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Milk Music aims to differentiate Samsung devices with web radio

Milk Music aims to differentiate Samsung devices with web radio

Every once in a while there’s an app or device release who’s appearance on the market is more important than its inner workings. With Milk Music, this much is true. Samsung is continuing down the road of adding value to their devices, and their devices only, with apps that only work on Galaxy smartphones, Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Tab tablet series. Milk Music is an internet radio app made to bring advertisement-free music to Samsung devices.

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Vine cracks down on content

Vine cracks down on content

Vine content runs the gamut from interesting snippets of everyday life -- a sort of extension on the memories created with a snapshot -- to elaborate animations or carefully planned short video-form stories. Amongst all the offerings lies an underbelly of raunchy content, however, something Vine is cracking down on.

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Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant demoed in early build

Windows Phone Cortana voice assistant demoed in early build

This week there’s been more than one "leak" of the digital natural-voice assistant Cortana for Windows Phone 8. This assistant is akin to Apple’s Siri for iPhone and iPad as well as Google Now and Google Search for Android. Here we’re seeing Cortana in action in a sort of hands-on video presented by a leakster who has had his hand in several Windows Phone 8.1 build-related fishings.

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Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone 8

Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone 8

This week in Barcelona, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore suggested that the spread of Windows Phone 8 across the planet is leading in to a greater app spread. This suggestion also had to do with updates for the system itself, with Belfiore saying that because Windows Phone is growing around the world, more apps and software updates will be coming through 2014. One of these apps is Facebook Messenger.

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Jolla Sailfish OS launching as a launcher to invade Android

Jolla Sailfish OS launching as a launcher to invade Android

This week the folks behind the smartphone hardware and software brand Jolla have decided they’d be invading the world through Android. Before Sailfish 1.0 is launched across the whole world with smashing success, the company has decided they’d be rolling in a way for users on Android (the most common OS out there today for phones) to test their Jolla-made bits. This test will come in the form of a launcher.

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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, NASA’s budget for 2014: $17bn

This afternoon Facebook announced that they’d be acquiring the whole of the app ecosystem called WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion USD. This purchase price includes $4 billion in cash, Facebook shares worth $12 billion, and a cool $3 billion in restricted stock units (RSUs) that will go to both WhatsApp’s founders and employees - these stock units will vest over four years once this deal is closed. Meanwhile YouTube personality Marques Brownlee made note of a very interesting realization soon after the Facebook announcement was made - NASA’s entire budget for 2014 is less than $18 billion.

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Amazon Coins virtual currency spreads to regular Android devices

Amazon Coins virtual currency spreads to regular Android devices

Amazon has opened up its virtual currency, Amazon Coins, for use across all Android devices, having originally limited it to its own Kindle Fire tablets. The digital cash, launched back in May 2013 as a way for Kindle Fire users to buy apps, media content, and in-app purchases, Coins can now be used in the Amazon Appstore in the US, UK, and Germany, hoping that Coins' rewards system will persuade people to skip other payment types.

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