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Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Review units of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning last week -- right before its official (and now-delayed) release. An iFixit teardown, released Wednesday, found some possible explanations for what's going wrong with the $1,980 foldable phone.

The phone is "alarmingly fragile," according to iFixit's teardown notes. The fragility makes potential repairs difficult and could account for the quick demise of screens on several phones sent to reviewers last week. iFixit noted that its slim bezels... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Many Android TV users again have the ability to cast from Google Home.

In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.

SEE: NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

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Topics: Home Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to permanently delete an app from your iPhone

How to permanently delete an app from your iPhone

Zombie apps are a real problem for iPhones of every stripe. It happens when you delete an app, only to restore your latest backup or connect your iPhone to iTunes, and lo and behold, the app pops back on your home screen. What is going on?

What happens is that when you back up your iPhone to iCloud, Apple's online storage service doesn't completely remove the app data, just in case you have it installed on another iOS device. For example,... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software

How to play Snap Games on your phone

How to play Snap Games on your phone

Snapchat has begun rolling out its own set of games called Snap Games. Similar to Pokemon Go, you can team up with your friends and play together. Like with Facebook games, you invite your friends to play your favorite games.

Battle against your friends in the Bitmoji Party mini-games using your Bitmoji character, or work as a team to defeat zombies from spreading. Some games allow you to invite up to 28 Snapchatters to spectate, and some... Read More »

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Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Returning your Amazon deliveries just got a bit easier. You can return packages for free at your local Kohl's store starting in July. The stores will accept "eligible Amazon items," without a box or label, regardless of the reason, and ship them to Amazon for free, according to a release Tuesday.

The program is expanding to all Kohl's stores in the US after operating in 100 stores previously. Amazon and Kohl's have worked together on the return program since 2017.

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Byte video app, Vine's replacement, officially in beta testing

Byte video app, Vine's replacement, officially in beta testing

Vine, everyone's favorite video looping app, might be making a comeback as Byte. Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman's team reportedly sent out 100 invites to beta test Byte with plans to add more testers soon. The app tweeted the news on Monday.

Hoffman wasn't immediately available for comment but tweeted about the beta test on Monday. Hoffman also included a video that showed what Byte's interface will look like.

SEE: Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

"The Byte beta we've... Read More »

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How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

Google Maps is making it easier for electric car owners to find nearby (and unoccupied) EV charging stations, so you're not waiting around.

You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a blog post published on Tuesdayby Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and... Read More »

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Netflix is testing a random play button to shuffle your TV shows

Netflix is testing a random play button to shuffle your TV shows

Odds are you've watched your favorite show on Netflix enough times to pick up on the overarching plot no matter what episode you're watching. Of course, you can manually choose an episode at "random," but that takes a lot of work.

Netflix is reportedly testing a Random Episode feature. Android Policespotted the test on Friday. From the screenshots, it looks like the feature would work similarly to shuffle in your music app. Tapping shuffle arrows would let users... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , TV & Movies

LinkedIn will shutter its Job Search app in May

LinkedIn will shutter its Job Search app in May

LinkedIn is sending its standalone Job Search app out to pasture next month.

"We've built a robust job seeking experience within the main LinkedIn app that we're excited for our members to take advantage of," a LinkedIn spokesperson said in an emailed. statement. "They'll have access to more insights and features than they did in the Job Search app that can help them better navigate their careers, as well as the ability to reach out to the 610M+ professionals on... Read More »

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dumps Facebook, advocates for digital wellbeing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dumps Facebook, advocates for digital wellbeing

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she's quit Facebook even though the social media site was an important tool for her 2018 campaign.

In an hour-long interview on Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery, the 29-year-old New York Democrat said social media poses a public health risk to everybody.

"I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software

Android Q beta: One month of testing reveals dark mode is awesome but some apps are broken

Android Q beta: One month of testing reveals dark mode is awesome but some apps are broken

The first versions of any new operating system are interesting because they point to the direction a company is going and give you a chance to try out a feature before it's finished, but they can also unstable, as a company and its app developers work out the kinks. I wanted to use it anyway to find out what kinds of treats Android Q would bring us later this summer or fall, when Google intends to release Q to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

How to check out Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser for Windows 10

How to check out Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser for Windows 10

Microsoft said late last year it planned to swap out its own rendering engine used in Edge and swap in one based on Chromium, the open-source foundation used in Google's Chrome browser was well as in Brave, Opera and other popular browsers.

