Twitter announces new profile layout

Social media and micro-blogging site, Twitter has unveiled a revamped profile page to its 241 million users.

It is starting to look a bit like a Facebook profile page. You can add a larger profile photo, customise your header image, pin your favourite tweets to the top, and more.

Visitors to your page can also just view your tweets, tweets with photos/videos, and replies. There is also bigger photos and tweet positioning, filtered tweets and other good stuff allowing your visitors to learn everything you say is important about yourself.

The layout of the new profiles are only available to a small amount of users but if you sign up to Twitter now you get the new layout.

That’s it from me! Signing off, Mekul.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled with Fingerprint and Heartbeat sensor

Well, it happened. It was the most anticipated phone that would be presented at the Samsung Unpacked Event 5, the Galaxy S5. The phone is standing out from all the Android phones in the market.

Hardware

The S4 really isn’t much different to the S5. The back is a bit different though. The fine, glossy back has now been replaced with a soft, dimpled look, which Samsung calls ‘modern glam’

The height of the phone is a little larger but not quite noticeable. Super AMOLED panel has 1080p resolution just like the S4. The processor is a 2.5GHz with 2GB of RAM. It has a 16MP camera with a 4K camera installed.

The phone is water and dust resistance and you can go under water for 30 minutes though I wouldn’t be doing that without a case! It has a gyro, barometer, gesture(IR), finger scanner and heart rate sensor installed.

Software

Samsung is launching with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s S5. There is a new S Health App that uses the new heart rate sensor installed. According to The Verge, the heart sensor is good but the finger print scanner is terrible. The Verge said it is “quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate one-handed.”

There is a Kids Mode which includes apps and games for kids. There is a Private Mode which shuts off various sections of the S5 and a Power Saving Mode.

Hands On

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The Verge

That’s it for this weeks post. Now some may realise that I did not do a post last week. I am sorry for that, but I will keep the posts coming! Signing off, Mekul.

Xbox One: Review

When you hear Xbox you think about games, right? Well, when I played around with it, I realised it just wasn’t that. It was Kinect, the Voice Control, the graphics, the apps. That’s what the Xbox One is all about. I would say, “Think out of the box.”

The Setup

The Mekul Difficulty: Easy

Well, this was annoying. When I got the Xbox console out of the box, connected all the cords, put batteries in the controller, I wanted to get started right away, but when I turned it on, I was hit with a 100 mb update. So, I did. Luckily, my Internet is relatively fast, even on 2/5 bars, which was good. After that comes the boring stuff (time zone, language, account, etc.)

The Games

Well, I only had one game. Forza Motorsport 5. I inserted the disk and it hummed. It asked me if I wanted to Install Forza (which was 6 GB), and I hit the wrong button and it started installing. So I decided to wait around. When it finished installing, I clicked on the tile. The game loaded pretty quickly. I first listened to Jeremy Clarkson from TopGear UK talking about cars and before you knew it, I was playing the game. Honestly, this game had the best graphics. It was so real! I believe that there are quite a few games for Xbox One, like Ryse, but there will be more to come, like Minecraft, in the future.

The Interface

The interface is so smooth and so simple! When you turn it on, there is no buttons, you just run your finger over the power symbol and it turns on. Speakers are installed in the console for sound effects. On the actual Menu, it is simple. Squares and rectangles are on the screen.

Kinect

Well, this was good. Kinect is so good at just those simple things like you put up your hand and you can enter an app without the controller. Also, when you walked into the room where your Kinect is, it automatically logs in and recognises you. I tested it with another person and it worked! Kinect is also the main microphone for voice commands. So if you say, “Xbox go to Forza Motorsport 5,” it will go in the game. You can also record the screen for a maximum of 5 minutes.

The Bad

  • Slow on Startup.
  • Controllers still use Batteries.
  • Xbox Live required for some Apps.
  • Xbox Live Gold subscription cost more than PS Plus.
  • The Good

  • Kinect is great especially when I walked in the camera space and it recognised me.
  • Kinect is good for commands like answering a Skype call, entering a game.
  • Lots of Storage.
  • Great graphics.
  • You can record Xbox’s screen for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • The Verdict

    I am a Apple guy, but then again, I like Microsoft. Well, I can’t compare this to the PS4 because I don’t have one. I recommend you to read Tech Radar’s review of the PS4. I have never owned an Xbox, and this is a great game console and I recommend you get it. It cost $599/£489 and it is totally worth it.

    The Mekul Rating:

    9/10