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Apple wants to use AR to connect ride-sharing customers with their drivers

Apple wants to use AR to connect ride-sharing customers with their drivers

Anyone that uses ridesharing apps on a daily basis is very familiar with how difficult it can be at times to find the car designated for you. If you're at crowded locations like concerts or restaurants, it can be almost impossible to distinguish between what car is for you and what car is for the people near you. Drivers face similar problems and are often caught in the middle of traffic looking for their passengers.

Apps like Uber and Lyft now... Read More »

Topics: Map Software , Android Software , iOS Software

US Senator calls Chinese apps a risk to national security

US Senator calls Chinese apps a risk to national security

US Senator Mark Warner called for legislators to look into Chinese app makers and their connections to the Chinese government, ominously comparing them to two major telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, which were just banned from US government use in light of longstanding security concerns.

The Virginia Senator told BuzzFeed News today that Congress desperately needs to examine a variety of tech-related issues, both for national security reasons as well as the safety of US citizens and businesses.

"Under Chinese... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Netflix's Stranger Things gets another retro game next year -- but not on mobile

Netflix's Stranger Things gets another retro game next year -- but not on mobile

Back in October 2017, Netflix dropped an unexpected early Christmas gift in the form of a free mobile game (Android, iOS) based on its hit show Stranger Things. And not only was the game itself a surprise, but it was also good, free, and sizeable. That's not a combination that we're used to seeing in mobile games, though it was presumably bankrolled by Netflix as a marketing tool.

Fast forward to The Game Awards on Thursday, and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Fortnite maker's Epic Games Store already open; regular giveaways planned

Fortnite maker's Epic Games Store already open; regular giveaways planned

Fortnite's battle royale mayhem may be the hottest thing to hit gaming in years -- but PC gamers won't find it anywhere on the Steam store, despite Valve Software's business being the de facto market leader for well over a decade. Instead, Fortnite's maker Epic Games offers the title through its own desktop app, and now the company is going whole-hog with an online store to compete against Steam itself.

Hot on the heels of announcing the very concept of the store... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

How Facebook and Instagram became as addictive as painkillers

How Facebook and Instagram became as addictive as painkillers

Although smartphone and social media addiction aren't included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, studies conducted over the last few months might suggest it probably should be.

In August, mobile market researcher BankMyCell found that US residents spend about four hours on smartphones per day. That's an hour longer than that global average.

A report released in May by smartphone insurance company Asurion said that Americans can't seem to put their devices down, even on... Read More »

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

Must-have apps for parents this holiday season

Must-have apps for parents this holiday season

The holidays take on a new meaning when you're a parent. It's a great way to reignite the magic of your own childhood holiday memories. Whether it's keeping tabs on Santa on Christmas Eve, finding a babysitter to get last minute shopping done, or making sure your child is safe when they're out with friends, these apps can help:

Google Santa Tracker

You and your kids can keep "track" of Santa with Google's Santa app (Android). The app counts down... Read More »

Topics: GPS Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Facebook's Onavo VPN app becomes central to privacy invasion controversy

Facebook's Onavo VPN app becomes central to privacy invasion controversy

As we come to learn more about online privacy and how our personal data may be bought and sold like stocks and bonds, we seem to find out more and more about the role that social networks can play in this market. In August, for example, Facebook had what appeared to be an innocuous VPN (virtual private network) app called Onavo -- which was quickly removed by Apple for what the latter perceived as violations of its policies... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft will officially rebuild Edge as a Chromium-compatible browser

Microsoft will officially rebuild Edge as a Chromium-compatible browser

Microsoft Edge is getting a major overhaul to help it work smoother and compete better, but the heavy work will occur under the hood. Microsoft has confirmed that it's replacing the proprietary EdgeHTML rendering engine adopted by its Windows 10 browser with the Chromium Blink engine used by Google Chrome.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Windows VP Joe Belfiore said that over the next year or so, Microsoft will transition Edge on the desktop to a... Read More »

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

Firefox Review: Here's why you should switch to this free, secure, and hecka cool web browser

Firefox Review: Here's why you should switch to this free, secure, and hecka cool web browser

Web browsing is a fundamental part of life for the majority of the planet, so it stands to reason that a fast, safe, and reliable web browser sits at the foundation of our online experiences. Firefox Quantum for Windows and MacOS aims to provide exactly that.

Firefox can trace its lineage way back to the heady Netscape Navigator days of the late 90s. Back in 2003 a team at the Mozilla Foundation (a nonprofit group) decided to create a new browser... Read More »

Topics: Web Browsers , Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

Can live streaming with online friends and even strangers ease loneliness over the holidays?

Can live streaming with online friends and even strangers ease loneliness over the holidays?

Cigna made the news in the Spring of 2018 after releasing an eye-opening loneliness study.

After surveying over 20,000 American adults on the topic, the health insurance provider concluded that loneliness is an epidemic afflicting most Americans, but that Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) and Millennials (adults ages 23-37) suffer from feelings of disconnection the most. The study also found that those who engaged in frequent meaningful interactions were less lonely and those who did it on the daily felt... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Apple Watch ECG heart monitor app: How to use it

Apple Watch ECG heart monitor app: How to use it

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4 in September and introduced a practically unprecedented ability to monitor heart health from a mobile device.

