Amazon enters the mobile payment space with Local Register

As more aspects of our lives become even more digital, mobile payments might just become the next step for retail shops. Square has established itself as the leader in the market, but now online retail giant Amazon is trying to make its way to this segment by launching Amazon Local Register. The program provides a card reader and an app that will help merchants and retailers accept credit and debit card payments without having to shell out for a credit card terminal.

Popular photo editing app Afterlight now comes to Android

Afterlight is a very popular photo editing app for iPhone users, and now non-iOS users need not be envious anymore. Afterlight is finally available for Android smartphones and tablets so we can finally know what the fuss is all about. There are a gazillion photo apps out there, but it seems that this is one of the apps to beat as per those lists of “best apps for so-and-so” are concerned.

Freakbox is a set-top box that runs on Android 4.4

As long as the proliferation of media on the intarwebs continues, many companies will think that a standalone set-top digital media player is a viable market. The Freakbox continues in the tradition of Popcorn Hour and Roku, a set-top media player that can do just about anything an Android device can do.

Turbo Editor gives file editing a much needed boost

When it comes to writing text, most users would run to a word processor of some sort. Power users, system administrators, programmers, and web developers¸ on the other hand, will be flocking towards more powerful plain text editors. Surprisingly, there is no lack of such apps on the more touch-oriented Android platform, and Turbo Editor from XDA Senior Member Vlad Mihalachi is one of the latest contenders in that arena.

Digital Tattoos to have more non-Moto X functions soon

While the recently launched Digital Tattoos were really cool (and we’d like to have one, really), if you don’t have a Motorola Moto X, then it’s practically useless. But the makers of the semi-permanent tattoo, VivaLnk, have said that they are now looking into other ways that it can be used, other than just to unlock smartphones. They are set to release a new set of digital tattoos that can be reprogrammed for other functions.

Acer to give Iconia tablet new lease at life

Acer is putting out another player to mix it up with the budget tablet market as it gives its Iconia brand tablets another chance. The Iconia A3-A20 mixes entry level specs with a sleek new look to give the 10.1-inch tablet a fresh aesthetic. The question is really, will this strategy work?

Meizu MX4 leak reveal narrow bezels, familiar design

Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, and OnePlus have all had their piece, so now its Chinese OEM Meizu's time to take center stage. A batch of leaked photos of its upcoming Meizu MX4 flagship has recently surfaced, showing company's design vision for its next smartphone, which honestly is starting to look like an amalgamation of some very popular and identifiable smartphone designs.

Google launches four Android Wear ads

It may only have two smartwatches (soon to three) running under its platform but Android Wear may soon be the most popular one for wearables. With Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch and the entry this summer of the Moto 360, the first round face smartwatch, it is poised to slowly gain in popularity, at least for the Android community. Google uploaded four new ads on their YouTube channel, showcasing the capabilities and beauty of smartwatches running on Android Wear.

Surgeon Simulator now out on Android

The very “tasteful” PC game Surgeon Simulator – a favorite of budding medical practitioners and human body mutilators alike – is finally out on Android via the Google Play Store. Heaven help us, all the surgical maniacs are rejoicing. This very… err, interesting franchise gained cult status when it launched on PC, and now game developers Bossa Studios Ltd. are saying that the Android game should be just as fun.

Now Browser Extended brings power to lightest web browser

Just because you're lightweight doesn't have to mean that you're weak. This is the philosophy that Now Browser is adopting with its new Extended Program, a new version of what is billed as the lightest web browser for Android that adds a ton of new power features while still remaining small, agile, and simple.