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3 months ago

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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3 months ago

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 months 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 months 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 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

6 best comic reader apps for Android

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6 best comic reader apps for Android

My common sense is tingling.

Face front, true believers! Though print comics are still alive, well, and actually thriving, some folks like a portable, digital version of their favorites to take with them (the TSA doesn't take kindly to luggage full of mylar baggies).

You can download comics and manga from many sources and you need a reader that lets you enjoy all of that digital inky goodness with some added features. Here are a few of our favorites.

Excelsior!

Comics by Comixology

Comics by Comixology

Comixology is really the engine that run the digital comics machine. That is to say that you can browse, download, and read comics from just about every publisher via the Comics app by Comixology. In fact, even DC's app is run by Comixology. Comixology works just like Amazon, which is kind of the point, since it's owned by Amazon. You can search for comics, graphic novels, manga, and more by name, add them to your cart, and check out. You can even sign in with your Amazon account or create a new Comixology account. Up to you.

You also have the option to subscribe to Comixology Unlimited, which is basically all the comics you want for $5.99 a month. You have access to thousands of titles and if you're a Darkhorse or Image fan, Comixology Unlimited is the only subscription service that features titles from each of these publishers.

Comixology has titles from DC, Marvel, IDW, Image, Darkhorse, BOOM! Studio, Dynamite Entertainment, Valiant, Oni Press, and tons more.

If you're a digital comic fan in any way, then Comics by Comixology is the app for you.

Download: Comics by Comixology (free)


Marvel Unlimited

Marvel Unlimited

If you're a Marvel diehard, then Marvel Unlimited is where it's at. You get access to over 17,000 digital comics from all throughout Marvel's history for $9.99 a month. You can also pay $69 for a yearly subscription or $99 for the 2016 Annual Plus subscription, which includes a Hasbro Marvel Legends figure, three variants, other goodies, and discounts on digital comments and Marvel merch.

If you don't have an internet connection, you can read up to 12 issues offline, so you're never without comics. The Marvel Unlimited library is updated weekly with old and newer issues of comics, which are uploaded as early as 6 months after they hit shelves.

If you're trying to keep up-to-date on Marvel happenings, then Marvel Unlimited probably isn't for you. However, if you're wanting to explore the Marvel pantheon and dig deep into older books, then subscribe and enjoy.

Download: Marvel Unlimited (free, plus $5.99/month or $69/year subscription)


Perfect Viewer

Perfect Viewer

If you don't need a comic reader with an integrated store and you just want somewhere to read your books, then Perfect Viewer is… perfect for you. It has full support for CBZ and CBR files (typical digital comic files), as well as PDF, GIF, JPEG, and more.

The layout is fully customizable and you can switch between scrolling view and page-by-page view depending on your preference. You can zoom in and out on panels and images, and if you get the paid version, you can apply limited colors to black and white images.

If you're looking to open files from Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox, you totally can, but you'll have to install the source plugin. So the app is totally customizable, but you may have to do some finagling before certain desired features can be enabled.

If you're looking for an app that lets you read all of your comics in any way you choose and supports many other image file formats, check out Perfect Viewer.

Download: Perfect Viewer (free)


Astonishing Comic Reader

Astonishing Comic Reader

Astonishing Comic Reader is a basic reader app that just plain looks great. If you'd like a very aesthetically pleasing comic-reading experience, then check it out. It has no integrated store, but it'll line up all of the comics on your phone or tablet in a library-style fashion to make browsing and searching streamlined and pleasant.

You can curate your comics into customizable collections and receive recommendations for related comics via the Intelligent Suggestions feature. You can create wallpapers on the fly and use the Snapshots feature to save moments and share them.

Astonishing Comic Reader allows you to import your CBZ and CBR (comic book) files straight from Dropbox and will track which comics you've read and which you've yet to read. You also have the super-convenient ability to navigate using gestures, on-screen buttons, or the volume buttons.

If you want a comic reader that looks great, lets you read every comic on your phone or tablet, and lets you take snapshots of your favorite moments in comics, then check out Astonishing Comic Reader.

Download: Astonishing Comic Reader (free)


Challenger Comics Viewer

Challenger Comics Viewer

No ads, supports just about every image file format under the Sun, and Multi-Window support: What's not to love?

Challenger Comics Viewer is a versatile and comprehensive comic reader app that lets you enjoy all of the comics on your phone or tablet in many orientations and using gestures, vertical and horizontal scrolling, on-screen buttons – whatever. If there's a way you feel like reading your comics, Challenger Comics Viewer lets you do it.

If your comic files aren't on your device, then you can access them via virtually any cloud storage network or FTP, which easily makes Challenger the most versatile app when it comes to access and availability of your comics. I will say that it's certainly not the prettiest app, but what it lacks in form, it more than makes up for in function.

Basically, if you want a feature-laden, customizable comic reader that can really do it all, then Challenger Comics Viewer should be your choice.

Download: Challenger Comics Viewer (free)


ComicRack

ComicRack

Our readers asked for it and I was a fool not to include it. ComicRack for Android is the perfect complement to ComicRack for Windows and can act as a companion to your entire comic library on your Windows PC. You can wirelessly sync your entire comic library from your Windows PC to your Android phone or tablet if you go with the paid version, which is ad-free. If you go with the free version, you can still sync with your ComicRack for Windows library, you'll just need a USB cable.

