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Design your life easily with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Gear and Robin Thicke

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“The busier you are the smarter you have to be” – that’s what Robert Thicke believes in. And Samsung would like you to believe that utilizing its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch is all it takes for you to become smart enough to have no trouble handling your busy life.

#Design Your Life is the headline of two Samsung ads starring Robin Thicke – the first one featuring him rocking the Samsung gear on a motorcycle and this new one, #Design Your Life Easily shows him using ChatOn to connect with a whole bunch of hotties on their Galaxy Note 3s. Read more »

KitKat-kitted CyanogenMod 11 lands on Nexuses, nightlies for others

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The latest version of CyanogenMod – 11 – is based on Android KitKat (or 4.4) and has now been released for the Nexus family of devices (sans the Galaxy Nexus) in its M1 form.

The M (milestone) releases in CM are the ones before the Release Candidate ROMs and are considered stable for daily drivers. That means that all variations of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are a flash (read ROM flash) away from enjoying beefed up stock Android. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat ROM now available for Galaxy Nexus

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As you probably know the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be missing on the official Android 4.4 KitKat update as the device falls outside the 18 month update window. However, that hasn’t stopped the developers at XDA from coming up with a stable KitKat ROM for their favorite smartphone.

The custom built Android 4.4 ROM for the Galaxy Nexus is based on the CyanogenMod 11. The only problem seems to be with the screenshot animation and there are no issues with the actual screenshot. Apart from that, every other feature work flawlessly, according to the developer. Read more »

Google Calendar gets cozy with Maps, new features too

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Google has updated its Calendar service with a couple of new features that can really help you get more organized. First off Google Maps lends a helping hand and you will now receive auto-complete location results when filling the location of events.

Once the event has been created the users you’ve invited will have a click on the map option, which will show them exactly where the event will be held instead of wondering where to go. Read more »

VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app. Read more »

WhatsApp updated for iOS 7

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Despite its massive popularity, WhatsApp has been particularly laggard in updating its apps for new designs. So now three months after Apple released iOS 7, WhatsApp finally got around to releasing a design revision for the new OS.

As you can imagine, the new app uses the minimal white design inherent to iOS 7. You also get the new set of icons and the chat bubbles have been made flatter and less glossy. There is nothing groundbreaking here and the design sticks to the mew guidelines without attempting to do anything new. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 to get a built-in File Manager

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Windows Phone is growing fast, but still lacks some features users might want. That’s why Microsoft has set up a feature suggestion program in which anyone is free to participate.

One such reader has submitted a request for a native file manager in Windows Phone 8.1 and got a reply from the Windows Phone team that the request has been completed, meaning we might see the feature in the next update to the OS. Read more »

FIFA releases official apps on Android and iOS

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FIFA has launched official apps on the two most popular mobile operating systems – Android and iOS. Both apps are free of charge.

The official FIFA app gives you access to all sorts of information on 197 football leagues worldwide. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat degrades video playback performance

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Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest version of the Google developed mobile operating system. The 4.4 was promised to enhance the overall performance and as far as we can tell from those devices that have already been updated that it mostly true.

However, it turns out that at least one aspect of the user experience has actually taken a turn for the worse. A study by OptaFidelity found that video playbacks in Android 4.4 is notably worse than it was on 4.3 Jelly Bean. Read more »

Google’s Cyber Weekend deals offer exclusive in-app purchases

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Google’s Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals are now live and the internet giant is offering exclusive promos on in-app content for some of the most popular games in the Play Store.

With the promotion, you can enjoy great savings on gear and other in-app purchases. However, you would have to enable in-app purchases before making full use of the offers. Read more »

Samsung Music service now available in South Korea

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Samsung has officially outed its own proprietary music service in its home market of South Korea.

Samsung Music will let you choose from a selection of 3.2 million sound sources, which you can download or stream to a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Read more »

CyanogenMod installer app removed from the Google Play Store

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The official CyanogenMod installer was pulled out of the Google Play Store. The app was voluntarily removed after the Google Play Support team contacted CyanogenMod that its creation was violating the store’s terms.

The app specifically violated the Google Play Store Terms of Service by encouraging users to void the warranty of their devices, despite being harmless in its nature. Read more »

Motorola Moto G plagued by a recovery bug

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The Motorola Moto G has just hit the market, but its early adopters have reported a wide-spread issue.

As it turns out you can’t use the stock recovery mode for wiping the cache partition. If you select this option, the phone will list the microSD card content and do nothing. Read more »

Infographic gives you a list of 60 must-know Google Now commands

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Google Now is ever evolving and with Android 4.4 KitKat it recognizes even more commands than ever before. It’s understandable if you don’t know all of them – we doubt anyone can remember them all. However, many don’t know even the basic things you can ask Google to do for you.

That’s why the folks over at TrendBlog have composed a neat infographic listing the cool tasks, commands and requests you can handle to Google Now. The infographic is broken down into categories each listing a set of commands. Categories include Notes & Reminders, Time & Date, Communication, Weather, Web browsing, Maps & Navigation and there is even an Easter Eggs one. Read more »

PowerUp brings smartphone-powered amateur aviation to the masses

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A nifty new Kickstarter campaign looks to take the paper airplane a step further with the help of a new smartphone-controlled module called PowerUp.

The PowerUp 3.0 Smart Module is an ultra-lightweight attachment that works with any regular paper airplane and allows tilt, throttle and steering remote control through a paired smartphone and app. Read more »