Oh snap! Instagram lands on Windows Phone
Finally, Windows Phone users can get in on the social photo action without resorting to some embarrassing app used by 20,000 people. Yes, that’s right, Instagram is now available for WP8 smartphones! The app looks much the same as the iOS and Android versions and sports the full range of filters, but doesn’t support video capture at present. It is technically still a beta, so there may be the odd hiccup or two while you’re using it, but look, there are cocktails and appetisers out there that need to be tastefully shared via a warm vintage filter.
Download it here.
Amsterdam gets free citywide Wi-Fi
From today, those visiting Amsterdam won’t have to pay exorbitant hotel fees or brave McDonalds in order to sniff out a Wi-Fi connection. The Dutch capital and its environs (the entire Randstad metropolitan area, in fact) now have 300 free Wi-Fi hotspots courtesy of Swedish startup Instabridge. Users of the Instabridge Android app (it’s not yet out for iOS or Windows Phone) can access any of the hotspots without needing to input a password. [Source: Instabridge]
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Hear this Da Vinci-designed musical instrument played for the first time
500 years after it was dreamt up by Leonardo da Vinci, the viola organista has finally become a real, working musical instrument. While it looks much like a piano, the viola organista sounds more like a cello: four spinning wheels inside each pull a horsehair bow.
The instrument was built by Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki over three years, and he recently played it in public for the first time. You can hear it for yourself in the video above. [Source: The Verge]
Sony makes US$18 on every PS4
A comprehensive teardown of the PlayStation 4 has revealed that Sony makes a profit of US$18 (S$22) on every console sold in the US. While that might not seem like much, it’s significant because it’s a profit at all: with the PS3 launch, the company lost money on every one sold and was relying instead on games and services to generate revenue. Here, the profit begins with the hardware.
The teardown is the work of IHS, who determined that the materials in each PS4 cost Sony US$372 (S$465) while manufacturing costs US$9 (S$13), making a total of US$381 cost on a product sold for US$399. The report notes that other costs (transport etc.) do mean that Sony technically makes a loss on each one – but it’s smaller than previous consoles and will drop over time.