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Are you the kind of person that would lose their head if it wasn’t attached? Or perhaps you have trouble remembering where you parked, be it in the Target parking lot or in a crowded downtown shopping area? Apple has a feature in iOS 10 that automatically marks your parking spot within Maps when you disconnect your iPhone from your car, and Google is countering with its own version of that feature. Instead of automatically marking a spot for you like the incredibly unreliable parking feature that is available with Google Now, the latest update to Google Maps allows you to manually set your parking... Read more...
“It’s-a Me, Mario!” After first hitting the iOS platform on December 15th, 2016, Super Mario Run finally has an arrival date for Android devices. Mark off March 23rd on your calendars, because that’s when Super Mario Run will hop on over to the Google Play Store. You are able to pre-register for the game, which will allow you to know almost instantaneously when it is available for download. As of January 31st, nearly 80 million people had downloaded the game for iOS (40 million people downloaded the game within the first four days of availability). By now, that figure is probably fast approaching... Read more...
Google is looking to give more power back to parents when it comes to the devices they provide to their children. It’s easy for children to think that a personal smartphone or tablet is their way of bypassing restrictions that might be imposed by mean old mom or dad, but “Family Link” makes it clear who holds the upper hand at all times. Family Link makes it possible for you to create a managed Google Account for each of your children, which can then be controlled by you or your spouse/significant other. Once enabled, Google says that you will be able to set your own “digital ground rules” when... Read more...
Google is making it easier to send or request money from anywhere, and it is using its incredibly popular Gmail app as the centerpiece for mobile transactions. It is currently possible to send money to friends and family using Google Wallet via the desktop version of Gmail, and the functionality has been in place since 2013. Today, Google is extending that same capability to the Gmail app for Android. Sending money with the app is very simple, as you initiate the transfer by clicking the attachment icon (the little paperclip) like you would for a document or an image/video. Once the other party... Read more...
It is pretty well known that Android devices are often the target of malware outbreaks due to the open nature of the software platform and also because it is by far the most prolific mobile operating system in use around the globe. In most cases, this malware finds its way onto a device after it is in the hands of its new owner, but a new report suggests that some Android smartphones are making their way to customers with dangerous software packages already installed. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that malware has been found on 38 different Android models that were owned by a “large... Read more...
Google’s official Android homepage is probably a site that you would never think of visiting, but that may change with the arrival of the #myAndroid Taste Test. If you are tired of your old and boring home screen that you’ve carried around through numerous smartphone upgrades, Google says that the Taste Test will help you to “find the home screen of your dreams”. To begin the Taste Test journey, Google will first ask you a series of questions (roughly a dozen or so depending on the options you select) in a rapid-fire style. For starters, you’ll be asked questions pertaining to whether you prefer... Read more...
It looks as though Google’s Android operating system is on the verge of making history. According to analytics firm StatCounter, the current trending shows Android quickly approaching parity with Windows as the world’s most popular operating system among all computing devices. What more striking, however, is the fact that Microsoft has been losing overall market share at a rapid pace since 2012. At that time, Microsoft was riding high with 82 percent share of all global OS traffic. But it has been a steady march downward, and today Microsoft’s Windows-based operating systems have a collective... Read more...
Google Maps on Android is getting a makeover. The app will now incorporate three easily accessible tabs on the bottom of the home screen to help users find a nearby restaurant, catch the next bus, or keep an eye out on their commute. The “Places” tab will include a curated list of restaurants for the user’s current or chosen location. Categories will include “best dinners,” “cheap eats” or “business dining”. Users will also be able to tap to find ATM’s, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. There is a “Driving” tab as well, where users can input their home and work address. The tab will let users... Read more...
When we see new convertibles announced these days, they’re usually running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. However, Lenovo is bucking that trend with its new Yoga A12 — a new convertible constructed of aluminum and magnesium running Google’s Android operating system. Lenovo is aiming the Yoga A12 at the “cost conscience buyer” that wants a thin and light frame, but doesn’t want to compromise on productivity. At the heart of the Yoga A12 is an Intel Atom x5 processor, which won’t win any performance contests, but should help hold the line when it comes to battery life (Lenovo says that... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the Israeli security firm Cellebrite, and how it suffered a major data breach. After the information began to trickle out, it seemed like no real damage was done. Cellebrite itself said that what leaked was an old, irrelevant backup. A new discovery, however, questions that answer. If you're not familiar with Cellebrite, it was the firm that the U.S. government hired to break into an iPhone 5c to aide with investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack. Apple at the time refused to help crack the phone, so Cellebrite was brought in, and... Read more...
  Plex has become a go-to software solution for media junkies that want to have one centralized place to organize all of their movies, TV shows and home videos. The software app has garnered millions of users thanks to its easy to user interface and support for just about every mobile, desktop, console, and media streamer platform under the sun. Today, Plex is upping its efforts to be your one-stop shop for all things media with the acquisition of Watchup streaming news service. Watchup aggregates some of the world’s most trusted news services into one place so that you can create your own... Read more...
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...
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