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Distiller’s whisky guide arrives on Android

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I like scotch, but heaven help me if asked to identify the “dark honey, cereal, citrus, and vanilla” notes in a bottle of Dalmore 12.

That’s why apps like Distiller, available today for Android after a brief exclusivity period on iOS, are useful. The app has a wide range of whiskys from all over the world, though its more extensive section is for scotch, and pairs pricing, tasting notes and reviews in an easy-to-follow flow.

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Songza for Android is getting a big upgrade, and you can try it early

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There are few apps on Android more in need of a design overhaul than free music streaming service, Songza. Though the app has added Chromecast support and fixed a number of bugs in recent months, the core user experience is very much aligned with how apps were expected to function in the Ice Cream Sandwich era.

With the introduction of updated design guidelines in Android 4.1 and beyond, most new apps have done away with the drop-down Action Bar in favour of a persistent top bar or, more common, a “hamburger” menu that exposes menu elements from the left side.

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Javelin Browser is a great Android browser designed for KitKat

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There is no shortage of great Android browsers, from the AOSP project (Chromium), Google itself (Chrome and Chrome beta), to Mozilla (Firefox), Opera, Dolphin and many, many others.

Javelin Browser is a relatively new entry into this crowded market, differentiating itself with a unique UI and a gesture-friendly UX. Built on top of the open-sourced WebKit-based Lightning Browser, Javelin renders extremely quickly and scrolls smoothly, two prerequisites for a great browser on the platform. But it’s got a few more tricks up its sleeve: it’s KitKat-optimized, so the navigation elements are either hidden or made translucent, allowing for fullscreen usage on devices with virtual menu buttons like the Nexus 5 and HTC One M8.

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Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad, requires Creative Cloud subscription

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Adobe is becoming quite the nimble services company, bundling its top-selling products into a single $9.99/month subscription called Creative Cloud. Those who choose to spend the money for access to cloud-optimized versions of photo-editing powerhouse Lightroom and jack-of-all-trades Photoshop CC (the CC is for “Creative Cloud” edition, get it?) now have another tool at their disposal.

Lightroom for iPad is not exactly a paired-down version of Lightroom 5 for OS X or Windows; it doesn’t pretend to be the final step in your workflow. Instead, it’s a way to synchronize photos and editing metadata between the two platforms, so one can start, or continue, edits that will be finished on the bigger screen. More of a companion app than a fully-fledged photo editor, Lightroom does have plenty of capacity for doing good, solid editing work. (more…)

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HTC One ‘M8 Ace’ leaks online, shows itself in red

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HTC is prepping for the launch of the HTC One M8, a follow-up to the well-build HTC One from last year. Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile and SaskTel will be releasing this flagship in a few days and many have already received the device early through the “pre-sale” program.

Shortly after HTC announced the M8 there were rumours of the company making a mini version called the HTC One M8 mini. This is a similar track the the One too with the HTC One mini with its scaled down specs. Today, reputable device leaker @evleaks has revealed a device called the HTC One “M8 Ace.” It’s not known exactly what this is… possibly the mini version of the flagship, but could simply be a new colour option for the M8. A few weeks ago HTCSource posted a report that in addition to the Gunmetal Grey, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver, HTC would also see a red variant for the device.

Until more info on this comes forward we can gander at the above image.
Read our One M8 Review here.

Source: @evleaks
Via: HTCSource
(Thanks Sean!)

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Oppo’s Find 7a now available to preorder, offers free shipping and accessory bundle

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One of the best deals on an unlocked Android smartphone is now available for preorder.

Oppo’s Find 7a, the slightly less-powerful sibling to the Find 7, is now up for preorder in Canada, and arrives with free shipping and three accessories, including an Easy Cover, an extra battery and a 32GB microSD card.

Oppo isn’t a well-known name in North America, but with the release of the Find 5 and N1, along with the recent announcement of the Find 7 and Find 7a, the Chinese manufacturer is looking to change that.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Ace Style tests KitKat’s 512MB-optimized performance

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Samsung’s got a new entry-level Android device, and it’s both familiar and intriguing. The Galaxy Ace Style is the first from the company to ship with 512MB RAM and KitKat, testing Google’s claims that the newly-launched OS version is more consistently performant with less system memory.

Other than that, the 4-inch device sports a 800×480 pixel LCD display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 4GB of internal storage, a 1,500mAh removable battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and a “new” version of TouchWIZ called Essence.

Available in “Cream White” and “Dark Gray,” the device is expected to go on sale during April, though there have been no Canadian announcements just yet. This is actually a significant downgrade from the Ace 3, which launched in July of last year, as that device had LTE support and 1GB of RAM. If the device does come to Canada, expect it go debut at $0 on contract and roughly $150 outright.

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Apple: ’87% of devices are using iOS 7′

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Apple has once again updated their weekly chart that show iOS adoption. These stats are based are mainly for the developer community and is based on the number of users visiting the App Store. Dated April 6th, Apple says that “87% of devices are using iOS 7,” this is up from 79% in January. iOS 6 users visiting the App Store make up for 11%, followed by 2% using earlier versions.

Comparing to its main competitor, Google’s latest OS update pegs Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat adoption rate at 5.3%. In addition, from a Canadian perspective, the latest report from comScore shows Android owning 44% of the Canadian smartphone market and iOS 37%.

Source: Apple
Via: AI

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Sony Xperia M upgrade to Jelly Bean now available

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It’s progress. Bell has pushed out an update to the entry-level Sony Xperia M. It’s also safe to assume that the update has arrived on Virgin Mobile. The OS has now been graced with Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean to the device, but also improved battery life.

No indication if the Xperia M will receive KitKat, but for now Jelly Bean is waiting for you. Check your device: press Settings >> About Phone >> Software update.

(Thanks Jason!)

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Ottawa International Game Conference announces keynote speakers

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At it approaches its third year in existence, the OIGC is slowly building an international gaming conference of some renown in our own backyard. Labelling itself “Ontario’s largest game conference” the OIGC will host 600 attendees over two days in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, with the major companies you’d expect in attendance, like Ubisoft and Square Enix.

The OIGC announced its speaker list this week, and quite a few will be of interest to mobile developers. Peter Heinrich of Amazon will be speaking about Amazon GameCircle, the companies cross-platform alternative to the iOS Game Center. The conference will also feature a few imports from across the pond: Oscar Clark of popular mobile ads network Everyplay GameAds, which was recently purchased by Unity, will be speaking on game monetization – which is perfect, because he literally wrote the book on free to play design. UK studio Exient, makers of Angry Birds: Go!, will also be on had to discuss dev studio partnerships.

The OIGC says it will be adding more mobile speakers as the conferences approaches, but it’s worth a look now while early bird registration is still available.

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