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Verizon pushes June security patch update to Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

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Best Android apps to use with your Chromecast

What are some of the best apps I can use with Chromecast?

Your Chromecast, small as it is, can do a lot thanks to a plethora of available apps. Play games with your friends in the living room, compete in dance competitions against people around the world, stream your latest vacation pictures to your big-screen, and keep up with the latest and greatest TV and music. There are a ton of apps to use with Chromecast in the Play Store; here are the best for whatever you're looking to do.

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Yahoo Mail now lets you decorate your email and more

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Yahoo is rolling out an update for its Mail app that enhances the personalization features of the app, while also adding new productivity capabilities. The new Stationary feature allows you to send emails with professionally-drawn themes.

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1 day ago

Netflix may enable offline viewing by the end of the year

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It looks like Netflix may offer an option to download and watch videos offline, much like Amazon's Prime Video. According to LightReading (via PhoneArena), the ability to save videos for offline viewing should make its debut by the end of the year.

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WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls daily

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WhatsApp users are now making over 100 million calls every day, which translates to over 1,100 calls per second. The popular messaging service crossed 1 billion users earlier this year, with recent reports stating that the app is now used by 95% of all smartphone users in India and 94% of smartphone owners in Brazil, two of its largest markets.

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2 days ago

Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

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Best Chrome extensions for staying in touch

What are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch?

If you spend a lot of time on the internet and you love using Chrome, you probably know about extensions. With the amount of messaging and email utilities out there, some of the best can be lost in the pile. Maybe you want to schedule emails for future release, or maybe you want to quickly share articles or pictures with friends and followers. Maybe you need some help with your grammar while you write that email, or need some help translating sentences for friends you met while traveling. No matter your reason, here are the best Chrome extensions for staying in touch.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Anyone familiar with the mobile Facebook Messenger app will immediately realize the benefits of this extension. A small window showing your friends and recent chats opens up at the side of your browser; share pictures, video, and text, and receive alerts when you receive messages.

See at Chrome Web Store


Point

Point

Sign into this extension with your Google account and begin sharing articles with friends. Share the article, highlight text while your friends are viewing, and chat in real time in a pop-out window. It's like you're sitting around a newspaper, holding a highlighter, talking about the subject. This app makes discussing news in the information age more effortless than ever before.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

What you have here is a built-in text, voice, and video chat extension for Chrome. Best part? It's all free. Chat with multiple people at once (great for meetings or family gatherings), send images and photos, and use over 850 emojis to express yourself. Hangouts even keeps a record of chats so you can go back and see who you should catch up with.

See at Chrome Web Store


Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang

Boomerang allows you to take complete control over your Gmail inbox. Imagine: you're going to be offline for a couple of days but don't want your dear mother to worry about you. Schedule a reassuring message to send sometime during the period you're offline. This extension also lets you track messages and set reminders within Gmail, so you'll never forget to send an important email again.

See at Chrome Web Store


Grammarly

Grammarly

Although the internet does its best to destroy all languages, Grammarly is putting up a fight. Use their built-in text editor to ensure your writing is up to snuff before publishing or emailing, and receive real-time suggestions as you type around the internet. You can also copy and paste text from anywhere to verify grammar. The free version of Grammarly does a suitable job, but if you want to upgrade to Premium (deeper grammar check) it will cost you about $30 a month.

See at Chrome Web Store


Google Translate

Google Translate

Wish you could read web pages published in a foreign language? You can! With the web page open, just click the Translate button and choose to translate the entire page. If you'd like to translate a sentence or two, highlight the text and click the translate button. You can even hear how the words are pronounced in the specific language you're translating from. This is a great extension for anyone who loves to travel — keep up with friends you made in faraway lands.

See at Chrome Web Store


WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp

This WhatsApp extension pops out from Chrome in its own little window. It allows you to text friends also using WhatsApp as though you're using your phone, great for locations with internet but no cell service.

See at Chrome Web Store


Buffer

Buffer

Buffer lets you take content from the web and post it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Just right click on an image or article and click on Buffer from the menu. You can also schedule posts and tweets for a later time, and you'll be able to track traffic around your content. This is a great extension for people who put out a lot of content on social media sites.

See at Chrome Web Store


Giphy for Gmail

Giphy for Gmail

Giphy lets you search GIFs by keyword to be inserted into your emails. Adding this extension to Chrome puts a small button in new Gmail messages; just click the button, search for a suitable GIF, and click it to insert. This is a fantastic way to spruce up your emails and is a big hit with everyone who uses it.

See at Chrome Web Store


Your choice?

What is your favorite Chrome extensions for keeping in touch? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2 days ago

Instagram's 'Explore' tab gets more personal with recommended video channels

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Finding videos you like in Instagram should now be a little easier thanks to the latest update to the app's Explore section.

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Marshmallow starts rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is currently receiving its update to Marshmallow in the U.S. The update is for both the 8- and 9.7-inch Wi-Fi-only versions of the tablet, and weighs in at over 1GB.

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BitTorrent Now streams music and video from up-and-coming artists

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BitTorrent has launched Now, a new app for Android aimed at making it easier to access music and video from up-and-coming artists. The streaming app offers curated selections from BitTorrent, trending content, search, and more.

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How to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK

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BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer's regional locking may scupper your attempts to view the Beeb's output when you're abroad. Here are a few handy workarounds.

BBC iPlayer has evolved into one of the best streaming services in the UK — free to use, with high-definition streaming and download support across multiple platforms. But if you're travelling outside the UK, you'll likely run into problems accessing iPlayer. That's because, being a UK-only service, access is blocked from outside the country.

Fortunately there are a few workarounds, all of which are relatively simple.

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Instagram is adding a text translation feature

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After announcing that it has over 500 million users, Instagram has shared that it is working on a text translation feature that will go live next month. Once enabled, you'll see a "See Translation" button that automatically translates text in posts, comments or bios to your preferred language. At launch, 24 languages will be supported, and while there isn't a clear-cut timeline, the feature will be rolling out to all users globally within a month.

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3 days ago

theScore esports now keeps you up to date with competitive Call of Duty, Starcraft and more

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Fans of competitive Call of Duty and Starcraft II will want to check out the latest update to theScore esports. The app now tracks matches from those franchises, along with Blizzard's Hearthstone digital card game. The app also features a new "spoiler mode" to hides match results and alerts until you're ready to see them.

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3 days ago

Pocket Casts gets updated to 5.4.1 with a slew of bug fixes

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Pocket Casts — one of our favorite podcast apps — has picked up an update to version 5.4.1, bringing several bug fixes in tow. The app introduced a Material Design refresh earlier this year, and has steadily added new features, like audio effects, the ability to auto-download podcasts, playback sync between devices, and much more.

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3 days ago

VLC 2.0 is here with network playback, reduced permissions, and so much more

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Popular cross-platform media player VLC has picked up a major update to version 2.0 that brings a slew of new features. Network playback is now live, with support for DLNA, Windows network sharing, UPnP, NFS, FTP, and SFTP protocols. The media player has also cut down on the number of permissions it requires, only needing access to media files.

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4 days ago

Sprint HTC 10 update now rolling out with camera enhancements and more

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Sprint is rolling out a small update to the HTC 10 that bears good news for the phone's camera.

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