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Google+ Hangouts gets plenty of new features, coming to Android and iOS soon

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After the initial buzz about Google+ dried out, we barely hear any news about the service these days but Google seems determined to make this one a success. They’ve updated Hangouts with some cool new features and bringing it to Google+ Messenger on mobile devices.

With the update, Google aims to make Hangouts the online conferencing tool. The first step is to make it easier to start or join a hangout. Read more »

Microsoft launches SkyDrive app for Windows Phone and iOS, ignores Android as usual

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Microsoft is on a roll with all the iOS apps. After Kinectimals and One Note, Microsoft is now following them with an official SkyDrive app for iOS and their own Windows Phone. Android, as usual, has been given the cold shoulder.

Both apps are more or less identical. You have the ability to view all your files and folders saved on your SkyDrive account, create more folders, delete them or upload files from your device to them. Read more »

Nokia Live View beta hits Qt, lets Nokia N9 explore the world in 3D

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Nokia has just announced that they have made the beta version of their Live View app available to their MeeGo smartphone, Nokia N9. The augmented reality app was so far only available for Symbian devices, but it obviously gathered enough interest to warrant its porting to Qt.

As you know Qt apps are compatible with both MeeGo and Symbian and allow easy porting of apps between the platforms. One can’t help but wonder, though, why didn’t the Nokia software engineers write the app for Qt from the beginning. Read more »

22 Trojan apps discovered on Android Market, get removed by Google

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After the desktop version of Windows, Android has quickly become the second best place to party for all the malware and Trojan app creators of the world, undoubtedly aided by the popularity and open nature of the platform. 22 of such Trojan apps were discovered at once by a company called Lookout Mobile Security, who then quickly informed Google about them.

These 22 apps, called RuFraud, disguised themselves as wallpaper apps, horoscopes and games. Once installed, they would send unsolicited SMSes to a certain paid toll number, from where the fraudsters get their money and which will then be charged to the user’s monthly bill. Read more »

Skype for Android gets updated, adds the ability to send pictures, videos and files

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The Skype app for Android has received an update and the big new feature is the ability to send photos, videos and files across to your contacts.

Skype has also made the auto sign-in and sign-out easier, improved the look and feel of the app, added voicemail improvements and improved the video quality on Tegra 2 devices. Read more »

Gameloft will give you 4 iPhone games for free if you like their Facebook page

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Gameloft has come up with an interesting promotion for their Facebook page. The famous software development studio will give away four of its titles for free, when it collects enough likes on the event’s dedicated page.

So the quicker you go to the Gameloft Facebook page and click the giant LIKE button, the sooner the names of the four games will be revealed. And knowing the quality of the stuff Gameloft usually does, we can bet you won’t be disappointed. Read more »

Microsoft releases One Note 1.3 for iOS, makes a special version for the iPad

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iPhone users have been using One Note on their phones for a while now but with the latest 1.3 update Microsoft has also released a special version for the iPad.

The new version brings features like tabbed user interface, table rendering, improved Windows Live sign-in experience, integrated upgrade option and many more The iPad version features a new UI that takes advantage of the bigger display. You can have text, bullets and add pictures from your photo gallery and the notes are synced with your SkyDrive account and can be accessed through One Note on other platforms. Read more »

Latest Adobe Flash player for Android brings performance improvements and bug fixes, still does not support ICS

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For something that they claimed to have stopped developing, Adobe sure is finding it hard to let go of the Flash Player for mobile. After their announcement last month to cease its development they released another update soon afterwards and now we have another one sitting in our Market app.

According to the release notes on the latest v11.1.111.5, it brings performance updates and bug fixes. Delving a little deeper on the Adobe website reveals that the update fixes the video streaming issue on the Samsung Galaxy S II, enables 1080p video playback for Nvidia Tegra 3-based devices and video playback fixes for video decoding. Read more »

SkyDrive API updated, lets 3rd party apps access it

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Microsoft has just added some improvements to its SkyDrive service, making it play nice with 3rd party apps. SkyDrive, which is one of the key selling points of Windows Phone platform, now grants non-Microsoft apps full access to SkyDrive, allowing them to upload and share all kinds of files.

This should allow the development of much richer WP apps that don’t take a lot of space. And since the Microsoft platform refuses to allow user replacement of the microSD cards (where available), storage is quite valuable there. Read more »

Samsung returns with another Galaxy S II ad, boasts about music streaming features

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After mocking iPhone fans in general and then returning to tout the 4G LTE feature of its Galaxy S II smartphone, Samsung is back again with the third installment of what is now clearly a series of ads.

In the latest ad Samsung talks about the iPhone users sticking to iPhones for the fear of ‘giving up’ all their music and movies whereas Galaxy S II owners have nothing to worry about because all of their music comes from the cloud and that they have tons of other places to download their movies from. Read more »

Flipboard for iPhone review – shrinking the magazine style the right way

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Flipboard is a digital magazine-like application that combines all of your Facebook, Twitter, website news, articles, photos and more into one live feed for simple (and gorgeous) browsing from one dedicated place. It used to be an iPad exclusive up until the other day when Flipboard launched a version for the iPhone too and we thought we’d take it for a spin and do a little impromptu review of it.

Once the app launched yesterday things went seriously wrong and Flipboard’s servers were overwhelmed by the incredible demand. Today Flipboard updated the app and things started working again. We’ve prepared screen shots for you guys and also a video demo of Flipboard for iPhone, join us after the break for the full scoop. Read more »

My Xbox LIVE for iOS and Xbox Companion for Windows Phone give you new ways to interact with your Xbox 360

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Microsoft began rolling out the latest dashboard update for Xbox 360 consoles everywhere yesterday, bringing a new look and a number of new features to the platform.

the logos on their respective compatible devices

As well as the metro-style UI, Kinect support for controlling the dash and voice search powered by Bing, the update coincides with simultaneous launches of companion apps for both iOS and Windows Phone. Read more »

Google Goggles 1.7 makes your visual search easier with continuous mode, text recognition and clever suggestions

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You remember Google Goggles, right? The application for Android which allows you to point your smartphone’s camera at a work of art, a landscape, product and whatever else you like and do a Google search. Heck, you can even solve Sudoku with that thing.

Today Google Goggles hit version 1.7 and got some handy new features, which should make visual search even better. Read more »

Updated Facebook app for Android finally goes live, brings redesigned UI and faster performance

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The highly anticipated update to the Android version of the Facebook app has finally hit the Android Market. With this new update, Facebook has introduced a new UI that should make your life a lot easier.

For starters there is now a bar at the top with that, just like the Facebook website, which gives you quick access to your friends requests, messages and notifications. You even get real time push notifications now. Another new feature is a left-hand menu that slides in from the side to give you quick access to your favorites, lists and the search bar. Read more »

Google+ app for Android gets updated, brings new icon, search and +1 for photos and comments

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Hot on the heels of the update for the iOS version, Google has now upgraded the Android version of the Google+ app. Among the most noticeable changes is a new red icon, which is now the same as the favicon for the Google+ website.

Other changes include the ability to search within the app, +1 photos and comments, upload high resolution photos, ability to see whether other Google+ users are online and whether they are typing in Messenger, Read more »