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Viber for iPhone gets a long-awaited design overhaul

Viber, a popular messaging and VoIP service available across nearly every computing platform, has seen its iOS app updated with a brand new look and feel. Version 4.2 introduces a flat, iOS 7-friendly design that comes months after competitors WhatsApp, Kik, BBM and others did the same. Still, for Viber’s 100 million users, many of

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Sony posts Xperia Keyboard app to Play Store for easy updates

Sony has decoupled yet another app from its customized Android framework, releasing Xperia Keyboard as a standalone app to the Play Store. At the moment the keyboard, which is among the best of all the OEMs, doesn’t appear to be too different from the previous version, but Sony has added the ability to backup and

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Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play for $249

Google’s purchase of Nest has quickly borne fruit, at least in the distribution department, as the company made the Nest Learning Thermostat available to purchase for $249 CDN on the Play Store. Google spent $3.2 billion to purchase Nest earlier this year, and though the collaboration has yet to spawn any new products, its newfound

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WhatsApp crosses the 500 million active user mark

“On a personal note, Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a small team of people who, in just under five years, built a communication service that now supports over 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users.” Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s co-founder, wrote those words on

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Tab for iPhone takes the Hailo approach to dining out, launches in Toronto

As we’ve covered more than a few times recently, the mobile payment space is permeable, with startups, loyalty companies, carriers and banks all jostling for users’ attention. There has yet to be a single app or service that completely does away with the notion of a physical wallet, but Tab, launching today in its home city of

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Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with Touch ID recognition improvements and bug fixes

Apple released iOS 7.1.1 today, iterating on the 7.1 release from late March. While iOS 7.1 was more about ironing out the design and performance issues from the initial release, its successor aims at fixing specific issues outstanding from that expansive update. According to Apple’s change log, there are “Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition,”

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Google Hangouts for Android update merges IMs and SMS, adds widget

Google Hangouts for Android is receiving a nice new update this week, addressing one of the most vociferous user complaints since SMS functionality was added last year: that the two content branches were separate. The update merges Hangouts and SMS messages, but unlike iMessages on iPhone, does not do so automatically. Instead, it asks you to

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Apple pushes its good name beyond products in new Earth Day initiative (video)

“Better. It’s a powerful word and a powerful idea.” Thus begins the narration from Apple CEO Tim Cook over a video highlighting Apple’s success, not in products but in the earth-focused processes under which they’re designed, produced, manufactured and distributed. The Cupertino-based company is highlighting its “unprecedented” leadership in environmental matters this week, in the run-up

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