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5 months ago

YouTube Kids app now works with YouTube Red to offer ad-free videos

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Google has announced that its YouTube Kids app now works with its paid YouTube Red service in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. It now allows videos on the apps to no longer show ads, among other features.

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5 months ago

Chrome for Android now loads videos faster, consumes less battery

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Chrome for Android has been updated to version 52, bringing faster load times to videos while reducing the battery consumption. Google states that over a billion hours of video is played on Chrome every week, and with a majority of content viewed on mobile devices, the search giant is working to make the overall experience suck less.

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5 months ago

BlackBerry brings its Hub and other apps to more Android phones with Hub+ suite

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BlackBerry has announced the launch of the BlackBerry Hub+ suite of Android apps, which will be made available with a new software licensing program for mobile devices.

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5 months ago

Snapchat users in 10 cities can add special 'Geostickers" to their photos or chats

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Snapchat has added a new feature called "Geostickers", allowing users who are located in 10 specific cities to add location-based stickers to their photos or in chats.

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5 months ago

Instagram Stories let you share a fleeting glimpse of your day's best moments

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Introducing Instagram Stories from Instagram on Vimeo.

Instagram is launching a new feature today called Stories, which lets you share slideshows of photos and videos over the course of your day. These moments make up your Story, which you can share for 24 hours before they disappear. You don't have to worry about Stories cluttering your feed, either.

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5 months ago

Google's Android Security Bulletin for August 2016 is now live!

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Vulnerability patches are being rolled out to AOSP, and OTA updates are on the way shortly.

The August Security Update has been released, complete with a detailed post from Google detailing all of the issues that have been discovered and fixed. This update marks the first whole year of Google's promise to release monthly security-related updates to Android, and it's important to take a look at how few manufacturers have followed the Nexus line into releasing monthly updates to keep your phone secure.

While security may not be the most important smartphone feature for many users, it's usually pretty high on the list when something goes wrong — which is why these updates started in the first place! Here's a look at what you can expect from the August patch.

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5 months ago

How to save your battery while playing Pokémon Go

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You can't catch 'em all, if your battery dies.

So you're all-in on Pokémon Go — hunting through your neighborhood for PokéStops, Gyms, and of course, Pokémon. After a couple of hours, you realize that this game is an absolute battery drainer. But don't worry, it's not just you — this game uses mobile data, GPS, your screen and your camera, and that means sucking down a lot of battery every minute you're playing.

Pokémon Go is a high battery use application, which in more general terms, means that it can eat through your battery faster than you would think. So we've spent some time finding the best ways to save, and extend your battery life to get you the most time out there hunting Pokémon.

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5 months ago

Huge Pokémon Go update adds avatar re-customization, removes Pokémon footprints

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You can't argue with bug fixes ... but some won't like the removable of footprints.

Pokémon Go is picking up a big update today on Android that makes a couple of big changes to the game experience and joins with them a pile of bug fixes. The big change that's rubbing players the wrong way is that now you'll no longer see "footprints" of nearby Pokémon, meaning you won't be able to rely on those hints as to where the monsters are waiting to be caught. After seeing plenty of anecdotes about Pokémon Go players trespassing and generally going places they shouldn't just to track down Pokémon, Niantic has made this change and also added various new start-up warnings to hopefully help people make some better decisions.

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5 months ago

SwiftKey is 'working quickly' to address bug that causes predictions to show for the wrong account

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The mobile keyboard app company SwiftKey says that it is "working quickly" to fix an issue that was causing some users to see phones numbers and email addresses from strangers.

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5 months ago

How to manage Snapchat Memories on Android

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How to manage Snapchat Memories on Android

How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Now that you're getting used to using Snapchat Memories, learn how to navigate and edit old snaps, store videos and photos in a protected My Eyes Only section, and so much more!

Here are a few ways to manage Snapchat Memories for your Android phone.

How to edit an old Snap in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap on the photo or video you would like to edit.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and then tap the photo or video you would like to edit.

  4. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  5. Tap the little white pencil in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap stickers, text, or doodles in the upper right corner to edit your photo like you would a standard Snapchat.

