Mario Kart is coming to your phone!

In today’s episode of Wednesday’s Wonderful news (it’s totally a thing),  the ultimate good-time game Mario Kart will be available on mobile devices for the first time ever on 25 September.

 

That’s only 11 days away, guys.

 

 

It’s called Mario Kart Tour, bought to you by Nintendo (duh), who say:

 

 

“Mario Kart Tour is the first Mario Kart game for smart devices, put the pedal to the metal in courses inspired by real-world locations as well as Mario Kart series favorites.”

 

Mario Kart Tour will be available on Android and iOS from September 25 2019. Nintendo announced earlier this year that Mario Kart Tour will be free to try, but you’ll likely need in-app purchases to make it past a certain level. According to the App Store listing, in-app purchases range from $1.99 to $69.99.

 

See the trailer below!!

 

 

 

 

Video Calling on your TV? Yup, it’s a thing now.

Facebook has announced three new Portal models. You’ve now got the option of new models of ‘The Portal’ and the ‘Portal Mini’ ($179 and $129 respectively), as well as, in a new turn of events, ‘Portal TV’, which, for $149, will turn your TV into a giant smart display.

 

Which means, giant video calling. Which means, video call parties, obviously. Hi friends! What are you doing in my TV?

 

The two new standalone Portal models have a 10-inch HD display (1,280 x 800),  and an 8-inch HD display (also 1,280 x 800) for the Mini, with improved speakers.

 

The Portal TV is a camera that you attach to your television’s HDMI port that comes with a small remote control to navigate the Portal TV interface. Not only can you make video calls, you can also watch Facebook Watch tv shows with another Portal TV owner during a video call. Long distance relationships gold right there.

 

For privacy, all three new devices have a toggle switch that mutes the microphone and shuts off the camera simultaneously as well as a physical camera lens cover.

 

 

Pre-orders for all three Portals start today, the Portal and Portal Mini will start shipping on October 15th, while the Portal TV begins shipping November 5th.

 

If you want ALL the FaceBook things, you can also bundle any two Portal devices for $50 off.

 

 

Rumors are swirling that we’ll see a new iPad Pro before 2020

And when we say before 2020 we mean, right around the corner, because time is terrifying.

 

This Fall, (likely October) a lot of people are expecting the release of a new iPad Pro model, with some speculating that it will have the triple-camera system that we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

 

 

The existing iPad Pro models use a single-lens camera system similar to the 2018 iPhone XR.

 

On another note, if you want an iPad right now,  Amazon has a deal on the 2018 Apple iPad Wi-Fi and cellular tablet with 32GB storage. Usually $459,  it’s now discounted to $379. You can also choose the 128GB variant for $510 instead of its usual $559. Check it out here. 

 

Apple lowers price on some iPad Pro models

Good news iPad lovers!

 

Apple has dropped the price of their 11 and 12.9-inch 1TB iPad Pro models by $200!

 

The 1TB 11-inch iPad Pro now starts at $1,349, and the 1TB 12.9-inch iPad Pro now starts at $1,549.

 

However, the cost of the 64, 256, and 512GB iPad Pro storage tiers has not changed.

 

Keep in mind, there are some who believe that we we still see a new iPad Pro model before the year is out, possibly with the triple lens camera that we saw yesterday at the launch of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.

 

 

Is it iPad Pro time?

 

 

Apple Special Media Event

 

Give people wonderful tools and they’ll do wonderful things!

 

 

So begins the 2019 Special Media Event keynote. Tim Cook is, as per usual, very excited about all the very cool things he’s about to show us!! All the things that let us do all the wonderful things!! He says wow a bunch, and then we’re off and running!

 

Beginning with.. the App store, or more specifically, Apple arcade, available within the App store, which is a subscription based service that allows for unlimited game play for over 100 games, with new games added every month. We see a couple of cool game play examples, such as a new frogger ( who knew we needed a new Frogger? Not complaining).

 

Apple Arcade will be available September 19th in over 150 countries for a pretty reasonable price of $4.99 a month for the whole family. They’ll also be offering a 1 month free trial.

 

 

Next up – Apple TV +

 

We’ve seen a couple of trailers for upcoming shows, such as ‘Dickinson’, ‘The Morning Show’ starring Jen Aniston & Reese Witherspoon, and now we get to see the first trailer for the Jason Momoa show ‘See’:

 

 

 

 

Apple TV + will be available on November 1st with more shows added every month in over 100 countries at launch.

 

You can subscribe for, again, a pretty reasonable price of  $4.99/month for your whole family. AND if you’re lucky enough to buy a new iPhone, iPad or Laptop from Apple, you’ll get 1 year of Apple TV + for free.

