T-Mobile details the progress of your Android phone’s updates

HTC One M8

Many US carriers don't tell you how close you are to an Android update -- in some cases, you'll be thankful if you get a forum post after the new software hits. T-Mobile, however, just became more accommodating. It just launched a tracking site that shows you whether or not an Android device upgrade is still in development, at the carrier for testing, or ready for action. If you're curious, you can also dive into a discussion. This isn't the most elaborate page (you won't get time estimates), but it will at least let you know whether or not you should be patient.

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Via: PCWorld

Source: T-Mobile

Apple adds 10 new Flyover locations to Maps

iPhone 5 (white, three-up, Maps)

Apple today added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new locations include Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Boise, Idaho in the United Sates, Venice, Italy, and other cities around the globe.

First introduced in Apple Maps when it launched in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and various other areas of interest.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple’s next big iOS update could get a public beta test first

Worried that the next iOS update could repeat last year's glitchy rollout of iOS 8? We imagine the folks in Cupertino feel the same way, and according to a report from 9to5Mac, they plan to avoid it by adding public beta tests to the mix. Specifically, the move will mirror its early test of OS X Yosemite, with iOS 8.3 getting a preview in mid-March, and then iOS 9 over the summer. Those willing to risk some stability to help out can sign up for the AppleSeed program here although that doesn't assure inclusion -- the test will reportedly be limited to 100,000 people.

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Source: 9to5Mac, Recode

BlackBerry’s latest update brings Amazon Appstore to its phones

All BlackBerry 10 phones will soon get features previously available on the BB Classic only, thanks to the platform's latest update. One of the most notable changes is the addition of Amazon's Appstore, giving users access to a bevy of Android apps. The update also equips the phones with BlackBerry Blend, which consolidates emails, text messages, BBM, contacts and calendar, and keeps them all synced across devices and even across operating systems (it works on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS). There's BlackBerry Assistant, as well: a virtual secretary like SIri and Cortana that responds silently if you type a question, speaks when you ask out loud and adds context to its answers if you're using a Bluetooth headset and it thinks you don't have access to the screen. These features, along with a bunch of other ones, are coming to all available BB 10 devices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East starting today, but it's slated to make its way to North America in the future.

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Facebook update allows you to add stickers to photos

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Facebook today began rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps that will allow users to add stickers to their photos before uploading them. The functionality is similar to that in the “Stickered for Messenger” app the social network released back in December.

Users who have received the update should see a small icon at the bottom of each uploaded image, which you can tap to see all of the stickers you can use. After selecting a sticker, you can determine how big you want it and where it should be placed on your photo.... Read the rest of this post here


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IFTTT’s new tools tackle tasks with a single tap

IFTTT comes in handy for automating everyday tasks like setting the temperature on a Nest thermostat at bedtime or tweeting your Instagram snaps as native Twitter images. The software aims to lend even more of a helping hand, though, and its new trio of Do tools will, well... do just that. All three skip the the actions that the usual recipe-based activities require, assigning the final result to a single tap. First, Do Button takes things like the aforementioned temperature adjustment, but instead of waiting for you to silence your phone or a certain time, it sets that Nest with one press of a button. Android users can load up to three tasks on the Do Button widget as well, offering quick access to the new control.

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Source: IFTTT

Dropbox makes it easy to upload files on iOS 8

It's a lot easier uploading files to Dropbox now, assuming you use an iPhone or an iPad loaded with iOS 8. This latest update adds an action extension to apps like Photos and Notes, letting you upload files directly instead of having to (ugh) fire up the cloud service first, navigate to "Add Files" and find what you want to save. You will have to set it up after downloading the newest version, but it's not that hard: just open up Photos or Notes, click the upload arrow button, choose More (...) from the bottom row of icons, and toggle on "Save to Dropbox." Easy peasy. As a nice extra feature, you'll also be able to open PDFs you click on websites through the cloud storage app, giving you a way to view them on a more desktop-like interface.

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Via: 9to5mac

Source: iTunes

AT&T brings Lollipop to the LG G3 in the US

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LG was quick to declare that the G3 would get an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade back in the fall, but that promise hasn't mattered much if you own a US-edition phone -- you've been stuck on KitKat all winter. You'll be glad to hear that the rollout has finally arrived stateside, though. AT&T is now pushing Lollipop (specifically, 5.0.1) to G3-toting customers when they're on WiFi. As with international updates, most of the improvements involve under-the-hood tweaks like the faster runtime. This isn't a Material Design makeover akin to what you'd see on a Nexus or Moto X, for better or for worse. The other big US carriers also haven't followed suit, but an AT&T release hints that other networks might not be too far behind.

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Via: Reddit, Droid-Life

Source: AT&T

Copy and paste edits on multiple photos with Lightroom on iOS

If you're paying for a Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe's Lightroom mobile comes in handy for make some photo edits on the go. In order to speed up that creative process a bit, the latest iOS update delivers the ability to copy edits from one photo and past them on another. So when you have a collection of images from a hike that all need the same tweaks, this should shave off a few minutes. What's more, the new version makes finding your favorite images easier, and a Presentation Mode keeps your pals from messing with your tags when they're flipping through a gallery. The usual bug fixes are there as well, and now that Lightroom mobile made the leap to Android, hopefully the new features will land on Google's mobile OS soon enough.

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Source: iTunes

Verizon brings Lollipop to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the US

The rollout started in Europe already, but Samsung Galaxy S5 owners in the States are about to get a taste of Lollipop -- so long as you're on Verizon. Big Red is ready to update those handsets, and it's the first carrier in the US to offer the latest version of Android on said device. The new version packs in Lollipop's new features and a heavy dose of Material Design, all while still sporting Sammy's latest TouchWiz skin. You likely won't see a notification to install Android 5.0 immediately, as these things usually roll out in stages. However, folks with a Verizon GS5 can rest easy knowing that Lollipop will arrive shortly.

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Via: Android Central

Source: Verizon