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    When I first saw the Minuum campaign on Indiegogo, I was sold. I've said for years that the way we type on smartphones doesn't make sense. Gesture (or trace) typing is a logical step forward, as was predictive and context-aware input. But that doesn't answer why we're still using the same keyboard layout which works best for 10-finger typing. Why do our smartphones use the same keyboard layout that was designed over a century ago to prevent typewriters from jamming? Why do we need a keyboard that takes up nearly half of the display when you're typing? Those were the exact questions the ...

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    Sure, the Moto X might be starting to show its age a little. As of next month, it will be one whopping year old. But it still seems to be holding its own. We'll let you be the judge of whether it's the phone's sheer quality, the personalization of the hardware, or the great value the Moto X is at such discounted prices. It could also be the amount of lightweight, yet very useful, software features. Unlike the last two videos like this, we covered many of the Moto X's defining features in detail – Trusted Devices, Skip, Touchless Control, etc. No less, since we gave the One M8 and Galaxy ...

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    Last week, I reviewed Pressy, the button that hijacks the 3.5mm jack on your smartphone and turns it into a button which you can then use to launch apps, send SMS, place calls, and a few other simple tasks. Frankly, I really like the little bugger. It's not exactly the most practical accessory, it's overpriced, and, yes, it takes up the headphone jack, meaning it could potentially become annoying for someone who listens to music often on their smartphone via wired headphones. I don't. I have two sets of Bluetooth headphones and I typically stream music from my iPad or computer. Still, out ...

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    Weather apps are a dime a dozen. Seriously, search "weather" in Google Play and dozens – maybe even hundreds – will pop up. But any ol' developer cam create a weather app that can display the current conditions and provide you with the forecast. But not every weather app is both functional and pretty. That's what LevelUp Studio, creator of popular Android apps like Plume and Beautiful Widgets, wanted to do. LevelUp released Bright Weather for Android back in May. It's a feature-packed, yet minimalist weather application that's simply gorgeous. Frankly, how polished, smooth, and ...

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    A new Google Play Music iOS update has landed today, bringing even more features to Google's popular music management app. This update is surprisingly large for what we'd consider to be an already well-refined app, with more new features supplied in the changelog than the fixes. First and foremost in the update is the addition of gapless playback, meaning there'll no longer be a pause between the end of one song and the start of the next. It's easy to see how this could be a useful feature, so we're glad it's made the jump for our iOS device-toting friends. Users of the app can also now ...

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    Today is July 3, meaning that the first orders of the LG G Watch from the Google Play Store will begin shipping later in the day. That means it's high time that the official Android Wear app, meant to act as a companion to the watches on the market right now, debuts on the Play Store. Sure enough, it (along with a couple other launch apps) is now live. The Android Wear app worked just fine as a minimal companion to Android Wear in our testing using an emulated Wear watch, so we're assuming the experience will be very similar on working units. The more exciting item is the whole section of ...

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    Talon has quickly become one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, and it's managed to stay consistent with the OS's design guidelines really well for the most part. Today in a new preview version of the app we're taking a look at Talon Android L support -- meaning, the app has been redone to show off the new Material Design. Two main things have been redesigned -- the tweet viewer and the timeline. You can take a look at both above, and get a feel for how Material Design encompasses the whole new app. Things such as the color of the notification bar and the positioning of the ...

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    Productivity applications are a dime a dozen, especially on iOS. There are literally hundreds of calendar apps, note taking apps, and todo lists to help you get things done on the go, and new applications enter the scene all the time. However, sometimes it takes us a while to sift through all the muck to find the best and most helpful productivity apps around. Since our last iOS video about productivity apps, we've found three more extremely helpful and awesome iOS productivity apps. Be sure to check out the apps in the video and to share your favorite productivity applications for iOS in ...

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    One of the coolest features of Android Wear many people don't realize is the fact that developers can build standalone apps for the platform -- meaning, you can perform tasks without relying on a smartphone proxy. One of the apps demoed at Google's I/O 2014 developer conference was Eat24, which allowed the presenter to order a pizza straight from his watch. While that app is still MIA as far as we can tell, two other apps have already become available that we'd like to shine the spotlight on. The first app, a very unoriginal idea, is a minimalistic calculator app that can run directly on ...

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    Last year, Facebook caught a lot of flak for releasing a Snapchat clone last year, dubbed Poke. However, the app never really caught on and Facebook pulled it from the App Store back in May. Just last week, Facebook tried its hand at the destructive photo sharing app again by releasing another Snapchat competitor, Slingshot. It's easy to mistake Slingshot as a Snapchat knock-off. And while the two services have a lot in common, like the same basic function, Slingshot has its fair share of differences from Snapchat – the UI, the "pay to play" mentality, and other small details. Which app ...

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    We all want to get things done on the go. That's arguably why the smartphone was created. Only in the last seven years or so have smartphones also become great at other things, like multimedia, taking pictures, etc. Due to the nature of smartphones and our increasingly busy lifestyles, productivity applications are wildly popular. They help us get things done on the go, stay on task, remember things, and sometimes even tell us when we need to leave our house in the morning to make our meeting on time, based on traffic. Crazy. Anyway, there are hundreds of thousands of productivity ...

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    Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying popular mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a whopping $19 billion. We later compared WhatsApp to Facebook's in-house chat service, Facebook Messenger. We learned that, despite their core differences, they had a lot in common. But how does WhatsApp compare to, say, another popular mobile messaging service like Kik? WhatsApp is powered by your mobile number – it requires a working number for activation. Kik, on the other hand, doesn't require a working number and it doesn't require other people to have your number to work. One of its best ...

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    Take a look at that computer in your pocket. Yes, I'm talking about your smartphone - or your tablet. They really are full-featured computers, complete with an always-on, high-speed Internet connection. But today's portables go further than yesterday's computers ever did. These days smartphones and tablets know where you are, what direction you're heading, how fast you're going, what the barometric pressure is, how many steps you've taken, and more. Some know when you're looking at the screen, others can capture your fingerprints. They can even listen to you and record videos of what's ...

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    Chris Lacy, the creator of Action Launcher and Tweet Lanes – a popular third-party launcher and Twitter client, respectively – has taken a crack at the dystopia created by Android web browsers. When you click a link from within just about any application on Android, you're immediately sent to your browser of choice, only to wait for the page to fully load. What if you want to continue reading Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ while that page loads? What if you want the equivalent of the ctrl+click option on your desktop (or command + click on Mac), which launches new tabs in the ...

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    As of yesterday, Microsoft's insanely popular Office suite software was officially brought to the iPad. Office Mobile has been available for Android smartphones and iPhones for some time now, but tablets were left out of the equation. Microsoft built Office for iPad from the ground up, with touchscreens and the iPad software in mind. All the while, it didn't deviate too far from the desktop experience we all know so well. It may not come with the full capabilities of its desktop counterpart, but it's a huge leap in the right direction for tablet productivity and Microsoft's mobile ...

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