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3 weeks ago

Password manager Enpass now working seamlessly on Chromebooks, including browser autofill

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Keeping your passwords safe and synced is just as important on a Chromebook.

Password manager Enpass has just released an update to include complete support for Chromebooks, following a couple of initial teasers as the Google Play Store started rolling out to Chrome OS. With the latest update you can install Enpass on your Chromebook and have access to all of your secure passwords and information, and of course any changes or additions you make will be synced back to your other devices.

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3 weeks ago

Any.do takes on Todoist's productivity smarts with AI-powered Assistant

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Any.do is back for another round of productiveness.

Any.do has been around since the HTC Evo 4G was the best phone you could buy. I'll just let that sink in for a second.

The productivity app has long been known for its attractive yet spare interface, gesture-friendly controls and extensive feature set, but in recent years has been surpassed by Todoist, Wunderlist and a host of competitors in one main area: context-based assistance.

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3 weeks ago

Google is slowly making Allo a messaging app worth using

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If only all messengers were this customizable.

I like Allo. Granted, I'm forcing my husband to use the app as our primary means of communication, but it's because I genuinely enjoy the variety of customization as we're typing messages back and forth.

Google has updated Allo with more friendly functionality. There's now a feature called Smart Smiley that pops up relevant emojis as you're typing. Additionally, you can now choose from a variety of themes to spice up your chat windows.

Allo has also added a new Fantastic Beasts sticker pack for those who are fans of J.K. Rowling's fantasy empire. And if a pal sends over a sticker from a pack you don't currently have, you can tap on it in the chat window to download it and reciprocate the sentiment.

The new Allo features begin rolling out today for both Android and iOS devices.

More: Everything you need to know about Allo

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3 weeks ago

Ace the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam with this certification prep course, now just $49.99

Whether you are looking to start a new career or just advance the one you are in currently, you'll need some certifications under your belt to make you stand out above the others. Unfortunately, getting certifications can be a time consuming and expensive process. You need time to study, money to pay for the courses, and then you just have to hope that you can keep up with that and your regular job. Well, it doesn't have to be that way.

How does lifetime access to more than 76 courses that contain just shy of 40 hours of training sound? Well, with this awesome certification training package you can work towards becoming certified in one of the industry's most respected certification organizations. You'll be able to access the material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can do things on your schedule, and this will also help you meet that 35 contact-hour requirement fo rthe exam and certification.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook Messenger notifications now work within Android Auto

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One of the most popular messaging apps now works on your dash.

When Android Auto finally expanded to be able to run directly on phones we were excited about the prospects of how many apps would expand to the platform, and Facebook is one of the latest to do so with its Messenger service. With the latest updates to Facebook Messenger, you'll now be notified of messages from your friends and families while in the car with Android Auto.

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3 weeks ago

New Google Photos editing tools leverage machine learning to make your pictures great

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Make the most of every photo you take with the latest Google Photos tools.

Alongside the launch of it awesome new picture scanning app PhotoScan, Google is rolling out new and enhanced editing tools for the core Google Photos app as well. The new tools bring the Photos app closer to the level of editing you expect from other third-party photography apps, but Google is also going a step ahead by integrating its machine learning expertise.

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3 weeks ago

Google's new PhotoScan app gets your printed photos up to the cloud

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It's getting even easier to build up a digital archive of your old photos.

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Most of us use Google Photos to back up every shot we take, but now Google has a great tool that lets you capture and upload your old printed photos as well. It's called PhotoScan, and it's a simple tool that will help you get your old prints backed up to the cloud right alongside your new photos taken with your phone.

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3 weeks ago

Twitter introduces tool to mute words, hashtags and emoji

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Twitter is trying to win back the support of people who have left the network.

Twitter has debuted a number of new tools to cut down on harassment and improve user engagement on a network that repeatedly has been accused of fostering hate speech through its public forum.

The main feature is an expansion of the "mute" tool that previously only allowed for the silencing of individual accounts. Now, users can mute or block specific words, hashtags and even emoji, along with individual conversations, to prevent being notified when those terms are used. Twitter wrote in a blog post,

This is a feature we've heard many of you ask for, and we're going to keep listening to make it better and more comprehensive over time.

