Microsoft expands reach, partners with Android manufacturers

We’re seeing a lot of good movement from Microsoft these days, and this says a lot of good things about the new boss, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. We’ve seen how great the upcoming Windows 10 OS looks like, and we’re bracing for what Windows Phone will bring us this year or the next. In the meantime, the Redmond-based software giant is extending its reach as it looks to partner with Android manufacturers and place their software on devices.

Layout, Photo Booth coming soon to Instagram for Android

With over 300 million active users on Instagram, you expect a lot of unofficial apps to come out and add features that are not found in the official one. We've had a lot of fun editing photos and making collages for our real IG while using apps like InstaCollage, InstaSize, and all other Insta-prefixed apps out there. It looks like the folks over at Facebook (who own Instagram, if you didn't know it yet) were observing and learning what these apps have brought to the table and now, they're bringing it as well.

Fitbit Surge now with Multi-Tracker support, bicycling monitoring

As more people get into the fitness lifestyle, OEMs have had to adjust to the newest "trends" and make sure that their fitness wearables and apps will appeal to not just one kind of workout or sport, but to as many people as possible (well at least those who are getting off their butts to workout or exercise). Fitbit Surge is one of the most popular in the market, and now they will be getting even more of an audience as they add more features to the device and the app.

iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy S6 teardown is up, battery replacement still sucks

We don’t know when MyFixGuide’s teardown of the Samsung Galaxy S6 would come back online, or if it would ever again, but we were pretty confident that IFIXIT would come out with their own teardown guide sooner or later. That day has finally arrived, and it just confirms what we already know about Samsung’s newest flagship – battery replacement for this baby will be a pain in the back.

Sleeping Prince added a price tag, and removed in-app purchase

While the world has embraced fairy tales once again on the big screen, with live action remakes of such classics as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, over on Cloudreach, the prince is still dozing off while the Princess and the entire kingdom is in peril, but not through any fault of the dozing dope. So it's still up to you, loyal mobile gamer, to literally drag the prince to become the hero his kingdom deserves.

TuneIn Radio now available for Android Auto compatible vehicles

Android Auto is still a relatively new platform that Google is exploring, but their recent announcement that apps can now run on compatible cars that are synced with devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop is opening up some doors. One of the few apps that are immediately available for the platform and the compatible cars is TuneIn radio, one of the largest internet radio apps in the market. They are extremely excited to hit the road with the first few users of Android Auto.

Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

Have a 30-day battery life smartwatch with Vector

With Google and Apple once again going head to head with thier respective smartwatch platforms (and Pebble still surviving with its own niche market), is there room really for another brand and platform in the market? Of course in this digital world, the answer is probably always yes, and especially if your product is promising a battery life that would last for 30 days. Vector is the newest kid in the market, and it can be an alternative to the leading wearable brands.

Universal asks Spotify to “strongly urge” users to switch to premium

While there is no doubt that digital music and music streaming services has totally revolutionized the way we listen to and consume music, what is still up for debate is how artists and music label are "properly compensated". The freemium business model, headed up by the biggest of them all, Spotify, has been causing a lot of friction in the industry. Now, even one of the stakeholders of the service is dissatisfied with how they are monetizing from users who have almost unlimited access to their catalog.
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