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1 month ago

Citymapper can now help you zip around the streets of Seattle and Baltimore

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Citymapper, a handy little app that helps make traveling around the hustle and bustle of the city a little easier, has picked up support for Seattle and Baltimore.

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1 month ago

What you need to know about HummingBad

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It's called HummingBad? Seriously?

Researchers at Check Point have published a blog detailing their report on a new bit of nastiness stealing data from Android phones and translating to hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for a Chinese group called Yingmob. The revenue comes from delivering ads, creating false clicks on those ads by making the buttons bigger than they look, and using those clicks to install one of over 200 apps the group has for keeping users connected to this network.

Are you in danger? How can you tell? Are your friends having data stolen and handed over to this group without their knowledge? Is there a worse name they could have used? It turns out there's a very low likelihood that this was ever a problem for you, but here's what you need to know about HummingBad and how to stay safe from this group.

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1 month ago

How to install and set up Authy for two-factor authentication on your Android

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Using two-factor authentication is a great way to protect yourself and your data. It's also fairly easy to do once you get used to having an extra step when you first use an account on your Android. Using it on multiple devices is easy with Authy.

There are several great apps you can use on your phone to get a 2FA (that's the abbreviation for two-factor authentication and it's much easier to type) token when you need one, and if you have multiple things with a screen that may need access to 2FA codes, Authy is pretty hard to beat. After you set up an Authy account, you can install the app on all your Android devices and any computer that has the Chrome web browser and the Authy extension installed. The first thing you need to do is install the Authy app from Google Play on a phone with a working SIM card.

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1 month ago

Walmart Pay hits checkout lanes nationwide

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Walmart has announced that it has completed its rollout of Walmart Pay, its own take on mobile payments, to all of its stores nationwide.

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1 month ago

Snapchat Memories makes it easier to keep your favorite pictures and videos forever

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Snapchat has introduced Memories, a searchable archive of your past posts. The images will be kept in a camera roll-style screen found just below the Camera screen, allowing you to quickly and easily find what you are looking for. In an effort to keep things from unwanted eyes, Snapchat will also have a "My Eyes Only" section which will let you avoid awkward moments and keep those personal photos personal.

From Snapchat's official announcement:

You can use Memories to create new Stories from Snaps you've taken, or even combine different Stories into a longer narrative! It's fun to celebrate an anniversary or birthday by finding a few old Snaps and stringing them together into a new Story :)

We've also created a new way to send Snaps from Memories to your friends, or even post them to your Story. If you post a Snap you took more than a day ago to your Story, it will appear with a frame around it so that everyone knows it's from the past.

The new feature will be rolling out selectively over the course of the next month or so. This is a huge change to the service and the company wants to keep a close eye on it to make sure everything is running smoothly. Are you excited about this new feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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1 month ago

Pokémon Go is ... GO!!! (as in, available)

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We've worn the hats. We've played the beta. Now it's time for everyone to get their download on.

Pokémon Go is now available for Android.

OK, so it's almost available. It's now got a proper listing in Google Play, completely with a whopping 50,000 installs (thanks, beta!) and in-app purchases. But as of right this second it's not available for any of my devices. (And I have a lot of devices.) So get that F5 button ready.

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More: Check out our Pokémon Go Game Guide

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1 month ago

Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

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Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups.

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1 month ago

Truecaller aims to be the most important app on your phone

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After garnering over 200 million users globally for its caller ID service, Truecaller is now looking to offer mobile identity as a service that ties in with other mobile apps and services.

In 2007, two Swedes, Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam, created möbeljakt.se, a furniture aggregator app. A year later, they launched jobbigt.se, a website where employees could review their employers. You may not have heard of the two unless you live in Sweden.

But, of course, you you've likely heard of Truecaller, the duo's third venture, and one that became a global, unrivalled success story. Launched in 2009, Truecaller offers an integrated caller ID service that automatically searches for contact details behind the scenes when a user receives a call. The phone number database is created by crowdsourcing contact details from users' address books.

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1 month ago

How to turn off Facebook Live notifications

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We've all seen what fireworks look like. This Fourth of July, do yourself a favor and disable Facebook Live notifications.

