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Skype is shutting down Qik on April 20: Why is this happening and what users need to know

One product must go so one can be improved and that seems to be the reason why the end of Qik is near. The once popular app breathes its last breath of freedom.

Apps/Software March 20, 2014

Read All About It! Newsbeat app reads headline news for you, to you.

While apps that read the news aloud to you are nothing new, the Newsbeat app has taught this old dog a few news tricks breathing some new life into this concept.

Apps/Software March 25, 2014

Alibaba injects $215 million investment to mobile-messaging startup Tango

The messaging services niche is selling like hotcakes. With the $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp still piping hot, Alibaba has thrown in a good size of investment to Tango's coffers.

Apps/Software March 20, 2014

Windows XP doomsday approaching: Do we really need to worry?

Microsoft will finally pull the plug on Windows XP support. Support for the 12-year-old operating system will end this coming April 18.

Apps/Software March 20, 2014

Gamers rejoice: Flappy Bird is returning to the App Store, says creator

All hail the imminent return of Flappy Bird to both Android and iOS.

Apps/Software March 20, 2014

Google Voice to join Hangouts soon - This is a good thing, right?

Google Voice will reportedly become part of Hangouts soon, as Google moves to consolidate its communication apps into one big killer app. Hangouts is quite popular with users and has essentially taken over where Voice left off.

Apps/Software March 19, 2014

Xbox One April Update: What to expect?

It's interesting how the company continues to develop the Xbox One for its members, giving its third installment of feature updates in the first quarter of 2014.

Apps/Software March 19, 2014

Game on! Unity game engine comes to Firefox browser without plug-in

Playing video games from within the browser has just gotten a lot more interesting with Firefox and Unity team up.

Apps/Software March 19, 2014

Streaming and subscription music services top charts, vinyl around too

A report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said music sales fell by 3.9 percent in 2013, but overall the group was happy with revenue noting the increasing impact services like Spotify and Pandora are having on the industry. And good old vinyl records posted very healthy gains, albeit the numbers are pretty darn small.

Apps/Software March 18, 2014

Google unveils Android Wear OS for wearables - Take that, Samsung!

Google announced that it has a new operating system made specifically for wearable devices called Android Wear. Android Wear will reportedly debut on several new smartwatches and other wearables later this year. Among the first with new the OS will be the Moto 360 and LG G Watch.

Apps/Software March 19, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPad to be unveiled on March 27. Company embracing two biggest rivals: Apple/Google

Microsoft is expected to launch Office for iPad at an event the company is holding on March 27 in San Francisco. If this proves true it will be another step Microsoft is making to make nice with its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.

Apps/Software March 18, 2014

Samsung rolls out Tizen SDK for Gear smartwatches: Goodbye Android?

Samsung has released the Tizen SDK for its Gear smartwatches.

Apps/Software March 19, 2014

Facebook expands beta program to Messenger for Android

Facebook needs beta testers to help it find bugs, flaws, and other problems on the latest iterations of its Facebook Messenger for Android.

Apps/Software March 18, 2014

Game on! Gameloft, Twitch team up to bring live mobile streaming service

Streaming your favorite video games is becoming a reality as Twitch launches the ability to stream Asphalt 8: Airborne for iOS. If players want to stream other titles, they will have to wait as Twitch did not specify when other titles will get their chance to shine.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Microsoft OneNote aims to take down Evernote with free, cross-platform service

Microsoft released a new version of OneNote for Macs on Monday, in an attempt to take on Evernote. In addition to being available on every platform, OneNote is also now free. Still, it is uncertain whether OneNote can overtake Evernote.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Microsoft begs Windows XP users to switch with $50 gift cards - XP users are not impressed

It's no secret that Microsoft is anxious to get everyone off Windows XP and on to Windows 8.1 ASAP. Microsoft is even offering XP users $50 gift cards if they ditch their old XP PC and buy a new Windows 8 device, but XP users aren't biting.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Screenshots and new details on how Apple's iOS 8 Healthbook app will work

The latest iOS 8 leak has dripped out screenshots of the Healthbook app. Healthbook will store important health and fitness data from the user

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Microsoft lures XP holdouts with threat of potential security problems and cash

Microsoft will shut off the security patch tap in three weeks for Windows XP so the company has upped its game in attempting to convince XP owners they should upgrade. In addition to its on-going warnings about security and performance issues after April 8, the company is now offering $50 off select computers as a bonus.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

No more unwanted purchases: Google Play Store now with in-app password protection

Google Play Store now has the in-app password protection option.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Google Docs and Sheets get new Web app store

Google goes one up against Microsoft yet again by launching a web store for Google Drive that offers new features to Sheets and Docs.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free for Indian OEMs but is it enough?

Windows Phone mobile OS has become free for some phone makers in India, as Microsoft attempt to bolster its efforts to keep the platform relevant.

