Google Maps

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

The latest new Google Maps feature might seem annoying, but it’s actually terrific

By about 12 mins ago.

Advertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences. More →

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iOS 8 and Yosemite Release Date

Why it makes sense for iOS 8 and Yosemite to launch separately

Why it makes sense for iOS 8 and Yosemite to launch separately

By about 38 mins ago.

Apple’s new operating systems for mobile devices and computers will not launch simultaneously, 9to5Mac has learned from sources familiar with the matter, but that’s not necessarily surprising, even though iOS and OS X will be tied together more than ever once iOS 8 and Yosemite are released. More →

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Hit List

Apple's iOS Backdoor Features

Apple denies intentionally compromising iOS security, explains ‘backdoor’ features

Apple denies intentionally compromising iOS security, explains ‘backdoor’ features

By about 1 hour ago.

Following an extensive security report from an iOS forensic and security expert that questioned some of Apple’s iOS tools when it comes to the user’s security and privacy (see his questions in the image above), Apple has taken another step to address “backdoor” concerns on top of stating that it’s not working with anyone to include backdoors in any of its products. More →

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How To Buy OnePlus One

This is your best chance yet to get your hands on a OnePlus One… but you’d better hurry

This is your best chance yet to get your hands on a OnePlus One… but you’d better hurry

By about 2 hours ago.

Among Android enthusiasts, the OnePlus One is easily the most desirable new smartphone of 2014 so far. It doesn’t have the 2K display from LG’s G3, the gorgeous metal build from the HTC One (M8) or the massive marketing budget backing Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but it’s a cutting edge smartphone powered by the highly hackable CyanogenMod software. What’s more, it’s shockingly affordable.

The only problem, of course, is that it’s still almost impossible to buy one. But thankfully, OnePlus just gave hopeful prospective One owners their best chance yet to get their hands on one. More →

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Game Changers

Moto X Unlock Digital Tattoos

Motorola now wants you to buy temporary digital tattoos to unlock your Moto X

Motorola now wants you to buy temporary digital tattoos to unlock your Moto X

By about 3 hours ago.

Remember the Motorola Skip? A tiny wearable smartphone accessory that can help you quickly unlock the Moto X and other 2013 Moto Droid handsets? Well, Motorola has devised a similar version of the Skip, but this time around it goes on your skin rather than on a piece of clothing. The company has partnered with VivaLnk, and started selling a temporary Digital Tattoo that can be worn on the user’s skin to quickly unlock the Moto X. More →

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iOS 8 Beta 4 Features: EU Internet

iOS 8 beta 4 comes with special roaming setting for Europe

iOS 8 beta 4 comes with special roaming setting for Europe

By about 10 hours ago.

Among the new features added to iOS 8 beta 4, Apple’s latest iOS 8 pre-release version that was released to developers on Monday, there’s nifty a new setting ready to handle roaming in the European Union, Cult of Mac reports. More →

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Watch Dogs Graphics Mods

This free mod makes Watch Dogs look more gorgeous than ever before

This free mod makes Watch Dogs look more gorgeous than ever before

By about 12 hours ago.

Watch Dogs is one of the best games of the year and a decent showcase title for the new generation consoles, but it still doesn’t stand up to the seemingly professionally doctored demo from E3 2012. What we saw two years ago was a game that looked more stunning than just about anything else on the market — the reality wasn’t quite as impressive. Now, just two months after the game’s release, PC modder Federico Rojas (aka TheWorst) has released the final version of his graphics mod for Watch Dogs on the PC, bringing the retail release up to speed with the pipe dream from the original demo. More →

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Netflix Release Date for Germany, France, Austria

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

By on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

It’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. More →

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T-Mobile Smartphone Unlock App

Here’s how T-Mobile might make phone unlocking easier than any other carrier

Here’s how T-Mobile might make phone unlocking easier than any other carrier

By on July 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM.

T-Mobile is reportedly working on a new application that could make phone unlocking a walk in the park, TmoNews reveals, and it could be sold as another advantage for the mobile operator, which is already making plenty of waves in the business. More →

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Anti-Piracy Laws for Illegal Downloads

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

The British government has apparently decriminalized online piracy, VG247 reports, and pirates who download illegal copies of movies, music and games will no longer be punished, as the U.K. has figured out its actions against pirates were not working anyway. More →

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Privacy Badger Plugin

The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you

The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you

By on July 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM.

Things have gotten to the point where many Internet users are starting to assume that almost every website on the Net is spying on them or tracking them in some way. And the sad reality is in most cases, they’re correct — nearly all websites people might visit contain some code that is intended to monitor, track or even “spy” on users. So for the privacy conscious among us, is there anything we can do to stop the madness?

The answer, of course, is yes. More →

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Comcast Customer Care Cancellation

This is how Comcast explains its awful customer care

This is how Comcast explains its awful customer care

By on July 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

A call to Comcast’s customer service last week went viral, as a customer who also happens to be a well-known tech blogger recorded the call with a Comcast employee, who tried to do everything humanly possible to prevent a service cancellation. Comcast is apparently very sorry about the incident, and the company published a memo in The Consumerist, where the company’s COO Dave Watson tried to explain the company’s side of the story. More →

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iPhone 6 Parts Leak

This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far

This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far

By on July 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM.

We’re more certain than ever that the iPhone 6 is less than two months from release, which means the leaks will likely continue unabated until Apple finally takes the stage this fall. On Tuesday, Apple.club.tw dropped one of the most substantial leaks we’ve seen so far, including images of the Lightning flex cable, headphone parts and the endlessly leaked rear shell for the iPhone 6 body. More →

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