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Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million monthly active users

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This year Facebook split off the chat functionality from its main app into a separate Messenger app, which pretty soon became a mandatory download for those who use Facebook for chatting. Despite the bombardment of 1-star reviews from unhappy users, the Messenger app reached 500 million downloads in late August.

Now, the social network has announced that the app gets 500 million users each month. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 830 is surely one of the season’s highlights with flagship specs on affordable price, as Microsoft likes to advertise it. And this isn’t such an understatement – you get a 5″ IPS screen with ClearBlack tech and 294ppi, a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and a 10MP camera with ZEISS optics and OIS.

We must not forget the highly valued features such as integrated wireless charging support, LTE connectivity, thin yet durable profile, plus the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 OS with Lumia Denim goodies. Read more »

Instagram adds caption edition, improved discovery options

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Instagram has released an update for its iOS and Android apps that adds two new features. The first is the ability to edit captions, which was sorely missed before.

Previously, if you made some typo in your caption or wanted to change it, the only way was to delete it and then add it again as a comment, which only worked if someone else hadn’t commented yet on your photo. Or, just reupload the photo altogether. Now an option appears in the menu below the image that will let you edit the caption of your photo whenever you want. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock in the United States

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Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock at the Google Play store in the United States The wearable device is listed as ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

The $249.99 Sony SmartWatch 3 first appeared in the Play store in the middle of last month. Read more »

With its latest Galaxy Note 4 ads, Samsung wants to make you laugh

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Samsung isn’t going to stop pushing out ads for the Galaxy Note 4 anytime soon. With its gigantic marketing budget, that’s pretty much a given. So today the Korean company has outed a couple more creations that focus on specific features of its latest phablet.

Unlike some of its commercials from the past, these two rely heavily on humor to get the point across. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model A+ is the smallest yet, cheap too

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The latest Raspberry Pi mini computer has landed and it has the smallest footprint in the family. Compared to the Model A, the A+ is 21mm shorter (65mm vs 86mm).

Achieving the smaller size is due to the removal of an Ethernet port and the move from an SD card to a microSD one that now fits with a push-in and is ejectable compared to the friction fit of the SD of old. Read more »

Microsoft turns Nokia Conversations to Lumia Conversations

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Microsoft’s quest to rebrand anything Nokia continues and the latest one to change its name is the company’s Conversations blog. From now on, it’s called Lumia Conversations and lives on in Microsoft’s domain.

In addition to a slight redesign, the website will continue to serve a purpose on letting users know of the latest events, livestreams, product details and photos. Read more »

Civilization Revolution 2 hits Android for $14.99

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Sid Meyer’s Civilization Revoluion 2 is finally available for Android following several months of iOS exclusivity.

Civilization Revolution 2 is a turn-based multiplayer game in which you build an empire in an effort to beat your enemies by advancing in both technology and society. Read more »

Promised major Xbox One firmware update rolling out now

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The first major Xbox One firmware update is now available to all One consoles worldwide and it brings lots of new features and services. The highlights of the new software version includes desktop wallpaper, Twitter integration and What’s On TV suggestions.

If you own an Xbox One you will surely appreciate the richer customization options – you can now use any picture to replace the boring black background. The bio and location fields in your profile are back as well. Read more »

Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool now available on OS X

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The Pangu dev team has now released their iOS 8 jailbreaking magic for OS X.

The Pangu jailbreak tool has been the go-to iOS jailbreak tool for quite some time now. Its latest version has has been released a few days ago, allowing you to jailbreak any device running iOS8 or iOS8.1. This includes the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unfortunately, it has only been available for Windows computers so far. Today, this has changed. Read more »

‘The Sailor’s Dream’ for iOS game review

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The Sailor’s Dream is the latest game from Simogo, the developer who made highly rated titles such as Year Walk and DEVICE 6.

The Sailor’s Dream is in typical Simogo style of interactive story telling. The game is already receiving rave reviews from people so let’s see how it is. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the company’s best effort in the smartphone segment, but in the face of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, it faces a competition like never before. Apple’s first entry into the phablet realm carries the unique touch of its creators and is ready to show how iOS does on a properly large screen.

We already gave you our take on how the two fare against each other but now it’s time to hear your thoughts about it. Read more »

HERE Maps for Android gets Lollipop support via an update

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The HERE Maps beta for Android, which launched a couple of weeks ago has just received its first update. The new release brings support for the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, while also coming with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

The update ensures that the downloaded voice files are kept safe and sound. The fix means that you will have to redownload any non-English voices but they won’t accidentally disappear anymore if you’re using a ‘cache cleaner’ app on your smartphone. Read more »

Weekly poll results – Motorola Nexus 6 gets some fan love

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Last week, we asked you to share your two cents on the Motorola Nexus 6 and vote in our poll if the phone is hot or not. The results are in, and quite clearly, the Nexus 6 is a favorite of yours.

However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine, as you’ve expressed your concerns on why the phone isn’t as desirable as most claim out it to be. Moreover, the Verizon-bound Motorola DROID Turbo also launched, and its smaller 5.2″ display is much more desirable for most of you than the larger 6″ screen of the Nexus 6. Read more »

New bug fixing update for OnePlus One starts rolling out

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Cyanogen is outing a new software update for the OnePlus One. The rollout of build 44S of CyanogenMod 11S for the phone is starting today. As usual in these cases, however, it might be a few days before it reaches all devices out there.

The new version is all about fixing bugs, big and small, some nasty and some less so. Unlike the previous over-the-air release, this one doesn’t come with any new features. Read more »