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Cortana beats Siri in new Microsoft ad

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Microsoft has a new ad out and it pits Windows Phone 8.1′s virtual assistant Cortana against Apple’s own Siri in a fight to prove which is the best.

The assistants battle on the grounds of a Lumia 635 and iPhone 5s. Microsoft naturally picks its strong suits asking Cortana for things it knows it can do like set up a reminder for the next time a contact calls. Read more »

Search for jobs, Tinder style

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Tinder’s swipe-happy layout is so addictive, that other app developers are taking notice.

Weave is one such app, that helps you not find dates, but potential workplace connections. Read more »

Use your Android device as a controller for PC games

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Hate gaming on your PC with a mouse and keyboard set up, but don’t want to spend money for additional controllers?

Well, if you have an Android phone, you can now use your phone or tablet as a gamepad for your PC games. Read more »

Call people in Hangouts through Google Voice

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Google’s Voice service now supports calling people with Hangouts, and you won’t even need a Google+ account to do so.

The feature also works even if you are using Hangouts outside of gmail. Read more »

New Firefox Beta for Android lets you add services to its home screen

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Chrome for Android got a new beta version yesterday, and now it’s the turn of one of its biggest competitors – Firefox. The guys at Mozilla released a new Firefox Beta in the Play Store, and it comes with a new feature that lets you further customize the content you see in the browser’s home screen.

Now you can add Web content from many sources such as websites, feeds, and services, and each of those will get its very own panel in the start screen of Firefox for Android. Read more »

Google Play Store now features an offline games section

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So you’re caught in the subway with no cell phone service and want to stay occupied. You fire up a game on your smartphone and get ready to enjoy some time-killing action, but you just find out that the app you downloaded earlier from the Play Store only works when you’re connected to the internet.

Well Google has decided to help you avert this crisis by creating a special section dedicated to offline games. Read more »

Instagram readying Snapchat competitor in the form of ‘Bolt’

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Snapchat’s incredible popularity has its competitors scrambling to come up with an equivalent service to engage the masses. Despite several attempts, no one has really managed to match Snapchat’s success.

After failing to acquire Snapchat, Facebook came up with the godawful Slingshot app, which I’m sure even Facebook employees aren’t using at this point, leave alone the average users. But Facebook has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Instagram, and so now they are using Instagram’s popularity to take on Snapchat. Read more »

Turn your face into an emoticon

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Do you love taking selfies and posting them online, but wish there was a way for your face to be seen more often and by more people?

Well with the new mobile app Imoji, you’ll be able to barrage anyone you text with mini-emoticons of your face. Read more »

Chrome Beta for Android gets Material Design, auto sign-in on Google websites

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Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to version 37 today, and with it come the first hints of Material Design. This new design philosophy was announced last month during Google I/O, and it will be the basis for the Android L release that’s coming this fall.

And now it’s made its way to Chrome, which follows in the footsteps of the Play Store app. The browser sports a more modern look, though it’s not 100% Material just yet. Still, it’s a start, and Google will obviously keep adding more of that Material Design sauce to Chrome up to Android L’s public debut later this year. Read more »

Explore Nearby becomes official for Google Maps on Android and iOS

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A few days ago some people spotted a new feature in Google Maps for Android – Explore Nearby. And now the search giant has made it official, though it also works on iOS.

Explore Nearby lets you discover stuff that’s close to you with the tap of one button (which is located in the bottom right corner of the map). Read more »

The OneNote team made a parody ad celebrating Surface 3 integration

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Microsoft’s OneNote team has made its own ad, spoofing LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It and transforming it into Click it an I Note it.

The video is not professionally made but it’s still fun to watch and does a good job of getting the attention the OneNote app wants. Underneath it all, the ad celebrates the fact that OneNote now has integration with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »

OnePlus One receives an official stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM

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The OnePlus One is getting a tasty treat today, as the company launches an Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock ROM as an alternative to the phone’s custom CyanogenMod 11S ROM.

Thanks to the new piece of software, OnePlus One owners can have a 100% vanilla Android feel on their phones, that’s officially developed by OnePlus. Read more »

Foursquare gets re-branded; wants to go against Yelp

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If you’re a foodie or just someone who has difficulty on deciding where to eat, then you’ve probably heard of Yelp.

You’ve probably heard of Foursquare as well, the restaurant application that was primarily used for checking into places to let your friends know where you’ve eaten. However, Foursquare wants to change that. Read more »

Facebook to monetize its Messenger app, but how?

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If you have Facebook installed on your phone, then you’ve been harassed, at least once, to install the Facebook messenger application.

After you’ve caved in and gotten used to the intrusive chat heads feature, prepare for Facebook’s eventual monetizing of its popular app. Read more »

Amazon Prime Music’s track library gets beefier

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If you are an Amazon Prime member, you might’ve been let down by the announcement of Amazon Prime music as it’s track list was a bit lackluster.

Well the online retailing giant is backing its mobile music streaming service heartily by adding a whole new slew of tracks to its library. Read more »