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5 Apps to Trick Out Your Keyboard on iOS 8



iOS 8 is finally here, and for the first time in its history, developers can create custom keyboard apps.

While many more will likely debut in the coming weeks and months, the first wave of keyboard apps is already hitting Apple’s App Store. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites, so you can decide how best to trick out your keyboard.


SwiftKey, one of the most popular apps on Android, delighted Apple fans earlier this year when…

Google Unveils 3 Budget Smartphones for Android One



Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets.

Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year


Alcatel Smart Cover Sends Texts, Calls Right to Your Phone Case



BERLIN — Chinese manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch introduced its Hero 2 smartphone at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin on Thursday, but its new line of accessories are some of the most fun and innovative we’ve seen in tech in awhile.

The sleek, 6-inch Hero 2 ($455) debuted alongside the Hero 8 tablet (no price just yet), with nearly identical specs as the smartphone. While the devices are pretty standard in the market right now — an octa-core processor, Android 4.4 “KitKat,” an…

How Material Design Actually Works



In our latest Ask a Dev video, Android’s Ajay Pall discusses how to implement the newly announced Material Design

With all the recent news about Android L and Material Design, you’d probably think they were two things that can’t exist without the other. However, it’s important to distinguish that Material is a design philosophy and L is a release of Android

One example is Google’s I/O 2014 application. On pre-L devices, it keeps a…

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Asus ZenWatch: A Fancy Smartwatch That Measures Your Relaxation Levels



BERLIN — Google announced its wearables platform, Android Wear, back in March, with LG and Motorola on board, but we knew it’ll take some time for all manufacturers to catch on

That time has arrived, as this year’s IFA is chock-full of smartwatch announcements, starting with Asus’ ZenWatch, the first wearable the company has produced

Interestingly, while presenting the product here in Berlin, Asus placed…

How to Watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch Live



BERLIN — The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year — along with the iPhone 6, of course — and we’re just a few hours away from Samsung’s big announcement live in Berlin.

While Samsung is holding two additional simultaneous events for the launch — one in New York City and another in Beijing — you’ll be able to tune into the presentation from the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin via the Samsung Mobile YouTube page.

Live From the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch Event



BERLIN — It’s a big day for Samsung. The Korean manufacturer is readying to launch its much-hyped Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, along with plenty of other gadgets, on Wednesday at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin. The Mashable team will be bringing you all the updates you need to know in real time.

Samsung hopes to take on larger-sized smartphones — even the rumored (and bigger) 5.5-inch iPhone expected to launch next week — in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season.


Nokia to Bring Offline Navigation to Samsung Galaxy Devices



Nokia may be abandoning Android on the hardware side, but the company isn’t giving up on Android entirely.

Nokia is partnering with Samsung to bring its Here Maps app to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the two companies announced in a blog post on Friday.

The free app includes maps for 200 countries, with support for driving and walking route guidance for 100 of those. When used with a data connection, it also includes real time traffic and transit schedules…

National Weather Service Beset by String of High-Profile Website Failures



Over the past two years, the National Weather Service — the agency tasked with issuing life-saving severe weather watches and warnings across the country — has had a bevy of technical glitches that have severely impeded its operations

These incidents, which have ranged from the apparent issuance of a massive (and false) flood watch for all points east of Lake Michigan and north of Florida, to letting a tornado go essentially unwarned due to failures of automated systems, have the attention…

Now There’s a Fitness Tracker for Your Car



Fitness trackers record your sleep patterns and exercise habits with ease, but the makers of a new device aim to bring that same kind of “quantified-self” tracking to another valuable part of your life: your car

The FIXD sensor is a device that connects your car to your smartphone via Bluetooth and delivers updates on everything from when you need an oil change to when you need to replace your air filter

By connecting the FIXD device to…