SEE: Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

If you've been waiting to see what Microsoft is up to with Edge, you can now download an early preview build of Edge for Windows 10.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

How to change your old online ID for the PlayStation

How to change your old online ID for the PlayStation

Sony PlayStation 4 owners on Wednesday can finally edit their online IDs with PSN's new name change feature, said Sid Shuman, PSN's director of social media, in a blog post. IDs can be changed on a PS4 or via web browser.

The first time you change your ID is free, subsequent changes are $10. PlayStation Plus members pay $5 to change their ID after the first free one. You can also keep your old ID on display for 30 days... Read More »

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You can now reserve a code name on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

You can now reserve a code name on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Attention, witches and wizards: you can now secure a code name for the forthcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game. If you already play Ingress Prime or Pokemon Go, you can keep the same agent name or trainer nickname for Wizards Unite.

First announced in 2017, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is similar to Niantic's augmented reality game Pokemon Go, which sees players wandering the real world pointing their phones at virtual landmarks. Drawing on the world of... Read More »

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'Game of Thrones' final season will spike HBO Now subscribers, report says

'Game of Thrones' final season will spike HBO Now subscribers, report says

Game of Thrones fans excited for the show's final season may come running to HBO Now, the channel's $15-a-month streaming service, but likely won't stick around once someone is ruling Westeros from the Iron Throne.

Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season this Sunday, April 14. Second Measure, a company that analyzes consumer behavior, said it expects subscribers will flock to HBO Now for the final season. But according to past data, viewers likely... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Samsung Galaxy S10 sensor fooled by a 3D-printed fingerprint

Samsung Galaxy S10 sensor fooled by a 3D-printed fingerprint

Many new devices boast of heightened security with the addition of Touch ID, and the Samsung Galaxy S10, which debuted last month, is a prime example. A user of the Imgur image-sharing site, however, has challenged that notion.

Imgur user Darkshark said a 3D print of his own fingerprint fooled the Samsung Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and unlocked the device. Darkshark posted a video on Thursday showing the 3D print unlocking the phone.

SEE: Google Duplex launching for iOS and Android devices

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Topics: Security , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Netflix ending support for Apple Airplay

Netflix ending support for Apple Airplay

If you stream Netflix on your iPhone or iPad, the app will no longer support Apple AirPlay. This means that you won't be able to cast shows on Netflix from your iOS device to your Apple TV.

The change on the streaming site's support page was spotted late last week by MacRumors.

Netflix's note says AirPlay is "no longer supported" due to "technical limitations."

SEE: CES 2019: Netflix working on AI to crack down on illegal account sharing

"With... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , iOS Software

Use these five apps to stream TV shows and movies

Use these five apps to stream TV shows and movies

With all of the streaming TV shows and movies out there, simply finding what to watch can be a hassle. But what if you already know what to watch but don't know where to stream it?

Individual services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime offer internal search, but if you have a specific show or film in mind, you probably want to search across all of them and more find the best price -- or an option... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google Play will close Artist Hub by the end of the month

Google Play will close Artist Hub by the end of the month

Google Play's Artist Hub is no longer accepting new sign-ups and will reportedly shut down April 30. The service, which lets smaller indie artists post and sell their music on the Google Play Store and Google Play Music, redirects new users to YouTube for Artists.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told 9to5Google the move is part of its plan to replace Google Play Music with YouTube Music.

SEE: Google Play to offer in-game rewards for watching video ads on Android

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Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Internet Archive rescued almost 500k songs that MySpace lost

Internet Archive rescued almost 500k songs that MySpace lost

If your MySpace music was deleted in last month's server migration disaster, the Internet Archive might have some good news for you.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit digital library unveiled the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, a collection of 490,000 mp3 files from 2008 to 2010 on the long-abandoned social media site.

SEE: Facebook adds MySpace-style feature of adding songs to your profile

"This set of 450,000 songs was done by an anonymous academic group who were studying music networks and grabbed 1.3... Read More »

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