HTC One M8 How Motion Launch Works

Awesome feature lets you control the HTC One (M8) without turning it on

By on March 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

Awesome feature lets you control the HTC One (M8) without turning it on

One of the new software features introduced by HTC’s Sense 6 is called Motion Launch, which offers users a cool new way to interact with the new HTC One (M8) handset without actually turning the display on. HTC revealed during its live show on Tuesday that on average, smartphone users press the power button to unlock their devices over 150 times a day, and that’s why it figured out new ways of interacting with it without requiring users to power it on.

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HTC One M8 BlinkFeed Service Pack Apps

HTC may release Android updates even faster in the future

By on March 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

HTC may release Android updates even faster in the future

Ahead of the anticipated HTC One (M8) announcement, the Taiwanese company has revealed additional details about the handset, on top of everything that’s already known about the device from numerous reports and leaks preceding the event. HTC has published two apps on the Google Play Store, including the BlinkFeed and Service Pack apps, which do more than show the user interface of the upcoming smartphone – they reveal that HTC may be interested in updating these Sense apps using the Google Play Store instead of baking the updates into future Android firmwares, which may speed up actual Android OS updates for HTC handsets.
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Why Windows 8 Failed

Microsoft is thankfully too smart to listen to diehard Windows 8 fans

By on March 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Microsoft is thankfully too smart to listen to diehard Windows 8 fans

There is a certain breed of tech fanboy out there who views technology products much the way a snooty art student sees the works of famous avant-garde painters: That is, a tech product must be superior if it has been rejected by the masses of consumers who are too stupid to appreciate its true brilliance. Nowhere has this phenomenon been more apparent than with diehard fans of Windows 8, Microsoft’s attempt at fusing a desktop operating system with a touch-centric OS that has been so polarizing that Microsoft employees have reportedly started calling it “the new Vista.” More →

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Free Amazon Appstore Android Apps Deal

Amazon is offering huge deals on Android apps

By on March 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Amazon is offering huge deals on Android apps

In celebration of the Amazon Appstore’s third birthday, the giant retailer is offering users huge deal son apps, giving away $50 worth of Android apps for free for two days only, AndroidGuys reports. The 16 apps, which regularly retail for anywhere from $0.99 to $12.99, will be available free of charge to users starting Friday, March 21st through Saturday, March 22nd. More →

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FireChat Messaging App Internet

Brilliant new iPhone app will keep you messaging even when there’s no Internet

By on March 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Brilliant new iPhone app will keep you messaging even when there’s no Internet

Open Garden on Thursday unveiled a new mobile messaging application for iOS 7 and iOS 7.1 devices that will let iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users keep chatting even when an Internet connection is not available. FireChat “takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7 to give people the ability to chat with those around them,” even without a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection present. More →

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Google Now Voice Commands for Camera

You can now tell Google to take pictures for you

By on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

You can now tell Google to take pictures for you

Google on Wednesday updated its Google Search / Google Now app for Android with new voice commands that will supposedly let users take pictures and record videos even faster. Instead of looking for the camera app, users will be able to say one of the two new commands, including “Ok Google, take a photo,” and “Ok Google, take a video,” to quickly launch the appropriate camera mode. More →

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 New Features

Hardcore Windows 8 hater finds something to like in upcoming update

By on March 19, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Hardcore Windows 8 hater finds something to like in upcoming update

Slowly but surely, Microsoft is taking baby steps to appease longtime Windows desktop users who absolutely hate the changes Microsoft made with Windows 8. Earlier this month, we wrote about the experiences of U.K.-based tech writer James Woodcock, who did a nice job of outlining all the new features in the soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update 1 that should appeal to spurned mouse-and-keyboard users. And now InfoWorld’s Woody Leonhard, who has been a diehard Windows 8 hater from the start, has penned his own review to Update 1 that similarly finds some things to like for desktop users. More →

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iOS Update Bluetooth On

This is why Apple keeps enabling Bluetooth every time you update iOS

By on March 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

This is why Apple keeps enabling Bluetooth every time you update iOS

Apple’s iOS software updates trickle out to millions upon millions of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices following each release. And as those millions of devices are updated every few months, a healthy portion of users wonder the same thing: “Why the heck do iOS updates keep turning Bluetooth on?” More →

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Wallgram Download

Download this app right now: Wallgram for iPhone is now free

By on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Download this app right now: Wallgram for iPhone is now free

The quest for great iPhone apps is ongoing and it gets more difficult each day, as thousands of apps continue to flood Apple’s iOS App Store. Every once in a while we catch wind of a nice addition that is offered for free for a limited time, however, and Wallgram is one such application. More →

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Windows XP Upgrade Offer $50

Upgrading from Windows XP can now get you $50 worth of free stuff

By on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Upgrading from Windows XP can now get you $50 worth of free stuff

People, what is it going to take for you to finally ditch Windows XP? Microsoft has already sent out plenty of warnings to XP users letting them know support for the platform will end on April 8th. However, if the threat of getting nailed by countless new strains of malware isn’t enough to get you to upgrade from XP, Microsoft is now sweetening the offer with $50 worth of free stuff… but the catch is you’ll have to buy a new computer with Windows 8.1. More →

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iOS 7.1 Features

How to fix all of iOS 7.1′s biggest problems

By on March 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to fix all of iOS 7.1′s biggest problems

Apple’s iOS 7.1 update was released for all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models last week, and it marks the first major update to Apple’s reimagined iOS 7 software. There are plenty of awesome new features in Apple’s latest mobile software — here are 5 fantastic new iOS 7.1 features you have to try out right now — but there are also some problems that Apple’s update introduced. More →

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iOS 8 Leak

New leak reveals everything there is to know about Apple’s most important new iOS 8 app

By on March 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM.

New leak reveals everything there is to know about Apple’s most important new iOS 8 app

A new report has detailed just about everything there is to know about the most important new app coming to iOS 8. Apple’s plans for iOS 8 won’t be official until sometime this summer when the new mobile operating system is unveiling at the annual WWDC conference in San Francisco, but 9to5Mac has issued a series of reports over the past week that have shed light on several key details. The leaks continued to flow on Monday morning as the site issued a report on Healthbook, the brand new app Apple will introduce in iOS 8 that will likely be the star of the show this year. More →

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