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HERE Maps update: navigation, water, and transit improved

Nokia's HERE maps have been pretty useful for a lot of users who travel a great deal (some would say even more than that other map). A new update from the navigation app sees even more additions and improvements to maps from various countries and cities, including reflecting current changes in roads and constructions, more accurate renderings of bodies of water, and better information for those commuting instead of navigating by cars.

It’s official: Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar

You may have heard whispers this week that Microsoft is out to get popular calendaring app and service Sunrise. Well, those are rumors no more as the two have just announced the acquisition. The purchase of Sunrise is just one of the latest moves that Microsoft seems to be making to redefine and redesign its productivity products, which may also speak of the once slow-moving giant's new drive to make itself and its products more relevant in a computing age that is moving away from traditional desktop thinking.

Ikea helps solve household problems with Emoticons app

If you live with other people in a house or apartment or room, whether it's family members, spouses and partners, or just college roommates, chances are you've had at least one misunderstanding because of misplaced items, chores that have been left undone, and other housekeeping related mishaps. Swedish furniture stalwarts Ikea believes that if you just had the right communication tool, those fights could be kept to a minimum. Their solution? There's always an app for that.

Google adds health information to Knowledge Graph

The Internet giant will only continue to make things better for us. We don't need to list down the numerous products and services Google has offered the past decade because there are a lot. Even the name Google has become a verb which means to "search for information on the Internet". Need this or that? Google it. Whenever you need information on a certain illness, disease, or symptoms, do you call a doctor immediately? No, you Google it. That's how Google has changed the horizon of health information.

3D Robotics’ Tower app opened to developers

3D Robotics is one of – if not the – largest drone manufacturers in the US, and it has made a move today that will possibly improve its already awesome Tower flight control app – that is, make it open source. There are already a few ways that you can control your drones through Tower – like the Tower Wear app for wearables for instance – but this move just offers developers new ways to add features into the app without having to starting from scratch.

Space Sketchr + Project Tango makes 3D digital drawings

We’ve talked about Project Tango before – Google’s high tech tablet that is able to render stuff in 3D because of its multiple cameras. Google recently made the ultra-high tech tablet available to app developers, looking towards a strong app ecosystem for when it releases the tablet to market. That’s a good decision, we think, as apps like Space Sketchr are stretching the ideas of 3D execution and application.

Snapchat users experience heavy data usage, battery drain from app

Usually, people complain about privacy issues when it comes to picture sharing app Snapchat. But the latest issue to plague users has nothing to do with pictures being leaked or anything like that, but more on how the latest update to the app has been burning through the background and draining the battery of mobile devices. This is probably due to the latest feature that they have introduced to users which is running in the background even when you're not using the app.

Button Up! is another good, addictive fun puzzle game

Cute as a button. That's how I would describe this new puzzle app called Button Up. The colors and graphics are easy on the eyes but game is a bit confusing at first. I didn't understand the pattern I'm supposed to follow to blast the buttons and drop the yarn initially. Main goal is to drop the yarn in time by creating the perfect pattern. It's not your usual match-the-similar-objects-to-finish-off-a-level because you need to know the correct pattern.

Flipboard finally comes to your desktop

Flipboard is one of the most popular apps, regardless of what platform you're on. Browsing through the personalized magazine on your smartphone or tablet is always a joy, but users have also been wishing they could have it on other gadgets as well. Well, the developers have finally given in, and Flipboard is now available on the web through your laptop, netbooks, or desktop computers.

GroupMe update: Material Design, Calendar feature

While there are a lot of free messaging apps out there, if you have a lot of different groups of friends or loved ones (family, college classmates, workplace friends, party friends), then those that specialize in group messages is the one you're looking for. Microsoft's GroupMe is one of the more popular ones out there and the latest update brings a new design (take a wild guess what it is) and an important feature for those who keep "forgetting" important events that you've talked about.