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

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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 …

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to testify before Congress again

November 30th, 2021

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in early October. She appeared before lawmakers after making available a large number of internal Facebook documents to reporters. Stories based on the leaked research materials appeared in The Wall Street Journal and CBS’s 60 Minutes before Haugen’s testimony. The former …

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Apple just delayed one of the most exciting iOS 15 features to 2022

November 24th, 2021

Apple spends months testing its software releases before rolling them out to the public. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the updates are always feature-complete when they first hit our devices. For example, iOS 15 debuted alongside the iPhone 13 in September, but there were several features that Apple had yet to implement. One of …

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Google Maps just got a big update you need for Black Friday

November 16th, 2021

Holiday shopping is stressful, but Google wants to ease some of that stress with a selection of useful new tools. Amanda Leicht Moore, the director of product for Google Maps, published a blog post on Tuesday announcing multiple upcoming features. The new Google Maps update will be extremely useful on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. …

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Windows 11’s Black Screen of Death is blue again

November 15th, 2021

Windows’ Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is one of the saddest signature features of Microsoft’s widely used operating system. It’s been around for years. It’s the symbol of immense frustration and well-deserved anger. You’ve always despised the blue screen because its arrival meant something went wrong with the OS. It also might have indicated that …