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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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Beats Music Review

A fantastic in-depth review of Beats Music​

By on May 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM.

A fantastic in-depth review of Beats Music​

Apple is buying Beats Electronics. Maybe. Some day. News of the deal broke nearly two weeks ago and at that time, an announcement was supposedly imminent. Then a video of Dr. Dre’s drunken celebration seemingly confirmed the news alongside additional reports from several big papers. But Apple and Beats have yet to make any announcement. More →

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Apple iCloud Vs. Google Vs. Microsoft

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

By on May 13, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

How Apple blew its shot to rule the cloud

Although “Apple is doomed” stories are overblown and ridiculous, that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas where Apple has significantly fallen behind the competition. One of these areas is in the realm of online services, where Apple has failed to develop anything close in scope or quality to Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s Google Maps. More →

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Gmail Help Tips Tricks

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

By on May 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

7 tips to help you optimize and organize your Gmail

For many email users, Gmail seemed like a gift from the heavens when it first debuted in April 2004. Compared to other popular email services at the time it was unique, simple and free, and it offered far more storage than any rival service. Fast-forward to 2014 and Gmail is still one of the top email services in the world, but it has also gotten far more complex. Gmail was all about making people’s lives easier in 2004 but now, 10 years later, it’s a feature-packed service with so many great value-adds that it’s easy to miss things in all of that clutter.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great guides out there to help you optimize and organize Gmail so you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of Google’s great free email service. More →

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