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Apple and Google rejecting apps cashing in on the Flappy Bird name

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So Flappy Bird turned out to be a major success, more than even the developer had imagined, causing him to eventually take the game down. Naturally, then, everyone and their dog since then has tried to cash in on the aerodynamically challenged bird’s fame with several ‘Flappy’ games now on both the App Store and the Play Store.

It seems, after quite some time, both Apple and Google have noticed this trend and are now clamping down on developers who are submitting apps with ‘Flappy’ in the name. Several developers have reported recently that their apps were rejected simply for ‘attempting to leverage a popular app’. Read more »

Google buys sonic-based password company SlickLogin

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Google acquired today Israeli startup company SlickLogin. Five months ago, the company made its debut on the internet password security scene offering an interesting alternative – sound-based passwords.

The announcement of the acquisition sits on the company’s homepage, where the small team says that now they’ll be making the Internet safer for everyone. Presumably, Google has decided to replace its 2-step verification with a better authentication method. Read more »

Rakuten acquires Viber for $900 million

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Calcalist was wrong, half wrong anyway – it turns out instant messaging and VoIP app Viber really was in acquisition talks, but not for the suspected $300-400 million. Instead, the deal is worth the whopping $900 million.

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten will acquire Viber to compete with the highly successful Line app, which had 300 million users last year and is targeting 500 million this year. Read more »

BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android brings a host of new features

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BlackBerry announced that a major update is coming to BBM for iOS and Android. Version 2.0 of the popular adds a host of new features to the popular messenger, headed by voice calling.

Voice calling works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connection and allows a user to call his/her BBM contacts anywhere in the world. The feature is available free of charge. Read more »

‘Universal Store’ for Windows and Windows Phone leaked

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We reported recently on the Universal Store that will allow users to download the same applications for their Windows desktop and Windows Phone handsets.

Well Twitter user, @AngelWZR has a leak that all but confirms Microsoft’s plan to implement their “Universal Applications.” Read more »

Google Play Music 5.4 update brings offline radio and much more

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Google will soon start rolling out v5.4 of the Google Play Music app for Android and it brings with it several useful changes. One of them is the addition of offline radio feature that lets you cache radio stations within the app for offline playback. Just choose the ‘Keep on device’ option for a station to save it on to your device.

The Play Music app will also let you manage all your associated devices. The online service has a limit of 10 devices and to add more you need to deauthorize old ones, which previously had to be done through the web interface but can now be done from within the app itself. Read more »

Samsung outs KitKat source code for Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablets.

If you have a thing for developing kernels and ROMs for huge powerful slates, then the source links below have the codes for you to play with. Read more »

Sony D6503 Sirius KitKat lockscreen UI leaks

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Yesterday, we saw some screenshots from the upcoming Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ smartphone, said to unveil at the MWC 2014. The screenshots showed us the camera interface with the option to record videos in 4K and 1080p60 and stills in 20 and 15 megapixel.

Today, we have the screenshots of the lockscreen interface on the D6503. The lockscreen has been redesigned in KitKat to display the album art fullscreen but Sony is sticking to its own interface design, showing the album art in a tiny square next to the playback controls. One new addition is the progress bar to skip through the track and the addition of camera button at the bottom. Read more »

Google toying with cards-style YouTube Mobile browser UI

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If there’s one thing that persisted from Palm’s Web OS, it’s the “cards” feature that was so highly touted, and praised, from the now dead operating system.

It seems like Google is testing a cards-centric approach to their mobile YouTube web application. Big G is also playing with the idea of adding in a slide-out side drawer. Read more »

Now anyone can use Droid Zap

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Well anyone with an Android phone, that is. Motorola’s Droid Zap application used to be a Moto phone exclusive.

The problem was that it greatly restricted the number of users who could zap photos to anyone in a 1,000 foot radius. But not anymore. Read more »

New Google Play Newsstand widget gets “mini card” view

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Are you more of a headline kind of person, and don’t have the time to read entire news stories? Then Google Play Newsstand’s latest update should be right up your alley.

It features a “mini card” view that could save you lots of time while scrolling through your selected news. Read more »

Flappy Bird to fly away

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Love Flappy Bird? Well we’ve got some sad news: turns out the game’s developer, Dong Nguyen, is taking the popular new title down.

He tweeted the information, which indicates that the game will be pulled offline tomorrow. Read more »

Google Search for Android updated with a bunch of new features

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Google is rolling out an update to its Search app for Android bringing a bunch of cool new features and improvements.

One of the major novelties that come with the update is the ability of Google Now to let you know when you should leave for work, airport, events and dinner in order for you to get there on time. Read more »

Qualcomm launches Glance beta, an app that replaces your lock screen

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Qualcomm has released a new application named Snapdragon Glance, which is essentially an intelligent lock screen app that lets you to access a wide range of information very quickly.

Currently in Beta stage, Snapdragon Glance will allow you to view all the important notifications, see when your next appointment is, and check the weather forecast. You can also launch applications and contact people from your smartphone’s lock screen. Read more »

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 adds 8 new characters

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Love Angry Birds Star Wars? Well you’ll be happy to hear that Rovio has added 8 new characters to their latest iteration of the popular bird-flinging franchise.

The new guests come part of the Carbonite pack. Read more »