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Meet your new digital butler

Meet your new digital butler

By on January 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM.

Ali Ahmed’s newly launched on-demand shopping and delivery app Dispatch is riding the wave of a trend that should continue to pick up steam in 2016.

Call it the rise of the digital butler, in the form of smartphone apps and assistive services like Dispatch, Tapingo, Operator, Facebook M, Amazon Echo and others, all built around a core notion of taking errands off your hands. More →

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Android Vs iPhone

New study shines light on one of the iPhone’s biggest advantages over Android

New study shines light on one of the iPhone’s biggest advantages over Android

By on January 15, 2016 at 9:45 AM.

We hate to kick a dead horse but unfortunately, Android fragmentation is an issue that continues to rear its ugly head. Time and time again we see problems arise that call Google’s Android strategy into question, and fragmentation has to be at the top of the list for consumers. Because of the nature of Google’s mobile software, new versions don’t typically reach end users for several months or even several years after release. Why? Because updates have to be tweaked and thoroughly tested by device vendors and then again by wireless carriers before they reach end user handsets.

This means that the latest and greatest features Android has to offer won’t even reach users with brand new flagship smartphones for two, four, even six months or more after release. And now, a new study once again reminds us that this is a big pain point for consumers. More →

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Android Google 10 Tips And Tricks

Google’s 10 essential tips for Android newbies

By on January 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM.

Google’s 10 essential tips for Android newbies

Are you new to the Android platform? If so, Google has some essential tips to share with you. Google has posted its top 10 tips for getting the most out of your new Android phone and they predictably include installing and using a lot of different Google apps. And honestly, it’s hard to argue with them — Google’s mobile app ecosystem is really awesome and useful, even though some users might not be comfortable with all the information that they’re handing over to the company on a regular basis.

At any rate, here are Google’s 10 tips for Android newbies.

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Google Maps Driving Mode

Google Maps will predict your destination before you even ask for directions

By on January 13, 2016 at 7:30 AM.

Google Maps will predict your destination before you even ask for directions

Arguably one of the best products Google made, Google Maps is only getting better with each update. And Google plans to make it even smarter in the near future. A new update for Android brings over one such clever feature, a Driving Mode that will try to predict where you want to drive to next before you ask for any directions. More →

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Remix OS Android PC Download

The software that turns any computer into an Android PC is now available for download

By on January 12, 2016 at 2:17 PM.

The software that turns any computer into an Android PC is now available for download

Remix OS isn’t something most people are familiar with right now, but we’ve talked about this Android initiative a few times already. The new software offers users a Windows-like Android experience on traditional computers. Jide, the creators of this Android fork, have come up with dedicated hardware for it in recent months, but last week they announced that the software will soon be available to install on any computer out there.

Well, get your affairs in order, as Remix OS is now available to download and run on any computer you like. More →

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iPhone Move Android App

Hate iPhone? Apple might help you ‘Move to Android’

By on January 11, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Hate iPhone? Apple might help you ‘Move to Android’

Apple introduced last September a Move to iOS application to help Android users quickly switch to iPhone. The app ports contacts, photos and other personal documents from an Android device to an iPhone, and it has been quite popular, having more than one million installs according to Google’s Play Store statistics. But a new report says the company is working on a similar tool that would help iPhone users move their data to Android if they so desire. More →

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Android Windows PC Mac Remix OS

How to run Android on any computer, just like Windows

By on January 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

How to run Android on any computer, just like Windows

Say you need to run Android apps on an actual computer, be it a laptop or a desktop. What do you do? One option starting this week will be to download Remix OS and run it free of charge on whatever PC you might have around the house. We’ve talked about the operating system in the past. Remix OS is an Android fork that brings over a Windows-like Android experience. Jide, the company founded by former Googlers, manufactured special hardware for Remix OS, but it has decided to make the operating system available free of charge for anyone looking to run Android on their computer. More →

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7 terrific Android apps you won’t find on any iPhone

7 terrific Android apps you won’t find on any iPhone

By on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

Yes, I know: Most mobile developers tend to make apps for iOS first and then bring them to Android. However, there are also a lot of terrific Android apps out there that are, to the best of my knowledge, exclusive to the platform and can’t be found on Apple’s App Store. Inspired by this video from HowToMen on their picks for the top 20 Android apps to use in 2016, I’ve picked out seven terrific Android apps that you won’t find on any iPhone. Let’s check them out!

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Facebook Android App

Facebook needs to stop treating its users like pawns in creepy psych experiments

By on January 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM.

Facebook needs to stop treating its users like pawns in creepy psych experiments

Facebook certainly likes to tinker. You might even say it’s in the company’s DNA. And with over 1 billion registered users across the globe, Facebook is in a unique position to run all sorts of testing at a scale that most other companies could only dream of. Unfortunately, most of the stories we’ve seen about such testing suggests that Facebook is more prone to abusing its power than using it for productive purposes.

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BlackBerry Only Releasing Android 2016

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

By on January 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM.

It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10

We all knew this day would come but now it seems it’s finally here. Per Engadget, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said at CES 2016 this week that his company is going to release at least one new Android phone in 2016 while also saying that it doesn’t plan to release any phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system this year. Chen did say he would still like to release a BlackBerry 10-based handset in the future but he wouldn’t commit to anything — rather, he’s waiting to see whether the company’s Android phones can make its smartphone hardware business profitable again. More →

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Google Designer iPhone UI Criticism

Android design chief says iPhone software can feel ‘heavy and burdensome’

By on December 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

Android design chief says iPhone software can feel ‘heavy and burdensome’

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone about eight years ago, he said that it was a leapfrog product that was 5 years ahead of the competition. With the benefit of hindsight, Jobs’ prediction was remarkably prescient. Indeed, it only took a few years for competing Android handsets to make up a lot of ground and deliver an arguably comparable user experience to the iPhone.

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iOS Vs Android

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

By on December 29, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Apple dominates holiday shopping season; iOS accounted for 49% of new device activations

Shares of Apple may be slumping, but the company’s products continue to resonate with consumers in impressive fashion. During the Christmas holiday shopping period, measured from December 19th through December 25th, iOS devices accounted for nearly 50% of all new device activations, according to data recently released from the analytics firm Flurry.

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