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Skype for iPhone update brings web link previews, new ways to manage conversations from Apple Watch

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Microsoft has updated its Skype for iPhone app to version 5.13, bringing web link previews for chat, as well as more ways to manage conversations from Apple Watch.

The updated app now shows you a preview of the content whenever you send or receive a web link, thus making it “much easier to see the cat video or information that’s been shared before you open the link,” the company said in a blog post. Read more »

Android 5.1 to bring RAW support and lower ISO values for the camera of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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It’s already been rumored once before that the Android 5.1 update will bring RAW support to the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. This update might make its way to devices this month or in July.

Today a new rumor comes to confirm the addition of RAW support in the camera arriving with Android 5.1 on Samsung’s latest flagships. Furthermore, lower ISO values will also be added. Read more »

Imgur finally gets a proper Android app

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Imgur is one of those services you never really pay too much attention to when using on and off. Once you get into it, however, you will quickly discover that, just like reddit, the image platforms has grown into somewhat of an internet sensation and has an amazing ecosystem of its own.

There is tons of content to discover, trends to follow and all the viral memes and jokes you can handle. After only have a web app on Android for a while, Imgur now finally has a proper native app. Its interface is quite intuitive and user friendly. It is almost entirely card-based and swiping left and right navigates the endless stream of content. A tap brings out additional options like commenting, voting and adding to favorites. Read more »

Foursquare users can now request Uber rides from within the app

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Foursquare has integrated Uber’s ride-hailing service into its mobile-discovery app, allowing you to request Uber rides from within the app.

From now on, when you look up for a destination on the Foursquare app, you’ll see an Uber button alongside other details regarding that place. Tapping on the button will automatically load the destination’s address into the Uber app, where you’ll be able to select the car type (see image above). Read more »

Update brings Material Design to BBM for Android

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BlackBerry has decided to spruce up its BBM app for Android. A brand new Beta version of the app will bring Material Design language to the messaging platform.

The new BBM build for Android is available through the BlackBerry Beta Zone for registered members only – it aims to deliver better looking colors and neater user interface. Read more »

Microsoft to acquire the 6Wunderkinder’s To-Do List app: Wunderlist

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Microsoft acquired 6Wunderkinder, the startup behind the to-do app – Wunderlist. The Redmond giant’s shopping spree is a bid to bolster its mobile platform with popular applications.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is ready to pay between $100 to $200 million for the German startup. Wunderlist is an app that allows users to make daily schedules and sync tasks between several devices. Read more »

Sony updates the Xperia Android Keyboard with new features, better responsiveness

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Sony’s custom Android keyboard is now up to version 6.6.A.0.30. The update brings about quite a few improvements and features. For one, the app should now be a lot more-responsive and fluid.

The Xperia keyboard now has a more-versatile theming engine too. Keyboard layouts can be selected per language for extra convenience. Also, word suggestion can now work for one language at a time, if you turn off Smart language detection first. Read more »

Google Calendar’s SMS notifications won’t be available starting June 27

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Google has announced that it is dropping support for Calendar’s text message (SMS) alerts. The service will not be available starting June 27.

“SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world with smartphones and notifications, you can get richer, more reliable experiences on your mobile device, even offline,” the Mountain View, California-based company said. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are all the best apps and games that came out this week.

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Twitter updates Periscope for Android with fixes and improvements

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Just days after Twitter’s live video streaming app Periscope arrived on Android, it has received an update, bringing along several bug fixes as well as video improvements.

The update fixes issues related to account creation and Twitter sharing. It also resolves a problem with Save to Gallery as well as an issue some users were having with deleting their broadcasts or replays. The change-log also says that the updated app “may also include traces of video improvements and stability.” Read more »

Uber to begin tracking your location even when you’re not actively using its app

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Uber has announced that an upcoming update to its privacy policies will allow the company to ask for access to a rider’s location when the app is running in the background, a move the ride-sharing startup claims will “get people on their way more quickly.”

In addition, the changes – which will come into effect starting July 15 – will also allow Uber to ask for access to your contacts data, something which the company says will enable it to “send special offers to riders’ friends or family.” Read more »

WhatsApp Calling for Windows Phone devices expected to roll out soon

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Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp is quietly testing the WhatsApp Calling feature for the Microsoft Windows Phone platform. Android and iOS users have been using this feature for a couple of months now.

Windows Phone owners should look out for the WhatsApp Calling enabled through the WhatsApp version 2.12.238 beta build. There is no word on when the feature will be rolled out to all Windows Phone users. Read more »

Google opens its Inbox email app to everyone, updates it with Trip Bundles and Undo Send features

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The Inbox email app, which was launched by Google back in October last year and was invite-only, is now open to everyone. The announcement was made by the Mountain View, California-based company in a blog post.

The company has also updated the app with various new features. Chief among them is a feature dubbed Trip Bundles which, as the name suggests, clubs all emails related a trip into a single bundle. It also makes sure that the most important details (like flight times and hotel reservation numbers) are available the instant you open the app. Read more »

Google Maps gets offline search, navigation support

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Google Maps for Android has had some sort of offline support for years now, but it’s definitely not good enough for most use cases, in the current iteration at least. At its I/O conference Google has announced that it’s working on bringing better offline support to Maps sometime before the end of this year.

So in the future you’ll be able to start navigating to places while offline. Currently navigation works offline, but you need to be online when you start it. Additionally, Google Maps will allow offline searches for places and points of interest (with autocomplete no less), something which you can’t do right now. Read more »

Content from iOS apps is now featured in Google search results

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Today Google has announced that it’s brought its App Indexing feature from Android to iOS. What this allows is for you to jump straight to a relevant iOS app from Google search results. In the example showcased by the image below, a restaurant reservation is required, and following a Google search tapping on the first result will take you to the OpenTable iOS app that’s installed on the same device. In it you can then make the desired reservation, or go back to the search results with one tap.

The feature exists in both the Google app for iOS as well as Chrome for iOS, as long as you’re signed into your Google account. For now such links to iOS apps will be limited to a short list, with Google having worked with some initial test partners so far. Read more »