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WhatsApp and Snapchat have eclipsed Facebook in number of photos shared

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Venture capital firm KPCB published a report on Internet trends and one of the slides stands out – each day over 1.8 billion photos were uploaded and shared using social networking and messaging apps. WhatsApp and Snapchat are the titans of the field.

Facebook has a significant share too but its growth seems slow compared to the apps. Of course, WhatsApp is now Facebook territory, so it’s not too bad for Zuckerberg and co. Read more »

Here goes Lenovo’s promo video for the VIBE Z2 Pro

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Lenovo has just announced the premium-built VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone and right away we get the promo video on YouTube.

In it we see the device’s key selling points – Android 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo’s VIBE UI 2.0, a precision-crafted unibody made out of brushed metal and just 7.7mm thick and the 16 MP snapper. Read more »

WhatsApp on your wrist? Why not?

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You can already have an encyclopedia on your wrist, so why not a messaging service?

That’s at least the thinking behind the makers of WhatsApp, who have released their app for Android Wear. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 now out, adds support for Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8)

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The latest version of CyanogenMod is now available to download and enjoy. CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 is still based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, it comes with a bunch of fixes here and there, but also adds support for three new devices.

These are the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet, as well as the HTC One (M8). Read more »

Android usage surpass iOS for the first time ever

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It’s been a long time coming, but the latest usage statistics from Net Applications show that iOS has fallen behind Android in terms of total active usage.

While Android has long since surpassed Apple’s offering in terms of market share, this is the first time that Google’s mobile OS is also being used more than iOS. Read more »

Attopedia puts Wikipedia on your Android Wear smartwatch

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If the recently gone native Wikipedia mobile app seems to much of a hassle for you, meet Attopedia – the first Android Wear app to put Wikipedia on a smartwatch.

The app is free and features an interesting UI paradigm in line with Android Wear’s gesture based control. Once you’ve selected an article, swiping up or down selects an article section, while a left or right swipe explores the content of the section. Read more »

Windows Phone to bring pattern unlock to Live Lock

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Windows Phone’s evolution has taken yet another step forward, albeit not through official means as developer Fela Ameghino has incorporated pattern unlock into the Live Lock Screen introduced with Windows Phone 8.1.

The feature, still in beta, brings WP one step closer to matching its Android counterpart. Video after the break. Read more »

Ask Ooloo is an app that gets real people to be your personal assistant

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Ok Google, Siri, Cortana; these personal assistants have been helping us with our search queries, appointment scheduling, and navigation needs on a daily basis. But what if we wanted our smartphone’s personal assistants to be a little more personal?

Enter Ask Ooloo, a mobile assistant application that gets your questions answered by an actual person. Read more »

Flappy Birds ‘Family’ flying to Fire TV

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The Flappy Bird story is one that still leaves lots of mobile users scratching their heads: the insanely popular game was quickly removed from mobile App stores due to the developer’s personal issues.

If you didn’t get a chance to download the game before it was taken offline then have no fear, because you’ll be able to play a new version of the title on Amazon’s Fire TV. Read more »

Google Now Launcher is available to download by all Jelly Bean 4.1+ devices

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Google has launched its Now Launcher for all devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. This makes it easier for anyone to get access to Google Now with just a swipe on the homescreen.

Google’s homescreen replacement features all the basics you’d need: you can add or remove widgets and app shortcuts, change wallpapers and reorder homescreen panes. Read more »

Flying Delta? You can now stream movies on your flight courtesy of the airline

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Long flights, delays on tarmacs, and travelling-by-air in general is a huge pain; keeping yourself occupied while your strapped in your seat is a tedious affair and having to load your devices with music and movies is SO 2009.

Well Delta has released Delta Studio, which is the airline’s attempt at providing more in-flight entertainment for its passengers. Read more »

BBM for Windows Phone beta version now available

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Are you a Windows Phone user who’s been jealous of all the BBM love iPhone and Android and owners have been receiving lately?

Well you’re in luck as the Canadian tech manufacturer has just released the BBM beta for Windows Phone. Read more »

Wikipedia is now available on iOS as a native app

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Wikipedia is now available as a full-blown app on the Apple App Store, following its release on the Google Play Store more than a month ago.

Previously, Wikipedia relied on wrapping its mobile website in an app format, but now the largest online encyclopedia is available for the two most popular mobile operating systems as a native application. Read more »

Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 getting Android KitKat update

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If for some reason you went with the Verizon version of the LG G Pad 8.3 instead of the Google Play edition, you will be glad to know that the device is now getting the KitKat update.

The G Pad gets the usual set of improvements that come with the KitKat update, both under the hood and in terms of UI. It also gets the useful Knock Code feature found on LG’s newer smartphones (and something you won’t find on the GPe). Read more »

Bolt, new instant messaging app from Instagram, now available in select countries

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We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.

Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »