The BlueStacks app player for running Android apps on Windows

The BlueStacks beta (download) leverages a new, patent-pending technology that the company has developed called LayerCake, which does two things necessary for running Android apps on Windows. First, it powers the app on hardware that it wasn’t originally intended to run on. That’s basically the ARM to x86 conversion which runs the apps, and it comes with the blessing of one of AMD’s head honchos. “LayerCake is a disruptive technology that enables PC manufacturers to…

"The BlueStacks app player for running Android apps on Windows"

PhotoToaster 3.0 is launching very soon, adding better photo management

 The original PhotoToaster ($1.99) was already a favorite among photo app users, and I’ve had a chance to check out a demo of PhotoToaster 3.0, which adds several new features to make the app an even stronger image editor. New lighting adjustments and presets Several new one-touch presets have been added in the latest version including Clarify, Amplify, Bleach Bypass, Sketch, Dynamic HDR, and Dramatic. Each of the new effects I tried in my testing…

"PhotoToaster 3.0 is launching very soon, adding better photo management"

Updates address stability and compatibility of Apple’s pro and enthusiast music production packages.

 If you are an audio enthusiast or musician and make use of Apple’s Logic Pro or Logic Express software packages, then Apple has released a couple of updates that address compatibility, performance, and stability in these programs. While the updates have not yet been listed on Apple’s support download page, they should be available via Software Update for those who have either Logic Pro or Logic Express installed, so you can manually invoke Software Update…

"Updates address stability and compatibility of Apple’s pro and enthusiast music production packages."

Opera ports its WebGL hardware acceleration from Opera Mobile to the Android version of Opera Mini 7

 Opera ports its WebGL hardware acceleration from Opera Mobile to the Android version of Opera Mini 7, which first debuted last month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Opera Mini 7 for Android (download) improves the lightweight browser’s compressed browsing feature called Turbo with hardware acceleration, and expands the Speed Dial landing page beyond nine Web sites. It does not include the new home screen that is coming to Opera Mini 7 for feature…

"Opera ports its WebGL hardware acceleration from Opera Mobile to the Android version of Opera Mini 7"

The MagniCase magnifies the display of the iPhone 4/4S by 1.5x

 To stand out from the crowd these days, iPhone cases need to do more than simply protect an iPhone from various bumps and scrapes – whether it be the inclusion of a physical keyboard, wall charger, lens filters or, in the case of the MagniCase, a flip-out Fresnel lens that magnifies the iPhone’s display by up to 1.5 times. The brainchild of mechanical engineer Hieu Ngyen, the MagniCase features a high quality Fresnel lens with…

"The MagniCase magnifies the display of the iPhone 4/4S by 1.5x"

The offering still lets customers pay for purchases from their mobile devices

 The application formerly known as Card Case has been rebranded “Pay With Square,” the company announced today. Square hasn’t said why it changed its mobile app’s name, but the branding appears to make it clearer to users what they should do with the app. Card Case was, after all, a cryptic name for a mobile-payment solution. Pay With Square comes with the same features users found in Card Case, allowing them to pay for products…

"The offering still lets customers pay for purchases from their mobile devices"

Handpresso Auto lets you brew espresso in the comfort of your car

 Imagine the convenience of brewing a creamy, steaming cup of espresso right in your car and you’ll get a sense for the impetus behind the latest creation from Handpresso. The company has added to its range of mobile espresso machines with the Handpresso Auto, a well-designed in-car gadget which is designed to turn just about anyone into a mobile barista.Weighing in at just under a kilo (880g/1.94 lbs) the Handpresso Auto looks a little like…

"Handpresso Auto lets you brew espresso in the comfort of your car"

AVG Do-Not-Track gives you significantly more control over how Web sites track your online meanderings.

 Two new features designed to protect your privacy while you browse the Web and guard you against misleading SSIDs come to all three AVG suites in a service pack update. The Service Pack 1 update for AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012, AVG Anti-Virus 2012, and AVG Internet Security 2012 are available exclusively today from Download.com. Both of the new features are available to free and paid users, but the tracking ad blocker called AVG Do-Not-Track is…

"AVG Do-Not-Track gives you significantly more control over how Web sites track your online meanderings."

Volkwagen of America has announced that a nine-month pilot scheme is to start next month in the U.S.

 The fact that most major manufacturers are now investing serious amounts of time and money in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development is proof positive that an electric automotive future will soon be upon us. While some, like Mitsubishi and Nissan, are already leading the charge onto the driveways of more and more folks around the globe, others prefer to take a more considered approach. Such is the case with Volkswagen. After giving us a glimpse…

"Volkwagen of America has announced that a nine-month pilot scheme is to start next month in the U.S."

Apparently Microsoft isn’t content leaving one potentially important speed boost for the Web to Google.

 Improve HTTP — the Hypertext Transfer Protocol that browsers use to request Web pages and servers use to deliver them — with a technology it calls HTTP Speed+Mobility. Google has proposed an idea called SPDY for speeding up HTTP and won an important ally at IETF, the group that oversees the standard and that’s beginning work on a new HTTP 2.0. But Microsoft wants a piece of the action, too. It thinks SPDY is OK…

"Apparently Microsoft isn’t content leaving one potentially important speed boost for the Web to Google."