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1 month ago

Google Chrome will finally stop loading Flash content by default at the end of 2016

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Google Chrome will finally stop loading all Flash content by default

Flash will effectively no longer be supported by default in Chrome.

With the forthcoming update to Chrome 53 in September, Google is finally taking its biggest step yet in the fight against using Flash on the internet. In that update, Chrome will move to block all non-essential Flash content on webpages by default, leaving only large essential Flash players run. This is a large step beyond the previous mandate of letting small or variably-sized Flash plugins — which are often used for behind-the-scenes functions like page analytics — run for fear that blocking them would break webpages' functionality.

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1 month ago

Google's latest Inbox update adds project management tie-ins with Trello, GitHub

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Going beyond reminders and into project management.

Google's advanced Inbox email app has picked up a sizable update with features that tie into some of the most-used project management services like Trello and GitHub, as well as new integrations with Google Alerts and Google Drive.

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1 month ago

Google Maps gets Wi-Fi only mode, ability to save offline areas to SD card

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Google is rolling out a sizeable update to Google Maps that brings a new Wi-Fi only offline mode. Once enabled, Maps will go offline when there's no Wi-Fi signal, with navigation limited to your areas you've downloaded to your device. As soon as you connect to a Wi-Fi network, the app regains full functionality.

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1 month ago

WhatsApp for Android: The ultimate guide

How to use WhatsApp for Android

Send text, photos, video, and more, using WhatsApp!

WhatsApp has 1 billion users, and it's not hard to see why.

You can send text messages, photos, videos, contacts, and locations, make calls, receive calls, and manage messages like a boss, for free. Yeah, free. No per-minute rate for calling internationally, or premium per text message sent or text message received. It's all free. All you need is an internet connection and an existing phone number and away you go!

It's not just sending messages and making calls that make WhatsApp a great alternative to your stock messaging app; you can manage all of your messages right in the app. You can star messages to look at later, double-check the statuses of messages you've sent, and much more.

WhatsApp seamlessly blends multimedia messaging to give you an easy-to-use platform wherein you create an account and you're off. Invite friends to join, and you can easily create group chats. If you've got friends that already use WhatsApp, it'll find them for you to make integration a breeze.

Need a hand getting started? We've created a handy guide to introduce you to the world of WhatsApp, and we literally mean world.

How to get set up with WhatsApp

WhatsApp has lots of features, but it's easy to set up. Here's how to get started.

How to use search in WhatsApp

WhatsApps' search feature lets you limit your search by chat or call. You can also search your contacts list, which is quite handy when you need to send someone a message and need to scroll through a hundred names.

How to manage notifications in WhatsApp

WhatsApp lets you manage your notification settings according by message-type. For instance, you can set up a Lady Gaga ringtone for WhatsApp calls while your chat notification is set to Chopsticks.

Security and Privacy settings in WhatsApp

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to send messages in WhatsApp

Sending messages is one of the core tenets of WhatsApp for Android. Here's what you need to know.

How to make calls in WhatsApp

WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You can place and receive calls via an internet connection and it doesn't cost you a penny (except, perhaps, for data charges).

How to back up and restore messages in WhatsApp

WhatsApp recently added the ability to back up and restore messages through Google Drive.

How to delete your WhatsApp account

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap more options button, then tap settings

  4. Tap on Account.
  5. Tap on Delete my account. It's the second option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.

    Tap account then tap delete account

  6. Type your phone number in the box provided.
  7. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button.

    Type phone number then tap delete my account

  8. Tap DELETE MY ACCOUNT again on the next screen. You can give a reason for why you're deleting your account there, if you like.
  9. Tap the DELETE MY ACCOUNT button on the final screen.

After you tap the big red button, your WhatsApp account and all of your data will be deleted from your phone and WhatsApp's servers. If you want to get back into using WhatsApp, you'll have to start from scratch and create a new WhatsApp account.

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1 month ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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1 month ago

Pokémon Go: How to choose the best eggs to incubate!

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You need to know which egg to incubate.

One of the more exercise-focused aspects of Pokémon Go is hatching eggs. Each egg has a distance meter next to it, and when you put that egg in an incubator it becomes active. When you walk the distance marked on the egg while playing the game, the egg will hatch and you'll get a brand new Pokémon with a bunch of Pokémon Candy for that creature.

