Google is, at its heart, an advertising company. They have their hands in many, many different projects, products, and services, but fundamentally they’re all different ways to serve up ads to users. That’s not a bad or nefarious thing, either; it allows Google to craft up some remarkable products and let the whole world use […]
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At WWDC Apple continued to position itself as separate from tech rivals like Google and Facebook on the issue of privacy, unveiling a new "Sign-in with Apple" feature that hides your identity even from developers. So, given the value of collecting in…
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RIP Galaxy Apps. You’ll be remembered by someone, somewhere. At least one person, probably. The app itself isn’t really going anywhere, but Samsung is changing it up ahead of its Galaxy S10 announcement tomorrow. Galaxy Apps will become Galaxy Store, and it’s getting a OneUI redesign to better match the rest of Samsung’s app suite. […]
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The Epic Games Store wasn't all that refund-friendly on launch. You could only ask for two refunds in an entire year (albeit after unlimited hours of play), and you had to submit details like your IP address in a support ticket to have a hope of gett…
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Huawei isn’t the only one breaking records, as Google has officially crossed the 1 billion download threshold with their video calling app, Duo. It did it just in time for the end of 2018, too. Part of the reason why Duo has hit such high numbers is because it’s a pre-installed application for new Android […]
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Google typically removes malicious apps from the Play Store, and that’s not anything new or notable. It’s their digital storefront so they should stay on top of keeping it clean from potentially dangerous apps. However, after their last round of nixing 22 apps from the Play Store, it turns out that maybe Google let some […]
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While it’s been in beta for some time, Jagex has officially launched the mobile version of Old School Runescape on the Play Store for anyone to download and jump in. It’s almost exactly like the older version of the insanely popular browser MMORPG, but optimized for smaller screens and touch input. Old School Runescape is […]
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It’s that time of year again where people queue up to buy the new phone from a company named after a fruit. While I would give you points for saying BlackBerry, it is, of course, Apple, and the people are queuing up to get their hands on either the iPhone XS or XS Max that […]
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For those interested in replacement home screen apps on their Android phone, one that has been popular recently is the Rootless Pixel Launcher. The popularity stems from the fact that it emulates much of what Google makes available in Android 9.0 Pie, but can be installed on an Android 8.x Oreo powered device. Until very […]
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OnePlus has always tried to sell phones by cutting unnecessary corners to keep costs low, but one of those corners was in full distribution that you see with other manufacturers. You can’t walk into most stores, check out a OnePlus 6, and walk out with a phone in a big and a ton of accessories. […]
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By now you’ve probably heard the rumors that Fortnite will be launching alongside the Galaxy Note 9 in a few days, probably, but it turns out it might not be showing up on the Play Store that same day. Or ever, if Epic’s plans shake out. Instead of showing up on Google’s de facto app […]
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Popular media player app, VLC, has announced that Huawei smartphones are blacklisted from downloading and installing the app from Play Store because of EMUI’s aggressive power management policy of killing background apps. After numerous one-star reviews on the Play Store from Huawei users complaining about the VLC app not playing audio in the background, the developer […]
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Alto’s Odyssey, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Alto’s Adventure, launched earlier this year on iOS and the App Store. Fans of the original were happy, but on the Android side of the fence, we were left in the dark without the newer game. Good news for us, that wait is finally over. Alto’s […]
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A few weeks ago Carrot Weather launched into a quiet beta on the Play Store, finally giving Android users a taste of one of the best weather apps on iOS, which also happens to be one of my personal favorite apps, period. Today that app leaves its beta tag behind and is officially available for […]
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Ten years ago today, Apple officially launched the iOS App Store and — for better or worse — it helped rewrite the rules of society. The iPhone, which debuted about a year prior, came with just north of twelve built-in apps to start. But with the c…
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You can try Amazon's Echo Look if you want AI to offer fashion advice at home. But what if you're at the store, and would rather not hem and haw while you decide if that top goes with those jeans? Guess and Alibaba think they can help. They've wor…
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After its recent announcement at E3, Pokémon Quest has made its appearance on the Play Store in the form of a pre-registration page. Pokémon fans won’t have too long to wait because it is scheduled for a June 16 launch, just a few days away from now. Pokémon Quest, if you were wondering, is a free-to-play […]
