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3 weeks ago

OnePlus 3/3T get new Notes app and security patch in latest Open Beta

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Open Beta 29 for OnePlus 3, Open Beta 20 for OnePlus 3T.

The OnePlus 5T might be OnePlus's latest product, but that doesn't mean the company's stopped supporting its older hardware. After pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo to the OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5, there's now a new OxygenOS Open Beta for the 3/3T that has a pretty lengthy changelog.

Perhaps the most notable addition with this latest version of the Open Beta is the new OnePlus Notes app. Along with taking regular text-based notes, you can also share notes you take as pictures and add them to the Shelf with the Memo widget.

OnePlus also has a new widget for its Weather app, and there are enhancements when copying and editing for OxygenOS's Quick Clipboard feature.

The File Manager now has a new category for large files and improvements in speed when deleting bigger files, and general System updates include:

  • Added OTG toggle in Quick Settings
  • Added notification when 3rd party apps delete contacts
  • Updated Android security patch to December
  • General bug fixes and improvements

This version of the OxygenOS Open Beta is v29 for the OnePlus 3 and v20 for the 3T, but OnePlus says that it's temporarily stopped the rollout due to a "small issue." The update will be resumed once this is fixed, and we'll update the article accordingly when that happens.

OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3

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3 weeks ago

Snapchat wants you to watch Stories outside of its app

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Get ready to see Snapchat Stories everywhere you go.

Ever since Snapchat launched its Stories feature, we've seen endless clones from the likes of Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. Stories has become the bread and butter of Snapchat for a lot of users, and according to a new report, we could soon start seeing them outside of the Snapchat app for the first time ever.

Per sources that have spoken to Cheddar, "Stories Everywhere" is a new product Snapchat is developing that'll allow Stories to be shared online and on other social networks. The idea is similar to how Twitter and YouTube allow you to embed tweets/videos on other sites, and it'd enable Snapchat's content to be shared on a much broader scale than ever before.

Snapchat is said to be developing Stories Everywhere with Rahul Chopra (former Senior Vice President and Global Head of Video at News Corp), and while Stories Everywhere is still in its early stages, it's already suspected that you'll be able to view Stories with a web player that'll ask you to also download the Snapchat app and sign up if you haven't already at some point while watching them.

This news follows just about a month after Snapchat announced the redesigned UI for its app, and with competition in the social space never letting up, big moves like this just might be what Snapchat needs in order to stay alive and well.

Custom Snapchat Lenses can now be made on Windows and Mac with Lens Studio

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3 weeks ago

What's so great about stock Android?

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Our forum users talk about whether or not stock Android is truly better than custom OEM skins.

If you've been in the Android space for any amount of time, you've likely heard people talk about how much better stock Android is when compared to custom skins created by OEMs. This is a debate that's been going on for years now, and while the general consensus among a lot of folks has been that stock is king, some of our forum users recently got to talking about why exactly this is.

While Android skins have gotten a lot lighter and less cluttered recently, there's still no denying that there are certain software advantages you get with a phone like Google Pixel 2 over the Galaxy S8. Stock Android really shines when it comes to things like smooth performance and reliability, but I'll let our forum users do the talking now.

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MooMooPrincess 12-24-2017 10:08 PM “

There's really no stock Android anymore. Even the pixel comes with Google's own launcher now. But I get what you mean and for me it's just way smoother and everything to me is just clean and minimalist like I try to live my life.

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digitalbreak 12-24-2017 10:17 PM “

It's the duplicate apps. If only all these OEMs stop investing in building their own dialers, messages and many more and just use Google apps. They could have those in the Play Store as an optional download but baking it into the firmware is where it gets problematic. This is the biggest reason folks choose Pixel over other Android phones. However you can now see many companies actually use...

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AustinTech 12-25-2017 09:05 AM “

I fell in love with stock Android with the Nexus 6P. Such a smooth and liberating experience! Other phones at the time had janky software and some pretty bad color accents plus updates (particularly security) were very slow. The 6P has a great camera, the first for a Nexus device. Well, things have changed now. A lot of the jank has disappeared and at least with Samsung, security updates are...

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donm527 12-25-2017 06:16 PM “

In the past the difference between Stock Android and the rest was much clearer to see... Companies like Samsung and HTC and LG created crap like TouchWiz and WebSense that were just terrible and with TouchWiz for example you have the infamous lag in their OS after owning it for a short time. I personally never cared for TouchWiz and wouldnt never buy a Samsung because of it. The Note 7 was the...

