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2 months ago

List reportedly containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials posted online

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Login credentials for hundreds of Spotify accounts have reportedly been posted online, and many of those users have stated their accounts for the streaming music service have been breached.

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2 months ago

Enpass password manager adds native two-factor authentication support

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Enpass is a popular offline, cross-platform password manager app that you can use to store your login credentials, credit card information, and other sensitive data. The Android app had fingerprint support for a while, and the latest update brings support for Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) authentication as well.

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2 months ago

India's Hotstar offers same-day broadcasts of Game of Thrones and more for ₹199 a month

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India's content streaming service Hotstar is taking on Netflix in the country by launching a premium subscription service that lets you watch same-day broadcasts of popular U.S. TV shows in high-definition. Season six of HBO's Game of Thrones kicked off last night, with the first episode now available for viewing in India through the service.

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2 months ago

Google Play Store may be coming to Chrome OS

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As Google I/O draws near, it looks like big things are in the works for Chrome OS.

Google has been working on getting Android apps on Chrome for a while. We saw the release of the ARC Welder tool in April 2015, helping developers port Android apps to Chrome OS. More recently, a new find by a user at Reddit might mean the entire Google Play Store is headed for your Chromebook.

After mentioning he briefly saw a mention of Allowing Android apps on the developer channel of Chrome in the settings page, another user provided a screen shot of a new dialog all about Google Play. A look into the Chrome source found more than one reference about both the setting and the new dialog, so something is in the works.

Many rumors about Chrome and Android merging have been heard, but Google always has maintained that the two will continue to be separate projects.

So what might be happening? That's the big question.

Right now, the Android Runtime for Chrome includes a rudimentary version of Play Services that allows Cloud Messaging, Google sign-in, a contacts provider and OATH2 support, as long as the developer does a few extra steps to set things up through the Google Developer console. For full access to the Google Play Store, this restriction would have to be lifted. This would mean a full version of Play Services either built into Chrome, or a bigger and better ARC module. Either of these two things could happen, but it would take Google building it and distributing it for it to actually work.

With Google I/O a month away, we expect to learn exactly what this means. We're pretty sure the end users would love to have access to a million or so Android apps on their Chromebook, but what will developers and publishers think? Having an app that lives right beside a web browser on a product with a full keyboard and mouse or trackpad means more thought goes into monetization and delivery, which means more work on one or both platforms. Teams working on social media apps, web portals and shopping apps (as well as any app that can also live as a web page) will have their work cut out for them, that's for sure. It's going to be an interesting ride.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: TimmyMe, Instagram Layout, Kolorette

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Our weekly app picks

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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2 months ago

Can I use apps on my Chromebook?

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Apps for your Chromebook are just a click away.

If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that people love to use "apps." That's in quotes for a reason — because it's not really anything new.

The word apps is a shortened term for applications, because everyone loves to shorten things. We've been using applications — aka programs — since we first started using computers. In fact, at one time Windows used to be an app that ran on top of DOS that let you do things with a mouse instead of typing a bunch of stuff into a command prompt. Even before that, people have been building apps and running them on computers since the days of punch-card programming. Days I do not miss at all.

It makes sense that people want to know if the Chromebook they're thinking of buying can run apps, and the good news is that they most certainly can — and it's pretty easy to get started.

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2 months ago

Today, we celebrate our 99-cent 'Independence Day'

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Movie fans who like to buy them on the cheap should jump on today's sale in the Google Play Store. The classic sci-fi invasion film Independence Day can be bought for just 99 cents for Android phone and tablet owners.

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2 months ago

Project Fi app's new widget will let you track your data usage at a glance

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If you're a subscriber to Google's Project Fi, you'll now be able to track your data usage via a handy widget.

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2 months ago

Bank of America app adds fingerprint sign-in for Marshmallow phones

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Thanks to the latest update to Bank of America's Android app, more users can now log in with just a touch.

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2 months ago

Sprint pushes Marshmallow to Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and S5 Sport

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Sprint has started pushing out a pair of new Marshmallow updates, this time bringing Android 6.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S5 Sport.

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2 months ago

Google is seeking beta testers for an upcoming travel app

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Google is emailing selected people to sign up and take a survey so they could possibly be picked to beta test an upcoming travel assistance app.

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2 months ago

Facebook will adjust your News Feed based on how long you look at articles

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Facebook has started rolling more changes to its News Feed. It will now take into account how long a person spends looking at an article.

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2 months ago

Live TV listings are headed to Google search results

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Google has revealed that you'll soon be able to quickly check live TV listings inside of Google Search.

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2 months ago

How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

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How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my!

In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts.

There's no longer a need for third-party apps and jumping around between your music and podcasts, since you now have a one stop shop. Google Play Music's podcasts are missing a couple features, like being able to queue up multiple episodes from different podcasts, but features like that are likely forthcoming.

We've put together a quick guide to get you up and running.

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2 months ago

Google Keep's new Chrome extension makes saving from the web much easier

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Google is rolling out some nice update to its Keep note taking product both on the web and Android. It's now easier to save items from the web with Keep's new extension for Chrome, which allows you to save a website, or part of one, with just the click of a button. Similarly, you can now use the Share option on Android to save something to Keep.

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