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The best apps for a second smartphone number

Back in the old days, a mobile phone functioned as a second phone number. We compile some apps that provide extra phone lines for your current smartphone.
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The best messaging apps for Android and iOS

Nowadays, people tend to favor convenience over intimacy. We’ve rounded up the best text messaging apps for group chats, video calling, and more.
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These 5 apps completely changed how I live with my ADHD

For years, I felt lost and overwhelmed living with ADHD. But after trying these 5 apps, I finally feel like I’m in control.
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Save money with the best free movie apps for iPhone and Android

Want to watch movies for free on your smartphone? We’ve got your back with this handpicked selection of great free movie apps for Android and iOS.
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The best 360-degree camera apps for iOS and Android

A 360-degree photo lets you observe a scene from a single point of view. We show you the best 360-degree camera apps for iOS and Android.
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Google says they’re finally optimizing Android tablet apps. Do you believe them?

At Google I/O this year, Google said they were working with developers and manufacturers to finally give Android apps the tablet-optimized versions they deserve. No more upscaled, wonky UI that leaves a ton of wasted space, blown up phone apps, or things that are just straight up broken and unpleasant to use on an Android […]

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[Guide] How to stop apps sharing data with Google on Android

Apps taking your data to push ads to you is a tale as old as time itself (or at least since the invention of the smartphone). However, with newer and more transparent pro-consumer policies as late, customers are now getting a say in reducing the ads pushed to them on their Android Smartphones. With this […]

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Apple seems to have embarked on new purge of neglected apps

Apple seems to have embarked on a new round of purging apps from its App Store, specifically those that have been left untouched by developers for a long time.
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Apps are turning people into snitches, experts say

A new smartphone app will allow members of the public to submit evidence of speeding drivers to police forces.
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Twitter will recommend third-party apps for preventing harassment

Twitter is turning to outside developers for help in preventing harassment on its platform. Under a new experiment, the company will recommend third-party moderation apps as an additional measure users can take on top of the app’s built-in tools,

With the update, which was first reported by TechCrunch, Twitter will surface recommendations for a series of third-party apps when a user blocks or mutes another person. For now, the apps include Block Party, a tool that allows people to automatically block accounts likely to be the source of harassment; Bodyguard, which can automatically moderate replies; and Moderate, which helps users manage their mentions.

These tools have already been available, but Twitter users previously had to seek out these services to get them set up. Now, the company will recommend them in its app and website alongside its own blocking and muting tools.

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As TechCrunch notes, the change is also the latest sign that Twitter is, once again, making inroads among third-party developers with whom it has sometimes had a tumultuous relationship. The moderation apps are just a handful of a broader set of third-party services Twitter is promoting as part of its revamped developer platform. Eventually, Twitter could recommend other specialized apps in various parts of its service, the company told TechCrunch, though it didn’t offer details.

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HBO Max exec admits to the app’s early flaws

Viewers have long complained about the early HBO Max app’s tendency to crash, and its lack of discoverability features. There have been a number of overhauls and fixes since then. Now we know why. Turns out that HBO Max launched its apps before they were ready in order to keep up with its competitors. The app was “never intended to go global” or to suit the needs of a direct-to-consumer market, according to an interview that Sarah Lyons, HBO Max’s head of product experience, gave Protocol. The network wanted to build an audience first, and then fix the app’s flaws as the service scaled up.

While Lyons admits that the early days of HBO Max were rocky, she thinks the company made the right decision. We’ve been changing out the engine of the plane while we’re flying the plane,” she said. “I do think it was the right decision to try to balance both,” said Lyons.

HBO Max first released its app in May 2020, to join an already saturated streaming ecosystem that included Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+ and others. At the time, both HBO Go (the network’s on-demand app for cable subscribers) and HBO Now (the standalone app for cord-cutters) were still available, a fact that confused many subscribers. The network has since retired both apps.

Viewers have flocked to Reddit since the app’s initial launch with complaints that spanned platforms and devices. “We’ve been trying to watch the Harry Potter movies and literally every 15 min or so we get an ERROR message and have to force close the app. Another time it froze completely. It’s absolute garbage. I don’t have this problem with any other app or streaming service,” wrote one user in a thread on the r/HBOMax subreddit from January 2021 entitled “Why does this app suck so hard?”

