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Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.

The Loosid app (iOS) seeks to create a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety.

"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »

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

Microsoft relaunches Windows 10 October Update after fixing file deletion bug

Microsoft relaunches Windows 10 October Update after fixing file deletion bug

Take two. Microsoft has relit the fuse on the Windows 10 October Update. But you may have to wait awhile to get it.

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The October Update is now available once again for Windows 10, Microsoft said in a blog post. But you might not see it just yet even if you manually check for updates. This time, the company is taking a more cautious approach, gradually making it available for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Operating Systems & Updates

Pocket Casts podcast app gets revamped with lots of great new features

Pocket Casts podcast app gets revamped with lots of great new features

Despite the constant river of streaming services, video games, social networks, and other entertainment to fill up your leisure time, good podcasts remain a steady draw, though that may be because the overwhelming majority of them are free. But despite their compelling value, it's sometimes difficult to navigate through your options and keep your downloads sorted.

Pocket Casts has been a popular podcast app over the years, but it's upped its game further with version 7, releasing today for iOS... Read More »

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

Mozilla's holiday buying guide ranks gifts based on how well the product respects your privacy

Mozilla's holiday buying guide ranks gifts based on how well the product respects your privacy

If you're browsing the internet this week, you're probably dealing with a blizzard of Black Friday promotions and gift guides, and the truly novel ideas could get lost in the storm. Of course, the CNET Holiday Gift Guide should steer you in the right direction, as is tradition. But if you are a privacy-minded holiday shopper, you may be wondering how these gadgets handle your day-to-day personal data.

For that, Mozilla has fashioned its own gift guide ranging from... Read More »

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

Update to Paper app gains support for new Apple Pencil

Update to Paper app gains support for new Apple Pencil

Across the board, companies are updating their software to take advantage of the recent release of the latest iPad Pro and the newest generation of the Apple Pencil. The new Apple Pencil 2 is a vast improvement on its predecessors, and popular drawing app Paper has optimized its features to work with all of the device's new capabilities.

The Apple Pencil 2, which costs $129 and only works with the latest iPad model, is used for a variety of... Read More »

Topics: Illustration Software , iOS Software

ProtonVPN virtual private network app now available for iPhones and iPads

ProtonVPN virtual private network app now available for iPhones and iPads

With the rise of faster internet speeds has come an industry of streaming services ready to sling movies, music, and TV shows your way -- but always-on connections can bring security and privacy risks along for the ride. In an age where you're rarely fully offline, you probably should have better security around the pipe that brings the digital world to your phone or PC, and an ecosystem of personal VPNs (virtual private networks) are ready to restore some balance... Read More »

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

GigEconomy app automatically creates invoices to help freelancers get paid

GigEconomy app automatically creates invoices to help freelancers get paid

Freelance writing is all about the hustle. Get ideas together to pitch to editors, cover events, meet a word count, make endless edits, and hope that the meager check (depending on when you get it) makes ends meet.

Setapp's GigEconomy app is a tool for freelancers to manage time, finances, and set professional boundaries. The program is available for Mac OS Yosemite or later.

One of the perks is the program's ability to create professional PDF invoices for easy... Read More »

Topics: Business Software , Productivity Software , Mac Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Netflix to launch low-price mobile-only subscription in Asia

Netflix to launch low-price mobile-only subscription in Asia

Netflix is now rolling out a mobile-only version of their service in select Asian markets in an effort to expand its 137 million customers base. For weeks, the content streaming giant has touted plans to create more content specifically for India and other Asian countries, and it is now testing out a low-priced version of its service that is available only for smartphones and tablets.

Reports have come out of Malaysia that Netflix is testing a version... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Ann Curry shares her favorite apps

Ann Curry shares her favorite apps

In its first season, PBS series "We'll Meet Again With Ann Curry" surpassed expectations by capturing 15.5 million unique viewers and generating over 11.5 million streams across PBS platforms and Facebook Watch.

SEE: The best mobile apps for news, politics, and investigative journalism

Award-winning journalist Ann Curry has a theory to explain the success of the show, which finds the former NBC News anchor and international correspondent and her team of researchers helping individuals who've survived world-shaking historic... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Facebook post removed? How to appeal a ban

Facebook post removed? How to appeal a ban

If your post is removed from Facebook (iOS, Android), you usually get an alert or a message from the company. The reasons listed are generally vague, perhaps informing you that your post violated Facebook Community Standards (if you get a reason at all).

For violating the Standards, the post is removed, or the user is put in "Facebook Jail" and their account is temporarily locked. Some posts are mistakenly taken down or flagged as spam. Contacting Facebook to... Read More »

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

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