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When Google Maps originally launched in February 2005, it punched a fat hole in the market for GPS navigation devices that has yet to be patched. With this app, you can just use your phone to get around, at no added cost, a far cry from forking over $100 or more for the established gadgets at the time -- then more money for future map updates. Even Apple felt the heat, but it wasn't until 2012 that it produced a... Read More »
With unsolicited calls becoming a growing problem for mobile phone users, Google and other tech companies are coming up with ways to screen the spam. In fact, there's a growing industry of spam blocking apps, and Google has introduced a screening feature baked into its Pixel phones.
Getting pulled over by the police can ruin your day. Sometimes a friendly driver might flash their lights at you to warn you of an upcoming speed trap.
Popular navigation apps like Waze (iOS, Android) or Coyote (iOS, Android) let drivers warn each other about accidents, traffic, and the like. French motorists are using the apps to share police roadside check locations, according to Le Parisien.
French police said that exposing police locations undermines counter-terrorism operations,... Read More »
You're driving your car as Waze guides you on your trip with the usual turn-by-turn directions. And now you feel like riding along hearing a song (side by side). In the past, you'd have to fire up a dedicated audio app to listen to your favorite tunes. Now, Waze is offering a simpler, safer, and more integrated approach.
Waze has added its own audio player through which you can... Read More »
You answer your phone even though the call is coming from an unknown number. Damn, it's yet another annoying robocaller or spammer. If only you had known. Well, if you're a T-Mobile customer, you now have yet another tool in your arsenal against these calls.
No one wants the gift that keeps on giving. You know the one. That really bad present that gets passed from recipient to recipient till it ends up sad and forgotten at the bottom of a present drawer.
The generic gifts that appeal to everyone -- bottles of wine, cakes and flowers, and the trusty gift cards -- will certainly be enjoyed, but they scream impersonal. See, your friends are unique and their gifts should be as well.
But you don't have... Read More »
Last December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Net Neutrality. The choice could essentially end free and open internet access.
The concept of Net Neutrality requires telecom providers to not discriminate against different types of content. It also keeps carriers from slowing down service so they can charge users more money, and avoiding conflicts of interest such as throttling Netflix or YouTube if they compete with video services offered by the provider.
After the repeal, researchers from Northeastern University and The University of Massachusetts Amherst... Read More »
Instagram users who turn to certain third-party apps to artificially increase their audience are now on the radar of the popular photo and video sharing site.
In a new blog post, Instagram announced that it has started to remove fake likes, follows, and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. Calling this type of behavior bad for the community, Instagram is alerting the users of such... Read More »
Before Google added depth editing in Portrait mode to its Pixel devices, Apple's iPhone camera was the envy of smartphone photographers when it pioneered the DSLR-like photo technique. Google rolled out adjustable bokeh intensity in Portrait mode in the Google Photos app last month for Android users.
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Those who have been tempted to subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud but have been put off by the steep monthly price tag may want to check out a new sales promotion.
The late, great Stan Lee not only revolutionized the comic book industry but also influenced a larger world of entertainment with motion pictures, TV shows, and games featuring the exploits and adventures of our favorite Marvel superheroes. You can imagine yourself as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Nick Fury, and other classic characters as you play games not just on your PlayStation or Xbox but on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. To honor the life and work of Stan... Read More »
Those of you looking to download the Tumblr app (Android, iOS) on your iPhone or iPad are unable to get it for now. But the app's vanishing act isn't the result of a technical issue or glitch. Through independent sources, Download.com learned that the app was removed due to child pornography that got past the site's filters.
When Download.com presented these findings to Tumblr, a company spokesperson responded with the following statement:
"We're committed to helping build a safe online... Read More »
California had barely mourned Thousand Oaks shooting victims when a string of new wildfires broke out in cities like Paradise and Ventura.
The fires have burned for more than a week and claimed dozens of lives. The 2018 wildfire season has been the worst on record, with more than 7,500 fires destroying millions of acres.
Amazon has been pretty busy lately, with advance movie screenings, Skype integration, and free shipping for everyone until December 25, just to name a few. Meanwhile, its streaming services are still trucking, but it's not afraid of a little competition on its own platform.
The company previously brought Spotify (Android, iOS), Pandora, iHeartRadio and others to its Echo smart devices -- even letting you choose them as defaults over its own Amazon Music -- and today... Read More »
While Amazon Prime is most associated with free two-day shipping, and perhaps its video and music streaming services, the company is not afraid to step outside of its comfort zones with new perks for its subscribers. But perhaps with Amazon's recent forays into feature film distribution and production, it's latest offer isn't all that unexpected.
If there's anything that free services have taught us over the last decade or so, it's that they usually pay their bills by making the customer the product. In the case of social media, your personal details are hoovered up and sold for targeted advertising. In the case of webmail like Gmail, Google uses low-key text ads, but Microsoft has elected not to do so for its rival Outlook.com.
When Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant arrived on the company's Echo smart speakers in 2014, a legion of iOS users who had been stuck with Siri discovered something that Android users already knew: Virtual assistants can actually be impressive when armed with good voice recognition tech and integrated services. Partly as a result of this revelation, Alexa's popularity boomed, and Amazon keeps adding features to keep things interesting.
One of the more frustrating aspects of smartwatches is their battery life. Unless you charge them every night, your device can conk out at the most inopportune time.
With its latest update, Google is now trying to help Android Wear OS smartwatches last longer without a recharge. System Version: H, an update to Google's Wear OS, will be rolling out over the next few months, according to Google's support page. The update includes two features geared toward battery power.
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When Mark Lee had a heart attack in the central business district of Perth, Australia, he opened a smartphone app and dialed 000. One block away, a notification popped up on Danny Rummukainen's phone and he rushed to help.
News First reported that Lee was dead for 12 minutes before the first responders ahead of the ambulance brought him back.
For decades actress Rita Wilson has helped bring other people's stories to life with memorable turns in such films as 1993's "Sleepless in Seattle," 1999's "Runaway Bride," and 2016's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." In more recent years, Wilson, who felt inspired to pursue a musical career after singing the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway, in 2006, has seized the opportunity to tell her own stories through original songs and videos.
The... Read More »