New Google Play Store Design Boosts Usability

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Android and Google hardware users now have a more streamlined interface from which to purchase music, books and Nexus devices: a redesigned Google Play Store. The new interface, which is available today, follows many of the style guidelines used in the redesigns of other Google services in the past. That includes the color based individual store […]

Dropbox to Offer App Syncing, Go Head to Head with iCloud and SkyDrive

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In what is likely a move to directly compete with the offerings of first party cloud syncing solutions like Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox will now allow developers to store application info on a user’s DropBox account. The new system, which Dropbox is calling the DataStore API allows developers to create applications that all rely […]

Xbox Music Now Playing Everywhere Your Phone

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In what is likely a bid to shore up the service against tough competition from Google and Apple, Microsoft has unveiled a new Xbox Music web application that will allow users to stream their Xbox Music Pass content in a web browser. The new web interface, which launched this morning to little fanfare from Microsoft, […]

5 Reasons to Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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The Guardian recently revealed that a top secret government program was collecting metadata from Verizon as a way to link terrorists to each other. This collection is without oversight and does not target any particular individual. It also includes metadata of United States citizens call data. Then it was revealed that all the phone carriers in […]

Amazon Indie Games Store Takes Aim at Steam & Humble Bundle

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Lovers of bite-size gaming titles developed by small, independent development teams are about to get a new place to share their wares: Amazon. Announced today via a post on its application distribution blog, Amazon seems to be taking the position that independent game developers just don’t have enough ways of getting their games in front […]

Breather Taps Home Automation Tech, Brings ZipCar Experience to Room Rentals

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Recent startups like Airbnb are beginning to transform the hospitality industry by allowing homeowners and those with extra space to rent out a room or their entire abode for short periods of time, allowing common citizens to compete against traditional hotels. However, despite the high-tech apps that match space owners with short-term renters, these solutions […]

BlackBerry to Pre-Load BBM on Select Android Phones

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After having announced that it would be freeing the BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM for short, service that’s been historically tied to BlackBerry phone hardware, smartphone-maker BlackBerry is now announcing that the messaging service will come pre-loaded on select phones running the rival Android operating system. Previously, BlackBerry had announced that BBM would be available as […]

Pipe Simplifies Sharing Big Files With Facebook Friends

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Pipe, an application for Facebook could make large file transfers even easier between friends on the world’s most popular social network, currently for free. Once users have an enabled the application on their Facebook account, they are able to share files simply by dragging and dropping the things they wish to share onto the system’s […]

Mobile Payments: Starbucks Finds Success in Simplicity

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When we hear of using smartphones to pay for goods, we often think about Google Wallet, ISIS, PayPal‘s new initiatives, or Square, but Starbucks is the rising star and one that has found success in this emerging, yet volatile, market. The retail coffee chain’s app, which is used to pay for beverage and food purchases […]

New Gmail Adds Category Tabs to Tame Inboxes

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Google will once again attempt to tame the inboxes of users across the world. This time it’ll attempt to do so with a newly revamped user interface for the company’s Gmail on iOS, Android and web versions. The changes, which were announced earlier today on the company’s Official Gmail Blog, will seek to address the clutter of […]

Tim Cook: More Design Continuity Between Software, Hardware and Services

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Though Tim Cook didn’t expressly reveal anything new regarding the future of Apple’s iOS mobile platform or the desktop Mac OS X operating system, the CEO did give us some insight about the executive shuffle at Apple and what that means for consumers. When asked about senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall’s departure, […]

How to Setup Two-Step Authentication on Twitter

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After spending most of last fall and early spring defending its users from attacks by hackers who looked to exploit the ubiquity of Twitter’s login functions and turn users online persona’s against them, Twitter is now stepping up to the plate.. This week the social networking service, became the latest company to add support for […]

Microsoft Tries to Send an Olive Branch to Google

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After Google demanded that the Microsoft-developed YouTube app for the Windows Phone 8 platform be taken down as it violates Google’s terms of service, Microsoft is attempting to make peace with its rival. Microsoft has responded to Google’s demands by meeting some of Google’s requests, but not all of the company’s demands surrounding YouTube. Google […]

Thieves: Don’t Even Try to Steal a Galaxy S4

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At the CTIA trade show, LoJack had announced that its mobile security software will be launching soon for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 that will help users recover a lost or stolen phone. The difference between LoJack’s solution versus others on the market–like Apple’s popular Find My Phone for iPhone and iPad devices–is that LoJack will […]

3 Ways Yahoo’s Flickr Can Threaten Facebook

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If Facebook is a life diary, Instagram a repository for low resolution and filter-blasted images, Twitter a public SMS database, and Google+ a Twitter meets photo network, then Yahoo is clearly differentiating its Flickr service as a serious tool to photographers that is more accessible now than ever. At a New York City unveiling last […]

YouTube Caught In the Middle of Google-Microsoft War on Windows Phone

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Microsoft and Google have both been fighting a very public Cold War ever since Google announced that it won’t be releasing any official apps for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform and discontinued ActiveSync so Windows Phone users won’t be able to synchronize contacts and calendars from Gmail, and now the latest battlefront has shifted over […]

Google Redefines Mapping Experience

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Google is redefining the mapping experience for Android, iOS, tablets, and desktops with the new introduction of Google Maps at the Google I/O developer conference. Google says that it now provides over 15 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions and it’s working to improve that experience with additional imagery, photos, and user-submitted photo spheres captured with […]

Aereo Brings Streaming TV To Atlanta iPads on June 17

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Today Aereo announced it will expand its service to a third city, Atlanta in June. On June 17, those in Atlanta who signed up for information about the service coming their city will finally have the chance to sign up. A week later, on June 24, Aereo will open to everyone in the Atlanta area. […]

Google I/O: Don’t Expect Major Hardware Announcements Or Changes to Android

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Google’s I/O developer conference this year will be a big event for Google and for Android devotees, but don’t expect any major hardware announcements or revolutionary changes to the Android operating system. Android’s new chief Sundar Pichai had sat down in an interview with Wired to hint at what to expect at Google I/O, which is […]

ABC Streaming Live Shows to Mobile App This Summer

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Disney-owned ABC will begin streaming live television shows to its mobile app (currently available on iOS and Windows 8/Windows RT) starting this summer. The feature will initially come to New York and Philadelphia markets first, where users of the mobile app will find a “live” button to tune into live broadcast television. The feature will expand gradually […]