You've been wanting it for years, and Apple finally said it was coming in 2018, and now it's upon us: The mass exodus from Apple Maps to Google Maps. Provided that you have the latest version of Google Maps, and your iPhone is running iOS 12, you can now plug your phone into a CarPlay-enabled infotainment console and never deal with Apple Maps' oddities again.
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With Americans reportedly staring at their phones for an average of four hours every day, mobile addiction has clearly become a problem for many of us, and we're talking about fully grown adults who should be able to manage their time better.
When it comes to kids, they may not be able to set up manageable usage rules on their own, which is where Google's Family Link app comes into play. And today, it's getting a sizeable expansion to its... Read More »
Anyone who's browsed the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store knows that games have a huge presence, with their own dedicated sections. Naturally, Google wants to keep the party going elsewhere, so in 2015, it launched YouTube Gaming as a separate app, with an emphasis on live streaming to take on Twitch, the established leader.
Unfortunately, it looks like Twitch's position has proved to be a mountain that even Google... Read More »
While PowerPoint may be one of Microsoft's most deeply entrenched apps in the business world, the slide presentation software isn't immune to competition -- if you have enough of a foundation to make a serious bid. Salesforce acquired a promising challenger called Quip in 2016 for $580 million, and now CNBC reports that the company is launching Quip Slides to take on Microsoft's hallowed ground.
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New Bouncer app for Android protects privacy and battery life by managing permissions for other apps
Just like a big guy giving the final say on who gets into (or thrown out of) a club, the Bouncer app for Android acts like a permissions gatekeeper of sorts for your smartphone.
Through Bouncer you can temporarily approve permissions on other apps. After you exit the app requiring permissions, Bouncer will remove the permissions.
The app, still in beta testing, increases privacy, security, and battery life on smartphones. It gives you peace of mind about what your... Read More »
The Google Hire app is ready for download in the Google Play store. Associated with G Suite Google Hire feature, Hire is designed to streamline the hiring process for small-to-medium-sized businesses.
Hire's layout is similar to other Google apps like Gmail and search, hoping the familiarity will draw more users.
Meeting people is easy, but meeting the right person is more challenging. There are a lot of online dating sites and mobile dating apps that promise to help -- so many, in fact, that you might need a matchmaker to help you find the right free dating app (with in-app purchases) to help you meet the right person.
If you're finding too many Ms. or Mr. Wrongs, then... Read More »
Twitter announced that its listening to users and will give them the option to switch back and forth between "show the best tweets first" and "most recent tweets." Until now, Twitter's algorithm has shown tweets ranked by quality first and timeliness second.
"We're working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline," Twitter said yesterday on its site. Though users can't completely get rid of the "best tweets" feature, they can get their feed mostly back... Read More »
While apps with tracking capabilities have good intentions, abusers have been known to use the apps to keep tabs on their spouses or significant others. The apps are meant to help you find your phone if it's lost or help you monitor your child's behavior online or know where they are.
Vice News reports spyware software that allows the user to track calls, location, text messages, and other phone activity is easy to download and sometimes free. Domestic violence shelters... Read More »
For an app developer, one of the appeals of adding a feature is that it makes people less likely to close your app and open another. Meanwhile, buying stuff is a multi-trillion dollar business, so if you can credibly wedge that into your app, that means more opportunities to retain your user (and collect a little customer profile data along the way, probably).
Pandora launches The Drop, a personalized playlist of new music, to compete against Spotify's Release Radar
Streaming music subscription services have transformed the landscape of the industry, and some market leaders are emerging who may be with us for many years to come, if they can establish a strong enough foundation. If you want to compete against market leaders Spotify (Android, iOS) and Apple Music (Android, iOS) before their leads become insurmountable, you need to be cheaper, add something new and interesting, or offer roughly the same features.
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A new app called Twiage lets paramedics communicate more information to ER doctors while enroute with a patient to the hospital. The goal of the app is give ER doctors more vital time to prepare for a patient, resulting in better care.
Through Twiage, paramedics can send important patient information and identification, photos, video, and more directly to the ER from the ambulance. Upon receiving the information at the hospital, doctors can pre-register the patient and book a room for them.... Read More »
Despite the rise of television, the Internet, and streaming media, movie theaters remain a cultural institution, albeit an increasingly expensive one. Last year, a startup called MoviePass (Android, iOS) begin offering a flat-rate plan for just $9.95 a month, but it's apparently struggled to cover costs and keep membership applications open, as a result of its extremely low price tag.
Perhaps inspired by Ready Player One, Google and Android phone maker OnePlus have teamed up to launch a browser-based puzzle game called Crackables -- and the grand prize is an "ultimate gaming setup" valued at $30,000.
According to the countdown timer on the website for Crackables (whose content is only viewable in a mobile browser, unless you're wrangling one of those agent string add-ons), the contest begins tomorrow, September 18, at 8 a.m. Eastern, which works out to 5 a.m.... Read More »
The convenience of mobile banking let people manage their finances on the go -- from transferring money to paying loans to depositing checks. But the apps still come up short on customer service. And, coming from someone who's worked at a bank before, no one is ever completely satisfied with their experience.
Oregon's Umpqua Bank is launching the Go-To app to ensure the customer is paired with the best bank and all their questions are answered.
Clubgoers know Erika Jayne from her nine No. 1's on the US Billboard dance club chart, including "Rollercoaster," "Pretty Mess," and "How Many F--ks." Reality television fans recognize her as the strong, confident housewife in Christian Louboutin heels getting her makeup applied by her glam squad or tearing it up with costar Dorit Kemsley on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." Or perhaps as a dance contestant and fan favorite on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24.
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Path, the privacy-focused alternative to Facebook, said its goodbyes and detailed plans for their shutdown on Monday.
The eight-year-old company will enter the "app afterlife" on October 1, when Path disappears from app stores. Leftover users have until October 18 to download a copy of their data, which can be done on Path's website. Customer service closes in November.
"Along our journey we have laughed and cried with you, and learned valuable lessons. And it is now... Read More »
In time for the season two premiere of Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures on Netflix, Mattel launched an app for iOS and Android by the same name. With the app, kids ages four and up can design their own dream house and play games with characters from the show.
Barbie helps you pick out wallpaper, paint, and other decorations to customize your virtual dream house. You can pan around Barbie's modern house and interact with almost everything.
Barbie says there's... Read More »
For anyone out there looking to build the latest health app, Apple's unveiling of the new Apple Watch Series 4 was a welcome surprise, as the latest iteration of the device doubles down on its years-long march toward being a more fitness-focused platform.
Apple has added a ton of new functions to the watch and given it a bunch of tools to track your health in a number of new ways.
Here are the three most important additions... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
Multiple news outlets are reporting today that Google temporarily did something with some devices running Android 9 Pie that we didn't think was possible: issue a behind-the-scenes update that changed our battery conservation settings.
In a statement on Reddit about the issue, a verified Google representative said, "This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended. We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to... Read More »