The new tool comes into effect over the coming days for all users worldwide, and is being introduced alongside a revamped "hateful conduct policy" that makes it easier to report hate speech and other harassing behavior. Twitter says it has also trained "all of our support teams on our policies, including special sessions on cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct, and implemented an ongoing refresher program. We've also improved our internal tools and systems in order to deal more effectively with this conduct when it's reported to us. Our goal is a faster and more transparent process."

Despite being demoed on iOS, the Android version should work the same as below.

What do you think? Will this be an effective tool to stop harassment?

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3 weeks ago

WhatsApp officially launches video calling

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Major new feature rolling out 'in the coming days.'

A few weeks after WhatsApp added video calling to its beta channel, the Facebook-owned chat platform has announced that it's ready for stable roll-out. The new version will reach WhatsApp users on Android, iOS and Windows "in the coming days."

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3 weeks ago

Get a lifetime of 1TB cloud backup from Zoolz for just $39

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee.

Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

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Right now, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on 1TB of cloud storage from Zoolz — a single payment of $39 gives you lifetime access. Does this seem cheap? It is! This is 98% off the regular price of $3600.

You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

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Considering 1TB of storage from other popular services costs about $10 per month, this deal will pay for itself in four months, and you can keep using it forever. Even if you don't think you need it now, you probably will need it in the future. Don't miss this great opportunity to snag 1TB of cloud storage for only $39!

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3 weeks ago

Google Play Music update adds machine learning and a fresh new look

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Context awareness and AI smarts could help Google find more music that you'll love.

Google has just announced the biggest overhaul of its Play Music streaming service in years. On the face of it, Play Music has moved beyond the card-centric design of old, and now shows an interface built around album art, bright colors and vector graphics. Instead of shaded squares, graphics now expand to fill the entire window. (And there's a lot less orange going on, too.)

But aside from these superficial changes, the way Google recommends music for you is about to get a whole lot smarter, thanks to AI.

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3 weeks ago

Best Journaling Apps for Android

Journey — Diary, Journal

Journey is the best journal app available on Android today. It not only allows you to journal from you phone, but also gives you access to all of the bells and whistles on your tablet, or computer.

Best overall

Journey

Journey — Diary, Journal

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Journey manages to one up other journaling apps with a combination of great features and a beautiful presentation. You can make photo or written entries, geotag your entries, and even access the service from your computer. While you are making entries you can enable the app to log the weather, add a variety of media, and even whether you are participating in an activity when you ought to be journaling. It uses Material Design to make navigating through the app as easy as possible, and even writing from your phone is simple and easy to edit.

Bottom line: With accessibility without paying a dime, and easy intuitive use, Journey easily becomes the Journal app that all others ought to be measured against.

One more thing: Journey offers a premium mode which gets you access to even more features that make keeping a journal easy. These include access to Markdown, further aesthetic customization, the ability to see which device you last used the app on, and plenty more.

Why Journey is the best

The right features, and accessibility across devices is what makes Journey the best.

Being able to access your journal from any location is a huge benefit for anyone who wants to take control of their digital journal. After all, if you're sitting at your computer, it's far easier to type out a prolonged entry than it would be by using the keyboard on your phone. That's one of the places that Journey really shines. It offers you access to your journal on tablet, phone, or computer.

While plenty of other journaling apps offer tons of great features, Journey is a complete package. As soon as you open the app you'll see your last entry, and are immediately able to start a new one. When you're writing up that new journal entry, there are a variety of ways to augment the text, using locations, tags, photos — anything, really. You can also let your device detect the local weather in your location, and import fitness data from your daily activities.

You get access to a calendar as well. It allows you to easily scroll through and see when you have updated your journal. This is just one of the ways that you can easily find old journal entries to go back over them. The second option for finding an entry you need to look back over is by searching with tags. Once you start to tag posts, they'll pop up in your sidebar making it easy to track down anything that you need without a problem.

Journey also offers a Premium version. While the free version is excellent and gives you a great experience, Premium adds Markdown support for additional formatting, along with security features that let you see which device you used the app on last.