Apple's FDA-approved app can record an electrocardiogram (ECG) to monitor the user's heart rate and scan for possible problems. For example, the Watch can detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) which may lead to a stroke or heart attack.

SEE: Apple Watch Series 4 introduces ECG app and other health upgrades

The feature is now live... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Utilities & Operating Systems , iOS Software , Apps And Software

10 apps to help you throw a holiday party in 2018

10 apps to help you throw a holiday party in 2018

Attending a party during the winter months can help relieve some of the holiday season stress. Enjoying a meal with friends, drinking festive cocktails, wearing an ugly sweater, and listening to Mariah Carey's Christmas album on repeat can make for a great night.

If you're the one hosting the party, the planning process can be hard work. Check out these apps to ensure your soiree is fun, safe, and memorable.

1. Wunderlist

Planning your party is the first step. There's a... Read More »

Topics: DIY & How-To Software , Productivity Software , Entertainment Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

Facebook Messenger Lite adds animated GIFs and other new features

Facebook Messenger Lite adds animated GIFs and other new features

While Facebook continues to be roiled by unsettling revelations about its privacy practices, the show must go on. Its family of mobile apps now includes Facebook itself, Facebook Messenger (which it clearly wants the world to think of as just "Messenger"), Facebook Messenger Lite, Facebook Messenger Kids, WhatsApp, and Instagram -- and those are just the social platforms. The Google Play Store counts 18 apps made by Facebook itself, separately from whatever its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram are... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

The best alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for making and editing PDFs in Windows in 2019

The best alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for making and editing PDFs in Windows in 2019

And once content is saved as a PDF, its formatting is fixed and can't be changed by the reader. So, when you create a PDF you can use a wide range of fonts, set the layout and design of each page to suit you, and be sure that what you create is what the recipient will see. And the document is locked down, so you know that your recipients can't change add or delete anything in your file. And with... Read More »

Topics: PDF Software , Windows Software

Google Duo makes it easier to send quick video messages to your friends

Google Duo makes it easier to send quick video messages to your friends

At Google's I/O conference in 2016, it unexpectedly announced it was adding two more messaging apps to its already crowded collection: Duo and Allo. Duo did two-way video chats, while Allo was apparently competing against the company's own Android Messages (which itself was known as Android Messenger at the time). But unlike Android Messages, to have a convo in Allo, all participants had to be using Allo.

Allo never managed to gain a foothold, but Duo has proved a success.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Amazon Music will use Alexa conversations to personalize your playlists

Amazon Music will use Alexa conversations to personalize your playlists

While music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music proudly advertise catalogs of tens of millions of songs, the sheer depth of these libraries can be intimidating. We wouldn't blame you if you just stuck to the playlists curated by the services themselves, or a handful of a few albums you like. But if you're a fan of discovering new tunes, Amazon now offers a new way to navigate the jungle -- by having a chat with its Alexa virtual... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Play Store rolls out feature to help Android users monitor storage in 'My Apps'

Google Play Store rolls out feature to help Android users monitor storage in 'My Apps'

The Google Play Store is testing a new storage tracking tool called My Apps according to Android Police. The feature monitors how much space your apps are taking up on your device.

The feature's reach is limited for now, but here's how to find the tool when it's fully live:

Open the Google Play Store app.Tap the Settings hamburger in the search bar.Tap My Apps and Games.Tap Installed.

The section will display all the apps installed on your phone. If My... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Amazon Prime Video app rolling out to Comcast Xfinity X1 customers

Amazon Prime Video app rolling out to Comcast Xfinity X1 customers

Amazon Prime members who use Comcast's Xfinity X1 service will soon be able to watch their favorite programs directly through their cable subscription.

SEE: The 5 best Netflix alternatives for streaming TV and movies

Amazon and Comcast have announced the launch of an Amazon Prime video app for Xfinity X1 customers. That means Amazon Prime will be accessible directly from the X1 online guide where Xfinity users will be able to browse Amazon's wide array of TV shows, movies, specials,... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Chrome 71 launches with ability to block abusive ads

Google Chrome 71 launches with ability to block abusive ads

Google has been on a mission to better protect you from cyber threats by beefing up its popular Chrome browser. The latest version adds even more weapons to your arsenal.

SEE: Take Control of Your Internet Privacy with These Apps

With this week's release of Chrome version 71, users will be shielded from all ads that come from websites caught serving up abusive experiences. The list of experiences considered abusive includes fake messages, unexpected click areas, misleading site behavior, phishing... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

AI-powered Sweetch wellness app helps keep users healthy over the holidays

AI-powered Sweetch wellness app helps keep users healthy over the holidays

With repellent rain, sleet, and snow outside and inviting pies, cakes, and cookies inside, the holidays are perhaps the hardest time of year to pass up those extra helpings of dessert for a run. This is particularly true for those with prediabetes, who already struggle with keeping their sugar intake in check. Sweetch was developed to aid this population, at risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

"Our mission is to help users prevent Type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software