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Microsoft Office for iPad arriving on March 27

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Last year, Microsoft released a version of Office for the iOS platform but it wasn’t what everyone had expected. For starters, it was only available on the iPhone and not the iPad where it would be more suitable and secondly, it was a free app that was limited to only those who had an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft will now be rectifying the first problem by unveiling the iPad version of the ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’ on March 27 at an event in San Francisco. The event will be hosted by Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, and will be his first since taking up the position. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds now available for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds are now available for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This is the first CyanogenMod treatment the Xperia Z1 Compact is getting since its launch earlier this year.

CyanogenMod 11 is based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat version. The custom ROM weighs about 250MB and you can have it right now. Read more »

Sense 6.0 demoed on HTC One on video

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We’ve caught glimpses of HTC’s Sense UI through leaked HTC M8 / All New One videos, but HTC’s current flagship will get it too eventually. Here’s a screen recording of Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One.

You’ll spot several changes to how things look in the new UI starting with the lockscreen. Note that it’s a beta ROM and might not have been finalized. Read more »

Nokia Refocus now available for all Lumias

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Nokia Refocus app was initially exclusive to PureView devices, but now it’s rolling out for all Lumia phones. Yes, even the Lumia 520.

Refocus requires the Nokia Black update, so make sure you have that installed before downloading the app. Read more »

Purported Android backdoor affects several high profile Galaxy devices

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Replicant, a third party developer of an open source Android distribution, claims to have stumbled on a backdoor program that makes it possible for the modem to modify the phone’s onboard storage.

The purported affected devices include the Samsung Galaxy S, S II, and S III, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Galaxy Note and Note 2, and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Tab 2 10.1. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 apps leak: S Note, WatchON and S Health

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It’s about a month before the Samsung Galaxy S5 will hit the shelves across the globe but thanks to some work by a developer with early access to the smartphone many of its preinstalled appsare now available for download.

The full list includes the S Note, WatchON, Gear Manager, Gear Fit Manager, Calculator, S Health and S Translator. All of the apps can be installed using the supplied APKs and feature the newer, flat design brought by the KitKat TouchWiz on the Galaxy S5. Read more »

VLC beta now available on Windows Store

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After a fair bit of delay since it was first announced, the developers of the popular VLC Player application have finally released a new beta on the Windows Store, designed specifically for the Modern UI.

This is mostly the same VLC that we know but in a fresh new design. This means it will still play pretty much everything you throw at it. This is, however, a beta and the developers haven’t been cagey in describing all the issues in the latest version. There is a pretty long list, including lack of hardware acceleration, subtitle and audio issues, lack of playlists and stream support and general stability issues. Read more »

Windows Phone 8 supports 128GB microSD cards

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SanDisk has announced the availability of the world’s first 128GB microSD a few weeks ago at the MWC in Barcelona. It is the world’s highest capacity microSDXC card. But is your device even accepting 128GB memory cards?

Well, if you own a WP8-running Nokia Lumia 1520, then you can insert and use such card. Read more »

OnePlus One will have always-on voice commands, unlocking

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OnePlus’ upcoming One smartphone is going to sport always-on voice commands similar to what the Moto X premiered with. The information comes straight from the source and there’s even a poll going to see which command the phone will take – “Ok, OnePlus!”, “Wake up, OnePlus!” or “Alakazam”.

The OnePlus team has tailored the voice feature using Qualcomm’s tech while the CyanogenMod team, which is making the OS for the OnePlus One has implemented it to recognize your voice even in locked state. Read more »

Instagram for Android gets leaner and faster with the latest update

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Instagram for Android received a major update. Version 5.1 of the popular photo sharing app brings a host of improvements including revamped UI and snappier overall performance.

The new Instagram for Android will now load twice as fast thanks to reduced size and the aforementioned optimized performance. Read more »

Here are all apps and services the Samsung Galaxy S5 gets for free

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Samsung is preloading lots of value-adding apps and services on its latest top-tier devices. First we saw those premium software packages on the latest Tab Pro and Note Pro slates and now the Galaxy S5 is getting an even better treatment.

The apps and services every brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 is entitled to cost north of $600, but of course, chances are you wouldn’t have purchased them all anyway so it’s up to to judge how much they are worth to you. Read more »

Next Angry Birds installment will be set in Medieval Times (video)

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We’ve got the trailer for the next Angry Birds gamer and it seems that Rovio’s flock of feathered protagonists are sick of outer space and Brazil, and they’re going back to the past.

The trailer suggests (heavily) that the next Angry Birds game will be set in Medieval Times. What tipped us off? Oh, maybe the giant armored knight in the trailer. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M4 now available

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M4 version has been released on all supported devices. It brings various improvements and bug fixes and is already available for download.

In case you are relying on the CyanogenMod 11 Mx ROM, then you should be eager to flash the newer version. Here is the official change log: Read more »

Meet Samsung’s new exclusive music service: Milk

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Samsung has decided to throw their hat into the online music service game with their own internet radio called: Milk Music.

The nomenclature may sound a bit odd, but apparently it was inspired by Samsung’s “fresh” take on delivering internet radio service to its user base. Read more »

Pebble appstore now available on Android

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Pebble has announced that their mobile appstore is now finally available on Android. Users who wish to access it will have to download the Pebble Android app from Google Play Store.

The Pebble appstore is part of the new Pebble 2.0 app that also has a new design. You will be able to access the entire store from the app, download the app and then push it to your Pebble watch. The Pebble appstore previously made an appearance on the iOS version but it took Pebble some time to get it working on Android. Read more »