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The best apps, software, and downloads including iOS, Android, Google Maps, Waze, CarPlay, and more.

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Google Maps is testing an awesome new dock feature that we need ASAP

December 20th, 2021

You’re probably using Google Maps on your phone most of the time, but planning trips is much easier on a desktop. The additional screen real estate allows Google to display more information. It’s not just the map that’s bigger than on a smartphone, either. It’s the entire user interface (UI) that makes Google Maps easier …

Google is adding new features to Chrome for the holidays.

Two new Chrome features that will make holiday shopping a breeze

December 16th, 2021

If you haven’t already finished your holiday shopping for this year, you might be in trouble. The worst of the supply chain issues appear to have cleared up, but with nine days left until Christmas, shipping could be a problem. The good news is that Google is introducing a few new Chrome features to ease …

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Internet is scrambling to fix Log4Shell, the worst hack in history

December 13th, 2021

Massive data breaches have become so common that we’ve gotten numb to reports detailing another hack or 0-day exploit. That doesn’t reduce the risk of such events happening, as the cat-and-mouse game between security experts and hackers continues. As some vulnerabilities get fixed, others pop up requiring attention from product and service providers. The newest one …

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Google is making it easier to play Android games on Windows 11

December 12th, 2021

One of the best Windows 11 features is that it will support Android apps. But it doesn’t yet. Microsoft hasn’t inked a deal with Google to bring Google Play to Windows. As a result, you can’t install Google Play on Windows 11 officially. You have to go with Amazon and get the retailer’s Appstore to …

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WhatsApp now supports cryptocurrency payments in the US

December 9th, 2021

Facebook (now Meta) wanted to launch a cryptocurrency payment service of its own a few years ago. The idea was that people would use it together with a Facebook-made digital wallet to send and receive money via chat apps like Messenger or WhatsApp. Called Libra, the project saw plenty of resistance from users and regulators, …

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iOS 15.2 new features include a service history of iPhone repairs

December 8th, 2021

This Tuesday, Apple rolled out the iOS 15.2 Release Candidate to developers and public beta testers. This is typically the final version of the software that Apple seeds ahead of the public release. Around the same time that Apple debuted iOS 15.2 RC yesterday, the company also added a new page to the support site. …

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Google brings audio and video calls to Gmail app on iOS and Android

December 7th, 2021

For years, Google was determined to spread its users across as many communication platforms as possible. Hangouts, Allo, Duo, Google Plus – the company couldn’t settle on a single app, service, or website. But in recent months, Google has finally learned that we don’t want to jump between half a dozen apps to talk to …

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WhatsApp just gave its disappearing messages feature a huge upgrade

December 6th, 2021

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging application on the planet. As of early 2020, WhatsApp has over two billion users — hundreds of millions more than Facebook Messenger or WeChat. Of course, Meta Platforms (aka Facebook) now owns WhatsApp, so we have to turn to the company for updates on the app. And on Monday, …

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Google gave some Chromecast models a big upgrade – see which ones here

December 4th, 2021

The Chromecast was a breakout hit product when the first generation model launched in 2013. Much has changed since then, with Google giving the Chromecast two extensive design makeovers. The last refresh came about a year ago, delivering a significant hardware redesign. The Chromecast with Google TV is also the first media player dongle from …

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Google Photos rolls out Locked Folder feature to more Android phones

December 3rd, 2021

One of the standout features of the Android 12 experience is a new security and privacy feature that Google added to Google Photos. It’s a feature many iPhone and iPad users have wanted for years, but Apple has yet to introduce. We’re talking about Google Photos’ Locked Folder functionality that the Search giant introduced earlier …