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What do you do if you’re expecting an important call or message but can’t turn on the device’s ringer or even switch it to vibration? Well, you get a Notti. The self proclaimed “smart light” brings customized visual notifications to your world by hooking up with your smartphone through Bluetooth. It can then light up in a wide variety of colors to let you know whether you have received a new text, email, update on Facebook or WhatsApp etc.

Read full post →Notti ‘Smart Light’ Brings Customized Visual Notifications To Your Room

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It really doesn’t surprise anyone that some of the newest features for Skype are initially only limited to the Windows Phone platform, seeing as how both are the property of Microsoft. The latest feature is no exception. Skype for Windows Phone has been updated with a new feature that allows users to doodle on a canvas and then send it over to their contacts.

The feature itself is nothing new. Other messaging clients have had it for a long time now but this is the first time that Microsoft has brought this feature to its messaging service. The canvas can be used for doodling, adding ink to photos and even annotating on screenshots and such.

So far Microsoft has not confirmed whether or not this feature will be added to the Android and iOS applications as well, at this point in time the feature is limited to Windows Phone. One can only assume that it may be a matter of time before doodling support lands on other mobile platforms supported by Skype.

That’s not all this update has to offer though. There’s support for HD screens, option to automatically sign into Skype using Microsoft Account linked to the device and improved app resume time.

The latest Skype update for Windows Phone is available as a free download right away from the Windows Store.

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Today Apple has released iOS 8.1, the next major update for the latest iteration of its mobile platform, which was first unveiled back in June this year. The new software brings a couple of new features to all supported devices. Apple formally announced at its event on October 16th that iOS 8.1 will be released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models on Monday, October 20th. Perhaps the biggest feature that comes with it is Apple Pay, which goes live across the U.S. today as well.

Read full post →iOS 8.1 Released With Apple Pay In Tow

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The LG G2 may rarely get the spotlight these days but Sprint hasn’t killed software support for it as yet. LG G2 is about a year old and has already been succeeded by the LG G3, which has been very well received by the Android community. The latest Android update for Sprint LG G2 brings HD Voice improvements and a couple of other fixes and improvements that are meant to make the overall user experience better than before.

Read full post →Sprint LG G2 Receives HD Voice Update

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This year both new iPhones came with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple debuted the sensor last year with the iPhone 5s but at the time it was limited to some of the company’s own apps and third party developers couldn’t tap into it. This was allowed by iOS 8 and many developers flocked to support this feature. Dropbox is one of them. The official Dropbox app for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been updated with Touch ID fingerprint sensor support.

Read full post →Dropbox Gets Touch ID Support For Both New iPhones

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If you have faced considerable problems in getting your hands on a OnePlus One unit you’re certainly not alone. The so called flagship killer hasn’t been widely available for purchase. OnePlus ran an invite system through which only those who received an invite could actually purchase a unit. Now though it is finally moving beyond that with a new pre-order system.

Read full post →OnePlus Finally Moves Beyond Invites With Pre-Order System

gmail 640x416On Android, users can choose to use the Email app or the Gmail app. The former will allow users to check their emails from other providers, while Gmail is for, well, Gmail. However if you preferred the features and design of the Gmail app, you might be pleased to learn that the upcoming version of Gmail will come with some new features.

According to the folks at Android Police, the new Gmail app will allow users to add their Yahoo and Outlook email accounts to the app, thus allowing users to check more than one account in the Gmail app. Users will be able to switch between the accounts simply by selecting the account from a drop down menu. Read full post →Upcoming Gmail App Update Will Include Yahoo And Outlook Support

Biometric security is a good way to make sure that you, and only you, can authorize a payment, authenticate a login, and so on. This is compared to PIN codes or passwords which can always be guessed, especially if it is someone close to you. Now for the most part, credit cards usually involve users swiping it or tapping it against a terminal to make payment.

Someone skilled in forging could easily forge your signature, and with contactless payment, anyone can tap your card if they have it and make purchases. Well MasterCard is hoping to change that by partnering up with Zwipe, which will basically see future MasterCards issued with a fingerprint scanner attached to the card itself. Read full post →Zwipe MasterCard Will Come With A Built-In Fingerprint Scanner

credit card smart chipIn some parts of the world, credit card companies have done away with the need for magnetic stripes and instead relied on chip technology to help detect and authorize credit card payments. This is apparently harder for criminals to make counterfeit cards and makes transactions more secure.

Now you might recall that earlier this year, it was reported that US credit card companies would be switching to the new system, dubbed EMV, in the coming 18 months, and according to an earlier report, it looks like President Obama has decided to speed things up a bit by signing an executive order to help speed up the adoption of EMV-standard cards in the US. Read full post →President Obama Signs Executive Order To Speed Up EMV Credit Card Adoption

android 5.0 lollipop 640x360We’re sure many are wondering when Google will release Android 5.0 Lollipop to the masses. The company did promise a release for Nexus devices in the coming weeks, although they did not specify a particular timeframe. However we had heard rumors of a possible 3rd of November release which have recently been confirmed by the folks at PhoneArena.

According to PhoneArena, they have been tipped off that the update will indeed be arriving for Nexus devices this 3rd of November, and just like the earlier rumors, it seems that the initial rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop will be targeted at Google’s WiFi-only Nexus devices, which includes the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Read full post →New Report “Confirms” Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Release For 3rd November [Rumor]