VLC Media Player Update Download Available By Chrome OS – All Video and Audio Codecs

VLC comes with many video and audio codecs, and the application is able to run almost any type of media file. The VLC application continued what BSPlayer has started, but it came with more features and it was running way better than other media players.

Well, we have some good news for all VLC lovers, as this media player is finally supported by Chrome OS. The VLC player has been downloaded almost a billion times by users that own devices that run on either Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS or Windows.

Until now, the Chromebook owners were limited to the media files that were supported by the Chrome OS media player. After the new update, all the Chrome OS users will be able to download the VLC directly from the Chrome Web Store.

The VLC version for Chrome OS works like any other version from other operating systems, supporting all audio and video formats such as DVD ISO, FLAC, MKV and more. Also, the users are now able to stream media files from internet sources or local with all features that the application comes with, such as: audio equalizer, subtitles, hardware accelerated decoding, accelerated playback and more.

It is good to know that VLC made its debut in Chrome OS back in March 2015 and it’s still not known why the developers needed nine months to make the application reach the surface and be available for anyone that owns Chrome OS device. Unfortunately, the VLC developers are still warning the users that this is an initial release. With other words, the users will most likely find glitches and bugs but these issues will be solved in time.

So, if you are installing this application on your Chrome OS device, keep in mind that there are chances for the application to crash while you watch a movie or while playing your favorite song. However, we’re sure that the developers will fix most of the found issues pretty fast and soon enough we will have a bug-free VLC version for Chrome OS devices.

Top 5 Tech Christmas Presents for 2015

Christmas is near and everyone is now looking on what presents they can offer. Today we’re going to help you a little bit, by giving you top 5 tech devices that you could purchase for this upcoming holiday.

Sphero BB-8 Droid

If you are a Star Wars fan, then you will surely enjoy this little device. As expected, the BB-8 droid is based on the character from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that started running in cinemas since December 18, 2015. You can control this droid with the help of your smartphone by running a simple application that connects via Bluetooth to the device. The Sphero BB-8 Droid costs 150 dollars and can be purchased from Best Buy.

Kano PC Kit

The Kano PC Kit allows your kids that are aged between 6 and 14 years to build their own computer guided by a series of tasks and games that teach them the basic of coding. This device costs 100 dollars and can be purchased from Kano.me.

Amazon Echo

By paying 180 dollars, you will be able to purchase Amazon’s Echo device. This device will play your favorite music, tell you the time and you can even ask it whatever you need to know as it will search on the internet and reply to you. The device is being maintained and upgraded by Amazon with over 90 features added since it was released.

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Edition)

Nest will integrate your home’s air conditioning and heating systems with an easy application. This is the 3rd variant of the device and it was released in September 2015. Nest costs 250 dollars and can be controlled via a simple application that can be installed on your smartphone.

Wallet Drone

If you like drones, but you don’t want to carry your backpack with you whenever you want to go, then you will surely love wallet drone. As the name suggests, the Wallet Drone is so small that you can put it inside its controller and still fit in your pocket. The wallet drones costs only 45 dollars and can be the perfect Christmas present for you.

Is Apple Music on Android any good?

Apple Music has finally arrived on Android since it launched on IOS in June of this year. Now you can jam the 30 million-ish song catalog or you can listen to live radio on Beat One. Apple does this because in order to compete in streaming field – Apple needs to be everywhere to try to beat the giants like Spotify. So, Apple launched Apple Music on Android and gives Android users the same first class treatment as IOS.

On first impression, the apps look astonishing similar, even identical in any places. You have the same general interface as iPhone has. Setting up your music taste, browsing playlist, and controlling song playback are the same as you have on iPhone. But Apple has made slight changes to fit better for Android. On IOS the menu is located on the tabs while on Android Apple has change the menu on the side.

If you are an Android user and never used Apple’s products, you need an Apple ID to use Apple Music. If you have purchased anything from iTunes whether it was a song, album, movie, or something else, you have an Apple ID and can enjoy the Apple Music. For a newcomer, you can sign up within the app, through itunes on your computer or on ICloud.com.

Apple Music for Android is full of the songs that you need, a good playlist, and live radio just like the IOS apps. You can create your own playlists by accessing your iTunes music that you already bought. You also can download many songs, playlists, and albums for emergency if you don’t have an internet connection. Apple says that music video that they already have on IOS are coming to the Android version soon.

The biggest loss on Android is voice control. But voice control more to the IOS than Apple Music. You can use Siri on iPhone, iPad, and iPod to control your music or play a song. That’s the advantage for IOS users. For Android you can use Google Now’s voice command to play songs on other apps but not on Apple Music. If I asked Google Now to play a song, it asks me which app to use, but Apple Music was not in the listed choices. Very strange indeed.

