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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

Twitter for Windows 10 gets DM and profile updates

Twitter for Windows 10 gets DM and profile updates

In the latest Windows 10 update, Twitter has made a bunch of changes to the look of its app to made it easier for you to see who your person is following. You can see who else that person follows and other accounts that follow it back.

The update also made a few changes to the direct messaging feature, known colloquially as DMs, allowing you finally to drag and drop photos or videos directly into a text box without... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Windows Software

Pinterest's 'friend feed' gets an Instagram-style makeover

Pinterest's 'friend feed' gets an Instagram-style makeover

The friend feed feature on Pinterest (iOS, Android) launched in the spring. The addition brought a more social networking vibe to the app, letting users follow their friends' activity.

The feature lives under the "Following" icon on your dashboard. Users have the option to comment on a friends' pin, share it, pin it to their own board, or download it to their device.

In its latest update, the feed took on a display similar to Instagram (iOS,... Read More »

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

Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to launch a new video looping app called Byte next spring. The platform's website says it is "a new looping video app by the creator of vine" and has a space designated to attract creators to the new service, even asking them if they were initially users of vine and what apps they use now.

Nearly 200 million monthly users flocked to Vine after it was founded... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google's Android security report says its Play Store is safe -- but what about China?

Google's Android security report says its Play Store is safe -- but what about China?

If you read a lot of mobile news, you probably don't go a single week without seeing a major story about an Android or iOS app trying to rip people off, steal their private data, or impersonate a legitimate product. But while these stories are usually accurate, they might not be as common as you've been led to believe.

According to Google's new quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report, less than 1 percent of Android devices using the Google Play... Read More »

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

Pixomatic's $5 app for mixing multiple images now available for free on iOS

Pixomatic's $5 app for mixing multiple images now available for free on iOS

The Pixomatic app (iOS, Android) usually costs $5, but it's is free to download today. While it's unclear how long the app won't have a price tag, it's a great time to check it out.

Pixomatic is a "desktop level quality" photo editing app. It's like having a more manageable Adobe Photoshop (iOS, Android) in your pocket.

The app makes it easier to accurately cut around an image and layer it onto another. Pixomatic even promises easier edits on... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Photo Editors

Lisa Ling shares her favorite apps

Lisa Ling shares her favorite apps

Asking questions and having an open mind have served journalist Lisa Ling well in her career, from working as a field reporter in war-torn Afghanistan to working on "The View" to executive producing and hosting OWN's "Our America" and CNN's "This is Life" to emceeing QuickBooks Connect (Android, iOS) in San Jose earlier this week. But she's worried that others are losing these abilities.

SEE: The best mobile apps for news, politics, and investigative journalism

"I think that... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google's 5 winning apps from girl game developers are now free downloads

Google's 5 winning apps from girl game developers are now free downloads

The five teen girls who won Google's "Change the Game Design Challenge" contest are breaking barriers for women in game development. The winning apps are available in the Google Play Store for download.

Of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who enjoy games on Google Play, 49% are women, yet only 23% of game developers identify as women," Google said when it announced the contest earlier this year.

The contest was meant to empower and celebrate... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

B.A.N.A.N.A app created by high school juniors could help find missing people

B.A.N.A.N.A app created by high school juniors could help find missing people

As technology takes on a greater presence in our lives, we adapt and find more ways to use it. Gone are the days of missing children on milk cartons and tacked up inside post offices. Instead, we use Amber Alerts, boost social media posts, and start online campaigns.

In Oregon, Rogelio Lemus and Ethan Orozco, two Hermiston High School juniors, developed an app to distribute missing-person information faster. It's called B.A.N.A.N.A, which stands for Basic App to Notify Authorities of... Read More »

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

'ClassDojo' app lets parents keep an eye on their preschool kids

'ClassDojo' app lets parents keep an eye on their preschool kids

Usually, when you ask a child what they did in school today, they'll reply with a vague "nothing," or "I don't remember." As a busy parent or guardian, you may find your child's brief answers don't really fill you in on what's going on at your child's school.

The ClassDojo app (iOS, Android) can strengthen communication between parents, children, and teachers. The app has portals for parents, school leaders, teachers, and students. The app is used at 90 percent of K to 8 schools... Read More »

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

Xbox One console's YouTube app gets refreshed with new video controls

Xbox One console's YouTube app gets refreshed with new video controls

If you haven't used a game console in the last few years, you might not be aware of all the things they're capable of beyond the core gaming experience. In addition to that, most of them can now act as entertainment devices. You can stream Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify; play 4K Blu-rays with Dolby Vision HDR; rent flicks from Vudu, Sony, Microsoft, Google, and others; and cast media from your phone to your TV.

Today, ONMSFT reports that the YouTube... Read More »

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

New Windows 10 error may deactivate your license or downgrade your version

New Windows 10 error may deactivate your license or downgrade your version

Over the last few years, we've been seeing increasingly blurred lines between offline and online experiences with our computer, laptops, and phones. And while being connected all the time can have its advantages, there are apparently some unexpected downsides when it comes to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

While Windows 10 itself runs on your local PC, it has many hooks connecting it to the internet, even when you're not browsing, streaming, or checking your messages. (In fact, because its "telemetry"... Read More »

'Android Slices' begins using Google Search app to show relevant abilities of installed apps

'Android Slices' begins using Google Search app to show relevant abilities of installed apps

Since the explosion of apps for Android and iOS began about a decade ago, both platforms have experienced growing pains, particularly when attempting to show users a diverse selection of text messengers, browsers, video services, games, and other things to download and check out. And once an app is installed on your device, it can get lost in the shuffle before its capabilities are fully explored.

This spring, Google announced a possible solution to the second problem with a system called... Read More »

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