Leaked from today's 404 episode:
BARCELONA -- Opera Software on Sunday launched a beta version of Max, its Android app designed to cut data usage by compressing video, photos, and text.
The Norwegian browser company launched a closed beta of the app in December in the United States. Now the open beta will be open to anyone in the US and in Western Europe, with availability elsewhere in the world arriving gradually. Opera opened pre-registrations for Max last week, and accounts are activated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The technology is based in part on Opera's years-long investment in servers that can compress data … Read more
PDF Max is a complete PDF viewer that provides you with multiple tools for annotating, editing, and reviewing PDF documents. Download documents to the app from multiple sources including Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Box, and then view, edit, or share them through a variety of other programs.
The interface of PDF Max is accessible and intuitive, with options for viewing documents organized by name or date. Adding a new document is straightforward, as you can just tap the "+" icon in the upper left-hand corner to begin. Next, select the source of the document, or create a new … Read more
Android users looking to save on their data plans may want to get in line for Opera's latest beta app, Opera Max.
Like the company's flagship Opera Web browser, the Opera Max application is designed to compress data help save users from spilling their precious, allotted megabytes.
Instead of only helping out with Web sites, however, Max promises to do the same across … Read more
MiniMax EQ for Mac precisely measures the highest and lowest point in an audio track. In addition to working with sound files, it also has a premium feature that detects input coming from a microphone in real time. While the interface is well laid out, the lack of a file browser or drag-and-drop integration makes the addition of new tracks rather clumsy.
MiniMax EQ for Mac features a clean interface with just a handful of buttons. The app is quite basic, having no adjustable preferences. The biggest drawback is that file paths and filenames need to be entered or copied, … Read more
Max Mosley, the former Formula One boss whose racy photos leaked onto the Web, has won a victory against Google.
A German court ruled Friday that Google must take down pictures depicting Mosley in sadomasochistic sex acts that show up in its search results, according to Reuters, which earlier reported on the news. The court acknowledged that Google didn't take the pictures, which were snapped in 2008, but could be considered a distributor and, therefore, needs to take them down.
In a statement, Google took issue with the ruling, saying that it would appeal. The company also told Reuters … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Is dual-booting the next big thing for tablets? India-based company MicroMax thinks so, adding the LapTab hybrid laptop/tablet to the mix. The 10.1-inch tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 and ships with an attachable Bluetooth keyboard.
The hybrid tablet packs a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, a dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It also houses a microSD card expansion slot and a variety of ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI.
Spec-wise, it isn't anything amazing. However, the ability to run both Android and … Read more
Escort's Passport Max brings few new tricks to the radar detector's bag of tricks. It's got GPS connectivity, which it uses in some innovative ways. It uses new signal-processing tech to tune out the noise that triggers false alerts. It's even got a new suction cup.
Design The Passport Max attaches to your car's windshield with a new Sticky Cup suction mount, similar to that of the Bracketron Mi-T Grip. While it looks like a standard lever-activated suction cup, the Sticky Cup uses a tacky, indeed, sticky semiadhesive material for its cup. With this change, … Read more
Like all brilliant racing games, the backbone of Neo Drift Out, New Technology is its cars: many old-school arcades stick you in generic Porscherrarighini blobs, but since Drift Out actually carried WRC licensing, you'll get to choose from a few authentic icons. Back in '96, having real-world cars in a racing game was cooler than the other side of the pillow.
There are three rides in Drift Out: the Toyota Celica, the Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Subaru Impreza, each with a rating for Speed, Control, and Body. There isn't any real discernible difference between 'vehicle dynamics'...it's … Read more
With the new One Max, HTC officially enters the burgeoning massive-screened smartphone market. Equipped with an impressive 5.9-inch display that's bright, colorful, and sharp, the HTC One Max will certainly scratch the itch if you're hankering for an Android handset boasting a gigantic viewing area. Unfortunately the phone is much too big and heavy to be practical, and the One Max's fingerprint scanner while intriguing didn't operate as well as I'd hoped.
Also, for its high sticker price ($299.99 on Verizon, and $249.99 through Sprint) the One Max's list of components, … Read more