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Google adds Family Link parental control app to its Chromebooks

Google adds Family Link parental control app to its Chromebooks

Child monitoring apps have been available to parents for several years, but only recently have the app platforms themselves begun integrating their own website filters, timers, app whitelists, and content management within apps. For adults and kids, Apple introduced Screen Time with the arrival of iOS 12 in September, and Google came up with Digital Wellbeing for Android 9 Pie.

Now Google is adding parental control tools to its Chromebooks, which are laptops with a streamlined operating system... Read More »

Apple Music Connect gets shut down due to lack of interest

Apple Music Connect gets shut down due to lack of interest

While Apple Music has been quite successful by anyone's standards -- though it certainly gets a boost as a featured and pre-installed app on every iPhone and iPad on the store shelf -- not every aspect of the company's music streaming competitor to Spotify (download on iOS or Android) has been a smashing success.

Today, music industry news site Billboard reports that Apple quietly notified artist that Apple Music Connect is getting shut down, effective immediately. Connect was... Read More »

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

Tumblr returns to App Store after being banned for hosting child pornography

Tumblr returns to App Store after being banned for hosting child pornography

Tumblr is alive and well in Apple's iOS App Store once again as the deadline looms for a ban of all "adult" content.

SEE: Security expert explains how advertisers use web browsers to spy on you

In an update to its Help Center, Tumblr confirmed the iOS app's reappearance on December 12, saying that it was again available for download in the App Store and thanking people for their patience. The return of Tumblr comes just a few days ahead... Read More »

Topics: Blogging Software & Tools , Windows Software , iOS Software

Facebook discloses photo security bug that may have hit up to 6.8 million users

Facebook discloses photo security bug that may have hit up to 6.8 million users

If you've been following Facebook in the news this year, you know that 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for the company, as it continues to face scrutiny over its user data management practices. And along the way, the social network has suffered from several security incidents.

Today, Facebook disclosed another personal data breach, one that it says may have affected the photos of up to 6.8 million members during a brief window in September.

In the statement, Facebook engineering... Read More »

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

Microsoft's Hummingbird news app content is delivered via AI

Microsoft's Hummingbird news app content is delivered via AI

In the news app business, what do you do when Apple News has such a big presence on iOS, and Google News is big on Android and seemingly everywhere else? Even if you have deep pockets like Microsoft, which relaunched a news aggregator app of its own a few months ago, the answer may lie in using AI to leapfrog the capabilities of us humans when it comes to selecting and personalizing content.

At least, that's the pitch for Microsoft's second... Read More »

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

Facebook reportedly cutting news show funding while growing its 'Watch' video platform

Facebook reportedly cutting news show funding while growing its 'Watch' video platform

Facebook Watch, the social media giant's video platform, has gained immense popularity in its short life. Though the video service is not even two years old yet, 400 million people spend at least a minute watching one of the network's videos.

Shows like Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" and "Sorry for Your Loss," a drama starring Elizabeth Olsen, draw some of the largest audiences.

To help more creators and publishers generate revenue from their videos, Facebook just announced... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Video Publishing & Sharing , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

12 New Year's Eve apps to get your party started as you countdown to 2019

12 New Year's Eve apps to get your party started as you countdown to 2019

The best way to ring in the new year is with a New Year's Eve party.

Sure, you could go out on New Year's Eve and spend hundreds of dollars to hang out with strangers and oftentimes feel let down by the lackluster crowd, alcohol selection and entertainment you encounter. Or you could count down to 2019 in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

Plus, with your home court advantage, you'll be able to prepare a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to find Lime bike and scooter transit in Google Maps

How to find Lime bike and scooter transit in Google Maps

You may have noticed bikes and scooters docked every few blocks in your city. Lime bikes and scooters (iOS, Android) have sprung up as initiatives in certain cities to help reduce traffic and carbon emissions.

To give users the full range of transportation options, Google Maps (iOS, Android) is adding Lime bikes and scooters to its app.

Here's how to find the nearest bikes and scooters for rent in your city:

Open the Google Maps... Read More »

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

Share your best Instagram posts with the Top Nine app to wrap up 2018

Share your best Instagram posts with the Top Nine app to wrap up 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it can be fun to take a look back at the year. Apps like Facebook (iOS, Android) and Spotify (iOS, Android) both have features that recap your year in a neat package and allow you to share those memories with your friends on those platforms.

Going into Memories on Facebook around December will show a personalized video from the social media site called "Your Year on Facebook." Spotify creates a playlist... Read More »

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

Prisma's selfie app lets you 'keep your natural look,' except it doesn't

Prisma's selfie app lets you 'keep your natural look,' except it doesn't

Prisma Labs is bringing its photo editing app to Android next year. Previously, Lensa was only available on iOS.

Prisma calls Lensa the "one-button Photoshop" app, as it offers a number of tools to tweak and perfect any portrait photo. The app claims to use Artificial Intelligence to retouch your selfie automatically, so you don't have to waste time tweaking it. The option to manually adjust your photos is still available.

