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  • Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you

    There are quite a few reasons to root your Android smartphone, such as gaining more granular control over customisations, removing bloatware or even overclocking/underclocking your processor. This will come at a price though, as Netflix has confirmed reports that rooted devices can't download the app from the Play Store anymore. In response to a Gearburn query, the streaming provider said that changes to its multimedia underpinnings forced it to take this route. "With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with...

  • BlackBerry brings its suite of apps to all Android Marshmallow users

    BlackBerry's array of apps and services is nothing to scoff at, especially for business and enterprise users. We've already seen its Android apps leaking online though, but now the company is making it official with the release of BlackBerry Hub+. "BlackBerry Hub+ for Android is a new suite of apps that should be familiar to any BlackBerry 10 user. It helps centralise all of the user's communications into a single, unified interface, as well as help streamline many other productivity tasks such as Calendaring, Passwords, and many others," the company explained in a blog post. The suite is available as a 30-day trial,...

  • These are 7 cool Android apps you can’t get in the Play Store

    Featuring over a million Android apps, it's hard to argue that Google's Play Store doesn't have something for everyone. In fact, we often find that banned iOS apps get released without issue on Google Play. But did you know there are some interesting Android apps even Google doesn't want on its store? We showcase a few prominent examples. TubeMate Google really doesn't want you to download videos off YouTube. Unless it's via their official Android app (even then, it's only viewable via the app and some videos can't be downloaded), but we digress. For those wanting to download a video permanently (i.e. having...

  • Here are the inaugural Google Play Award winners

    Apple has held mobile app/gaming awards for a few years now, but Google has decided to do the same this year, announcing the winners today. The Best App award went to Houzz Interior Design Ideas, which allows you to browse over ten million photos of home interiors/exteriors (categorised by rooms, style etc). The app even connects you with architects, designers and other experts. The award for Best Families app was clinched by logic puzzle title Thinkrolls 2 (R39) which delivers over 270 levels for kids between the ages of three and nine. The Best Game nod went to Supercell's mega-popular Clash Royale, which really needs no...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...

  • Awear debuts Coffee: Android Wear’s ‘first touch-based’ messaging app

    Android Wear is quite an immature OS by any stretch of the imagination, so simple features like typing and sending messages still hasn't been perfected yet. Silicon Valley company Awear, funded by incubator Studio 9+, has largely solved this issue though with a brilliantly simple and free app. It's called Coffee, and it makes replying to message notifications on an Android Wear smartwatch rather simple, involving no typing and no dictation at all. It's the "first touch-based smart messaging app" for Android Wear, that allows the users to send "hundreds of different type of SMS messages". "With Coffee, you can stay in...

  • TwoDots review: beautiful frustration

    What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you'll become numb to what's going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you're in? Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading "KILL IT"), I can safely attest that TwoDots falls into the later category. The sequel to mega hipster Tetris puzzler...

  • FTL: Advanced Edition, iPad version get new ships, weapons, events and more

    FTL:Faster Than Light, the incredibly popular desktop space simulator is finally getting the mobile version it deserves, launching on iPad on April 3. The FTL iPad version marks the addition of a bunch of new content to whet the appetite of existing fans and, hopefully for developer Subset Games, appeal to newcomers of the game. New content for the highly addictive game means everything will get a boost from new weapons to drones and augments, from extra enemies to new systems to play with too. Perhaps most exciting is the new events, which have been written by Chris Avellone, of Planescape:...

  • Beyond selfies: the ultimate guide to making your Instagram photos suck less

    Before January this year I had absolutely no interest in photography. I was happy owning (and shooting on) a Canon 5DMKII with no other intention but to use it for filming beautiful footage and telling stories using motion. But then at the end of December 2011 I downloaded an app called Instagram and it all changed… What started off as a simple experimentation on a little iPhone app quickly developed into an addiction of always looking for the next shot. I found myself appreciating the wonders of telling a story through a single frame. Not to mention how the...

  • With Seene, your iPhone can take 3D photos

    Ever felt restrained by the 2D-sharing world of your mobile camera and social media (read:Instagram)? If you answered yes, you'll be over the moon at the new app from Obvious Engineering called Seene, which lets you create 3D photos, and share them with your friends (read:3D Instagram). Seene uses a parallax effect, which in essence measures the difference in position of an object when viewed at various positions. More specifically, the app records an image from four different angles to create the 3D effect. A look at the video below indicates that it is quite tricky to capture images, but once...