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Google's Nexus phones now offer built-in robocall protection

Google has updated the dialer on its Nexus and Android One devices to fend off scammers and directly from the incoming call screen. You'll see an alert if a call is suspected as spam and will be able to immediately block and report the number.

Play Store saves your data by cutting app update file sizes

Google has developed a method of compressing app downloads made through its Play Store that will heavily reduce the size of app updates. The new algorithm saves you data and speeds up downloads by compressing new content in patches.

Facebook Messenger reaches one billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger has crossed the one billion user mark, becoming one of few online services to gain such a following. The standalone messaging app is rapidly expanding to include new features that are proving to be popular and attractive to new users.

Facebook has a data centre full of five-year-old smartphones

Facebook's data centres mostly contain racks of servers to store user data. Though one of them holds something a little different. Inside a facility in Oregon, the company is testing its apps on hundreds of ancient smartphones, measuring performance.

Apple could make more money from Pokemon Go than Nintendo

Now that it's clear that Pokemon Go is a bit of a phenomenon, the question is which tech companies stand to win or lose from the millions of people running around cities catching cartoons.

Buy Android apps once, share with your family for free

Google has announced it is making a highly requested change to Google Play which will make the cost of purchasing apps and games significantly less for families. You'll be able to share your Android apps with up to six family members for free.

Uber, accused of illegal background checks, opts to pay fine

The U.S. giant of ride-sharing applications is in the eye of the storm again. This time several of its drivers filed a lawsuit claiming they got their accounts terminated illegally. The company opted out for a cash settlement.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

Spotify accuses Apple of using App Store 'weapon' to block update

Apple recently rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, refusing to approve the new version and preventing it getting to users. Spotify now alleges Apple made the move to stifle competition and hurt its business, increasing the growth of Apple Music.

HP's newest laptop lasts for almost 13 hours, runs Chrome OS

HP has expanded its range of ultra-portable cloud-based Chromebooks with a new laptop capable of lasting for up to 12.5 hours on a single charge. The HP Chromebook 11-inch G5 is indicative of the growing popularity of Google's Chrome OS.

Canadian students design winning health app

Health related apps represent one of the biggest growth areas in relation to the new health economy, using digital media to present information. In a new contest, two Canadian students have scooped the top prize.

WhatsApp voice calls prove wildly successful, 100m made each day

The hugely successful smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has announced over 100 million voice calls are made over its network every day. The company has over 1 billion monthly active users and is reportedly gearing up to launch another major update.

Facebook Messenger is getting a radical redesign with a new home

Facebook has announced a major redesign of its standalone Messenger app for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The company has added an all-new home screen to the app that uses a modular design. It replaces the current list of recent conversations.

iOS 10 won't let you delete space-wasting stock apps after all

At Apple's WWDC conference this week, the company announced you will be able to remove its stock apps to clear clutter off your home screens. However, it has since emerged that all is not what it seems and apps won't actually be deleted.

People are using smartphone health apps at higher levels

The increased usage of smartphones and tablets has led to a corresponding growth in health and medical related apps, according to a new survey.

Apple all set to bring adverts to the App Store

Apple has announced that app developers will soon be able to pay to get their product promoted in the App Store's search results, confirming previous rumours. It said it is making the controversial change to help developers engage with more users.

Popular Android keyboard 'abuses' permissions, sends data home

A popular third-party keyboard for Android devices has been caught tracking user behaviour, displaying infected ads and communicating with unknown servers in China for surreptitious purposes. Security experts warned the app is essentially "malware."

Train seat alert for pregnant women trialed

Busan - A bespoke bluetooth app, designed to alert underground train users to give up designated seats for pregnant travelers is been trialed in South Korea.

Augmented reality app lets you solve a Rubik's cube in 20 moves

An undergraduate has written a program as part of his degree that helps you solve a Rubik's cube by overlaying hints on its faces using augmented reality. By putting on an AR headset, you can be guided through completing the puzzle in less than 20 moves.

Autism aid app developed for children in Ghana

Accra - The HopeSetters autism center in Ghana is trialing a new app designed to help children identified with an autism spectrum disorder. The center is located in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema.

Google Chromebooks now more popular than Macs in the U.S.

Google's range of cloud-based Chromebook laptops is continuing to enjoy unforeseen success in the U.S. Google announced that Chrome OS will soon be able to run Android apps earlier this week and revealed Chromebooks recently outsold Macs in the U.S.

New AI app for the iPhone gives you an 'intelligent memory'

A new app is seeking to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to the iPhone, giving you an "intelligent memory" inside your smartphone. Snips has modelled the way humans learn to create an app that sorts and links all your data.

Google's new iPhone keyboard lets you search the web while typing

Google has launched a new keyboard exclusive to Apple's iPhone. The keyboard resembles Apple's default one but includes direct access to Google's search engine and a large selection of GIFs and emoji. It makes it easier to access Google from iOS.

Apple's App Store takes a day off as search feature falls apart

Apple users are reporting widespread problems with the App Store today that are hiding search results for popular apps. Trying to find the official app for major brands does not display the correct results. Apple has confirmed the problem.

Apple launches CareKit app platform to help you track your health

Apple has begun to roll out CareKit, a platform for health apps designed to make it simpler for app developers to build care products on iOS. CareKit connects patients with doctors, providing medication and treatment advice directly from a smartphone.

Build your own video game? Now you can in full retro 8-bit style

The award-winning app designers studio Tinybop announced Infinite Arcade, a new video game construction set in full 8-bit style, to allow smartphone users build their own arcade games.

Chromebooks to get millions of new apps from Android's Play Store

Google currently maintains two distinct operating systems, Android and Chrome OS. The company may be planning to tie the two together more closely than ever before though, letting the millions of Android apps run natively on Chromebook PCs.

Apple may let developers pay for better App Store search rankings

Apple may be planning to radically change the way apps are promoted in the App Store. The company is said to be investigating how it could offer paid search result placements to developers, giving app creators more exposure in exchange for cash.

Google may adopt Apple's programming language as Android default

Google could be planning to adopt Apple's open-source Swift programming language for use in building Android apps. Doing so would be a huge task requiring the rewrite of many existing code libraries but would free Google from its ongoing issues with Java.

Apple may soon let you hide those annoying stock iPhone apps

Apple bundles a set of stock apps with every new iPhone out the box. Many of the apps are far from useful for every owner though, cluttering up the home screen and using storage space. Apple may finally be close to letting you remove them though.
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