The difficult thing here isn't the walking, it's choosing which egg to incubate next. You only get one incubator with unlimited uses, and every other incubator — whether purchased or received from a level up — has a three use limit. The best way to choose which eggs go in which incubator is to know which Pokémon are in the egg to begin with. While there's no what to know exactly which creature is in your specific egg, here's a list of Pokémon and the egg types they show up in.

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1 month ago

Developers: Which new Android N features are you planning to use?

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Android N has some great new features — which ones are you working with?

Android 7.0 is coming. Whether it hits soon, as rumors suggest, or we have to wait until September when LG releases the V20, it will be here soon. And that means a lot of work and energy drinks for the people getting their Android apps ready for the big changes.

While we don't have many visual or design changes with Android N, the changes done under-the-hood are pretty major. This is possibly the biggest Android update since Froyo, with a focus on streamlining everything from the development process to the user experience — all with security features in mind. Of course, that means to offer the best user experience from your app you'll have to spend the time to integrate some of the new features. Fun times.

Whether you're working with a media app and using Picture-in-Picture or Live TV Recording (please, my credit card is ready) or getting ready to offer your users the best damn notifications on the planet, we're interested in what you're doing! Take a minute to hit the poll so we (and everyone — Android is all about the apps) know what to expect.

Which new Android N features are you planning to use?

Android 7.0 Nougat

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1 month ago

Best apps for the Rio Olympics

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Best apps for the Rio Olympics

What's the best app for the Olympics?

We can't all stay glued to our TV sets for 17 days straight, so if you want to keep up-to-date on all the things happening at the Rio Olympics, you'll need the best apps available!

Here are our favorites!

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1 month ago

Android Wear smartwatches can now access stored passwords via Enpass

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The popular password manager Enpass is now available on Android Wear smartwatches, via an update to its Android app.

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1 month ago

Pokémon Go: The ultimate guide

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Once you've learned the basics, it's time to dive deeper into Pokémon Go.

If you're here, it's because you want to become the best Pokémon trainer that you can be. If you're just getting started with Pokémon Go, then you should check out our guide to getting started before diving in here. This guide is for those of you who are grinding levels, capturing Pokémon and taking over Gyms.

As you know by now, there is a lot going on with Pokémon Go, and we're going to detail most of it out for you here.

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1 month ago

Google Search has made it easier to find a great place to eat

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Google has announced that users of its Search app for Android will now be able to bring up reviews and "best of" lists of restaurants when they search for a great place to eat.

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1 month ago

Best apps for Android Auto

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We wish more apps were compatible with Android Auto, but right now here's the list.

Whether you recently got into Android Auto thanks to a new vehicle purchase or are looking for a new app to try out in your car, here is a list of Android apps that will work. Most of the apps are used to stream music or play other media in the car, but there are some others that you can use as well. Google has limited the selection and removed the ability to utilize apps that you sideload, so let's take a look at what you can get from Google Play to test in Android Auto.

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1 month ago

A parent's guide to Pokémon Go

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Your kids are playing Pokémon Go, but are they doing so safely? We can help!

You've heard of Pokémon Go by now. This global phenomenon recently exploded to popularity, and is being talked about everywhere. There's not one specific group of people playing the game, either. Kids, teens, and adults from every walk of life are wandering out in the real world with smartphones to play the game. The popularity of this game is unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and with that comes some very real concerns. News reports of car crashes, muggings, stabbings, and even the accidental discovery of a dead body have been connected to playing Pokémon Go, and it's easy to be concerned about your kids wandering out at all hours to play this game.

What you may not know is this game has some tools baked in that parents can use to ensure kids are playing this game safely and responsibly. Here's what you need to know!

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1 month ago

Apple Music for Android finally ditches the beta label

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The Apple Music app for Android has ditched the beta label, officially launching after first appearing in the Google Play Store back in November 2015.

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1 month ago

1Password launches subscription service, offers first six months for free

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AgileBits has announced a new subscription service for its 1Password suite of password management apps. The cost of the service will be $2.99 a month and, from now until September 21, you can get the first six months for free.

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