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Garmin launches Viago, its cheapest mobile navigation app yet

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Garmin has released a new navigation app for iOS and Android today. It’s called Viago and it’s much cheaper than Garmin’s previous efforts in this space, though it’s still not free.

Furthermore, you can expect to get only basic functionality when buying the app, with any premium additions coming at the cost of some in-app purchases. Read more »

Cortana will be available in Canada upon Windows Phone 8.1 launch

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Janet Kennedy, Microsoft Canada President, has detailed the Cortana availability. As it turns out Canada will be among the first wave of countries to get the virtual assistant upon the update rollout.

Microsoft has previously announced the first market where Cortana will be available is USA. The UK and China will be getting the same treatment and now it turns out Cortana will be localized for Canada in time too. Read more »

Samsung may be looking to purchase Nuance, the company behind S Voice, Siri

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Nuance, the folks behind the Samsung’s and Apple’s in-house voice assistant programs S Voice and Siri, as well as other commercial speech recognition applications like Dragon Naturally Speaking, are set to potentially get bought out by the Korean company.

In anticipation of the potential deal, Nuance’s market cap jumped from a valuation of $5.5 billion to almost $6 billion yesterday. Read more »

Sony releases exclusive Live on YouTube livestreaming app

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Sony’s flagships are getting a new exclusive feature – Live on YouTube app. It lets them live stream video on YouTube. So far Sony’s flagships had the unique Social Live feature, which let them livestream video to their Facebook walls, but this time it’s YouTube we are talking about.

The exclusive app should be available for the Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, though note that it’s not available in Germany and in countries where YouTube isn’t available. Read more »

Parallels Access now available on iPhone and Android

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Parallels Access was a service that would let you access your PC or Mac remotely from a mobile device. So far, the service was only available on the iPad but from now you will also be able to use it on an iPhone and any Android device.

Parallels Access provides remote access to your computer on the go. Your computer applications show up on your phone and you can work on them as you would on the computer. For functions such as cut, copy, paste the application uses the native mobile OS controls so it feels seamless. You can also pin your desktop applications on your mobile’s home screen for quick access. Read more »

US Government cracking down on navigation apps

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So you may or may not know this, but the US Transportation Department believes that it has the authority to regulate the traffic and navigation applications that you use on your smartphone, and is now pushing hard to get Congress to agree.

A new proposed transportation bill will give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the right to “set restrictions on the apps and later order changes if they are deemed dangerous.” Read more »

BBM Protected: IM security for the enterprise user

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One of the reasons why Blackberries, long after being obsolete in the consumer sphere, still managed to persist in the business world was because the handsets were just so secure.

Protection of data and Blackberries go hand in hand, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Blackberry announced BBM Protected, an extra-encrypted IM client. Read more »

Amazon Appstore now boasts 240,000 apps, almost tripled in one year

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Amazon is happy to report that its Android Appstore is now listing more than 240,000 apps. This is almost three times more than a year ago.

That number obviously doesn’t compare well to Google Play and the Apple iTunes App Store, both of which have long ago passed the 1 million apps mark, but it’s quite a feat nevertheless. Read more »

Cortana coming soon to Windows Phones in the UK and China

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Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.

In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga Tablets get the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment

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Some time ago Lenovo previously announced it will roll out official Android KitKat updates for its 8″ and 10″ Yoga Tablets in June. Well, it is June already and the updates have indeed began seeding to the Yoga slates out there.

You can now get Android 4.4 KitKat for the Yoga Tablet 8 over the air. It is about 450MB big and will bring new dialer, messaging, clock apps plus refreshed notification area. Some of the Lenovo’s exclusive apps will are also getting an UI overhaul. Read more »

Towelroot gives one-click root access to AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5

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Notable software developer George Hotz or ‘geohot’, known for jailbreaking the iPhone and the PS3 console (for which he even got sued by Sony) has developed a new one-click root app for the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5.

Called Towelroot, the app will let you root your Galaxy S5 simply by clicking on one button. Although the app is designed specifically for the Galaxy S5, geohot says it will also work with almost any phone with a kernel built before June 3 (prior to Android 4.4.3). Read more »

Google Maps for Android now has over 1 billion downloads

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Google Maps now joins the Android apps list with over 1 billion downloads, following Gmail which founded the club a month ago.

Maps has always been one of the most successful Android apps and the 1 billion downloads mark represents unique accounts that have downloaded the app (multiple downloads from one account are counted as 1). In fact, Google Maps was the first ever Android app to reach 50 million downloads in 2011. Read more »

Firefox OS apps run (pretty much) natively on Android

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Firefox OS is being ushered in as a low-cost, non-resource hungry smartphone OS, but the architecture of the operating system does have some benefits that could extend to other platforms.

Firefox OS’ apps are basically web applications, that are mostly built-on HTML5 and Jaca Script, so they can be used both on the phone and in a phone’s browser. Because of this, the apps run pretty much natively on Android phones. Hit the jump to learn more. Read more »

Nuzzel for iPhone is a social news compiler

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Remember Friendster? It was was one of the first social media networks, long before MySpace and Facebook. Well the founder of Friendster, Jonathan Abrams, has raised $1.7m for Nuzzle, an iPhone app that was released about a month ago.

What is Nuzzel? It’s an aggregator that compiles all of the news stories that have been shared from your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

Console OS will let you use Android on a Windows Tablet or PC

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Love your Windows Tablet but wonder what it would be like to rock Android on your device? Well then you might want to take a look at Console OS.

The program should provide a solution for users who want to run Android natively on their Windows tablet or PC easily. Read more »