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Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

The Ubuntu device you're about to see goes by the name Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition, and it isn't going to be like your average iPhone or Android. Instead, so it's being presented by Canonical as, this device will make quick work of your day-to-day needs with "Scopes" - also known as cards. The first Ubuntu phone for the public will make use of this first market-ready version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and will pose the following question to the public: Do you really need apps in the first place?

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Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour, most notable as a clothing and footwear manufacturer for sports and fitness buffs, has acquired two software companies. MyFitnessPal and Endomondo are now Under Armour properties, giving the sportswear manufacturer complimentary services to their existing MapMyFitness and UA Record suite of apps. According to Under Armour, this now gives them a user base of over 120 million, and the “largest digital health and fitness community”.

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Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Avast has dropped the bomb on a new variety of Android malware permeating the Google Play Store, something that has found its place on millions of users' devices in the form of games and other simple -- and seemingly legit -- content. Those who have had an adware-infected computer at one time or another will be familiar with the intrusion; all goes well for the infected user for a while, but after some period of time has passed, advertisements begin appearing when the phone or tablet is unlocked, hawking products that are, in some cases, legit.

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Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s coming in April. Various other reports lay out a litany of non-official info about the Apple Watch, but one thing is certain: we’re interested in Apple’s first official wearable. A new landing page for the Apple Watch aims to educate the public a bit more about why the Apple Watch is something they should consider, while the actual iOS app for the Apple Watch (which we’ve discussed before) has also been leaked via Twitter.

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Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Yesterday saw the debut of Snapchat's first original web series, Literally Can't Even, and users of the ephemeral messaging app are widely giving it a big thumbs-down. The show is written by and stars Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, who play two 20-somethings living their life. The first episode, titled Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX, is just under 5 minutes long, and is a debut of Snapchat's initiative to create original content and publish it exclusively to the messaging platform. Read on to see what viewers had to say.

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WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook and one of the world's most popular mobile messaging platforms, has been working on a voice calling feature for some time now. The company first announced that they were working on the functionality early last year, and it is expected to make an official debut sometime this year, although exact timing remains unknown. However, a small handful of images were posted on Reddit this weekend that show a new WhatsApp voice calling interface running on an Android device.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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Google Now gets third-party app support with update

Google Now gets third-party app support with update

After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your usage, will now allow third-party apps to deliver info to you. Google says over 40 new cards will be available to users, and the info sharing is a one-way street; app Developers won’t be able to cull data from Now.

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While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you were away, Facebook took over mobile. Without you scorning them at every turn (I’m guilty, too), Facebook quietly moved the pieces on the board, and the game now looks different. there was a point in time when Facebook didn’t “get” mobile, admitting as much ahead of cranking the wheel hard and forging a new path. Now, they run the mobile show by having the four most popular apps worldwide, and enjoy a strict hold on mobile advertising.

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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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