Silent Ads Are Slowing Your Smartphone and Stealing Data Allowance

Ever wondered why your battery is going down faster or your data allowance is just evaporating, though you’re not really using your smartphone that much? The answer is ads… and a lot of them. You may not see them on-screen, but research company Forensiq has said that they are there and found over 5,000 such apps available on iOS and Android.

Forensiq tells that an estimated 20 ads per minute are delivered, summing up to 700 ads per hour. That’s quite a lot, even though they are not displayed on your screen. This may not seem that bad, but take note that the ads need internet connection to work. So when you are not home and have no Wi-Fi available, your data plan is just wasted on ads you don’t want and can’t stop.

The research company notes that a single app may be able to download 2GB of data per day. In addition to data allowance loss, poor battery life will be a side effect of the apps that keep downloading and shuffling these ads. So you not only lose a lot of your monthly data allowance, but you can also find yourself with a dead phone when you need it.

A full report has been made on this issue, but it does not mention any specific apps in question. However, Google Play recently suspended three apps that had the above mentioned behaviour, namely Waxing Eyebrows, Celebrity Baby and Vampire Doctor. The latter are not available on iOS, though other similar apps are present on Apple’s store too. You may think that Apple is more strict when it comes to their store, but truth be told, silent ad-serving is not on the company’s priority list when it comes to choosing what goes on the AppStore and what doesn’t.

While you don’t really have a way of detecting these apps, you can start to take notice of how much data your phone uses daily and how much battery individual apps use. I know the Google Store has some pretty neat apps for that, but even so, the native built-in features in the latest iOS and Android operating systems should be enough to give you an idea if you have silent ad-serving apps installed.

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Uber Wants to Put You in the Driver Seat with Its New Game

Have you ever wondered how to increase your sales and promote your service? Uber might have the right answer to it and yes, it is a game! The popular transport company now has a driving game called UberDrive available on the Apple AppStore that puts you in the driver’s seat of their cabs.

Uber wants to promote its service and get its clients more engaged with the company’s driver-partners that ever before. The UberDrive title lets you experience their daily life as one of their independent cab drivers in a fun and rewarding way.

According to Uber’s Newsroom article, players need to help riders reach their destination as quickly and safely as possible. However, the game is not designed as monotonous as it sounds.

Players will be able to earn achievements and unlock parts of the city as the progress through the game. Score points will also unlock various cars and new areas, while activities such as identifying landmarks and tapping on intersection points will increase your score.

In addition to the above, Uber added some educational elements such as fun facts about landmarks and a trivia mode where riders can quiz players to get destination points on the map.

Uber has launched the UberDrive worldwide with only San Francisco as a playable map. However, Uber stated that San Fancisco is the “initial” map, indicating that more areas are likely to come in the future. For now, users can download the game from here.

Amazon Appstore Celebrates 4th Birthday With £85 Worth of Free Apps

 

To celebrate its fourth Birthday, the Amazon Appstore is offering £85-worth ($105) of paid Android apps for free, until the end of today (19th March). Though the Amazon Appstore regularly gives apps away for free, a new one every day, this special event sees 34 apps being given away, including Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and World of Goo.

The full list of free games is:

  1. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
  2. Cut the Rope
  3. SUPER WHY!
  4. World of Goo
  5. Alphabet Aquarium Vol 1: Animated Puzzle Games with Letters and Animals
  6. Kingdom Rush Origins
  7. Ruzzle
  8. The Hidden World
  9. Atomus HD
  10. Unpossible
  11. Elements of Photography Pro
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon
  13. EasyTether
  14. Servers Ultimate Pro
  15. SimplePlanes
  16. Repix – Full Version
  17. Monkey Preschool Explorers
  18. Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
  19. Bank Escape Pro
  20. Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
  21. Business Calendar
  22. NeoCal Advanced Calculator
  23. Amelia and Terror of the Night – Story Book for Kids
  24. Chimpact 2 Family Tree
  25. Adventure Beyond Time
  26. Reading Trainer
  27. HanDBase Database Manager
  28. G-Stomper Studio
  29. OpenDocument Reader
  30. Pumped BMX 2
  31. FolderSync
  32. Slingshot Racing
  33. Cross DJ Pro
  34. Deep Under the Sky

The offer expires on Sunday (though it seems Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 may only be available today), so be quick. UK users can find the offers here, while US users should visit here. Alternatively, open the Amazon Appstore Android app, then click on ‘Promotions’.

