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SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

As Google has said many times over the years, speed is brutally important on the Internet. If web pages takes just a few fractions of a second too long to load, browsing that website can feel a little frustrating. That inconvenience, even though it should barely register, can still motivate a site visitor to go elsewhere -- perhaps to your competitor. But websites aren't the only digital service where microseconds matter.

SwiftKey, the maker of a third-party virtual keyboard for... Read More »

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Google Maps grabs Waze incident reports and speed limits

Google Maps grabs Waze incident reports and speed limits

When Google bought Waze in 2013 for nearly a billion dollars, most analysts assumed they would eventually integrate the app's groundbreaking features into Google Maps.

While change has been slow, over the last year eagle-eyed developers have spotted evidence of Google Maps (download for Android and iOS) testing out some of Waze's most beloved features within its own app -- like user collected traffic reports, on-screen speed limits and potential speed traps.

Android Police's Richard Gao... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

In a way, online security has its own circle of life. People create website accounts with bad passwords and no authentication checks, they get hacked, experts explain how you can protect yourself, some people listen, but we eventually circle back to old habits, and the cycle begins anew. But perhaps with over 20 million passwords now out in the wild, internet users will begin taking their personal online data more seriously.

This week, security guru Troy Hunt encountered a staggering trove... Read More »

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Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.

While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »

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How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, airports across the country are bracing for millions of travellers all while dealing with a reduced staff due to the partial government shutdown -- which has now reached a record 28 days.

This week, more than 6 percent of TSA workers called in sick -- dubbed the "blue flu" in reference to their uniforms -- now that 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and nearly 420,000 are... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.

This week, Facebook announced... Read More »

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Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

A game of Uno can go from friendly to vicious in just a few turns. Your relationship with your family might be safer if you choose to play Mattel's card game on your smartphone.

Mattel and NetEase, through Mattel163 studio, have launched the Uno app worldwide for iOS and Android. Mattel had previously released its own mobile version of the game in certain countries. And as of last year, users could also play Uno on Facebook Instant Games.

SEE:... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

If ever-skyrocketing spam calls and robocalls are ruining your life, you're not alone, according to the makers of the Truecaller (download for Android and iOS) caller ID and anti-spam app.

In fact, Truecaller's recent Insights Report found that the US has the dishonorable distinction of being the eighth most spammed nation in the world, with spam calls making up 13 percent of all calls and the average user getting almost 17 spam calls per month.

The study from the... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.

App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.

Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.

Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.

Instead of jumping on the... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

A new study from analytics firm App Annie found that WhatsApp has become Facebook's most popular messaging app with over 1.5 billion monthly users worldwide. The report notes that Facebook has an astounding amount of control over the messaging app market, with both Facebook Messenger and Instagram pulling in over 1 billion users each on top of WhatsApp's growing share of the worldwide market.

The dominance of WhatsApp has taken place against the backdrop of a larger battle between Facebook and Apple... Read More »

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NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

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Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

While the Google Play Store and iOS App Store provide plenty of charts that give you a snapshot of the most popular apps in a given category, it can be difficult to collect a whole year's worth of that data and make sense of it. Thankfully, third parties like App Annie have access to those charts and much more, and this market research firm has produced another State of Mobile report that contains some interesting insights.

We've already used this... Read More »

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'Roadie' app is like Uber for delivering goods for drivers

'Roadie' app is like Uber for delivering goods for drivers

So many apps grow out of a desire to address a simple problem, and Roadie is no different. Founder Marc Gorlin decided to create the app in 2015 after a shipment of tiles for his new Florida condo arrived shattered in pieces. When he tried to get the company to send a new batch, they told him it would take another week or two, which confused him considering the company was based in Birmingham, Alabama -- about a two... Read More »

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Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.

But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a... Read More »

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Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee, the HomeKit accessory manufacturer, released its new Apple Watch app after teasing a potential Watch support last March. Now Ecobee iOS users can control their smart accessories from their Apple Watch.

Most notably with the new app, Ecobee customers can control their Ecobee smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, according to 9to5Google.

Users can adjust temperatures, see the current indoor temperature, set the temperature to Away or Home mode to save energy and more. Additionally, users can alter fan settings... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Fortnite website security hole reportedly allows hackers to steal your account

Fortnite website security hole reportedly allows hackers to steal your account

With Fortnite reportedly making billions just in 2018, it's basically the biggest game that civilization has come up with since the invention of checkers. And if you're a student of history, you know that a gold rush can attract some unsavory people who want a cut of the action -- and they aren't particularly concerned with legality or ethics.

As such, Fortnite's security systems have been relentlessly poked and prodded by both the malicious and the benevolent, which brings... Read More »

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Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out Car View, a simplified way to use the music streaming app while driving. The launch seems to be limited for now, showing up on Pixel 3 XLs only at this point, according to 9to5Google.

Car View presents a minimalist display of the artist's name and song title. You'll only have access to necessary controls like track changing, play, pause, favorite and shuffle. Here's how to tell if the... Read More »

Topics: Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

'Dorsia' is the new anti-Yelp travel discovery app that you've been waiting for

'Dorsia' is the new anti-Yelp travel discovery app that you've been waiting for

Andrew Armenante had a "mini mental breakdown" as he puts it, several years back. He was working as a software engineer for UClass, an EdTech startup, in San Francisco's SOMA district, and needed to refuel with a quick cup of coffee. So he went to Blue Bottle Coffee, the trendy, go-to spot across the street, to get his caffeine fix.

"I asked for an espresso to go, and the guy goes, 'Sir, I can't give you an espresso to go, because... Read More »

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MasterCard to block subscriptions from charging you after free trials

MasterCard to block subscriptions from charging you after free trials

MasterCard (download for iOS or Android) is adding a safety net policy for anyone who forgot cancel a free trial, according to a blog post.

Merchants often let customers try out their product for a set number of days before charging the subscription fee. It's frustrating, though, when you wind up paying for something that you weren't satisfied with because of a complicated cancellation process.

The financial services company announced a change in their rules that... Read More »

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