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Google Maps for Android updated, improves battery usage in Latitude and brings bug fixes

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The guys at Google who are working on the Android version of Maps seem to be determined to bring down battery usage. They put out an update in early January that improved consumption in Latitude and now (about a month later) they’re back with a brand new update to do just that again.

It’s a pretty minor update, but we like Google’s battery-conscious approach. Read more »

Adobe Flash player for Android updated, bug fixes and more

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Adobe added Flash support for Ice Cream Sandwich a while ago but an update by the company has popped up on Android Market, claiming added compatibility with new Android 4 supported devices.

Aside from the added ICS support, Adobe claims to have added performance improvements, bug fixes and a fixed security flaw that could’ve posed a threat to your phone’s security. Read more »

Apple cuts its iAd pricing – again

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Apple is adjusting the prices it’s charging advertisers to use its ad program, iAd. This is the third such price cut since the program’s inception in 2010.

The new minimum price for an ad campaign on iOS is now $100,000, down from $500,000. That is a significant reduction from its debut price of a cool $1 million. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy W gets to taste some CM9-based Android ICS love

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Samsung may still be mum on the Galaxy W for the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update, but the dev community is already making progress on it. We just got a video of CM9-based Android ICS running on the mid-range droid and the future looks brighter for its owners.

The ROM is still in the very early stages of its development and we don’t even know if all of the hardware is operational. The public beta is said to be on its way, so we’ll find out soon enough. Read more »

Google updates Google+ app for iOS, adds Instant Upload and What’s Hot stream

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The Google+ app for iOS has always been (understandably) behind the curve compared to its Android counterpart, with some of the features appearing a bit later. The latest feature to trickle down from the Android app is Instant Upload.

As some of you may know, Instant Upload uploads the pictures you take with the camera on your phone and uploads it to a private folder in your Google+ account. It’s actually a neat way to back up your images on an Android phone but with Photo Stream in iCloud, iOS users might not be in any real need of this feature. Read more »

Quadrant benchmark updated, now properly tests multi-core phones

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Quadrant is a highly popular benchmarking tool that tests CPU, I/O and 3D graphics capabilities on your Android device.

The new version features much-needed support for multi-core processors, as well as full Android Ice Cream Sandwich support. Read more »

Gameloft reduces most Android games to $0.99 for Valentine’s day

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Gameloft has launched a new promo for its games on Android to celebrate Valentine’s day. Most of the titles from the popular game publisher will be reduced to $0.99 today, which is an incredibly tempting price, considering their quality.

All you need to do to take advantage of the promotion is just visit the Android Market and start downloading. You can find the full list of discounted games over here. Read more »

Scalado Remove app lets you clear your photos of unwanted objects

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You know the nasty feeling when you capture a great photo on your phone, only to realize that someone walked right in the middle of it and ruined it? Everyone hates that, but if the newly Scalado Remove app works as it promises this will become a thing of the past.

Scalado Remove lets you capture photos and then clear any moving objects from them with a simple tap. Read more »

We chat with Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan about the latest additions to Minecraft: Pocket Edition

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The Xperia PLAY enjoyed exclusivity with a number of titles, most notably including the likes of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the mobile iteration of hit indy title Minecraft, made by Swedish game developers Mojang.

Survival Mode in the latest iteration of Minecraft: PE

Daniel ‘Kappische’ Kaplan, Mojang’s business developer and game designer for both Minecraft on Xbox360 and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, took some time to talk to us about the latest additions to the Minecraft: PE experience. Read more »

Viber surpasses 50 million users

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Viber, the free application that allows you to make voice calls and send text messages to other users free of charge via 3G or Wi-Fi, has hit the 50 million user milestone.

Viber users put out some 150 million calls and almost a billion text messages per month, giving other competing services like Skype and Vonage a run for their money. Read more »

Nokia Public Transport drops its beta moniker, wants to show you the way on your Belle device

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First introduced as a beta several months ago, Nokia Public Transport has made its way into a commercial release. As its name suggests, the Nokia Belle app is ready to help you navigate your way around the transportation systems of about 80 cities and urban areas.

The application lets you search for any address in the supported locations. Read more »

Sony looking into porting Vita OS to smartphones and tablets, smartphones apps to Vita platform

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If you thought the OS on the PlayStation Vita would be limited to that device, think again. It seems Sony is looking into porting the Vita OS onto smartphones and tablets. This OS has apparently been designed by Sony to be expandable and can be used for powering smartphones and tablets. They may not be in a hurry to port it over on to other platforms right now but it is certainly something they could do down the line.

Another thing of note is that Sony is also going to port smartphone apps over to the PSVita. Read more »

Instagram update brings new photo-enhancing effect, new filter and updated UI

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The highly popular Instagram app was recently updated and brought a handful of new features and changes. First of all is the new Lux effect, which brings out more detail in your images. It works a bit similar to the HDR function built-into the iPhone’s camera and brings out the details in the dark as well as light areas of the picture. This effect can then also be accompanied by a filter.

Other changes include the addition of a new filter called ‘Sierra’ and a redesigned interface that uses an updated header and menu buttons for a simpler and more refined look. Instagram has also added tappable notifications, where tapping on a notification will take you to the relevant image, comment or profile page in the app. Read more »

Speaktoit Assistant launches on iOS to challenge Siri

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The Speaktoit Assistant is an app that started off on Android and has now crossed over into iOS, bringing Siri-like functionality to iPhone owners outside of the 4S.

Speaktoit can do practically everything Siri does – it can call your contacts, send messages, search for places – even outside of the US and more. Read more »

Microsoft showcases upcoming Office 15 for Windows 8 on ARM

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While demonstrating Windows on ARM (WOA), Microsoft also showcased the next version of its office suite, Office 15. This new version of Office will be fully compatible with WOA and come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

As you can see from the video below, Office 15 has a new flattened look, which is tune with the look of Windows 8. Office 15 will run in desktop mode on Windows 8, which is why the UI resembles apps like the new Explorer instead of the Metro apps. Read more »