The best Google Maps alternatives in 2018

The best Google Maps alternatives in 2018

While Google Maps is overwhelmingly the map and navigation app of choice in the western world, there can still be times when it's not the best option for your particular travel scenario. For example, sometimes you'll be in areas where your phone's data connection is spotty or non-existent, in which case Google Maps navigation stops working.

Or perhaps you want to get across town via a scooter or bicycle instead of car. And other times, you might want to check out... Read More »

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Gmail now works with Dropbox, DocuSign, Box, Jira, and more, but be careful who you trust

Gmail now works with Dropbox, DocuSign, Box, Jira, and more, but be careful who you trust

Google is following through for those who have been yearning for more integration between their favorite work apps or programs and their Gmail account, announcing yesterday that third-party developers can create add-ons and support for their apps directly in your message window.

It initially unveiled Gmail Add-ons in a blog post last year, with Gmail product manager Thijs van As writing that users had approached the company complaining that they "have to flip between them and their inbox because email... Read More »

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PayPal will soon let you use American Express points when buying things

PayPal will soon let you use American Express points when buying things

Everybody loves cashback deals for credit cards, but the ways to spend your points can vary a lot from one card to another. To help address this, PayPal (Android, iOS) has been working with Visa and Mastercard to be able to spend points at merchants where PayPal is accepted, and today it announced that it's expanded this program to American Express. And that's not all.

SEE: The best money-saving apps to keep you within your budget in 2018

In addition... Read More »

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Google Chrome now has picture-in-picture video in Windows and MacOS

Google Chrome now has picture-in-picture video in Windows and MacOS

If you have a decently fast Internet connection, some days you may spend more time watching videos than browsing the web, texting, or arguing with people on Facebook. Sites like YouTube have gone to great lengths to accommodate your video streaming habits, from paid subscriptions to Project Stream, and its latest wizardry is support for picture-in-picture video windows.

SEE: The 5 best Netflix alternatives for streaming TV and movies

We reported a couple months back that Google was testing this feature... Read More »

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Twitter adds messages to explain why tweets were deleted

Twitter adds messages to explain why tweets were deleted

Twitter has struggled for years to balance the beliefs of free speech advocates against the concerns of those on the receiving end of endless barrages of hateful and dehumanizing Tweets.

In the last few months it's made changes to a number of rules and aspects of its platform to make it safer for everyone but primarily minorities and women, who still complain of targeted harassment and little protection from abusive users.

Twitter tweaked the platform a bit more yesterday,... Read More »

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Microsoft releases Spend expense tracking app for iOS

Microsoft releases Spend expense tracking app for iOS

Whether you're on a business trip or trying to manage your finances at home, a tool that tracks your purchases and helps you organize them can save you a lot of cash. Microsoft agrees, and it got the makers behind MileIQ (Android, iOS) to turn their attention to a new expense tracking app. The result is Spend, which is currently out just for iOS.

SEE: The best money-saving apps to keep you within your budget in 2018

While... Read More »

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Paul Dano shares his favorite apps

Paul Dano shares his favorite apps

There is a forest fire raging outside, but it's the explosive combustion inside the Brinson home that actor Paul Dano sets his camera on in his gripping directorial debut, "Wildlife."

In the film, adapted by Dano and his partner Zoe Kazan from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford's novel of the same name and set in 1960's small-town Montana, 14-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) watches helplessly as the marriage of his parents Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and... Read More »

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The definitive guide to stopping robocalls on your mobile phone

The definitive guide to stopping robocalls on your mobile phone

"Hello. Would you like to stop robocalls?"

Why does it seem like the only people who call anymore are the robots? Because maybe it's true. Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) reports robocalls are on the rise, in part because it's so easy to make autodialer calls from anywhere in the world. When a colleague said he was receiving 20 robocalls *a day* on his mobile phone, we looked into what he could do to stamp out the annoying mobile calls.

So... Read More »

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Google Maps launches real-time ETA sharing on iOS and here's how to use it

Google Maps launches real-time ETA sharing on iOS and here's how to use it

At any given moment, Google Maps has a countless number of users finding where they're going through the app's navigation system. Maps has even gained Apple CarPlay support for iPhone users recently.

The app has now extended its real-time ETA feature to iOS users. Android users have been able to share their location and arrival time since last year. Here's how to do it on your iPhone:

Open Google MapsStart navigating a destination Tap the "^" button... Read More »

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Microsoft tries out To-Do integration in its Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps

Microsoft tries out To-Do integration in its Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps

Even though Microsoft just announced that it's made Windows 10 apps like Mail and Calendar removable from a future version of the operating system, it continues working on improvements and tweaks for the Mail app (and Outlook.com, for that matter). Desktop email apps in general have been overtaken by webmail that you access through a web browser, but apparent enough folks are using the Mail app to justify continued evolution.

