Google Maps Downloads 1 Billion

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

By on June 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Google Maps becomes Google’s second 1 billion-download hit

When we saw that Gmail last month became the first Android app to reach 1 billion downloads, we just knew Google Maps couldn’t be that far behind. And sure enough, Android Police points out that Google Maps has recently crossed the 1 billion download threshold, making it the second Android app in history to reach this milestone. Of course, like Gmail, Google Maps comes preinstalled on most Android phones, so it shouldn’t surprise us that it reached 1 billion downloads at around the same time as Gmail. Nonetheless, it’s an extremely impressive milestone for both apps and a reminder of just how much Google’s apps and services have been conquering the world, even among people who don’t like using Android as their primary platform.

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Spotify Vs Beats

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

By on June 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

Amazon quietly took the wraps off of its new streaming music service earlier this week, and the reception thus far has been mixed. Some see Prime Music as a nice value-add for Amazon Prime users who now have yet another unlimited digital service to enjoy for their annual $99 subscription. Others see it as a half-baked product that doesn’t compete at all with established leaders in the market. Wherever you stand on the matter, the launch of Amazon’s new streaming music service marks a terrific time to revisit all of the top options out there and see how they stack up. More →

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Google Now Cards

We didn’t think it was possible, but Google Now just got even smarter

By on June 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

We didn’t think it was possible, but Google Now just got even smarter

We have said it numerous times before and now we’ll say it again: Google Now is easily one of the best things to happen to mobile devices in the past few years. The service unburdens us by doing much of the thinking for us when it comes to the various events of each day.

What will the weather be like? What time should I leave for my meeting? Is my flight on time? When is the Keyboard Cat t-shirt I ordered finally going to arrive in the mail? These are all questions that Google Now answers before we even ask them — and now, Google’s eerily brilliant virtual assistant service is getting even smarter. More →

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Free email unsubscribe service: Unroll and Unsubscriber

Email overload got you down? Here are two simple tools to help you out

By on June 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Email overload got you down? Here are two simple tools to help you out

Most people have an email problem and we all struggle with overflowing inboxes. Various solutions have sprung up, from inbox zero to apps like Mailbox and Triage that help you quickly sift through your email. But the problem will persist as long as we keep receiving so many emails each day. So what can you do? Get to the source of the problem and unsubscribe from all those unwanted newsletters you receive using one of two services that were recently recommended by Wired.

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Amazon Prime Music

Amazon launches lackluster streaming music service ahead of smartphone debut

By on June 12, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Amazon launches lackluster streaming music service ahead of smartphone debut

If 3D effects and tilt controls weren’t enough to sell you on Amazon’s upcoming smartphone, perhaps a halfhearted streaming music service will do the trick. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, Amazon quietly launched Prime Music, a streaming service that has been tumbling around the rumor mill for more than a year. Prime Music is a free add-on for Amazon Prime subscribers, though the recent Prime price increase likely had something to do with its imminent arrival. More →

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Amazon Prime Vs. Spotify

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

By on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

Remember when some of us thought that Apple’s iTunes Radio might be a significant competitor with Pandora when it was announced last year? Well, we were definitely laughably wrong about that but we do feel confident in saying that Amazon’s new music streaming service won’t pose much of a threat to Spotify. The New York Times reports that Amazon’s new music streaming service will launch as soon as next week but it won’t feature any new releases and it won’t have any albums from the Universal Music Group, which just happens to be the world’s largest music company. More →

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Google Now Best New Features

Two terrific new features make Google Now more useful than ever

By on June 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Two terrific new features make Google Now more useful than ever

What’s terrific about Google Now is that Google is constantly tinkering with it and adding new features that make it even more useful in subtle but important ways. Two new features that Google has recently added will now make scheduling calls and riding public transportation more convenient than before. More →

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Apple Maps WWDC iOS 8

Apple Maps is still too much of a mess to even get mentioned at WWDC

By on June 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Apple Maps is still too much of a mess to even get mentioned at WWDC

If you were hoping that Apple would announce big improvements to its Maps application on iOS 8 last week, you came away sorely disappointed since Apple barely bothered to mention the oft ridiculed mapping application at all. Now TechCrunch’s sources inform us that there was a reason for that: Apple Maps is apparently still too much of a mess to even warrant a mention at Apple’s big developers conference. More →

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Google Now Voice Command List

Here’s a comprehensive list of every Google Now voice command you need to know

By on June 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Here’s a comprehensive list of every Google Now voice command you need to know

Google Now is easily one of the coolest things about Android but do you know how to take full advantage of it? The team at Phandroid have put together a comprehensive list of all the voice commands that you need to know to get all the information that you need from Google Now, including basic functions such as snapping a picture, going to a website, checking voicemail or opening email, along with more complicated tasks such as giving you translations for English phrases into different languages and converting English measurements to the metric system. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Protected Leaked Video

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

By on May 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Leaked video shows us the most secure version of BBM ever created

Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced plans to release a new messaging service called BBM Protected that the company billed as an even more secure version of its popular messaging app. CrackBerry draws our attention to a new set of videos that it’s posted on YouTube showing a live demonstration of BBM Protected that gives us an idea of how it will deliver even better security than standard BBM. One of the ways that BBM Protected will keep your messages more secure is by encrypting every individual message you send and receive with a random key, which means that even if one of your messages gets compromised somehow, the hacker still won’t be able to access all of them because they’ll have different keys. Be sure to check out both videos showing off BBM Protected below. More →

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Heartbleed Password Change Required

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

By on May 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords

Heartbleed, the massive security threat that has recently affected millions of websites, was patched by most large Internet companies and by many site owners, but regular Internet users failed to grasp the significance of the threat, a new Avast study revealed. Furthermore, less than half of those people who knew about Heartbleed failed to take any action once sites fixed the problem. More →

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Fix iMessage

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:37 PM.

How to avoid the annoying SMS bug plaguing people who switch from iPhone to Android

Thanks to an ongoing issue with the way Apple built its iMessage platform, users who switch away from an iPhone to an Android phone or any other cell phone are faced with a huge problem: once they bail on the iPhone, they often can’t receive text messages from contacts who are still using iPhones. This is because Apple’s system still sees them as iMessage users, and it tries to deliver messages sent using Apple’s Messages app as iMessages. To make matters even worse, the iPhone users who send those messages see their status as “delivered” even though they are not being received.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this annoying bug if you’re planning to make the switch from iOS to another platform. More →

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