ComicRack is jam-packed full of actually useful features, like the ability to manage reading states (completed, not completed, unread, etc.), a fully manageable library (wherein you can search titles), color adjustments so that your comics look as true to real life as possible, and a ton more.

ComicRack for Android has native support for CBZ and CBR files, but when used in tandem with ComicRack for Windows, it supports just about every comic format under the Sun.

If you're after a comic reader app that's loaded to the teeth with features (Twitter integration and live wallpapers and app widgets, oh my!), then seriously consider ComicRack, especially if you have it for Windows. It's a perfect pairing.

Download: ComicRack (free/$7.89)


Comic Chameleon

Comic Chameleon

Are you a webcomic fan and couldn't really care less about any of the other stuff? Comic Chameleon curates all of your favorites with full support of every artist that they publish, giving exposure to lesser known online artists, as well as many webcomic standards, like Dinosaur Comics!

Comic Chameleon features a news tab, which keeps you up-to-date on all of the webcomics it publishes, as well as new app features. If you just got into a webcomic but want to read it from the beginning, Comic Chameleon provides full archives organized by year with thumbnails of each episode/issue.

Comic Chameleon features a lot of NSFW content, so it's rated for adults only on Google Play and, having skimmed a bit of the material on there, it has earned that rating.

If you're looking for a break from "comic booky" comics and want something more episodic or you're looking for a shorter read (some are just one panel), then check out Comic Chameleon and support independent webcomics.

Download: Comic Chameleon (free)


What do you use?

Did we miss an awesome comic reader app? Tell us what you use in the comments below.

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3 months ago

Family Locator is offering access to its flight tracking feature for free

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Sygic has updated its Family Locator app, allowing all users of the popular GPS app to access its flight tracking feature for the first time.

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3 months ago

PlayStation Vue will make its way to Android starting next week

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Sony has announced that it will be bringing its Vue streaming service to Android starting next week. The company is adding support for Roku devices now, and will be expanding to Android smartphones and tablets that run KitKat or above shortly. Chromecast support will be built in from the start, which means it will be easy to watch the content on your big screen.

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3 months ago

You won't want to miss these huge savings on Nova Launcher Prime

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Do you own Nova Launcher Prime already? No? Well, fix that now, because Nova Launcher's premium version is on sale for 99 cents!

It's one of our favorite theming launchers. It's one of our favorite launchers period. It's one of our readers' favorite launchers. And while there's a lot you can do in Nova without ponying up for Prime, there's absolutely no reason not to do it when it's 80% off like this.

Almost all of our home screen themes are written for Nova Launcher, and we have a wonderful in-depth look at Nova Launcher's settings. Nova's also one of the most popular launchers around, so if you need help, you'll likely be able to find it in our forums, on social media, or in Nova's own communities.

So what are you waiting for? Go get your Prime on!

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3 months ago

Tumblr joins the rush to offer live video streaming support

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The micro-blogging service Tumblr is the latest to join the trend of offering live video streaming support for its audience. The new feature will roll out later today.

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3 months ago

Instagram is now used by 500 million people

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Instagram has announced that the popular social network is now used by 500 million people, and that a majority of those folks access it every day.

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3 months ago

Twitter videos can now be 140 seconds long

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Twitter is now allowing anyone to upload longer videos to their accounts. The new video length limit is 140 seconds, compared to the older limit of 30 seconds. Twitter's sister app Vine is beta testing a way to upload videos up to 140 seconds as well.

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3 months ago

How to use Google Docs or Sheets offline on Android

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How to use Google Docs or Sheets offline on Android

This is how you use Google Docs or Sheets offline on Android.

Google Docs and Sheets are fantastic office tools that come free for all Google users. You can access your files across platforms thanks to Google Drive, and you can edit your files offline on your Android device. Make all new files available offline, and make individual older files available offline. Here's how.

How to make all new Google files available offline on Android

  1. Launch the Docs or Sheets app from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of your screen. It looks like ☰.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap the slider next to the Offline row so that it is blue (on). This will ensure new documents or sheets you create are available offline.

    Tap the menu button. Tap Settings. Tap the slider so it turns to blue (on).

How to make older Google files available offline on Android

  1. Launch the Docs or Sheets app from your home screen or app tray.
  2. Tap an older document you'd like to make available offline.
  3. Tap the menu button in the top right corner of the screen. It looks like three stacked dots.
  4. Tap the slider next to the Available offline row so that it is blue (on). This document is now available offline.

    Tap an older document. Tap the menu button. Tap the slider so that it turns blue (on).

Each older document must be given offline privileges — there is no all-encompassing offline switch for older documents.

How do you use Google Docs and Sheets?

Have you taken advantage of the ability to use Google Docs and Sheets offline? Let us know in the comments section below!

Android Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow

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3 months ago

Google will soon help you figure out your medical symptoms

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Google is rolling out an update to its mobile search that will allow users to quickly find information about medical symptoms.

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