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Achievement unlocked: Sony is experimenting with a game-like UI

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Sony is working on a strange experiment – EvolutionUI. A “gamified” UI for Android smartphones that enables new features as you unlocks achievements.

You read that right – getting to use more advanced features on a phone could become similar to leveling up in a game. Read more »

Popcorn Time returns with series and movie torrent streaming for Android

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Popcorn Time, which debuted a few weeks ago as a service providing torrent streaming for movies and TV shows, was promptly taken down due to obvious legal issues.

Now, the service is back up with the promise that it will “never be taken down” again. Better yet, a new Android and updated desktop versions are just around the corner. Read more »

Viber practically gives its user data away

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Are you a Viber user? Well you may want to be a little more careful about what you say over the popular smartphone messaging service.

New reports reveal that Viber actually gives up user data: both messages and phone calls. Read more »

Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaks, official update coming

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The original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 slate was released in August, 2012, initially running on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung released only one firmware update during the past two years flavoring the tablet with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Nowadays there are already two new Note tablets – Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Note Pro 12.2, but as it turns out the pioneer was not forgotten. A leaked official test firmware suggests Samsung is almost ready to release an official Android 4.4 KitKat update for the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Read more »

LG G2 KitKat benchmarks

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After the LG G2 received its KitKat update we decided to see what’s what and check out if the phone’s performance has seen drastic changes compared to its Jelly Bean state. We re-tested the battery performance and now it’s time to put the chipset through its paces.

The battery performance showed a leap from a 62 hour endurance rating to an 81 hour one, which was mainly due to a much-improved stand by time. As for the benchmarks, well, there’s a different story here. Note that KitKat brings faster multitasking because of optimized memory usage, which should aid in better benchmarking scores. Read more »

WhatsApp for Android update adds new group mute settings

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WhatsApp has released an update for Android (v2.11.230) that brings with it the highly requested group muting settings.

Anyone who has used WhatsApp groups would know how annoying some of them can get over time and there was no way to permanently mute them. The latest update, however, adds some new options that lets you mute a group beyond one week, all the way up to a century. Read more »

Note 3′s one-handed mode now available on Galaxy S4

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Using a regular smartphone with one hand these days is difficult enough, and using a phablet like the Galaxy Note is near impossible. That’s why Samsung included a one-handed mode with their popular selling mega-screen device.

Well the same one-handed mode on the Note has made its way to the Galaxy S4. Read more »

Facebook acquires the mobile fitness app Moves

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The company behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves announced that it got officially acquired by Facebook. Financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.

Like Instagram and Whatsapp, Moves will continue to operate independently. Read more »

Microsoft outs Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft released a Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1. If you are among the many early adopters of the new OS, you can head to the Windows Phone Marketplace (where the app enjoys quite a few good reviews already) and try it out.

The application supports multi-touch and Windows OS gestures thanks to Remote Desktop Protocol and Remote FX. Read more »

Sony Background defocus app now available in Play Store

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Mobile photo imaging editors rejoice: Sony’s Background defocus application is now available for download through the Google Play Store.

If you’re not rocking a Sony Xperia handset, however, don’t hold your breath, as the app is exclusive to Sony handsets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 benchmarks

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We already said in our Windows Phone 8.1 review that the OS feels smoother than its predecessor, but is it really? Well we’ve decided to run some benchmark tests and see how the new OS performs under pressure. Microsoft has done quite a few optimizations for sure, so we are eager to see how the update is handled by different phones.

We had three Lumia phones around for our tests – Lumia 720, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We rаn each benchmark on Windows Phone 8 with GDR3 and Nokia Black updates, and then we’ve updated all three devices to the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview. Read more »

Viber for iOS gets a flatter design

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Viber’s latest version of iOS brings a new, flatter design that’s inline with the general look of iOS 7. There’s also a bunch of cool new features in addition to the fresh design.

One of them is the addition of a block list allowing you to block any number or contact from calling or writing you. The company now allows you to send longer video messages as well as send multiple photos and videos at the same time. Read more »

Play Store is having a Premium Game Sale

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If you haven’t scratch your “good deal” itch with Steam Sales, Google is holding a Premium Game Sale. The sale features paid games exclusively, ranging for casual to highly advanced. This includes Anomaly 2 (down to just $0.99), The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and so on.

Note that the available games and the list their price varies by region, the image above shows the US lineup. Read more »

Your Pebble can now be an Air Berlin boarding pass

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Fly Air Berlin frequently and happen to own a Pebble smartwatch?

Well you won’t have to carry around a pesky boarding pass anymore, as the Air Berlin iOS app now plays nice with your pebble smartwatch. Read more »

Latest Google Hangouts update combines conversations

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The latest update to Google’s messaging service, Hangouts, now blends your Hangout and SMS conversations.

It even provides an option to control whether or not you send the message via text or Big G’s IM client, which is most likely bad news for cell phone providers out there, as it draws us closer to the day where SMS will become defunct. Read more »