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BlackBerry 10 is Good Enough to Save BlackBerry

Jamison Cush

...From the home screen, where user-selected live tiles reside (which are actually just recently-used apps), a swipe from the left bring up BlackBerry Hub for a quick glance at new notifications, while a swipe to the right takes users to all apps. ...The Pitfalls No operating system resides in a vacuum, and BlackBerry 10 will only be as good as its app catalog. ...Skype, Kindle, WhatsApp, Rdio, Dropbox, ooVoo, ESPN, SAP, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Rovio are on board, though BlackBerry wouldn’t comment on whether these apps will be available immediately. ... Read full article

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How To Reuse and Recycle Old Phones and Gadgets

Sarah White

...AirDisplay is available for $9.99 in both Google Play and the Apple App Store. ...Notifications can pop up, interrupting and luring you away to other apps or services. ...Some apps even let users watch live sporting games with a subscription. For example, the WatchESPN app works with certain cable providers to deliver live streaming content for some of the biggest games. ... Read full article

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Google Adds BYOD Management Features For Android Devices

Hannah Becker

...The Google Apps for Business, Government and Education allow businesses to manage employee smartphones and tablets used for business from the Google Apps Admin console. Google has now added support for selected wipe, which allows users to remove Google Apps account data without having to wipe a user’s entire device. ...When it comes to security policies, Google has required enterprise users install the latest version of the Device Policy app in order to ensure security policies are enforced across all devices. ... Read full article

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How To Back Up Your Phone and Transfer Contacts, Android Style

Valerie Sarnataro

...The free app automatically sends SMS threads to Gmail and stores them under a new label entitled “SMS.” ...The Flickr app costs $1.99 USD in Google Play, which might make the Photobucket platform a more attractive choice, since unlike the Flickr App, Photobucket is free and automatically uploads newly added pictures to the user’s account. ...In order to backup data, users must download the Mobile Transfer app on their old device and set up an account. ... Read full article

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Vizio Introduces Co-Star LT Media Streamer

Sarah White

...The Co-Star LT features 1080p Full HD, 3D technology, and support for HTML5 apps. Available apps include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, M-Go, YouTube, Vudu, and more. ...Utilizing Vizio’s Internet Apps Plus platform, users are able to view their Co-Star LT apps while also watching live TV. ... Read full article

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Xbox Music Comes to iOS and Android, Web Streaming Now Free

Jeff Dunn

...The apps give the standard suite of streaming and playlist creation features, but they won’t let you store music for offline listening at launch. Microsoft says that it will be adding that feature to the apps “in the coming months,” and that it will update them regularly in general going forward. ...Source: Xbox Wire, Xbox Music (Google Play), Xbox Music (App Store)... Read full article

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How To Sync Apple iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks

Hannah Becker

...That didn’t exactly happen, but Apple did update some apps to be more in line with the new aesthetics of iOS 7, and even those apps that didn’t get a design overhaul, did receive an upgrade in functionality. The Calendar app has received the biggest design overhaul, with skeuomorphism no longer the norm. ...With Mavericks comes a much-improved Apple Maps app and the iBooks app. Maps has the same clean look as the iOS app and includes much of the same functionality such as directions, bookmarks and search capability for points of interest as Apple showed off at WWDC. ... Read full article

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Google Rolls Out Updates to Gmail, Adds Tabs for Automated Messages

Hannah Becker

...Users new to Gmail will automatically be given the social and promotions tabs and can configure their tabs on the web client as well as Android app. The iOS app update is still awaiting approval from Apple. Existing users will have to opt into the new view. ...With pressure building from third-party apps like Mailbox, which guarantees its users will reach Inbox Zero, Gmail is trying to solve that problem. ... Read full article

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Acer Liquid S1 Hands-On: A Phablet with (Almost) Stock Android

Jeff Dunn

...And even though that overlay isn’t intrusive, its “Float UI” manages to provide some useful functions like its Samsung Mini Apps-esque multitasking capabilities. As Brighthand describes, those revolve around “mini apps that can open and function simultaneously over each other, other traditional apps, and even phone calls.” A “Float Caller” feature allows for freed up screen space when answering calls, and Brighthand remarked that other mini apps like a calculator, map, note-taking app and email client could all “prove quite useful on the large screen.” ... Read full article

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Google Maps for Android Updated with New Interface and Navigation Features

Jeff Dunn

...We’ve known since May that a major update to the Google Maps app was on the way, but today Google is officially rolling out the refresh to mobile devices. The update overhauls the popular mapping app’s interface, boosts its navigation functionality, puts an increased emphasis on Yelp-like venue ratings, and finally adds a design specifically made for tablets. ...You’ll still be able to locally cache maps, but to do so you’ll have to type “OK Maps” into the app’s search box. ... Read full article

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TiVo Announces iOS Streaming For Roamio DVRs

Sarah White

...Users will not only be able to stream content stored on a Roamio set-top box, they will also be able to download content via the app for offline viewing. ...In addition to downloading and streaming content, the iOS app also allows users to manage, schedule, and view recordings on their DVR. ...The app is currently only available for iOS users running iOS 5.1 or later, and it only allows for streaming to one device at a time. ... Read full article

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Android 4.4 KitKat Official, Smartphone OS for “the Next 1 Billion Users”

Jamison Cush

...New features include: Ability to rearrange home screens Contact info and web search built into the Hangouts app and Android smartphone dialer The status bar and navigation buttons disappear in full-screen apps Emoji icons built into the keyboard Wireless printing and third-party cloud services built into the Gallery app HDR+ photos SMS Google Hangouts integration Hands-free voice search (“OK Google”), like with the Moto X and new Verizon Droids New shopping and attraction-related Google Now cards Enhancements include better speech recognition, unified search across the device and apps, improved battery life, and likely zippier performance. ... Read full article

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