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Aquila 12-26-2017 10:14 AM “

Less bloat, faster, smoother, visually better (IMO), apparently easier to update in a timely manner + this is Android, not iOS. The vast majority of a normal user experience comes from the Play Store, not from the OEM. Also, giving Samsung (or LG, etc) access to user data means being subjected to their privacy policies, etc. - which, if data privacy and security are important to that user,...

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What about you – Do you prefer stock Android over manufacturer skins?

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3 weeks ago

Instagram now shows posts from accounts you don't follow in your main feed

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Like it or not, recommended posts are now part of your feed.

Throughout December alone, Instagram's made some fairly big updates to its main feed. The middle of the month saw a new option to follow hashtags to keep up to date with trends/topics that you're interested in, and just about a week ago, Instagram started rolling out an in-line comment feature to make it even faster to leave your thoughts on photos/videos.

Now, Instagram is launching a new "Recommended for You" section in your main feed that shows posts from accounts you don't follow that it thinks you'll like. Instagram has made sure this section of posts looks different from regular accounts/hashtags you follow, and TechCrunch says Recommended for You shows between three and five posts at a time.

Instagram's been showing recommended content in the Explore tab for a while now, but this is the first time we've seen the social network push these recommendations into the main feed. You can't permanently remove the recommended posts, but tapping on the three dots and then the "Hide" option will make these disappear until you've gone through all of the new ones from who you're actually following.

It's good that Instagram isn't completely forcing this new feature down users' throats, but we can't imagine this is a change that'll be welcomed with open arms. What are your thoughts on all of this?

Instagram's Android app gets 'add a comment' button in main feed

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3 weeks ago

These 5 Apps Are Almost Guaranteed To Help You Save Money On Your Cellphone Plan

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There's an app for everything — even saving some money every month on your phone bill!

Everyone likes to save a little cash when it comes time to pay the monthly cell phone bill. Once you've done all your homework and found the plan that's best for you from the company that offers the best service there are still a few things you can do to make sure you're not spending too much on things you don't need or want. Like everything else, there are apps for that!

Here are five apps that can help you trim a little fat from your monthly phone bill.


My Data Manager

You should only be paying for the data you need. While some carriers like Google's Project Fi only bill for the exact amount of data you use each month, most companies don't give credit for data paid for but not used. That means paying for the right amount is pretty important.

Ways to monitor how much data you use are probably built into your phone, but the best way to make sure we use any software utility is to make it easy. Enter My Data Manager. Track how much data you use through mobile and Wi-Fi with roaming data accounted for separately, keep track of voice minutes and text messages, track shared or family plan data totals and more all from one app or home screen widget. Finally, My Data Manager also has what's called a Plan Matcher that keeps track of plans offered in the U.S. and can help make sure you're using the right one based on your usage history.

Download: My Data Manager (free)

WhatsApp

Stop paying for texts or for any international texting plan. Just stop right now!

WhatsApp was designed to replace SMS plans from the ground up because in most places around the world texting isn't "free" or built into the monthly plan costs — just like international messaging for many plans in the U.S. And there are now over a billion daily users because it's really good at it. Spending the extra money to text a friend or relative overseas is crazy when you can do it better for free.

Download: WhatsApp Messenger (free)

Skype

Those same friends and relatives who are outside the U.S. might enjoy a phone call every now and then, too. Of course, those aren't usually part of your "free unlimited voice calls" either.

Skype is to voice calls what WhatsApp is to texting — a better way to do it that doesn't cost any extra cash. Both parties install the free app and set up an account with Microsoft (you probably already have one of these anyway) and you can make calls that usually have the same or better quality than they would if you just called the "regular" phone number.

There are a ton of apps that can do this, but since Microsoft is behind Skype we're pretty sure it's here to stay and isn't suddenly going to stop working. As a plus, you can use Skype on any computer with internet access, too.

Download: Skype (free)


Your cable company's Wi-Fi network

Chances are you have cable television, and chances are the company you pay for it offers a Wi-Fi network you can use with your account login.

The way this works is through an app that notices when a Wi-Fi hotspot through your cable company (Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, whoever) and when it finds one you connect through it instead of your data plan.