Best for media

Day Journal

 Personal Diary

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Day Journal: Personal Diary delivers a great journaling experience with an emphasis on media. When you are writing an entry, you'll get a word count, and a number of features to help customize your entries. These include tagging, detecting local weather, location tags, and the ability to add how you are feeling. While there are more features like attaching photos, and looking at statistics, you'll have to upgrade to the Pro version to access them.

Day Journal puts a serious emphasis on having media attached to your journal entries. That's because the days of folding a snapshot into a paper journal are over for many people. By adding photos or audio to a specific entry you can remember that day more vividly. It's a small feature that really does make a big difference for people who like to go back and relive their memories through a journal. Now that means more than just words, it means photos and audio clips as well.

Bottom line: Day Journal is a great app that places most of its best features behind a paywall. While it can get the job done, it doesn't excel in any single area.

One more thing: If you do decide to pony up for those sweet Premium features you'll be able to add media and audio to your entries, as well as checking out your writing statistics.

Best for Sync

Diaro

 Diary, Journal, Notes

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Diaro aims to give you control as to how you organize everything in your digital journal. Each time you add an entry you'll be able to select a folder and tags for it to live in. This is how they make it easy to go back and find a specific entry when you're ready to look it over. There aren't many options while you are writing entries you can add locations and photos. Diaro also gives you the option to enter a full screen mode which can make it easier to concentrate while you are writing.

Diaro also offers a Pro version of the app. The perks are pretty decent, too, with the added ability to export entries to PDF along with cloud sync using your Dropbox account. The Calendar will also help you look over recent entries by showing you the dates that you have journaled in the recent past. It uses Dropbox to store and sync your journal across devices, if you so choose.

That Dropbox sync option is no joke either. It stores your journal on Dropbox, and syncs quickly and effectively. This means that if you switch out phones, it's a breeze to access your journal from a new device. It adds a layer of accessibility that just cannot be overstated. Nobody wants the hassle of trying to figure out how to transfer their journal when they upgrade devices, and with Dropbox support you won't need to worry.

Bottom line: Diaro gives you a decent experience that will let you focus on your journaling without bogging you down in many features.

One more thing: The biggest perk of upgrading to Pro is the ability to link up with your Dropbox which allows you to backup and export your journal entries for better safe keeping.

Best for security

Penzu

Penzu

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Penzu aims to offer you a stress free journaling experience. When you first get started you'll create a new journal, and name it. This is where your entries will be stored. The free version is a very bare-bone approach to journaling: you'll be able to write entries, add in photos, and make some tweaks to the format, but that's about it. Penzu Pro gives you access to unlimited journals, custom journal covers, custom fonts, 256-bit encryption security, reminders to journal at specific times of the day and even more.

Penzu's golden feature, and the one that might really grab your attention, is it's security lock. A digital journal is harder to access than a normal one, and that lends itself to being more secure. Penzu takes the fact that your journal may well be where your most private thoughts are stored and aims to give you protection to make sure no one has eyes on it, unless you have given them access.

Bottom line: Penzu is all about simplicity, with a basic free version that pushes you to upgrade to a subscription.

One more thing: Penzu Pro is a monthly membership, but does give you access to fantastic features, not the least of which is the ability to securely lock your journal.

Conclusion

There are plenty of great journaling apps out there that make keeping a digital diary easy. Each one is a bit different and it offers different features to let it stand out in the crowd. However many journaling apps hide their best assets behind a paywall, and that's where Journey truly stands out. It gives you tons of options and features for free, and if you decide to go Pro simply expands those options and features.

Best overall

Journey

Journey — Diary, Journal

See at Google Play

Journey manages to one up other journaling apps with a combination of great features and a beautiful presentation. You can make photo or written entries, geotag your entries, and even access the service from your computer. While you are making entries you can enable the app to log the weather, add a variety of media, and even whether you are participating in an activity when you ought to be journaling. It uses Material Design to make navigating through the app as easy as possible, and even writing from your phone is simple and easy to edit.

Bottom line: With accessibility without paying a dime, and easy intuitive use, Journey easily becomes the Journal app that all others ought to be measured against.

