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Which virtual personal assistant is best for you? Siri vs. S Voice vs. Speaktoit Assistant

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Traditionally, personal assistants are for the wealthy with their lack of time for trivial chores. But with the introduction of Siri on the iPhone 4S everyone could suddenly have a personal butler to boss around. Shortly afterwards, a plethora of Android variations followed, giving users choice as wide as the Moon.

The latest one of the bunch is called S Voice. It is a love child of Samsung’s hate towards Apple and desire to pack as many features as possible in the Galaxy S III. It’s only logical then to see which one will serve you best – Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s S Voice or the third-party Speaktoit Assistant for Android. Read more »

Flipboard for Android gets an update

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Last week a member at xda-developers managed to extract the Flipboard app on the Galaxy S III and made it available for everyone else to download.

It’s obvious that by now the people at Flipboard must be aware of this but instead of trying to somehow restrict the functionality of the app to prevent people from using it on phones other than the Galaxy S III, they have pushed an update for it. Read more »

Google+ app for iOS gets updated, looks better than the Android version

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The iOS version of Google+ has always trailed behind Android and for obvious reasons. Android belongs to Google so naturally they would want to take better care of their users. But with the latest update to the iOS app, the tables have turned.

Google has taken what was a mundane looking app to something that looks absolutely stunning on the iPhone. Your stream has been completely revamped and instead of a simple looking list of posts you now see the posts listed with big image thumbnails. Read more »

Angry Birds celebrates over 1 billion downloads, teases a new game

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This latest piece of Angry Birds news shouldn’t surprise no one – the game celebrates today its 1 billionth cumulative download.

Rovio has even prepared a short video to express its gratitude to fans for the support its given for the franchise. Read more »

Instagram for Android gets tilt-shift effect

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Instagram released an Android version of their app last month, but it has always trailed behind the iOS version. Initially, it didn’t even work on most phones and even if it did, it lacked some features found on the iOS version.

The app has been constantly updated ever since it was released and with the latest update it comes closest to matching its iOS counterpart. After updating to the latest version, you will see that the tilt-shift effect has finally been added to the app, notified by the drop icon in the top bar. Read more »

Viber Beta is now available for BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7

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Viber has finally made its way to the BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 platforms, albeit in a beta form.

For now, BlackBerry and WP7 users will be able to only send text messages, share photos and their locations with anyone of their friends rocking Viber. Read more »

RIM internal documents leak – show more of BlackBerry 10′s OS

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CrackBerry got hold of some RIM internal documents, which give us a better idea of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. There’s a new motion-based lockscreen, video editor and shots of the screen-sharing in action.

The new OS looks and operates very much like the Swipe UI found on the MeeGo-running Nokia N9. Read more »

Rovio posts strong 2011 financial results, reportedly getting ready for IPO

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Rovio, a mobile gaming company famous for its Angry Birds franchise, published its financial results for the year 2011 and the numbers are quite interesting. Rovio reports 648 million downloads and 200 million active monthly users.

Keep in mind that we’re talking 2011 here, so that’s just the original Angry Birds, Seasons and Rio. The latest franchise, Angry Birds Space, only launched recently though it quickly became a hit as well. Read more »

HTC releases the One X source code

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HTC just made the One X source code available to anyone who’s interested in it. The code should help developers to create custom ROMs, without having to rewrite all those drivers.

Unfortunately the released One X source does not include the AT&T’s version, which is based on a different chipset and requires different code to operate. We are not sure if that will be made at a later stage of if it will remain private forever due to some other “restrictions”. Read more »

Facebook for Android updated, the two extra icons removed

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The previous update (1.9.0) to the Facebook app for Android brought two extra icons to your app drawer – Camera and Messenger apps.

Most users weren’t particularly happy with that though and it appears that Facebook listened as today we get a new release, which removes those icons. The functionality should still be available right from your homescreen, though, via widgets . Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 2 10.1 source codes released

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With all the Galaxy S III hullabaloo, it’s hard to catch up on other Samsung news, such as the fact that the company released the source codes for its latest slates – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

While the source codes are of little use to most of you, they should help custom ROM developers, enabling them to optimize their builds. Read more »

Opera Mini browser lands on Bada

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Opera Mini is among the more popular browsers out there for mobile phones and it’s now become available on yet another platform. The free web browser alternative has now hit the official Bada app repository – Samsung Apps.

It’s supposed to be compatible will all Bada devices, running version 2.0 or later of the OS. Read more »

HTC EVO 3D official ICS ROM leaks, you can try it right now

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A while ago HTC announced the EVO 3D was going to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Taiwanese company is yet to provide the details on when exactly the the update will come.

The date might be close though, as an official EVO 3D ICS ROM just leaked. If you have the CDMA version of the device and you are feeling adventurous, you can go ahead and install it right now. Read more »

Apple gives credit where it’s due – acknowledges Open Street Maps in iPhoto

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Back when Apple released its iPhoto app with the arrival of the new iPad some people noted that the company was using map data that doesn’t look Googlish in origin.

Some digging in the matter revealed that Apple (who back then claimed they were using Gmaps) is using Open Street Maps with a custom overlay on top. Now we see an acknowledgement to OSM in the latest iPhoto version. Read more »

Galaxy Tab 10.1 to come bundled with the upcoming Kia K9

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If you preorder the upcoming Kia K9 in Korea, crosstown manufacturer Samsung will throw in a tablet for free.

And not just any Galaxy Tab 10.1, but one that integrates into the car as well, doubling as a SatNav unit and an entertainment center. Read more »