Google Hangouts for iOS updated with new UI and ability to share multiple photos at once

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The Google Hangouts iOS app has received an update, bumping it to version 4.0. The update brings a new design that the company claims makes it faster to start new conversations, and add stickers, emoji, and photos.

The updated app features a new Dialer UI for better phone calling experience, as well as a new quick compose button that allows you to quickly find contacts with whom you chat most frequently. Read more »

LG Chem outs a hexagonal battery for smartwatches

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LG Chem has developed a hexagonal battery for smartwatches. The solution improves the capacity by 25% in comparison to the currently available rectangular batteries.

The Korean manufacturer has reportedly started offering the new battery to hardware manufacturers worldwide. Read more »

Google Maps will soon list all railroad crossings in the US

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Last year there was a big rise in the number of rail crossing accidents in the US, and the authorities are working with Google to try and do something about it. Namely, you will soon find all of the railroad crossings in the US inside Google Maps.

We’re talking about around 215,000 crossings in total, of which 130,000 are public and 85,000 are private. Not only will you be able to see each railroad crossing placed on the map inside Google’s app, but you’ll also be notified when one’s approaching if you’re in navigation mode. Read more »

Facebook’s lightweight Android app ‘Lite’ officially launched in India and Philippines

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Just less than a month after Facebook announced Lite, a lightweight Android app aimed at emerging markets, the company officially launched it in India and Philippines.

The app uses less data and hence works well even when your bandwidth is at a minimum, the social networking company claims. It is less than 1MB in size (430 KB to be precise), which makes it quick to download and load. Read more »

Truedialer gets Material Design update

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Truedialer is a dialler app for Android by the people who made Truecaller. The app goes through your call history and replaced numbers without contact information with proper names and photos from the Truecaller database.

The app has now received an update, which brings with it the new Material Design along with a dark theme. There is now also a dedicated search box where you can enter a number to get the name from the database. The app is also now faster than before. Read more »

Facebook’s latest employee diversity report reveals little progress

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Facebook has released its latest employee diversity report, revealing that there has been little progress in the area since it reported the numbers last time.

As per the report, 91% of the company’s employees are white or Asian. These include 94% of the tech employees, 86% of the non-tech employees, and 94% of the senior leadership. Read more »

Google’s glucose-monitoring smart contact lens may arrive before 2019

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Back in January last year, Google announced that it has developed a smart contact lens prototype containing a glucose sensor. While the company had earlier said the lens won’t be available to the general public for at-least next five years, it now looks like the wearable device may hit the market before 2019.

This was revealed in a recently uncovered patent application that showed off potential designs for how the search giant could package a smart contact lens. When reached for comment, a Google representative said that product releases can’t be deduced from patent applications. Read more »

Facebook’s new iOS photo uploader will reportedly let you overlay Snapchat-like filters, text, and stickers on images

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Facebook is currently testing a new iOS photo uploader which will allow users to put Snapchat-like filters, text, and stickers on their pictures, according to a TechCrunch report.

Facebook emulating Snapchat’s features shouldn’t really come as a surprise given that the world’s largest social network in 2013 tried to acquire the latter for $3 billion but the offer was turned down. Facebook’s Slingshot app is also widely perceived to be a Snapchat clone. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active battery life test

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active features a massive 3,500mAh battery. The rest of the rugged device’s internals are identical to those found in the regular Samsung Galaxy S6, so we were quite curious to put it through our battery test.

The 2,550mAh battery of the SM-G920 was sufficient enough to propel it to a stellar endurance rating of 73 hours. With roughly 40% more battery capacity than its non-rugged sibling, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active commands seriously high expectations. Read on to find out if the device delivers! Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Your verdict on Android M, iOS 9 and Watch OS 2.0

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A while ago, we asked for your opinion on a few upcoming OS releases in the mobile realm. You’ve had some time to think and to evaluate the contenders and now it’s time to see what you think of Android M, iOS 9 and Watch OS 2.0. Results are in and, for the better part, they are conclusive, but we do suspect some Apple “bashing” might have occurred as well.

Let’s take it from the top. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 updated to Android 5.1.1: exploring the differences on video

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The Android 5.1.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been out for a while and it finally landed in our grasp so we updated our unit and took it for a quick spin. And we do mean quick as the changelog is particularly short.

We dug around the interface, tried shooting a RAW image and ran some benchmarks. Our findings are pretty slim – the 0.1 update brings only a handful of features. Read more »

Lenovo A7000 Preview

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The Lenovo A7000 is one of company’s budget smartphones, slotted between the A6000 Plus and the new K3 Note. But while we will be taking a look at the latter in a future post, it’s time to take a closer look at the A7000.

Despite its budget positioning, the A7000 does come with a good set of features, including a 5.5-inch HD display, 64-bit octa-core processor on a MediaTek chipset, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, LTE, dual SIM support and a 2900mAh battery. It’s also the world’s first phone to have Dolby Atmos-certified audio. Read more »

Windows 10 Mobile may arrive with native call recording

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Windows 10 Mobile might feature call recording. The latest Windows 10 Mobile build number 10149 contains hints about the heavily demanded feature.

So far, Microsoft has not been able to bake the functionality inside the Windows Phone platform. Not even Apple has added it in iOS, or Google in Android. Read more »

Google will improve click quality of mobile display ads

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Google announced that it will improve the click quality of mobile display ads. Recent studies have revealed that up to 50% of the current clicks have been accidental.

Going forward, the search giant will automatically block accidental clicks on several occasions. Read more »