Apple shows 74 percent of devices now run iOS 7

Despite some complaints about Apple's iOS 7 redesign, with its flat graphics and zooming animations, it appears the lion's share of users have now adopted the operating system.

Apple published an updated chart on its developer Web site for the iOS App Store, which shows that iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of all iOS devices. This means adoption of the operating system has grown 10 percent since numbers last reported in October.

The tech giant debuted iOS 7 in September, along with the launch of its new iPhone 5S and 5C. Just one month later, Apple … Read more

The 404 1,396: Where we're one step closer to Instabook (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- News from Instagram, or, what the hell is this block of wood?

- Stress-buster: Microsoft bra battles emotional overeating.

- Sony patents "smart wig": Toupee with sensors on the way?

- Spike Away vest keeps people out of your personal space.… Read more

Sub-$200 HP, Dell models most popular Black Friday laptops

Bargain-basement models from Hewlett-Packard and Dell topped the list of the most popular Black Friday laptops, according to a research note from a market researcher that tracks laptops at retail.

Dell's 15-inch 15RV-1952BLK, priced at $177 on Black Friday, topped the list, according to Gap Intelligence, which based its ranking on the number of "likes" each promotion received on deal-tracking website

"Dell made the largest gains of any manufacturer, nearly doubling its number of notebook ad hits from last year (17 vs. 9)," analyst Deron Kershaw said in a statement.

HP's HP'… Read more

Flipagram helps create videos using your photos

Currently sitting atop the top free app spot in the App Store is an app called Flipagram. The concept behind the app is to help you create what amounts to a slideshow using nothing more than your iOS device. The app -- a universal binary -- works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Upon launching the app you can connect your Facebook and Instagram accounts to it, or rely on photos stored in your Camera Roll to curate your short video.

You can place as many photos, or "Moments" as the app refers to them in your … Read more

Review: Formula Cartoon Touch 'N' Go is an accessible kart racer

Formula Cartoon Touch 'N' Go is a kart racer featuring popular characters from shows like Adventure Time and Regular Show, but it's not as robust or even as hard to play as bigger-name console racers from Nintendo or Sony. The result is a very accessible game that may not be something you play often, but will entertain young players for short bursts of time.

The game starts immediately after installation and gives a very short tutorial showing you how to pick a kart, power up the cart, and earn new coins. You can then choose a racetrack and start … Read more

Acer to sell touch Chromebook at fraction of Google Pixel price

Since February, when Google launched its Chromebook Pixel, there's been just one option for those seeking a Chromebook with a touch screen. It came with a high-resolution screen -- and a high price tag: $1,299.

On Tuesday, however, Acer announced a touch screen Chromebook option that's less than a quarter of the price. The latest in its new C720P Chromebook series comes with a touch screen and will go on sale early next month at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Acer Store for just $300.

It features a Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor and an 11.6-inch HD … Read more

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce, Evolve hop over to MetroPCS

After a month at T-Mobile's Alcatel's One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve also went on sale with T-Mobile-owned MetroPCS on Monday.

The prepaid Android phones come in at less on Metro's network; $99 for the Fierce (versus a $149 introductory price at T-Mobile) and $59 for the Evolve (versus $79 withT-Mo.)

To recap, the Fierce runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Meanwhile, the lower-end Evolve features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera, and … Read more

Dell refresh of XPS 13 arrives with Apple in its sights

Dell has begun selling the refresh of a strong rival to Apple's MacBook Air, the XPS 13. It has also launched the super-svelte XPS 11 -- another Air-esque design -- and the Ubuntu version of the XPS 13.

The updated model sports a "Haswell" fourth-generation Core processor -- the power-efficient U series variety -- and comes for the first time with a touch screen option.

Specs for the $1,300 XPS 13 include 8GB of RAM, a 1,920x1,080 resolution 13.3-inch touch display, Intel HD 4400 graphics, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0, … Read more

Change time increments to 5 minutes on iOS 7's Calendar

The reason behind iOS 7 defaulting to minute increments for calendar appointments is beyond me. Have you ever scheduled a meeting for 8:03? I know I haven't.

In previous versions of iOS, the calendar would increment by 5 minutes, which makes a lot more sense. As it turns out, iOS 7 offers the same functionality, you just need to change a simple -- but hidden -- setting.

As WonderHowTo pointed out, a quick double-tap on the minute column when adding an appointment will change it from 1 to 5 minutes.

Sadly, the change doesn't remain in place; … Read more

BBM update to support Wi-Fi-only iPad, iPod Touch

Owners of the Wi-Fi-only iPad and iPod Touch will be able to download and use BlackBerry Messenger before the end of the day.

BlackBerry confirmed Thursday that updates to BBM for Android and iOS will start to roll out as free downloads during the day.

Available through the Apple App Store, the iOS edition of BBM will offer several enhancements. Tops on the list is support for the Wi-Fi-only iPad and iPod Touch. But there's more in store.

You'll also be able to invite a BBM contact to your BBM groups via e-mail, a handy option if you … Read more