Source: NDTV Gadgets

£100 Worth of Andoid Apps Available Free on Amazon

Amazon is having a massive Android app sale, making a bundle of 37 apps worth over £100 available for free. The apps are available in any market that has access to the Amazon Appstore.

The full list of apps is as follows:

  • 80 Days
  • Back to Bed
  • Bag It!
  • Battery HD Pro
  • Buy Me a Pie! Grocery List
  • Caveman Feast Recipes
  • Cut the Rope: Experiments
  • Delicious – Emily’s True Love
  • DoggCatcher Podcast
  • Doodle Jump
  • Food Subsitutes
  • Glow Hockey 2 Pro
  • Guitar Pro
  • Hidden Object
  • Listure
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
  • MeteoEarth
  • Monsters Ate My Condo
  • mSecure
  • OfficeSuite Professional 8
  • Pocket Yoga
  • Relax Melodies Premium Ambiance Meditation
  • Runtastic Pro
  • Scientific Financial Calculator
  • Shazam Encore
  • Simple Camera
  • Ski Safari: Adventure
  • Sleep as Android
  • Smart RAM Booster
  • SmoothSync Cloud Calendar
  • Sorcery! 2
  • Speed Reading
  • Stellarium Mobile Sky
  • Sworkit Pro
  • Travel Interpreter
  • Trivia Crack
  • Tunable

The sale lasts until 14th February. It can be found here for UK users. US users should follow this link.

Source: BGR

Flappy Birds is Back! … But Only on Amazon’s Appstore for Android

Flappy Birds’ creator has promised to bring the popular ‘tappy’ mobile game back a few months ago, along with an additional feature. He said that the new version will have a multiplayer option, which would double the fun since it involves competing with your friends.

The time is come and Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Birds, has released the new version through his .Gear studio on Amazon’s Appstore for Android. There is no confirmation up until now of it being available for either Apple’s AppStore or Google’s Play Store just yet. The game is said to be compatible with Amazon’s Fire TV platform as well and includes new obstacles such as ghosts.

“Flappy Birds now are on Amazon Fire TV with incredible new features: Person vs Person mode, more obstacles, more fun and still very hard,” the game’s description reads. “Enjoy playing the game at home (not breaking your TV) with your family and friends.”

The Flappy Birds Family title is said to have support for the Amazon’s Fire TV remote and its dedicated video game controller, prompting players to “push” a button instead of the previous “tap” the screen. Nguyen is said to have pulled the original Flappy Birds off the AppStore and Google Play Store back in February due to its addictive nature, even though it was earning the developer “tens of thousands of dollars” daily through advertising.

It happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem,” Nguyen said. “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn’t sleep,” he added.

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GBA4iOS Deemed As The Best Game Boy Advanced Emulator for Apple’s Smartphones

It’s hard to find an original Game Boy nowadays or even buy games for it from a handful of 3DS eShops that still survived up until today. Game Boy fans have to resort to emulators in order to play their favourite old titles.

Smartphones appear to have become the best emulation alternatives in order to get that Super Mario Land game loaded and play it on-the-go due to the low hardware requirements needed to actually simulate the Game Boy and the game itself.

Up until now, Android users were able to emulate these games on their mobile devices. The Play Store has a variety of emulators, granting its customers a large list of applications to choose from. However, Apple has not been too kind when it comes to emulators, having them restricted from its AppStore.

