Pokemon Go cheaters' three-strikes ban rule gets explained by Niantic

Pokemon Go cheaters' three-strikes ban rule gets explained by Niantic

If there's anything we've learned from online games, it's that a lot of people have no qualms about cheating their way to the top. In Pokemon Go, you wander about the physical world to collect creatures and pit them against each other, which invites hacks that fake your location and bots that pretend to be you.

Pokemon Go's developer Niantic used to have a zero-tolerance policy against these cheaters, but it's decided to be a little kinder and gentler... Read More »

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Google AI guesses what you're drawing in a mini app released for WeChat in China

Google AI guesses what you're drawing in a mini app released for WeChat in China

With the Google Play Store banned in China, it's not easy for the company to get its apps in front of users in that country. However, the WeChat texting app is China's de facto communications platform, and it has its own app store. So this week, Google launched Caihua Xiaoge ("Guess the Sketch" in English) for WeChat in China, and it's designed to leverage the company's formidable AI for a friendly game of Pictionary.

In Caihua Xiaoge, the user is given... Read More »

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Windows 10 Timeline activity history feature gets Chrome and Firefox browser add-ons

Windows 10 Timeline activity history feature gets Chrome and Firefox browser add-ons

Windows 10 has settled into a pattern of two big updates per year, and the April update brought us Timeline, which can keep a record of what you've been up to for the last 30 days: what apps you've been using, files you've been opening, and websites you've been to. It may be a gimmick to some, but Timeline can help you retrace your steps to a specific date -- with one notable exception.

Unfortunately, Microsoft Edge was the only... Read More »

Popular AllTrails app unveils advanced new mapping features to make hiking more fun

Popular AllTrails app unveils advanced new mapping features to make hiking more fun

While Google Maps or Apple Maps has you covered for turn-by-turn navigation and trip suggestions, they aren't necessarily the best choices when you want to literally go off the beaten path. When it comes to exploring our beautiful state and national parks, you might want to look at more specialized options. Luckily for us, the popular AllTrails app just got a fully redesigned map layer to help you find your way.

With this latest update, AllTrails crafted a... Read More »

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Update to LinkedIn Messaging app gives you move control over attachments and group conversations

Update to LinkedIn Messaging app gives you move control over attachments and group conversations

LinkedIn Messaging has become an integral part of the company's efforts to connect coworkers or find your next employment opportunity. To make it even easier to connect, the professional networking company just unveiled new changes to its messaging app that will make everything from group chats to sending emojis a lot easier.

Chris Szeto, director of Messenger and Groups, laid out the changes in a LinkedIn blog post, describing updates to the look of the app as well as new capabilities... Read More »

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Kroger launches shopping app to help people make better nutrition choices

Kroger launches shopping app to help people make better nutrition choices

The country's largest supermarket chain unveiled a new app for its customers designed to promote healthy eating and shopping.

Kroger, based in Cincinnati, named the app OptUp and separated it from its primary mobile shopping app by having it help shoppers make healthier decisions with what the buy at the supermarket.

With the app, shoppers add items they plan to buy and then see a nutrition score for each item on a scale of 1 to 100, with healthy foods... Read More »

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Google Assistant mobile app updated with personalized "visual overview" of your day

Google Assistant mobile app updated with personalized "visual overview" of your day

Google's search engine has long been known for its near-psychic ability to detect what you're looking for, and the company continues to beef up the AI smarts of its equally formidable Google Assistant.

On this latter front, the company has just announced a "visual snapshot" update for the Assistant that gathers your day into one handy summary; things like dinner reservations, commute traffic alerts, Amazon packages, and bill payments are now summarized as though you had a flesh-and-blood assistant... Read More »

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VLC Media Player for iPhone adds support for Google Chromecast and 360-degree video

VLC Media Player for iPhone adds support for Google Chromecast and 360-degree video

VLC Media Player is the de facto desktop app for watching locally stored videos, but it's faced stiff competition on iOS and Android. Perhaps to gain some leverage, the company has just updated the iOS version to add support for 360-degree videos and the Google Chromecast streaming device.

SEE: MX Player app to take on Netflix in India after being acquired for $146 million

Analyzing Chromecast support for iOS

On desktop computers, Chromecast support isn't the must-have feature that it... Read More »

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Louisiana becomes first state to allow smartphone app to replace physical driver's license

Louisiana becomes first state to allow smartphone app to replace physical driver's license

Police officers in Louisiana will now accept digital driver's licenses through your smartphone during traffic stops, according to an announcement by Governor John Bel Edwards.

The LA Wallet app allows users to pull up their driver's licenses on their screen instead of rifling through a wallet or purse. Police officers in the state were seeking a new method of checking IDs during traffic stops and the Louisiana State Police, Department of Public Safety as well as the Office of Motor... Read More »

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A full-featured Adobe Photoshop is coming to Apple's iPad Pro tablets, sources say

A full-featured Adobe Photoshop is coming to Apple's iPad Pro tablets, sources say

Adobe Systems is reportedly planning to announce an iPad Pro version of its flagship Photoshop software in October, for a release in 2019, according to a report by Bloomberg. This will be a full-fledged version of Photoshop, as part of a larger effort to embrace mobile devices as a dedicated content-creation platform.

SEE: The best graphic design software for Windows and Macs

Representatives for Adobe have not publicly confirmed this upcoming announcement. According to Bloomberg, a full-fledged... Read More »

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Best cross-platform productivity and work apps of 2018

Best cross-platform productivity and work apps of 2018

Zapier, an app integration platform that helps people sync information between their favorite apps, looked at its own data and did an in depth study of the apps gaining the most traction among its user base.

