ESPN has changed the name of its ScoreCenter app to ESPN SportsCenter and has given it a whole new design. Version 4.0.0 now allows users to set up the app so they can quickly receive up to the date information about their favorite teams and get personalized content sent directly to their in-app inbox. The app also now features real-time scores and social updates from ESPN NOW.
Users can stay plugged in with the apps deep Twitter integration which gives users access to tweets from all of ESPN's sports commentators, and they can choose from dozens of notification options to personalize their experience. The app also includes the usual video highlights and social sharing options.
HBO Go has joined the growing list of streaming properties available for Google's Chromecast. Users can now stream HBO content from their iOS or Android devices and web browsers. iOS users need to download the HBO Go app or upgrade to version 2.4.0 to start "casting" their favorite HBO shows or movies from their iPhone or iPad.
Chromecast allows users to stream content from all the important streaming services, like Hulu Plus, YouTube and Netflix, to their HDTV. The addition of HBO Go plus Chromecast's affordable $35 price tag makes the streaming device a pretty tempting buy.
Xbox has released its Xbox One companion app for iOS and Android devices. The app doesn't feature much right now, but it will allow you to interact with your Xbox after the new console is released on Friday. Xbox One SmartGlass features include the ability to navigate your Xbox One console using your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, track achievements, get game help, message friends, and watch game clips.
Moga has officially unveiled its iPhone game controller and is now accepting pre-registration for the device. The Moga Ace Power is one of the first controllers to work with Apple's MFi (Made for iOS) gamepad support in iOS 7. It is compatible with the iPhone 5 and later and the fifth-generation iPod.
The controller connects to your iPhone or iPod via the Lightning port, and it features its own 1,800mAh battery that charges while you play. The gamepad includes dual analog sticks, a D-pad, four buttons and left and right top buttons.
Apple has released the first iOS 7.1 beta to developers one week after the company rolled out iOS 7.0.4 to fix a FaceTime bug. The update can now be downloaded from Apple's developer center. You can read the complete release notes below.
Last week iOS 7.0.4 was deemed jailbreak safe by the jailbreaking community. However, evad3rs team member MuscleNerd advised users with jailbroken devices to avoid it because there is no going back once you upgrade. The iOS 7.0.4 update brought a few bug fixes and minor improvements.
There's no need to wait until Black Friday for an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c sale. AT&T is currently offering one of the best deals on both of Apple's new handsets. You can nab a 16GB iPhone 5s for $100 or a 16GB iPhone 5c for $50. That's 50% off the suggested retail price of the iPhone 5s. As usual, these deals require that you sign a new two-year contract with AT&T.
A lot of big box retailers such as Walmart are also offering deals on Apple's latest generation of products, but these deals normally involve some kind of gift card rebate. On Black Friday, Walmart will be giving away a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, and the iPad Air will be $20 off at Target. The Target iPad Air deal also includes a free $100 gift card, essentially making the the new tablet only $379. This is the best Black Friday iPad deal that has been announced so far.
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly add any more Google apps to your iPhone, Google Play Music is now available on the App Store. The search engine giant originally launched its music streaming service for Android devices earlier this year, and it is now available for the iPhone, with an iPad version in the works.
Users can store up to 20,000 tracks of their own music hrough the free version of the app, create their own playlists, and share music with friends. The ability to store music online allows your to save space on your device, and eliminates the need to sync every time you add more songs.
Apple released iOS 7.0.4 to fix a FaceTime bug that caused "calls to fail for some users." Soon after the release, @iH8sn0w tweeted that the update “has no security changes.” iH8sn0w later added that the last few iOS updates "have not been directed as patching anything jb-related," and that Apple is probably waiting for the iOS 7 jailbreak to be released before they patch any exploits.
Soon after iH8sn0w's tweet, @MuscleNerd also confirmed that iOS 7.0.4 is jailbreak safe, but advised users to “avoid it" if they plan to jailbreak in the future. Apple's previous OS update, 7.0.3, was also found to be safe for jailbreakers by the evad3rs, who are the team of hackers working on the iOS 7 jailbreak.
Google announced today that it will begin rolling out Autofill for its Chrome iOS app in the near future, and that it is testing some improvements to Autofill on Android devices. The new feature will allow iOS users to quickly complete online forms when using the synced Autofill info on their iPhone or iPad.
The Android improvements aim to "further streamline online forms," and allow Android users a better and quicker experience when making online purchases. Merchants interested in adopting Google's "faster checkout flow" can learn more here.
Sony's PlayStation 4 companion app is now available for iOS and Android devices. The PlayStation App allows anyone to browse the PlayStation Store, and gives users access to system guides, manuals, and the PlayStation blog. PS4 App users will also be able to check-in on their friends activity, compare trophies, and view their own profile or recent activity without using their console.
The next-generation PlayStation 4 console officially launches this Friday, November 15, 2013. Official launch events are taking place at over 4,000 GameStop stores across the country, and some will begin as early as 6 p.m. on November 14. The PlayStation 4 is expected to be one of the hottest and possibly hardest to find products this holiday shopping season. Pre-orders quickly sold out after the next-generation console was announced back in February, and it is unknown how many extra consoles will be available at launch.