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Nokia’s HERE Maps arrive on Google Play, coming to iOS in early 2015

Nokia’s HERE Maps arrive on Google Play, coming to iOS in early 2015

You know Nokia the handset maker, but are you familiar with Nokia the services provider? After dislodging their hardware division and shuffling it off toward Redmond and Microsoft, Nokia has become a services company first, hardware (distant) second. One of their more fascinating and profound services for consumers is HERE, a Maps app that is putting the rest of the world on notice. After a beta period meant for testing the app and finding bugs, HERE is now rolling out to Android users, and will challenge Google Maps in a significant way.

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Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

Future of Iowa digital driver’s license unclear

State officials in Iowa have a plan that will allow drivers to have a digital version of their driver's license rather than having to keep up with a physical card as states have now. These digital licenses would be on the driver's smartphone as an app. The logistics of the plan are now in question as state officials wonder if these digital licenses are something that motorists want.

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Grooveshark online radio app Broadcasts to launch next month

Grooveshark online radio app Broadcasts to launch next month

Grooveshark didn’t start on the right foot with the music companies that own the music it offered to listeners free. The reason for the ire and legal trouble for Grooveshark was that it didn’t pay for the music or license it before it made the tunes available in its app for listeners at no cost. Grooveshark has been around for eight years and is now trying to go legit.

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Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Of all the things Foursquare is good for, it’s not something you can take advantage of via iPad. There’s no actual iPad app from Foursquare! In splitting into Foursquare and Swarm, the need to have check-ins via the Foursquare app proper went away. Now that Foursquare is a lot more like Yelp, they’re ready to let you browse for something to eat or do on your tablet as well. The iPad-only app should be coming in the next few weeks.

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Microsoft wrenches Torque search app onto your Android phone

Microsoft wrenches Torque search app onto your Android phone

Search is an important part of your day, if you’re connected to the world via a smartphone or other device. If you’re not sure of the answer, you just “Google it”, and you probably get what you need. If you would rather use Bing (and hey, good for you if you would), there’s an option called Torque. The app, for Android Wear devices, brought you Bing search results with the flick of your wrist. Now, you can get Torque on your smartphone, too.

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Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos Controller app update adds multi-account feature

Sonos has just rolled out version 5.2 of its Controller app for mobile devices, both on iOS and Android, as well as desktops. This new release is quite a big one, adding a couple of most wanted features, such as support for associating different services with nicknames to make it easier to have a single Sonos system in one household. Mobile search has also been improved and there are enhancements to the Sonos Playbar soundbar as well.

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I ordered and paid for coffee via an app, and it was awesome

I ordered and paid for coffee via an app, and it was awesome

Yesterday, Starbucks announced they’d be launching a program in Portland to allow customers to order and pay in the app. Being a resident of Portland, my immediate reaction was one of disbelief (we typically don’t get opportunities like this), then curiosity. Is ordering and paying for something in-app as good as it sounds, or would there be severe hiccups that would make it an experience to forget? To test Starbucks’ new program out, I ordered coffee. From my phone.

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Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Bloatware, a not so loved term used to describe unwanted software on your smartphone or tablet, the mobile equivalent of spam. It has been a long bemoaned blight in the mobile world and yet very little seems to be done about it because the powers that be simply would not allow things to change. In fact, things might get even worse, thanks to Digital Turbine's new Ignite product, which not only gives carriers the ultimate bloatware tool, it also potentially bypasses Android's security measures.

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Google Inbox open to all until noon PST today

Google Inbox open to all until noon PST today

If you’re still waiting to check out google’s Inbox app, now’s your chance. for the next 90 minutes or so (until noon pacific standard time), Google will give anyone who asks an invitation to check out Inbox. The request must be sent via email, but you’ll get an automatic response that gives you access to Inbox if you send a request. It’s the latest invitation spree from Google, who seem keen to both get users excited about Inbox and roll it out at an appropriate pace.

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New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

Do you even know what’s going on with Android? If you’re a new user, probably not. There are a lot of subtle tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android handset, and Google is finally acknowledging it’s not easy to know what those are. A new app, Device Assist, has landed on the Play Store today, and helps users discover all the neat little ways they can make their device last longer and provide the info they want. Well, so long as you have a Google-y android handset, that is.

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