Up until now, two Game Boy iOS emulators by the name of gpSPhone and GBA.emu were available and limited only to jailbroken devices, having them as the only options available for the platform at hand. GBA4iOS, developer Riley Testut’s creation, however aims to be a more simple and easy solution to iOS emulators. It is said to use a loophole in Apple’s app installation system, having the user set the smartphone’s date back one day. The app can be directly downloaded via the GBA4iOS website and the best part is that the app is free!

Besides the above mentioned, the app is said to be the best GBA emulator on any platform, having full support for Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy support, accelerated speed, multiple and locked save states, as well as customizable skins and Dropbox syncing for saves between multiple devices. It is said to even use some iOS features as well, such as AirDrop and the MFI Bluetooth controllers.

The app does however have some flaws. For example, it does not have any advanced emulation features such as video and sound filters. There is also word of a 2.1 update scheduled to be released at the end of the summer, which promises multiplayer support via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.

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Yo Lineup Service Lets Doctors’ Offices and Restaurants Handle Queues

The one-word messaging app by the name of Yo appears to constantly add new services. A while back, the Yo app launched a service that lets you know about missile strikes in Israel. Now, the app has launched another service which lets doctors’ offices and restaurants handle queues.

“We got an inquiry from a doctors’ office in Miami that read about our restaurant solution and wanted the same,” Or Arbel, founder of Yo, has stated in an email.

They released the Yo Lineup service shortly after, granting people in waiting rooms and restaurant lobbies a way to get Yo’d when they are next in line.

Users who want to try this should know that both the client and the restaurant and/or doctor’s office need to have the Yo app and an account on the Yo Lineup service for it to work. However, the sign-up and download is fairly simple, easy and quick. Yo claims that the service as even been tried 2 million times already.

Yo has also confirmed a figure of $1.5 million in funding this month, but is constantly battling Yo wanna-be apps that keep popping up on the AppStore. Yolo is one of them, having Arbel asking Apple to take it down.

“Yo spawned many clones; though most of the clones offer something slightly different, some of them are a complete replication of the Yo app,” Arbel said. “Even the App Store description was copied word by word. We value creativity and we are in a free market; improving upon our concept is welcomed, copying us bit-by-bit isn’t.”

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Android Devices Get Support For Amazon Coins

The Amazon Coins payment option was introduced in May last year, but ever since it remained somewhat a currency used on Kindle Fire tablets. The virtual currency was designed as a simple method of paying for your goods and better monetization for developers.

If you liked the payment method, them you are going to be pleased to hear that the Amazon Coins can now be used on all Android platforms. The change has been made available in the latest software update and the virtual currency can now be used via the Amazon Appstore. However, the service us currently available only in the U.S., U.K. and Germany at the moment.

The virtual currency extension is extremely beneficial not only to customers, who are given a quick and easy to use payment method, but also developers. The hard work put in developing the applications will be rewarded with a 70% cut from the virtual currency method. However, the biggest benefactor in all this will always be Amazon itself, since it will receive the other 30% from all purchases made using the virtual currency.

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BlackBerry Bringing BBM Voice And BBM Channels To iOS And Android Users This Year

People all over the world were overly excited with the launch of BBM services on iOS and Android. Millions were waiting in line for a spot to get connection through BlackBerry’s IM service, where you had to wait for an e-mail to confirm your account. BlackBerry literally got flooded with subscription requests on BBM’s the launch day.

However, it seems that BlackBerry has something new coming for the popular IM service. Since BBM on iOS and Android only support text messages, BlackBerry decided that iOS and Android users should benefit from BBM Voice and BBM Channels, currently available to BlackBerry smartphone users. The features are nothing new compared to other apps used daily, but since the BBM service received such a big response from iOS and Android users, it would be a strategic move for BlackBerry to add some more features to its growing service.

BBM Voice is a voice call feature, such as Skype or Viber. It basically lets the user call another account as a normal phone call, only it will use the internet to connect instead of using up your subscription minutes or filling up your bill. Those with unlimited mobile internet subscriptions will probably be thrilled about this.

