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Google Currents 2.0 brings new UI, loads of other changes

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Google has updated the Google Currents application to v2.0, which brings with it some really nice changes. First of all, the UI has been changed and looks nothing like the previous version. It now has more in common with some of the other recent Google Android apps, such as YouTube and Google+.

The application features a new editions list that can be accessed from swiping from the left side of the screen. You see all your categories and the selected sources within. You can customize this list by adding or removing the sources. Read more »

S Beam shines in Samsung’s latest ad, Santa takes one for the team

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Samsung USA’s latest ad portrays a typical family holiday scenario. In comes “Santa” down the stairs (yeah, chimneys are overrated) to give the kids some presents.

Long story short he falls while trying to impress the kids and the fail gets caught on camera thanks to an Galaxy S III that was lying around. Read more »

VLC Player developers talk about a version for Windows Phone 8

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Recently, the developers of the popular VLC Player started a Kickstarter project to fund the development of their Windows 8/RT application. So far, their progress has been pretty good and they have managed to raise over $20,000.

Now they have announced that they are also working on a version of the app for Windows Phone 8. Thanks to the new common kernel shared by Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, porting the app from one platform to another has become quite easy. Read more »

SkyDrive for iOS update stalled as Microsoft and Apple argue over App Store fees

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If you have the Microsoft SkyDrive app on your iOS device, you may have noticed that it hasn’t been updated since June. It’s not because Microsoft hasn’t been working on an update for the app but because Apple has been holding it back.

The reason for this is due to a major change Microsoft has added to the SkyDrive app in the form of a subscription model that lets users upgrade their storage by purchasing extra storage space. This is where Apple’s in-app purchasing guidelines kick in and where the main point of contention between the two companies is. Read more »

Android YouTube app updated, brings new UI for 10″ tablets

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Google has released an update to the YouTube app for Android, bringing a refreshed user interface for the 10″ tablets.

The update comes soon after YouTube launched its newly redesigned website, and makes better use of the ample screen estate 10″ tablets provide. Read more »

Samsung releases second video showing off the Galaxy S III Premium Suite

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Samsung recently released the first video demonstrating the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III that brings with it Samsung’s Premium Suite of applications, which are basically features that were previously exclusive to the Galaxy Note II.

Now they have released the second and what seems like the last video in the series, that showcases a few more features in this rather feature packed update. Read more »

Sony extends Box.com offer for Xperia owners into 2013

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Sony has decided to extend its offer of 50GB of Box.com cloud storage for life for new Xperia owners.

Until now, the offer was set to expire at the end of this year. Read more »

Sony’s own Flash tool beta released, will let you revert to Sony software

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Sony has released its own Flash tool for download. It lets you flash back to a Sony-made ROM in case you have stranded into hostile custom software territory.

Currently only the Xperia S, arc and arc S are supported and an unlocked bootloader is a must. Read more »

Samsung showcases Galaxy S III Premium Suite upgrade in a video

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We reported a few days ago about the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III, which brings with it Samsung’s Premium Suite features, features that are basically borrowed from the bigger Galaxy Note II.

Now Samsung has released a video that showcases some of the features in this Premium Suite upgrade. It’s a multi-part series of videos and the first of the lot has been uploaded on YouTube. Read more »

Snapseed photo sharing and editing app lands in the Google Play store

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The award-winning photo sharing and editing application Snapseed has made its way to the Google Play store. The already wildly popular for iOS app also dropped its price from $4.99 to free for all Apple products.

Along with the usual plethora of visual effects, Snapseed allows you to crop images, adjust their brightness and contrast, as well as easily share the final results in Google+ thorough a neatly integrated button. Read more »

Twitterrific 5 for iOS now available on the App Store

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Twitterrific has been around pretty much since Twitter itself came into existence. It was one of the reasons why people started taking Twitter seriously and also spurred a lot of development in the Twitter client segment, which has become a huge deal today.

Iconfactory, the creators of this iconic app, have now released the fifth and the most significant update to this client in its history. Major changes include a completely revamped UI, unified app for iPhone and iPad and option of new themes and fonts. Read more »

Dropbox for Android updated with ability to move files and folders

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We all love Dropbox here. It’s easily the best way to quickly transfer small files between devices without the hassles of using a cable and also great for backing up important data.

Now the Android version of the app has hit version 2.2.2, which brings with it a small but significant change. You can now move files and folders around, something that was annoyingly missing in the previous versions. Just tap on the drop down menu button next to the file or folder, and then use the Move option to select a location where you’d like to move it. Read more »

Google Search app for Android updated with improved Google Now functionality

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The Android version of the Google Search application has been updated and improves upon the Google Now functionality on Jelly Bean devices. There are some new cards that provide you with even more information. For example, Google Now will tell you about events nearby your location or provide suggestions to help with your research (not sure how this works).

There are some functionalities that have been borrowed from iOS, such as the Passbook like ability to automatically pull up boarding passes from your Gmail to be scanned when you reach the airport and the Siri like ability to post status messages on Google+ using just your voice. Read more »

TomTom for Android updated, compatibility issues fixed

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Up until now, the TomTom GPS navigation app for Android had one severe handicap: it wouldn’t run on displays wider than 480 pixels.

The latest update fixes that, and adds several other optimizations as well. Read more »

Google releases completely revamped v2.0 of Gmail app for iOS

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The previous Gmail app for iOS is the most famous Google-made app for iOS, but for all the wrong reasons. Although a lot of people did use it because it included support for push mail that the native iOS client lacks for Gmail, it was nothing more than a wrapper for the mobile web version of the service, which rubbed people the wrong way.

Enter v2.0. Google has revamped the Gmail client for iOS, which has reportedly been in works since the past six months. The new client looks nothing like the old one and is more in line with other recent iOS apps released by Google, such as Google+, Google Search, Google Drive and YouTube. Gone is the web-UI like design of the previous version, replaced by a clean, minimalist and spacious design. Read more »