Google Maps goes offline and adds lane guidance, Uber tips, and saved places

Google Maps being able to access local maps information without a data connection isn't a new feature, but it is one that Google has downplayed before the recent update that makes it much easier to use. In the latest version of Google Maps for Android and iPhone, offline support is just one of many features. You can now tap onto an area of a map and select "Save map to use offline" to return to those maps even when a cellular...

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Google Opinion Rewards expands Google Play credits program to UK, Canada, and Australia

Google today announced that Google Opinion Rewards, the brief survey app that it launched last year as a US exclusive, is expanding to more countries today. Why should you care about surveys? Well, because answering them leads to rewards that can get you free apps, games, and other content from Google Play. Since Google Opinion Rewards launched, I've probably made about $10 US for less than 5 minutes of work. The way the app works is...

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BBM Voice and BBM Channels added for Android and iPhone

BlackBerry Messenger has been updated to support two new important features, including the ability to make free voice calls on Android and iPhone devices. Now anyone with an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone can place free voice calls to other BBM users provided they have Wi-Fi, which offers the best connection, or a strong data collection. Another new feature is BBM Channels, which are basically groups built around a specific topic....

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Apple complaint about Themer gets the app pulled from Google Play

The folks over in our Post Your Android Home Screenshot thread often share impressive setups for their launchers. Themer, an app designed to use advanced home screens, is at the moment not something that can feature in the thread because Apple complained about the app and got it removed from Google Play. Apple accused Themer of copyright infringement because its Seven theme used its imagery. To be fair, Seven was a blatant iOS 7...

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BlackBerry makes it easer to find your friends using BBM

One of the biggest problems with BlackBerry Messenger, aside from convincing friends and family to use the cross-platform messaging client, is the awkward process to connect with others. BlackBerry has announced a fix for that problem by releasing a Find Friends feature for Android and iPhone that makes it easier to link up with other BBM users that you know. Find Friends works by scanning your contacts list and cross-referencing it...

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