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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 »

Windows Phone Store gains over 75,000 apps in 2012

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store has steadily been making progress, at least as far as the number of applications are concerned. 2012, in particular, seems to have been a good year, with over 75,000 new applications been added to the store, roughly doubling the overall number.

Back during the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft had said that they had over 120,000 apps on the Windows Phone Store, although no further update was provided on that number this time. What we do know is that customers are now downloading an average of 54 applications to their device, which is over half of what iOS users do. Read more »

Dropbox releases new beta for Android, lets you opt in for

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Dropbox has released a new beta version (or Experimental Forum Build as it calls it) of its app for Android, version 2.2.2.8.

The app brings the ability to share multiple photos or add them to albums (which in turn can also be shared), UI improvements and the usual array of bug fixes. Read more »

Maps for WP 8 gets updated, Bluetooth Share for WP7.8 released

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Good news for loyal Windows Phone users, as both versions of the platform have received updates today.

The Windows Phone 8 default Maps app got an update, while Nokia has just released Bluetooth Share app for Windows Phone 7.8. Read more »

WhatsApp drops down to zero dollars on the App Store

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Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp has made their iOS client free of cost for a limited time. Unlike on other platforms, the iOS version of WhatsApp has an upfront cost of $0.99 for the client.

WhatsApp is available on several other platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and even Nokia Series 40. However, on other platforms, the application is free to download and use for a year, after which there is a $0.99 yearly fee. Read more »

Flipboard comes to Android tablets, iPad loses bragging rights

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Flipboard has been available on both Android smartphones and iOS devices but it’s just now that it comes to Android tablets.

The app has been tailored specifically for the various Android screen sizes and display resolutions. Read more »

Tumblr releases iPad version of its iOS app

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Tumblr has finally released an iPad version of its iOS application. Although the iPhone version has been available for a while now and was recently given a major facelift, the iPad version was nowhere to be found.

Among the new features is a UI optimized for the iPad’s bigger display. You get a navigation bar on the side that stays there permanently unlike on the iPhone version. Read more »