After I installed Apple Music on my Android device, I noticed that it was still on beta, so I expect that it is not quite ready and full of bugs. After 2 weeks using Apple Music on my old Samsung Note 3, i didn’t have any major issues, apart from it is quite slow and not as fluid as IOS. On the menu there is an option to leave a feedback for Apple Music. So, if you find a problem you can send your feedback to Apple.

So the conclusion is this—Apple didn’t revolutionize Apple Music on Android. If you already like Apple Music, there you go; if you are already a Spotify user, I want you to reconsider Apple Music as your daily streaming after Apple Music is officially released. Apple music is already offering a family plan of up to 6 users, more exclusive songs, music videos, and many more.

GoPro Karma Drone Sets 2016 Release Slate

GoPro announced that they will enter the drone market industry in 2014 and confirmed at the Code Conference this year. For now the company has just announced the name which is “Karma”. It will be the first-ever drone built by GoPro and is set to be released as early as next year.

GoPro is very secretive about Karma. The company did not reveal any key specification, although they provided some test footage- which unveiled back in October – to show what Karma drone is capable of. As we all know that GoPro can produce a very good video, so we can expect that Karma is capable of shooting videos in 4K.

Being late in the drone industry, DJI is one of the most established drone makers in the world. It’s interesting to see how GoPro will go against the giant in the future.

Karma is expected to be unveiled sometimes in 2016 – probably at CES 2016. Good news, GoPro is giving away 100 units of the Karma. In order to win, all you have to do is sign up HERE.

iPhone 6 Explodes Out Of The Blue – First Such Incident in Malaysia

The last incident an Apple device was involved is related to an iPhone 6 which, most likely, suffered a short circuit and exploded in its owner’s pants pocket. This happened recently, in Malaysia, during a night walk in the park.

The owner, named Muhammad Asyraf Daud, was walking in Jonker Walk in Malacca, a state from Malaysia, at around 11PM, when he suddenly heard the sound of an explosion and he felt hot in his pocket, realizing that something happened to his iPhone 6. Immediately, he took the phone out of his pocket and threw it away, while it was on fire and with smoke coming from it. The next day after the incident, Asyraf went to Mac City, the local Apple reseller, where he was old that the company will investigate the causes of the explosion and that if they won’t find a real problem, they won’t replace the iPhone 6 with a new one. The owner was shocked when he was asked if he modified the flagship, after buying it back in February 2015, because he never touched the software or anything else inside the phone. The good news is that the man escaped the incident with minor injuries.

The iPhone 6 came with an increase in size, jumping from a screen of 4-inch to 4.7-inch, which supports now a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels with 326 ppi. Its back has two thin lines at the top and bottom, instead of wide bands of a different color, and inside, it features an A8 chipset which is powered by a dual-core 1.4 GHz Typhoon (ARM v8-based) and it supports only 1GB of RAM. The resolutions of its cameras are the same as on the previous 5S: 8MP on the front, with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and HDR, while the front camera supports 1.2MP.

GTA 5 Online Executives and Other Criminals Update Released for Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4

GTA 5 is getting ready for a new update that’s about to be released in just a few days. This time, the GTA Online gets some new additions, which any player will enjoy.

According to Rockstar, the new update is called “Executive and Other Criminals” and it will allow the players to be VIPs and create their own crime rings. This way, they will have access to new gameplay modes, challenge, weapons, vehicles and more. There is also a new Super Yacht that has a spot for landing your helicopter.

At the same time, in Freemode VIPs will be able to play some new co-op jobs and challenges, but also try the new special abilities. The VIPs will also be able to recruit other GTA players as their bodyguards. The players that choose to be bodyguards will earn a salary and other special benefits as part of being a part of a VIP’s crime organization. Freemode Events will automatically adjust once an organization is playing, so the gamers will be able to discover new challenges.

The new GTA 5 update also brings some vehicle variants such as the Turreted Limo or Super Yacht with its awesome missile defense systems. The Super Yacht can also be upgraded and get its own supporting vehicle upgrades such as the personal watercraft or the SuperVolito Carbon helicopter. There is also a new Extraction Adversary Mode, where the team of bodyguards will need to find an extract an Executive.

Unfortunately for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners, this update will be released only for the current-generation consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It seems that Rockstar has begun to leave out the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from the new upgrades mostly because of the memory constraints.

The GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals Update will be released for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 15, 2015.

WhatsApp 2.12.376 Beta Latest Version Download Available for Android

The new beta version of WhatsApp for Android is now available on the official website, but unfortunately, it doesn’t bring any new features, only an improved performance, but we’re pretty sure that the developers have been working on some features that haven’t been activated yet. One of the features that have been implemented recently will allow the users to share documents.

