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10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

Android and iOS dominate the mobile world, and any aberrations in that among business users tends to revolve around BlackBerry. Still, Windows Phone has found a fond place in some business users’ hearts, as evidenced by the growing number of business-centric apps available in the Windows Phone store, but as any Windows Phone users will know, picking the useful apps out among the dreck can be time consuming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, hunting and pecking through the myriad of apps available to find the best business apps for Windows Phone.

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The Apple Watch Edition is not for you

The Apple Watch Edition is not for you

There's a lot of chatter right now on what sort of madness it'll be seeing the prices of the highest-end Apple Watch Edition devices this Spring. But check it out - they aren't being made to sell to the same people that buy iPhone 5c. The 18k gold Apple Watch Edition isn't going to be aimed at a person who doesn't buy the most expensive iPhone. Remember when it was insane to think that Apple would make a gold iPhone? That happened!

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HTC out in the open with Esports

HTC out in the open with Esports

Back a few weeks ago, HTC launched (publicly) their HTC Esports initiative. They're sponsoring Esports teams now, and they're being fairly open about it. Not that it was a secret, but given their relative lack of hard-and-fast connections (hardware) to the gaming universe, it's not immediately apparent why HTC would be doing such a thing. Today, HTC released a video by the by the name of "Rebirth: What Is Esports." Sounds like a bit of a play on the name of the camera HTC Re, doesn't it?

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YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

YouTube for Kids detailed: here’s why it’s necessary

This week we're hearing - again - that Google will be releasing a YouTube app made specifically for children. As YouTube is the primary app for video content from the web on Android - and is used by most iPhone users for video content on the web as well - it makes perfect sense that a child-friendly option, YouTube for Kids, would be made available. Why, you say? Why, you might ask as a person who does not have children playing with smart devices every single day of the year?

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8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

Texting has become little more than a quick way to fire a simple message off to someone you’ve only a casual acquaintance with, or those few holdouts still using dumb phones. Everyone else is likely connected with you through a chatting app, most of which now offer features like sending audio snippets, files, high-quality emoticons, and more. WhatsApp has been a long-reigning champ when it comes to chatting apps, and there’s a good chance you either use it or have used it in the past…and, like many, you might not be so fond of the app.

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Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Today in San Francisco, Yahoo is holding their first Mobile Developers Conference. With over 1,000 Devs in attendance, Yahoo was quick to roll out a new suite of tools for them to get tucked into. A lot of attention was paid to analytics, where Yahoo’s prior acquisition of Flurry is starting to pay off. With some of the tools, Yahoo will give Developers a better avenue to monetize, and even some reach into advertising. Yahoo also made a bold move to ingrain their search engine into apps.

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Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Inbox by Gmail updated for iPad

Google has updated their iOS build of Inbox by Gmail to work for the Apple iPad. This update brings a couple of changes to the way the app is organized on the tablet vs the ever-so-slightly smaller iPhone. This app continues to be an "invite only" situation, but emailing inbox (at) google (dot) com generally results in an invitation sent rather rapidly. This app is also (obviously) out for Android and was originally released to both platforms essentially at the same time.

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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