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Skype for WP updated with voice commands support

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Microsoft introduced its new WP 8.1 mobile operating system at its BUILD conference in San Francisco. Jeo Belfiore, the head of Windows Phone group while demonstrating the Windows Phone 8.1 features with Cortana voice assistant also revealed that the Skype application for WP has been updated. The new version is not yet available for the general public, but it should launch in time for the WP 8.1 debut.

The latest version of Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 comes with support for Cortana voice commands. This means you can tell Cortana to Skype one of your contacts and the virtual assistant will launch the application and call whoever it is that you need without even having to touch your smartphone. Pretty cool indeed. Read more »

Line messenger reaches 400 million registered users

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Line, the instant messaging app from Japan, has announced that it reached 400 million registered users, after hitting the 300 million mark in November last year. Note that “registered” is different from “active” users, a number which Line did not unveil.

The instant messenger boasts that it now has over 10 million users in 10 countries (including the US). Read more »

Viber for WP8 update brings Viber Out support

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Viber updated its eponymous app for Windows Phone 8 to version 4.1, which enables Viber Out – the service that allows users to place regular calls (as opposed to Viber VoIP calls) to many countries on the cheap.

“Viber Out has been a game changer for our users and allows them to rely on Viber for all their communication needs,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger gets support for stickers

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Back in February, we talked about BlackBerry’s plans to release premium stickers in its BBM service. The feature was initially released as part of the limited external beta app but is now available for all users on all the platforms where the service is available.

The stickers need to be downloaded from the official store from within the app and most of them are paid. I’m not sure how interested users will be in paying for stickers, that too on BBM, but BlackBerry clearly thinks it is doing the right thing here. Read more »

Google tipped to have massively improved Android camera app in testing

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According to a report in Engadget, Google is currently testing new Android camera app. The improved application is rumored to bring a host of new features to Android, as well as address the issues troubling its current version.

The upcoming release of the Android camera app will feature refreshed user interface. Read more »

Microsoft making Outlook app for Android

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So you’re rocking an Android phone in the corporate environment, and even though you can get your work emails on your handset, you feel a little down and out that you’re missing out on the full Outlook experience.

Well cheer up, because Microsoft has just announced that they’re going to release an Outlook web application for Android. Read more »

Here’s what the OnePlus One’s CM11 looks like

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Two screenshots reportedly taken from the OnePlus One’s custom CyanogenMod OS were sent to Engadget by a “reliable tipster” and show a custom lockscreen and the About phone page. The latter is important as it shows the Model name One attached to the 4.4.2 Android version and the presence of on-screen navigation buttons.

The lockscreen features a cool split-screen mode showing a wallpaper on the top (perhaps a slightly blurred version of the homescreen wallpaper) and a big clock, notification, weather and battery details. The lockscreen doesn’t have anything in common with the stock or CyanogenMod lockscreen suggesting OnePlus may have deeper customizations planted in the otherwise closely-stock CyanogenMod OS. Read more »

Google cracks down on dubious in-app ad practices

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Have you ever used a free application in Android, and then found yourself clicking on an ad in the app, even though you could have sworn you never touched the foul pop-up?

Well that’s because there are some applications that give you the illusion of choice when it comes to not selecting an ad; they register any press on the screen as an ad-click. Google wants to put an end to that and other tricky in-app add practices. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 features a baby monitor

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Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 comes with a host of new features that includes a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner. Now it has been discovered the device also packs a unique option called baby monitor, which alerts the parents when a child starts crying.

The distinctive attribute, which most of us never knew about is hidden inside the accessibility menu of the Galaxy S5. Read more »

Android apps twice as stable as iOS ones, study shows

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The latest report coming out of mobile app management company Crittercism indicates that in looking at app behavior recent versions of the two most popular mobile OSs, Android and iOS, it’s the Google OS that’s actually the more stable one.

The study is done by measuring the crash rate of app across both platforms, which Crittercism has published in its first ever Mobile Experience Benchmark. Read more »

Microsoft Office Mobile for Android drops Office 365 subscription requirement

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Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced the Office suite of apps for the iPad, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But along with the new announcement, Microsoft also made a quiet change to its existing Android app.

Just like its iOS counterparts, the Android version of the Office Mobile app required an Office 365 subscription to actually be used to create and edit documents. Surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped that requirement now, which means you can access the app fully without having to spend a dime. Read more »

Microsoft Office for iPad is now available in the App Store

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After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft Office for iPad got officially released. The productivity suite is available in the App Store as three separate apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

As initially expected, editing documents on an Apple iPad with the new app will require Microsoft Office 365 subscription. Read more »

DirectX 12 will be optimized for Windows Phone

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As expected, Microsoft announced the latest version of its proprietary graphics technology, DirectX 12, at the GDC last week. One thing that wasn’t expected was that it will be launched concurrently on Windows and Windows Phone devices, with special optimizations for the latter.

This includes releasing special APIs and libraries to provide greater performance with reduced power usage. Read more »

Twitter introduces photo tagging and multiple image upload

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Taking a page from Facebook (pun definitely intended), Twitter has added two new features to its service regarding the way you upload and share features. Now you can tag people in photos and also upload up to four at once.

Before, you had to manually add usernames in a tweet to tag people, which took up precious characters (some of which were already taken by the photo). Now, you can tag up to 10 people in a photo without using any additional characters for the usernames, leaving more room for your tweet. Read more »

HTC BlinkFeed will make its way to other Android devices

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HTC will make BlinkFeed available to other Android devices. The app will soon be available in the Google Play store.

HTC delivered the news in the most understated fashion. Read more »