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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 »

LastPass can now autofill app log-ins on Android

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If there ever was a time to go for the $12 a year premium membership for LastPass it’s now. The form and password-filling service that’s so popular for web browsers has gotten a great new update for Android, allowing it to auto-fill your account log-ins on Android.

This means that aside from working to log you in hassle free in Chrome on Android LastPass will eradicate the need to remember app log-ins as well. Read more »

HTC publishes Sense launcher on the Play Store

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HTC is following in the footsteps of Google and released its custom Android launched for free download from the Play Store. Along with the BlinkFeed launcher, the company also put out SenseTV (its remote control app) and HTC Service Pack.

BlinkFeed was first to put a magazine-like UI on the homescreen, something that Samsung has added to its latest TouchWiz incarnations. Read more »

Futuremark relists Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3 after company fixes benchmark boosting issue

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After Samsung’s recent benchmark boosting situation came to light, a lot was talked about how it made the process of benchmarking devices and comparing scores with other handsets irrelevant. But out of all the benchmark software developers out there, Futuremark, developers of 3DMark, were the only ones who delisted the offending Samsung devices from their benchmark scores to keep things fair.

However, in the latest Android 4.4.2 update issued to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, Samsung removed the code that allowed the benchmarking apps to run faster than any other normal app on the device. Following this decision, Futuremark has decided to relist the Samsung devices that are running the latest update. Read more »

Mozilla gets new CEO, wants to focus on mobile

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Mozilla’s getting a new CEO: Brendan Eich.

He’s replacing Gary Kovacs, who announced that he would be stepping down about a year ago. Hit the jump to find out what Eich’s vision for Mozilla is, now that he’s calling the shots. Read more »

Unreal Engine 4 demoed on Nexus 5

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Epic has been working on the new Unreal Engine 4 since 2003. UE4 entered its final stages of development in 2012 when it was made available for licensees.

Now, two years later, at the Game Developers Conference, Epic has finally launched the Unreal Engine 4 and its first stable release is already available to the developers. Read more »

Minor update for Facebook Beta on Windows Phone is out

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The Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone devices has received a slight update bringing it to version v5.2.4.1. The release brings some bug fixes and minor changes.

The company hasn’t specified what are the exact fixes, but we are sure they killed a bug or two. As WMPoweruser reports, many users have been complaining to bugs related to photos in the app. Read more »

Amazon Appstore gives $50 worth of apps for free today

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Amazon’s Appstore is celebrating its third birthday today. Naturally such occasions deserve gifts and Amazon is giving plenty of free apps today.

You can have $50 worth of apps today for free, but hurry up because the offer will expire in a few hours. Read more »

Nokia Glance gains support for Windows Phone 8.1 in its latest update

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With the Windows Phone 8.1 moniker being confirmed a couple of times already by Microsoft, Nokia has been quick to update its cool Glance app and make it support the upcoming update of the OS.

The update now lives in the Windows Phone store and the only thing that Nokia has added is “Support for Windows Phone 8.1″. We don’t know if Nokia had to do a lot of modifications to the app to make it work, but certainly the Finns have made Glance play nice with any new APIs that WP 8.1 might bring along. Read more »

Sailfish OS Android port going at full steam, watch it run on Galaxy S III LTE

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Jolla has recently confirmed a Sailfish OS ROM is in the works and will become available for various devices later this year. A few smartphones were even showcased over the MWC 2014 running on the Sailfish OS.

Now you can see for yourself where the project is going. A Jolla developer has released a 3-minute walkthrough video of Sailfish running on Samsung I9305 Galaxy S III LTE. Read more »

Motorola updates its camera app with volume button shutter

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Motorola introduced a refreshed camera interface with the Moto X and later on released it as a standalone self-titled camera app in the Google Play store.

Now the app is getting an update which adds the option to take photos using the volume keys. The option has been standard in stock Android for some time now and most manufacturers have implemented it into their own camera apps, but it’s better late than never. Read more »

Oppo Find 7 unboxed on video, UI demoed too

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Oppo Find 7 went official yesterday in two versions – one with a 1080p display and one with QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen. While the QHD model will hit the stores in two or three months, the 1080p edition has already gone one sale and is available to everyone who wants to purchase it right now for $480 in China.

Well, we imagine lots of people has already bought Find 7 smartphones, because the hands-on videos have already started popping on YouTube. Read more »

Google Search app can now launch your camera using voice commands

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Google has added two new voice commands to the Search app on Android that will let you launch the camera on your phone or tablet using just your voice.

If you need to take a picture, all you have to do is hit the microphone button or say “Ok Google” and then say the voice command “Take a picture”. If you want to record a video, say “Record a video” instead. If you think this is not very useful, then you are absolutely right. Read more »