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Microsoft apps doing better than ever on Android

Microsoft has revealed that a significant number of manufacturers of devices running Android now bundle its productivity software out of the box, a major win for the software giant looking to get its services onto every platform.

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new products and more Android apps

Tim Cook hinted at the existence of new Apple products and a plan to make the company's services available on other platforms during an employee "Town Hall" meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters this week.

Poncho releases weather alarm app you can wake up to

Software app Poncho realized that people were already using their app to wake up to weather reports. Now the creative minds behind the app have added an actual alarm to the mix.

Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Report: Smartphone fitness apps inaccurate and unreliable

A study has warned that fitness tracking apps for smartphones may not be as accurate as users believe. Some of the most popular apps were found to be inconsistent and incorrect in their reporting when compared to a traditional pedometer.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Microsoft to release SIM card for contract-free LTE access

Microsoft is currently developing its own SIM cards that will allow Windows 10 devices to access LTE networks without purchasing a long-term contract.

Apple's App Store made $1.1 billion in the past two weeks

Apple has announced its App Store experienced a "record-breaking" holiday in which customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases in just two weeks. $144 million was spent on January 1 alone, breaking records for traffic and purchases.

Apple's list of the top 25 iOS apps of 2015 has something for all

Apple has released its list of the top 25 iOS apps this year, shortly after Google detailed its favourite Android apps. Ranging from favourite social networks and photography tools to productivity helpers, Apple has also picked something for everyone.

Google's best Android apps this year cover work and play

Google has published its list of the best Android apps of 2015, including titles ranging from popular games to productivity staples. All the apps command very positive store ratings and most are free.

Facebook kills Creative Labs, pulls apps from stores

Facebook has quietly closed down its Creative Labs group designed to give potential ideas for standalone apps a breathing space within the company. Apps released by Creative Labs have failed to become popular, forcing Facebook to reconsider.

Satya Nadella: 'Give us time' to get Windows 10 moving

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella faced criticism over his app strategy from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, during a shareholder meeting earlier this week. Looking back at the exchange, it's evident Nadella has a plan for Windows 10 — one that requires time.

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's shareholder meeting was 'bulls---'

Former Microsoft CEO and major investor Steve Ballmer has accused the firm of not disclosing full financial details during its annual shareholder meeting yesterday. Ballmer branded one set of metrics "bulls---" and questioned the company's mobile policy.

Microsoft unveils 'PowerPoint for apps' to let anybody code apps

Microsoft has publicly announced a new Office tool designed to simplify the process of creating mobile apps. Known as PowerApps, the aim of the business-grade program is to let anyone create a working native app without learning code.

Zing: The perfect gift this Christmas Special

'Zing' is a brand new device developed by a team of hardworking entrepreneurs in Cambridge. Digital Journal spoke to one of them, Ludo Chapman, a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.

How your smartphone will play a key role in your healthcare Special

Despite forecasts that 2015 would see a slowing of tech sector investment, this fiscal year is poised to be the most successful year for startup businesses and tech since 2000.

Ubuntu 15.10 launches with universal apps across platforms

Canonical has officially launched Ubuntu 15.10, the latest version of the open-source Linux operating system distribution now available on desktops, phones and tablets. The new release brings several improvements, including more work on universal apps.

Google planning major redesign of Play Store app

Google is working on a redesign of its Play Store app according to a software engineer at the company who is now moving on. Screenshots of the coming update show a refined and simplified interface with clearer categories.

BlackBerry CEO admits a smartphone pull-out may be on the cards

The Android-powered BlackBerry Priv smartphone, set for release later this year, has a lot resting on its shoulders. Many have speculated that it will make or break BlackBerry's handset business and this week CEO John Chen hinted he thinks the same.

Lumia 950, 950 XL: Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Mobile flagships

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Mobile smartphones are now official as the company gave its two flagship devices a formal unveiling at its New York event today. The 5.2-inch Lumia 950 is joined by the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL to showcase Windows 10 for phones.

Rumours: Google apps may finally be coming to Windows 10

The lack of quality first-party apps in the Windows ecosystem is a well-known issue when buying into Microsoft products. For years, the absence of official apps for any of Google's services has been especially conspicuous, although that may soon change.

Windows 10 allegedly hits 100m users, Microsoft boasts 669k apps

Windows 10 has reportedly passed 100 million installations almost exactly two months after its worldwide launch. The unconfirmed figure comes shortly after the company officially updated its 'Microsoft by Numbers' page with some interesting statistics.

BlackBerry confirms it is making an Android phone

BlackBerry CEO John Chen today confirmed the company is working on an Android phone to go on sale sometime later this year. Although details are still scant, the phone, previously known as "Venice," will be sold as the BlackBerry Priv.

Apple rolls out WatchOS 2 after fixing critical delaying bug

A few days behind schedule, Apple has launched the second-generation version of its Apple Watch software. WatchOS 2 is available to download now and includes several new features designed to expand the functionality of the Apple Watch.

Apple's WatchOS 2 coming September 16 with new Watch band designs

Apple opened its San Francisco event today with an update on Apple Watch. It claimed the device has 97 percent customer satisfaction before launching an updated WatchOS which gives app developers more control and access to a broader array of sensors.

All-new Apple TV wants to put the future of television into apps

Apple has today unveiled its reworked Apple TV with an all-new user experience and the ability to run its own apps. Apple announced it is seeking to change the future of television by moving people towards watching content over the Internet.

Reports: Google creating a special 'China-compatible' Play Store

Reports have indicated a relaunch of Google's services in China could be imminent. The company is believed to be preparing a special version of the Play Store that will fully comply with the strict Internet regulation in the country.

Google brings Android Wear smartwatches to the iPhone

Google has announced that Android Wear smartwatches are now compatible with Apple's iPhone, releasing an official app to make pairing simple. Many features work the same as when connected to an Android phone but there are some major caveats.

Next-gen phones will defend against malware from the processor

Phone processor manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that it is building malware protection directly into the core of its Snapdragon 820 chip, destined for next year's flagship devices. It will use machine learning to intelligently protect a host device.

BlackBerry CEO: 'We need more apps'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted yesterday that the company needs more apps if its handsets are to be successful. An Android phone is believed to be in the works to solve this problem, although Chen did not confirm this.
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