WhatsApp 2.12.376 beta version has a size that has been increased by 522 KB, which means that no files have been deleted, but it seems that 269 files have been modified, being related to Google Drive, not to share documents, while a new icon has been added and it’s called “permission_storage .png “. Also, the developers have optimized icons emojis categories and have fixed many bugs that have been found on the previous update.

In order to install the new beta version of WhatsApp, you will need to go to the official website, where you’ll see the Download Button. But, first, you’ll need to enable the Unknown Sources box, by going to your phone’s Menu> Settings> Security and checking the box in front of it. Only by doing this, you will be able to install applications which are downloaded from third party sources, not from the Google Play Store. So, if you don’t trust the new beta versions and want to install the latest stable version, go to the Google Play store and download WhatsApp 2.12.367.

Since this is a beta version, it may come with some errors and bugs, so in case you find any issues, feel free to report them to the developers and they’ll fix them as soon as possible. And we all know that they’re working against time, in order to make WhatsApp more and more attractive to the users. In the past months, the application has went through drastic changes, receiving lots of useful features such as Voice Calling, the ability to store chats on the cloud, plus new emoji characters, an overhauled Material Design etc.

Just Cause 3 Gorgeous Gameplay Video – Multiplayer Version Soon?

A new video, launched today, shows some aspects the gameplay and, mainly the size of the sandbox world where the game takes place.

A while ago, the developers announced the launch of an early update to the game that was designed to fix some of the issues that have affected the game, like audio problems and other glitches. The patch, officially called 1.01, was announced to hit the market on December 1st, but it looks like it rolled out a bit earlier. The video launched on PlayStation Access, by the game developers at Avalanche Studios presents the large size of the world where Just Cause 3 takes place. It reveals a lot of the sights, buildings, villages and many other features from a helicopter ride across the Island of Medici.

The world map in Just Cause 3 will have one big continent, three more islands and another group of smaller islands divided into seven areas, the entire surface of the map is said to cover 400 square miles.

Avalanche Studios stated that they are aware that pirated copies of the game have already been sold in certain parts of the world and warns those who intend to make such a purchase of the unpatched version. “We’re aware of the fact that in some territories, ‘Just Cause 3’ is available ahead of its official release, which means many of you are enjoying Rico’s latest adventure early” Said one of the developers. In addition to that, he said that they should be patient and wait for the official release date, which will bring the patched version of the game with a lot of fixes and improved features.

Besides the statements made about pirated game copies and the features of the game, the developer mentioned that at a certain stage in the development of the game, the option for multiplayer was taken into consideration. But, was abandoned for the time being, and the game was launched with the singleplayer option only.

Microsoft Lumia 950 Dual SIM And Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM Specs, Features and Availability

Great news for the Indian consumers who couldn’t wait to get their hands on one of Microsoft’s new Lumia devices. The smaller Lumia 950 model with Dual SIM capability will be available at a price of Rs. 43,699, while the Lumia 950 XL phablet will cost Rs. 49,399. The fans will be able to pre-order them on Monday, but the smartphones will reach the retail stores on December 11. In addition, the Microsoft Display Dock can be purchased at a price of Rs. 5,999. This accessory allows you to connect your phone to an external monitor and keyboard and obtain a Windows 10 PC.

Windows 10, the latest operating system, comes with Continuum, the feature which will allow you to use the Microsoft Display Dock and connect your smartphone to a physical keyboard and display, and turn your Lumia device into a mini-computer. The moment your smartphone will be connected to a large display, the user interface will switch to an interface that will look like a Windows 10 desktop and you’ll see the familiar Start menu.

Both Lumia devices come with a plastic back which has a large circular camera lens. The resolution of the primary camera, which uses PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics is 20MP, supports an f/1.9 aperture, autofocus, OIS and a triple-LED RGB flash module. For selfies, the owners of a Lumia 950 or a 950 XL device can use the 5MP front camera. Using these cameras, the users can unlock their devices by scanning their irises.

The Lumia 950 has an AMOLED screen sized at 5.2-inch, which supports a resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 564ppi, it’s powered by a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor which runs at a clock speed of 1.82GHz and it’s backed by 3GB of RAM, while its internal memory supports expansion from 32GB up to 200GB. The battery has a capacity of 3000mAh and according to GSMArena, it offers 18 hours of talk time on 3G. The phone’s physical dimensions are 145×73.2×8.2mm, resulting in a total weight of 150grams.

The Lumia 950 phablet weights 15grams more, it measures 151.9×78.4×8.1mm and its display has a diagonal of 5.7-inch, supporting the same resolution, but its pixel density is lower at 518ppi. Inside, it houses a superior Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz, which is backed by 3GB of RAM, but the internal memory is similar. The battery is slightly larger at 3340 mAh and it can be charged via the USB Type-C port (USB 3.1) which is available on the smaller model, as well. Also, the phablet comes with liquid cooling.