Good news, everyone! Facebook has made it easier than ever to broadcast what you're doing, live. Bad news, everyone! Facebook has made it easier than ever to broadcast what you're doing, live. And the thing about live video is that it's pointless if nobody's watching. So Facebook makes sure that you get a notification every damn time one of your friends (or a page that you follow) goes live.

Sometimes that's great! Especially when it's the Android Central Facebook page that's doing the streaming, right?

Other times, it's downright awful. Holidays such as the Fourth of July here in the U.S. are one of those times. We've all seen fireworks before. Many of us will be out watching them, live. (Like, in-person.) So the last thing we need is 200 notifications of other people broadcasting their own fireworks experiences over relatively low resolution.

(Note that this only works from the full Facebook site, not m.facebook.com (which your phone will try to send you to), or from within the Facebook app.)

Here's how to to turn off Facebook Live notifications:

  1. Go to your Facebook settings. Drill down to Settings>Notifications>On Facebook.
  2. Now choose "Edit." (Note: This link should take you directly.)
  3. Toggle "Live Videos" to OFF.

Note that this only works from the full Facebook site, not m.facebook.com (which your phone will try to send you to), or from within the Facebook app.

Alternatively, if you just want to kill Facebook Live notifications from a single person or page, you can do so from within the notifications themselves. Just long-press on the person you want to squelch, and then choose whether to dismiss that single notification, or to turn off all notifications of live videos from that person.

Unless you absolutely hate any use of Facebook Live, we might suggest not turning off these notifications permanently. While they might get annoying when you've got groups of friends all showing the same thing (and the same thing that you yourself might be doing), you might well miss something interesting other times.

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1 month ago

Google Play Music may finally be coming to India

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It looks like Google is finally about to bring Play Music to India. Several users on Reddit are able to access selected songs from the Play Music catalog, with prices listed in INR (₹).

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: iPlayer Radio, Sensor Sense, FIFA 16 and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 month ago

How to use Snapchat on Android

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How do I use Snapchat on my Android phone?

The idea of Snapchat was first conceived in 2011 when founder Evan Spiegel was having a conversation with his friend Reggie Brown. Brown explained to Spiegel that even though he was enjoying exchanging messages with a girl, he wished all the photos he was sending her would vanish after she saw them.

Spiegel clearly liked what Brown was putting down, and over the summer of 2011, Snapchat began to pick up steam (back then it was called Pictaboo) with the help of Brown and co-founder Bobby Murphy. They even used the same cute little ghost icon that we know and love today!

After a bit of drama (what's a successful start-up tech company without a little drama?), a name change, some people leaving, and a brand shift, Snapchat as we know it began to take shape.

Today, Snapchat has nearly 100 million daily users who send and receive snaps. In fact, every single second over 8,500 photos are shared across Snapchat. We're here to help you set up Snapchat and get in on the fun!

Download: Snapchat (free)

How does Snapchat work?

Think of Snapchat as messages meant for a secret agent, except instead of your video or picture message exploding when it's done playing or times out, it simply disappears.

If you try and screenshot a photo or video that someone has sent your way, Snapchat will alert the person on the other end that you've screenshotted their snap, so don't think you're being sneaky — you'll just end up embarrassing yourself!

You can use Snapchat for pretty much anything, although it was originally designed for dating (can you guess why?), but it's recently become a more artistic medium for some people.

One of Snapchat's newest features is the "story," which broadcasts your snaps out to many other snappers for 24 hours rather than sending a snap to one person.

Some people spend a lot of time shooting interesting things, taking unique photos, and sharing their lives through their "story" because it's not as permanent as posting something to Instagram but not as fleeting and temporary as sending out individual snaps.

Sign up for Snapchat and get started

Signing up for Snapchat is super simple. After downloading the app, open it from your home screen. You'll see a bright yellow screen with a little white ghost on it. Underneath, tap on the red login bar (the little ghost will then stick his tongue out).

Enter your first and last name, your birthday, your username (this is how friends will add you on Snapchat), and your password. Enter in your phone number or email and wait for your confirmation code.

Once you've signed up for Snapchat and gone through the verification process, Snapchat will scan your contact list for other people using the app, so you can add friends. Then you're ready to get snapping!

