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Windows Phone developers can now respond to app reviews

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Microsoft launched its pilot program this week, first announced at BUILD, which allows Windows Phone developers the ability to respond to app reviews. The pilot program contains a small group of pre-selected developers, and is currently only US-only, although Microsoft will slowly expand the program each month to new developers prioritized by app download volume.

Developers in the program will be able to respond to reviews posted from Windows 8.X devices, triggering a notification email to the reviewer. The reviewer then has the option to respond or update their review. They can also opt out of future notifications, or even report developers abusing the feature. Microsoft has been explicit that the tool is not to be used for marketing, but rather for gathering feedback and updating users on new features and bug fixes.

As with any communication system related to tech reviews, Microsoft’s initiative has the potential to be both a giant boon to developers or a flaming clustercuss.

SourceTNW
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LG G2 placed on Bell’s ‘End of Life’ list as hints of a summer G3 announcement surface

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This screenshot could significantly bring truth to the rumours of LG launching the G3 soon. According to this internal doc, courtesy of Bell, the current LG G2 flagship has been placed on the “End of Life” list. This usually means that the current stock is being depleted and “no longer available for ordering.” Bell is requesting staff shift prospective buyers towards the Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 or for some reason the Galaxy S4 mini.

The Verge recently reported that stated the LG G3 is slated to be available sometime this summer and will sport an impressive 2560 x 1440 screen resolution.

(Thanks tipster!)

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Contest: Win a TELUS Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Gear Fit!

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This is it! You’re chance to win a beautiful Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Gear Fit, courtesy of TELUS!

This new LTE-enabled flagship runs the latest version of Android (OS 4.4.2 KitKat), has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display (1920×1080, 432ppi), 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, built-in heart rate monitor, 16MP camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, 2800 mAh battery and is also waterproof and dust resistant.

In addition, TELUS has also thrown in the new Gear Fit smartwatch and their one of their glorious critters for good measure.

How do you win? Easy! Just leave a comment below on why you’d love to have the GS5 on TELUS. The contest closes on April 30th and we’ll pick the winner at random. (more…)

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RunKeeper Breeze is an iPhone 5s step-counting app with brains and beauty

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RunKeeper is already one of the best ways to track your more vigorous cardiovascular activity, but for those who merely want to count their steps the company has launched Breeze, a delightful and simple app that plugs into the data gathered from the iPhone 5s’ M7 chip.

Like the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5s has a chip dedicated to collecting and making available activity data for apps such as Breeze. Without collecting location data, the M7 offers developers the last seven days of activity. Of course, once you open the app and begin using it, Breeze accumulates as many days as you would like it to.

While it’s not a replacement for the dedicated RunKeeper app, Breeze quickly allows iPhone 5s users to track and compare light activity levels — those times that aren’t explicitly dedicated to running, walking, cycling or other forms of exercise — over time.

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Mobilicity proposes TELUS acquire its assets for $350 million

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Looks like those rumours of TELUS attempting to once again acquire Mobilicity for $350 million were true.

Mobilicity is currently under court protection from its creditors and has been seeking a buyer since last September. The struggling carrier recently auctioned off its spectrum and subscriber base and according to a press release a total of “six organizations submitted participating materials and five bids were received.” Mobilicity and its Chief Restructuring Officer William Aziz declared that after looking through potential bids, TELUS’ offer was the only one “determined to be an acceptable transaction.”

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Pioneer wants to put CarPlay in your car

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Pioneer Electronics announced today a new aftermarket in-dash multimedia system for consumers that want to pimp their ride with Apple’s recently announced (and QNX powered) CarPlay. CarPlay heavily integrates with Siri to allow iOS 7 iPhone users to make and receive calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch of their dash. While CarPlay will be rolling out later this year in 2014 models from Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, and others, Pioneer’s system allows motorists a CarPlay experience without the need to purchase a new vehicle.

Pioneer is offering five different NEX in-dash multimedia receiver options, ranging from $750 to $1500 SRP, which are currently available at authorized Pioneer dealers across Canada. Pioneer will provide CarPlay compatibility to the receivers via a firmware update later this summer.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) getting KitKat update soon

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Users of the excellent Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) may not have to wait much longer for their KitKat update. SamMobile reports that South American users have already begun receiving the long-awaited software bump, with more countries slated to receive it in the coming weeks.

There’s no word on when North Americans will get their chance, but the powerful tablet has proven, even on Jelly Bean, to be an incredible performer and a very useful productivity tool.

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BlackBerry announces mobile app development award for Canada-Wide Science Fair

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BlackBerry and its former co-CEOs have a long history of giving back to young Canadians interested in the sciences. Today, BlackBerry announced a new mobile development award for the Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014.

The Smartphone App Development Award has three age categories: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. To be eligible, students must build a mobile application using PhoneGap or Appcelerator that meets BlackBerry’s BB10 UI guidelines. The top winners will receive one-on-one mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile developer expert, a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, and cash prizes.

It’s expected that around 500 scientists will compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair national championship in Windsor, May 10-17, after winning one of the 102 regional sciences fairs happening across the nation now until April 30th. More information for those interested in participating can be found at the source link.

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New Personal plan nets you Office for one PC and tablet at $69/year

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While it was clear after one week of availability that many people were interested in downloading Office for iPad, it was also clear from our comments section that few were willing to pay the price for full functionality. To get anything more than read and presentation support, users also must have an Office 365 subscription, which costs $99/year, which provides access for up to 5 tablets and 5 Macs/PCs.

Microsoft has now updated their pricing options with a new Personal Plan. The Personal Office 365 subscription costs $69/year (or $6.99/month) and provides access for only one Mac/PC and one tablet. Subscribers also receive 20 GB of OneDrive online storage and 60 minutes of Skype credit per month.

Let us know if the revised Office 365 pricing is enough to convince you to sign up.

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Yahoo releases overhauled Flickr app for Android and iOS

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You’d be forgiven for thinking Marissa Mayer hasn’t taken Android as seriously as iOS since becoming CEO of Yahoo. The company has released many crucial updates for its most popular apps in recent months, including the iOS-only News Digest, and Android has often been left by the wayside.

It looks like the situation is beginning to change, if Flickr’s massive overhaul is any indication. The company has released brand new apps for iOS and Android that make navigating the large numbers of Flickr photos more attractive and, for Android at least, taking and managing one’s own photos a breeze. (more…)

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