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If you’ve watched the somewhat surreal Westworld TV series from HBO, you may want to pay particular attention to the game that Warner Bros. has just published on the Play Store, some three months after preregistrations began. The game puts you in charge of managing the park at Westworld, where you’ll have to entertain each of […]
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On May 13th, the last Apple Watch-exclusive store will close its doors. The shop, which is located inside Shinjuku, Tokyo's posh Isetan department store, is one of the three pop-ups the tech titan built when it launched the wearable back in 2015. Twi…
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In case you somehow missed it, we are getting very close to the release of of a huge MARVEL Avengers movie that claims to be the biggest “crossover” in cinematic history. With so many characters coming together for the theatrical release, it only makes sense that something similar would be done in the gaming market. […]
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When Google launched the Pixelbook back in October, there was no denying that it was the Chromebook to beat all other Chromebooks. With such a high level of specification and the unquestionably slick design, though, it could only be one thing – hellishly expensive. Which, with a starting price of $ 999, it was. An official sleeve […]
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It doesn’t matter if you prefer to call it soccer or football; if you are a fan of the sport you can lose hours of your life either playing the game in real-life or following your favorite team. You can also lose entire days playing the game online, which means that the release of Football […]
Come comment on this article: SEGA’s Football Manager Mobile 2018 is now available on the Play Store
Google’s pop-up stores made it easy for customers to walk in and buy up a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without having to go directly to a Verizon store. They employed a third-party Verizon retailer, Victra, to handle sales and activations for the Pixel. That’s a great way to streamline the experience, but many […]
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A new design element was found several weeks ago in the Google Play Store that violated Google’s own Material Design guidelines. A nested navigation bar is suddenly appearing under a main tab of categories. As an example in the picture above, you can see Pop, Alternative, Rock, etc. under the main categories, Genre, Artist, Album, […]
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This almost feels like it should be April Fools Day and maybe that is what Sprint is hoping Verizon customers feel about their wireless plans. In a pointed announcement accompanied by a spoof advertisement video, Sprint is inviting shoppers to visit a pop-up Twice the Price store in Flushing, New York today only from 10:00 […]
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You can get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at vending machines in London. You can also grab them from Amazon or Snap itself online. The $ 129 glasses may be the flavor of the moment, but you wouldn't expect them to show up at any high-end fashion outle…
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Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only…
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Google Duo has seen some high praise, unlike its counterpart Allo. The numbers really show how people have flocked to Duo, too. As of today, Duo on the Play Store is showing a whopping 50 million downloads. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that 50 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean 50 million active users; […]
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Apple’s Indie Showcase will give independent games a prominent place to shine on the App Store. Leading up to the reveal, Apple offered discounts on numerous indie games, some of which occupy spots in the top-10 paid chart.
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A project from the U.K.’s University of Oxford has created an online 3D model that shows how mankind has evolved over the years and even predicts how we might continue to do so in the future.
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Nike is about to open another huge retail temple, this time in New York City’s SoHo. As you might expect, it’s got lots of shoes, augmented by fun techy stuff. Welcome to the future of retail.
In a blog post published last week, Google announced that it has begun employing artificial intelligence to put Android apps into categories that, hopefully, make intuitive sense.
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SoHo is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York City. It's home to hundreds of shops from some of the most popular brands, including Apple, Adidas and, as of last month, Google. Now you can add Nike to this list. The sportswear giant will soon…
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The best way to encourage participation? By turning everything into a competition, of course. Tapping into the human penchant for contest, Samsung has launched its Tizen App Challenge.
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South Korea doesn’t have an Apple store, but the iPhone maker is trying to change that. While Samsung already is dealing with the recall of its Galaxy Note 7, it now has to worry about a possible physical retail presence from its rival.