Getting familiar with the home screen

Your home screen in Snapchat isn't the Stories/discover section like some people think (although that is where all the action happens), but the screen that shows what your camera sees when you first open the app.

On the home screen, you'll see a few different icons that do different things, including a tiny ghost at the top that when you swipe down, shows a pull-down menu of extra Snapchat things like how to add friends, settings, and more.

Filters

Filters in Snapchat work similarly to filters in Instagram but with a fraction of the options to choose from. After you take your photo or video, swipe left to pick from all your filter options. At this time, there are four color-filter options to choose from:

Filter #1:

Slightly airbrushed and brightened effect throughout the filter. Also lowers the contrast a bit.


Filter #2:

A very light green/yellow tint to your photo or video. Makes things a bit darker, so it looks best with snaps that have brighter lighting.


Filter #3:

A 'modern' looking filter that gives your photo a blueish, cool tone. Makes colors pop and adds a bit of saturation to otherwise dull snaps.


Filter #4:

Your standard, run-of-the-mill black and white effect.


There are a number of other of filters to choose from that wont tint your pictures. You can add the speed into your snaps if you're traveling on a car or bike, the temperature if it's a particularly hot day, the date or time, and your phone's battery percentage.

Your city or neighbourhood may even have a few geofilters designed for you to use (geofilters will only work if you're in a certain space or area), so be sure to swipe through all of your filter options and explore!

Lenses

A lot of people get lenses and filters mixed up because they sound like similar things, but in reality they're super different features on Snapchat.

While a filter works by laying a blanket tint, text, or design over your photo or video, a lens works by adding real-time sound effects and special effects directly onto your Snapchat screen as you pose and snap.

When the feature was first rolled out, people could take pictures with lenses that turned them into puppies, made them vomit rainbows, distorted their faces into hilarious caricatures of themselves and more, but as lenses have become more and more popular, the options you have seem to grow daily.

Singular-person lenses

Singular-person lenses first appeared in 2015 and do just what you think they do; produce a lens for a singular person.

These lenses are normally updated and changed every single day, and feature everything from cute and cuddly animal lenses, freaky demonic lenses, lenses that give you a full face of makeup, lenses that let you face swap with a photo in your camera roll, and much more.

Double-person lenses

Double-person lenses or "Try it with a friend" lenses are new to Snapchat, but they only appear on a couple of lens options and they change constantly, as in: one hour a double lens will exist and the next hour it'll only be a single-person lens.

Double-person lenses work by masking both people in the frame with a similar effect but with a slight variation (one's a brown dog and one's a dalmatian or one's a panda and one's a koala, etc.) or they work by applying the same effect to both people, like the same flower crown or wreath or laurels.

Doodling

After you take a snap, you'll notice a small white pencil in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This lets you draw and add your own artwork to your Snapchat videos and photos.

You can even adjust and pick your colors as you draw, and on Android phones, you have the option to change the opacity (so if you want to draw a ghost chasing you, you totally can).

Pro tip: Use a stylus for more creative control over your drawings!

Text

Right beside the white pencil in the corner is a large "T" that stands for "text". Tap on that icon to produce a text box on your snap and then go ahead and write whatever you want.

You can tap the T again to change the text from a panel to free-floating text. Here you can change your text color, size, and position on your snap. If you tap the T again, it centers the text for you but still keeps the text free-floating for you to adjust as you want.

Stickers & Emojis

On the other side of the white T and the pencil on your snap screen is a little box that looks like its edge is folded inward. This is the button for all the fun stuff – the stickers and emojis!

Tap on the icon and you'll see some of Snapchat's own stick designs, but if you keep swiping you'll quickly see all of your favorite emojis displayed.

You can put stickers and emojis into your videos or photos on Snapchats, or you can "stick'" them to your video, which means the sticker or emoji would match movements with an item in the video.

Taking, sending and saving your snaps

Taking, sending and saving your snaps

After you've taken your desired snap and edited it, there are a few things that you can do with your Snapchat photo or video.

You can send your snap out to specific people by tapping on the big blue and white arrow in the lower righthand corner and selecting who specifically you'd like to send it to from your friends list; just don't forget to adjust the length of the snap in the lower lefthand corner.