For many viewers long-accustomed to advanced recommendation algorithms on Netflix and other streaming platforms, it was hard to get used to HBO Max’s lack of discoverability features. Lyons admitted that HBO Max wasn’t built with discovery in mind, and the app tried to address this by putting every new show on the app’s home page. “You didn't have to go find anything, because whatever [show] you were looking for was going to be at the top of the home page,” said Lyons.

While Engadget’s early review of HBO Max detailed its flaws, we pointed out that it was still a “smart bet” for the company. Since then, the service has made many improvements, including a new Apple TV app and updates to its apps for Roku, Playstation, Android TV and others. But following a recent $ 43 billion merger with Discovery, the biggest change is yet to come. The plan is to merge both Discovery Plus and HBO Max into one unified platform.

HBO Max ended 2021 with 43.8 million subscribers, when combined with the network’s cable subscribers of HBO who also have access to the streaming service. It’ll soon absorb at least another 22 million subscribers from Discovery Plus. While there could be more bumps down the road, viewers can at least be assured that HBO Max has more experience under its belt now.

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The best free music apps for iOS and Android

We’ve looked everywhere and found the best music-listening and -creating apps in existence for Android and iOS, including Spotify, Apple Music, and GarageBand.
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The best grocery list apps for Android and iOS

Always forgetting something at the store? Keeping a digital grocery list on your phone helps you stay organized and on budget. These are our top picks.
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Which kids apps collect the most data?

Many kids use apps on a daily basis, but how much data are these apps really collecting — and which kids apps collect the most data? We find out.
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Samsung promises to stop throttling your apps with an upcoming update

We’ve seen manufacturers get caught out boosting performance on their phones for benchmarking apps but Samsung has taken a different path and been found to be throttling the performance of more than ten thousand apps on its phones, including the new Galaxy S22 series. Now that the cat is out of the bag, Samsung has […]

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Google Play Store removes info on apps’ most recent update

The Google Play Store has gotten rid of a popular feature, resulting in a fan outcry and confusion.
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Best free apps for parents for iOS and Android

Being a parent can be difficult, but there’s help out there. Here’s a list of the best free apps for parents to make life easier.
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NYC bill would ban grocery apps from promising 15-minute deliveries

Grocery apps in New York City might have to tone down promises of ultra-fast deliveries. The New York Postreports city Councilman Christopher Marte plans to introduce a bill that will ban these apps from advertising 15-minute delivery times. The estimates encourage couriers to violate traffic laws and put people at risk, Marte said.

The bill should be ready within the next few weeks. It would be part of a larger legislation bundle tackling grocery apps. Marte said he was pressing for bills that would provide more benefits and protections to delivery workers, but hasn't shared more details.

The potential law comes as competition for fast deliveries heats up in New York. Services like Gorillas, Fridge No More and Jokr already boast of 15-minute delivery times, and DoorDash is piloting a similarly quick service in Manhattan. In many cases, the services manage speedy deliveries by shopping within a small radius and using full-time employees instead of gig workers.

However, they also follow a small but growing string of e-bike accidents in NYC. At least 20 people died in collisions linked to e-bikes in 2020. The bill won't guarantee the safety of delivery workers, but it might reduce the chances that they'll gamble with their health to arrive on time.

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[Guide] How to Sideload apps (APK files) on your Android 12 Smartphone or Tablet

Android phones are capable of installing apps outside of the Google Play Store. These come in the form of Android Package (APK) files that contain an individual app and can be installed on your phone if not available on the Google Play Store. A popular example of this is in the form of Fortnite on […]

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Apps and services you should consider ditching in 2022

Is your smartphone filled with apps you never use? Is social media becoming a time-suck or making you feel bad about yourself? Maybe it’s time to say goodbye. 
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How to get Android apps on a Chromebook

Android support on Chromebooks opens up a lot of potential for new experiences. Here’s how to get apps working even if your Chromebook isn’t compatible.
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Download the best Android apps on your new smartphone

