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Wakie lets strangers wake you up through an app

One of the greatest struggles that face students and working people is waking up when you need to wake up, whether that’s early in the morning or in the middle of the night. Alarm clocks have been broken, the snooze button has been much abused, cellphones have been thrown across the room. An app that has been a hit in other regions, particularly Russia, has now come to the US and other countries, and it lets you wake up through a stranger’s “phone call”.

Facebook Messenger now lets you add text,doodles to photos

As people continue to either be dependent or annoyed with Facebook Messenger and its separate app from the main Facebook app, the social media giant will of course continue to add features to it to attempt to recapture the hearts of the fed-up users. The latest update to the Messenger app, which has now reached 500 million downloads (forcibly for some), now allows you to have more fun with the photos that you share with your friends.

Moto Voice: more control over device through spoken commands

Swiping and typing on your smartphone is so like 3 years ago. As more people begin to discover the joy of ordering your device around through the power of speaking, OEMs will continue to develop better voice controls for their smartphones and tablets. Motorola has now renamed and revamped Touchless Control into Moto Voice, and it will now work with the Japanese tech company’s recently announced new devices like the Moto X (2nd generation) and the Moto Hint.

HomeTube makes access to YouTube simpler for children

Children nowadays rarely watch television shows on the actual TV and will instead prefer to borrow your Android phone or tablet to browse for old and new episodes and other videos on YouTube. But if you really think about it, the YouTube app on your device is bit tricky to navigate, even for young children who are part of the mobile generation. That’s where a new app called HomeTube comes in, as it will make viewing simpler (and safer) for the young ones who borrow your phone or tablet.

Nest Protect 2.0 software and updated app makes smoke alarms smarter

Nest made its name with the smart thermostats that allow people to control how much power they use and more. Nest also makes some high tech smoke alarms called the Nest protect smoke and CO alarms. Those smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be getting a software update over the next two weeks that will bring them to software version 2.0.

Isis to become Softcard in official rebranding

Isis is a company that makes wallet software that is designed to allow users to shop, pay, and save money using their smartphones. The problem for the company is that a militant group from the Middle East that goes by the acronym ISIS is something that no company wants to be associated with.

Reddit rolls out Ask Me Anything app

Social network service Reddit has been around since 2005. It’s a place where links and posts from all over the web are submitted to be shared. Members can vote “up” if a post is interesting to make it more popular or "down" if they don't like it.

Acompli arrives on Android to curate your email for you

Managing our email has now become a race against time as everyday, an avalanche of new messages sometimes hit our personal and business inboxes. We’ve tried labels, filters, not reading them at all and going straight to delete, but all those seem to barely help us (no, we cannot delete our email account at all). Email app Acompli has now arrived for Android devices and they’re claiming they’ve found the solution to this problem: they’ll manage your email for you.

Chrome Browser v37 now has Google’s material design

It’s taking them slowly but surely to roll it out, but Google is continuing to apply its Material Design to its products. The latest to have been updated to this new look is something that most Android users probably have on their devices: the Chrome Browser. Version 37 of one of the most popular mobile browsers sees a new look, a simplified sign-in system and more bug fixes and improvements which is always a welcome update.
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