"From the 1,000+ apps that work with Zapier, our app automation platform, we can spot the 'rising stars' or up-and-coming apps that are or will be core parts of the most productive teams' workflows," wrote Zapier Senior Editor Matthew Guay in its report.... Read More »

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'Trumpy Cat' in George Takei's new House of Cats app fights fake news with humor

'Trumpy Cat' in George Takei's new House of Cats app fights fake news with humor

It's easy to get down about our current polarized political environment. But Star Trek actor and activist George Takei's new parody app, House of Cats, reminds us that there's still plenty of mirth to be found amidst the mudslinging.

"We live in a time where many of us are outraged by what is happening and embarrassed by the state of our leadership in the White House," Takei said. "House of Cats is an attempt to add some levity to current affairs."

Takei... Read More »

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Netflix updates their app on your TV with sidebar, larger videos, and a "New" section

Netflix updates their app on your TV with sidebar, larger videos, and a "New" section

In the latest salvo of the war for video streaming supremacy, Netflix just announced a big update to the design of its TV app, adding a sidebar to the left to help you navigate, and increasing the size of the trailers to take up more screen space. The company says that this update is rolling out internationally, as we speak.

SEE: Ranking Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video Streaming Apps in 2018

Netflix doubles down on auto-playing videos

While Netflix's... Read More »

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Duolingo adds Hindi for English speakers to its popular language learning app

Duolingo adds Hindi for English speakers to its popular language learning app

Duolingo, the language-learning app and website, just launched it first course in the Hindi language for English language speakers.

The lessons, currently available through Duolingo's web app but coming to the company's app for iOS and Android devices in the future, is designed for English language speakers who want to learn Hindi for the first time or want to brush up on the language. If you have some proficiency with Hindi, you can test out some of the basics and... Read More »

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LARKR's on-demand mental health app provides video therapy for teens and young adults on their iPhone

LARKR's on-demand mental health app provides video therapy for teens and young adults on their iPhone

Therapy can help with life's challenges like anxiety and depression. But getting access to therapy can present its own set of challenges.

SEE: Therapy apps for improved mental health

That's why Shawn Kernes, who previously ran product and technology and general business operations at major companies such as StubHub, eBay post-acquisition, Beyond The Rack, and Boost Media, co-founded the LARKR app for iPhone.

"I really wanted to do something that wasn't about selling more stuff to more people," Kernes told Download.com... Read More »

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Can Fornite Battle Royale go beyond casual Twitch streaming and become a real esport?

Can Fornite Battle Royale go beyond casual Twitch streaming and become a real esport?

Fortnite is the It Game right now, pulling millions of players into its Battle Royale mode every day, where you have one life and must survive against up to 99 other players in a tense last-man-standing mode. It's also pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars for its developer Epic Games, thanks to the apparently bottomless appeal of cosmetic accoutrement.

SEE: Fortnite malware aimed at cheaters infects tens of thousands of devices

Fortnite's also enormously popular on Twitch and... Read More »

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Security expert shows how Venmo's surprisingly public user data can be mined for your private info

Security expert shows how Venmo's surprisingly public user data can be mined for your private info

Venmo, the peer-to-peer payment app that processed $12 billion in transactions just in Q1 of this year, turns out to have quite the security loophole, according to Berlin-based researcher Hang Do Thi Duc. She set up a website that walks us through the privacy implications of Venmo publicly exposing user transactions by default, and her findings are sobering.

SEE: Venmo can soon split the tab for your Uber rides and Uber Eats orders

Wait, Venmo transactions are public by... Read More »

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Malwarebytes launches security app for iOS that blocks calls and texts from scammers

Malwarebytes launches security app for iOS that blocks calls and texts from scammers

Your iPhone may not get viruses, but doesn't mean your iOS device can't use help avoiding dangerous websites, blocking suspicious calls, keeping away from scammers, or blocking ad trackers.

Malwarebytes new security app or iPhones and iPads hopes to shore up your iOS defense by offering a range of tools to watch over you and your iOS device.

The free version of Malwarebytes for iOS comes with ad-blocking tools that gives you control over which ads you see if Safari and lets... Read More »

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Instagram testing time-based two-factor authentication that works with Google Authenticator, Authy, and 1Password

Instagram testing time-based two-factor authentication that works with Google Authenticator, Authy, and 1Password

Instagram will begin testing app-based 2FA (two-factor authentication) to verify users, in place of its current SMS text message system, according to an investigation conducted by TechCrunch. By using 2FA codes generated within an app on the device, users can avoid the many security flaws inherent with getting these codes via text message.

SEE: Instagram's new IGTV video app gives creators a YouTube alternative

Why are text messages bad for verifying users?

One simple reason is that app-based codes are... Read More »

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European Union to Google: Stop forcing your own apps on Android phone makers

European Union to Google: Stop forcing your own apps on Android phone makers

In the wake of the European Union fining Google over $5 billion for antitrust violations, company CEO Sundai Pichai took to the company's blog to warn that this may mean higher prices for Android phones and tablets, because Google uses its now-sanctioned pre-installed apps to subsidize distributing Android for free. The EU argues that Google illegally stifles competing apps, operating systems, and manufacturers.

SEE: Eelo may bring a privacy-oriented Android that's free of Google apps

How... Read More »