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EU on Apple’s case about “free” app reform

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How many times have you downloaded a “free” app that manages to sneak in advertisements and premium content that you need to pay extra for? Probably a lot.

Well the European Union is meeting with various companies today to lay down some rules and come up with clearer lingo that stipulates which applications are truly free, and which are “free.” Read more »

Hangouts 2.0 on iOS brings new UI, stickers, location sharing and short video messages

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Google has released a major update to the iOS version of the Hangouts mobile app. Whereas the previous app left a lot to be desired and didn’t look or work as you’d expect from an app on iOS, the updated version completely changes that and also adds some new features.

One of the most noticeable changes in the new version is the new UI redesigned for iOS 7. Read more »

iOS 7.0.6 update released

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Apple has released a tiny update for iOS devices running iOS 7. This will bump up the version number to iOS 7.0.6 and brings with it just one small change.

The update provides a fix for SSL connection verification, preventing an attacker with a privileged network position from capturing or modifying data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. Read more »

Angry Birds Rio gets new High Dive episode

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Rio 2 is going to hit the cinemas worldwide on April 4 and Rovio has just released a new Angry Birds Rio update to get you warmed up.

The High Dive episode packs 26 brand new water-themed levels, where you will be rescuing dolphins. Read more »

Samsung pokes fun of Apple in two new Galaxy ads

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With MWC 2014 just around the corner, Samsung is taking the opportunity to take a few jabs at a manufacturer that has never attended the trade show: Apple. The Koreans have published two promo videos of its latest products, which point their superiority over the Apple-made rivals.

The first ad shows off the larger and higher resolution screen of the Galaxy Note 3 compared to the iPhone, while the second pits the new Galaxy Tab Pro against the iPad. Read more »

Apple on the rise in China

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The latest figures from the Wall Street Journal show that Apple is starting to become more widespread in China. The world’s largest mobile market, China has long been the bastion of low-cost Android alternatives from Asian manufacturers like Huawei and Lenovo.

However Apple’s market share in China went up from 6% in Q3 of last year to 7% in Q4. This currently puts the Cupertino company 5th amongst smartphone vendors. Read more »

OneDrive is now live, Android’s app gets automatic upload

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Just as planned, Microsoft has just launched the new OneDrive service – the renamed and updated SkyDrive. In case you need a refresh, Microsoft was forced to rename its cloud storage service after a trademark infringement. Now, the rebranded cloud storage service OneDrive got an updated version of its Android app

OneDrive is available to anyone – either existing or new user and the updated Android app brings brand new subscription services. Read more »

Smartphone OSes and their app stores, an infographic

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Analyst companies put out predictions of how the mobile business will develop in the future on a regular basis but all the tables of percentages and millions of units can get a little dry.

Instead, here’s how a more graphical way rundown of the top four smartphone platforms and their respective app stores stack up against each other. Read more »

Apple and Google rejecting apps cashing in on the Flappy Bird name

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So Flappy Bird turned out to be a major success, more than even the developer had imagined, causing him to eventually take the game down. Naturally, then, everyone and their dog since then has tried to cash in on the aerodynamically challenged bird’s fame with several ‘Flappy’ games now on both the App Store and the Play Store.

It seems, after quite some time, both Apple and Google have noticed this trend and are now clamping down on developers who are submitting apps with ‘Flappy’ in the name. Several developers have reported recently that their apps were rejected simply for ‘attempting to leverage a popular app’. Read more »

Apple iPad 2 is reportedly on its way to be discontinued

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According to a report in Apple Insider, the non-retina display toting iPad 2 is going to be discontinued soon. Apple has reportedly decided to wind down the tablet’s production as customers are increasingly shifting their attention towards the company’s newer slates.

Announced back in 2011 to replace the original, Apple iPad 2 has proven to be quite a success for the Cupertino giant. Read more »

BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android brings a host of new features

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BlackBerry announced that a major update is coming to BBM for iOS and Android. Version 2.0 of the popular adds a host of new features to the popular messenger, headed by voice calling.

Voice calling works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connection and allows a user to call his/her BBM contacts anywhere in the world. The feature is available free of charge. Read more »

Basemark X 3D benchmark updated to 1.1, runs on the top three smartphone OSes

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Benchmarks are a big part of our reviews and Basemark X is one of the newer ones we’re using. The company behind it, Rightware, just announced that it has covered all three major smartphone OSes, which is a must-have for inter-platform comparisons.

The latest version, Basemark X 1.1, is based on Unity 4.2, a popular game engine and IDE. Read more »

New Angry Birds Stella coming up

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Over the last few hours Rovio has released three teasers about a new Angry Birds game. The pictures are very clear – they even have the #NEWANGRYBIRDS hashtag in the corner, so it isn’t just another update.

There is no other information but the teaser pictures, which show popular birds watching something in the distance. There is the Stella logo plus the “Best Friends Forever…Most of the Time” message. Read more »

iOS 7 adoption quickly increasing

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Apple has reported that 82% of all iOS users have upgraded to the seventh iteration of the popular mobile and tablet OS.

How did Apple gauge this number? Read more »

Flappy Bird developer gives the reason for taking the game down

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Flappy Bird gathered insane interest over the past few days. Initially developed in 2013, Flappy Bird has become one of the most popular titles in both Android Play Store and Apple App Store, generating millions of downloads. Its creator – Dong Nguyen – even promised Windows Phone port is coming too.

And then, just when we though the free game is certain to break records, the developer decided to remove Flappy Bird from all stores. Until today the reasons were unclear, but the speculations went crazy – from death threats to patent issues and lawsuits. Read more »