BBM Channels is a sort of social network, ‘more like Tumblr’ as a BlackBerry representative describes it, where users can find a topic they are interested in, such as a brand, an interest, a hobby etc. and join in on the conversations of the given topic. It is an interesting and ‘robust’ idea as they have put it, however we will just have to see if the service will get the desired attention and user appreciation.

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We see that users will also be able to share photos and voice memos, as well as their location for a limited amount of time. How they will implement it, that is a good question indeed. The updated version of BBM has not been given an official release date, but it is said to hit the appstores somewhere in February, if not sooner.

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Beats by Dr. Dre Launches Beats Music On The iOS App Store

Beats by Dr. Dre has approached a different path in selling its brand and services, coming up with the idea to release a mobile streaming application dedicated to popular music tunes. We have previously learned of it being named Beats Music and that it will inevitably launch on the iOS platform. Well, that day has arrived, and Beats Music is now live on Apple’s AppStore.

The streaming service is said to offer more than 20 million songs, available for both online streaming and offline listening. Users who wish to try it out can opt for a 7-day trial to see how the app is and if they really enjoy it. To be able to fully enjoy its services, Beats offer users a monthly subscription of $9.99. Apple has also introduced its iTunes Radio streaming service, and there is also Pandora and Spotify out for a longer period of time. Therefore, the online streaming market does not have a shortage of competitors, Beats Music being one of the last companies to get in on it.

Apart from all basic streaming services, Beats Music also has a Highlight section which displays popular music from the service’s community. It also has a “Just For You” section, which tailors playlists based on the user’s preferences. ”Right Now” is a feature that acts like a blank slate, it recommends music based on a variety of factors, such as the user’s location, their mood, people they’re with and their favorite genres.

The application’s main advantage lies in focusing on discovery, a feature which has not been seen in its competitors, which might give Beats Music a head start in the long run. The application can be downloaded from the AppStore for free, though the above mentioned subscription still applies in order to get the full experience out of the app.

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Nokia’s HERE Maps Removed From iOS AppStore, iOS 7 To Be Blamed

Nokia has removed its popular HERE Maps app from the iOS App Store. The Finnish company blamed its decision on iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, for being a user experience killer.

“We have made the decision to remove our Here Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience,” Nokia said in a statement.
“iPhone users can continue to use the mobile web version of Here Maps under m.here.com., offering them core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.”

True to Nokia’s word, we could still access HERE Maps using an iPhone web browser, although lazy fanboys would no doubt prefer to have a nice big button to click rather than a long old web address to type in.

HERE is wildly popular on Windows phones, where it comes pre-installed, and is probably one of Nokia’s killer pieces of mobile software, but for the most part, it has failed to pull users away from old faithful Google Maps.

Anyone using Windows phones can still use HERE, which is handy because Microsoft has licensed it for 10 years. The mapping division will be a core part of Nokia’s denuded business, which will look significantly smaller when Redmond’s acquisition of the Finnish firm’s smartphone production division is complete.

Apple’s own Maps has a long and buggy story too, for when it wasn’t directing drivers onto airport runways, it was rather rudely deleting whole towns. Nokia also has a long and occasionally sad history with mobile phones, although its Windows phones recently made ground on Apple in Europe. According to recent stats, Nokia’s phones now account for about 10 per cent of all mobile sales in Europe, while Apple’s share shrunk from 20.8 per cent to 15.8 per cent.

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iOS Gets The Original Tomb Raider port, Courtesy of Square Enix

The recent Tomb Raider reboot has been such as success that Square Enix has now released the original Tomb Raider game for iOS. The port, officially titled Tomb Raider I, is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and has been tweaked to better suit touch controls. It also comes with full Logitech PowerShell and MOGA Ace Power MFI game controller support.

After originally being introduced on MS-DOS, PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1996, Lara Croft went on to star in a number of games leading all the way up to the latest Crystal Dynamics origin story. The original Tomb Raider game has also seen a couple of re-releases and ports since the mid-nineties debut, in 2003 the first mobile port of the game released for the Nokia N-Gage, followed by a North American PSN release in 2009 (2010 in Europe).