    Tap and hold the photo to make a black border appear around it. Tap the little white pencil and then the stickers, text and doodles in the upper right corner.

  7. Tap the timer in the lower left corner to adjust how long the Snap will show for.
  8. Tap the arrow in the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap the timer and tap the arrow in the opposite corner to send your snap.

Just like sending a standard Snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to move a Snap to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to protect.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle underneath the main shutter button, and then tap and hold the photo you would like to protect.

  4. Tap My Snap in the upper lefthand corner
  5. Tap Move to My Eyes Only
  6. Tap Move.

    Tap my snap in the upper lefthand corner, tap move to my eyes only, and then tap move.

The Snap will then be moved to your password protected My Eyes Only section.

How to rename a Snapchat story in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and tap the stories tab.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to rename.
  5. Tap My Story in the upper left corner next to the menu (☰).

    Tap and hold the story bubble to rename it and then tap the my story tab in the upper left corner.

  6. Tap Name Story and title your story.
  7. Tap the check mark in the green circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap Names Story and title your story. Then tap the check mark in the right corner.

How to move your Story to My Eyes Only in Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle, and then tap on the stories tab.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to make private.
  5. Tap the menu (☰) in the upper left corner.

    Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to make private and then tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner.

  6. Tap Move Story to My Eyes Only.
  7. Tap Move.

    Tap move story to my eyes only and then tap move.

How to export individual Snaps from Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the Snap you would like to export.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen, tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button, and then tap and hold the snap you would like to export.

  4. Tap the menu (☰) in the upper left corner.
  5. Tap Export Snap. Select what you would like to do with that exported photo.

    Tap the menu in the upper corner and then tap export snap.

How to delete photos and videos from your Memories on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the red check mark in a circle in the upper right corner of the screen.

    Launch Snapchat, and then tap on the smaller white circle under the shutter button. Tap the red check mark in a circle in the upper right corner.

  4. Tap on the photos and videos you would like to select. A red check mark will appear on the selected photo/video.
  5. Tap the garbage can in the lower left corner.
  6. Tap Delete once the prompt appears.

    Tap on the photos and videos you would like to select. A red check mark will sppear. Tap the garbage can in the lower left corner and then tap delete on the prompt that appears.

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5 months ago

Pokémon Go 'tips' that are total nonsense

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Wanna know a sweet hack for leveling up faster? Go actually play the game.

Everyone's looking for an edge in Pokémon Go. Maybe you don't get to play as much as your friend, and that level and a half gain they have on you is sending that competitive itch you have into overdrive. Maybe your co-worker's bike ride to work means they hatch eggs twice as fast as you because you drive. Maybe that little jerk at the end of your street has basically been playing nonstop because school is out and that makes it next to impossible to take and hold the local gym. Whatever the reason, we get it. Sometimes you need an edge, and the sudden popularity of Pokémon Go meant the internet was immediately filled with "hacks" to give you that edge.

We've been documenting these little hacks and testing them for ourselves. Some of them work. Surprise! Most of them are fake. To help you sort through these "tips" we've got everything that has been thoroughly debunked here, including an explanation for why people thought the trick worked int he first place.

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5 months ago

Google brings add-ons to Docs and Sheets for Android

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Google Docs and Sheets users are getting a little bit of extra help with their workflow in the form of add-ons on Android.

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5 months ago

AT&T rolls out July 1 security patch, Wi-Fi calling for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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AT&T is rolling out updates for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing the July 1 security patch to both phones. The update also adds Wi-Fi calling support and other features, and bumps the software version to MMB29M.

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5 months ago

HERE Maps rebrands to HERE WeGo, adds new features

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HERE Maps, the mobile mapping app that was sold by Nokia to a group of car companies in late 2015, has released a major update for Android in the Google Play Store. It also includes a name change to HERE WeGo.

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5 months ago

Verizon rolls out small updates to the LG G5 and V10

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Verizon has started rolling out a fresh set of updates to both the LG G5 and LG V10, bringing along some slight tweaks to both.

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