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Google Search for Android updated with a bunch of new features

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Google is rolling out an update to its Search app for Android bringing a bunch of cool new features and improvements.

One of the major novelties that come with the update is the ability of Google Now to let you know when you should leave for work, airport, events and dinner in order for you to get there on time. Read more »

Foursquare to power upcoming WP 8.1 Cortana voice assistant

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Microsoft’s recent investment of $15 million into popular location-based app Foursquare means that it will use the app’s data in its anticipated Cortana voice assistant as part of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release.

The Windows Phone 8.1 update, with which Microsoft aims to get all of its major OSs to the same build number, is set to feature Cortana of the Halo universe as its voice assistant. Read more »

Evernote beta for Android gains handwriting support

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The Evernote’s beta app for Android has gained handwriting support and now lets you scribble down notes or just doodle around, saving everything as is – not transforming your handwriting into neat text like on the Galaxy Note 3 for example.

The update will take its time getting to the official Android app but for now you can test the beta through the Google+ group. Read more »

Facebook’s Paper taking on Flipboard and Currents on February 3

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Facebook unveiled its own news delivering app called Paper. It’s a minimalist app that’s heavy on eye candy and is mostly swipe-operated. It’s also quite immersive by bringing a full-screen clutter-free interface.

Instead of bringing you your news feed the app will let you chose from a list of curated genres – photography, design, sports, food and science. Big names in said categories will get their fair share of showing off but Facebook also promises to shine a light on emerging voices, letting you subscribe to their feeds as well. Read more »

Microsoft is in trouble for the new OneDrive name

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Microsoft seems to have really bad luck with its SkyDrive cloud service. First a UK court ruled out Microsoft is infringing British Sky Broadcasting Group trademark last summer and Microsoft has agreed to change the name.

Just two days ago Microsoft announced the new name of the service – SkyDrive was re-branded to OneDrive. And as of today Microsoft is in trouble once again for the same reason. Read more »

Microsoft drops SkyDrive brand, renames the service OneDrive

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Microsoft has renamed its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to OneDrive. This was expected after a UK court found Microsoft infringing British Sky Broadcasting Group trademark last summer.

Microsoft says it chose the OneDrive name because the cloud storage should be the one place where you store all of your pictures, videos, documents and files. Read more »

Viber 4.2 on Android lets you block any number or contact

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Viber has released a new update for the Android version of the app. v4.2 brings with it some useful new features, most importantly call blocking. You can now specify any number or contact you don’t wish to receive calls from and it will be blocked for you.

Other changes include ability to send up to 10 images at the same time, ability to customize your messages and call sounds, new media gallery within conversations and other improvements and bug fixes. Read more »

Google’s Street View car goes around the Top Gear track

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Google and BBC have teamed up for a little reasonably-priced car challenge at Top Gear’s track – the Dunsfold Aerodrome. The project involved the most popular tame racing driver, the Stig, and the Street View Opel (that’s Continental Europe for Vauxhall) Astra.

Aside from the standard Street View walkthrough of the famous track there’s also a video of the Street View car and a rampant Mercedes SLS AMG driven by the Stig going alongside it. Read more »

iOS leader in mobile ad consumption, despite Android’s market lead

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The latest State of Mobile Advertising coming from browser-maker Opera shows that while Android leads iOS in terms of browsing on smartphones 36% to 29% and when factoring in tablets, where Apple’s iPad is dominant the numbers are 38% for Android and 43% for Apple. Android is bringing in 32% of Opera revenues, while iOS churns in a massive 56%.

The numbers show that mobile ads are much more valuable on iOS devices. The numbers come from Opera’s Mediaworks, which serves over 60 billion monthly page impressions to some 425 million users. Read more »

Samsung teams up with illy, not going to make coffee machines though

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Samsung has teamed up with popular espresso maker illy in the UK but the partnership doesn’t have coffee machines planned. Instead Samsung and illy will represent their products in each other’s stores, starting on London’s Regent Street.

Samsung VP Yoinghee Lee has revealed to Pocket-Lint that “this partnership is about sharing a communality between two brands.” – hopes are that by the end of this year Samsung devices will be in two illy coffee shops and illy coffee in two Samsung flagship stores in the UK. Read more »

Skype brings HD video calling on iPhone 5s, forgets non-A7 devices

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Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.

It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »

Bing Tell Me voice assistant beta coming to WP handsets this April

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According to latest online gossip, Microsoft’s Bing Tell Me voice assistant, also known by its codename Cortana, should debut this April at the annual’s BUILD conference. As previously suggested, Bing Tell Me will be voiced by Halo’s Cortana actress – Jen Taylor.

Just like Google Now, the Windows Phone voice assistant can be activated by a voice command (in this case “Bing Tell Me”) and it will understand commands such as “… will it rain today?”, “.. when’s my next meeting?” and “.. how do I get to the American Airlines Arena?”. Read more »

Updated Google Play Services bring turn-based multiplayer and more

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Google has updated its Play Services to version 4.1 bringing new features and improving on others. First off the update brings support for turn-based multiplayer – now developers can create games with turn-based gameplay and Google Play Services will distribute turns among players.

There’s also a preliminary Google Drive API, improved battery life with Google Location Reporting, Google+ sharing and Mobile Ad SDK improvements. Read more »

Xbox Music gains offline playlists on iOS

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Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launched on Android and iOS last year, but lacked one feature many users were longing for.

Saving playlists for offline playback has been something rivals have since their inception and finally, as of its latest update Xbox Music features it on Apple devices. The offline support is listed as coming soon for the Android version as well. Read more »

Samsung announces Smart Home service to help you automate your home

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Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new service dubbed Smart Home. The latest assistance from the global market leader will enable you to connect to your smart TVs, home appliances and smartphones through a single integrated platform.

Samsung’s Smart Home will allow you to control and manage your electronic devices such as refrigerators, washing machines, digital cameras and even a smartwatch through a single application. Read more »