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Opera Max beta for Android pre-registration opens in Europe

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After opening up a beta for its Max data-saving app at the end of last year for US Android users, Opera is now broadening the reach of the app with a pre-registration for its upcoming beta for users in Western Europe as well.

You’ll need to download the app from the Google Play Store and then the app will queue you for the beta. Keep in mind that the beta will be given out on a first-come first-served basis so you better hurry. Read more »

OneDrive is now live, Android’s app gets automatic upload

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Just as planned, Microsoft has just launched the new OneDrive service – the renamed and updated SkyDrive. In case you need a refresh, Microsoft was forced to rename its cloud storage service after a trademark infringement. Now, the rebranded cloud storage service OneDrive got an updated version of its Android app

OneDrive is available to anyone – either existing or new user and the updated Android app brings brand new subscription services. 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 »

Mega for iOS gains PhotoSync

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Kim Dotcom’s cloud storage service Mega is slowly but surely shaping up as a viable alternative to the popular services like SkyDrive and Dropbox. The Mega iOS app just gained a new feature dubbed PhotoSync – an option for automatic photo backup similar to that of Google+ and Dropbox.

The feature allows you to choose whether to upload the photos in the background when your location changes – seemingly useful if you travel a lot. And to ensure it doesn’t mess up your phone bill, you can choose whether or not your iDevice should upload over cellular data. Read more »

Evernote beta for Android gains handwriting support

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The Evernote’s beta app for Android has gained handwriting support and now lets you scribble down notes or just doodle around, saving everything as is – not transforming your handwriting into neat text like on the Galaxy Note 3 for example.

The update will take its time getting to the official Android app but for now you can test the beta through the Google+ group. Read more »

Microsoft is in trouble for the new OneDrive name

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Microsoft seems to have really bad luck with its SkyDrive cloud service. First a UK court ruled out Microsoft is infringing British Sky Broadcasting Group trademark last summer and Microsoft has agreed to change the name.

Just two days ago Microsoft announced the new name of the service – SkyDrive was re-branded to OneDrive. And as of today Microsoft is in trouble once again for the same reason. Read more »

Google’s Street View car goes around the Top Gear track

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Google and BBC have teamed up for a little reasonably-priced car challenge at Top Gear’s track – the Dunsfold Aerodrome. The project involved the most popular tame racing driver, the Stig, and the Street View Opel (that’s Continental Europe for Vauxhall) Astra.

Aside from the standard Street View walkthrough of the famous track there’s also a video of the Street View car and a rampant Mercedes SLS AMG driven by the Stig going alongside it. Read more »

iOS leader in mobile ad consumption, despite Android’s market lead

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The latest State of Mobile Advertising coming from browser-maker Opera shows that while Android leads iOS in terms of browsing on smartphones 36% to 29% and when factoring in tablets, where Apple’s iPad is dominant the numbers are 38% for Android and 43% for Apple. Android is bringing in 32% of Opera revenues, while iOS churns in a massive 56%.

The numbers show that mobile ads are much more valuable on iOS devices. The numbers come from Opera’s Mediaworks, which serves over 60 billion monthly page impressions to some 425 million users. Read more »

Skype brings HD video calling on iPhone 5s, forgets non-A7 devices

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Skype for iOS has received an update which mainly benefits Apple’s A7-capable devices. The iPhone 5s, iPad’s Air and iPad mini 2 will get two-way HD video calls, receiving messages while Skype is minimized while other iOS devices will also get faster syncing across all devices.

It’s a big step as the iPhone currently relied heavily on Apple’s FaceTime service, which is limited to the unimpressive HVGA (480px by 360px) resolution. Read more »

Spotify removes time restrictions on free accounts

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Spotify has removed the time limit restrictions on its free accounts. Before, those who were using the free account were relegated to a few hours a month after the initial six-month trial period expired. Now, you can continue listening to your favorite music on Spotify as long as you want and on any of the platforms the service is available on.

This move comes shortly after Beats announced its plans to launch a music service in the US later this month. Beats, however, does not have a free subscription model like Spotify and outside the initial trial period is a paid service. The free subscription on Spotify does come with ads, as usual, so hopefully you’re fine with that. Read more »

Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for iOS

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Official Google Play Movies & TV app is now available for Apple iOS devices. The application is available as a free download in the App Store.

Google Play Movies & TV for iOS allows users to watch media purchased or rented from Google Play store on their iOS device. Read more »

Box app for iOS gets a major redesign, comes with 50GB of free storage

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The iOS app of the popular cloud storage service Box got treated to a full redesign. Completely re-written, version 3.0.0 of the app now comes with 50GB of free lifetime storage to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days.

Available for iPhone and iPad, the latest release of Box for iOS now features a flat look in line with the user interface Appleā€™s mobile OS. Read more »

Beats Music streaming service launches on January 21

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Beats Electronics is launching its new Beats Music service in the US. The service will be available starting January 21 and will be available in single and family plans, the latter being exclusive to AT&T.

One of the highlights of the Beats Music service is the curated content tailored for your needs. The service uses algorithm and curation from its staff to suggest music to you based on what you like and listen to. Read more »

Kickstarter saw 3 million pledging users from all continents in 2013

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2013 was a good year for Kickstarter and that means it was good for thousands of entrepreneurs and people with good ideas needing financing.

To run the numbers, throughout 2013 Kickstarter gathered $480 million in pledges from 3 million users translating into almost 19 thousand successful projects. Read more »

Spotify for iOS updated, brings free music streaming service

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Spotify had announced a free music streaming service to all its Android users, which allowed them to access millions of songs without having to pay anything. Now, as promised, Spotify is offering free music to all its iOS consumers as well.

You can now enjoy your favorite artists or playlists on all your iDevices without having to purchase the premium subscription as long as you are happy with shuffle mode. Read more »