The game was both a critical and commercial success as well as being an extremely influential title in the game development world, having since paved the way for many of the major action adventure titles we still play today.

Anyone looking for a quick “back in time” gaming session and old style fun can download Tomb Raider I on the App Store for just $0.99 / £0.69.

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Instagram To Get “Instagram Direct” For iOS and Android

Instagram has just launched its own private messaging service. With the latest update to version 5 of the app, you can now send images and videos directly to individuals and groups rather than have all your stalkers from the followers group see what you are doing.

You now have the option select where your image will be uploaded and sent, whether to “Followers” or “Direct”, after you’ve taken and edited your picture or video, and if you select Direct you’ll have a choice of sending to just one or several people of your liking. Once you have sent your picture, you’ll see an indication underneath the picture of who has seen and liked the photo, along with a standard Instagram comment thread underneath. It’s the same Instagram experience you know, but with a smaller audience of your choice.

You can go straight into the Direct feature of the app with a new inbox button in the top left of the home screen, where you’ll see both read and unread messages, along with “Direct Requests” from people who you don’t follow. The latest update is live in the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore, ready for you to download or update.

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Office 365 Admin App Available On Android and iOS

The new Microsoft Office 365 gives small companies and even corporation the ability to use the cloud in their advantage when it comes to office work and productivity. But there still needs to be someone there to manage it all. Thankfully, now you can manage the office software remotely with the help of the Office 365 Admin App, which recently rolled out for Android and iOS devices as well.

The Office 365 Admin app enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment on-the-go. Since it first launched on November 21st on Windows Phone 8, thousands of Office 365 administrators have downloaded the app. As of today, the app is now available for Android and iOS 7 as promised in the original Microsoft blog post, helping administrators to check the service health of your Office 365 service on the go.

To access service health data with the Office 365 Admin app, you must have an active Office 365 subscription with administrator user rights. Also, this app does not currently support Windows Azure Active Directory Multi-Factor Authentication unfortunately. The app can be downloaded for iOS 7 device from the Apple App Store and for Android 4.2.1+ devices from the Google Play Store.

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Homeless Man Being Taught Coding Since August Launches His First App, Trees For Cars

You have probably heard about the homeless guy named Leo Grand and programmer Patrick McConlogue offering him a choice between $100 and 16 free coding lessons. Grand, homeless since 2011 after losing his job at insurance provider MetLife and being priced out of his home when a high-rise apartment block was built nearby, didn’t have to think for long and a coding life for him began.

Grand received a refurbished Chromebook and three books on coding, having McConlogue meet with him every weekday morning for some coding sessions. We are pleased to hear that Grand has released his very first app named Trees for Cars, available for iOS and Android. The idea behind the app, Grand said, is to decrease the number of cars on the roads with an eye toward reducing CO2 emissions. Users have to sign up and specify whether they want to catch a ride or offer one, and the app will connect them with fellow carpoolers nearby. The app will then track how much CO2 was saved by all the passengers. To be noted here is that Grand wrote every line of code, and all app purchases from both stores will go directly to him.

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McConlogue’s tutoring was based on the course found here and you can also read the story of Grand’s remarkable journey here. And don’t forget to check out the app on iTunes and Google Play and maybe even buy it for $0.99 / £0.67.

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Apple AppStore Gets The Long Awaited Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The long-awaited iOS Grand Theft Auto title, San Andreas, has just arrived on the store. The GTA series is not only famous for the unmatched level of freedom it offers, but also for the many legal and moral disputes between the fans of the game and its moral critics. After Rockstar Games released the previous GTA titles, such as GTA III and GTA: Vice City, for mobile platforms, it could not miss out on the release of GTA: San Andreas, which still remains one of the most popular and well-accepted titles.

