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Google expands Play Movies to 21 new countries, Play Books to 11

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Google has announced yet another expansion of its Play services – Play Movies comes to 21 new countries, while Play Books adds 11 new ones. This brings the total for Movies to 90 countries and for Books to 57.

Google Play Movies had a smaller expansion earlier this year and even launched on iOS. Read more »

Google’s Introduction to Android Wear video hypes everyone up ahead of I/O 2014

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Google has launched an Introduction to Android Wear video, further hyping everyone a week before Google I/O 2014 kicks off. The video shows the Android Wear look and feel and goes on to shed some light on the developer side of things.

In the video, Google Developers evangelist Timothy Jordan also talks about the problem with most smartwatch user interfaces. According to Google, the UI of Android Wear is better, as it is centered around context and this helps users have all relevant information at a glance. Read more »

Apple’s iWatch to get certified by the FDA as a medical device

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Apple’s iWatch has apparently been finalized, in terms of design, specs, and features. The reason why it isn’t actually being manufactured yet has nothing to do with the Cupertino company not being satisfied with its new product, and everything to do with the iWatch requiring certification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This is necessary because Apple wants to position the iWatch as a medical device, the latest rumors on the matter say. And if that’s the case, then the FDA’s approval is needed before it goes on sale. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 goes up for pre-order, US units start shipping on June 30

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The latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular Surface tablet has gone up for preorder on Microsoft’s online store, and is set to hit brick-and-mortar Microsoft and BestBuy retailers in the US in limited quantities.

The Intel Core i5 128GB/256GB models will ship by June 30 in the US, while the Core i3 base model with 64GB of internal storage, as well as the high-end Core i7 models with 256GB/512GB memory will start shipping on August 1. Read more »

Z Launcher: an Android launcher developed by Nokia

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Before Nokia announced that its future smartphones would be powered by the Windows Phone OS, there was a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Finnish manufacturer would make the move over to Android.

Nokia has technically, released an Android handset with the Nokia X, but it is hardly a flagship phone. A portion of the Nokia team that did not transfer to Microsoft as part of the deal has decided to work in the Android sphere after all, by creating the Z Launcher. Read more »

Apple Maps City Tours provide guided Flyover videos, hidden inside iOS 8 betas

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Hidden neatly inside the iOS 8 betas is a feature that got mentioned only very briefly during Apple’s announcement of its newest mobile OS – City Tours.

This is basically like a guided-camera version of the Flyover view that made its debut in iOS 6 alongside the new Apple Maps. Read more »

ART will replace Dalvik in the next version of Android

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The Android Runtime (ART) which Google introduced for testing purposes with its release of KitKat last year has now fully replaced the Dalvik virtual machine in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code.

This means you should expect the next version of Android (which could get official as soon as next week) to come with ART and only ART – Dalvik is essentially dead from this point on. Read more »

Stock Android Email app goes to the Play Store

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The stock Email app that has been part of Android for a long time is now available to download in the Play Store. The app is also updated with a few new visual additions that reflect the latest look and feel of Google’s apps.

As part of the changelog, the Email client now sports increased security for Gmail accounts as well as easier account setup flow (not that it was difficult to start with). Read more »

Motorola is letting you choose one winner for Moto 360 watch face contest

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Motorola was accepting submissions for watch faces for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch. After going through 1300 submissions, the company has whittled down to just 10 and is now letting the people choose the one they would want to see on the Moto 360.

The top 10 watch faces have significantly different designs, with some being overly simplistic and others cramming quite a lot of information on the screen at once. I personally didn’t find any one design particularly great (which makes me wonder about the other 1290 that were discarded) but there are a few that do look quite decent while conveying the necessary information. Read more »

Watch the full Amazon Fire Phone unveiling here

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After years of preparation, after many a tablet and various service unveiling, Amazon finally unveiled its first hand at a phone – the Fire Phone. The event took place in home-town Seattle and the venue was made a stage for innovation and differentiation.

Amazon’s event yesterday wasn’t available for watching live but it’s up online now. And if you’re just getting up and having your first coffee of the day, you can watch Jeff Bezos show off the Fire Phone after the break. Read more »

Waze Navigation App gets an update

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Waze, the social navigation application that is famous for letting you alert other drivers about speed traps and traffic jams, has gotten an update.

The app now lets you send automated text messages and find other Waze users more easily. Read more »

Adobe announces Ink & Slide and Photoshop Mix for iPad

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It looks like Apple’s mobile devices are getting a lot of love from Adobe today. In addition to announcing Lightroom Mobile for the iPhone, Adobe has also made Ink & Slide and Photoshop Mix for the iPad.

Ink & Slide are a pair of image editing accessories that’ll give you a whole new way to use Photoshop on your iPad. Photoshop Mix is a photo gallery app that comes with a few neat features. Read more »

Adobe Lightroom Mobile makes its way to the iPhone

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Adobe’s releases are no stranger to the iPad; Lightroom Mobile was released for Apple’s tablet in April and it looks like the software manufacturer has released Lightroom for the iPhone as well.

You’ll be able to sync between the three devices seamlessly, with the desktop and iPad and iPhone versions of the software all syncing up nicely with each other on Adobe’s creative cloud. Read more »

OnePlus One gets torn down by iFixit

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The much talked-about OnePlus One smartphone was given the iFixit treatment. The folks from the popular repair manual website disassembled a top of the line 64GB version of the CyanogenMod device.

As usual, the iFixit teardown gives us a close look at the OnePlus One’s internals. Read more »

You can now post animated GIFs on Twitter

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Twitter annoucned that its users can now share and view animated GIFs. The social networking giant delivered the word from its official support account.

The new functionality works on desktop devices, as well as iOS and Android. Read more »