Did you pick a great deal on a new smartphone for Black Friday? Maybe there was a new one under the Christmas tree? Whatever the reason, you’re going to need the best Android apps for that new phone, and you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered up all the best Android apps from around the […]

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The 100 best Android apps (November 2021)

Finding all the best Android apps for your device can be a time-consuming task. We’ve rounded up our top 100 apps, with something for every occasion.
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Microsoft might bring resizable Android apps to Windows 10 from your phone

Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone, but lately we’ve seen a hard pivot into turning Android as the mobile companion to Windows 10. Every couple months it seems like we get a new feature teased that makes your smartphone and computer sync up a little bit better. Windows 10 Android apps The latest tease comes […]

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Samsung throws shade at Huawei – mocks its loss of access to Google apps

We all know about the troubles that Huawei has faced over the past 18 months or so, ever since it was placed on the Entity List by the US government and banned from working with Google and accessing the search giant’s apps and services. With further limitations on ordering its latest processors coming into effect […]

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Android 12 will make it easier to install apps from third-party stores

When Google releases Android 12 sometime next year, the company says it will make it easier for Android users to install new software through third-party app stores on their devices. Google said it's making the change in response to developer feedbac…
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Best StoryTime Apps for Kids in 2020

I think we can all agree that storytime with your kids provides great opportunities for bonding and fostering a love for literacy in your child’s life. What isn’t always a great time, however, is reading the same story countless times over. If you’re looking to put a fresh spin on storytelling, we recommend checking out […]

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China’s TikTok and WeChat apps face US ban thanks to Trump’s latest Executive Orders

As it so often does, the United States’ ongoing feud with China has kicked on a step with President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order that prohibits the US from doing business with TikTok, WeChat, and their owners. It’s a move that is guaranteed to ramp up the rhetoric between the two nations as they […]

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Reddit and LinkedIn will fix clipboard snooping in their iOS apps

The clipboard privacy feature in iOS 14 is prompting more major developers to tone down their apps’ nosy behavior. To start, Reddit told The Verge in a statement that it would fix code in its iOS app that copies clipboard data with virtually every ke…
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The Benefits of Android in Mobile Business Apps

In the modern business world, an online presence is absolutely essential. If you’re not visible online, you may as well not exist at all. Not long ago, enterprises of all kinds invested a great deal of time and effort into developing their websites and making sure they were reaching as many people as possible via […]

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Multiple antivirus apps are vulnerable to common security flaws

Some antivirus tools are more resilient than others, but it appears that many of them had weaknesses in common. Rack911 Labs has revealed (via ZDNet) that 28 well-known antivirus programs, including Microsoft Defender, McAfee Endpoint Security and Ma…
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Xbox Game Bar’s new widgets link to apps like XSplit

Last year Microsoft added a Spotify integration to its Xbox Game Bar on the PC, and now it will be able to offer far more third-party support. That’s because it has introduced a new Game Bar Widget Store, as well as an SDK for outside developers to p…
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OnePlus is testing forced dark mode for more apps in their latest OxygenOS beta

Dark mode is a big deal for Android users. It was a primary selling point with Android 10, and tons of apps and developers have been quickly trying to support that new native dark theme. But not all apps have taken advantage of Android’s native dark mode. Lots of apps are lagging behind, with some […]

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iOS 14 might let you scroll through apps in a list view

Apple appears to be working on a new homescreen option for iOS 14 that will allow users to view their apps in a list format. Leaked code, obtained by 9to5Mac, suggests that the list format will let users sort their apps with several filters.
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Huawei P40 phones set for a March 6th launch, still no Google apps in sight

Huawei is in for a crazy few months. A new rumor pegs the launch of their next P40 series of devices in the next couple weeks, but the phones still won’t have Google apps. However, Google has applied for an exception to the current ban that prevents them from doing business with Huawei, which might […]

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Would you be interested in a Windows 10 phone that could run Android apps?