Apps/Software March 17, 2014

Mozilla pulls plug on Windows 8 Metro version Firefox days before release: FLAT

Firefox for Windows 8 is dead even before it was born, and it might be either Microsoft or Mozilla's fault. Why? Adoption was "flat," Mozilla said.

Apps/Software March 16, 2014

Microsoft Office 365 goes Personal: Mac and iPad versions on the way?

Microsoft has denied iOS users an Office app, but the company might just change its stance and release a version later this year. And, the first step towards this could be Office 365 Personal.

Apps/Software March 15, 2014

Apple acknowledges selfie is here to stay, makes separate app category

If you hate the selfie term, Apple just made your life a living hell by adding a selfie category to the App Store.

Apps/Software March 16, 2014

Captain America invades refreshed Skype for Xbox One

Microsoft has updated its Skype for Xbox One and has convinced Captain America to drop by as part of its newest enhancements for the software.

Apps/Software March 16, 2014

iOS 8 to get Notification Center, Messages and more tweaks to make it simpler and faster

Apple is said to be making some tweaks to existing iOS apps and features in iOS 8 to speed up the OS and make it faster and easier for users.

Apps/Software March 15, 2014

Google adds in-app purchase restrictions to Play store after lawsuit and iOS 7.1 update

Google added new in-app purchase restrictions to its Play Store app exactly one week after being hit with a class-action lawsuit over unauthorized in-app purchases. Parents will now be able to prevent their kids from making purchases without their say so.

Apps/Software March 15, 2014

Chinese censors delete 30 popular WeChat accounts - What this means for WeChat users

Chinese Internet company Tencent Holdings deleted 30 of the most popular WeChat accounts recently, reviving fears of Internet censorship in China. The deleted accounts were used to send political and controversial news stories to tens of thousands of WeChat users. Many believe that this is a prime example of government censorship of journalists.

Apps/Software March 14, 2014

Leaked iOS 8 screenshots reveal Healthbook, TextEdit, and Preview apps

Images of what is reportedly the first images of a leaked build of iOS 8 show off some new apps.

Apps/Software March 14, 2014

iOS 7.1 adds in-app purchase restrictions to settings - No more sticky-fingered mistakes

Apple finally added new in-app purchase restriction options to its settings menu with the iOS 7.1 update. Users who download the newest version of iOS will now be able to restrict their kids' access to in-app purchases with a few taps in settings.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

iTunes Radio feature will turn into a dedicated app in iOS 8

A new report claims iTunes Radio will become its own app in iOS 8. This should make the music service readily visible to users as it will be located on the iOS 8 home screen.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

WhatsApp says Android app is safe - Was Bosschert's claim 'overstated'?

Users of the Android version of WhatsApp had better beware. A newly-discovered security hole allows hackers to steal conversations from WhatsApp users. The security flaw is a result of a WhatsApp encryption flaw. WhatsApp denies that it is a problem.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

Flappy Bird may flap its way back to app stores, developer hints

Flappy Bird creator has hinted that the popular game might get ready for a second flight. Will the mobile gaming world have a warm welcome party for it?

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

Flappy Bird creator considering bringing the game back from the dead: Why?

Flappy Bird might return back from the land of the dead to both the iOS App Store and Google Play, but this game creator Dong Nguyen plans to issue a stern warning to players - take a break.

Apps/Software March 12, 2014

Google sued for kids' in-app purchases - Uh-oh, Spaghetti Os!

A New York mother, upset with her kid for spending $66 on in-app purchases in the Google Play store, sued Google to get her money back. This is just another case of accidental in-app purchases by children that have angered parents.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

Will iOS 8 fix Apple Maps app? Reports point to better transit directions and more

We all remember the great Apple Maps fiasco of 2012. Now, Apple is planning a big update to Maps with iOS 8, which will include better transit directions, data use and more.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

Instagram Lux feature lets you get the best out of your selfies and other photos

Instagram now gets Lux. Expect more selfies, albeit better.

Apps/Software March 11, 2014

Twitter releases patch to fix bug that lets unapproved followers read protected account's tweets

Twitter has plugged a hole that allowed non-approved users to snoop into protected posts of a small number of users.

Apps/Software March 11, 2014

SXSW News: Google looks to boost Android's presence in wearable market

Google will make a software developers kit available in the next few weeks to make it easier for developers interested in using Android to run their wearable devices to make apps. The news was released at the South by Southwest conference.

Apps/Software March 10, 2014

Apple releases iOS 7.1 with visual enhancements, bug fixes and new features

Apple has released iOS 7.1, which includes major bug fixes and visual enhancements for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apps/Software March 11, 2014

PlayStation Now games could cost as little as $4.99 to stream

Worried about PlayStation Now streaming cost? You may not have to.

Apps/Software March 12, 2014

Microsoft to pull plug on Windows XP in April: What you should know

Come April 8, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP.

Apps/Software March 11, 2014

Pebble 2.0 finally released: Appstore, new watchfaces, and more

Pebble 2.0 app is now available for Android. Brings forth an app store and a long list of improvements.

Apps/Software March 13, 2014

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