Wire Messaging App

Wire is a new cross-platform messaging app that's built for mobile, tablet and desktop. Made by folks formerly at Skype, the design is vivid and allows for pics to be thrown into the conversation in full-width. Soundcloud and Youtube links...

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Google Fit

Google has introduced Google Fit, an offering similar to Apple's HealthKit but, of course, for Android. It uses existing sensors in Android devices to track your activities, whether it's walking, running, biking or something else. The health report dishes this...

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Google Material Design

Google has introduced Material Design, a new visual language that looks to synthesize the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. It's to stretch across Android, Chrome OS and Google's web properties. Google's...

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LG G3

Introducing the LG G3, the latest Android smartphone to hit the market. This one packs some pretty impressive specs like Quad HD resolution and laser auto focus which measures the distance to the subject using laser technology. The 5.5-inch IPS...

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Google Android Wear, an OS for Wearables

We recently shared leaked images of a Google x LG smartwatch and looks like they were on the right track. Google's unveiled Android Wear, an official jump into wearables via an operating system that's designed specifically for wearable devices like...

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Google x LG Smartwatch Specs Leaked

The market for wearables is growing and Google's jumping in to the mix with a LG-made smartwatch. The info started to leak over the weekend and shows visuals and product specs for the Android-powered watch. Not 100% just yet, but...

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Instagram Direct

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Instagram held a press event this morning to unveil their latest iteration – Instagram Direct. It’s a new way to send photo and video messages to your friends. A new icon in the top right corner of your home feed will let you access the feature as all you have to do is tap it to see photos and videos that people have sent directly to you. If you’re looking to send, just choose Direct instead of Followers once you’ve edited your post. When you’re done editing, just choose the people you want to share with.

Instagram Direct is available through the App Store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android users via an update to the Instagram app. Short clip promoting the new feature is below.

Introducing | Facebook Home

Facebook Home

Facebook has opted out of designing a new phone and instead worked with the Google Android platform to create a new overlay that replaces your app icons with social info. The lockscreen’s replaced with Cover Feed and prioritizes updates from people instead of apps, whilst using an algorithm to determine the updates that are most important to you. Need access to your apps? Just swipe notifications off screen to dismiss them while using a long press can remove all notifications in one go. Full-screen images really give Home an engaging palette, with the end result being a blend between Android and iPhone social networking app Path. Plain text status updates are placed over a user’s cover photo, to keep the appearance consistent with photo-centric posts.

Chat Heads is Facebook’s new messaging app that’s featured in Home. It allows you to quickly and easily communicate with your friends without leaving the app yo’re in. Circular icons are featured on the right-hand side, with the ability to drag them to anywhere you like on the screen. Tap them and you open a pop-over chat dialog that combines IMs and text messages into a universal interface.

Google Ingress

Google Ingress

Google’s Niantic Labs has dropped a new multi-player gaming platform for mobile users, dubbed Ingress. Your real-world location is turned into a virtual world, by way of virtual layering after your location’s been determined. Users fight for territory against opposing factions while the game is sure to take Augmented Reality to new heights. Complex capturing systems allow players to capture nearby building and areas located by using your GPS. Players can work together to capture a bundle of close-by areas to expand their faction territory, or fight to gain other factions’ territories.

Currently an invite-only beta application, you can gain access to Ingress by applying here.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon has finally taken the covers off the new Kindle Fire, an Android-based tablet that will give users access to more than 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines and books on the go. The Amazon Appstore features thousands of top apps and games (though there is no access to Android Market) and Amazon Silk, the online retailer’s ultra-fast web browser. The tablet itself is pretty speedy as well as it’s fitted with a dual-core processor and all your Amazon content is pushed to Amazon Cloud so you can download what you want when you want it and delete it off the Kindle Fire to free up more of that 8GB onboard storage.

The two clinching features that really stood out to us were Amazon Whispersync and Kindle Fire’s deep integration with Amazon Prime. Prime members can keep shopping through the tablet and utilize all their current benefits and access unlimited streaming of over 10,000 movies and TV shows. Whispersync is next level as it automatically syncs your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and other key highlights across all your devices. With the Kindle Fire, Whispersync goes one step further by adding video to the mix. Basically, watch any of those movies or shows on your Kindle Fire and then turn on your PC, Mac, or any one of over 300 compatible TVs and you can pick up right where you left off.