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Star Apps: YB

With explosive drums, fuzzed-out guitars, and Wolfmother-style vocals, YB's first English-language single, "Cigarette Girl," might finally break YB in the West. Though already regarded as the Bon Jovi of South Korea, YB has not made much of a dent stateside -- unless you happened to catch the band at one of its sold-out 2006 NYC performances or at its acclaimed 2007 SXSW showcase. Under new manager Doug Goldstein, who formerly managed Guns N' Roses, Danzig, and Blind Melon, they just might make it here. As YB prepared for its first US mini-tour in seven years, frontman Do-Hyun … Read more

WhatsApp: Don't sweat, Facebook buy won't change us

It'll be like this $16 billion deal never even happened.

At least, that's according to a blog post on Wednesday from WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, reassuring customers that despite Facebook's acquisition of the company, nothing about the service will change.

"Here's what will change for you, our users: nothing," the post said.

WhatsApp will operate independently, reiterating what Facebook also said in its announcement. The service won't have any ads interrupting your communication. People will still be able to pay a small fee to use the service.

"There would have been no … Read more

Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16B

Facebook said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire WhatsApp in a $16 billion cash and stock arrangement with the popular messaging application's parent company. The announcement was made in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The deal for WhatsApp includes 183,865,778 shares of Facebook stock, valued at $12 billion, along with $4 billion in cash. Once the acquisition closes, Facebook has promised to grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units (RSUs) to WhatsApp founders and employees, tacking on an additional $3 billion in value to the deal, bringing the total value of the acquisition … Read more

Miley Cyrus + Flappy Bird = App Store success

What are the two most popular things in the world? You have 5 seconds to answer.

No, it's not Candy Crush and Kim Kardashian. But you're close. It's Flappy Bird and Miley Cyrus.

So some very enterprising people thought to themselves: "What if we put the two together?"

Please welcome, then, the joy that is Flying Cyrus - Wrecking Ball. This is something of an homage to Flappy Bird, the game many are finding they just can't live without.

It is also a large homage to the Cyrus tongue, which has served as a … Read more

Glove for Android helps you find the best carrier for your location

Glove for Android, a new app aimed at helping users find the top carrier for their personal needs, has launched in the Google Play store.

The application is currently in beta and available only in San Francisco, New York City, and Israel, making it useless for many Android handset owners, but comes with some interesting features. The free app is switched on by the user and then runs for three days, keeping tracking of where the person goes, what they do, and more. All of that data is then combined to provide a recommendation on which carrier is best for … Read more

Amazon Coins branch out to all Android devices

Amazon customers in the US, the UK, and Germany can now earn, buy, and spend Amazon Coins via their Android phones and tablets.

Previously available just for Kindle users, Amazon Coins were minted last year as another form of virtual currency but one good only on Amazon. The retail giant introduced the online coins as a way to coax customers to buy apps, games, and in-app items from the Amazon Appstore. Shoppers can get discounts when they buy the coins in bulk and earn coins through certain apps.

Android users who want to check out Amazon Coins need to download the latest version of the Amazon Appstore onto their mobile device. … Read more

Tell your friends their relationship sucks? Here's an app for that

"I give it 12 months," we say, while sitting in a dusty church pew wearing our oversized hat or only clean suit.

"Oh, I don't know. She's a bit friendly with the best man, if you ask me. Six months at best," someone will mutter, just before singing a love song specially chosen by the newlyweds.

We fancy ourselves as knowing just how long it will take before a happy couple becomes an it's-your-fault-you-lazy-faithless-farm-animal couple. We'd put money on it.

So sing hosannas to a disruptive tyke of an iOS app called ForeverNOT. This entirely helpful social service allows you not only to bet on the potential length of your own friend's relationships, but also those of famously true lovers. … Read more

Apple, Google reportedly grounding 'Flappy Bird' clones

Apple and Google reportedly have cracked down on apps that appear to be trying to capitalize on the "Flappy Bird" phenomenon, the addictive game that was removed from app stores earlier this month.

Clones of the popular game began appearing in the app stores not long after Dong Nguyen, the app's creator, removed the popular game from app stores on February 9, saying that he was overwhelmed by the game's popularity. But now those app stores have started rejecting games with "flappy" in the title that appear to be clones of the original game, … Read more

Piper home security system gets an Android app

If you haven't read my review of Blacksumac's Piper home security system, here's the gist: it's a cute, compact $239 device complete with a 180-degree fish-eye lens, a 1080p camera sensor, motion-detection capabilities, environmental sensors, optional integration with Z-Wave gadgets, and more. When it first launched, you could only access Piper via the free iOS app. Starting right now, Blacksumac has a new app available for Android users.

Blacksumac's co-founder and CEO, Russell Ure said in the official press release: "The smart, connected home is more accessible to users than ever before. Consumers want … Read more

Unlock full Android app mirroring on your dashboard with this AppRadio hack

The Pioneer AppRadio is one of our favorite car stereos thanks to its ability to display and control certain car-centric apps with its 7-inch touch screen in your dashboard. While the list of supported apps is long, it's far from all-inclusive. The AppRadio app on your smartphone powers the on-screen interface for the car stereo and acts as the gatekeeper, deciding what apps on your phone can be displayed. But what if you want to use a navigation app that isn't on the supported list? If you're an Android user and don't mind tinkering with your … Read more