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Google keyboard for Android gets a new color scheme

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Google has updated the keyboard application for its mobile operating system in an attempt to match the industry’s latest trends.

Google’s Android keyboard, which makes text input very easy with its gesture typing, now has an advanced option to switch the keyboard color scheme. 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 »

Google+ for Android updated with search enhancements

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Google+ for Android has been updated and the new version of the social networking app comes with a host of new features along with search and notification enhancements.

The version 4.2.4 now allows you to search across more stuff from a single box, which means that you can now explore posts, people, photos, communities and everything else that’s on Google+. Read more »

Sony releases Android 4.4.1 KitKat AOSP source for Xperia L

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Sony maintains AOSP releases – that’s clean, unmodified Android – for a number of its devices. The latest addition is the Xperia L, a mid-range phone, which is getting Android 4.4.1 KitKat.

Interestingly, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which recently gained a spot among the Google Play Edition devices, is not included yet. Read more »

Vivo releases an augmented reality invite for Xplay 3S unveiling

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Vivo’s initial invitation for the upcoming Xplay 3S was pretty standard – a tagline, time, and date. The new one is decidedly cooler – it’s a card with a built-in NFC chip that triggers an augmented reality presentation.

You’ll need to download the dedicated app but it’s worth it – an impressive presentation for an impressive device. Read more »

Twitter for Mac refreshed with a new design

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Twitter has updated its Mac application to v3.0. The latest version of the popular social networking client now comes with a refreshed design, which changes the overall look and feel of the app.

Twitter for Mac 3.0 also comes with visual and engaging timelines. You can now preview the photos in the front and center and you are just a click away from seeing the details of the image. Read more »

PebbleOS V1.14 goes official with new Do Not Disturb feature

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Pebble has officially announced the latest version of its PebbleOS. The newest firmware has version 1.14 and comes with a couple of cool new features, improvements and fixes to enhance the overall performance.

One of the major tweaks with the new OS is the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature, which blocks all the incoming notifications for a set period of time. Read more »

SwiftKey beta adds emoji support and number row

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SwiftKey has released a new beta version of its popular keyboard that adds support for the much requested emoji feature. Previously, the emoji keyboard was only available on Nexus devices running 4.1 and above, even though emoji was available system-wide on other devices as well. A lack of keyboard meant you could only view them and not enter them, which thankfully SwiftKey fixes.

Now you can just press and hold the new line key and access the emoji keyboard. The emoji will appear black and while on devices running 4.1-4.3 and color on 4.4 devices. SwiftKey also recognizes key words, such as “sleepy”, “pizza”, “broken”, “cheers” and “kiss” and presents the appropriate emoji as a suggestion. 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 »

Instagram Direct allows you to share your photos and videos with friends

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Instagram announced today a new feature called Direct, which enables you to share your videos and photos to a select friends or a group of friends.

The new feature was announced at a special Instagram event by the company’s CEO Kevin Systrom. He also shared that Instagram now boasts 150 million users, raising from 80 million in the beginning of the year. Read more »

Samsung merges Wireless and Digital Imaging divisions in pursuit of better cameraphones

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Samsung has merged the two divisions responsible for mobile devices and cameras into one, in the hopes of producing better camera imaging tech in its smartphones and tablets.

The Korean tech giant hopes that the greater synergy between the two teams will result in even higher quality mobile camera experiences. Read more »

Indian court allows Nokia to transfer its Chennai plant to Microsoft

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Nokia’s plant in India that is located in the city of Chennai was under a dispute with tax authorities in the sub-continent. As a result, the asset, which was one of the biggest Nokia manufacturing plants was sized by the local government. The seizure could prove problematic as some speculated it might prevent the Microsoft acquisition of the Nokia mobile division.

The potential obstacle is now gone, however, as Nokia has won its appeal to lift the seizure of the plant, which allows the company to transfer the unit to Microsoft as a part of its deal. Read more »

Nokia releases beta Motion Tracking App for Lumia 1520

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When Nokia announced they were selecting Windows Phone as their mobile operating system of choice, the Finns made it clear that they would create applications that made their handsets stand out. Nokia continues to deliver on that promise with the announcement of their Motion Monitor App for the Lumia 1520.

What’s interesting about the app is that there is no need to manually launch it: Motion Monitor simply runs in the background, tracking your steps and movement. Since it is integrated into the 1520, live tile support is included, so you can see your physical activity results in real time right on your homescreen. The app also offers more detailed reports, which you can then break down in a variety of ways. Read more »

Google delivers Android Device Manager app

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You have probably heard of Google’s service dubbed Android Device Manager, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android device from the web and lock/erase it remotely should it get stolen. Initially the service was only accessible from the web interface, but now Google has officially launched an Android app that lets you use one of your droids to look up another.

Android Device Manager app allows you to locate your lost devices from another Android powered smartphone or tablet and helps you keep your personal data secured. Read more »

Android 4.3 leaks for Sony Xperia Z and ZL

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The latest Android Jelly Bean build has surfaced for the former Sony flagship, Xperia Z, and its softshell variant, the Xperia ZL.

The 4.3 build has recently leaked through xda-developers as a version which was destined for commercial outlets and members of the press. Read more »