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iTunes Extras coming to iOS 8 in the fall

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Have you been enjoying iTunes Extras on your Mac? For a while now, the feature has been an exclusively desktop affair.

Well now, Apple has made the content available on Apple TV, and plans to bring it to iOS 8 in the fall. Read more »

Google rolls out updates to Maps, Play Games, Gmail, and more

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Following its announcement regarding the new Play Services 5.0 API update last week, Google is now delivering the goods with a plethora of updates to its services and applications.

Not only is the new Google Play Games 2.0 with level-up notifications and quest support being pushed out to users, but new updates to Gmail and Google Maps integrate Google Drive support and let you measure between map locations. Read more »

Samsung Apps is now called Galaxy Apps

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Samsung had earlier announced that it was going to rename its app store as Galaxy Apps and the company has now implemented the change..

The latest update to the app delivers the new branding to the company’s very own app store. Apart from the new description, the Galaxy Apps get a new interface, which more streamlined, cleaner, faster and more responsive. Read more »

Adidas Fit Smart is not meant to be a FuelBand competitor

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When Adidas announced that it would be making it’s own fitness tracking wearable, everyone assumed that it would be a device that would rival Nike’s FuelBand.

However, Adidas Director of Product Creation, Simon Drabble says that the Fit Smart is more for training and fitness, and is not a lifestyle tracker, as the FuelBand is. Read more »

Windows Phone’s Cortana gives Argentina the edge over The Netherlands

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Microsoft’s spanking new voice assistant that premiered on Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, predicts that Argentina has the edge over The Netherlands in today’s World Cup semi-final clash at Sao Paulo’s Arena Corinthians stadium.

If you ask Cortana on your phone which team will win in the match Cortana will do some clever behind the scenes match to tell you the most probable outcome. And for the upcoming Argentina – The Netherlands clash it thinks it’s a close call but still favoring the Argentinian side. Read more »

See app notifications while looking at your wrist with Hicon

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Hate when your phone vibrates, and then you fetch it out of your pocket, only to see that someone liked a comment on a Facebook image that you gave a thumbs up to?

Well Hicon is a funky wearable that looks to remedy that problem. Read more »

Lyft coming to Brooklyn and Queens

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So you live in New York, but you, of course, keep it real and reside in either Brooklyn and Queens. There’s a downside to not being a Manhattan-ite, however. Even though you’re saving a ton of money on rent, your public transportation options are pretty limited.

Well it looks like you’ll have more choices soon, as Lyft will be launching in the New York City area, but exclusively in Brooklyn and Queens. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now out, brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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CyanogenMod 11 M8 is now available for download on selected devices. For the first time, the Sony Xperia Z2 (sirius), Xiaomi Mi2 (aries), Oppo Find 7a/s (find7) and OnePlus One (bacon) are graced by the popular third-party ROM.

One of the most major pieces of news regarding the update is that it’s based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In addition to its enhancements to the core of the OS, it brings a ‘Heads Up’ notification mode (accessible through Settings > Notifications). Read more »

BBM arrives on Windows Phone, sort of

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BlackBerry has released their BBM application for the Windows Phone platform. After being exclusive to the BlackBerry OS since its inception, the app was released on iOS and Android last year but it took its usual time to arrive later on Windows Phone.

But even though the app is on Windows Phone now, you may not be able to download it. BlackBerry, in its infinite wisdom, as decided to keep it a private beta for now, so you will need an invite to be able to use the app on your Windows Phone device. Read more »

Skype 5.2 for iPhone once again lets you send and receive voice messages

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A new update to the Skype app for iPhone has been released today, and it brings back a feature that’s been missing for about a month.

Ever since the grand Skype 5.0 redesign debuted on the iPhone in June, support for voice messaging has been missing. Not anymore, though, since Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings that back. Read more »

South Korea’s FTC forces Apple and Google to allow refunds for paid apps

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South Korean’s Fair Trade Commission has ordered Apple and Google to establish proper and user-friendly refund policies for the AppStore and the Play Store. This decision will probably impact many other regions as well.

The only way to get your money back from an AppStore purchase was through contacting Apple directly and opening a case. Google on the other hand allows you a full refund for an app within 15 minutes of purchase, but after that contacting Google through the proper channels is the only way. Read more »

iOS 7.1.2 has a bug in Calendar that shows wrong holidays in some regions

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The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes with a pretty odd bug. It turns out that for some regions, the Calendar app shows the wrong holidays.

What actually happens is that the holidays from other regions are shown instead of the ones adequate for what your location is set to. Read more »

Android L is coming to OnePlus One via CM

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OnePlus One will be updated with a CyanogenMod ROM based on Android L. This will happen in three months after Google launches the final Android L build in the Fall.

OnePlus One has it tough lately with its shipments being delayed yet again. Fortunately ours OnePlus One is already in our office and we are working hard to bring you an in-depth review. Read more »

Facebook Messenger gets iPad support

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Facebook has been pushing hard to become a top player in the messaging game. The company has recently purchased WhatsApp, took a page out of Snapchat’s book with Slingshot, and made its messenger available for Windows Phone.

Facebook has taken another step towards improving its messaging experience by making Facebook Messenger a universal application for iOS; meaning that it will function on both the iPad and iPhone similarly. Read more »

PayPal app for Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches finally out now

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After quite a long waiting period, the official PayPal app for Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear 2 smartwatches is now up for grabs.

The app was first discussed back in February at MWC, so it’s definitely been a long time coming. Read more »