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SyncUp Drive app can track your car's location if it's stolen

SyncUp Drive app can track your car's location if it's stolen

Not being able to find your car in a parking lot is frustrating. Having your car towed is exasperating. But having your car stolen is terrifying.

Tiashona Sims' vehicle was stolen in Indiana while her two young cousins were still inside. Sims had left her car running while she went into the grocery store. When she came back out, the car was gone, according to News 8.

Sims called 911 and opened the SyncUp Drive app (iOS, Android)... Read More »

Topics: GPS Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Pixel 3 bug might be deleting user's text messages

Pixel 3 bug might be deleting user's text messages

Google's new Pixel 3 smartphone might have another bug. The latest tip, received by Android Police, said Pixel 3 and 3 XL users' SMS messages were vanishing.

A similar bug was affecting the camera earlier last month. Shortly after its release, Pixel users reported a bug in the camera causing some photos not to save.

Android Police speculates that the Pixel's November 5 update could be the culprit.

SEE: Google Photos app launches new editing features and Live Albums

Users took... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Marvel mobile apps: Your friendly neighborhood guide

Marvel mobile apps: Your friendly neighborhood guide

When Stan Lee imagined the Fantastic Four in 1961, little did he suspect his creation would bring about a fantastic collection of comic books, movies, and TV shows that would thrill the world more than 50 years later. And beyond the books, films, and TV shows, the mighty Marvel magic has led to a host of mobile apps that highlight the exploits of our favorite superheroes. To celebrate Stan Lee's life and work, I've put together a list of apps... Read More »

Topics: eBooks , Android Software , iOS Software

8 best moneymaking apps to earn cash in 2018

8 best moneymaking apps to earn cash in 2018

You've already spent so much money for your phone, and now you're spending too much money on your phone -- between online and in-app purchases. It's about time you made some of that money back using your phone.

With the following eight moneymaking apps for iOS and Android devices, making money has never been easier. You'll be paid to do quick and easy things like completing surveys, tracking your healthy habits, taking photos, and even buying new items.

SEE: Best game apps to win real money

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Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to turn off Google Maps' invasive location history log

How to turn off Google Maps' invasive location history log

Users are more sensitive to who has access to their data and for what reasons these days than in the past. And as much good as Google does, the company still tracks you.

You can't really use Google Maps (iOS, Android) without location services turned on, but you can delete out your location history and better customize your settings for added privacy.

You can see the log Google keeps of your movements in Google Maps Timeline. When you... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'Gohenry' digital money app teaches kids about debit card responsibility

'Gohenry' digital money app teaches kids about debit card responsibility

It's rare to have cash on hand these days, between debit cards, credit cards, paying via your smartphone, and bit currency. It begs the question: does the piggy bank still have a place in a kid's life?

Alex Zivoder, CEO of Gohenry, made the piggy bank digital with the app, Gohenry (iOS, Android). The app is designed to teach kids from six to 18 years-old good money habits.

Your kids can have the independence to manage their own money with... Read More »

Topics: Personal Finance Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

You're texting someone and want to say "Happy birthday," "I'm sorry," or "I love you." But you'd like to enhance your words with the right emoji or GIF. That's when you can turn to Google for help.

SEE: The Top iPhone Keyboards

Now rolling out to Google's Gboard keyboard is a feature that will suggest emojis, GIFs, and stickers to use in a text message based on your words, the search giant said in a blog post. Type "Happy... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

Technology is making it easier to track your heart health. Before the Apple Watch Series 4 announced its electrocardiogram (EKG) app, mobile vendor AliveCor developed a life-changing band to work with the watch's original heart rate sensor.

The KardiaBand is an FDA-approved device that can take instant EKGs anywhere with its Bluetooth strap.

AliveCor's device, KardiaMobile, pairs with the Kardia app (iOS, Android). According to J. Brent Muhlestein, a medical doctor and cardiovascular researcher at the... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Loyalty programs have been wildly successful in the credit card industry for years. Whether you want to rack up airline miles, cash back, store credit, or other perks, there's probably a card out there to suit your scenario, right down to the specific store or airline. Other industries have taken note, and companies that can leverage travel bonuses are bringing this rewards system into the age of apps, with a side of gamification.

Lyft, for example, has just announced that... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Mozilla Firefox (Android, iOS) was the king of web browsers, at least on desktops and laptops. Since the arrival of Google Chrome (Android, iOS), Mozilla has watched its market share dwindle, and the company is regularly coming up with new and interesting ideas to woo users back.

