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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 »

Temple run scores 1 billion downloads

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Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.

The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »

Nova Launcher 3.0 is out, supports “Ok, Google” commands

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Nova Launcher is one of the most popular homescreen replacement apps for Android and today it got an update to version 3.0. We featured the app back in our Android for beginners guide and dubbed it as one of the best in its category.

With the latest Nova Launcher version, there are a number of cool new features, chief among which is the ability to make Google searches by saying “Ok, Google”. This command is taken from the Google Experience Launcher and is now available in a number of other launchers as well. Read more »

Latest Spotify update lets you download your whole music collection

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The latest Spotify update doesn’t bring a laundry list of changes, just one important one.

The music service is making it much easier for you to download your entire music catalog for offline listening. 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 »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »

Best new features in iOS 8 that you should know about

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Yesterday, Apple took the wraps off iOS 8 at its WWDC keynote. Considering the paucity of leaks before the event, no one really had any high hopes from the update as far as new features were concerned, which is why everyone was pleasantly surprised when Apple started firing one great new feature after another during the event that would have made even users of other platforms sit up and take notice.

Today, we are compiling some of the truly great new features that Apple introduced with iOS 8. Note, when I say “new”, some of these may not be new in general but just new to iOS. Still, for current users of iOS, this is the kind of stuff that will keep them interested in the platform and for those on the fence or looking to switch over, these are the features that could serve as the final push. Read more »

Google releases Android 4.4.3 factory images, pushes it to AOSP

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After T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in the US, Google has now updated its factory images and binaries page with the latest update. The factory images are available for the aforementioned devices as well as the Nexus 10.

The factory images will come in handy to anyone looking to flash their device with the latest update but those who are not sure should stay away from them and wait for the update to be available for download over-the-air. Read more »

KitKat updates now seeding on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition LTE

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Samsung is now seeding Android 4.4 KitKat firmware updates for two of its most popular slates – the original Galaxy Note 10.1 and the LTE flavor of its successor – the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

Samsung began updating the Wi-Fi-only (Exynos-based) Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition six weeks ago. Now that its LTE-enabled Snapdragon 800-powered sibling is jumping on the KitKat bandwagon as well, we guess the 3G-enabled models should follow suit soon. Read more »

WhatsApp returns to Windows Phone after a brief hiatus

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Couple of weeks ago, WhatsApp pulled their app from the Window Phone. The reasons were cited to be technical issues without further elaboration on the issue.

Since then, WhatsApp has been working with Microsoft to fix the issue. Whatever the issue was, the app is now back on the store. Read more »

BBM 2.2 update for Android brings new features, easier to sign up

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When Blackberry announced that its popular messaging service was going to be made available for both iOS and Android, it received a lot of downloads and a few updates but…there hasn’t been much other news about the appl.

BBM hasn’t exactly been on the cell phone news radar as of late, but the latest update for Android may usher in a bunch of new users. Read more »

Google Camera update brings 16:9 mode, self timer

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Google recently updated the stock camera app in Android with a completely redesigned version. Unfortunately, the update got rid of half the features in the camera app, and it didn’t have a lot to begin with.

The latest update attempts to fix that but doesn’t really try too hard. One of the features that was taken away and is back now is self timer. You can now choose from 3 or 10 seconds timer options. The white balance option is still missing and you can forget about having things like ISO, shutter speed and metering options. Read more »

Uber app may come pre-installed on AT&T phones

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Uber’s social car service has become wickedly popular in a short amount of time and it seems like the company is always expanding.

In a move to get even more exposure and have more people know about Uber, the company has teamed up with AT&T to pre-install its app on the wireless provider’s smartphones. Read more »

An infographic illustrates The Rise and Fall of Zynga

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Zynga, the company that invented the cash cows FarmVille and Mafia Wars, is going down fast recently.

Zynga was founded back in 2007 and was funded the very next year with $5 million. Six years later Zynga has laid off 18% of its workforce and its net income has dropped way below the zero point. 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 »