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Google Contacts app joins the dark side for your health and device battery life

Google Contacts app joins the dark side for your health and device battery life

Almost any app, whether desktop or mobile, has a dark mode feature these days. Dark mode essentially makes the background of a program a dark gray or blue with the text in contrast.

Google Contacts version 3.2, the latest update, comes with a new dark mode setting. The update may not be on all devices yet. Contacts follows the Google News app redesign in October.

According to Android Authority, Contacts' dark mode will stay on if the user has... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Contact Management Software

How Google Sidebar wants to make you more productive

How Google Sidebar wants to make you more productive

After Gmail's August update, users saw a few changes to their inboxes. One of the bigger ones was the addition of Google Sidebar.

The Sidebar is similar to the Samsung Edge's ability to swipe for a drawer of your frequently used apps. The sidebar also shows up other Google productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar.

The new right-side panel houses Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks and offers the potential to add other apps. Taking advantage of the apps in Sidebar... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , E-mail Utilities

Google's new Squoosh web app can help you optimize image file sizes

Google's new Squoosh web app can help you optimize image file sizes

For Google, the speed at which a web page loads is incredibly important. If its search results start lagging even by fractions of a second, it can create user frustration that could drive them to the competition, and Google also reportedly uses load times to decide how to rank search results to begin with. There are several factors that go into load times, and media optimization (or lack thereof) is high on the list.

To help web developers and site administrators... Read More »

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

Google's Project Fi mobile service now gives 24/7 VPN connection for your privacy

Google's Project Fi mobile service now gives 24/7 VPN connection for your privacy

While Google's ambition to bring wicked-fast fiber Internet to the masses has faced serious industry machinations, Project Fi has remained robust and generally free of legal challenges. With Fi, Google consolidates T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular coverage into a single service, and users pay $20 for basic calling and texting, then $10 per gigabyte of data. The data that you don't use gets applied to next month's bill.

But mobile carriers are tough to compete against, so Google has sweetened... Read More »

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

Facebook fixes privacy glitch that could have exposed your likes and interests

Facebook fixes privacy glitch that could have exposed your likes and interests

Ever since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has had a particularly difficult time getting away from bad press, with public Senate hearings, additional security and privacy breaches, and a continual decline in usage among teens and millennials. But amid its reconstruction effort comes some occasionally good news. This time it comes from a cybersecurity firm called Imperva, who recently worked with Facebook to fix a big before it became a problem.

Instead of scrambling after the fact to patch a... Read More »

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

Spotify mobile app finally comes to the Apple Watch -- but not entirely

Spotify mobile app finally comes to the Apple Watch -- but not entirely

As great as mobile phones are these days, sometimes it's inconvenient to dig them out of your pocket, or to carry them around at all. With a smart watch on your wrist, though, you can text, check your messages and notifications, get directions if your watch has GPS, and quickly check out at a cash register. It can also be really handy for listening to music on the go.

In the three years since the Apple Watch launched, it's seen music... Read More »

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

SyncUp Drive app can track your car's location if it's stolen

SyncUp Drive app can track your car's location if it's stolen

Not being able to find your car in a parking lot is frustrating. Having your car towed is exasperating. But having your car stolen is terrifying.

Tiashona Sims' vehicle was stolen in Indiana while her two young cousins were still inside. Sims had left her car running while she went into the grocery store. When she came back out, the car was gone, according to News 8.

Sims called 911 and opened the SyncUp Drive app (iOS, Android)... Read More »

Topics: GPS Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Pixel 3 bug might be deleting user's text messages

Pixel 3 bug might be deleting user's text messages

Google's new Pixel 3 smartphone might have another bug. The latest tip, received by Android Police, said Pixel 3 and 3 XL users' SMS messages were vanishing.

A similar bug was affecting the camera earlier last month. Shortly after its release, Pixel users reported a bug in the camera causing some photos not to save.

Android Police speculates that the Pixel's November 5 update could be the culprit.

SEE: Google Photos app launches new editing features and Live Albums

Users took... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Marvel mobile apps: Your friendly neighborhood guide

Marvel mobile apps: Your friendly neighborhood guide

When Stan Lee imagined the Fantastic Four in 1961, little did he suspect his creation would bring about a fantastic collection of comic books, movies, and TV shows that would thrill the world more than 50 years later. And beyond the books, films, and TV shows, the mighty Marvel magic has led to a host of mobile apps that highlight the exploits of our favorite superheroes. To celebrate Stan Lee's life and work, I've put together a list of apps... Read More »

Topics: eBooks , Android Software , iOS Software

8 best moneymaking apps to earn cash in 2018

8 best moneymaking apps to earn cash in 2018

You've already spent so much money for your phone, and now you're spending too much money on your phone -- between online and in-app purchases. It's about time you made some of that money back using your phone.

