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avast! Mobile Security adds anti-theft features in the latest version

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avast! Mobile Security application for Android has received a major update in version 2.0 and now includes a very useful feature in the form of anti-theft protection. This features were initially found in the beta version but are now part of the main app. With the help of this feature, you will be able to locate your phone on a map and will also be able to use other commands such as remotely trigger a siren, remote lock and even remote wipe using the excellent web portal.

The application is also smart enough to send a message whenever it detects that the SIM has been swapped. This way, if someone steals your phone and swaps the SIM, you will be able to locate the phone on a map and also have the mobile number of the perpetrator, thus making it easier to find your phone. Read more »

Android running Nikon camera surfaces again, this time through pictures

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We have reported in the past about Nikon working on an Android based point and shoot camera. Nikon Rumors have now published some pictures that are allegedly of this yet to be announced camera.

The camera in question looks like your usual point and shooter from the front, until you get to the back where you’ll find a large touchscreen along with the usual physical Android navigation keys. Read more »

Google Play Store gift cards set to arrive on August 26 in US stores

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We recently reported that Google has quietly added support for gift cards in the latest version of the Play Store application for Android but the feature has not been enabled or announced yet. That’s because they gift cards themselves aren’t available yet.

Well, it seems that’s about to change soon, as a leaked image from Target is confirming that the Play Store gift cards could be hitting their shelves as early as August 26. Read more »

Motorola XYBOARD Wi-Fi in the US gets Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update

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Motorola has announced that the XYBOARD Wi-Fi tablet in the US will soon be getting the Android 4.0.4 update. The update is available to both the XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 Wi-Fi models.

The following is the list of enhancements that you will find in the new update. Read more »

Jetpack Joyride comes to Android, sticks to Amazon’s Appstore for now

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Jetpack Joyride is one of the most popular game available for iOS and also one of the most requested for Android. Finally, after a year of releasing a game on iOS, developer Halfbrick Studios has ported the game over to Android.

Jetpack Joyride is a 2D side-scrolling game where you control Barry Steakfries who is strapped to a jetpack as he moves through a top-secret laboratory. Read more »

‘Puddle THD’ for Android game review

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Most mobile games are either available on both iOS as well as Android or are iOS exclusive. But turns out, there are a few games exclusive to Android as well.

One such game is Puddle THD. In fact, this game is so exclusive, that it only works on the devices running on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 hardware. We decided to take a look and see if it is worth five bucks. Read more »

Google enables Smart App Updates on the Play Store

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Back at the Google I/O keynote where Google announced Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, one of the new features for the Play Store that Google talked about was Smart App Updates. This is basically delta updates for your apps, which means whenever there is a new update available for your installed apps, the Play Store will only download whatever is new within the APK instead of downloading the entire app all over again.

According to Google, Smart App Updates are only a third in size, which means you save a lot of time and data in updating apps. This feature has now been activated on the Google Play Store and some apps are already making use of it. Read more »

Twitter reforms API rules, makes it more difficult to be a third party client developer

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It has been rumored for a while that Twitter may be looking to shut down third party Twitter clients completely and only allow the use of its own official clients, available on nearly every platform right now. And while that hasn’t happened yet, the latest announcement from the company’s developers blog does make it more difficult to be a third party Twitter client developer.

Twitter announced that it will be releasing v1.1 of its API, which is what applications that access Twitter have to use. This new API comes with a ton of new changes and restrictions, which further drives home the point that Twitter does not like third-party clients that mimics the site’s functionality. Read more »

Google+ and Google Maps for Android get updated

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Google released updates for two of their major apps on the same day. The first is the Google+ app, which gets some cool new features. The first one is that the Google+ app now allows teenagers to create and join Hangouts from their mobile, which wasn’t possible before due to age restrictions.

Another cool feature is that the mobile app now allows you to do Hangouts on Air using your smartphone, something that could only be done on desktop before. In case you are not aware, Hangouts on Air lets you create webcasts over Google+. Read more »

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard update brings two new themes, additional language support

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Popular aftermarket Android keyboard SwiftKey has issued yet another update, which adds a couple of new features. The most noticeable are the two new themes, Sky blue and Fuchsia.

Other than the themes, the latest update also adds support for two new languages – Malay and Urdu, along with voice input for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and finally some bug fixes. Read more »

Razer announces DeathStalker keyboard and Kraken headphones

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Razer has announced two new products for the gaming populace. The first is a keyboard called DeathStalker that comes with Razer’s Switchblade UI on a touchscreen display placed next to the keyboard. We first saw this UI on Razer’s Switchblade concept and then on the Razer Blade laptop and the Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming keyboard.

The DeathStalker keyboard comes with the same basic system that has ten configurable keys on top to which you can assign any function. Each key has a color display within that shows the icon of the function you have assigned to the key. Below the keys is the LCD touchscreen that displays game related information and can also work as a trackpad to control your mouse pointer. Read more »

EA announces Origin store for OS X, Android, Facebook and Smart TV

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EA has announced that their own game distribution store Origin is now coming to several new platforms, including OS X, Android, Facebook and Smart TV.

The Origin client is currently only available on Windows and offers similar functionality as Steam. You can browse through EA’s game collection and purchase them from within the client. EA games offered through Origin are often priced lower compared to other stores, such as Steam. Read more »

Pinterest releases Android and iPad version of its mobile app

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Pinterest is a social photo sharing website that was released last year, where users ‘pin’ the photos they like (not necessarily their own but also something they found online) and thus share it with others. You can also follow other people and see the images they have pinned. The site categorizes pictures into various categories so it becomes easy to look at pictures from categories you like.

Last year, we got a mobile application for the iPhone, which for a long time remained the only mobile application for the service. Now, after over a year, Pinterest has released an Android as well as an iPad version of its mobile app. Read more »

Acer Iconia Tab A110 spotted once again, this time running Jelly Bean

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We first saw the Acer Iconia Tab A110 couple of months ago in June. Back then it seemed like a really good tablet for the $200 price tag but we haven’t heard from it since, especially after the launch of the Nexus 7.

Now it has surfaced again, this time courtesy of an online UK retailer Ebuyer. What’s more important is that now it seems to be running on Jelly Bean. Read more »

Next version of uTorrent to include “featured torrents” as a form of advertising

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The makers of popular BitTorrent client µTorrent have announced some changes that they will be making in the upcoming version of the application and how they plan on monetizing it.

So far, the free version of µTorrent offered to install toolbars during installation and that was the only source of revenue for the developers from the free version. The next version of µTorrent, however, will include something called “featured torrents”. Read more »