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Back in late November, Netflix brought offline playback to mobile customers thanks to updated iOS and Android apps. Offline downloads had been a long-requested feature from subscribers, and similar functionality is available with the competing Amazon Prime Video streaming service. Today, we’re learning that Netflix is extending this offline download support for Android users. You can now save downloaded TV shows and movies directly to a microSD card. This is definitely welcome news for users that have limited onboard storage, especially given that large-capacity microSD cards are relatively cheap... Read more...
Maybe I am in the minority, but whenever I encounter an application in Windows that runs without first needing to be installed (CPU-Z, for example) I get a cheap thrill. These programs are not planting their hooks in Windows or littering the registry with entries that will never be fully cleaned up, nor is a reboot required. I like that. A similar experience is currently being tested on Android in the form of Instant Apps. This is something that Google previewed at Google I/O last year. It is a new way to run Android apps, one that does not require any installation, but are still immersive. They... Read more...
If you think your Pattern Lock system is keeping your Android safe, guess again. Researchers from Lancaster University, Northwest University in China, and the University of Bath have demonstrated that attackers could easily unlock a phone in less than five attempts. First off, what is Pattern Lock? In order to unlock a device’s content or functions, users must draw a pattern on a grid of dots. Users typically have five chances to get it right before they are locked out. 40% of Android users utilize Pattern Lock and prefer it over using a PIN or password. Researchers took video of owners unlocking... Read more...
If you're in a situation where your phone has data, but your tablet doesn't, and Wi-Fi isn't an immediate option, things can get frustrating pretty quickly. Consider checking into a hotel, for example, which only allows one or two devices to connect to the Wi-Fi - that's a major roadblock for those with their families, or those with multiple devices. While your smartphone is charging, you could be kicking back using the tablet, for example. That assumes that the hotel's Internet service allows you access without dinging you again for another device. Situations like those or similar will be less... Read more...
The world of technology has changed dramatically since outgoing President Barack Obama first stepped into the White House as this nation's leader eight years ago. He was the first president to carry a mobile phone on his person, having turned in his personal handset for a Blackberry phone that had been heavily customized with security features (though he later traded that in for an iPhone). Today President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in, and he as well will use a secure mobile device, cleared by the US Secret Service for POTUS use. Trump represents a new era in a lot of ways. Whereas... Read more...
Nintendo's first mobile game featuring its iconic plumber is headed to Android devices very soon. In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Nintendo of America confirmed that Super Mario Run would sprint over to Google Play in March and that users anticipating the launch can go there now to pre-register in order to be notified when it becomes available (Nintendo did not give a specific date). Not only is Super Mario Run the first mobile title from Nintendo featuring Mario, it is also the company's first-ever smartphone game. It arrived to iOS devices on December 15, 2016, and quickly raced to more than 40... Read more...
Super Mario Run launched on December 15th for iOS, but it looks as though Android users won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on the addictive, auto-running side scroller. Nintendo announced via Twitter that eager Mario fans can now pre-register to be notified when the game is officially available on Android. All you have to do is head over to the Google Play Store and press the “Pre-Register” button. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release date for the Android versions of Super Mario Run, but the very fact that Nintendo has at least put up a landing page should bode well for it... Read more...
It's been a very rough year for the folks at Cyanogen, and it doesn't look like anything is going to be changing about that any time soon. At the end of last month, it was revealed that Cyanogen wanted to consolidate all of its employees to Palo Alto, California, which as an announcement on its own might not have seemed so bad, but it came at the same time that co-founder Steve Kondik decided to pack it up and move onto other ventures. Alcatel's POP Mirage shipped with Cyanogen OS Now, we learn that Cyanogen's OS and services are going to be shuttered at the end of this year (aka: one week from... Read more...
When Chris Sawyer's RollerCoaster Tycoon hit the PC back in 1999, the world couldn't have expected what kind of masterpiece it would be. It's not perfect, but the fact that it gave anyone and everyone reigns over complex theme parks and wild rides drew people in by the millions. And now, that same gameplay that hooked people nearly 18-years-ago is back, and it's on mobile. Released for a meager $5.99, RollerCoaster Tycoon takes the best elements of the first two games to create a robust mobile port that's sure to hook you for hours (or even dozens of hours, for that matter!) Based on its preview... Read more...
For those that are finding it nearly impossible to find an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas, the next best thing to tame your nostalgic heart is Super Mario Run. First announced in September alongside Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Super Mario Run launched on December 15th and has proven to be a mega-hit for Nintendo. Nintendo today announced that in the first four days of availability, the game was downloaded over 40 million times from the iOS App Store. In addition to playing up on the nostalgia factor by bringing hugely popular characters like Mario to the iOS platform, Nintendo... Read more...
If you're a little timid of talking to an electronic device, you better suck it up soon, because it looks like it's going to be such a big part of our future as the "new normal". Solutions like Google's Conversation Actions are going to make these interactions possible. With Conversation Actions, smart algorithms are able to pick up on keywords to help give a reasoned response. An example of this can be seen below, where a user asks Google Home for dinner suggestions. The words "hot", "soup", "fast", "chicken", and "tomato" are plucked from the sentence, and without much of a delay, a tomato chicken... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto might get the lions share of the attention from Rockstar fans, but the developer has released a few other gems over the years as well, including some that sound downright bizarre at first, but turn out to be quite good. Such as Bully, which has just passed its tenth birthday. In Bully, you find yourself in the town of Bullworth playing the role of a high school student. It's an open world game (although limited compared to today's open-world epics) that lets you try to progress up the ranks of the school system, and tackle any and all roadblocks that arise. Rockstar has spruced... Read more...
If you own a Google Pixel, Pixel XL or supported Nexus device, Google has a new build of Android Nougat available for you to download — Android 7.1.1 to be exact. You can obtain the new software via an over-the-air (OTA) update, or you can download the full factory images directly from Google. Android 7.1.1 brings enhanced support for app shortcuts, GIF searches from the keyboard (similar to functionality we’ve seen with the Gboard app for iOS), new emojis, enhances virtual reality performance for Daydream VR-compatible smartphones, and improved support for live wallpapers. You will also find a... Read more...
If you're a fan of Sony's PlayStation Communities feature, but have been left a little perturbed by the fact that Sony somehow has never integrated the functionality into one of its mobile apps: you can now relax. The company today released iOS and Android versions of an app specifically-tailored to those who participate in any PS community. There's something we should warn you about up-front: this is yet another app specific to the PlayStation 4, joining PS Messages, the simply-named "PlayStation", and a few others. It'd be amazing if Sony were to ever combine all three of these apps... Read more...
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