With the following eight moneymaking apps for iOS and Android devices, making money has never been easier. You'll be paid to do quick and easy things like completing surveys, tracking your healthy habits, taking photos, and even buying new items.

SEE: Best game apps to win real money

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Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to turn off Google Maps' invasive location history log

How to turn off Google Maps' invasive location history log

Users are more sensitive to who has access to their data and for what reasons these days than in the past. And as much good as Google does, the company still tracks you.

You can't really use Google Maps (iOS, Android) without location services turned on, but you can delete out your location history and better customize your settings for added privacy.

You can see the log Google keeps of your movements in Google Maps Timeline. When you... Read More »

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

'Gohenry' digital money app teaches kids about debit card responsibility

'Gohenry' digital money app teaches kids about debit card responsibility

It's rare to have cash on hand these days, between debit cards, credit cards, paying via your smartphone, and bit currency. It begs the question: does the piggy bank still have a place in a kid's life?

Alex Zivoder, CEO of Gohenry, made the piggy bank digital with the app, Gohenry (iOS, Android). The app is designed to teach kids from six to 18 years-old good money habits.

Your kids can have the independence to manage their own money with... Read More »

Topics: Personal Finance Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

You're texting someone and want to say "Happy birthday," "I'm sorry," or "I love you." But you'd like to enhance your words with the right emoji or GIF. That's when you can turn to Google for help.

SEE: The Top iPhone Keyboards

Now rolling out to Google's Gboard keyboard is a feature that will suggest emojis, GIFs, and stickers to use in a text message based on your words, the search giant said in a blog post. Type "Happy... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

Technology is making it easier to track your heart health. Before the Apple Watch Series 4 announced its electrocardiogram (EKG) app, mobile vendor AliveCor developed a life-changing band to work with the watch's original heart rate sensor.

The KardiaBand is an FDA-approved device that can take instant EKGs anywhere with its Bluetooth strap.

AliveCor's device, KardiaMobile, pairs with the Kardia app (iOS, Android). According to J. Brent Muhlestein, a medical doctor and cardiovascular researcher at the... Read More »

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

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Loyalty programs have been wildly successful in the credit card industry for years. Whether you want to rack up airline miles, cash back, store credit, or other perks, there's probably a card out there to suit your scenario, right down to the specific store or airline. Other industries have taken note, and companies that can leverage travel bonuses are bringing this rewards system into the age of apps, with a side of gamification.

Lyft, for example, has just announced that... Read More »

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

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Mozilla Firefox (Android, iOS) was the king of web browsers, at least on desktops and laptops. Since the arrival of Google Chrome (Android, iOS), Mozilla has watched its market share dwindle, and the company is regularly coming up with new and interesting ideas to woo users back.

VentureBeat reports that the latest item on Firefox's docket is an integrated shopping comparison tool, arriving... Read More »

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

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

It's no secret that the 2013 launch of Microsoft's Xbox One game console didn't go over well. For example, in this new vision of the platform, spearheaded by former company executive Don Mattrick, the Xbox One would come with an accessory called the Kinect -- a camera that was always on and could not be detached, which bumped up the price of the console by $100.

There were also unprecedented restrictions on selling and trading used games, and a requirement... Read More »

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

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Staying in contact with family members in the armed services is important, whether they're deployed overseas or working through basic training. Waiting for the letters to arrive the old-fashioned way can be frustrating, especially when we're used to instantaneous messaging with texting and social media.

Marine Corps veterans Sam Meek and retired Maj. Gen. Ray "E-Tool" Smith developed the Sandboxx app (iOS, Android) to make communicating with family and friends of military service people.

Sandboxx adds the speed... Read More »

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

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Those of you who'd like to add greater performance and privacy to your mobile Web surfing can now take advantage of a DNS app from the folks at network service provider Cloudflare.

SEE: How to choose an Android VPN

Available for iOS and Android, the new app dubbed 1.1.1.1 is Cloudflare's attempt to bring its desktop DNS service to your mobile device. The two big benefits of such a service are speed and security. An alternative DNS service... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Networking Software

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

We've probably all sent a tweet with a typo or a broken link -- or we forgot the image or missed a clever hashtag. Inevitably, we either deleted the tweet and try again, or reply to ourselves with the correction. It would be easier to edit, but Twitter (iOS, Android) doesn't have the option.

At a #Powerof18, an IIT event in India about social change and democracy, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the subject.

"We have... Read More »

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