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You can finally mute artists on Spotify and here's how to do it

You can finally mute artists on Spotify and here's how to do it

Instead of just giving a "thumbs down" on a song you don't like, Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is working on a feature that will allow you to block an artist.

The "don't play this artist" mute feature will appear in an upcoming update to Spotify's iOS app, Thurrott first reported.

Muting an artist will block their music on your personal library, playlists, Discover Weekly, Daily Mixes and more. You won't be able to manually... Read More »

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

Facebook rolling out feature to create your own online petitions

Facebook rolling out feature to create your own online petitions

You're fighting for a cause that affects your community. Maybe you feel your city needs dedicated bike lanes in a specific area or a new theatre downtown or a moratorium on oil drilling. Whatever the cause, you can now enlist the aid of Facebook to shine a light on it.

SEE: Ultimate Guide to Facebook Privacy and Security

Currently rolling out to users in the US, a new Facebook tool called Community Action is designed to help you drum up support... Read More »

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

Best PDF editor app alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for Android

Best PDF editor app alternatives to Adobe Acrobat for Android

Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for Android) may be the go-to app for viewing, annotating, collaborating on, filling out, signing and storing PDF documents on your phone or tablet.

But you'll have to pay $24.99 per month for an Adobe Acrobat Pro DC subscription to take advantage of many of the app's most coveted features, such as organizing and editing PDFs, creating PDFs from documents and images, exporting PDFs to other file formats, combining multiple files into a single... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Google Chrome Review: How's the dominant king of web browsers holding up?

Google Chrome Review: How's the dominant king of web browsers holding up?

Back in 2008 Google released its first version of Chrome for Windows. That year Microsoft's Internet Explorer owned the web browser market that year, topping a 66 percent share.

But Google's web browser is based on an open-source platform and gives users access to huge number of extensions to augment their browsing experience. By 2010 Google brought the Chrome browser to Linux and MacOS, and by 2012 it appeared on the Android mobile platform. A couple of years later Chrome arrived... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

How the Medical ID app could save your life

How the Medical ID app could save your life

Emergency situations require vital information fast. If a patient is too young or traumatized to provide it, an app could save time and lives.

The Medical ID app (download for Android) provides doctors and EMTs with important personal information like health conditions, medication, allergies or religious requests.

After you create a profile, you can add a widget to your smartphone's lock screen. During an emergency, a paramedic can tap the widget and be taken directly to your Medical ID... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Lose It Review: Health and weight-loss app beefs up to stay atop the workout app heap

Lose It Review: Health and weight-loss app beefs up to stay atop the workout app heap

There are dozens of weight loss-focused platforms dotted throughout the App Store, with most offering some combination of calorie counting, meal logging and workout tracking. But FitNow's app Lose It has been able to rise to the top of the scrum, helping over 35 million members lose more than 75 million pounds since it was released to Apple's App Store in 2008, the company claims. It is now one of the highest rated weight loss apps in the app stores,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

UC Browser Review: It's fast and popular, but can you trust Alibaba's desktop web browser to keep your data safe?

UC Browser Review: It's fast and popular, but can you trust Alibaba's desktop web browser to keep your data safe?

From UCWeb -- a subsidiary of Alibaba Group -- the creation of UC Browser goes back to the relatively distant past of 2004. The current version of UC Browser positions itself as a fast, resource-light web browser. And while UC Browser is one of the most popular browsers in the world by usage and tries to be all things to all people, it ultimately failing to excel in any one area.

The web browser does have pluses. The download speeds of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

SwiftKey virtual keyboard app update boosts speed while avoiding bloat

As Google has said many times over the years, speed is brutally important on the Internet. If web pages takes just a few fractions of a second too long to load, browsing that website can feel a little frustrating. That inconvenience, even though it should barely register, can still motivate a site visitor to go elsewhere -- perhaps to your competitor. But websites aren't the only digital service where microseconds matter.

SwiftKey, the maker of a third-party virtual keyboard for... Read More »

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Google Maps grabs Waze incident reports and speed limits

Google Maps grabs Waze incident reports and speed limits

When Google bought Waze in 2013 for nearly a billion dollars, most analysts assumed they would eventually integrate the app's groundbreaking features into Google Maps.

While change has been slow, over the last year eagle-eyed developers have spotted evidence of Google Maps (download for Android and iOS) testing out some of Waze's most beloved features within its own app -- like user collected traffic reports, on-screen speed limits and potential speed traps.

Android Police's Richard Gao... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

New data breach exposes 21,222,975 passwords; here's how to protect yours

In a way, online security has its own circle of life. People create website accounts with bad passwords and no authentication checks, they get hacked, experts explain how you can protect yourself, some people listen, but we eventually circle back to old habits, and the cycle begins anew. But perhaps with over 20 million passwords now out in the wild, internet users will begin taking their personal online data more seriously.

This week, security guru Troy Hunt encountered a staggering trove... Read More »

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

Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

Cortana no longer competes with Alexa or Google Assistant, says Microsoft

We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.

While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »

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How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, airports across the country are bracing for millions of travellers all while dealing with a reduced staff due to the partial government shutdown -- which has now reached a record 28 days.

This week, more than 6 percent of TSA workers called in sick -- dubbed the "blue flu" in reference to their uniforms -- now that 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and nearly 420,000 are... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

Facebook tackles Russian fake news operation followed by 790,000 accounts

When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.

This week, Facebook announced... Read More »

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

Squad video chat app lets you share your screen with your friends

Squad video chat app lets you share your screen with your friends

Hanging out with friends in the digital era can sometimes mean sitting side by side, scrolling through your phones in silence and occasionally sharing a funny meme or video you've found.

If doing nothing in person isn't an option, the Squad app (download for iOS) takes video chat to the next level. Instead of just seeing each other's faces, the app lets you also screen share.

When you use Squad, you can have a video chat with up to six people.... Read More »

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

Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

Free 'Uno' game app now available worldwide on Android and iOS

A game of Uno can go from friendly to vicious in just a few turns. Your relationship with your family might be safer if you choose to play Mattel's card game on your smartphone.

Mattel and NetEase, through Mattel163 studio, have launched the Uno app worldwide for iOS and Android. Mattel had previously released its own mobile version of the game in certain countries. And as of last year, users could also play Uno on Facebook Instant Games.

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

How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

How to stop spam calls and robocalls from destroying your life

If ever-skyrocketing spam calls and robocalls are ruining your life, you're not alone, according to the makers of the Truecaller (download for Android and iOS) caller ID and anti-spam app.

In fact, Truecaller's recent Insights Report found that the US has the dishonorable distinction of being the eighth most spammed nation in the world, with spam calls making up 13 percent of all calls and the average user getting almost 17 spam calls per month.

The study from the... Read More »

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Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby testing '234' music production app to compete against SoundCloud

Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.

App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.

Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More »

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

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

Is the '10 Year Challenge' on social media a data scam?

There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.

Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.

Instead of jumping on the... Read More »

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

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

A new study from analytics firm App Annie found that WhatsApp has become Facebook's most popular messaging app with over 1.5 billion monthly users worldwide. The report notes that Facebook has an astounding amount of control over the messaging app market, with both Facebook Messenger and Instagram pulling in over 1 billion users each on top of WhatsApp's growing share of the worldwide market.

The dominance of WhatsApp has taken place against the backdrop of a larger battle between Facebook and Apple... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

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