It's "free" as in its part of your monthly cable bill, it's secure because it's not a public Wi-Fi network and it's automatic so you won't need to remember to do anything. All you need to do is install the right app and set it up.

Datally

Datally is a relatively new service from Google you've probably never heard of. But you will be glad you did if you want to see about saving some money on your cell phone bill.

It's a data monitor with a twist — it also uses your phone's built-in tools to set up a local VPN (no data goes to Google or outside of your phone, ever) that can block or manually dole out data access to specific apps that you define. Use this in tandem with My Data Manager to find the very best plan that fits your needs and stop paying any extra money.

Download Datally (free)

Alternative carriers (MVNOS)

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3 weeks ago

Best Calendar Apps for Android 2018

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Best Calendar Apps

A calendar app can help keep track of your busy schedule.

With a busy, awesome life full of parties, appointments, and work deadlines, keeping track of everything on your schedule can seem almost impossible. Unless of course, you've got a handy calendar app in your pocket to help ensure you don't accidentally overbook yourself or miss your niece's recital. With that in mind, we've put together our favorite calendar apps for android.

Check out our picks here!

Google Calendar

Google Calendar

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.

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.

If it didn't already come pre-loaded on your phone, you can get it for free. Additionally, Google Calendar also works with Google Assistant. So you can ask your Assistant to add an item to your calendar and be done with it! With the latest update, you can now drag and drop events within your calendar as well, making it easy to reschedule an event without taking too much time to do it.

Download: Google Calendar

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook

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 Outlook is a good option if you want to access your email and calendar all in one place, with access to great features. 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. Outlook gets regular patches to streamline the user process, and recently they added functionality for 10 new languages including Uzbek and Bosnian Latin.

Download: Microsoft Outlook (free)

DigiCal Calendar

Being able to personalize not just the content of your calendar, but also the way it looks and acts is a perk that just about everyone would like to take advantage of. That's also exactly what DigiCal does. You can switch between nine different themes, color code events, and even view multiple agendas all at once.

There are six different widgets you can use to keep an eye on your calendar from your home screen, and you also get access to the weather profile so that you can plan your day accordingly. If you like to color code things in order to keep better track, there are 42 different colors available for you to use.

Download: DigiCal Calendar (free)

aCalendar

Having the ability to easy add, adjust, and color code everything going on in your busy life is key for some people, and that's where aCalendar comes in. This app is nearly overflowing with features including 48 colors per calendar, Google Calendar management, moon phases, and more.

While the basic version of aCalendar is absolutely free, you can opt for something a bit stronger by upgrading to aCalendar+. It'll net you features like having school holidays appear on your calendar, unlocking business features, removes all ads from the app, and even donates 10% of the purchase to rainforest conservation.

aCalendar makes keeping track of everything going on easy, which is always a good sign. You can add or edit events by tapping, or long pressing on the screen and tons of colors means that even the busiest itinerary can be kept on top of. aCalendar also includes support for 30 different languages which are primarily added by users, which means if you speak a certain dialect you might be able to get support for it through this app.

Download: aCalendar (Free with in-app purchases)

How do you keep track?

Having a calendar app in your pocket can let you keep track of everything going on in your life, as well as making it easy to schedule new events without racking your brain trying to remember what you've forgotten. While there are plenty of awesome calendar apps out there, these are definitely our favorites. Do you have an excellent app that should have made our list? Did we name your favorite? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below!

December 2017: We've added aCalendar and DigiCal Calendar to our list to ensure you always know the best calendar apps on Android!

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3 weeks ago

Android One Moto X4 now being updated to 8.0 Oreo

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It's finally here! 🍪

There are a few different versions of the Moto X4 that you can purchase, but one of our favorites is the Android One variant. Available through Motorola and on Project Fi, the Android One Moto X4 offers a stock build of Android that runs and feels great. The Moto X4 shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, but it's now being updated to 8.0 Oreo.

Updating your Android One Moto X4 will change the build number to OPW27.1, and it comes with all of the Oreo goodies you'd expect – including picture-in-picture, adaptive notification dots, the latest Android security patch, and plenty more.

Oreo is rolling out to the Moto X4 now, so if you haven't received an OTA update just yet, it should be hitting your device soon.

Android Oreo

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3 weeks ago

Google Play: Everything you need to know!

