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Windows Phone 8.1 backups high-res pictures to OneDrive, offers subtitles in the Video player

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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview has been out for weeks and it brought so many new features that even today we keep discovering new ones. The latest one making the rounds is the option to backup 16MP, 18MP, 34MP and 38MP Lumia HD pictures to OneDrive.

This feature has been there since the release of the WP 8.1 Developer’s Preview as ours first backed up high-res pictures date April 30. Read more »

WhatsApp removed from Windows Phone Store due to technical issues

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If you find yourself searching for the popular messaging app WhatsApp on the Windows Phone store, you will notice that it is no longer available.

According to WhatsApp, there were some technical issues with the app, due to which it had to be pulled from the store. WhatsApp is now working with Microsoft to resolve these issues before the app can be submitted again. Read more »

You can now play Grand Theft Auto on Amazon devices

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Own an Amazon device and wish you could partake in some Grand Theft Auto Mayhem with it?

Well you’re in luck, as a few Grand Theft Auto titles have been made available for Amazon’s line-up of Kindle Fire Tablets and Fire TV. Read more »

Sailfish launcher by Jolla demoed on a Sony Xperia Z

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Sailfish is one of several alternative OSes that are trying to make their mark on the mobile landscape but is so far available natively on only one device – the eponymous Jolla phone.

The launcher will soon be transplanted on Android so more people can use Jolla’s take on what a mobile UI should be like. Read more »

Office for iPad scores 27 million downloads since its release

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It looks like people really want to use Microsoft Office on their iPad, as the application has garnered over 27 million downloads in just 46 days.


The last 15 million downloads occurred in just over a month, making the app a roaring success. Read more »

Nokia Camera Beta update goes live with new features on board

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Nokia Camera Beta for Windows Phone got treated to a major update. Version 4.7.1.3 of the imaging app brings new features to Nokia Lumia users who are running it.

The latest version of the app features support for Living Images. Read more »

Gmail for Android passes 1 billion downloads

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Gmail for Android now boasts over 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. Gmail is the first app to reach this milestone, after Google Play Services package, which is automatically installed on every certified Android device.

The download counter reflects unique installs and not a total number of downloads, including repeats. Don’t think, however, that there are 1 billion active Android Gmail users, as there are most certainly some abandoned or duplicate accounts. Read more »

Xbox Music app gets an update

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The Windows Phone 8.1 Xbox Music application has received a much needed update.

Perhaps the biggest (and most basic feature) that the update brings is audio scrubbing- that is, the ability to jump to a specific point in a song just by dragging its progress bar. Read more »

Snapchat settles with FTC after a privacy violation smackdown

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Ephemeral messaging is huge right now with Snapchat leading the charge. Except “ephemeral” messages are more permanent than the name might suggest – charges were filed with the FTC against the photo messenger about this and a couple of other issues.

“If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action.” Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo gain turn-by-turn navigation

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Turn-by-turn navigation is one of the best things to have when exploring a city, but constantly looking at your phone while walking is hardly ideal. Well, now that the guys from Symphony Teleca have brough the feature to your Gear 2-touting wrist, you no longer have to.

In March the same company brought its TurnByTurn app to the original Galaxy Gear and now it has managed to port it to its Tizen-powered successors. And despite the change of platform the app has retained the same core functionality. Read more »

Samsung Kids Mode for tablets updated with new animations and sounds

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Samsung has updated the Kids Mode feature on its recently launched Galaxy Tab 4 series of tablets.

The newest update brings the tablet version of the Kids mode on par with the software that was first seen on the Galaxy S5. Read more »

Samsung launches KNOX 2.0 globally

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Samsung has announced the global launch of KNOX 2.0 – the company’s secured mobile platform that has been designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise consumers.

Samsung has also rebranded its KNOX 2.0 platform as Knox Workspace and is now available on the Galaxy S5 across the globe. Read more »

Google Maps update brings new features to iOS and Android

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Google Maps got treated to an update for both Android and iOS. Versions 7.7 and 3.0 of the app for Android and iOS respectively bring new features and welcome tweaks to the platform.

The update sees offline maps officially arrive on Google Maps for iOS. Read more »

Bing Rewards finally comes to Windows Phone

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Bing Rewards has been around for iOS and Android phones for a little while now, and Windows Phones have oddly been left out in the cold.

Until now. Windows Phone users can now start redeeming their Bing Rewards. Read more »

Google Now adds cards to show products in a nearby store

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Treading the fine line between convenient and creepy, Google has added yet another feature to Google Now that goes through your personal information and suggests something relevant.

This time, it’s cards that tell you when a certain product is available in a store near you. If you walk past a store, Google Now will show a card with items and their pricing available in that store, items that you have looked up in the past and are interested in purchasing. Read more »