VentureBeat reports that the latest item on Firefox's docket is an integrated shopping comparison tool, arriving... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

It's no secret that the 2013 launch of Microsoft's Xbox One game console didn't go over well. For example, in this new vision of the platform, spearheaded by former company executive Don Mattrick, the Xbox One would come with an accessory called the Kinect -- a camera that was always on and could not be detached, which bumped up the price of the console by $100.

There were also unprecedented restrictions on selling and trading used games, and a requirement... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Staying in contact with family members in the armed services is important, whether they're deployed overseas or working through basic training. Waiting for the letters to arrive the old-fashioned way can be frustrating, especially when we're used to instantaneous messaging with texting and social media.

Marine Corps veterans Sam Meek and retired Maj. Gen. Ray "E-Tool" Smith developed the Sandboxx app (iOS, Android) to make communicating with family and friends of military service people.

Sandboxx adds the speed... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Those of you who'd like to add greater performance and privacy to your mobile Web surfing can now take advantage of a DNS app from the folks at network service provider Cloudflare.

SEE: How to choose an Android VPN

Available for iOS and Android, the new app dubbed 1.1.1.1 is Cloudflare's attempt to bring its desktop DNS service to your mobile device. The two big benefits of such a service are speed and security. An alternative DNS service... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Networking Software

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

We've probably all sent a tweet with a typo or a broken link -- or we forgot the image or missed a clever hashtag. Inevitably, we either deleted the tweet and try again, or reply to ourselves with the correction. It would be easier to edit, but Twitter (iOS, Android) doesn't have the option.

At a #Powerof18, an IIT event in India about social change and democracy, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the subject.

"We have... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google revamps 'Files Go' app and renames it 'Files by Google'

Google revamps 'Files Go' app and renames it 'Files by Google'

An app that started life as way to free up space on Android Go phones for people in developing regions has blossomed into a full-fledged file manager with a new design and a new name.

SEE: Organize your Android phone's home screen

Formerly known as Files Go, the app has been rechristened Files by Google, the search giant said in a blog post. The new name is a reflection that although the app was originally designed for Google's Android Go... Read More »

Topics: File Management , Android Software

Dating app Badoo finds a dramatic increase in matches during 'cuffing season'

Dating app Badoo finds a dramatic increase in matches during 'cuffing season'

Cuffing season is upon us. For those of you whose heads have been buried in the snow, cuffing season refers to that "the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful" period when singles are typically more eager to be "cuffed," or shackled, to a significant other.

SEE: Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships

And why shouldn't they be? It's darker, colder, and wetter in the late fall and early winter, which means you're potentially spending... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Yahoo's 'WakingNews' app replaces wake-up alarms with news briefings

Yahoo's 'WakingNews' app replaces wake-up alarms with news briefings

Blaring smartphone alarms don't make waking up a pleasant experience. Using a song to wake up to can make you really hate that song.

Yahoo has another option. With WakingNews, the company's new app, you can wake up to audio briefings from your favorite news sources.

WakingNews supports a variety of brands like Huffington Post, Yahoo News or other in-house sources, Engadget, and more.

SEE: Yahoo releases app for personalized news, sports, weather, and more

The app's... Read More »

Topics: Alarms & Clock Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

How Cigna's new health app can reduce risks for pregnant moms

How Cigna's new health app can reduce risks for pregnant moms

After the success of Cigna's "Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies" program, the company is launching a new app. The Cigna Healthy Pregnancy app is designed to help reduce the number of preterm and low birthweight babies by identifying risks earlier.

The app is available for Cigna medical customers and makes it easier to enroll and participate in the pregnancy program.

"There's a lot to keep track of when you're pregnant. The Cigna Healthy Pregnancy app can help make it easier,"... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Nintendo Switch gets a YouTube app to beef up its video streaming options

Nintendo Switch gets a YouTube app to beef up its video streaming options

Since the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 at $300, it's been a blockbuster seller for the company, racking up close to 23 million customers, who've bought well over 100 million games. But despite its stellar results, there have been some complaints about the streaming services available on the device. Or rather, the dearth of them.

So far, Hulu has been the only streaming service available in North America on the Switch, leaving Netflix, Amazon, and others out in the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Chrome browser will start blocking mobile billing malware scams

Google Chrome browser will start blocking mobile billing malware scams

While Android security is generally much tighter than it is on Windows, despite both platforms being quite prevalent, that doesn't stop sketchy mobile developers from trying new and interesting ways to fraudulently separate you from your hard-earned money.

In late June, we reported on a particularly nasty piece of Android malware called Sonvpay. Apps containing programming code produce a fake system warning that sends you to a website where you are tricked into signing up for a subscription service that... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software