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Say hello to what eBay is calling the world’s first virtual reality department store, which allows eager customers to browse through collections like clothing, electronics, and home goods as though you were actually, well, in the store.
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Samsung’s new fitness band, the $ 45 Charm, will soon hit shelves in Italy, Korea, Russia, France, and other select markets in the coming weeks and months. There’s no mention of U.S. availability, unfortunately.
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Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor…
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Earlier today, Google’s Nexus 9 was silently pulled from the Google Store. The tablet was on the market for just shy of eighteen months.
The Nexus 9 debuted in October 2014 alongside the Nexus 6, two devices which have been viewed by many as very underwhelming members of the Nexus line. Google’s flagship tablet appeared to be solid on paper at launch, but the Nexus 9 actually shipped with a list of problems. Performance lagged and stuttered for nearly a year, maintaining a cool temperature was tough, and build quality was eh. Really nothing about the tablet was impressive outside of the form factor.
It finally reached the end of the road today. If you want the Nexus 9, you won’t be buying it through the manufacturer’s online retail store. The Google Store is no longer a place for you to buy the Nexus 9. Instead, you can go to a retailer like Amazon where the tablet is available for as low as $ 300. Shop around and you’ll find a price attractive for you, but remember that certain performance woes are still around.
The Pixel C is the only tablet currently offered on the Google Store following the exit of the Nexus 9. Going to the Tablets section of the site just leads right to the Pixel C’s listing. Since the Nexus 9 isn’t mentioned in any search results on the Google Store, Google really stripped the Google Store of any Nexus 9 mentions. That’s why we firmly believe it’s permanently gone.
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DinnerCall, a mobile marketplace app for family dinners, is allowing users to order pre-made or ready-to-eat meals from their local grocery stores. This app is also designed to help grocers meet their quota of selling fresh food.
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At this convenience store in the town of Viken, Sweden, you won’t find a single cashier — or even a cash register for that matter. The entire store is unmanned, and patrons must use a smartphone or tablet to enter and purchase goods from it.
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Samsung released their own WiFi transfer app cleverly named, “Wi-Fi Transfer”. The app will allow users to transfer files from one device to another, or to a computer.
Unfortunately, it is only available to Samsung phones, but there are plenty of alternative apps to pick from in the Play Store if you have another brand of device. However, what is nice about this app is you do not need an internet connection for it to work, all you need is a WiFi network. What is even better is you do not need to use a router or be connected on a large WiFi network either. Just turn on WiFi sharing on one device and have the other connect to it. Send all the files you want after that. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
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BlackBerry Virtual Expert is a new app available on the Play Store for BlackBerry Priv owners. The purpose of the app is to perform a diagnostic test of a variety of functions to make sure all parts are working properly.
The BlackBerry Virtual Expert will perform a scan that tests parts such as the camera, display, keyboard, touchscreen, speakers, microphones, and a variety of other sensors. At the conclusion of the test, the app will provide you with feedback that highlights any parts that aren’t properly functioning. If something fails, BlackBerry will supply you with details on how to contact your carrier’s customer care center so that you can get that part checked out.
With this app, BlackBerry has made it easier for people to diagnose their Priv unit if it has any sort of issue. BlackBerry says that the app should be able to find what’s wrong with your particular Priv unit in a timely manner. Let’s hope that BlackBerry brings this app to more Android devices in the near future.
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Customers around the world made this holiday season the biggest ever for the App Store, setting new records during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $ 1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $ 144 million. “The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, spending over $ 20 billion on the App Store last year alone,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’re grateful to all the developers who have created the most innovative and exciting apps in the world for our customers. We can’t wait for what’s to come in 2016.”
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JmGO View is a sleek projector with built-in storage and operating system, dismissing the need to bring along an extra storage unit.
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Google wants to have a presence in China again with the possible launch of the Google Play Store in the country next year. According to Reuters, Google will comply with Chinese law on filtered content.
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Google’s Alistair Pott, a Google Play product manager, made a bold announcement in the Android Developers Blog — “Minimum purchase price for apps and in-app products reduced on Google Play,” the headline reads.
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