Some of Lensa's enhancement features include teeth whitening, skin smoothing,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Photo Editors

Google Lens: 10 great ways to run a search on things in the real world

Google Lens: 10 great ways to run a search on things in the real world

You spot an appealing product at a store, an interesting animal in nature, an unusual dish on a menu, an intriguing landmark in another country, or a fascinating painting in a museum. And you want to learn more about that item or object. Normally, you might run a regular Google search. But in this case, you may not know what to search for. That's where Google Lens can help.

Using Google Lens on your phone, you... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Android Software , iOS Software

'My Number Lookup' web app finds personal data linked to your mobile phone number

'My Number Lookup' web app finds personal data linked to your mobile phone number

Over the past couple years, the general public has heard a lot about how your personal data can be collected on the internet and sold without your knowledge or consent. A VPN, or virtual private network, can be one way to improve your privacy, but some details about our lives remain difficult to keep on the down-low. One nagging problem is how many documents available to the public online can be tied to your phone number.

Keepsafe, a developer of privacy-oriented... Read More »

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

Microsoft may give you Windows 10 updates that are still in 'testing' phase

Microsoft may give you Windows 10 updates that are still in 'testing' phase

In the wake of the unexpectedly messy October update for Windows 10 that ended up stretching well into November, users of Microsoft's operating system may be scratching their heads about how it went so badly. While Windows 10 isn't as widely praised as Windows 7, it rarely experiences the issues that we saw recently, which included deleting entire directories of files.

To address the growing uncertainties about Windows 10 and the integrity of its update system, corporate VP Michael Fortin... Read More »

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

Opera browser for Android integrates Ethereum cryptocurrency network

Opera browser for Android integrates Ethereum cryptocurrency network

With the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009, the internet figured out a way to exchange digital goods with the same level of confidence as physical goods, but the concept isn't necessarily restricted to monetary transactions. When Ethereum arrived in 2015, it expanded the notion of a community-verified ledger to apps, which can be specially designed to run in a decentralized manner within the Ethereum network.

Think of Google Docs, but instead of connecting to a regional Google server to access your... Read More »

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

How to donate to a charity in the Google Play Store

How to donate to a charity in the Google Play Store

Google is teaming up with a group of nonprofit organizations to help you make donations through the Google Play Store during the holiday giving season.

The portal is currently listed as "Coming soon to Play."

"We're inspired by the many ways that the Play community shares resources, supports each other and creates positive change," Google said in a blog post. "We hope this update offers a way to help other communities outside of our own in need."

SEE: 6 ways to give to charity without even trying

Here's... Read More »

Topics: Features , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

Can MeWe become the anti-Facebook of social media?

Can MeWe become the anti-Facebook of social media?

Nearly half of Facebook (iOS, Android) users age 18 to 29 years old deleted the app in the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media site has been trying to regain favor as the fleeing user base moves to other platforms.

One social media site has risen to the top as the No. 1 Trending Social App in the Google Play Store and gained 300 percent growth this year: MeWe... Read More »

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

Pandora pushes podcasts to its Android and iOS apps

Pandora pushes podcasts to its Android and iOS apps

Pandora listeners can now tune into podcasts courtesy of the latest update to the Android and iOS flavors of the streaming music app.

SEE: 7 best podcast listening apps in 2018

Available at Google Play and Apple's App Store, Pandora version 1812.1 not only serves up podcasts but tries to help you find the right ones. The app displays a list of recommended podcasts based on your history and interests. You can browse top podcasts and... Read More »

Topics: Podcasting Software , Android Software , iOS Software

My Verizon app now lets you add the eSIM dual-SIM service to your iPhone

My Verizon app now lets you add the eSIM dual-SIM service to your iPhone

With the recent release of iOS 12.1.1, Apple expanded support for its eSIM feature to carriers in the US. Now, Verizon is trying to make it easier for its customers to set up the dual-SIM service.

SEE: iPhone X and iPhone XS: 20 apps that look great on "The Notch"

Available at the App Store, My Verizon version 6.10 offers a way for subscribers to add and configure access to eSIM. To do so, follow the steps in Verizon's How to Use Guide to Sign Up For Service and Activate Your eSIM.... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Postmates will roll out robot food delivery in 2019

Postmates will roll out robot food delivery in 2019

For the last seven years, Postmates (Android, iOS) has made restaurant dining more convenient for hungry customers. Thanks to the on-demand food delivery service app, diners can now enjoy a meal from the eatery of their choice at their home or workplace after a few simple swipes and taps. Dressing, driving, and searching for parking are no longer on the menu.

But this convenience for some can place a major burden on the surrounding community by increasing congestion, traffic,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

New AR app lets you control Apple HomeKit devices by pointing your phone at them

New AR app lets you control Apple HomeKit devices by pointing your phone at them

Smart home devices and apps have tried to simplify our lives--and sometimes they even succeed. Using voice commands, we can now turn off the lights, make sure the garage is shut, adjust the temperature, and lots more. As convenient as voice can be, it's not always perfect or reliable.

Developers are now trying to integrate Augmented Reality into smart home controls, as another option to make these devices more functional. Instead of just making it look like your favorite superhero is... Read More »

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