Unfortunately, the game might not yet be available across all stores at the moment, but it should become available soon. Meanwhile, it is believed that the Android version of the game will also arrive in the Google Play store in the near future. According to Rockstar Games, selected Windows Phone and Amazon Kindle devices will get the game as well, but no release date for the platforms has been made available.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the iOS will feature remastered graphics and will include dynamic and detailed shadows, sadly available only on iPhone 5 and above, greater draw distance, enhanced colors and models, allegedly making it the best looking version of the game for any platform. Apart from the tweaked graphics, the game will feature several different input methods, new touch controls that will become visible only when you need them, and a reworked checkpoint system. GTA: San Andreas will also support all Made-for-iOS physical controllers and just like in its PC sibling, the iOS version of the game will allow its users to create a custom radio and listen to it while playing the game.

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Twitter Receives An iOS And Android Update, Gets New Features And Improvements

Twitter has finally updated both its iOS and Android apps, adding a new design and new features. Users can now send and receive pictures in Direct Messages and there are some tabs that can be swiped now spotted on the feed. Swipe the tabs to move from Home to Discover to Activity has been added and you can also limit the replies and Retweets that you see to those coming from a Twitter account that you follow.

You can also read tweets from people you follow or other Twitter subscribers who are nearby using the search feature. And if you are an iPhone user, you can use Safari Reading List to save web articles to read later. Select a profile as a favorite, and you will receive a notification whenever that member sends out a tweet.

The update should have been pushed for most users out there, but for those of you who haven’t got a change to check your notifications recently and haven’t already updated your Twitter app by now, you can find it for both Android and iOS in the AppStore and respectively Google Play Store. Happy Tweeting!

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Cut the Rope 2 To Launch Exclusively for iOS In Two Weeks

ZeptoLab has announced that it is releasing the second addition to its marvelous game, Cut the Rope 2. The Russian developer announced yesterday that Cut the Rope 2 would be released in just about two weeks, on December 19th. Unfortunately for all of the Android and Windows Phone users out there, the long-awaited proper sequel is going to be iOS-only on its release.

Cut the Rope 2 is said to be difficult, but still accessible to children. As you would expect, there will be Om Nom attempting to get his candy away from the evil spiders. The addiction generated with this game is the introduction of new critters in each world, some will help you and some will try to stop you. There will be five different worlds and five different critters.

There will be the Forest world with Roto, an animal that carries objects up and down the screen. The Junkyard world feature a blob named Blue that can make copies of itself. Lick will make bridges with its tongue in Sandy Dam. In the Underground world, Boo will knock you off course when it hits you. Last is the City Park world which features Toss, which will bounce objects on a spring on its head.

Cut the Rope 2 will be priced at $0.99 as a special introductory price when it launches. No word on when the game will be coming to Android, or if it will launch on Windows Phone though.

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Apple Store App For iPad Finally Gets Released

Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a unique shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move. The new app arrives just in time for the holidays and utilizes the display and capabilities of the iPad to present a best-in-class shopping experience.

Though there has been an Apple Store app for the iPhone for some time now, it has long neglected the bigger devices in its iOS arsenal. The iPad version of the store has been heavily customized for the iPad and features several flourishes that I think will be replicated heavily by other shopping apps in the future. More importantly, it’s incredibly well designed, and exhibits a balanced tension between the clean lines of iOS 7.

Given all the above, the Apple Store app for iPad is a standard-bearer for the way that native apps should look and feel under Apple’s new aesthetic. Users can download the application for their iPads from here.

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Nokia Music To Be Released For iOS, Android And Mac OS X

Nokia Music app appears to begin expanding its reach into other platforms than Windows Phone and Windows PC. According to CTechcn.com, Nokia is about to release a web app version of Nokia Music for iOS and Android devices. There is however mention of Mac OS X support available as well.

Nokia Music provides subscription-based music to Lumia and Asha users across the globe. For a nominal fee every month, users will be able to download and save music on their device, which can then be accessed later even when there is no Internet connection. We had earlier reported Nokia would bring Nokia Music store to its all-touch Asha devices for a nominal fee of Rs 50 for one week, Rs 100 for one month or Rs 250 for three months.

