It was just a couple of days ago that we reported that the YouTube client for Windows Phone 8 developed by Microsoft was back on the Windows Phone Store. Unfortunately, that app is no longer usable because Google has remotely blocked access through it.
This has resulted in Microsoft releasing a long blog post detailing why the app was removed and how, in their words, the reasons were “manufactured” so that the Windows Phone version could not offer the same experience as the Android or iPhone app. Read more »
A new update of the Extras + Info service app for Nokia Lumia brings options for call and SMS blocking. The update is available to all Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia smartphones, but the new functionality works only on those running on the GDR2 a.k.a. Amber update.
Thanks to new APIs coming with the WP8 GDR2 update, Nokia was able to add the call/SMS blocking functionality to its latest smartphones. Currently, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 are running it officially, while the rest of the Lumia WP8 gang (920/820/720/620/520) will be getting it any moment now. Read more »
WhatsApp has started rolling out a new update across the various platforms that prioritizes the voice messaging feature of the service. This move probably comes after other messaging services have started incorporating and promoting their voice messaging feature.
To be clear, this is not a new feature even for WhatsApp as the functionality was always available. The only difference is that now it is prominently placed in the UI with the latest update. Now, you’ll see a microphone button instead of the Send button when no message is being typed in the message field. Press and hold this button and your message starts getting recorded. Slide left any time to cancel the recording. Read more »
Google is about to launch its own service that lets you locate your misplaced Android device or protect your data and privacy in case it gets stolen. The service is dubbed Android Device Manager and will let you ring your phone at maximum volume so you can locate it, even if silent mode has been enabled.
In case the smartphone/tablet is not in your immediate vicinity, you will be able to locate it on a map in real time. Read more »
Windows’ native cloud storage service, SkyDrive, will allow you to have access to files even without an internet connection with the upcoming Windows 8.1 update.
The update lets you indicate which files you want to be available offline (even all of them), and downloads them to your devices automatically. Read more »
Rovio has begun the global rollout of its game progress-syncing Rovio Accounts. So far the service was available globally only on The Croods and had very limited availability on Angry Birds.
As of today Rovio Account is available on Android and iOS globally and can sync your progress of the original Angry Birds as well. Read more »
The Truecaller global phone directory, a service which finds contact details for a given name or telephone number via crowd-sourcing, has had its main database hacked according to a report by BGR. The hackers have reportedly had access to some 450GB of data, most of it not really intended for public usage.
The hack was pulled off my the Syrian Electronic Army, who claim to have the data of over a million users, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Gmail accounts. Truecaller has since released a statement refuting that any sensitive data has been compromised. Read more »
BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins announced that the popular BlackBerry Messenger will be available on Android and iOS back at the BlackBerry live 2013 conference. We then had a tweet from the BlackBerry Worldwide tweeter account stating that the app will be available on June 27.
Unfortunately, the account didn’t turn out to be an official BlackkBerry affair and the BlackBerry Messenger for the Android and iOS did not make its appearance on the suggested date. However, the much-awaited BBM for the two of the most popular smartphone platforms will be available “this summer”, according to the BlackBerry India managing director. Read more »
Back in January, we reported on the Alpha version of the new personal cloud storage service from the creators of the popular peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol.
BitTorrent Sync, which lets you share and transfer large files in the same way that BitTorrent does, has just entered Beta, and has released an Android app to allow users to share files between mobiles as well. Read more »
WhatsApp, the hugely popular cross-platform instant messaging app that lets you message other users for free over the internet, is starting to charge an annual fee for its service.
It will now cost $0.99 per year for you to be able to message your friends on WhatsApp. Read more »
Drobpox is holding its first developer conference today dubbed DBX where the company’s CEO announced that the cloud storage service is now responsible for the files of 175 million users. They are syncing more than a billion files every day. Impressive, indeed.
Additionally, there are over 100,000 apps that use the Dropbox API set. More interestingly, It is getting updated with an interesting Datastore API, which will allow users to backup their application data, which means that settings, bookmarks, contacts, to-do lists and game scores can get backed up to the Dropbox cloud. Read more »
Back in February, we brought you word of Sony’s beta test for its new ‘my Xperia’ app, a service which allows you to locate a lost Xperia smartphone.
Initially, only available in select Nordic regions, my Xperia is set to come out of beta and launch globally for Xperia handsets manufactured 2012 or later, in the coming weeks. Read more »
The Apple App Store’s 5th birthday is approaching (July 10) and Apple is already preparing to throw it a big party. The PR team has started sending out App Store timeline posters to the media reps.
The poster illustrates the growth of the AppStore during these five years, including important milestones in the number of downloads, the revenue paid to developers. All key device released and best-selling apps are marked as well. Read more »
Vine has updated the iOS version of its app with several new features. First of all, there are some new camera tools such as grid mode, focus and ghost. Focus allows you to tap on the screen to focus at a particular point (usually tapping on the screen starts the recording). Ghost places a translucent overlay of your last shot on the viewfinder to make composition easier.
The other new feature is channels. There are now 15 channels that you can upload your videos to, such as comedy, music, art, cats, dogs, etc. and you can also choose to view Vines from a particular channel. Read more »
Nokia has just released HERE Maps of its latest Asha 501. Nokia promised to bring us soon its mapping service to the new Asha platform during the Asha 501 announcement event and it kept its promise.
This beta version of HERE Maps is specifically designed for devices without GPS, but still offers drive, walk and public transport directions. Read more »