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Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

Music streaming services are in a serious fight to secure their territory, and one of their most powerful tools is sheer availability. Pandora (download for iOS or Android) is an oft-cited example; it's so ubiquitous that you can get it in cars that predate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay by several years, and it arguably pioneered the driving-friendly interfaces that are common in many mobile apps today.

Today, YouTube Music (download for iOS or Android), which... Read More »

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

How Flip50 fitness app helps seniors stay active

How Flip50 fitness app helps seniors stay active

A lot of mental and physical changes come with turning 50 years old. As your body starts to truly show signs of aging like lesser muscle function, diminished healing abilities and slower blood flow, you may have to adjust your workout regiment (or begin one).

Flip50 (download for iOS or Android) can help create a healthy lifestyle for seniors--even if you're not feeling up to a higher-intensity workout or you're short on time.

A Flip50 subscription includes... Read More »

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

Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

While Google Chrome is probably the most popular web browser in the world (and not without reason), it can't be everything for every user. In fact, the mobile version has never supported ad blockers, the presence of which has been a major selling point for competitors like Opera, DuckDuckGo, Brave and Ghostery.

Today, Opera's ad blocker got an update that's friendlier toward advertisers, and version 50 for Android also brings support for picture-in-picture video, plus a... Read More »

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

Google relaxes proposed Chrome changes that would have broken many ad blockers

Google relaxes proposed Chrome changes that would have broken many ad blockers

Google has tweaked a proposal on how future versions of Chrome will deal with ad blockers following an outcry from developers.

In a post on Google Groups, Google software engineer Devlin Cronin revealed one change designed to address criticism over a proposal on how Chrome will treat ad blockers and other extensions. Through the proposal, known as "Manifest V3," Google had floated the idea of restricting ad blockers by making them consult a database containing just 30,000 entries.... Read More »

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Google aims to thwart websites that block users of Chrome's Incognito Mode

Google aims to thwart websites that block users of Chrome's Incognito Mode

Google plans to fix a flaw in Chrome's Incognito mode that allows websites to easily detect it and block people who use it.

Slated for an upcoming version of Chrome, a new option will try to resolve a loophole that has long existed in Incognito mode, as reported by 9to5Google. Incognito mode works by disabling Chrome's internal FileSystem API so that cookies and other data aren't saved. But websites can easily detect when this API is disabled, which then tells them that Incognito mode is turned on.... Read More »

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

Instagram could soon let you donate to causes through Stories

Instagram could soon let you donate to causes through Stories

For some time, Facebook (download for iOS or Android) users have been able to create fundraisers on the social media site and raise money for non-profits. Often, Facebook matches pledges to motivate people to donate.

Now, Instagram (download for iOS or Android) is getting on board by making charitable giving easier. Tipster Jane Manchun Wong spotted the social media site testing a donation sticker feature for Stories.

Wong's screenshots on Twitter indicate that you'll be... Read More »

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

Apple ignores its push notification rules again and promotes Apple Music

Apple ignores its push notification rules again and promotes Apple Music

If you have an iPhone, you might've received some push notifications about Apple Music recently. The company offered an extra three months on a free trial last weekend and most recently alerted iPhone users to a chance to gift a friend a free month on the music platform.

If you tap the alert, you can send a referral to someone who doesn't use Apple Music. However, if you get a referral and you've already used your 3-month free trial, you'll... Read More »

Topics: iTunes & iPod Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software , Music Software

'Brainchild' producer Jerry Kolber shares his favorite apps

'Brainchild' producer Jerry Kolber shares his favorite apps

With Washington waging an unholy war against science -- Trump still keeps insisting that global warming is a hoax, for example -- the new Netflix (download for iOS and Android) TV series "Brainchild," does its part to combat the spread of misinformation.

Created by Atomic Entertainment, producers of STEM-forward "edutainment," such as NatGeo Channel's Emmy-nominated "Brain Games," Discovery Science's "Dark Web: Fighting Cyber Crime" and SYFY Channel's "The Internet Ruined My Life," the widely acclaimed 13-episode... Read More »

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

How to digitally back up and restore your physical keys with the KeyHero app

How to digitally back up and restore your physical keys with the KeyHero app

Have you ever lost your house key or mailbox key or another physical key? Then you know the hassle and expense involved in having the locks changed. Well, the next time you lose a key, a mobile app called KeyHero may just be able to fly to your rescue.

SEE: The Best Home Software to Keep Your Household in Running Order

Available for iOS and Android, KeyHero enables the creation of a digital backup of a physical and... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to run diagnostic tests on your iPhone or Android phone with TestM

How to run diagnostic tests on your iPhone or Android phone with TestM

You're running into a problem with your iPhone or Android phone. Perhaps you just bought the phone used or refurbished and are concerned about technical issues. Or maybe you want to sell your phone and need to track down any potential problems first. Either way, you can check out your phone with a series of diagnostic tests courtesy of an app called TestM.

SEE: The 7 Best Antivirus for Android to Keep Your Phone Secure

Available for iOS and Android,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software