SEE: Microsoft Windows 10 will let you remove more pre-installed apps soon

Today,... Read More »

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Google Keep Notes gets updated with Android's Material Design look

Google Keep Notes gets updated with Android's Material Design look

A few years ago, Google was having some trouble creating a unified and distinctive look for its Android operating system, so it came up with Material Design. However, the road to completing that unification has had a few obstacles and detours, so a few of the company's apps haven't gotten the refresh treatment until now.

SEE: Google Chrome 70 now available, with new account login and sync features

Today, Google began rolling out version 5.0.411.09 of Keep Notes (formerly known as... Read More »

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Microsoft Windows 10 will let you remove more pre-installed apps soon

Microsoft Windows 10 will let you remove more pre-installed apps soon

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in the summer of 2015, it stated a bold ambition: To get the operating system on 1 billion devices within the next few years. However, the company hasn't managed to hit that pace so far, for a few reasons. One of them is the user data collection that you still cannot disable, and the other is pre-installed apps and utilities that get featured in the Start menu.

SEE: Microsoft's Office Web Apps to offer voice dictation to help people with dyslexia

Today,... Read More »

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3 anti-Tinder apps that are changing online dating

3 anti-Tinder apps that are changing online dating

Dating can be tough. Even though many people turn to dating apps to make it easier, there are still plenty of pitfalls to watch out for. What if the person you're talking to doesn't respond? What if your match is catfishing you? Possibly the worst of all is getting inappropriate pictures or messages you didn't ask for.

Tinder (iOS, Android) has had people swiping right since 2012, about the time smartphones started getting popular.

Online dating has... Read More »

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Mindstrong Health app offers early detection for depression based on smartphone interactions

Mindstrong Health app offers early detection for depression based on smartphone interactions

The developer behind Mindstrong Health app (iOS, Android) wanted to provide better brain healthcare, so they started with the common factor between most people: a smartphone.

Three doctors specializing in neuroscience, medicine, and AI respectively created Mindstrong to help better detect depression symptoms based on how a person uses their smartphone.

The creators use a process called "digital phenotyping" to make sense of the information gathered from smartphone use. These "digital biomarkers" can provide insight into how a... Read More »

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Best apps to help you shop for the holidays

Best apps to help you shop for the holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time but can easily become stressful when you think about all the gifts you need to buy, food to cook, and places to be. Gifts, in particular, can put a serious dent in your bank account, no matter how early in the year you start buying.

We've rounded up some of the best apps to make elbowing your way through a crowded mall as easy as possible.

1. Wish

Why leave the house at all if... Read More »

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Spotify mobile app updated with streamlined navigation, offline radio, and more

Spotify mobile app updated with streamlined navigation, offline radio, and more

Before music streaming came along, we got our tunes from CDs and MP3 files. When we were on the go, we did it all through a relatively small and basic LCD screen on our player of choice. These days, the mobile app is the funnel through which all tunes flow, and a streaming service has to do a lot more to help users navigate their libraries and find fresh things to listen to.

SEE: Best Spotify alternatives for streaming music in 2018

Today,... Read More »

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Twitter will now let you know when a tweet you reported is taken down

Twitter will now let you know when a tweet you reported is taken down

Twitter (iOS, Android) announced yesterday that it's adding new notices to let you know when a Tweet you've reported has been removed.

"One piece of feedback we've heard regularly is that it's not always clear to people when we took enforcement action or if someone deleted a Tweet on their own. Starting today, we're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet," Twitter said in a blog post.

Now... Read More »

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Hootsuite CMO reveals 4-part strategy for social media campaigns

Hootsuite CMO reveals 4-part strategy for social media campaigns

Hootsuite (Windows, Android, iOS) CMO Penny Wilson is convinced that for social media marketing campaigns to succeed in the future, brands must shift from a "broader brand-led customer experience" to a "more customer-led customer experience."

SEE: 6 social apps to meet people and make friends

"It's the age of the individual," Wilson told Download.com. "We've seen over the last 20 years how companies like Amazon (Android, iOS) and Airbnb (Android, iOS) that have placed... Read More »

How to download your private account data from Apple

How to download your private account data from Apple

Wondering what Apple knows about you? Now, you can find out.

SEE: Take Control of Your Internet Privacy with These Apps

Anyone in the US with an Apple account can now request a copy of the data that Apple has collected about your downloads, subscriptions, device usage, and other activities. The ability to download such data has already been available in the European Union. The expansion to the US is in line with an overhaul that Apple has made to... Read More »

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How apps are helping women in the UK invest smarter and catch up to men in building wealth

How apps are helping women in the UK invest smarter and catch up to men in building wealth

I used to work at a bank and noticed two things. First, women on the 1940s-50s end of the Baby Boomer generation were more likely to rely on their husbands to "take care" of the money. Conversely, Generation X men were more likely to say "she handles all that," when referring to bills and money.

Even though perspectives on gender equality are shifting, there are still areas of everyday life where women aren't on the same playing field as... Read More »

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