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VLC for iOS reaches version 2.2, gains iOS 7-matching UI

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The VLC player for iOS has been updated to version 2.2 and has gained a new UI with a more iOS 7-friendly look. The new UI adds a few neat tricks such as two-finger tap for video pause and swipe controls for brightness, playback position and volume. A vertical swipe in the right half of the video will adjust the volume, while the same on the left part adjusts screen brightness.

In addition to the fresh look, the latest iteration of VLC player adds support for Dropbox and HTTP live streaming as well as download from Google Drive. Read more »

Samsung teams up with illy, not going to make coffee machines though

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Samsung has teamed up with popular espresso maker illy in the UK but the partnership doesn’t have coffee machines planned. Instead Samsung and illy will represent their products in each other’s stores, starting on London’s Regent Street.

Samsung VP Yoinghee Lee has revealed to Pocket-Lint that “this partnership is about sharing a communality between two brands.” – hopes are that by the end of this year Samsung devices will be in two illy coffee shops and illy coffee in two Samsung flagship stores in the UK. Read more »

Microsoft’s head of reasearch talks about WP’s virtual assistant

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The rumor mill has been abuzz with talk of Microsoft’s upcoming virtual assistant, which will borrow its personality from Cortana (you know, from Halo). Now, Head of Microsoft Research, Peter Lee, has confirmed that the a “big focus” for the company is artificial intelligence, including a virtual assistant.

The video interview features a short glimpse of a virtual assistant prototype at work but somewhat disappointingly it didn’t use Cortana’s avatar. Read more »

Samsung outs Android KitKat kernel source code for Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, facilitating developers in building custom ROMs for the device.

If you are a developer, then the source link below has the kernel codes for you to play with. Read more »

Skype brings HD video calling on iPhone 5s, forgets non-A7 devices

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Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.

It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »

Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for iOS

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Official Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for Apple iOS devices. The application is available as a free download in the App Store.

Google Play Movies & TV for iOS allows users to watch media purchased or rented from Google Play store on their iOS device. Read more »

iOS’ Chrome browser gets an update

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Google will be updating its Chrome browser for iOS devices. The latest iteration of the browser will bring a few new features: Safe Browsing, data compression, and auto-translation.

Here’s a snippet straight from big G about the new data compression feature: Read more »

Box app for iOS gets a major redesign, comes with 50GB of free storage

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The iOS app of the popular cloud storage service Box got treated to a full redesign. Completely re-written, version 3.0.0 of the app now comes with 50GB of free lifetime storage to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days.

Available for iPhone and iPad, the latest release of Box for iOS now features a flat look in line with the user interface Apple’s mobile OS. Read more »

Google Play Store debuts Final Fantasy VI today

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One of the most beloved iterations of the Final Fantasy series is coming to the Google Play Store today: Final Fantasy VI.

Originally debuting for the Super Nintendo on April 2nd, 1994 (in Japan), Final Fantasy VI was an instant hit with fans and was one of the most critically acclaimed games of its time. Even today, it stands as one of the most memorable role-playing games to have ever been released. Read more »

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics get an official Samsung app

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Samsung has released an official app for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which will kick off next month. As a partner of the event, the global market leader has designed an exclusive app for the upcoming games.

The app that is named WOW for Wireless Olympic Works and offers one of the easiest ways to keep track of what’s happening at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Read more »

Here’s the Android gallery by the CyanogenMod team

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It’s a well documented fact that the stock Android gallery isn’t the most feature-rich out there. Many have resorted to third party apps (like QuickPic and others) and now the CyanogenMod team has entered the conversation with its very own concept of what the gallery on stock Android should look like.

GalleryNext can be installed through the free-for-all community for beta testers, which can download the beta app on Google Play and begin testing. For now features include a gallery with cloud integration (Flickr, Picasa, Google+, Facebook and Dropbox), grouping images by Moments, video playback, GIF support (yay!) and more. Read more »

Android KitKat-powered LG G2 demoed on video

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While native Korean owners of the LG G2 have basked in KitKat glory for some time now the rest of the G2 faithful around the globe are still waiting for the update to drop in this year’s first quarter.

To help the time pass, you can check out a video of the fresh new software running on an LG G2, recorded with Android SDK’s ADB utility. Check it out after the break. Read more »

Facebook acquires Branch in a $15 million deal

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CEO of Branch, Josh Miller, has announced that the service has been bought out by Facebook. As part of the deal, Facebook will also acquire Potluck, a similar service. If you’re not familiar with Branch or Potluck, they’re link-sharing services that allow friends to share news stories and internet articles, and have conversations about said stories. This news-centric app’s intention was to move discussions away from Facebook and email and allow users an easier, more “feed-like” way to talk about the links they’re sharing.

The news doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, considering that Facebook has been moving more towards putting real news stories in your feeds along with photo albums of your best friend’s weird night in Bangkok photo album. Facebook is bringing on CEO Josh Miller to do just this, so he’ll be working for Zuckerberg in addition to being bought out. Read more »

WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 gets a fix

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The WhatsApp client for Windows Phone 8 devices suffered from a minor problem with broadcast message reception.

The latest update, v2.11.356, for the popular messaging application, however, fixes this issue.

The newest update doesn’t offer any additional features, such as allowing users to send music files, but many believe that this will be available soon. Read more »

Nokia Lumia Black software update features overview

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There’s a hands-on video showing off the features of the Nokia Lumia Black software update on the inter-webs. In it, a Nokia rep goes over all of the new things your Nokia Lumia smartphone can do.

The first feature they show off is the new and improved “glance mode”. There are now new notifications that you can see on the ‘always on’ screen of Lumia smartphones, without having to wake your phone.

There’s also an updated Nokia Camera app, that allows for three shooting modes: Video Recording, Nokia Camera, and Nokia Pro Camera. With the Pro Camera mode, you can fidget with light sensitivity and other camera settings more in-depth, as well as get a preview of the photo before you actually take it. Read more »