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Google Maps Navigation reaches 25 new countries

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Google has expanded the reach of Maps Navigation to 25 new countries across Africa, Europe, Central America and Asia.

Google Maps Navigation, which is still carrying the beta tag, is now available in 99 countries. The coverage in newly added countries is said to include all the major roads covered with turn-by-turn navigation. Read more »

Pantry, Amazon’s online grocery business to debut in 2014

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Not content with having flying droids deliver your packages, Amazon has another service that will seemingly inch them closer to world domination: Pantry.

Think of Pantry as an online Costco. Amazon plans to carry about 2,000 of the most commonly purchased groceries and offer them online, at warehouse store discounted prices. Also, like Costco, there is a yearly fee: Amazon Prime. However, if you’re a regular shopper on Amazon, then you probably have a Prime account anyway. Read more »

Gmail will soon show images in the emails by default

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s update to the Android version, Google announced that it will soon automatically display Gmail images in the body of the emails by default. The feature will be available on the web version of the email client, as well as its iOS and Android counterparts.

The new Gmail functionality is possible thanks to an improvement in the way Google handles images. Read more »

Spotify announces free music streaming for iOS and Android

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Spotify has just announced that you can now access millions of songs across your smartphones and tablets for free.

Spotify allows you to shuffle play on your smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, you can now listen to your favorite music, or to your favorite artist without having to pay anything. Read more »

You can now upload eBooks to Play Books from your smartphone

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In its latest update to Play Books, Google added some enhancements to speed and smoothness but by far the most important gain is the option to upload from your Android device.

Now instead of using the Play website to add books to your account you can do it straight from your smartphone. Play Books supports ePub and PDF files and you can upload to Google Play books from any Android file manager. Read more »

Pandora for iOS update brings alarm clock functionality to the app

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Pandora for iOS got treated to an update which brought alarm clock functionality. The new feature complements the previously added sleep timer function of the popular music streaming app.

The Pandora for iOS alarm clock feature allows users to wake up to the tune of their favorite music station. Read more »

Google Play Music All Access now available in Germany

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Google’s on-demand music streaming service that was introduced at this year’s Google I/O event, is now available in Germany.

With Google Play Play Music All Access, you can stream millions of songs on any device and you can also store up to 20,000 songs for free. Read more »

Google and Facebook are leaders in the US smartphone usage game

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Yesterday we brought you comScore’s breakdown of the smartphone OS distribution in the US and today we’re bringing you the mobile app and mobile browsing usage.

According to the firm’s research users in the US are mostly accessing on Google and Facebook through their smartphones. Google takes the top spot with a huge 88.0%, while Facebook is close in second with 84.4%. Read more »

Beats Music streaming service now live, lets you to claim a name

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“Beats Music is real. We’re in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music…” What those words by Ian Rogers, chief executive, mean is that Beats Music is coming to the US (for starters, we hope) in January next year to drop a music-streaming service to the masses.

A product of Beats Electronics (by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine), Beats Music now allows you to claim your name so that when the service becomes a reality your desired username will be there and waiting for activation. Read more »

Google Calendar gets cozy with Maps, new features too

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Google has updated its Calendar service with a couple of new features that can really help you get more organized. First off Google Maps lends a helping hand and you will now receive auto-complete location results when filling the location of events.

Once the event has been created the users you’ve invited will have a click on the map option, which will show them exactly where the event will be held instead of wondering where to go. Read more »

Game of Thrones and other HBO shows hit Google Play Store in the UK

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Google in association with HBO has brought a couple of popular TV shows to the Play Store. The new deal has allowed the search engine giant to include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls and Veep on the Google Play service for the first time.

The Play Store will also stream a couple of older shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos and Band of Brothers in the coming week. Read more »

Amazon Prime Air will some day deliver your packages through unmanned drones

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Amazon has just announced its awesomely futuristic plans of delivering packages using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. Called Amazon Prime Air, the goal of this delivery method is to ensure the product reaches the customer in under 30 minutes.

The system is designed to deliver small packages, typically those under five pounds, which tend to form over 86 percent of the orders at Amazon. Each of these will be put inside a container and then strapped to a drone, which will fly over and deliver it to your doorstep. Read more »

New Google Chrome extension brings hands-free voice search to your browser

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Google has released a new extension for Chrome that will allow you to do searches within the browser using just your voice. Although voice search option has been available in Chrome for a while now, it required manually clicking on a button to activate it.

Now, using this extension, you can just say “Ok, Google” and the browser will automatically go into voice search mode, after which you can speak the rest of your query. This feature works as long as you are on the Google homepage or on a new Tab page. Read more »

Instagram allegedly working on adding messaging feature

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Instagram is allegedly working on adding a couple of new features to its application and one of the major tweaks in the pipeline is to add a messaging option to the popular platform.

According to the report, the photo, video sharing service will have a one-on-one and group messaging feature. Read more »

SkyDrive for iOS gets a massive update with automatic photo upload

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The SkyDrive app for iOS has just gotten better. The latest 4.0 version brings automatic camera upload, better Office for Mobile integration and brand new iOS 7-themed looks.

The automatic photo upload works both over Wi-Fi and 3G and you can restrict it to work only via Wi-Fi networks if you don’t have unlimited data on your plan. Read more »