Snapchat alternatives (and their users) vanish from Windows Phone

  Snapchat warned that it was clamping down on third-party apps to prevent sketchier examples from compromising your security, and it appears to be making good on its word — much to the chagrin of Windows Phone users, who haven’t had an official Snapchat option so far. Windows Central notes that 6snap and other titles […]

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Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows

Evernote’s bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you’re typing, hence its name) from various sources and displays them on screen. By “various sources,” we […]

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Microsoft wants you to stream apps and games

Microsoft has explored software streaming before, but it looks like the company is about to give it a second shot. The company is hiring people to work on “Arcadia,” a technology that ZDNet understands will let you stream “certain apps” and games on Microsoft’s platforms. It’s not clear just what the Redmond crew is building, […]

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Kindle for iOS now makes it easier for newbies to start reading

  It’s getting awfully cold outside, which really means one thing: Your time is much better spent curled up in bed reading. Amazon’s trying to make that proposition a little more enticing for iOS devotees with a new app update that (among other things!) makes the whole shebang a little more social. Kindle newcomers can […]

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New app tells you if you’re too drunk to drive, helps call a cab

  If you need your cellphone to decide if you’ve had one too many, that’s probably a sign you should call a cab or car service. Nevertheless, the state of Maryland has just launched an app (funded by the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), that will tell you your approximate blood alcohol content (BAC), […]

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Step up your ugly Christmas sweater game by employing your phone

Still searching for the perfect ugly sweater for your holiday festivities? You may want to consider using your phone to help with the task. A collection of ten sweaters available from the folks at MorphCostumes have a built-in pockets for that trusty handset. But wait, there’s more! With a free app for iOS and Android, […]

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Vine, now with messaging

Vine isn’t just about sharing six-second videos anymore. The Twitter-owned service has just launched a messaging feature that lets you reach out to friends through either videos or text messages. It’s not very sophisticated at this stage (there’s no true group chat, for instance), but you can send videos to anyone in your smartphone’s contacts, whether or not they’ve […]

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Samsung’s ChatON now lets you recall those embarrassing messages

In an effort to get owners of its smartphones to actually use ChatON, Samsung has thrown numerous features at the messaging app to see what sticks. For instance, it’s just gifted inveterate file sharers with 1GB media transfers and given FourSquare types the ability to divulge their position and route via Glympse. But it also came up with a feature […]

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Evernote’s Penultimate for iPad now behaves more like a real notebook

Penultimate is supposed to mimic a notebook on your iPad, so it only makes sense that the app’s interface should mirror the pen-and-paper experience as much as possible. Right? Evernote thinks so, as it has released a Penultimate update that gets closer to the real thing. You can swipe from off-screen to turn pages, and you can set […]

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Office Mobile is now completely free to use on Android and iPhone

Today’s Office news isn’t all about the iPad. Microsoft now lets you use Office Mobile completely for free on both Android and the iPhone; if you’re a home customer, you can both edit and read documents without paying for an Office 365 subscription. The gratis apps are ultimately meant to encourage use of the desktop and iPad clients, where you do need to […]

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Google Keep note taking service officially launches on web and Android (video)

The Google Keep note taking service that leaked out a few days ago has officially launched. There’s a website and an Android app for now, and a post on the Google Drive blog it’s intended for users to quickly jot down ideas. They’re saved on Google Drive — which probably explains why this exists instead of the axed Google […]

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Weather Channel for Android gets tablet optimization, precise weather warnings

The Weather Channel has dwelt mostly on its iOS apps as of late, but don’t worry — it’s lavishing attention on forecast-minded Android users today. As of version 4.0, the Android app is optimized for tablets and gives a better heads-up for the conditions ahead from your Nexus 7. Other tweaks are more for feature parity, including precisely-timed […]

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Yahoo Acquires Mobile “Nearby Recommendation” iPhone and Web App Alike

Today, mobile app company Alike has announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo and will be joining the Yahoo Mobile team. Alike allows you to recommend nearby venues that are your “favorites.” This is similar to Facebook’s approach in tagging the things around you that you’re interested in. This could be a great move for […]

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Cooliris Expands Again With Yandex Partnership, Hits 3 Million Downloads On iOS

Cooliris, the Kleiner Perkins-backed photo browsing and sharing startup, is again expanding its footprint in key emerging markets, this time in Russia thanks to a new partnership with Yandex. The move follows the company’s launch of a localized version in China in December, which also saw a partnership with Renren, aka “the Facebook of China.” “The great thing […]

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Tesla Model S app hits Android in beta

Sending commands to a Tesla Model S via a native smartphone app is already old hat for iPhone users who have one of Musk and Co.’s electric chariots, but Android users are just now getting their first crack at a dedicated app. Google Play has finally been graced with a beta version of the software, packing the look and […]

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Viber overhauls BlackBerry app to v2.3, promises VoIP calls are coming in April (video)

Doing its best Kate Bush impression, Viber’s letting its BlackBerry users know that something good is gonna happen. Specifically, that the company is bringing VoIP calls to the platform, currently pencilled in for arrival in April. It’s laid the groundwork for the new feature with version 2.3 of the app for RIM phones, which refreshes the UI and adds […]

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