App and Software News
As 2018 draws to a close, it can be fun to take a look back at the year. Apps like Facebook (iOS, Android) and Spotify (iOS, Android) both have features that recap your year in a neat package and allow you to share those memories with your friends on those platforms.
Going into Memories on Facebook around December will show a personalized video from the social media site called "Your Year on Facebook." Spotify creates a playlist... Read More »
Prisma Labs is bringing its photo editing app to Android next year. Previously, Lensa was only available on iOS.
Prisma calls Lensa the "one-button Photoshop" app, as it offers a number of tools to tweak and perfect any portrait photo. The app claims to use Artificial Intelligence to retouch your selfie automatically, so you don't have to waste time tweaking it. The option to manually adjust your photos is still available.
Some of Lensa's enhancement features include teeth whitening, skin smoothing,... Read More »
You spot an appealing product at a store, an interesting animal in nature, an unusual dish on a menu, an intriguing landmark in another country, or a fascinating painting in a museum. And you want to learn more about that item or object. Normally, you might run a regular Google search. But in this case, you may not know what to search for. That's where Google Lens can help.
Using Google Lens on your phone, you... Read More »
Over the past couple years, the general public has heard a lot about how your personal data can be collected on the internet and sold without your knowledge or consent. A VPN, or virtual private network, can be one way to improve your privacy, but some details about our lives remain difficult to keep on the down-low. One nagging problem is how many documents available to the public online can be tied to your phone number.
Keepsafe, a developer of privacy-oriented... Read More »
In the wake of the unexpectedly messy October update for Windows 10 that ended up stretching well into November, users of Microsoft's operating system may be scratching their heads about how it went so badly. While Windows 10 isn't as widely praised as Windows 7, it rarely experiences the issues that we saw recently, which included deleting entire directories of files.
To address the growing uncertainties about Windows 10 and the integrity of its update system, corporate VP Michael Fortin... Read More »
With the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009, the internet figured out a way to exchange digital goods with the same level of confidence as physical goods, but the concept isn't necessarily restricted to monetary transactions. When Ethereum arrived in 2015, it expanded the notion of a community-verified ledger to apps, which can be specially designed to run in a decentralized manner within the Ethereum network.
Think of Google Docs, but instead of connecting to a regional Google server to access your... Read More »
Google is teaming up with a group of nonprofit organizations to help you make donations through the Google Play Store during the holiday giving season.
The portal is currently listed as "Coming soon to Play."
"We're inspired by the many ways that the Play community shares resources, supports each other and creates positive change," Google said in a blog post. "We hope this update offers a way to help other communities outside of our own in need."
Here's... Read More »
Nearly half of Facebook (iOS, Android) users age 18 to 29 years old deleted the app in the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media site has been trying to regain favor as the fleeing user base moves to other platforms.
Pandora listeners can now tune into podcasts courtesy of the latest update to the Android and iOS flavors of the streaming music app.
Available at Google Play and Apple's App Store, Pandora version 1812.1 not only serves up podcasts but tries to help you find the right ones. The app displays a list of recommended podcasts based on your history and interests. You can browse top podcasts and... Read More »
With the recent release of iOS 12.1.1, Apple expanded support for its eSIM feature to carriers in the US. Now, Verizon is trying to make it easier for its customers to set up the dual-SIM service.
Available at the App Store, My Verizon version 6.10 offers a way for subscribers to add and configure access to eSIM. To do so, follow the steps in Verizon's How to Use Guide to Sign Up For Service and Activate Your eSIM.... Read More »
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