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Google Maps to now have translucent status bar

Raise your hand if you've constantly been annoyed when you see the black status bar on Google Maps, particularly when it's being very obtrusive as you're navigating your way through a strange place? Probably all of us Maps users have been "victimized" by this black monstrosity. Finally, Google has also probably had enough of it, and in the upcoming newest update of Google Maps, it has been replaced by a translucent bar, finally.

Samsung Flow now available in beta for selected devices (US only)

If you're a Samsung eco-system believer (meaning, you love Samsung products and buy them all the time), then the newest app they've introduced should please you, if you have a smartphone and/or a phablet, and a tablet. Samsung Flow was introduced last November, but it is now only available as a beta version and it will ensure a seamless transition between your selected Samsung gadgets. For now though, it is limited for those residing in the US only.

MixRadio finally expands to Android, partners with HTC and Adidas

One of the more popular music streaming services today, MixRadio, has just announced that it will expand into other areas and try to capture the rest of the mobile world. MixRadio wants to bring the service to iOS and Android after previously being available only on Windows Phone. It hopes to rival the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and Rdio. In case you don't know, MixRadio started as Nokia Music which was renamed to Nokia MixRadio but things soon had to change after Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobile division.

SURE Universal Remote app makes your smartphone a media control hub

If you have a lot of digital devices at home in your multi-media home theater system, this also means that you have a lot of remote controls on hand and it gets a little bit confusing. As with a lot of things now, there's an app for that. Your smartphone can become your control hub for all your TV, speakers, cable boxes, etc. with SURE Universal Remote. Aside from that, it can also stream your pictures, videos, and music to your smart TV.

High Rise is a tricky stacking game for casual gamers

If you like your casual games based on your skill on tapping your screen at exact, precise moments, then this might be your lucky day. “High Rise” is a casual arcade puzzle game made by Nickervision Studios, and finds its influences in the classics like Tetris and the classic Nokia game Tower Bloxx. Let’s see if you’re skillful enough to take this on.

SHIELD Tablet + DirectStylus 2 = artists’ digital dream?

Old school artists may probably scoff at the idea of drawing on a tablet, but the more digital ones may actually welcome it (or the challenge of it). But they may not be too happy at the limitations the tablets and styluses in the market bring. But time-lapse videos from artists using NVIDIA's SHIELD tablet and the DirectStylus 2 and its technology show that they can do so much more than just sketch outlines or do basic drawings on the mobile device.

YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content, FTC urged to investigate

YouTube has been making a lot of changes the past months. The Collections feature would be discontinued by tomorrow, May 20. Earlier in February, YouTube rolled out a Kids app version in the US only but a few months later, advocacy groups are urging the FTC to investigate the said app for deceptive ads. We didn't here any comment from YouTube regarding the issue and now it's being criticized for inappropriate content.

ZEN Launcher is fast, simple, effective, and light at less than 1MB

We have a host of choices for Android launchers these days – they basically act as a second “skin” to your basic Android operating system and give you a “look and feel” that you want. They’re mostly customizable and easy to personalize. ZEN Launcher is a new entry into that game, made by the Cooee Launcher DevTeam. Let’s see what they got – and you might be surprised.

Samsung and Cigna to help you manage your health and fitness

Monitoring your activities, watching the things you consume, checking up on your fitness goals: these things used to be done only by disciplined people, writing compulsively in their little notebooks, or for the more organized ones, making excel sheets and charts just to be able to make sense of it all. Thank goodness for the invention of apps, wearables, etc to make our fitness tracking much easier. Samsung and global health service company Cigna have teamed up to bring you a new health and fitness app called Coach By Cigna.

Ginger Keyboard corrects grammar, has games, emoji art, animated GIFs

Before, the only thing that we'd require from virtual keyboards that replace our default ones is that we'd have an easier time typing out messages, posting on social networks, and creating documents on our mobile devices. But now, it seems that apps like Swype, Fleksy, SwiftKey, etc are competing on a whole other level, offering more features than just an actual keyboard. The newest one in the market is Ginger Keyboard and it offers all the usual ones, plus a few more features you can't find anywhere else.
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