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Apollo Immersive Illumination iPhone camera app on sale for 99 cents

Apollo Immersive Illumination iPhone camera app on sale for 99 cents

In 2016, the iPhone 7 wasn't a major change like the X series, but there were some notable additions and removals. Apple removed the headphone jack, controversially citing "courage" as its motivator, but it also added a second camera lens to the back of the device. One of the chief advantages of this tech is Portrait Mode, because it can realistically blur the background when you're taking a picture of someone -- and a third-party developer figured out a... Read More »

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

Fortnite's new Infinity Blade weapon proves too sharp, gets removed from game

Fortnite's new Infinity Blade weapon proves too sharp, gets removed from game

About a week ago, game culture phenomenon Fortnite dropped an unexpected addition to the player's arsenal in the form of a two-handed sword from Epic Games' mobile RPG trilogy Infinity Blade, which is getting shelved due to the technical difficulties of keeping older iOS titles up-to-date. In Fortnite (download for iOS and Android), the sword was placed at the top of a new mountain, and it came with an intriguing set of tactical perks to let its... Read More »

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

Apple offers free audiobooks narrated by Kate Beckinsale, Kelsey Grammer and other actors

Apple offers free audiobooks narrated by Kate Beckinsale, Kelsey Grammer and other actors

If you're a regular Amazon customer, then you probably already know about its enormous library of ebooks, or "Kindle books," as the company like to call them. Amazon built its business partly on book sales, and it's now the market leader for both the paper and digital varieties. However, it still has some big-name rivals like Apple, who's just dropped a cool freebie on us for the holidays.

Six freebies, in fact. And these books aren't the text-based kind, either. Instead,... Read More »

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How WhatsApp is empowering Nigerian women

How WhatsApp is empowering Nigerian women

Though smartphone users in the US do install apps designed to improve their lives, often the apps they have on their phones are intended for entertainment. With our focus on amusement, it can be easy to forget that in lesser developed countries technology can give people the tools to materially improve their lives and even survive.

With 4G networks coming to developing countries in just the last few the last few years, countries like India and Africa have found ways to... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Educational Software , Lifestyle Software

Fitbit smart watches just got more fitness tracking, exercise modes and apps

Fitbit smart watches just got more fitness tracking, exercise modes and apps

With the continual popularity of the Apple Watch, it's become increasingly difficult for other smart watches to grow their customer base or even maintain a foothold. Pebble shut down in December 2016 after several years of being unable to move beyond Kickstarter as its source of R&D funding, and Apple sells more of its watches than the rest of the market combined.

That said, rival Fitbit is not going down without a fight, having introduced its Versa line in spring 2018,... Read More »

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

Google refreshes its mobile search page with Material Design theme

Google refreshes its mobile search page with Material Design theme

Google has rejuvenated its mobile search page with the Material Design theme to bring it in line with its other apps and services.

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Check out Google's search page on your iOS or Android device and you'll spot a few changes. The search field now has rounded corners in contrast to the previous rectangular design. Swipe down the screen and you'll find that the... Read More »

Topics: Internet Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps for Android launching a faster sharing menu

Google Maps for Android launching a faster sharing menu

Android's share sheet in Google Maps (download on iOS or Android) is getting a speed boost with the latest update, version 10.6.1. Historically, share sheets on the Android platform have lagged when loading. Since it takes a few extra seconds for the entire suite of options to load, sometimes users can tap the wrong icon.

Last month, Dave Burke, the vice president of engineering for Android assured users on Twitter that Google was working to resolve the issue.

"It's... Read More »

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

Signal refuses Australia's demands for a backdoor into its encrypted Private Messenger app

Signal refuses Australia's demands for a backdoor into its encrypted Private Messenger app

The Australian government's Assistance and Access bill is an attempt to try to force tech companies to create backdoors into their encrypted communications. But one company that won't comply is Signal.

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The Signal private messenger app (download on iOS and Android) offers its users a way to send and receive secure, encrypted SMS messages and voice and video calls. But the company, Signal Messenger, says it has no... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Chat , Android Software , iOS Software

Facebook Portal adds a web browser, new channels, and games

Facebook Portal adds a web browser, new channels, and games

Facebook has decided to heed the calls of critics by adding a bevy of games, apps and a fresh new web browser to Portal, the smart display it unveiled this year. After a rough initial rollout of the video-chat device, Facebook is beefing up Portal's offerings while lowering prices during the holidays for both the small and large versions.

Specifically, Portal's latest software update will see the video chat device gain access to a fresh, Chromium-based web browser that basically... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Windows Software

Privacy-focused Brave browser officially switches to Chromium

Privacy-focused Brave browser officially switches to Chromium

Brave, one of the most interesting and more privacy-focused web browsers on the market, has officially moved over to the Chromium browser engine after initially launching with Muon, its own own in-house engine. Maintaining its own browser codebase proved to be costly and time consuming, the company said.

In a blog post about the move in October, Brave (Windows and Mac) said the switch would mean its browser would work faster and sync better with a number of different... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software