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Truemessenger brings SMS ID, filters spam

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The makers of Truecaller have come up with yet another useful app. Truemessenger is a new SMS app for Android that lets you find out the names of people sending messages even if you don’t have their names saved in your contact list.

As with Truedialler, Truemessenger taps into Truecaller’s database and find names and photos of unidentified numbers. On top of that it can also detect spam messages and divert them to a separate folder, so your main inbox remains clean. You can also report numbers, which are added to database and helps other people using the app. Read more »

Cortana update adds several new categories of interests in India

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Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana has received an update that brings a slew of new categories of interests, such as daily routine, music, food, and finance.

However, it is not yet known when the update rolled out, and which other markets – aside from India – are getting it. It’s worth mentioning that prior to the update only news and weather categories were available in the country. Read more »

China’s largest taxi app firm Didi Kuaidi may enter US market

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According to reports out of China, the country’s top taxi app company Didi Kuaidi – which is backed by Asian giants Alibaba and Tencent – is planning to enter the US market next year.

It is being said that the company, which is giving stiff competition to Uber in China, is already hiring to set up an R&D center in the US. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best and apps that came out this week.

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Samsung Pay under testing, nearing the home stretch

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Remember Samsung Pay? It is the company’s ambitious payment solution, announced at this year’s MWC in Barcelona alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge duo, so naturally it got slightly pushed to the sidelines. Since then, we haven’t really received any major progress updates, but the promise for a September release in the US and South Korea still stands.

A new report indicates that Samsung Pay is already in the final stages of its testing. The Korean tech giant is working in cooperation with eight local card vendors to ensure everything works as intended. But, there might still be quite a few problems along the way. Unlike most other payment services, Samsung seems to be facing technical issues, rather than legal ones. Read more »

New MasterCard feature will see users getting their online purchases approved with a selfie

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MasterCard will soon start testing a new feature that will require users to just take a selfie to get their online purchases approved. The experiment will begin this fall, and will involve 500 customers. If everything goes well, the feature will be launched publicly sometime after that.

You’ll be required to download the MasterCard phone app to use the feature. They way it works is: after you pay for something, you’ll see an authorization pop-up containing various options. Just choose the facial recognition option, stare at the device, and then blink to snap a photo of yourself – that’s it. Read more »

Seriously, there is a YouTube player app for Android Wear devices

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In case you were looking for more ways to waste the battery of your Android Wear device, I have some good news for you! There is now a YouTube app for your smartwatch.

Sporting the rather unexciting name Video for Android Wear & YouTube, the app will cater to those who find the screen of their smartphone a tad too large. Read more »

The YouTube mobile app now offers 60fps video streaming

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YouTube is working hard retain its dominance in the online multimedia realm. And while a lot of that has to do with engaging audiences and encouraging creativity and content-creators, maintaining a technical edge is equally important. Innovations on the PC front are now way past high-definition content, with resolutions of 4K and beyond already available, as well as frame rates up to 60fps.

Dealing with mobile devices, however, presents a whole new set of challenges for YouTube, along with new possibilities to explore, like offline playback for example. Still, it is only a matter of time before our increasingly-powerful mobile tech gets access to proper high-definition content as well. Today, YouTube has made another step in this direction. The company’s Android and iOS apps now have 60fps content at 720p and 1080p resolutions. Read more »

Facebook Messenger’s money-sending feature now available to everyone in US

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Just a few months after it was announced, the peer-to-peer payments feature of Facebook’s Messenger app is now available to everyone in the United States.

The news was announced by David Marcus, who leads the company’s messaging business. “Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient’s checking account. Easy and safe,” he said. Read more »

Google Maps update brings real-time traffic information to 12 new Indian cities

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Google has released an update to its Maps application, bringing real-time traffic information to 12 new Indian cities, including Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai, and Bhopal. Earlier, live traffic updates were only available for Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune.

To use the feature, which is available on both mobile and desktop, you need to first turn on the Traffic layer option on your Google Maps app. Once done, you’ll be able to see routes mapped out in different colours, with green meaning no traffic delays, orange indicating a medium amount of traffic, and red meaning heavy traffic. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android adds racially diverse emoji and Vulcan salute in beta

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Apple added the racially diverse emoji with iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 update. Since then, they have been part of the OS and available to all apps on both platforms. However, if you were to send anything but the default yellow face to anyone not on these platforms, they’d see the standard white face only.

Android does not have the new emoji set yet, but WhatsApp has gone ahead and added support for it within its app. WhatsApp has always been using Apple’s emoji set, so it probably wasn’t a lot of work for them to implement it in their Android app. As on iOS, emojis that support multi-color options can be pressed and held to show additional options. It will automatically do that the first time you click on a face and whichever color you choose becomes your default until you manually change it. Read more »

Google Hangouts for iOS updated with new UI and ability to share multiple photos at once

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The Google Hangouts iOS app has received an update, bumping it to version 4.0. The update brings a new design that the company claims makes it faster to start new conversations, and add stickers, emoji, and photos.

The updated app features a new Dialer UI for better phone calling experience, as well as a new quick compose button that allows you to quickly find contacts with whom you chat most frequently. Read more »

Google Maps will soon list all railroad crossings in the US

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Last year there was a big rise in the number of rail crossing accidents in the US, and the authorities are working with Google to try and do something about it. Namely, you will soon find all of the railroad crossings in the US inside Google Maps.

We’re talking about around 215,000 crossings in total, of which 130,000 are public and 85,000 are private. Not only will you be able to see each railroad crossing placed on the map inside Google’s app, but you’ll also be notified when one’s approaching if you’re in navigation mode. Read more »

Facebook’s lightweight Android app ‘Lite’ officially launched in India and Philippines

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Just less than a month after Facebook announced Lite, a lightweight Android app aimed at emerging markets, the company officially launched it in India and Philippines.

The app uses less data and hence works well even when your bandwidth is at a minimum, the social networking company claims. It is less than 1MB in size (430 KB to be precise), which makes it quick to download and load. Read more »

Truedialer gets Material Design update

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Truedialer is a dialler app for Android by the people who made Truecaller. The app goes through your call history and replaced numbers without contact information with proper names and photos from the Truecaller database.

The app has now received an update, which brings with it the new Material Design along with a dark theme. There is now also a dedicated search box where you can enter a number to get the name from the database. The app is also now faster than before. Read more »