 

 

Now we get to the new 7th Generation iPad, with a larger 10.2 inch retina display with 3.5 million pixels, A10 Fusion chip and Smart connector to connect a full size smart keyboard. It takes full advantage of the new iPadOS ( of course, would be kind of dumb if it didn’t, right?), weighs about a pound, and is made from 100% recycled aluminum.

 

You can order the new iPad today, and it will start shipping at the end of the month.

 

Prices start at $329, and for education customers you’re looking at a starting price of $299.

 

Before we get to Apple watch Series 5, they talk about 3 new health studies that they’re doing: the Apple hearing study, working with WHO and University of Michigan, the Apple women’s health study, and the Apple heart & movement study partnering with American heart association and Brigham and Womens hospital.

 

If you want to participate in the studies, Apple is launching a new Research app for Apple Watch owners that will allow you to opt in to privately contribute by sharing the data collected. It will launch later this year.

 

The new Apple Watch Model has an innovative new retina display that is ALWAYS ON. Which sounds annoying, but will actually be great. It’s dulled when not held up, so you can still see it but it’s not in everyone’s face all lit up, and now Apple Watch wearers everywhere won’t have to look like they’re bored of where they are all the time because they look at their watch right in front of there face all exaggerated.

 

And yet – we still get our all day 18 hour battery life. AND a built in compass! Win much. There’s also a new safety feature – every cellular model has international (over 150 countries) emergency calling capabilities even without your iPhone.

 

New cases are made from 100% recycled aluminum, there are new titanium models and a ceramic white model.

 

Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 for the aluminum GPS models,  $499 for the aluminum LTE models, $699 for the  Stainless steel models, $799 for the  titanium models, and (fewf) $899 for the ceramic models.  You can choose whichever band you like in Apple Retails’s  new “Apple Watch Studio.”

 

Also, Apple Watch Series 3 now starts at $199

 

 

 

Now for the big guns! Right? NEW IPHONES!!

 

Well, kind of.  There’s some really cool things in here, but for some reason the presentation was a little lackluster. So here’s the good bits!

 

iPhone 11 is the new iPhone model. But we knew that, didn’t we? It has an aluminum & glass design, a 6.1 inch Liquid Retina Display, with spacial audio. Equipped with a A13 Bionic Chip, it has the fastest CPU in a smartphone, with all day battery life, faster face ID, and wireless charging capabilities.

 

We have a new dual camera system with a new wide camera and ultra wide angle camera with 120 degree view, brighter flash, new monochrome portrait lighting effect, a a really awesome looking new night mode for low light settings.

 

You can switch between the Ultra Wide camera to the Wide camera really easily mid video by tapping the screen. You can also take a video whilst taking a photo by tapping and holding the shutter button. The camera system looks really neat, and is, according to Apple, the highest quality video in a smartphone.

 

They’ve also given us an updated 12MP true depth front camera and added 4k video & slow motion. They’re trying to get #Slofies to be a thing, but we’re resistant. Only on animals, guys, please.

 

The iPhone 11 comes in 6 new colors – Purple, Black, White, Yellow, Green, and Product Red.

 

 

You can order the iPhone 11 today, and it will be available in store September 20th starting at $699

 

 

 

The iPhone 11 Pro is a step up, made from surgical grade surgical steel, and the back is made from a single piece of glass. It comes in new colors as well, with Midnight green, Space Grey, Silver, and Gold matte finishes. It comes in 2 sizes – 6.5 ( The iPhone Pro Max) and 5.8 inches and has what they’re calling a ‘ Super Retina XDR’ Display, a OLED panel with a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio,HDR 10 Dolby Vision, and 458 pixels per inch. It also has the toughest glass ever in a smartphone.

 

It’s 15 % more energy efficient with spacial audio sound, also has the , A13 Bionic Chip, and has 4 more hours battery per day than the iPhone XS – the iPhone 11 Pro Max has up to 5 hours more per day.

 

Now let’s talk cameras. The Pro has a new wide camera – f/1.8, a new telephoto camera, and a new ultrawide camera f/2.4 with something they call ‘Deep Fusion technology’ to create the best photo. All three cameras shoot 4k 60 fps video.

  

iPhone 11 starts at $699

iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999

iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1099

Pre order 5am PDT Friday

They’ll start shipping September 20

 

iPhone 10R now starts at $599

iPhone 8 now starts at $449

 

 

 

We also get a new line of cases! Yay!

