Apple removes Freedom time management app; does it compete with iOS 12's Screen Time?

Apple removes Freedom time management app; does it compete with iOS 12's Screen Time?

As you've probably heard by now, mobile phone addiction is becoming a real problem. Market research firm BankMyCell reported recently that Americans are spending an average of four hours a day staring at their phones. Several social networking platforms and other popular apps have felt compelled to introduce tools to help people avoid unhealthy bingeing, and Android and iOS are getting features built into the operating system to help us monitor our usage habits.

SEE: How Android 9's Digital Wellbeing tool helps control your app time

Another... Read More »

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How to turn off push notifications in iOS 12 and look at your smartphone less

How to turn off push notifications in iOS 12 and look at your smartphone less

Notifications serve to keep you engaged in an app. They can let you know how much attention your social media accounts are getting, or they can shame you into logging a meal or practicing your Spanish.

Push notifications don't help when it comes to breaking your smartphone addiction, though. Our need to keep up with alerts, who liked our photos, the latest news, and more has become so intense that WebMD has gotten involved: Phantom Vibration Syndrome is being so... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software

Spotify now lets indie musicians skip distributors and upload their own tracks

Spotify now lets indie musicians skip distributors and upload their own tracks

If you've ever played a first-person shooter against other players online -- take Fortnite, for example -- you know that one of the core rules of survival is that you should never stand still for too long. As long as you're on the move, you're harder to target.

Market-leading apps are more or less in the same boat -- you must constantly evolve to maintain your position (but not so much that things spin out of control). For Spotify, who recorded... Read More »

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Google gives parents option to lock their kids' smartphone remotely, raising security concerns

Google gives parents option to lock their kids' smartphone remotely, raising security concerns

Google's Family Link app (iOS, Android) introduced new features that allow parents to remotely lock their kids' devices with Google Assistant.

After telling Google Assistant to lock a child's device with voice command, the child has five minutes to finish what they're doing before their phone locks. The update also lets parents set restrictions on kids' screen time.

The Family Link app dropped last year and gave kids younger than 13 the ability to have their own... Read More »

Topics: Parental Control , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

You can now listen to Apple Music in Android Auto

You can now listen to Apple Music in Android Auto

Apple Music's latest update on Android is that you can now use the program on Google's in-vehicle platform, Android Auto. The app updated with the new capabilities September 19 in the Play Store. Apple began beta testing the integration in August.

The update also adds the ability for users to search for songs by lyrics and keeps the new, decluttered artist view added earlier this month. You can create a Friends Mix from the songs your friends are... Read More »

Topics: Streaming Audio Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

Telegram X encrypted text messenger rebuilt iOS app in Swift, making it faster and slicker

Telegram X encrypted text messenger rebuilt iOS app in Swift, making it faster and slicker

In the world of text messaging, Apple Messages and Facebook Messenger get a lot of the spotlight, and it can be difficult for alternatives to get a foothold. One method is to promote a security or privacy angle, and the free Telegram app (iOS, Android) is one such option.

But your app also needs to perform smoothly and look nice, and Telegram announced today that its path forward on iOS requires tossing out almost all of its original programming... Read More »

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Apple adds 'Device Trust Score' to iOS 12 in effort to prevent fraud in iTunes and App Store

Apple adds 'Device Trust Score' to iOS 12 in effort to prevent fraud in iTunes and App Store

For several years now, Apple has been fighting legal and technical battles to ensure customer privacy while also staying on the right side of the law. In 2016, it wrestled with the FBI over device encryption, And in the wake of the 2016 election, users have become a lot more aware of how their personal data can be used to manipulate and influence people's voting decisions.

Apple has responded to the manipulation issue in part by getting experts to help curate content in its news app.... Read More »

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Google Podcasts app will finally let you cast to Chromecast devices

Google Podcasts app will finally let you cast to Chromecast devices

Google was on the receiving end of a lot of complaints after they released Google Podcasts at the end of June due in no small part to the lack of some basic features available on most apps dedicated to podcasts.

Since the announcement in June, Google has steadily added features to remedy its initial missteps, bringing Android Auto and now Cast support to the app.

AndroidPolice received a tip from a user in Brazil who said they spotted a new... Read More »

Topics: Podcasting Software , Android Software

Ghostery relaunches privacy-focused mobile web browser app with new features

Ghostery relaunches privacy-focused mobile web browser app with new features

With personal data breaches seeming to occur on a weekly basis around the web, we wouldn't blame you feeling ambivalent about what kind of info websites can collect about you. Such concerns having been getting met by a cottage industry of web browsers that claim to protect you from the bad guys.

Ghostery, known primarily for its ad blocking browser extension, has had its own such browser (Android, iOS) for several years, and TechCrunch reports today it's gotten... Read More »

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Google Calculator app is finally getting updated with Material Design on Android

Google Calculator app is finally getting updated with Material Design on Android

Google has given its Calculator app a makeover with white theme and sharper colors, bringing the app in step with the latest version of Material Design used by Google's other Android apps, including Photos.

Users will notice the keypad, previously gray, is now off-white. The blues are richer, and the font is new. The update isn't live for everyone yet, so you might still be able to use the older version of Calculator for a while longer.