There is currently no official news and no word on when the service will arrive on iOS or Android. The timing of the report is quite interesting, considering that it was widely believed that the service would shut down once Microsoft took over Nokia. Many believe that the app’s features would be merged with the existing Xbox Music platform.

Third-party music streaming apps along with Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Music Store will be competing against Nokia when the app reaches the AppStore and Play Store. But lots of competition also comes with a lot of offers nonetheless.

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Quick Fix For “Unable To Download Facebook App.” When Trying To Download Update

Facebook’s latest iOS 7 update is experiencing some issues when attempting to download the new released version. After being updated, many users are reporting that they are unable to download Facebook app and it’s been crashing on the launch. Today, an updated version v6.7.1 was released with bug fixes, however, many users are simply unable to download Facebook app update from the App Store.

The error “Unable to Download App. “Facebook” could not be downloaded at this time.” shows up when you try to update Facebook on iOS. Similar error also shows up when you try updating it from iTunes on the desktop which is giving “There was a problem downloading the artwork for Facebook.” error message. These both errors confirm that something is definitely going wrong with the iOS 7 Facebook app. However, it is unsure if the issue is at the end of Facebook or some problem with Apple’s App Store.

If you are one of those users who are unable to use Facebook when download failed on you, a very quick fix is to delete the Facebook app and reinstall it again from the App Store. The Facebook app will be downloaded, but without the update. Do not attempt to download the update again as it will just hit the issue described above again. Instead, iOS users should wait for a fix to be available for this issue before proceeding with the update again.

Multiple Accounts Support Added In New Google Drive Update For iOS 7

Google is stepping up its development for the new iOS 7. With the Google Search app for iOS receiving a significant update which added support for push notifications, it appears that Google Drive is receiving a big update as well. For those unaware, Google Drive is a cloud storage service by Google that competes with the likes of Dropbox. It’s not really an iCloud competitor so if you’re looking to jump to the cloud on your iPhone, Google Drive could be an ideal choice.

The update adds a few features which were sorely missing from the iOS 6 app. Google Drive users can now use multiple accounts. You can now switch between work or home accounts or whatever amount of accounts you may have. Another new, highly convenient addition is the support for single sign-in, which means your accounts will appear in Google’s other apps like Google+ or YouTube.

The updates highlighted are detailed below:

  • Multiple Account Support. You can now switch between personal, work, or any other Google account
  • Single Sign In: Sign in once to Google Drive and you’ll automatically be signed in to apps like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, and G+
  • Print your files now with Google Cloud Print or AirPrint
  • iOS 7 Support

Looking at the app’s UI design and style, there are no differences between the previous version and the newer one. However, one improvement could be considered that the user is not greeted with the iOS 6 style keyboard after launch.

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Google Now Updated With Notifications, Reminders, And More For iOS

Google Now’s been bringing all kinds of handy new features to Android in recent months, and now its time for iDevice users to get a slew of new functions too. With today’s update to the Google Search app, the iOS version has gained notifications, reminders and several new types of cards.

Plus, iPhone users can now simply say “OK, Google” to their handsets to start a Now-powered search. Among the new cards are those showing your event tickets, flight updates, car rental reservations and public transit info. Along with those very useful additions, the app’s also received a revised, simplified homepage, some UI tweaks and one touch sign-in should you already be using other Google apps on your device.

The new changes bring the iOS app very close to equal with the Android app, but unfortunately Google’s already announced a major update for the Android version that will be released in just a couple of weeks.

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Sony To Release PlayStation App On iOS And Android Stores This November

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced that it will release PlayStationApp, a new application for mobile devices, on November the 13th, 2013 in North America, and on November the 22nd, 2013 in Europe and will be available free of charge.

The PlayStationApp can be downloaded onto various mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones and tablets, from the App Store and Google Play. Once installed, these devices can be used as second screens in supported PlayStation4 titles, and users can easily access the PlayStation Network features such as Friend Lists and Trophies. Furthermore, users will be able to exchange messages with members of their Friends List, and browse through news and information on the official PlayStation website. The PlayStationApp comes with a variety of features that allow users to seamlessly access and enjoy the world of PlayStation.