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How to get the most out of the Google Play Store

Google Play is the cornerstone of Google's ecosystem of content and has become a critical part of Android. It reaches almost all of Android and through Play Services is capable of fixing many of Android's problems, especially in regards to updates and security. Google Play also is a content library and ecosystem that is accessible on more platforms than almost any other.

Born as the Android Market, it's grown from just a home for apps and is now the one-stop shop for applications, books, movies, music, TV shows — basically anything and everything that you can buy and use on your Android phone or tablet.

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3 weeks ago

Google Photos: Everything you need to know!

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Save memories, store and catalog your photos, make edits, and more with Google Photos.

Google Photos is more than just an app for storing your photos. While on the surface it's primarily for backing up photos, there are more ways to edit and share hidden inside. You also have some serious control over every aspect of the photos. This goes from which folders get backed up, to the image quality you upload your photos to, to seeing the photos that you have shared in the past. It gives you a solid place to store and sync all of your photos so that you never lose one again.

How to set up Google Photos

Google Photos aims to be your one-stop shop for all of your Photos. Before you can start to take advantage of the many things you can do by using Google Photos, you need to know the basics. This includes things like choosing your image upload quality, understanding the Google Photos Assistant, and choosing which device folders get synced with Google Photos.

Share your photos with friends

Google Photos makes it so easy to share your memories and photos with friends, family, and colleagues. You have control over who can see the photos that you share, and even set up specific folders for sharing.

Manage your photos

When it comes to keeping track of all of your photos, Google makes that easy for you to. You can create new folders, share specific folders, and even add to existing folders, or allow folks to collaborate and add their own photos to the folder you have invited them to.

Additional features

Google Photos has plenty of additional features that you might not have heard about. Just because features are hidden a bit under the surface doesn't mean that you shouldn't check them out, though. With powerful photo editing built right in, there are some things you may not have seen about Google Photos.

Are you a fan of Google Photos?

Google Photos delivers a great app that can be used to share, save, upload, and even edit, your photos. With plenty of features that are easy to use, it becomes a great storage tool for the photos you take every day. Do you use Google Photos for storing your snapshots? Be sure to drop us a line in the comments and tell us about it.

Update, December 2017: This article has been updated with all the latest links and relevant Google Photos information.

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3 weeks ago

Best Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using

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10 Chrome extensions you didn't know existed but should be using

What are the best Chrome extensions I should be using?

The amount of time most people spend browsing the internet continues to rise each year, and Google's Chrome browser attempts to be the most comfortable and versatile browser out there. To aid in its quest, Google allows for developers to market small software extensions that modify and (in most cases) ameliorate your browsing experience. Here are 10 Chrome extensions you didn't know about but should be using.

Enhanced History

Finding some page you looked at in Chrome two weeks ago is extremely difficult using the default history tools. Enhanced History to the rescue!

You can search for almost anything you've stumbled across in the Chrome browser using a URL, title or keyword and extra search parameters make it easier to pinpoint the exact thing you need to find. If only Google were as good at search as Enhanced history is!

See at Chrome Web Store

TL;DR

TLDR

TL;DR is the answer to articles on the internet that are too long to read. Highlight article text, click the TL;DR button located next to your address bar, and read a well-constructed summary of the article. You can adjust the length of the summary depending on how much time you have or how involved you want to get. It does a good job of condensing the article without cutting out important bits of information.

See at Chrome Web Store

Keepa

Keepa

Keepa gives you some pretty in-depth information about Amazon products and prices, and lets you set price-drop alerts to keep you in the know. Check price history charts for all iterations of a product (including different colors and sizes), and compare Amazon prices from all over the world. You can even import your Amazon wishlist and assign alerts for when specific items drop below a certain price. Go to Amazon and hover over any item while Keepa is running; a graph will pop up with extended information. Never get ripped off again!

See at Chrome Web Store

Web Timer

Web Timer

Web Timer is a double-edged sword. You're getting data that helps you better manage your time, but said data can be depressing. You'll find yourself asking questions, like, "Did I really spend four hours on Reddit yesterday?" You can add sites to a white-list so that time spent is not recorded, and you can change time measurement parameters from "Today", to "Average", to "Lifetime." Take Web Timer for a spin — you won't be disappointed (or you will, but only in yourself)!

