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Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

Mizuu 3.0 media explorer for Android goes free as dev gets job

A feel-good story doesn't often come out of the halls of app developers - every once in a while someone gets lucky and creates a Flappy Bird, but generally it's all hard work and small reward. This is not the case for the developer known as Michell Bak. This man worked hard on a media server app by the name of Mizuu for several years, releasing it for Android and creating the best software he could to make his way in the world.

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VLC to return to iOS early this year

VLC to return to iOS early this year

The video-playing app known as VLC will return to iOS in early 2015, but not before its gathered a bit more in the bug fix department. The VLC app has been out on Android and iOS for some time, but recently disappeared from the iTunes App Store following the release of iOS 8 for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s. At this time the app will not be re-released for iOS - not until the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown is complete. This could be as early as a few days from now.

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Internet Explorer may need to die

Internet Explorer may need to die

Over the past decade, the decline in popularity of Internet Explorer took place in a big way because of the rise of competition. The last big release of Internet Explorer was with Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 6 is dead, at long last, but the ill effects of this extremely buggy browser are still in full effect today. Is it time for Microsoft to ditch the brand and move on? A tip earlier today suggested that Microsoft's new browser brand may be called Spartan - another Halo brand like Cortana for a full Halo family.

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MegaChat encrypted Skype rival imminent says Kim Dotcom

MegaChat encrypted Skype rival imminent says Kim Dotcom

Outspoken encryption enthusiast Kim Dotcom has promised the imminent arrival of his Skype rival, Mega's fully-encrypted video call and chat platform, which will be positioned as a pipeline for free-speech. The service, currently referred to as MegaChat, will support all the key features of existing popular messaging clients, only with the added promise of no backdoors being provided to the US government, Dotcom claims, pointing out that it's already in fact been used in public by high-profile leakers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. News of the app comes as fresh revelations from Snowden's NSA documents finger several services as being targeted by the spy agency.

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Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

There's a big gap between a young child's love of smart devices and most parents' grasp of what games are good enough - or appropriate - for them to play with. While devices like the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition made some headway into the guidance business for children, we've got a lot of work to do! What follows is a relatively SHORT guide to get you started in the world of apps and games made for very young children - all of them without the threat of your child buying massive amounts of "coins" without your knowledge. One cost or free, then done - that's it.

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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet updates nails Android 5.0.1

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet updates nails Android 5.0.1

As it has been with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet experience thus far and as we expect it to continue through the future, updates are happening with all speed. Before the VAST majority of modern tablets get their update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is already being updated to Android 5.0.1. This update includes a number of system performance enhancements as well as the return of a feature axed in the update previous to this. Memory optimizations have also been implemented "for memory intensive apps."

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Intel Easy Migration promises one-click data transfer to a Chromebook

Intel Easy Migration promises one-click data transfer to a Chromebook

Intel is trying to make it easy for Windows PC and smartphone users on Android or iOS to migrate data from their device to a new Chromebook. Intel has introduced apps for Android and iOS devices as well as software for Windows PCs called Intel Easy migration. The goal of the software is to make it easy to transfer data like photos, video, and more to the cloud-based Chromebook.

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Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Earlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that'll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in situations when you need more screen real estate but don't have a monitor around to utilize. The app wasn't available at the time, but it didn't take long for it to drop, and as of now you can grab both the iOS and the Mac varieties, breathing new life into that old iPad.

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How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

Google Cardboard enables its wearer to use a smartphone to enter the world of virtual reality. This week we got the chance to speak with Google's Andrew Nartker, product manager for Cardboard on what their latest grand re-opening means for the VR community and what "this little cardboard box" is able to do for developers and for viewers like you, the reader. Take a trip to a virtual realm with any one of several VR-enabled games, to a concert stage with live-shooting cameras, or to any street in the world via Google Maps.

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