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Google Duo celebrates Holi festival with colorful video effects

Google Duo celebrates Holi festival with colorful video effects

Google is celebrating Holi, India's colorful spring festival, by bringing special effects to video calling app Duo. If you're in India, you'll be able to dress up your recorded video messages with colorful face powders, sunglasses, flowing borders, floating foods and a Happy Holi message, Android Police reported.

Justin Uberti, a creator and tech lead at Google Duo confirmed on Twitter that the feature is available only in India.

SEE: How India became a new epicenter of the app economy

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

T-Mobile launching home LTE internet service to disrupt broadband

T-Mobile launching home LTE internet service to disrupt broadband

Aiming to disrupt what it calls "one of the most uncompetitive industries in existence," T-Mobile began an invitation-only home internet pilot on Thursday. A limited group of customers in rural and underserved communities will get high-speed fixed wireless service.

According to a release, 50,000 homes will be connected this year. T-Mobile plans to cover more than half of the US by 2024 with the capacity for 9.5 million households to cut the cord, according to the release.

SEE: T-Mobile now supports iPhone eSIM activation with new iOS app

The... Read More »

Topics: Internet Software , Home Software , Apps And Software

Walmart might launch a cloud gaming service like Google's Stadia

Walmart might launch a cloud gaming service like Google's Stadia

Walmart might be next to jump on the game streaming bandwagon.

The company is considering its own video game streaming platform, according to a report Wednesday from USgamer, though it's unclear how far along a service is in development. Walmart has been speaking to game developers and publishers since earlier this year, multiple unnamed sources told USgamer.

SEE: Google Stadia gaming at GDC 2019: Everything just announced (CNET)

Walmart didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Google revealed its... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , Games

9 outdoor activity apps to find an adventure with your family in spring 2019

9 outdoor activity apps to find an adventure with your family in spring 2019

The season of snuggling up on your couch and sipping hot cocoa is coming to an end. Spring is here, so it's time to come out of hibernation. Spending weekends cooking out, playing volleyball games in the park, driving with the top down, wearing shorts and making ice-cold lemonade is right around the corner.

Use these apps to help you find something fun to do outdoors that everyone will enjoy.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder

Try a new park with your friends and family... Read More »

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

FDA's new Xbox horror game warns teens about smoking dangers

FDA's new Xbox horror game warns teens about smoking dangers

The Food and Drug Administration is changing how it's tackling tobacco use among teenagers. One Leaves is a free horror game for Xbox and PC designed to educate teens about smoking dangers.

Part of the FDA's The Real Cost antismoking campaign, the game targets the 12-17 age range, the group most likely to experiment with cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The game's premise is based on the statistic that three out of... Read More »

Topics: Apps And Software , Educational Software , Games

Opera browser for Android adds free built-in unlimited VPN services

Opera browser for Android adds free built-in unlimited VPN services

Opera has added a free, built-in VPN service to its mobile browser for Android users in version 51, which launched Wednesday. This means you won't need to sign in, download additional apps or pay extra for protection while browsing public Wi-Fi. Opera says this gives you even more control over your online privacy.

The built-in VPN creates a private, encrypted connection between your phone and the server with a 256-bit encryption algorithm. The encryption hides your physical location and... Read More »

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

Call of Duty: Mobile game app coming to Android and iOS

Call of Duty: Mobile game app coming to Android and iOS

Call of Duty, the popular first-person shooter video game franchise, is coming to Android and iOS. Fans can preregister online now, and Android users can also preregister in the Google Play Store. The app and any future updates are free, according to the game's website.

Activision wasn't immediately available for comment, but the site says fans should expect more information regarding the release in the coming months.

SEE: How to play Fortnite Mobile and win: A guide for beginners

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

South Korean installs light-up crosswalk to stop phone-related wrecks

South Korean installs light-up crosswalk to stop phone-related wrecks

We've all seen viral videos of people paying more attention to a phone than where they're going. The results are generally comical: tripping, falling or running into something. It's not always funny though. Some phone-obsessed people, referred to as "smartphone zombies" in popular culture, are becoming injured in road accidents.

To combat the problem, the South Korean city of Ilsan has reportedly installed a system at a crosswalk that alerts pedestrians and warns cars to slow down.... Read More »

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

Firefox version 66 silences videos, audio with Block Autoplay feature

Firefox version 66 silences videos, audio with Block Autoplay feature

Mozilla's Firefox browser is working to minimize inconveniences we encounter online. The browser's latest update, version 66released Tuesday, silences autoplaying videos by default, prevents page jumps and makes it easier to find what you're looking for in multiple tabs.

The Block Autoplay feature will by default stop videos from starting automatically on news sites or those that host movies or TV shows. If you want to watch the video, just click to play it.

It's important to note that it... Read More »

Topics: Internet Software , Firefox Add-ons & Plugins , Video Software , Browsers

8 spring cleaning apps to clear out your winter junk

8 spring cleaning apps to clear out your winter junk

Turn off the TV and shed your winter hermit shell because spring is right around the corner. If you haven't thought about spring cleaning yet, it's not too late. Use these helpful cleaning apps to inspire you to sweep last year's mess out the back door and get your house tidied up.

