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Verizon now gives you 50% off on Android phones priced at $199 or more

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To help you get into the gift-giving mood, Verizon has a pretty good deal going on for Android smartphones. Namely, the carrier is selling all Android devices that normally cost $199 or more with a two-year contract for just 50% of their price.

So, for example, the Galaxy Note 4 can now be had for just $149.99, whereas you normally have to shell out no less than $299.99 for the privilege of purchasing one from Big Red. Read more »

Facebook’s new Stickered app lets you plaster stickers over your photos

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The team that’s in charge of developing Facebook’s Messenger apps has come up with something new. The app is called Stickered, and it’s apparently due to be out in the Google Play Store for Android later today. It will also make it to iOS at some point in the future.

As you can see from the image above, Stickered basically lets you plaster the stickers you can find in Facebook Messenger over parts of your photos. Why you would choose to do such a thing is still quite the mystery, but – if you want to, now you can. Read more »

Microsoft is no longer required to show the Browser Choice screen on Windows in the EU

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Believe it or not, five years have passed since the European Commission forced Microsoft to add the Browser Choice screen to the versions of Windows it sold in the EU. And incidentally, this means that the requirement has in fact expired.

As of now, Microsoft no longer falls under the obligation to show people in the EU the Browser Choice screen, so it’s stopped doing so. The dedicated website for the feature is gone too. Read more »

Apple Pay is on its way to Europe, pulled job ad reveals

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If you were having doubts about Apple making its new payment service available outside of the US, then this is for you. Apple Pay is indeed coming to Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. This has been confirmed by a job posting by Apple on its website.

The ad has since been pulled, but it mentioned the company was looking for a London-based intern to “drive out the rollout” of Apple Pay across the aforementioned territories. Read more »

Yahoo updates Weather app for iOS and Android with more animated effects

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Today Yahoo has announced it’s published a new version of its app for both iOS and Android to the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively. The update is decidedly bigger for Android, where it introduces animated weather conditions (such as fog, rain, heat, snow, lightning, and frost).

Most of those have been available on iOS 8 since September, but today lightning and frost have made their way to devices running Apple’s mobile operating system as well. Read more »

Scania releases its own wearable, a rebranded Sony SmartWatch 3

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The latest company to hop onto the smartwatch bandwagon is Scania – yes, the truck making company from Sweden. It has unveiled the Scania Watch, its very first offering in this space, which is targeted at truck drivers, as you might expect.

The device is in fact a rebranded Sony SmartWatch 3, but it does feature some interesting software additions (as well as promises for much more to come in the future). This might make it more appealing to truck drivers than any other smartwatch out there. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch lands in the UK on December 23

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Asus’ first Android Wear-based smartwatch is going to finally make it to the UK later this month, after it became available in the US in November. The ZenWatch will be yours to grab starting on December 23, so it could make for a very last minute present for someone (or yourself).

If you want to buy one, you’ll initially only be able to do so from Currys and PC World, since apparently these two retailers have nabbed an exclusive on the watch. The price you’ll need to pay for it will be £200. Read more »

Angry Birds Stella finally arrives on Windows Phone

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Many months after it launched for iOS and Android, Angry Birds Stella has today become available for Windows Phone. As you may have expected, it’s a free download, but does feature in-app purchases.

The game is an “all-new physics-based slingshot adventure”, and it comes with over 120 levels. “The fierce flock” contains six fun birds, each with its own personality. Read more »

Pushbullet now lets you act on your Android notifications from a computer

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Pushbullet has been pretty great even before today’s update, letting you see your Android notifications on your PC, Mac, or Chrome OS device. But it’s now added what has to have been one of the most requested features – the ability to quickly act on those notifications.

Sure, you’ve been able to dismiss a notification from your computer – and it would disappear from your Android device. Now though, on your computer, you can see and use those ‘quick actions’ that show up underneath Android notifications on your phone or tablet. Read more »

Instagram adds five new filters

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Today is a big day for fans of Instagram, as it has received its first new filters in two years. The app now boasts five additional filters you can choose from, and it’s also gotten a couple of usability improvements as well.

The new functions are to be found inside Instagram version 6.4.0 for iOS, and version 6.12.0 for Android. These are already out in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Read more »

BBM takes stickers, Timed Messages, and Message Retraction to Windows Phone

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BBM for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.0 today, and there is a lot of new functionality inside. The Timed Messages and Message Retraction features that made their debut on the other mobile platforms back in October have finally landed on Windows Phone on this occasion.

The app also got the BBM Shop with stickers, which are the new cool and trendy thing for messaging apps as you may know. Read more »

Skype Translator Preview released for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Skype’s wonderful Translator functionality has finally become reality. The feature was first demoed by Microsoft back in May, and now it’s available as a preview on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

At the moment, it only works between English and Spanish speakers. But it does do on-the-fly translation of voice calls. So you speak in one of these two languages, and the person at the other end of the ‘line’ will hear the other one. There is a slight delay, of course, but it’s perhaps smaller than one might have expected. Read more »

Gestures Beta for Windows Phone automatically mutes your mic, puts call on speaker

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Aside from the Glance Screen update we just reported on, Microsoft has something else for Windows Phone fans today. It is, in fact, a new app, currently in Beta. It’s called Gestures, and it automates some tasks based on how you hold or move your phone.

It lets you control some of your phone’s functions without needing to touch the display. The first release, the one which is now available to download from the Windows Phone store, focuses on calls. Read more »

Glance Screen for Windows Phone now lets you set a background image

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The Glance Screen functionality for Windows Phones lets you see some information while your phone is in standby. The time, weather, alarms, calendar events all show up there along with info about missed calls and received messages. And today, the Glance Screen app itself has seen an update.

The new version is already available to grab from the Windows Phone app store. The main new thing that you’ll find inside it is that you can now have a background image for the Glance Screen. Read more »

Google Maps gets lane guidance in some European countries

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On both iOS and Android, the Google Maps app has today received support for lane guidance for highways in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, and Ireland.

Lane guidance does what you’d expect it to, given the name. It ensures you’re always on the right lane, when you’re in turn-by-turn navigation mode. Read more »