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Google search results become mobile-friendly

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Google rolled out an update to its search engine, which boosts the ranking of mobile-friendly pages. The update affects search rankings only on mobile devices in all languages.

Mobile searchers will now find it easier to find high-quality pages that don’t require tapping or zooming. Read more »

Android 5.1.1 changelog arrives in Google AOSP

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A changelog for Android 5.1.1 made an appearance in the Android Open Source Project. Google is yet to release to release the aforementioned Lollipop build.

Sporting the build number LMY47V, Android 5.1.1 will bring a number or under-the-hood improvements to the platform. Read more »

Voice calls now available in WhatsApp for iPhone

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The Android version of WhatsApp finally let everyone use the voice call feature at the end of March, and now the same can be said for the app’s iOS iteration.

The latest version of WhatsApp for iPhone, 2.12.1, has just gone live in the iTunes App Store. Once you install it (or update to it), you’ll get the ability to call your WhatsApp contacts. However, the functionality may not be immediately available for you, even if you do use this iteration of the app. Read more »

Video shows Office universal apps working on the next build of Windows 10 for phones

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Like we told you a few days ago, Office universal apps are headed to the Windows 10 for phones preview before the end of April. It looks like they will land as part of a new preview release that’s due to be out soon for members of the Windows Insider program. The new build has the number 12544, and it’s been given a short video preview somewhere in China.

Unfortunately if you don’t speak Chinese you won’t understand the audio, but the video is still very useful because it shows us the upcoming Office universal apps on a working smartphone. Read more »

Samsung SSDs led the market last year, doubled Intel SSD sales

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Samsung’s semiconductor business is having a ball – first there’s talk of Qualcomm switching to Samsung foundries, now the SSD division has something to brag about. Last year Samsung SSDs had double the market share of arch rival Intel.

The info comes from market research firm IHS. Read more »

PlayStation 4 getting 2.51 firmware update

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Sony has started rolling out the new PlayStation 4 firmware 2.51 version for the game console. The firmware rollout is gradual so it might take a while to show up on your console.

The new firmware 2.51 mostly tweaks the system software to improve stability and performance while using select features as well as applications. However, the change log doesn’t specify the features and applications that benefit the most from the patch. Read more »

Microsoft’s first flagship store outside of North America to launch in Oz

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Microsoft has announced that it will launch a retail store in Australia, making it the first country outside of North America to have a flagship Microsoft store. The store will open in Sydney, and will be located in Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall, which is just a few hundred meters from Apple’s flagship outlet.

“This will be much more than a store. It will embody the world class innovation that you have come to expect from Microsoft and be a space where consumers can visit and learn how to make the most of their technology,” said Microsoft Australia’s managing director Pip Marlow. Read more »

Flurry of Mad Max game screenshots and artwork released

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Avalanche Studios, the developers of Just Cause 2, announced the post-apocalyptic adventure game Mad Max game back in mid-2013. While the game development is the usual ‘work-in-progress’ mode, Avalanche has unleashed some gorgeous screenshots and artwork of the upcoming title.

Mad Max is going to be one heck of an open-world adventure for it features the heavily modded iconic 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan and 50 other vehicles that one can drive. Of course, the game will let you mod the vehicles in-game by upgrading it from ground up to adding weaponry. Read more »

How Apple Watch measures your heart rate

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Apple Watch is the smartwatch millions are waiting for to arrive. Packing several amazing features, Heart Rate monitor is one of the many health-centric options integrated in the Apple wearable.

Many smartwatches, smart bands and smartphones integrate heart rate monitor feature to gauge the heart rate but there is no accurate way so far. Apple Watch attempts to get a near accurate estimate of the heart rate. A freshly published Apple Watch support page shares details on how the Watch measures heart rate. Read more »

ASUS elaborates on the ZenFone 2 in a ten minute video

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ASUS recently announced the new ZenFone 2, the company’s newest flagship with all the bells and whistles, most notably the dual-channel 4GB RAM, the first on any phone.

The company has now released a ten minute long video, detailing all the notable features of the phone. It’s a bit indulgent, but if you have time on your hands and are really interested to know more about the phone, catch the video after the break. Read more »

Android Wear 5.1 update to also include pop-up notifications and adjustable font sizes

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Google announced an update to Android Wear, that brings with it many new features, such as a new launcher for apps, always on apps, wrist gestures, and ability to draw emoji, but there are a couple of other features that Google missed out on.

In its blog post for SmartWatch 3, Sony mentioned couple of other features that will be available with the upcoming update. One of them is popup notifications, which means you will get notified even when you are in some other app on your watch. The other is adjustable font sizes. If you ever had a problem reading the fonts on your watch, this should hopefully fix that. Read more »

You can now receive Direct Messages from anyone on Twitter, even if you don’t follow them

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Twitter has made changes to its direct message (DM) feature, allowing you to receive private messages from other users, even if you don’t follow them. The feature is available in the form of a new setting, which is turned off by default.

“Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first,” the microblogging company said in a blog post. “With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.” Read more »

Google to end support for YouTube on older Apple TV and iOS devices

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Google has announced that YouTube apps running on select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier will no longer be supported after this month. These devices include Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs, Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs, older iOS devices, and devices running older versions of Google TV.

“As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older,” the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post. The upgrade also affects the 2nd gen Apple TV. Read more »

Looking to buy Galaxy S6 accessories? There’s now an official app for that

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If you are looking to buy accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, here is some good news: the company has released an app, dubbed Galaxy S6 Accessories, that lets you browse as well as purchase official accessories for the devices.

Items that are currently listed include cases, battery packs, wireless chargers, audio products. as well as several other accessories which have been developed in collaboration with various brands. The app can be downloaded from the Galaxy Apps Store. Read more »

Another Samsung Galaxy S6 promo showcases its battery charging prowess

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Samsung continued its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge marketing blitz with another promo video. The latest clip showcases the various options for charging the battery of the two flagship devices.

A tad longer than one minute, Samsung’s video highlights the fast and wireless charging capability of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Read more »