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Skype for Android gets a major update, UI overhaul

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Skype for Android has received a huge update to version 4.0, alongside a bevy of new interface changes and optimizations.

The new Skype for Android 4.0 takes many design cues from Windows 8′s Modern UI. Read more »

Good news for smartwatches: apps can read and dismiss notifications in Android 4.3

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An Android 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked a few days ago and it was found to contain some hidden enhancements that point the way to some new features in the future. They have to do with notifications.

The first is a Notifications screen, which acts as history of all your recent notifications, even the ones you’ve dismissed (those are the grayed out ones, the others are notifications still visible in the notification area). Read more »

Vine app now available on Kindle Fire

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After releasing on the Google Play Store recently, the Vine app is now available on Kindle Fire. The app requires Android 4.0 and above, so can work on every version of the Kindle Fire, except for the very first model.

For those who are not aware, Vine is a new social networking service for sharing short, six second videos. It used to be known as the Instagram of videos, until recently when Instagram itself added support for videos. The Vine app for Kindle Fire is the first tablet version of the app, as it is only available on smartphones on iOS and Android. Having said that, the UI is similar to the Play Store version of the app and not really optimized for the big screen as such. Read more »

U-Turn: BlackBerry PlayBook won’t get BlackBerry 10 update

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Today is certainly not a good day for the BlackBerry fans. Earlier CEO Thorsten Heins reported disappointing earnings results for the last quarter. The company did manage to increase its revenue, but it didn’t meet profit expectations, in fact its operating loss is $84 million. Because of the bad financial report the company’s stock tumbled down over 25% at time of writing.

During the financial results conference call BlackBerry delivered another portion of bad news – there will not be BlackBerry 10 update for the PlayBook slates. Read more »

New Nokia Asha promo video focuses on Fastlane

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Nokia Asha 501 is the first phone running on the new Nokia Asha software platform and it has just got its proper market release.

The major overhaul of the Asha platform focuses around the so-called Fastlane, which is why the latest promo video revolves around it. The Fastlane keeps track of all your recent activity, opened apps go there, along with contacts you’ve called, calendar events (birthdays, to-dos) and social network posts. Read more »

Google issues a small update for Gmail on Android, brings back the delete button

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The last update Google made to Gmail for Android was quite substantial and included a lot of user interface changes. One of them was the removal of the Delete button, which caused a hurricane of negative feedback. Today, Google has responded by bringing back the Delete button in a small update for its mail client on Android.

Other than that, the latest version of the Gmail (v4.5.2) includes an undisclosed number of bugfixes as well as the feature to select multiple emails by tapping on their sender’s photo. Read more »

DivvyUp is a Windows Phone 8 exclusive app for effortless bill splitting

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Splitting the bills when out for a dinner with friends or colleagues is always an irksome task which includes passing the receipt multiple times around until everything is cleared out. Now, there’s an app for that. It’s called DivvyUp and is exclusive for Windows Phone 8.

Just snap a photo of the receipt and scan it with DivvyUp. It features Optical Character Recognition to read through the receipt and then assign each item to the person who ordered it. Read more »

Skype app for iOS brings free and unlimited video messaging

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More Skype news today. The iOS version of the popular VoIP and messaging service has been updated and brings with it free and unlimited video messaging. The feature was recently introduced but had limitations on the number of times you can send messages with a non-premium account but that restriction has now been lifted.

Other changes include audio and video quality stability improvements, greater reliability for sharing photos, improved accessibility for video messaging and general fixes and improvements. Read more »

Google Earth on Android and iOS updated, gets Street View

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Google has updated its Google Earth apps for Android and iOS. The new 7.1.1 version brings a few major improvements including Street View.

The rest of the improvements in the new Google Earth include a new left hand panel for easier browsing and switching between layers. There is also updated directions and search results. Read more »

Google Edition HTC One source code released, won’t be getting direct updates from Google

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Along with its launch on the Google Play store, the kernel source code for the HTC One “Google Edition” has been released on HTCDev.

Also revealed is that the device won’t be receiving its Android updates directly from Google, since it is not technically a Nexus device. Read more »

Dropbox 2.3 update now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

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Dropbox has launched a minor update for its iOS app, bringing it to version 2.3. While not really substantial, the update brings some improvements as well as bug squashing for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

You can now share entire folders right from the application, as well as share single or multiple files at once, which is convenient. Read more »

Nokia updates the HERE Venue Maps with 49,000 buildings in 45 countries

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Nokia has just launched one of its biggest updates to the HERE Maps app ever with the addition of indoor mapping for 49,000 buildings in 45 countries.

Among the major additions are shopping malls in London as well as major shops and New York at the Times Square and 5th avenue. Read more »

Official Imgur app launches on Android, still going through checks on iOS

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If you’re a fan of Reddit, or memes, or the whole internet comedy via images thing then you’ve probably have or heard or used Imgur’s services. It’s the place to store all your pictures, memes, screenshots, and what not.

And now we’ve finally received an official app straight from Imgur. It’s already available for download on Google Play and is expected to launch on iOS soon, after it’s been thoroughly checked out. Read more »

Did Samsung just drop the Kernel source code for the Google Edition S4?

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The flashing community is going to love this. Samsung has apparently jumped the gun and aired the Kernel source files for its Google Edition Galaxy S4.

The Kernel source code could allow developers to tailor their custom ROMs to the underlying hardware – making the radio, camera and many other components work as they should. Read more »

iOS 7 will let you teach Siri how to properly pronounce people’s names

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Siri’s pronunciation isn’t always spot on, especially when it comes to names, which ranges from annoying to problematic. With iOS 7, however, Apple has made its digital assistant smarter, allowing you to teach it the current pronunciation without having to type in the phonetic spelling manually.

Siri will ask for help if it has troubles with a name or you can simply tell it it’s wrong – ” That’s not how you pronounce <a name>”. Read more »