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The one free iPhone and Android app you need to use if you care at all about privacy

The one free iPhone and Android app you need to use if you care at all about privacy

By on December 22, 2015 at 12:57 PM.

If you’re a somewhat savvy Internet user, you surely know by now that a good VPN service is absolutely essential to ensuring that your privacy is guarded while you surf. A VPN solution, or virtual private network, funnels your Internet traffic through an intermediary server and hides your real IP address from the sites and services you use online. This means that you remain anonymous to websites, services and perhaps most importantly, advertisers, so that they cannot track your browsing habits to build profiles and serve you targeted ads.

There are plenty of VPN services out there that are worth paying for, but some people simply won’t cough up the cash no matter how much they value their privacy. Well lucky for them, there’s a terrific free unlimited VPN option out there that will safeguard you without costing an arm and a leg. More →

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iPhone Vs. Android Nexus 5X Impressions

What a longtime iPhone user thinks of Android after three weeks with the Nexus 5X

By on December 21, 2015 at 10:55 AM.

What a longtime iPhone user thinks of Android after three weeks with the Nexus 5X

Earlier this month, I wrote about a longtime iPhone user who was converted to Android by the “magic” of the new Nexus 5X. Now another longtime iPhone user who has been playing with the Nexus 5X has taken to Reddit to post their overall impressions of not only the device but Android itself. While the user wasn’t as immediately taken with the device as the previous iPhone user was, they nonetheless found a lot to like with Android that they couldn’t find on iOS. More →

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iPhone 7 8 OLED Android

Apple’s rumored display shift could push even more Android vendors to switch to OLED

By on December 18, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Apple’s rumored display shift could push even more Android vendors to switch to OLED

More and more reports indicate that Apple is looking to equip future iPhones with a new kind of display. According to multiple reports, Apple is going to use OLED screens starting with the high-end 2018 iPhone 8 models, and the company is reportedly in negotiations with the major OLED screen providers who also happen to be some of its top rivals in the smartphone business. On top of that, Apple is also working on its own screen technology at a secret lab in Taiwan, studying flexible displays and micro-LED technology.

A new report out of Asia further reinforces the idea that Apple is determined to switch from LCD to OLED screens in future iPhones, suggesting that Apple’s efforts will also have a welcome side effect. Other smartphones, including Android handsets, might become better than ever as well starting next year.

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iOS Vs. Android App Developers

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

By on December 18, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

App developers give brutally honest answers about why they pick iOS over Android

Much to Android users’ collective chagrin, many top mobile apps seem to come to iOS before they come to Android. We’ve written a lot about the reasons for this in the past but now The Next Web has given five popular mobile app developers a platform where they can anonymously spout off on the real reasons they’re going with iOS over Android first, without any fear of offending Google. Some of their answers are brutally honest and are worth highlighting, even though I personally think many of them are overly harsh. Let’s go through the highlights below. More →

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Respond to Text Messages Hands-Free

How to respond to text messages without touching your iPhone or Android phone

By on December 15, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

How to respond to text messages without touching your iPhone or Android phone

Whether you’re driving a car, washing the dishes or simply too lazy to pick up your phone and type, there are times when you’d prefer to listen and respond to a text message with your voice rather than your hands. More →

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Top Android Apps Battery Life Storage Data

These are the Android apps that kill your battery and use up all your data

By on December 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM.

These are the Android apps that kill your battery and use up all your data

Whether you’re a seasoned Android user or you’ve just purchased your first smartphone, it’s very likely you have quite a few apps installed on your device including popular messaging apps, games, entertainment and shopping apps. But no matter how popular some of these apps might be, many of them are huge drains on your battery, storage and/or data. AVG has put together a few handy lists of the biggest culprits when it comes to draining your resources. More →

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Android Vs iOS Adoption

Nearly 72% of Android users are using an OS that’s more than 2 years old

By on December 9, 2015 at 8:40 PM.

Nearly 72% of Android users are using an OS that’s more than 2 years old

Though more recent versions of Android have made tremendous strides in catching up to, and in some eyes surpassing, iOS in terms of overall usability, most Android users today are still unable to enjoy the latest and greatest features available on Google’s mobile platform.

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iPhone Android Texting Etiquette

Don’t commit these subliminal text messaging faux pas

By on December 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Don’t commit these subliminal text messaging faux pas

Your text messages might have hidden meanings whether you know it or not. For instance, a new study claims that ending your text messages with a period can appear as heartless, even if you’re just trying to use proper punctuation. Who uses punctuations anymore in text messages? Isn’t there an emoji for that? More →

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Google Android Apps Phone Contacts

Google seems more determined than ever to take control of Android

By on December 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM.

Google seems more determined than ever to take control of Android

The open-source nature of Google’s Android is both a curse and a blessing. Google conquered the post-PC world by making sure its mobile OS is the dominant platform in the smartphone business. Over 1.4 billion smartphone users have an Android device that can be used to browse the web and bring in some ad-based cash to Google – though many reports still say that iPhone owners are even more profitable for Google when it comes to ad money.

However, Google grabbed the lion’s share of the smartphone market by giving Android away. That means it lost the ability to control its mobile platform.

But Google has other ways of trying to take back control of Android that don’t involve pressuring OEMs and carriers to launch updates in a more timely fashion. More →

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Google Maps Holiday Traveling Tips

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

By on December 4, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Traveling this Christmas? Remember these essential Google Maps tricks

Regardless of whether you’re going home this Christmas or whether you’re planning an exotic getaway, the Google Maps app shouldn’t be missing from your iPhone or Android smartphone. The app is now even more useful than ever, as Google added various handy features over the past few months. More →

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Google Android Best Apps 2015

Google’s picks for 2015’s best Android apps

By on December 4, 2015 at 11:02 AM.

Google’s picks for 2015’s best Android apps

Looking for a great new game or app to try on your Android phone or tablet? If so, you should check out Google’s official list of 2015’s best apps and games that include educational apps, video streaming apps and, yes, a game for managing a post-apocalyptic fallout shelter. Let’s check out some of their picks below.

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New Android Emoji

A bunch of great new emoji hit Android next week, but you can’t have them

By on December 3, 2015 at 9:12 AM.

A bunch of great new emoji hit Android next week, but you can’t have them

Emoji may have been popularized in the United States by iPhone users, but Android fans have wholeheartedly embraced the trend. People young and old use these expressive little graphics to communicate, because sometimes a dancing girl emoji is worth a thousand words. Well, if you’re an Android user, we have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that a whole bunch of new emoji are set to hit the Android platform beginning next week. The bad news is you won’t be able to use any of them. More →

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