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NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

NissanConnect adds Twitter, TripAdvisor to Mobile Apps team

Continuing the amalgamation of our smartphones and our cars, Nissan is adding some new popular names to its list of supported apps for its NissanConnect in-vehicle infotainment platform. Now drivers and their passengers will be able to get access to TripAdvisor's juicy recommendations and keep up to date with their friends and idols on Twitter. In addition, iOS users will no longer feel left out of some music on the go with the addition of support for iPhones on NissanConnect's Pandora music streaming.

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WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

Those reports we see now and again about malware for Android always have a pretty strong narrative thread: don’t download apps outside of the Play Store. When you side-load apps, you open yourself up to all kinds of bad things, which is typically when malware takes hold. WhatsApp Plus, an app created for use as a WhatsApp client, has been an issue for users lately. WhatsApp has begun issuing 24-hour bans for users, but it’s not them — it’s their app.

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Evernote shuttering Peek and Hello, ends BlackBerry 7 support

Evernote shuttering Peek and Hello, ends BlackBerry 7 support

Evernote is making some changes today, and sweeping out the unneeded bits in a bout of Spring (Winter?) cleaning. Saying “there’s a natural lifecycle to technology at some point”, Evernote is shutting down a few apps, and ending support for some platforms that — well, we’re honestly surprised Evernote still had users for. If you use either Hello or Peek, you’ve got until February 7th to find a new method. Additionally, those on BlackBerry 7 and/or the BlackBerry PlayBook will need to find a new digital home for their notes.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Adding to the growing number of smart things trying to vie for our attention, love, and money, Kisha is bringing out what it is poising as the world's first smart umbrella. Using a combination of Bluetooth wireless technology, a mobile app, and some weather reporting, Kisha tries to make sure that not only will you never accidentally lose your umbrella again, you also won't have to leave home or office without your umbrella on a forecast rainy day. And it won't get broken so easily either.

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Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

When it comes to ebooks, Amazon is pretty much the king of the hill. But digital magazines are pretty much still fair game. In order to gain an advantage over its competitors, Magzter is offering a new Magzter Gold subscription scheme that will give users unlimited access to over 2,000 titles, including the hottest and latest magazine brands. And for those on a tighter budget, Magzter Gold Lite has the same unlimited access to but for a smaller pool of monthly titles to choose from.

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Google Calendar for iOS may see Material Design update soon

Google Calendar for iOS may see Material Design update soon

Like any other app you’d have on your smartphone or tablet, the calendar is a subjective and often polarizing choice. Several entries try to make sense of your schedule, and feed it to you in new and exciting ways. Or, they just show you what you’ve got going on. Whatever the app does, you’re probably going to have to look at it to see what’s going on, so aesthetics are important. Google’s Material Design overhaul brought some bright, bold visuals, and it could be coming to their iOS Calendar app.

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GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

This week the folks at IK Multimedia have released their newest in music-making technology for the mobile universe with GrooveMaker 2. This app takes what GrooveMaker was and amps it up, taking what was one of the first real-time music-making apps for mobile devices and giving it a new generation of boost. GrooveMaker 2 continues the tradition of working with loops sold in song packs. Each song pack can be found in one of several categories - House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and more.

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Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify has rolled out a long-awaited update for Windows Phone, revamping its color scheme with a darker theme and cleaner graphics, not to mention finally porting over some of the exploring features iOS and Android users have been enjoying. The new Spotify Windows Phone 8 app, available today, adds Browse and Your Music, in an attempt to not only help listeners cut their way through the millions of tracks on offer, but to integrate their own favorites into their streaming playlists. They're not exactly new features, however, coming to Microsoft's smartphone OS long after its counterparts on iOS and Android.

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Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

While there is, without a doubt, some good in Microsoft embracing other mobile platforms, some of its own Windows Phone users feel a bit left out, if not betrayed, by Redmond's seeming neglect of its own loyal fans. Like for example, the Office Windows Phone app, which is now believed by some to be the worst version among iOS and Android. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore promised, however, that Windows Phone users would have something grin about by February, but they might not be grinning if the new Office app would actually look like iOS instead.

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