See at Chrome Web Store

PanicButton

PanicButton

This app is ideal for the classic situation where you're slacking off at work and your boss happens to walk by. Before you have a chance to yell "Lunch break," he or she sees Facebook, Reddit, and whatever else you have open in Chrome. PanicButton provides you with a single button or single keyboard key (default F4) that scoops all open tabs into a hidden bookmarks folder that can be restored at a later time. You won't always need PanicButton, but when you do need it you'll be glad it's installed.

See at Chrome Web Store

Ghostery

Ghostery

Want to block advertising companies from creating a profile around your browsing tendencies? Want to load web pages faster than ever before? Want to have more overall privacy on the internet? Ghostery lets you choose what trackers to block on a website-to-website basis. The first time you turn Ghostery on in Chrome, you'll be amazed at how many trackers are watching your moves. Trackers stay blocked across web pages, so you'll deal with increasingly fewer trackers the more you browse.

See at Chrome Web Store

Feedly Mini

Feedly Mini

This extension provides you with an easy way to see your RSS feeds now that Google got rid of Google Reader. If you have the Feedly app on your Android phone, you can add websites from your computer while you're navigating the web. A small button sits at the bottom right side of your browser — click it and choose from several options including Facebook sharing and page tagging.

See at Chrome Web Store

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS essentially creates authentication between you and the web server hosting the specific webpage. This helps reduce the chance of someone hijacking the information sent between you and the web server. This extension creates HTTPS authentication wherever you go, and it is a must-have if you're worried about surveillance, censorship, or identity theft.

See at Chrome Web Store

The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender

Everyone who uses Chrome knows about the enormous footprint it leaves on your memory. If you're an hour or two into an internet trail and have about fifty tabs open, you'll be happy to have The Great Suspender in your corner. It will auto-suspend tabs after a set time, and you can manually suspend tabs whenever you want. You can also place certain tabs on a whitelist (say the tab playing your YouTube video), and tabs can be opened even after closing and re-opening Chrome.

See at Chrome Web Store

Extensity

Extensity

You're going to need an organizer for all the Chrome extensions you have working for you. Extensity collects all extensions and places them in one button beside your address bar; enable and disable extensions with one click and create profiles for separate preferences. Extensity keeps your browser toolbar uncluttered and gives you mastery over your browsing experience.

See at Chrome Web Store

Pushbullet

Pushbullet

Receiving notifications from your Android phone right in Chrome is a great way to not miss an important text or call. Pushbullet also allows you to send SMS messages from your phone and send messages through apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Kik. When you receive and acknowledge a notification in Chrome, the notification will be dismissed from your phone — alerts will no longer pile up while you're busy working away on your computer.

See at Chrome Web Store

LastPass

LastPass

Having multiple, complex passwords is becoming ever more important, but keeping track of them all can be a pain. The LastPass extension brings everything you love about the password manager to Chrome — generate strong passwords, save all passwords, and even store credit card information for easy checkout. LastPass auto fills password fields, so you'll only have to remember one master password that unlocks your vault. This is a free extension, but a premium version can be unlocked that features full syncing across all devices.

See at Chrome Web Store

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin

Choosing an extension that blocks ads doesn't have to be a difficult decision. uBlock Origin is an open-source extension that aggressively blocks ads while using less memory than the other big ad-blocking services. If you want to go one step further, there are thousands of filters that can be applied to uBlock Origin, including tracking blockers and malware domain blockers.

See at Chrome Web Store

Honey

Honey

There are plenty of deals available when you shop online — the only problem is that they're sometimes hard to find. Honey is a neat extension that finds coupon codes for you. When you're at a checkout screen, just click the Honey button and the best coupon code available will be automatically applied. Honey will also show a list of coupon codes that recently worked with whatever site you're currently on.

See at Chrome Web Store

Magic Actions for YouTube

Magic Actions for YouTube

Magic Actions is an extension designed for a better YouTube experience. Set all videos to start in HD, enable cinema mode for a darkened screen, hide those annoying video annotations, and block ads. For anyone who watches a lot of YouTube — who doesn't? — this is an incredibly useful extension.

See at Chrome Web Store

OneTab

OneTab

The number of tabs that get opened in Chrome can be downright alarming, and sometimes closing a bunch of them just isn't an option. OneTab lets you click a button and have all your open tabs merge into one mega-tab that presents itself as a list.