The following features are available on PlayStationApp:

  • Directly access various PSN(SM) features and information
    • Browse the official PlayStation website and access information
    • PS4 Second Screen Feature
    • Spectate other PS4 users’ gameplay
    • Purchase game content on PlayStationStoreUse a mobile device as a simple remote to control the PS4 system
  • Users can access their own profile screen.
  • Users can access/compare their own and friends’ Trophy accomplishments.
  • Exchange messages between PS4 systems, PlayStation3 (PS3) systems, PlayStationVita (PS Vita) systems, and mobile devices installed with PlayStationApp.
  • Access and filter friend profiles.
  • Notify users about their friends’ shared activities on “What’s New”.
  • Notify PS4 users when they receive any new notifications or game invitations. Users can also display their lists of game items.

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iOS 7.0.3 Launched After iPad Air Announcement

Apple is once again fixing its new iOS 7 bugs with today’s iOS 7.0.3 update, whether or not you’re ordering that newly announced iPad Air or the high-resolution iPad mini 2 with Retina display. The company didn’t actually mention iOS 7.0.3 during the unveiling of its new, slimmer tablet, but it and all iOS 7 compatible devices can download the 92.8MB update over a WiFi network.

At the top of the iOS 7.0.3 features list is support for iCloud Keychain, which is able to store usernames, passwords and credit card numbers that web users always forget. There’s also a password generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for the  unimaginative out there. iCloud Keychain can now be used across multiple Apple devices, including machines running OS X Mavericks, which was announced as a free download today.

The full iOS 7.0.3 release notes are listed below:

  • Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices
  • Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts
  • Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use
  • Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search
  • Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating
  • Improves system stability when using iWork apps
  • Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice
  • Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation
  • Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive
  • Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text
  • Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software

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BBM for Android and iPhone Arrives On The Store

BlackBerry’s BBM messenger service finally arrives on Apple’s AppStore and Android’s Google Play, but nothing is as simple as it seems. BBM fans who signed up on the official site will be able to use the application immediately, but unfortunately those who haven’t can download the app to “hold your spot in line,” and will get an e-mail when they can start using the service.

BlackBerry said 6 million people signed up for information on BBM.com. “If you didn’t sign up in advance, don’t worry — we are focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible,” the blog said.

BBM was supposed to launch last month, but was pulled after a leaked copy was distributed and performed terribly in the wild. BlackBerry said the unintended launch caused issues that the company needed to resolve.

The fervent demand for the app is a counterpoint to the common thinking that BlackBerry isn’t long for this world. While sales of its newer BlackBerry 10 devices are in retreat and the company has whittled its focus down to the big businesses and governments, BBM persists as a popular messaging platform.

BBM continues to be a popular platform around the world, particularly in emerging markets where cheap, older BlackBerrys are still in demand.

Still, the delayed service for many casual users interested in BBM may turn off some users who had abandoned BlackBerry to go to Apple or Android, but were interested in reconnecting with BBM friends.

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Name It! Acronym GameTo Be Released On The App Store This Month

An interesting new trivia game that tasks players with knowing abbreviations, acronyms and symbols is coming to the Apple App Store later this month. If you are the kind of person who gets great satisfaction out of knowing what OMG and YOLO means, this game is for you.

The game is called “Name It!”, and the players will have to match clues with the correct abbreviation, acronym or symbol (AAS). After that the AAS will be dragged into difference categories. The players can then choose one of the AAS’s and will be required to answer 10 questions (minimum) about it and what it represents.

The game is fast paced and there will be timers to beat to earn extra points. These are the features of the game;

· Lots of different AASs/clues
· Several bridge AASs
· At least 170 multiple-choice and true-false questions
· Lots of interesting info
· A lightning round with 10 new AASs/clues

You can also go to the website and submit an AAS if you think you have a good one for them to include in the game. Geeks will definitely love this game.

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