You can also save your snap directly to your camera roll by tapping on the little white arrow going into the box at the bottom of your screen, or send the snap directly to your story by tapping on the square with the plus sign icon beside it (you can also send a snap to your story through the same screen where you send individual ones. The "your story" option is at the top.)

Your story/discover page

If you swipe to the left of your Snapchat home screen, you'll find the stories page, and if you swipe again, you'll land on the discover page.

The discover page is a bit useless now that Snapchat has made all the outside news sources on that page appear on the stories page, but if you're looking to cut through the noise and use Snapchat as a super convenient news source rather than a way to send and receive videos, then the discover page will be your best friend.

At the top of the page, you'll see your stories – these are the snaps that you've set for all of your followers to see for 24 hours before they disappear. If we're looking at this from a social media perspective, your story is almost like a temporary Facebook page that broadcasts the day's shenanigans to all your followers.

You can also use the story page to scroll through all of your friends' stories as they post them. Every time a friend posts something to their story, their story will jump to the top of your queue, so you can watch them in order. While you're watching a story, you can tap on your screen to jump to the next snap in their story, or swipe to go to the next person's story altogether.

Another cool thing Snapchat has is its news sources, entertainment sources, and publications that are updated daily on your discover and story page. Currently, Snapchat has regular feeds from Tastemade, Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, IGN, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, VICE, MTV, People, Comedy Central, CNN, Bleacher Report Sports, Mashable, the Food Network, National Geographic, and Sweet Magazine.

Sending audio, text, photo and video messages

Snapchat isn't just used for sending out snaps; it can also be used as an instant messaging service for audio and text messages, along with photo and video calls.

To start a conversation with a friend on Snapchat, simply find them in your friends list and tap on their photo. Tap on the little blue icon in the pop-up's lower left-hand corner to bring up the conversation window.

Once the window is open, you can send pictures from your camera roll by tapping on the photo icon; send an audio note by holding the phone icon or make an audio call by tapping the phone icon; record a video note by holding the video icon or make a video call by tapping the video icon; and send emojis via the smiley face icon.

Anything tips for starting on snap?

Is there anything we missed about Snapchat that you'd love for us to cover? Let us know in the comments below!

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1 month ago

How to set the default keyboard on your Android phone

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How to set default keyboard on your Android phone

Setting up a default keyboard on your Android phone is a lot easier than you think!

One amazing thing about Android phones is the plethora of customization options you have, including the option to change keyboards. There are a bunch of great keyboard apps for Android to choose from, so find the one that feels right for you.

We'll be working with the SwiftKey keyboard today to show you how to set a default keyboard on your Android phone, but the process is the same no matter which keyboard app you choose .

  1. Download and install new keyboard.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Find and tap Languages and input. It should be under the Personal submenu.

  4. Tap on current keyboard under Keyboard & input methods.
  5. Tap on choose keyboards.
  6. Tap on the SwiftKey keyboard you would like to set as default.

  7. Read the Attention prompt that comes up on screen and tap OK if you wish to continue.
  8. Make sure the switch beside the keyboard has changed from gray to green.
  9. Go back to the main language & input screen.

  10. Tap on current keyboard again.
  11. Select the SwiftKey keyboard. This will save automatically.
  12. Make sure the keyboard is working by writing a quick message to someone.

Enjoy using your new third-party keyboard on your Andriod phone! If for any reason you want to go back to the stock keyboard or want to try out a different keyboard, it's the exact same process

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1 month ago

Chrome gets native Google Cast support built in, no extension required

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Google is rolling out some changes to Casting in the desktop version Chrome with the latest release, 51. While you could previously cast from the browser using the Google Cast toolbar icon, this will no longer be necessary going forward.

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1 month ago

Amazon locks in the exclusive on streaming PBS Kids shows (sort-of)

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Amazon this week announced that it and PBS "they have entered into a multi-year agreement that makes Amazon Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for a broad collection of PBS KIDS series." That's a bummer for folks who had been watching via Netflix and Hulu, and a boon for Amazon, which is (of course) pushing for the entire world to sign up for Amazon Prime. So if you have Prime, you'll still get all the Daniel Tiger you want, for free.

There are a couple catches here, though.

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