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Apple allegedly acquires Spotsetter to improve its Maps app

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Apple’s Maps application has come under fire in the past for offering a navigation solution that leaves much to be desired.

The Cupertino based company has vowed to improve its application and has been acquiring a few companies to help bring Maps up to speed. You may now add Spotsetter to that list. Read more »

Google will flag faulty search results on mobile

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It’s happened to all of us – searching on Google on our mobile devices, tapping an article result and getting redirected to the website’s mobile homepage instead of the article we wanted. Well Google’s noticed and will start flagging such faulty links in its English results in the US so that we know before we tap.

But aside from leaving a comment – “May open the site’s homepage” – Google will still give you a Try anyway button if you’re eager to tread into the unknown. We hope the new feature makes its way outside of the US soon. Read more »

Update to Instagram for iOS and Android brings new editing tools

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Instagram for iOS and Android got treated to a major update. Version 6.0 of the popular app brings new image editing tools which are certain to appeal to the photo sharing crowd.

With the latest version of the app, Instagram users for iOS and Android can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and other aspects of their photos. Read more »

iCloud Drive – Apple’s cloud storage services is on

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Apple has just announced that they will soon be offering iCloud Drive. Now, I am sure they won’t win any awards for creative naming, but the fact of the matter is, it hardly leaves any uncertainties about what it does.

The new Apple iCloud Drive will be able to sync your files among all your platforms – even Windows. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 Store now shows reviewers’ devices

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The first device to run the final Windows Phone 8.1 revision is out now – the Lumia 630. We’ve met with the little fella and already done a proper review. But as it seems we’ll be unveiling new features for days to come.

The latest update we find in the Windows Phone 8.1 concerns the Store. Read more »

Cortana to support English UK soon

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Microsoft announced via its official Windows Phone UK Twitter account that its brand new Cortana voice assistant will be supporting English UK soon.

Currently, Cortana is only officially supported in the US and only works with US English. Read more »

Apple says iCloud security was not breached in Australia and New Zealand hack attacks

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Yesterday Apple users across Australia and New Zealand were hacked away from their iDevices. Apparently their iCloud accounts have been hacked by people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss and thus the connected iDevices were locked remotely.

Today Apple has issued a statement claiming this has nothing to do with any iCloud breach. The people who lost their Apple IDs to Oleg Pliss were simply using the same email and password on another service that got compromised. Read more »

Nokia Children of the Revolution ad has colorpop done right

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It its latest ad Nokia is focusing the attention on its Creative Studio and more importantly the Colorpop feature that allows you to only display one color channel on an otherwise black and white photo.

The ad is dubbed Children of the Revolution and, you guessed it – comes with the epic T-Rex song as background. The ad itself is a sequel to Nokia’s last ad – Not Like Everybody Else (that epic Kinks song) and has the first ad cameo at the end. Read more »

Apple users in Australia and New Zealand held at hackpoint

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Apple’s Find My iPhone users in Australia have been hacked by someone or a group of people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss (otherwise a respected software engineer and technology scientist). Some of the affected devices are put into lost mode with a message saying “device hacked”. Some users report demands of $100 sent by PayPal as ransom.

The information comes from numerous Apple users that have gone to Apple’s support forums complaining about the issue. Allegedly there were also reports from New Zealand users and one Australian currently in London. Read more »

Apple touts travel and music in latest series of iPad ads

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Apple’s “Your Verse” iPad campaign continues in full force, as the tech company has unveiled several new videos focusing on unique uses for its latest iPad Air tablet.

The two new ads focus on how the iPad helps hearing-impaired writer and traveler Cherie King navigate foreign countries, as well as Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new The Orchestra app that helps demystify the process of creating orchestral scores. Read more »

Springpad to shut down on June 25

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Popular note-taking service Springpad will be shutting down on June 25, the company confirmed through a blog post. The service was created over six years ago and since then has had over 5 million users.

Once shut down, all features will stop working and the data will be deleted from their servers. Springpad is working on an export tool that will be available for users to download and migrate their data elsewhere. The company will inform users about the availability of this tool via their blog. Read more »

Google brings Play Movies to four new countries

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Google keeps expanding the reach of its Play Movies video service and today four new countries have joined the supported list. If you live in Belgium, Philippines, Switzerland or Uganda, you can now rent and purchase movies from the repository.

The new wave brings the total number of countries where Play Movies is available to 69. However, you should keep in mind that this number only concerns movies, whereas TV shows are still only available in four countries. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 backups high-res pictures to OneDrive, offers subtitles in the Video player

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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview has been out for weeks and it brought so many new features that even today we keep discovering new ones. The latest one making the rounds is the option to backup 16MP, 18MP, 34MP and 38MP Lumia HD pictures to OneDrive.

This feature has been there since the release of the WP 8.1 Developer’s Preview as ours first backed up high-res pictures date April 30. Read more »

Google Maps update brings new features to iOS and Android

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Google Maps got treated to an update for both Android and iOS. Versions 7.7 and 3.0 of the app for Android and iOS respectively bring new features and welcome tweaks to the platform.

The update sees offline maps officially arrive on Google Maps for iOS. Read more »

Google updates Search, Play Music and Play Games apps for Android

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Google has released a flurry of updates for some of its key apps on Android, including Google Search, Play Music and Play Games.

The first is the Search app (version 3.4.15.1143430.arm), which gets a cool new addition. The app will now try and determine the position of your car when you park it, so when you return you know where to find it on the map. Read more »