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WRIO Keyboard

WRIO Keyboard

An upcoming third-party keyboard for iOS and Android. Unlike the traditional QWERTY layout, WRIO (Write It Once) is built for thumb typing. It has large hexagonal keys, two space keys right where your thumbs are and gestures for deleting, changing cases and adding spaces.

Final Fantasy Portal

Final Fantasy Portal

It’s an FF news app, but the reason why you’ll get it is because it includes Final Fantasy VIII‘s addictive card game Triple Triad, with both single and online multiplayer modes. Out now for Android; iOS version coming soon.

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Confide Messenger

Confide Messenger

A free messaging app that lets you send encrypted and obscured messages. The message will be visible only when you mouse or drag your finger over them. It also covers the window when the recipient tries to take a screenshot.

Touchjet Wave

Touchjet Wave

The Touchjet Wave is a small Android 4.4 device that turns any TV or display with an HDMI port into a touchscreen, thanks to its built-in infrared sensor. You can control or stream content to it using iOS or Android devices.

Dreamify for Android

Dreamify for Android

Transform photos into mesmerizing images – or nightmare fuel – with Dreamify, a photo editing app based on Google’s Deep Dream software. Pick from 12 filters or fine tune its parameters. iOS app coming soon. More here and here.

Fairphone 2

Fairphone 2

The second version of the responsibly manufactured smartphone is more durable and easier to repair. Its screws are labeled and its main components have their own modules. Available this summer for ~$600. More here.

Hound Virtual Assistant

Hound Virtual Assistant

SoundHound’s Hound is a voice-operated virtual assistant. It aims to edge Siri and other similar products by answering very specific questions very quickly. SoundHound’s demo is an impressive and hilarious battle of wits.

Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap

Included in the upcoming version of Android OS, Google Now on Tap lets you use Google Now without leaving the app you’re currently in. It will guess what information you need, or you can get a specific answer via voice command.

NVIDIA Shield for TV

NVIDIA Shield for TV

Not to be confused with the portable gaming device, the new NVIDIA Shield is a media streaming device for HDTVs. It runs Android TV and is capable of 4K streaming. It can also stream games from a PC with a compatible NVIDIA GPU.

Microsoft Hyperlapse Beta

Microsoft Hyperlapse Beta

Microsoft’s time-lapse smoothing technology is now in open beta. Use the mobile app to create hyperlapses on your Android or Windows phone or get the Windows desktop version for videos taken from a variety of cameras.

Hearthstone for Smartphones

Hearthstone for Smartphones

Blizzard’s addictive free-to-play card game is now on iOS, Android and Amazon phones. It’s not the best way to play it especially if you’re new to the game, but it’s still very much the Hearthstone millions of players know and love.

Str.eam

Str.eam

A mobile video live streaming service that lets you broadcast or watch streams and chat with other viewers right on your iOS or Android device. You can save your own stream on your device and record 15-second clips of other streams.

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

For the second straight year, HTC decided to make minor cosmetic changes to its flagship phone. Inside, the HTC One M9 has an 8-core Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage with microSD slot and a 20mp rear camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

The S6 and S6 Edge both have metal frames, Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back and a crazy 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display. They also have a 16mp rear camera with optical image stabilization and support for wireless charging.

Satechi Bluetooth Buttons

Satechi Bluetooth Buttons

Remote control buttons for iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 3.0. One each for voice command, camera and media playback. Comes with a steering wheel/handlebar mount and an adhesive strip. Order the media button here.

Pushbullet Reply for Android

Pushbullet Reply for Android

Pushbullet started out as a way to send files and links to and from a PC and a mobile device. Now the app lets you reply to WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and Line messages received on Android 4.4+ devices.

Android Chorus

Android Chorus

Google Japan used 300 Android mobile devices and the Androidify app to create a digital beatbox a capella rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The virtual choir will also perform live in Tokyo. Not to be outdone, Apple China set up a… oh wait.

Nike SNKRS App

Nike SNKRS App

Nike’s upcoming SNKRS app for iOS and Android will help save U.S. customers from long lines and scalpers. Stay on top of new drops and purchase shoes directly from the app. Adidas will also have a similar app but only for NYC residents.

Magzter Gold

Magzter Gold

Netflix for magazines. Magzter’s Gold subscription lets you read thousands of local and international magazines, including past issues, on iOS or Android devices. It has offline reading, bookmarking and parental controls.

Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android

Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android

The new Outlook app (formerly Acompli) for iOS and Android (beta) supports multiple email providers. It lets you schedule emails for later reading and is integrated to your calendar, OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.

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AllCast

AllCast

AllCast lets you stream media from your mobile device to Roku, Chromecast and other DLNA-enabled devices. You can also stream from your Google+, Dropbox or Instagram accounts. For iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Hotel My Phone

Hotel My Phone

An iOS and Android app that lets you access your phone’s contacts, SMS inbox and call logs on other Hotel My Phone users’ phones. You can text and call using your real phone number or a generic number. Additional charges may apply.

DeviantArt Official Mobile App

DeviantArt Official Mobile App

The art-oriented social network finally has official mobile apps for iOS and Android. The official DeviantArt app matches the website’s overhauled design. Use them to browse galleries, upload art and follow other members.

Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay

Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay

9to5 Mac compared Google and Apple’s dashboard interfaces for their mobile devices. CarPlay (4:45) seems less elegant than Android Auto. Regardless, both seem to be just as distracting as using your phone while driving.

Motorola Droid Turbo

Motorola Droid Turbo

Sitting in between the new Moto X and the Nexus 6, the Droid Turbo has a crazy 5.2″ 2560×1440 AMOLED display backed up by a 3900 mAh battery. It also has a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU and 3GB RAM. Coming to Verizon on 10/30.

Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 9

Google & HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet has an 8.9″ 2048×1536 IPS LCD display, HTC’s beloved dual front-facing speakers, 2GB RAM, the beastly Tegra K1 64-bit CPU – which also powers the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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