One more thing: Journey offers a premium mode which gets you access to even more features that make keeping a journal easy. These include access to Markdown, further aesthetic customization, the ability to see which device you last used the app on, and plenty more.

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4 weeks ago

Best Calendar Apps for Android

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Best Calendar Apps

For simplicity, power and the best integration with various calendar sources, Google Calendar is the way to go.

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Google Calendar

Google Calendar

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Google's own calendar app has been refined over the years to a point where it's both elegant and functional. And it's not just for Google stored calendars, either, with support for "all calendars on your phone, including Exchange."

Some of the nifty features on hand include a schedule view with photos and maps of places you'll be heading to, smart suggestions on places, people and the ability to create calendar events based on reservations for things like flights and restaurants that appear in your Gmail inbox.

If it didn't already come pre-loaded on your phone, you can get it for free.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a calendar that covers all the bases then Google Calendar is a top pick.

One More Thing: Google Calendar also jives well with Google Assistant, making it an especially good choice if you've got a Pixel or Pixel XL.

Why Google Calendar is the best

Sometimes stock is more than enough. Google's calendar app is more than capable to handle all your scheduling needs, while keeping things simple and clean.

With the power of Google behind it, this app is smart enough to suggest titles, contacts and places as you type in your event information. It will also automatically scan your Gmail and add reservations for flights, restaurants and more if you allow permission for it. Essentially, if you've enjoyed using other Google products and apps, you'll be more than happy with everything that Google has included here.

Best for email integration

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook

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Not the first app you might think of when looking for a calendar, but the truth is that Microsoft Outlook on Android is really good. It combines your email, including Gmail, and calendars, including Google, inside one app so you can manage both in one hit.

Microsoft recently acquired the hugely popular Sunrise Calendar, and it has been fold into its Outlook apps. That combination of Sunrise smarts and Outlook power has produced something worth checking out.

Bottom-line: Microsoft Outlook is a good option if you want to access your email and calendar all in one place.

One more thing: Event icons are just one of the features that the Sunrise team has brought into the fold. Try typing "coffee" or "lunch" the next time you create an event and just see what happens in your agenda view.

Best design

SolCalendar

SolCalendar

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SolCalendar is described as a "life management tool" and it's not far from the truth. Besides a whole bunch of different calendars, Sol will pull in weather reports, sync with Google Tasks, supports Google Maps and Foursquare integrations, Lunar Calendars and more.

And it's all wrapped up into an elegant and intuitive user experience that also boasts some fancy looking home screen widgets, too.

Bottom-line: SolCalendar features a beautiful design and is considered one of the best alternatives to Google Calendar.

One more thing: Use stickers to add some fun flair to your calendar.

Best overall

Google Calendar

Google Calendar

See on Google Play

Google's own calendar app has been refined over the years to a point where it's both elegant and functional. And it's not just for Google stored calendars, either, with support for "all calendars on your phone, including Exchange."

Some of the nifty features on hand include a schedule view with photos and maps of places you'll be heading to, smart suggestions on places, people and the ability to create calendar events based on reservations for things like flights and restaurants that appear in your Gmail inbox.

If it didn't already come pre-loaded on your phone, you can get it for free.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a calendar that covers all the bases then Google Calendar is a top pick.

One More Thing: Google Calendar also jives well with Google Assistant, making it an especially good choice if you've got a Pixel or Pixel XL.

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4 weeks ago

Google Play Newsstand gets redesigned home screen, bottom toolbar

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Google Play Newsstand is now better than ever.

Google has released a new version of Play Newsstand, its one-stop shop for news, magazines and other written content, with an updated home screen design and a bottom tab bar that replaces the left-side hamburger menu.

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4 weeks ago

How to enable two-step verification on WhatsApp

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It's time to secure your WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification on its platform, giving users the ability to secure their accounts with a passcode. The service relies on an SMS confirmation whenever you set it up on a new phone, and the new measure provides an added layer of security. Given the relative ease with which you can set it up and the added security benefits, there's no reason not to create a passcode for your WhatsApp account.

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