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AT&T customers can now get free Wi-Fi on Boingo's Passpoint networks

It's getting ever more difficult for AT&T customers to find themselves outside of Wi-Fi range.

Thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless, AT&T is now offering subscribers a seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi connection at 80-plus locations nationwide, including airports, military bases and additional venues featuring Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks.

"Boingo's Passpoint footprint allows us to connect millions in more locations than ever, making it easier for travelers and troops to talk, text and stream over Wi-Fi," said JR Wilson, AT&T's... Read More »

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Google Drive: How to get the most out of the app for iOS and Android

If you want to create some safety measures to protect your important files, putting them in the cloud confers a number of advantages: You can access these files from anywhere, on a variety of devices; share and sometimes collaborate in real time; and restore files if something happens to your computer or its storage devices.

So with Google Drive as the biggest consumer cloud storage service around, we've been spending some time helping the uninitiated familiarize themselves with its capabilities, starting with the free Google Backup and Sync desktop app,... Read More »

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The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

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 »

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How to use Google Drive cloud storage in a desktop web browser

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 »

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Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

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.

Today, YouTube Music (download for iOS or Android), which... Read More »

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Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

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.

Today, Opera's ad blocker got an update that's friendlier toward advertisers, and version 50 for Android also brings support for picture-in-picture video, plus a... Read More »

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Google relaxes proposed Chrome changes that would have broken many ad blockers

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 »

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Google aims to thwart websites that block users of Chrome's Incognito Mode

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 »

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'Brainchild' producer Jerry Kolber shares his favorite apps

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 »

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The best alternatives to OneNote for capturing all your dazzling ideas

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 »

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