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Flipboard for Android updated with support for Daydream

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Some of you may already know about the new Daydream feature in Android 4.2. For those who don’t, Daydream allows the application to display information on the screen when the device is is idle or docked. Think of it as being the equivalent of the screensaver that we still see on desktop computers. Developers can use this functionality to display relevant information on the screen in an easy to see manner.

The developers of Flipboard have decided to take advantage of this functionality in the latest update to their app. Once enabled, Flipboard will show new items full screen from the feeds you have subscribed to. Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update starts rolling out to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 in the US

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After pushing the update to the European version of the Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung has now begun rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the US version as well.

According to Android Police, both the 10.1-inch as well as the 7.0-inch models are now receiving the 4.1.1 update, over the air as well as through the Samsung Kies application. Read more »

Dropbox for Android gets an update

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Popular file storage and sharing service Dropbox just updated the Android version of their application, which brings with it some useful new features.

Two of the important new features are the ability to share as well delete multiple files at once. But either there is some bug or I’m missing something here, because I can’t for the life of me find any option to mark multiple files at once. Read more »

Nokia Xpress Browser servers found to decrypt HTTPS traffic, an update issued

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Nokia’s Xpress Browser is the default web browser on the Nokia’s Asha lineup and it’s also an optional download for the Lumia phones, running on Windows Phone. Nokia prides on the capabilities of the web browser to compress data and reduce traffic.

To accomplish this Nokia servers process and compress all data to and from the mobile device. But has it occurred to you that in the process Nokia’s servers are also decrypting the information sent over the allegedly secure HTTPS protocol, which you may have thought no one has access to. Nokia does not refuse that, but claims you shouldn’t worry, as nothing is recorded. But can we trust it? Read more »

Swype beta for Android now available without registration

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Swype, the quick-type keyboard for Android, has had its beta version become available for download to anyone without the need to register.

The new beta features include a Smart Editor that lets you quickly edit a typed sentence, and Living Language, which suggests trending and popular words. Read more »

Firefox for Android to get private browsing and themes in 2013

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The devs over at Mozilla are obviously so happy with how their baby mobile Firefox is going that they’ve decided the spill the beans on some of the upcoming features in 2013.

The most important features, which the team is working on for 2013, is the private browsing mode and the ability to skin the web browser with themes. Read more »

The iOS 6 Do Not Disturb feature fixes itself [UPDATE: Still not working]

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The iOS 6 DND feature is working again, just as Apple promised a few days ago. There was no update, though – the Do Not Disturb mode just fixed itself.

UPDATE: As it turned out, despite the DND mode now turns on and off as scheduled, it doesn’t work and you will continue to receive all notifications. Now Apple need to release an update and the next time should do more tests before coming up with an official statement. Read more »

Skype 2.1 for Windows Phone 8 brings more stability, available for download right now

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Skype has launched a modest update for its Windows Phone 8 app bringing its version number to 2.1.0.241.

The update is more about improving stability and bringing the performance up a notch, than adding new features, but there’s still a lot to cheer about. Read more »

Apple promises to fix Do Not Disturb feature by January 7

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The iOS 6 Do Not Disturb mode stopped working properly at the turn of the year. The same day Apple decided to launch a new iPhone 5 ad focused exactly on the cool DND service.

The jokes are about to stop on January 7 though, when an update will arrive to take care of the bug. Read more »

Samsung releases Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 to the UK Galaxy Camera, new Gallery in tow

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Samsung is seeding the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to its digital camera slash Android smartphone starting with the United Kingdom.

The firmware can be installed through Samsung KIES and over the air directly on the device. Read more »

Nova Launcher 2.0 is out for download, adds a bunch of welcome features

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Nova Launcher has been updated to version 2.0 for both the free and paid version of the popular homescreen replacement app.

The list of changes isn’t a short one, staying true to the major version bump. Read more »

You can now play StarCraft and Caesar III on Android

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What if I told you there is a way to play StarCraft and Caesar III classics on your Android device? And that they will run as hassle-free as they would on your computer?

There is no magic involved here. Just Winulator. Read more »

Enable Smart Stay and Smart Rotate on any Android with the GMD Smart Rotate app

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Samsung put a number of exclusive features on their high-end Android devices, like Smart Stay and Smart Rotate. Now, using the GMD Smart Rotate app you can replicate both of those features on a non-TouchWiz device (or on a lower-end Samsung).

The free version of the app implements Smart Rotate – it uses the front-facing camera instead of the accelerometer to rotate the screen. The advantage is that there are situations where the accelerometer gets it wrong – e.g. when you’re lying on your side or if the phone/tablet is on a flat surface. Read more »

Latest Apple iPhone 5 ad highlights Do Not Disturb, couldn’t pick a worse moment to arrive

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A few hours ago Apple released a new iPhone 5 commercial featuring Serena and Venus Williams advertising the Do Not Disturb feature. Yeap, that same thing that made the New Year’s Day a silent one for a few million iOS 6 users.

And it’s still broken. Enjoy! Read more »

New Year’s Day breaks iOS 6 Do Not Disturb mode, makes it silence your iPhone permanently

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The Do Not Disturb mode introduced with Apple’s latest iOS 6 appears to have a serious bug. Since the turn of the year, it stopped functioning as promised and prevented quite a lot of people from getting their calls and messages.

The DND feature allows you to set a period of time when your iPhone will stop alerting you of incoming calls, messages and notifications. It doesn’t affects the alarms though. Read more »