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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 »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9 get CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds are now available for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9. The new custom ROM comes as a blessing for all the Kindle Fire users who were stuck on the older version of Android.

CyanogenMod 11 is a build based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. Read more »

Google gives refund and $5 store credit to customers of fake “Virus Shield” app

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Couple of weeks back, a fake app called Virus Shield came to light when Android Police did an exposé, revealing that the app did nothing in reality other than swindle you out of your $4. The story quickly gained momentum and it wasn’t long before Google pulled the app from the Play Store.

But what about those who purchased the app? Turns out, Google is now giving a refund to all those who purchased the app. On top of that, it is also offering a $5 store credit as an apology.

If you purchased the app, you will get a mail informing you of your refund, along with a redemption code for the $5 store credit.

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Android travel app, TripIt, is redesigned

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Google’s travel app, TripIt, has gotten a major design overhaul.

Google has given the app a “card view” along with some other updates. Read more »

Beats Music iOS update brings in-app subscription option

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Beats Music has released an update to its iPhone app that brings with it a very important feature: in-app subscription. Previously, the service required you to subscribe elsewhere before you could use the app but now you can sign up for it from within the app itself.

The reason some people choose to get their payments done externally is because Apple takes 30% cut of all in-app purchases. Unfortunately, that is not the best way to do things and people often don’t end up subscribing to the service if they are asked to leave the app and subscribe from somewhere else. Read more »

Flickr 3.0 for iOS and Android bring a completely new design

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Flickr has released version 3.0 of the iOS and Android app that is a complete overhaul over the previous versions. To put it simply, it now looks like Instagram.

The update is available on both iOS and Android and for once we see no preference given to either platform, with both getting the latest update with a UI optimized for that particular platform (unlike Instagram). Read more »

Zynga to make Farmville 2 mobile app

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Farmville might not be the hottest game on Facebook right now, but Zynga is trying to change that.

The company is going to release Farmville 2: Country Escape for phones and tablets. Read more »

Samsung and Amazon team up to make special Kindle app

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So the Kindle application is free to download for all Android users.

But it looks like Samsung and the online retailing mega-giant have joined forces to create a Kindle app specifically designed for Galaxy devices. Read more »

YouTube for Android can now cast live videos to Chromecast

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An update has been released to the YouTube app for Android that brings with it a couple of changes. The major addition is the ability to cast live videos to Chromecast. Live videos are, well, videos of events happening live and not pre-recorded and previously there was no way to watch this on Chromecast, which has been fixed now.

Other change is the updated Watch Later UI, which is now in tune with the design of the rest of the app. Read more »

Official Google Camera app for Android hits the Play store with new features

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In line with the rumor from a couple of weeks ago, Google launched a refreshed camera app for Android devices. Dubbed Google Camera, the application is now available to download in the Play store.

The most notable new feature which Google Camera app brings is called Lens Blur. Read more »