprecedented developer earnings. Indeed, some USD 240 million (AUD 325 million) of customer purchases were made on January 1st, with app developers earning a combined total of USD…

British woman’s shock as new iPhone is full of celebrity numbers

British woman’s shock as new iPhone is full of celebrity numbers
A British woman has described her shock at discovering her brand new iPhone 5s was full of contact details for celebrities such as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton. Sophie Highfield bought the new device and did not notice any issues straight away - but one day when she was trying to call her parents, she typed 'M' for mum and four other phone numbers she did…

Samsung launches latest Galaxy A with enhanced camera

Samsung launches latest Galaxy A with enhanced camera
Samsung has announced the latest in its series of Galaxy A smartphones - a new lineup comprising the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3 handsets. These all feature design refinements over their respective predecessors that are intended to deliver powerful performance combined with convenience and elegant design. A premium metal frame and 3D glass back characterises the Galaxy A - and this draws on Samsung's design…

Will Samsung follow Apple’s lead with wireless earphones?

Will Samsung follow Apple’s lead with wireless earphones?
Industry giant Samsung could be set to remove the 35mm headphone jack from the next iteration of its flagship smartphone - the Samsung Galaxy S8. According to reports from SamMobile, the South Korean smartphone manufacturing group is set to follow the lead of Apple, which removed the industry standard audio port from the iPhone 7 and launched wireless alternatives dubbed AirPods - sold separately and retailing at…

Growing numbers of smartphone users expected to use Siri-like VPAs

Growing numbers of smartphone users expected to use Siri-like VPAs
In the coming years, smartphone users all over the world are expected to make increasing use of virtual personal assistants (VPAs) such as Apple's Siri. This is according to the latest data from IT research and advisory firm Gartner, which specified that by 2019, 20 per cent of all user interactions with smartphones will be made via such a feature. The annual mobile apps survey conducted by…

Google ‘to make nearly US$4 billion on Pixel sales in 2017’

Google ‘to make nearly US$4 billion on Pixel sales in 2017’
The launch of the new Google Pixel smartphone has been expected to generate US$3.8 billion (AU$5.15 billion) in the next year, according to industry analysts.A forecast from Morgan Stanley has predicted that the Pixel brand, which made its debut in October 2016, will shift between five and six million units in 2017, in addition to the three billion Pixel phone sales estimated for the final…