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Pop quiz, hotshot: you leave a lofty position at Google to launch your own innovative mapping app – which platform do you set up on first? If you said ‘Android’, you failed. It’s the logical answer, but the wrong one. Why? Because, according to the Google horse’s mouth, Android suffers from too many hardware fragmentation problems.

Nothing new there, perhaps, but when a man who used to head up the development department at Google develops for iOS before Android because of that, you know something’s amiss. Read more

O2’s spent a lot of time and effort over the last few years positioning itself as more than just a mobile network. With the help of Sean Bean’s dulcet Yorkshire tones, the carrier has launched several schemes that put its users ahead of the pack in areas like high street rewards and gig tickets.

Now that love has spread to sports, with a brand new “digital clubhouse” for your phone. Ready to unleash your inner athlete? Read more

I’ve been to see a few music streaming services recently. I’ve been a long-time user of Spotify, but in the last month I’ve gone for briefings with both Sony (for its Music Unlimited service) and now Napster, which is relaunching in the UK as a streaming service owned by US company Rhapsody.

Apparently, now’s the time to get in on the streaming action; the market is growing. But if that’s the case, what can you do to differentiate yourself from the big players? And how do you shake off such an infamous reputation as the one attached to Napster? That’s exactly what I asked Napster Europe’s General Manager, Thorsten Schliesche…

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With more than half a million downloads, New Star Soccer is riding high in the iTunes charts. People can’t get enough of its old school graphics, arcade playability, and cheeky sense of humour.

We chatted to the man who created it to talk about the upcoming PS Vita version, how it was inspired by a drug-running game, and how a distraction from his desk job ended up making him five grand a day.

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Since it stopped being the underdog, Apple’s always had a bit of a reputation for being a bit… Shall we say, slightly unlikeable. It’s by no means an evil Sci-fi megacorp (we’re looking at you, Weyland-Yutani), but some of its closed doors and strict rules turn a lot of tech buyers away to more free-range pastures like Android. Thing is, it’s never been anything but a case of personal preference, and never anything that’s likely to turn Apple fans away, until very recently.

The last six months in the life of Apple have seen many decisions pass through that are starting to sour Apple’s reputation. With the company clamping things out left, right and centre, is it fair to call the modern Apple too nasty? And, more importantly, where the hell is my OnLive app? Read more

A while back we brought you news that Flipboard, the social news reader app, was coming to Android as a short-term Galaxy S3 exclusive. The app was quickly hacked out of Samsung’s flagship, but now it’s arrived on the Play Store officially. The problem? It’s not for tablets. Still, there are other options… Read more

The biggest mobile phone trend of 2012? Contact-less payment through NFC. That’s all well and good – your bank wants you to be able to leave the house without having to carry your coin purse – but is it the jingly things in your other pocket that could be better replaced by a mobile? One hacker thinks so. Is your future smartphone also going to be your keys? Read more

Swype has rightly been on the receiving end of a lot of praise and attention in its time. The gesture-based keyboard replacement app has always provided eye-wateringly fast typing, but now a new version seems to have just floored the competition by adding a couple of killer features…

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