When you need to access one of the tabs, just click its name from the list. You can also restore all of them at once to get back to working on your project.

See at Chrome Web Store

Cite This For Me

Cite This For Me

Writing academic papers is a lot of work, especially when it comes time to properly cite your sources. Since so much information now comes from the internet, a Chrome extension was created to automatically cite websites in either APA, MLA, Harvard, or Chicago styles.

All you have to do is visit the page, click the Cite button, and copy the citation. There is also an online bibliography where you can add a bunch of citations and worry about sorting them out later.

See at Chrome Web Store

Lazarus

Lazzrus

If you've ever been filling in a form online and something happens where you lose your work — a power outage or an internet error — you understand the crippling anger that occurs when you realize it's gone forever.

Lazarus is here to save the day. It takes the words you type and saves them so that they can be restored with a simple click. Worried about privacy? Your keystrokes are saved on your device and are encrypted to protect from snooping.

See at Chrome Web Store

Taco

Taco

Working on the internet usually means you're employing a ton of different services, like Trello, Gmail, RSS, and Evernote. With Taco, all of these services and more can be organized in Chrome's New Tab page.

You can drag and drop tasks from a wide variety of services, letting you prioritize and hide content you're not currently working. Grab this extension if you prefer having everything in one place.

See at Chrome Web Store

StayFocused

For some people, especially students, staying on task to get everything on your to-do list done is easier said than done. When you have assignments due, or deadlines to hit, being able to focus on the task at hand is key.

StayFocused keeps you on track by not allowing you to visit certain websites for an allotted amount of time. You set up the sites that are blocked, decide when you can browse freely, and adjust what sites you are free to distract yourself with. There are plenty of settings to play with in order to limit the amount of distraction you deal with while trying to get work done on your laptop.

See at Chrome Web Store

Grammarly for Chrome

Being able to quickly and easily check the spelling and grammar of a document really can't be overstated. Whether you want to be sure that you don't embarrass yourself in an email to your Supervisor, or in an essay you write for English 121, have a spelling and grammar checker can be handy.

While Grammarly definitely isn't perfect and may miss some problems, overall it's a great way to ensure your work and communications look polished before hitting that send button.

See at Chrome Web Store

Your favorite extension?

Hit the comments section and let us know what Chrome extensions you use most.

Updated December 2017 with more great Chrome extensions!

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4 weeks ago

Edward Snowden's Haven app turns your phone into a surveillance device

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Haven's not the first app of its kind, but it just might be the best.

A quick search on the Play Store will show no shortage of surveillance/motion detection apps, and while some of these work alright, they're not nearly as secure compared to a true security camera. Haven: Keep Watch is a new app that falls into this same category, but it does something special that helps it stick out from the crowd.

For starters, Haven is created by The Guardian Project and Freedom of the Press Foundation – the latter of which has Edward Snowden serving as its president. Haven is described as being "for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy", and this is where things get interesting.

Unlike most surveillance applications that can only make use of your phone's camera and microphone, Haven is able to tap into all of its on-device sensors so that it can detect motion, sound, light, and even vibrations. As if that wasn't enough, Haven combines these sensors while leveraging the likes of Signal and Tor to keep everything as secure as possible.

You can use Haven to choose what kind of things you want it to detect while the app is running, meaning that you can turn off the camera if you just want to place your phone on a table or in a drawer to detect sound rather than video.

Haven will push notifications to your primary phone when it detects an intrusion/disturbance, and you can access your Haven Log remotely to view everything that your phone picked up throughout the night or day.

It's obvious that a lot of thought's gone into Haven, and that's a good thing as The Guadian Project and Freedom of the Press Foundation created the app with human rights defenders and investigative journalists in mind.

Haven's designed to be used on a burner phone that you don't use every single day, and you can download it from the Play Store right now. There may still be some bugs here and there seeing as the app's launching as part of a public beta, but initial reviews on are immensely positive.

Amazon buys smart doorbell and camera maker Blink

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4 weeks ago

Tidal launches Android TV app, free 12 day trial coming on Christmas

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Time to give lossless streaming a shot.

Tidal might not be the most popular streaming service on the block, but for folks that appreciate lossless high fidelity audio, it's still one of the best options around. Just in time for the holiday season, Tidal has a couple big announcements to hopefully get more folks to make the jump from Spotify, Google Play Music, etc.