 

So that’s the highlights, folks. What did you think? If you wanted to see it in video form, because, why not? It’s Tuesday. And Apple are really good at videos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung cancels Galaxy Fold pre-orders

The Galaxy Fold will be launched very soon, however those os you who made pre-orders may have had a rude awakening this morning with your pre-orders cancelled by the company.

 

Folks who had made pre-orders for the foldable device earlier this year received an email this morning from Samsung letting them know that their pre-orders, have been canceled. Why? A ‘rethinking of the customer experience’.

 

From the Source:

 

“Ensuring that you have the best possible experience with this revolutionary new technology is our top priority. We are taking the time to rethink the entire customer experience – from purchase to unboxing, to post-purchase service – so in the meantime, we have, regrettably, decided to cancel your existing pre-order. While not an easy decision to make, we believe this is the right thing to do.”

 

So if you’re still up for Samsung’s Customer experience, you’ll need to place orders once again when the Galaxy Fold launches in the United States later in September. Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Fold in South Korea on Friday, September 6, but the U.S. rollout is being delayed.

 

The new ordering process will include Samsung’s “Galaxy Fold Premier Service,” which offers customers “direct access” to Samsung experts and an optional one-on-one onboarding session that walks users through the Galaxy Fold features.

 

It’s not all woe and sadness though, as pre-order customers who had their orders canceled will receive a $250 Samsung credit that’s redeemable for anything on the Samsung.com website.

 

 

The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable device, and will be launching after pretty significant problems when the device was given out to media before the previous launch date. It’s priced starting at $1,980.

 

 

The Apple Special media event is coming!

It’s coming! The media Invites have been sent out, and the date has been (officially) set!

 

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. when you can livestream the event right from the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

 

 

 

 

 

We’re expecting three new iPhone models, two OLED models in 5.8 and 6.5 inches and one LCD model that’s 6.1 inches, all with camera improvements and a new matte finish with new colors added into the mix!

 

 

 

Ahead of when the launch, we’ll likely see iOS 13 released alongside macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, iPadOS, and tvOS 13.

 

As with past events, Apple will stream the event live on its website and on the Apple TV when it kicks off at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

You can pre-order Powerbeats Pro headphones in other colors now!

As of this morning, Apple is accepting pre-orders on it’s online store for its Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones in Ivory, Moss, and Navy.The black Powerbeats Pro have been available since May.

 

If you’re in need/desire of these babies, you’re looking at 5-7 business days to get either the Ivory or the Navy headphones, whereas the Moss color will be a bit longer at 1-2 weeks.

 

All of the colors are planned to be available in retail stores from August 30.

 

You can also pre-order them on the Beats By Dre website.

 

Like AirPods, Powerbeats Pro fare wireless, feature a dedicated charging case that offers 24 hours of battery life and an H1 chip for fast connectivity to your devices, device switching, and Hey Siri support.

 

Cash wise, you’re looking at  at $249.95. But you’ll look so good  with that moss green on your face, dude. So good.

 

 

 

 

More upcoming iPhone rumors!

 

Just weeks away from the (suspected, of course) announcement of the new models of iPhone, we have some more rumors for you!

 

1- We’ll see a smaller Apple Pencil that will work with the new models.

 

2 – The new iPhones will have USB-C chargers

 

3 – But will also support wireless charging.

 

4 – Triple lens rear cameras are almost a certainty

 

5 – As is the fact that there will be 3 new models in the line up

 

6 – Substantially longer battery life has been suggested

 

7 – We could see all three new phones have an OLED screen, rather than the previous OLED/LCD mix

 

8 – Line of sight teleportation has been suggested by at least one media outlet.*

 

So do you think we’ll see anything crazy this year? What feature are you looking forward t most? The rear camera setup could be used really well for AR, so that’s pretty sweet in our opinion!

 

* It was us. We’re the only ones predicting this. If wishes were horses, right?
 

 

 

 

The new iPhones are coming soon!

Like, mere weeks away kind of soon!

 

We’re looking at the launch of 3 new iPhone models from Apple, and we could see a rainbow of updates. Namely, lavender, green and dark green shades in at least one of the new models.

 

All three will reportedly have frosted glass casing, and – perhaps- no ‘iPhone’ branding on the rear casing. The word ‘Pro’ could also be added to the iPhone name.

 

The displays will be slightly thinner if 3D touch is no longer a feature, and they will all likely have triple-lens rear cameras, and will still be available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities.

 

It’s expected that Apple will announce the 2019 iPhones on the morning of Tuesday Sept. 10th with the devices available for preorder Sept. 13th and going on sale Sept. 20th.