Google seems... Read More »

Topics: Calculators , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google's new 'Work Insights' shows if employees are using Docs and other Google Apps

Google's new 'Work Insights' shows if employees are using Docs and other Google Apps

Google unveiled two new ways companies can track how their employees use G Suite apps and improve digital integration across an organization. During an event in Tokyo and later explained in a blog post, Google said more and more companies are interested in moving to cloud-based platforms to streamline many legacy workflows but worry about a lack of control in terms of security and its true usefulness.

"Work Insights is a tool built specifically to help businesses measure and... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , iOS Software

How to use Google Maps in Apple CarPlay: Think different

How to use Google Maps in Apple CarPlay: Think different

With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can plug your phone into a compatible vehicle with a USB or Lightning cable and get map directions, stream music, listen to audiobooks, talk on the phone, and send text messages, all hands-free. It's pretty nifty.

Android Auto and CarPlay are better than just mounting your phone in a cradle, because you get a much bigger screen built into the car's infotainment console for better legibility, and audio from your phone comes out through... Read More »

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Instagram is promoting voter registration through ads and Stories

Instagram is promoting voter registration through ads and Stories

Instagram is encouraging its users to vote in the upcoming midterm elections with new stories, stickers, and ads in user feeds as well as an easily accessible link to voter information and how to register.

The social media site paired with TurboVote, an election and voting information hub, to provide users with the most up-to-date and accurate information on registration, state's voting rules, and more.

"Ahead of National Voter Registration Day, we are helping our community register to vote and get... Read More »

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

5 best Facebook and Messenger games you can play for free in 2018

5 best Facebook and Messenger games you can play for free in 2018

Have you ever dreamed of playing games in a messaging app without interrupting your chat? With Facebook's Instant Games, playing games in the Messenger app without leaving Facebook's instant messaging app is no longer a pipe dream.

SEE: Facebook Messenger goes retro with Instant Games

Launched in closed beta in November 2016 with just 17 titles, and then globally in May 2017, Instant Games allows gamers on both Facebook and the Messenger app for iPhone or Android to play games... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

7 best cooking games you can play on your iPhone or iPad in 2018

7 best cooking games you can play on your iPhone or iPad in 2018

Forget all the messy prep work, cooking and baking, and clean up IRL. Preparing sushi, chicken bhuna, tacos, ice cream, cupcakes, cake, or apple pie is way more fun on your iPhone or iPad with the best cooking games for iOS. Whether you're looking for free cooking games or cooking games for kids, we've got you covered like a roasted turkey. Bring recipes to life, run restaurants, and win competitions, with our favorite cooking games for iPhone.

SEE: Best cooking games for Android

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Topics: iOS Software

Your car is not a smartphone: Why in-vehicle apps could be very dangerous

Your car is not a smartphone: Why in-vehicle apps could be very dangerous

New vehicle technology can help keep your hands off your smartphone, but it might be distracting you from the road just as much.

Vehicle tech has come a long way from drivers simply being able to control the radio volume from the steering wheel or connect via Bluetooth. Car makers are hoping to offer drivers the ability to order coffee and make restaurant reservations while behind the wheel.

The Wall Street Journal reported that General Motors (GM) was... Read More »

Topics: Map Software , Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

Why your favorite navigation app might be causing traffic problems according to new research

Why your favorite navigation app might be causing traffic problems according to new research

I'm not good with directions. If it's possible to get lost going somewhere, there's an incredibly good chance I will. Navigation apps changed my entire driving experience. It made me feel like I actually knew what I was doing on the highway. I shudder to remember trips with my family relying half on road signs and half on a map we bought at a gas station.

I've used Google Maps more than once to find a quicker way to... Read More »

Topics: Map Software , Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps officially arrives in Apple CarPlay for iOS 12 devices

Google Maps officially arrives in Apple CarPlay for iOS 12 devices

You've been wanting it for years, and Apple finally said it was coming in 2018, and now it's upon us: The mass exodus from Apple Maps to Google Maps. Provided that you have the latest version of Google Maps, and your iPhone is running iOS 12, you can now plug your phone into a CarPlay-enabled infotainment console and never deal with Apple Maps' oddities again.

SEE: How to get Google Maps in Apple CarPlay: step-by-step instructions

Once you've gotten Google Maps... Read More »

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Google's Family Link child monitoring app expands to cover ages 13 to 18

Google's Family Link child monitoring app expands to cover ages 13 to 18

With Americans reportedly staring at their phones for an average of four hours every day, mobile addiction has clearly become a problem for many of us, and we're talking about fully grown adults who should be able to manage their time better.

When it comes to kids, they may not be able to set up manageable usage rules on their own, which is where Google's Family Link app comes into play. And today, it's getting a sizeable expansion to its... Read More »

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Google brings YouTube Gaming back into main app, with new features

Google brings YouTube Gaming back into main app, with new features

Anyone who's browsed the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store knows that games have a huge presence, with their own dedicated sections. Naturally, Google wants to keep the party going elsewhere, so in 2015, it launched YouTube Gaming as a separate app, with an emphasis on live streaming to take on Twitch, the established leader.

SEE: The best live TV streaming apps in 2018

Unfortunately, it looks like Twitch's position has proved to be a mountain that even Google... Read More »

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