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Netflix’s new offline download feature has one massive drawback

November 30th at 11:53 AM

Netflix’s new offline download feature has one massive drawback

Netflix answered the streaming world’s prayers today by adding the ability to download movies and shows locally on your device, allowing you to watch them later without using data. It’s a fantastic feature and it works quite well in the short time I’ve been testing it, but I’ve also stumbled across a serious oversight.

This isn’t a deal-breaker, but if you’re a Chromecast or AirPlay user, it’s going to definitely frustrate you: Netflix has configured its app to make locally saved content unplayable via AirPlay or Chromecast, preventing downloaded movies and tv shows from being watched on anything other than the device on which they were downloaded.

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Yahoo Answers App

Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not

November 30th at 9:18 AM

Yahoo launches standalone Yahoo Answers app so we can decide if God is real or not

Yahoo Answers is one of the internet’s greatest punchlines, but the fact remains that the long-running platform is still a popular destination for people with questions to ask. Now, Yahoo is turning its Q&A site into a standalone iOS app dedicated to asking, answering, and browsing the massive database of questions.

The app is called Yahoo Answers Now, and it’s currently in an invite-only beta, though you can freely download the app and request an invitation be sent to your email from within it. TechCrunch reports that the app has actually been in testing for several months, but was listed under the name “Yahoo Hive,” before officially changing to its new moniker.

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thanksgiving apps

The best apps for ignoring your family on Thanksgiving

November 23rd at 4:21 PM

The best apps for ignoring your family on Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and awkward conversations with relatives — it’s not even Thanksgiving day yet and I’m already over it. You probably are, too, which means you’re going to spend a decent chunk of your Thursday staring mindlessly at your smartphone in the hopes that it can entertain you while NFL teams you don’t care about knock each other silly on the living room TV.

For your own sanity, it’s probably a good idea to get your go-to “Is the turkey done yet?” app lineup ready.  More →

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Apple Watch Health Tracking

Report: Apple is building more fitness apps for the Apple Watch

September 26th at 2:47 PM

Report: Apple is building more fitness apps for the Apple Watch

Apple has big plans for the Apple Watch and the tiny sensors embedded within. We’ve known that ever since a team of doctors took center stage to introduce Apple Watch software, but a new report sheds a little more detail on what Apple’s plans look like.

According to a report in Bloomberg (although not from famous Apple sage Mark Gurman), Apple is working on at least two standalone apps for the Apple Watch, with the aim being to turn the Watch and associated HealthKit platform “into a tool that improves diagnoses.” It’s a long way from facilitating Candy Crush, that’s for sure.

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iOS 10 RAW photos

iOS 10’s new RAW photos could kill your storage

September 13th at 6:20 PM

iOS 10’s new RAW photos could kill your storage

iOS 10 is here, and it’s bringing a bunch of new features along for the ride. The biggest improvement for photographers is the ability to take RAW photos, which lets you save all the data from your camera sensor in an uncompressed format.

It’s great if you want to do serious editing to your photos after the fact, but it has one major caveat: if you shoot RAW, your iPhone is going to fill up fast. Really fast.

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Best Apps July 2016

All the best new iOS and Android apps you need to download

July 30th at 12:00 PM

All the best new iOS and Android apps you need to download

It’s the end of July 2016. It’s too hot to go outside because our planet is melting, a reality TV star is statistically likely to become the most powerful man in the world, and your best friend has become a zombie slave to a Pokemon game.

But never fear, because there’s a whole host of fantastic new iOS and Android apps for you to download. We’ve rounded up some of the best brand-new apps you should go get on your device right now.

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WhatsApp Windows Mac App

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

May 10th at 7:26 PM

WhatsApp just released desktop apps for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has been a smartphone-only messaging program for ever, but that changes today. There’s now desktop clients for both Windows and OS X, in addition to the months-old web client.

This doesn’t reflect some giant change for WhatsApp — the desktop clients just mirror what’s on your phone. In other words, you need your phone powered on and running the WhatsApp app to send and receive messages. You scan a QR code on the desktop app with your smartphone, and what you see on your laptop is a reflection of the WhatsApp app on your phone, complete with sent messages and chats.

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iOS 9 In-app Purchases Hack

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

September 24th at 3:36 PM

iOS 9 code vulnerability lets hackers steal thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases

It’s not a trend that gamers are especially ecstatic about, but in-app purchases (IAP) have become a major element of mobile gaming. It’s how many of the biggest games on the App Store stay afloat, but earlier this week, the developers at DigiDNA discovered a coding flaw that could allow hackers to steal thousands of dollars worth of IAP from popular games. More →

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Best Apple Stock App Replacements

The best alternatives to Apple’s stock iPhone apps, as chosen by iOS users

September 3rd at 2:26 PM

The best alternatives to Apple’s stock iPhone apps, as chosen by iOS users

Apple makes some of the best hardware in the smartphone market, but the software isn’t always up to snuff. That’s not to say that the stock apps on the iPhone and iPad aren’t effective, it’s just that other developers have taken the basic concepts and run with them to the point that better alternative exist for nearly every app on the iPhone. More →

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Top 19 iPhone Apps Android June 2015

Cool iPhone apps that do amazing things your Android can’t

June 12th at 3:10 PM

Cool iPhone apps that do amazing things your Android can’t

The iPhone vs Android debate will likely never be settled. Fans of each platform will stubbornly defend their choice and will be unwilling to accept that sometimes the grass might be greener on the other side. Sometimes, amazing Android apps will be able to do things the iPhone can’t. Other times, it’s iPhone users who get to gloat by having access to some awesome apps that aren’t available on the other side. More →

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