FlyLady

FlyLady (download for iOS) makes cleaning much less stressful by dividing your house into zones. Center your zones around the rooms in your house, like the kitchen or... Read More »

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

8 gardening apps to activate your green thumb in spring 2019

8 gardening apps to activate your green thumb in spring 2019

Not everyone has a green thumb or an eye for landscaping. Some people don't even get to try because they're so busy. Others watch HGTV over and over again and still never achieve the yard of their dreams because it's easy to forget most of what you learned by the time you get outside.

But since you can take your phone with you when you walk out into the yard, there are now some digital tools that can make you a... Read More »

Topics: Features , Landscape Design Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android

Microsoft's Windows Defender antivirus is coming to Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft's Windows Defender antivirus is coming to Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has launched its Windows Defender extensions for MozillaFirefox and Google Chrome. The company said its goal was to extend its container technology to other browsers and give customers a way to protect themselves against browser-based attacks.

The extensions automatically redirect untrusted navigations to Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge, Windows Insider program head Dona Sokar and senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post on Friday.

SEE: Microsoft Store slashes revenue cut to just 5 percent; app developers get the rest

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Topics: Chrome Extensions , Desktop Enhancements , Browsers , Security , Apps And Software , Antivirus Software

Apple and Stanford University release full results of Watch heart study

Apple and Stanford University release full results of Watch heart study

Before Apple announced the Apple Watch's ability to perform echocardiograms on the go last year, it was working with Stanford University to study the technology. The Apple Heart Study enrolled 400,000 people.

According to study results, presented Saturday, 2,000 of those participants received a notification about an irregular heart rhythm, which can be a sign of a larger problem, like atrial fibrillation. The sooner warning signs can be spotted, the sooner people can seek help.

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Topics: Health & Fitness Software , iOS Software

Moby's dreamy new album is exclusively on the Calm meditation app

Moby's dreamy new album is exclusively on the Calm meditation app

In tandem with last Friday's World Sleep Day, musician Moby released his latest album Long Ambients 2. The album is available exclusively on the Calm meditation app (download for iOS or Android) and is a sequel to Long Ambients 1: Calm. Sleep, released in 2016.

With a Calm account, you can listen to Moby's six relaxing tracks to meditate, work or fall asleep to at about 37 minutes each.

SEE: Best meditation apps for iOS and Android to relieve stress

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Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

The Good Fight star Nyambi Nyambi dishes on his favorite apps

The Good Fight star Nyambi Nyambi dishes on his favorite apps

As a follow-up to the hit show The Good Wife, the electric legal and political drama The Good Fight joined CBS All Access' exclusive streaming lineup in 2017.

Its third season premieres Thursday. (Editors' note: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

Nyambi Nyambi, who plays Jay DiPersia, an investigator for Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart, told CNET what to expect from season 3 of The Good Fight -- and also shared a few of his favorite apps.

Nyambi first appeared in The Good Fight in... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Educational Software , Star Apps , Games

Tumblr's traffic plummets after last year's porn ban

Tumblr's traffic plummets after last year's porn ban

Tumblr's crackdown on adult content appears to be hitting the site hard.

Similarweb, a web analytics firm, reported that visits to the popular blogging site have dipped significantly since the December pornography ban. On Dec. 3, total Tumblr views on desktop and mobile were at just over 520 million. As of Jan. 28, views had dropped by more than 100 million, according to Similarweb.

SEE: The reason Tumblr vanished from the App Store: Child pornography that slipped through the filters... Read More »

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

Android Q beta includes Notification Bell and Wi-Fi sharing with QR codes

Android Q beta includes Notification Bell and Wi-Fi sharing with QR codes

On Wednesday, Pixel users got first dibs on Android Q Beta 1, the next version of Google's mobile operating system.

Android Q has a number of new features in addition to measures meant to enhance privacy and security. The updated OS includes new camera capabilities, faster app launch and foldable screen support, among other things.

As Pixel users continue to dive into the software, Easter eggs are coming to light. The latest include QR codes for easier Wi-Fisharing... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Operating Systems & Updates

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a surprisingly pleasing combination of J.K. Rowling and Pokemon Go worlds

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a surprisingly pleasing combination of J.K. Rowling and Pokemon Go worlds

I'm walking to my bus after a day at the office keeping my wits about me. Instead of dodging traffic or the guy trying to get me to sign a petition, I'm watching for magical beasts from the world of Harry Potter. Dueling dark wizards and overpowering magical beasts is a tough job, but all in day's work when you're keeping the Muggle world safe from unexpected calamity. And it's all happening on my phone.

First announced in 2017, the... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to reinstall updates that Windows 10 automatically uninstalled

How to reinstall updates that Windows 10 automatically uninstalled

The path for Windows 10 adoption hasn't been an especially straight one for Microsoft, with a few twists on the way. This week, Microsoft tried to make running the OS a bit easier by automatically uninstalling a Windows 10 update that didn't go according to plan.

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates that keep the system secure and running smoothly. But if an update goes sideways -- like it's incompatible with something, causing a startup failure --... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Google Drive adds Material Design to its Android and iOS apps in latest update

Google Drive adds Material Design to its Android and iOS apps in latest update

Google Drive, the tech giant's file storage and synchronization service, might look a bit different on iOS and Android today.

In a blog post published Tuesday, Google said a redesign of the look and feel of Drive's mobile version will make it "easier to communicate and collaborate across files in Drive" on phones that run Google's or Apple's mobile operating system. Google has been migrating its apps to a system called Material Design to make a more... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software