A few years ago, Google began implementing and promoting a common look-and-feel for Android apps that it called Material Design. This aesthetic standard was minimalistic, but each app had a splash of color coding: For example, Docs was blue, Sheets was green and Gmail was red.
Now Google is forging ahead with Material Design 2, which take away almost all color from the company's apps, and the results for the new Android version of the Gmail mobile app (download for iOS... Read More »
Last Friday, we began a short series about how to use Google Drive, starting with the Backup and Sync app on a desktop PC. You can use that app to manage your files in the Google Drive cloud, but that's just one way to transfer your documents and media back and forth. If you have a desktop web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome already installed on your PC, then the browser itself can be a... Read More »
Music streaming services are in a serious fight to secure their territory, and one of their most powerful tools is sheer availability. Pandora (download for iOS or Android) is an oft-cited example; it's so ubiquitous that you can get it in cars that predate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay by several years, and it arguably pioneered the driving-friendly interfaces that are common in many mobile apps today.
While Google Chrome is probably the most popular web browser in the world (and not without reason), it can't be everything for every user. In fact, the mobile version has never supported ad blockers, the presence of which has been a major selling point for competitors like Opera, DuckDuckGo, Brave and Ghostery.
Google has tweaked a proposal on how future versions of Chrome will deal with ad blockers following an outcry from developers.
In a post on Google Groups, Google software engineer Devlin Cronin revealed one change designed to address criticism over a proposal on how Chrome will treat ad blockers and other extensions. Through the proposal, known as "Manifest V3," Google had floated the idea of restricting ad blockers by making them consult a database containing just 30,000 entries.... Read More »
Google plans to fix a flaw in Chrome's Incognito mode that allows websites to easily detect it and block people who use it.
Slated for an upcoming version of Chrome, a new option will try to resolve a loophole that has long existed in Incognito mode, as reported by 9to5Google. Incognito mode works by disabling Chrome's internal FileSystem API so that cookies and other data aren't saved. But websites can easily detect when this API is disabled, which then tells them that Incognito mode is turned on.... Read More »
With Washington waging an unholy war against science -- Trump still keeps insisting that global warming is a hoax, for example -- the new Netflix (download for iOS and Android) TV series "Brainchild," does its part to combat the spread of misinformation.
Created by Atomic Entertainment, producers of STEM-forward "edutainment," such as NatGeo Channel's Emmy-nominated "Brain Games," Discovery Science's "Dark Web: Fighting Cyber Crime" and SYFY Channel's "The Internet Ruined My Life," the widely acclaimed 13-episode... Read More »
We resort to lots of different ways of trying to stay in control of all the things we have to remember and keep organized. Sometimes all we need is a simple list, and sometimes we need something much more complex, like a DIY project or a big party planner or a seriously major work project.
An approach some note-taking apps take is to provide a single place to organize all our information, both large scale and small. Microsoft OneNote (download... Read More »
Since the release of the iPad nearly a decade ago, photographers have wondered if a tablet could replace a portable PC. Even today's thin and light laptops are too much for some people who already deal with bags stuffed with gear. The answer has always been, "Yes, but...," accompanied by a list of limitations and workarounds, namely in software. Not only do you need apps that can edit photos -- of which there are many capable ones -- you need... Read More »
In a world where we have a high-speed connection to the internet in our pockets whenever we're in a reasonably populated area, storing files online instead of just on your device isn't just recommended to create redundancy for important documents and media. It's also very convenient to be able to send chunks of your life into the cloud and download them years later, maybe on the other side of the world, on a different device.
If you've been holding off on... Read More »