First off, Tidal finally has an Android TV app that'll allow you to listen to songs, watch music videos, concerts, and quite a bit more. The app also made a debut on Apple TV, and this marks the first time Tidal's expanded its app to any smart television platforms.

Shortly after this, Tidal also announced that it'd be launching a 12 day free trial of its service on Christmas Day, December 25. Tidal already offers a 30-day free trial when signing up, but the difference here is that you'll be able to listen for 12 days without having to enter your credit or debit card info. Just listen to the music, enjoy it, and don't worry about having to cancel so you don't get charged.

All users will have access to Tidal HiFi for lossless high fidelity streaming, and during this 12-day promotion, Tidal says it'll be launching new original music videos, documentaries, and interviews.

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4 weeks ago

TuneIn Premium will stop offering audiobooks on January 15

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Why is this happening? TuneIn won't say.

For a lot of folks, TuneIn has been the go-to app for listening to music, podcasts, sports, news broadcasts, and even audiobooks in one single location. Unfortunately, starting January 15, 2018, one of these things will no longer be supported.

When you open the TuneIn app and select an audiobook that you'd like to listen to, you'll now see a message saying "Audiobook content will no longer be available on TuneIn after January 15th." For whatever reason, though, the listing of TuneIn Radio Pro on the Google Play Store is still advertising audiobooks as one of the main features of the app.

After being discovered by Android Police, TuneIn issued a statement confirming the removal of audiobooks without actually addressing why. Instead, the company says that it hopes you'll enjoy "other premium content like 24/7 live streaming and commercial-free news with MSNBC, plus all the music channels and lie sporting events throughout the holidays.

TuneIn's been offering audiobooks since August of 2015, and while I've personally never used the service, I'd definitely be a bit irritated if I was a paying subscriber.

These are all the deals for the Play Store's '12 Days of Play' promotion

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4 weeks ago

Zooper Widget is no longer in the Google Play Store (Update: It's back!)

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Both Zooper Widget Free and Pro are nowhere to be found.

Updated 12/22/17 - As mysteriously as it vanished, Zooper has all of a sudden popped up in the Play Store once again. We still don't know why it went away in the first place, but either way, it's now back with both the free and paid versions.

Widgets are one of the best ways to customize and make the most of your Android homes screen, and while there are a lot of applications that come with bundled widgets, there are also ones that are made solely for creating widgets for making your setup look as fresh as can be.

Zooper Widget has long been one of the most popular widget creation apps on the Google Play Store, but for whatever reason, both the Free and Pro versions are no longer available.

Zooper Widget first debuted around three years ago, and during that time, the Free variant accumulated over one million downloads while its Pro cousin got over 100,000. The only other big app from Zooper Widget developer MYCOLORSCREEN is Themer, but neither it or the now deceased Zooper have received updates in years.

It's currently unclear why Zooper has been removed, but if you're now at a loss for what to do with your home screen customization, KWGT appears to be the best alternative. This is sad news for sure as a previous user of Zooper Widget, but just looking briefly at KWGT, it appears to have a much better design and is actually being updated on a regular basis.

RIP, Zooper ❤️

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4 weeks ago

These are all the deals for the Play Store's '12 Days of Play' promotion

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Save on apps, games, movies, and more.

The Google Play Store runs quite a few sales and promotions throughout the year, and as we get ready to close out 2017, the digital storefront is running its final one before 2018. With the Play Store's '12 Days of Play' campaign, you'll find savings on apps, movies, TV shows, and even special in-game items for some mobile games.

There's quite a lot to talk about, so let's get right into it.

Save even more with a discounted Google Play Gift Card

Apps

  • 50% off your first three months of HBO NOW
  • 40% off your first year of TuneIn
  • 40% off a Lifesum subscription

Movies/TV Shows

  • Rent any movie for just 99 cents (must be redeemed by January 14, 2018)
  • Up to 50% off select movies and television series
  • Buy three TV episodes for just 99 cents each

Books

  • Get a $5 credit for any book you purchase that's $5 or more (offer ends January 10, 2018)

Games

  • Up to 80% off titles like Reigns, Bloons TD 5, Minecraft: Story Mode, FRAMED 2, The Room Three, and plenty more.
  • Special in-game items for Clash of Clans, ROBLOX, Pokémon Go, etc.

See at Google Play Store

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