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Samsung’s new regional lock can be disabled on Note 3 with an app

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Recently, Samsung introduced a new regional lock on Galaxy Note 3 units shipped in Europe and the Americas, mandating users activate it with a SIM in the region it is sold in before it can be used anywhere else.

Now it appears that the folks over at xda-developers have figured out a way to bypass said region lock automatically via a dedicated app – as long as the device is rooted. Read more »

New color options coming on the Lumia Glance screen with GDR3

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The Glance Screen is a really great feature of the Lumia range. It’s a tribute to the MeeGo lockscreen (and Symbian smartphones), where you can always see a clock and get any missed events listed right on the standby screen.

Until now the Glance Screen, which premiered with the Amber update, had two color options – the default white font and the optional night theme that paints the clock red. Read more »

Samsung adds PayPal payments to its Apps and Hub Android stores

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Samsung Apps and Samsung Hub are now accepting PayPal payments. The new payment method was added with the latest update of the Samsung services.

Until now both stores accepted only credit cards and vouchers. Read more »

Nokia teams up with LOCATEL to deliver NFC-based hotel services

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Nokia teamed up with hospitality IT solutions company LOCATEL and is set to deliver various NFC-based services to various hotels around the globe.

The new NFC-driven solutions could be used for enhancing the hotel stay experience for Nokia customers by using tags in various locations in the hotel for calling a taxi, viewing mobile TV, downloading apps etc. Read more »

Google enables Play Music All Access in 7 new European countries

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Google Play Music as well as the All Access streaming feature are now available in the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland.

People living in those countries will be able to not only stream their favorite songs to their Android smartphones and tablets, but also buy songs and albums. Read more »

Beats Electronics buys back HTC’s shares for $265 million

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HTC bought 50.1% of Beats Electronics back in 2011 for $300 million. Almost a year later HTC sold half of its stake back to Beats Electronics giving up the control of the company.

Since 2012 HTC has been struggling with the competition and has been trying really hard to bring back the profitable days, but it hasn’t been particularly successful. It seems the lengthy crisis has put HTC in a dire need of cash because it has just struck a deal with Beats to sell it back all the remaining shares (about 25%) for $265 million. Read more »

Nokia takes a dig at Apple Maps on Twitter

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The latest Apple Maps flaw that resulted in several users driving onto the runway at Fairbanks airport has reignited the now infamous iOS 6 Apple Maps fiasco.

Nokia has taken to Twitter with a small dig at Cupertino, along with an image promoting its HERE Maps and Navigation suite. Read more »

Instagram for iPhone updated for iOS 7

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Instagram has released a new update for the iPhone version of their app, which has been redesigned to go with the new iOS 7 update that started rolling out last week.

The first thing you’ll notice in this update is that the design is now flatter with the gradients being replaced by solid uniform colors. Oddly, though, the camera interface still is the same, with the curved glossy shutter button, not to mention the icon, which is also the same and inconsistent with other iOS 7 icons. Read more »

Android Device Manager now features remote locking option

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Google was expected to update its own tracking service, known as Android Device Manager with the remote locking feature. The newest security option is now available on the ADM dashboard and you can remotely lock your smartphone from the web interface.

The newest feature allows you to lock your smartphone with a new password that changes any previous screen unlock setting. Read more »

BlackBerry pauses global roll-out for BBM on iPhone and Android

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So after a long time BlackBerry finally decided to release BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, on the iPhone and Android. The dates were set; September 21 for the Android version and September 22 for the iPhone version. And when the time finally arrived, they dropped the ball.

The first comedy arrived in the form of September 21 coming and going with no sign of the Android version. Thankfully, the company kept their word and released the iPhone version on September 22 but the Android version was still not available despite the fact that it had a one day headstart. And then finally, the company pulled even the iPhone version from the App Store. Read more »

Google Wallet now available on the iPhone

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Google’s ambitious Wallet service has largely been ignored by everyone since it launched a couple of years ago. The service was available only on a handful of carriers and Android devices with NFC built-in and thus was unavailable to a majority of people out there.

Google partially solved the problem earlier this week by lifting the NFC limit and making the Wallet app available on every Android device and US carrier. But starting today, you can now also use the Google Wallet service on your iPhone. Read more »

BBM arriving on Android and iOS this weekend

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Good news for those who have been waiting for BBM on iOS and Android (yes, all four of you). BlackBerry has finally announced the dates when you will be able to download the app for your iOS or Android device.

Android users will be getting their hands on BBM first on September 21. iPhone users, meanwhile, will have to contain their enthusiasm for a day longer, and can download the app on September 22. Both apps will be available for free from their respective stores. Read more »

BBM coming to Android and iOS as early as this week, no exclusivity

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An earlier report on Twitter from Samsung Nigeria confirmed that BlackBerry’s popular BBM messaging platform will be coming to Android and iOS quite soon.

Although it won’t be a three-month exclusive to Samsung as was initially speculated, BBM could hit Google Play and the iOS App Store as early as this Friday. Read more »

Android Device Manager will soon feature remote password changing and device locking options

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Google recently launched its own service, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android smartphone and to protect your privacy if your device is stolen. Initially, the latest service came with ability to locate your smartphone on Google Maps via the Device Manager website.

The Android Device Manager also offered you to wipe your device’s data or make your smartphone ring from the web interface. Now, it looks like Google is also set to add a few more features to its service, according to the leaked APK of the upcoming version of Google Play Service. Read more »

PayPal announces Beacon, a Bluetooth USB dongle that will accept your smartphone as a hands-free payment method

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Meet the PayPal Beacon, a USB dongle, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy that will await PayPal customers in participating stores, recognize their PayPal identity by pairing to their smartphone’s PayPal app as they walk in and even let them automatically pay for their goods, no hands required.

The first participating stores are Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro and Vend, but more are expected to crop up as 100 developers are poised to get the dongle and API early. The PayPal Beacon is expected to become wide-spread starting Q4 of this year. Read more »