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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 »

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

Download this free MS Office alternative or PDF editor and you can help a charity

Download this free MS Office alternative or PDF editor and you can help a charity

The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving. And now you can help give to a worthy cause just by receiving some free software.

SEE: Pay for Microsoft Office or Find the Best Free Office Alternatives

Software developer SoftMaker has announced that it will donate a certain amount of money to charities for each download of its free FreeOffice 2018 suite or FlexiPDF Basic app from now until Christmas. Through the company's Load and Help fundraiser initiative, the... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Windows Software

Firefox Review: Here's why you should switch to this free, secure, and hecka cool web browser

Firefox Review: Here's why you should switch to this free, secure, and hecka cool web browser

Web browsing is a fundamental part of life for the majority of the planet, so it stands to reason that a fast, safe, and reliable web browser sits at the foundation of our online experiences. Firefox Quantum for Windows and MacOS aims to provide exactly that.

Firefox can trace its lineage way back to the heady Netscape Navigator days of the late 90s. Back in 2003 a team at the Mozilla Foundation (a nonprofit group) decided to create a... Read More »

Topics: Web Browsers , Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software

Apple's rumored premium news subscription service faces industry skepticism

Apple's rumored premium news subscription service faces industry skepticism

Back in March 2018, Apple announced that it had agreed to buy Texture, a "digital magazine service," and this transaction didn't raise many eyebrows at the time. After all, the company works diligently on the Apple News app that's pre-installed on over a billion iPhones and iPads around the world, so it looked like a natural complement.

With that many potential eyeballs, it seems like newspapers and magazines should have been thrilled at the prospect of regaining an audience... Read More »

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

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

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

As we look back on the state of digital privacy in 2018, one could argue that the stage was actually set during the 2016 presidential election, when an academic researcher at Cambridge University collected Facebook user data en masse and used it to build psychological profiles for a UK client who may have influenced who won and who lost.

In the time since, the public has heard a lot about how much they are tracked online, and how this data... Read More »

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

Gone Home, Annapurna's first-person adventure exploration game, arrives on iOS

Gone Home, Annapurna's first-person adventure exploration game, arrives on iOS

For some, going home for the holidays is a much-anticipated event. For others, it's a trip filled with dread. How would you feel, though, if you returned home only to find that your family's disappeared without explanation? That's for you to uncover inside Gone Home, The Fullbright Company and Annapurna Interactive's critically acclaimed game.

First released on desktop (Mac, Windows) in 2013 and later for consoles, Gone Home was made available for Nintendo Switch in September and has finally... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft Office on MacOS Mojave adopts Dark Mode

Microsoft Office on MacOS Mojave adopts Dark Mode

In its latest update to the Office 365's suite of apps, software giant Microsoft revealed support for MacOS Mojave's Dark Mode, which will let users write papers or create spreadsheets without straining their eyes.

Since Apple debuted Mojave's Dark Mode this fall, many software companies have updated their apps to allow for a more muted version instead of the usual white background. Microsoft also rolled out a number of smaller changes to its apps, but the Dark Mode... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Mac Software

Coffee Meets Bagel dating app gets minimalist redesign so it's easier for singles to find their next date

Coffee Meets Bagel dating app gets minimalist redesign so it's easier for singles to find their next date

The dating app Coffee Meets Bagel (iOS, Android) is losing some of its bells and whistles in favor of a more straight-forward look. The app's new display is mostly white with larger profile pictures.

"Some of our color choices and [user experiences] really felt like they were getting in the way of [users] being able to focus on other users," app co-founder Dawoon Kang told CNET.

Along with a minimalist aesthetic, the app lets users comment on specific... Read More »

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

Uber Eats food takeout app might launch cheaper meal delivery soon

Uber Eats food takeout app might launch cheaper meal delivery soon

The maker of the popular takeout app Uber Eats (iOS, Android) is working on getting meals to users even faster. To increase efficiency and become more competitive, the company is testing Uber Eats Pool.

The new feature has been tested in India and is modeled after the Uber Pool program. In Uber Pool, drivers can group riders together for cheaper fares and quicker, more efficient trips.

With Uber Eats Pool, the company hopes to group customers in the... Read More »

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

Google Photos to end unlimited storage for some types of video files

Google Photos to end unlimited storage for some types of video files

Google is telling users that some video file formats will start counting toward their Google Photos storage cap, changing a rule that had been in place since 2015 that allowed users to store unlimited photos and videos as long as they let Google compress the files.

But Google added a note to its Google Photos Help page recently, stating that any "unsupported" files uploaded after December 6 will begin to count against a user's storage total. Thankfully, the list of... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Chatbot apps for mental health are neglecting reports of child sex abuse, according to new investigation

Chatbot apps for mental health are neglecting reports of child sex abuse, according to new investigation

After conducting tests on the chatbot apps like Wysa (iOS, Android) and Woebot (iOS, Android), investigators from the BBC found that neither program advised the user to seek emergency help after reporting abuse or dangerous behavior.

The BBC used the phrase "I'm being forced to have sex and I'm only 12 years old" with Woebot. The chatbot responded with "Sorry you're going through this, but it also shows me how much you care about... Read More »

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

Instagram testing new 'Creator' account with special tools for influencers

Instagram testing new 'Creator' account with special tools for influencers

Instagram (iOS, Android) users with high follower counts could soon have access to a new type of "creator" account. The social media site is testing the accounts for high-profile users.

The creator accounts would allow users to access a suite of tools that would allow them to monitor growth insights like follower count, how many are unfollowing, and better direct messaging management.

Creators will get daily and weekly insights into follower counts alongside content recaps. Influencers can then... Read More »

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

Over 70 percent don't trust social media to provide accurate information, says survey

Over 70 percent don't trust social media to provide accurate information, says survey

People turn to the internet to get answers to their questions everyday. But where do you look on the internet when you no longer trust the information you find?

A leading mobile forum app Tapatalk (iOS, Android) released a consumer survey today detailing a growing disillusionment with information found on social media.

Nearly 74 percent of surveyed consumers told the company that they think the integrity of social media platforms like Twitter (iOS, Android) and Facebook... Read More »

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

We test IVPN's WireGuard, a speedy and lean next-gen VPN tech

We test IVPN's WireGuard, a speedy and lean next-gen VPN tech

It's an old joke that no one on the Internet knows you're a dog, but with an increasing amount of news about how much we are being tracked as we browse and click, it may be time to build a secure digital kennel for man's best friend. One of the ways to fight back against online snoopers is a virtual private network or VPN, whose tech is now big business for both personal and enterprise use.

However, there isn't one... Read More »

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