Windows Phone is long gone, and even Microsoft’s attempts to get back into the smartphone game just run Android. But if you still like the idea of Windows as a mobile operating system, well, you’re not alone. Emperion is a smaller company that’s apparently worked with Microsoft to put Windows 10’s ARM version on a […]

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Huawei says it may ‘never’ return to using Google apps on its phones, even if the ban is lifted

In a recent post, I asked if Huawei is still relevant in the west considering that the US ban is still in effect but maybe the better question to ask would have been if Huawei would return to using Google’s apps and services if or when the ban is lifted. According to Huawei’s Product Manager […]

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Huawei’s Richard Yu confirms P40 Pro to launch in March next year without Google apps

It’s just a couple of months since Huawei launched the Mate 30 Pro in Munich, Germany, a phone that was pretty much universally accepted as being outstanding with a single, fatal flaw – the conspicuous lack of Google apps and services thanks to the ongoing US ban. In a show of resolve, or perhaps just […]

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Microsoft merges all of their mobile productivity apps into one Office hub

Microsoft has announced that they’ll be taking their existing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint applications on Android and iOS and merging them into a single Office app. Fortunately there’s no loss of functionality with this change, but it should make things a little more fluid on your phone and take up less space, too. Alongside this […]

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The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature is supported by these apps so far (Continuously updated)

One of the things you may have noticed with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is that Google has courageously omitted the fingerprint sensor from the handsets and gone all-in on Touch ID face unlock. This means that instead of just being used to log in on your phones’ lock screen, you’ll be able to […]

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Google celebrates Halloween by mocking those that pine for its dead apps

It’s almost a certainty that you’ve experienced the misery of one of your favorite apps being sent off to the great developer in the sky, or reincarnated in some instances, and there’s a pretty good chance that Google took the role of being the great reaper in the scenario. To celebrate Halloween, Google’s Seattle team […]

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Malware uses web apps to turn PCs into conduits for attacks

It's not just botnets that can hijack PCs for nefarious ends. Microsoft and Cisco's Talos researchers have identified a new malware strain, Nodersok (or Divergent), that uses web apps to turn systems into proxies for malicious internet traffic. The…
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Huawei’s Richard Yu says that Google apps could roll out to Mate 30 Pro overnight once the US ban is lifted

Huawei launched the new Mate 30 Pro in Munich yesterday without Google apps and services installed out of the box thanks to the company getting caught in the trade war between the US and China. It’s a great shame that consumers outside of the US are beginning to feel the impact of the trade dispute, […]

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How to uninstall and remove apps from your Android device

Apps make the smartphone world go ’round, and there are tons and tons to pick from. But like anything else, you don’t want to keep all of those apps forever. Maybe your phone is low on storage, or you’ve canceled a subscription and want to do a little cleaning on your device. Whatever the reason […]

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Google pulls 85 Android apps with particularly obnoxious adware

Google has removed 85 apps from the Google Play store after security researchers at Trend Micro found a particularly annoying adware scheme hiding inside.The adware, called AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH, was embedded in fully functioning photography and gam…
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[TA Deals] Build over 15 apps with the complete Flutter app developer bootcamp course (94% off)

If you’re looking for a way to kickstart your development career, Google’s own Flutter is a solid choice. It’s a flexible programming language that can be used to build fast Android and iOS apps, completely from scratch and with previous programming experience. And to help you get started, we’re offering a bootcamp course that will […]

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Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook's apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn't left…
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Android Q will heavily limit apps’ ability to scan for WiFi networks

With Android Pie, Google instituted a more heavy-handed approach to how apps can scan for WiFi networks. That irked some developers in some very legitimate use cases, since the limit effectively broke how some apps worked if they relied on multiple WiFi scans. Google isn’t backing down from that, either. Those WiFi scanning limits are […]

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Google opens Android infotainment system to third-party media apps

Now that Google has a full-fledged car infotainment platform in Android Automotive, it's opening the door to apps built for that platform. As of Google I/O, developers will have the power to create media apps for Android Automotive-equipped cars lik…
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Android’s new FIDO2 certification means easier, password-free logins for more apps and sites

New security certification means you’ll soon be able to use your fingerprint or security hardware key to log in across apps and websites for all phones running Android Nougat and up. FIDO2 is a relatively new security protocol being adopted across the application and website security industries which allows the linking of a device’s hardware […]

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