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International Samsung Galaxy S4 gets CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500) international version – has received an early nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.1.

The version in question is based on pure Android 4.2 but the ROM, being a nightly, will likely have lots of bugs and may not be suitable for a daily driver. Read more »

CyanogenMod passes 5 million installs, Samsung Galaxy lineup uses it the most

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CyanogenMod’s official statistics page shows that the custom ROM platform has surpassed the 5 million installs mark.

The official installs amount to around 1,884,851 with almost twice as much for unnofficial (read nightly) installs at 3,196,212 million. Read more »

Flipboard for iOS updated to v2.02, check out your friends’ magazines

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A new update to popular news-consuming application Flipboard brings about a handful of new features. Magazine curators can now make fuller standalone profiles and readers can easily find what magazines their friends have created thanks to the new Friends category in the Content Guide. But that’s not all.

Flipboard opened the magazine curation feature to iOS users some 2 months ago with v2.0 of their app, but Android users only got it last week. Read more »

HTC HD2 hacked to run on Firefox OS

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HTC HD2 has been one of the most developer friendly devices for a long time now. The smartphone was launched with Windows Mobile on board and later, the device was hacked to run everything from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, through Ubuntu to Windows RT.

Now, the developers have ported the recently launched Firefox OS to run on HTC HD2. Unfortunately, the ported OS has a few issues with SIM not being detected, low volume, camera and mass storage for now. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 officially coming to HTC One

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Good news, HTC One users – the official CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean based) will soon become available on your smartphones.

The CyanogenMod 10.1 will support the GSM version of the metallic beauty along with the Sprint variant of the device. The ROMs are still in the alpha stage and the Nightly builds will be ready for download very soon. Read more »

Flipboard updates Android app, adds custom magazine feature

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Flipboard recently updated their iOS app when the service reached 50 million users. That updated introduced the custom magazine feature, which let you create magazines out of content you find within the app.

Flipboard has now updated their Android app, which finally joins in all the custom magazine creation action. It works the same as it does on iOS; you create a custom magazine with a name of your choice and then when you see an article on Flipboard that you’d want to add to it, you tap on the + button. You can then share these magazines with your friends and also subscribe to those created by others. Read more »

Samsung’s SideSync melds a Windows computer and an Android phone into one

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You have to hand it to Samsung – it really, really cares about features. The Samsung Galaxy S4 for one is the most feature-rich phone ever and Samsung just keeps coming up with new features. SideSync allows a computer and a smartphone to work as one.

When you hookup a Galaxy phone to a computer running SideSync, files on the phone will be backed up and then the magic starts to happen. Read more »

Microsoft enables full-res photo and video backups to SkyDrive in all markets

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Microsoft has commenced a global rollout of full resolution video and photo uploads to its SkyDrive cloud storage service.

This feature was until now available only in some areas, with Microsoft stressing that the global rollout took so long due to the large bandwidth requirements. Read more »

Google allows iOS developers to use Chrome instead of Safari to open links from their apps

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After the launch of Google Now for iOS (check out our full review), Google’s charge on Apple’s mobile platform continues with the little, but important piece of code that allows developers to open links from their apps in Chrome instead of Safari.

The new feature is dubbed iOS links and iOS developers can utilize it to open links in Chrome; something that Google has been doing with its YouTube, Maps and Gmail apps for quite a while now. Read more »

Windows Phone YouTube app gets a major update, no longer just a link to the mobile site

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If you happened to install the YouTube ‘app’ on your Windows Phone device, you’d have been disappointed to learn that it was nothing more than a link to the mobile version of YouTube and not an actual app, such as the one you’d find on Android or iOS.

Microsoft has now updated the app and now it behaves the way it’s supposed to. First of all the app has been redesigned and now sports a completely redesigned UI. You can now access your videos, playlists and subscriptions from within the app and also pin them to the Start screen as a Live Tile. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly available for Samsung Galaxy S4 for T-Mobile

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Lead CyanogenMod developer and creator Steve Kondik has made an important announcement that will make Galaxy S4 owners leap with joy. The custom ROM project is currently available in an experimental, nightly build for the T-Mobile version of the Samsung flagship smartphone.

Kondik also unveiled that CM10.1 is coming for the international GT-i9500 model in the near future. Its development has been postponed for a little while since the team doesn’t have an actual unit to fiddle with. Read more »

Barnes & Noble adds Google Play Store support to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+

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Barnes & Noble have announced that they will be adding support for the Google Play Store on their NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Android tablets. So far these devices have been restricted to downloading content only from Barnes & Noble’s content store but are now open to the entire Google catalog as well.

Along with the 700,000 apps and games, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ users will also be able to access music, movies, books and magazines from the Play Store. Other than that, Barnes & Noble is also adding the Google Chrome browser and Google services such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Google Search. Read more »

Instagram 3.5 update brings photo tagging, minor UI changes

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Instagram has released v3.5 of their mobile app for iOS and Android and along with that introduced a new feature to the service. Now, you will be able to tag your friends in your photos and see all the pictures you have been tagged in in your profile.

To tag someone in a photo, click on the ‘Add People’ option after you take a photo. You will them be asked to tap anywhere on the photo you want to tag someone and then type their profile name. You then select the ID and the photo gets tagged. You can not just tag new photos but also existing ones by clicking on the options key in the bottom right of each photo. Read more »

Apple to offer $10,000 App Store Gift Card to 50 billionth app downloader

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The enormously successful App Store is about to cross another milestone – 50 billion downloads. As usual, Apple will be celebrating the event by giving back to those who made it possible, that is, the users.

To the person who will be downloading the 50 billionth app, Apple is offering $10,000 App Store Gift Card. But that’s not all. This time, the next 50 app downloaders will also be getting something, which in this case is a $500 App Store Gift Card. Read more »

CyanogenMod 10.1 on its way to the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile only for now)

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Steve Kondik, creator and leading developer at the most popular custom ROM project – CyanogenMod – went on Facebook with a very important screenshot. It shows a Samsung Galaxy S4 model SGH-M919 (for T-Mobile) sporting CM 10.1.

The Galaxy S4 in question is the one yielding the Snapdragon 600 chipset and despite being an exclusive (and early) port it could mean all Snapdragon-equipped S4s will eventually get the CyanogenMod treatment. Read more »