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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 »

Topics: Apps And Software

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

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 »

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

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 »

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

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 »

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

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