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Microsoft opens up the Garage, employees working to improve on Android apps

Microsoft has opened up the Garage. Nope, the software giant isn’t showing off a collection of luxury cars and bikes. A new community of developers, musicians, hackers, artists, investors, and artists was started by Microsoft with the aim of coming together to share ideas and build new projects. The goal of the Microsoft Garage is to turn ideas into real endeavors while outsiders are given access so they can comment and give feedbacks and suggestions.

Inbox by Gmail gives you another way to look at email

There are some that would have us believe that email is passé and is due an overhaul, if not a replacement, and perhaps to some extent they might be right. But for those who live in their virtual inboxes, that isn't even an option, Luckily for them, Google, whose business happens to be beholden to email, is a staunch ally. It has come up with a new app simply called Inbox that turns the age old email into something more dynamic, more personal, and even more productive.

First phone app for hearing impaired to come to Android soon

According to statistics, there are over 70 million people in the world who are suffering from profound to severe hearing loss. And obviously, they would find it extremely difficult or impossible to use mobile phones to make and take calls. But a new technology might just make it possible and its creators are raising funds to build make it a reality. It's called RogerVoice and it's an app that will make your calls for you and then translate in real time and give you a text transcript of what your caller is saying.

Minuum keyboard update: better language switching, more languages

A new update from Minuum virtual keyboard sees several improvements in the way you will use it, including a better language switching feature for those who are apt to be bilingual or even multi-lingual when typing on your mobile device. And speaking of being multi-lingual, version 2.14 has added even more languages to make it more efficient for non native English speakers. Of course several necessary bug fixes are also part of the latest update that rolled out over the weekend.

HERE beta version now available for other Android devices

A few months after making the beta version available for Samsung Galaxy devices, offline mapping app HERE is now, well, here for other Android devices. The app can now be manually downloaded by all compatible devices and its developer Nokia (yes, that Nokia!) says that it is much improved as they based changes on feedback from those who have previously accessed the beta version through their Galaxy smartphones.

Checky app tracks how often you check your phone

Have you ever wondered how many times per day you check your smartphone? Many of us probably check our phones lots more than we realize. A new app is available for Android devices called Checky that will track exactly how much of a phone checking habit you have.

Flock messaging: communicate and colllaborate for work purposes

We know what you'll say after reading the headline: do we really need another messaging app, with all the FB Messengers, Vibers, LINES, WeChats, Hangouts out there? But Flock claims to be different from all these as it has one purpose only, and that's not to talk about the boss behind his back while at work. It's a messaging app created for you and your team to be able to collaborate and communicate while working on projects, both at the office and if needed, when you're outside.

Notif Widget lets you access notifications from any screen or app

Notifications should be plain and simple but there’s no stopping developers from improving on them. Why should notifications be boring when you can have fun with them? This NotifWidget is a new app that let’s you interact with notifications right on the lock screen, DayDream screen saver, or home screen. This is pretty much like the Notify! app we featured a few months ago.

Blunt + Tile tag = no more lost umbrellas

When you've misplaced the remote control or your handkerchief or your wallet for the nth time, haven't you ever wished you could ring it up or you have an app that could detect where it was? Well the advent of GPS and NFC and Bluetooth tags can actually make that possible (although putting a GPS on your handkerchiefs seem a little too extreme right?}. Blunt umbrellas have teamed up with tag marker company Tile to come up with an umbrella that you will not be able to lose (unless you misplace the tags as well).
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