Kickstarter Pivot App for iOS and Android

Meet Pivot, the amazing app that offers location-based ‘tunnels’ to the past

By on March 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Meet Pivot, the amazing app that offers location-based ‘tunnels’ to the past

What if you could instantly pick up your phone to learn more details about a certain historical landmark or your location and then get visual cues about how that particular place changed over time? That’s what a new application called Pivot looks to offer smartphone users: A way of traveling back in time and staying connected to the history of a certain place, as long as there are available pictures of that place to tell its story. More →

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Android Apps Install Malware

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

By on March 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on.

New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports.

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Google Maps Directions

Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of

By on March 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM.

Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of

Google Maps for Android and Google Maps for the iPhone may never have true feature parity. This is due in part to the limitations Apple puts in place on third-party application developers, but Google also seems to reserve some features and design elements solely for users of its own mobile platform.

One such feature was just added to Google Maps on Wednesday evening, and iPhone users should definitely be jealous. More →

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Smartphone App Location Data

Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you

By on March 25, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you

A new study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that smartphone applications collect location-related data a lot more than you think. And as Wired reports, and it’s not always clear what happens with that data and whether it’s safely used by the parties it’s shared with. More →

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Material Design Apps

This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find

This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find

By on March 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

There is plenty to like in Google’s latest major Android release, Lollipop. It’s faster, lighter and more battery efficient than ever before. The biggest in-your-face change found in Android 5.0 was the new look of the operating system, which Google calls “Material Design.”

Material Design brings a sleek and sophisticated look to Android, modernizing the user interface and unifying it at the same time. Developers are still hard at work updating their apps to conform to the principles of Material Design, so it’s still a bit difficult to find the best new apps.

At least, it was difficult until now. More →

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Android Vs Cyanogen

Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control

Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control

By on March 24, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Ahhhhh! Save yourselves! Google is evil! We hear it time and time again; people erupting with concern over Google’s “evil” policies that play it fast and loose with our privacy. And who complains about Google and its evil policies more frequently and much louder than anyone else? Why, it’s Google’s competitors, of course.

Case in point: A new blog post published by one of Cyanogen’s investors on Monday. More →

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Indiegogo WonderCube for iPhone and Android

This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need

By on March 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need

No matter what platform you use, you probably still have some major complaints about your smartphone, with battery life and storage being the most prominent ones. However, there’s one tiny device called WonderCube that’s trying to fix your phone’s battery and memory problems while also helping out with other things while you’re on the go. More →

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Microsoft Android Apps Samsung Dell

The latest move in Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

By on March 23, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

The latest move in Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

With Windows Phone still stuck in neutral, Microsoft has come up with some extremely clever ways to make its mark on Android, including most recently a way for Android users to install a Windows 10-based ROM onto Android devices that essentially would take them over and offer Windows-based software offerings such as Cortana, Office and Skype. Microsoft on Monday made another announcement that could go a long way toward boosting its presence on Android by signing deals with OEMs such as Samsung and Dell to preload Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype onto their Android-based devices. More →

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Facebook Privacy: Private Photos

Facebook fixed a bug that gave apps access to your private photos

By on March 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Facebook fixed a bug that gave apps access to your private photos

A security researcher recently discovered certain iOS and Android apps were able to see your private Facebook photos without your knowledge. Upon being informed about the matter, Facebook only needed 30 minutes to patch the security issue, although the company’s troubles may be far from over. More →

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Google Maps Android Download

Google Maps for Android is getting updated – download it here before it’s released

By on March 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM.

Google Maps for Android is getting updated – download it here before it’s released

Google just released Google Maps updates for both iOS and Android this past Wednesday. In the case of the iPhone app, there are some great new features that we took a closer look at in a recent post. Unfortunately, the update to the Android version of Google Maps wasn’t quite as exciting, with the only changes for Google Maps v9.5.1 listed as bug fixes and “tap the blue dot to get quick info on your current location.”

But don’t despair, Android users, because there’s already a newer version of Google Maps on the way that should be pushed out by Google soon — and you can already download it right now ahead of its official release. More →

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Best Android Apps

5 innovative Android apps you should check out right now

By on March 19, 2015 at 1:26 PM.

5 innovative Android apps you should check out right now

Just about every time the tiresome Android vs. iOS debate rears its ugly head on the Internet, the argument is made that Android is better because developers have the freedom to do practically whatever they want. While there is definitely some truth to the notion that Android apps have capabilities iOS apps do not, it obviously doesn’t make Google’s mobile platform inherently better than Apple’s.

However, it does mean that there are some terrific and innovative Android apps with capabilities that iPhone and iPad uses may never get to enjoy. More →

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Best Free Android Apps

Download over $100 worth of paid Android apps for free right now from Amazon

Download over $100 worth of paid Android apps for free right now from Amazon

By on March 19, 2015 at 10:44 AM.

If there’s a better way for Amazon to celebrate its Android app store’s birthday than by offering a bunch of solid paid apps for free, we don’t know what it is. Beginning immediately and likely ending at some point in the near future, Amazon is offering a huge sale on paid Android apps. There are 34 apps in total, and they would normally combine to cost more than $100.

For a limited time, however, you can get each and every one for free. More →

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