How to save lives during an emergency with free app Stop the Bleed

How to save lives during an emergency with free app Stop the Bleed

If you've ever been in an emergency situation where someone was bleeding excessively, then you know how hard it can be to stop the bleeding without any prior training. Fortunately, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University released an app that helps people stop the bleeding for a victim in a dire situation.

The Stop the Bleed app is now available on Apple and Android phones and provides users with a... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Reddit wants to be your news app with new iOS update

Reddit wants to be your news app with new iOS update

Content aggregating site Reddit announced today that its iOS app is making a major expansion into news, with the addition of a dedicated section, a separate notifications list, and nine different news categories to choose from. The new addition is currently in a limited beta, and the Android version does not yet have this feature in the pipeline.

SEE: The Best Mobile Apps for News, Politics, and Investigative Journalism

As the company points out (in a Reddit post, natch),... Read More »

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Can a phone app replace your car keys? Apple, Samsung, and the auto companies are working on it

Can a phone app replace your car keys? Apple, Samsung, and the auto companies are working on it

A group of technology companies and vehicle manufacturers announced the release of a "digital key" specification today that would let you use your Android or iOS phone to lock your car or even turn on the engine, instead of using a physical key or fob. Members of the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) include heavy hitters, such as Volkswagen, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm, and the hope... Read More »

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57 percent of Android apps for kids are breaking privacy laws, according to new ICSI study

57 percent of Android apps for kids are breaking privacy laws, according to new ICSI study

In an alarming study titled "Won't Somebody Think of the Children?", professors and researchers with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) said they found Android apps for children to be rife with violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law designed to protect the online privacy of children under 13.

They studied 5,855 Android apps designed specifically for children, revealing that about 57 percent of them were potentially in violation of COPPA for a variety of different... Read More »

Topics: Security

'Big Brother' opens its own BB App Store for season 20

'Big Brother' opens its own BB App Store for season 20

Apple has the App Store, Google has the Google Play Store, and Microsoft has the Microsoft Store. Soon popular reality TV series " Big Brother," will get its own app store. (Disclosure: Download.com and "Big Brother" are both owned by parent company CBS Corp.)

SEE: The best live tv streaming apps in 2018

Details on the BB App Store, which will be introduced on "Big Brother" Season 20's first Sunday night episode on July 1, are still vague.... Read More »

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Google's AR Measure app for Android turns your phone into a 3D ruler

Google's AR Measure app for Android turns your phone into a 3D ruler

While the jury is still out on virtual reality, Google and Apple are still moving ahead with augmented reality (AR), which puts virtual objects in the viewfinder of your mobile device's camera (think Pok√©mon GO). Google has now released Measure, a free Android app that will tell you the dimensions of an object in front of you, though the app is currently limited to a small number of higher-end Android device -- the ones with AR Core... Read More »

Report: Sharing news on Facebook declines, in favor of WhatsApp

Report: Sharing news on Facebook declines, in favor of WhatsApp

A report published by The Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford this week indicated that Facebook users are shifting away from sharing news on the social media platform, in favor of Facebook's own WhatsApp chat messenger, which it purchased for $19 billion in 2014.

According to the report, news sharing on Facebook peaked in 2017 and has declined about 10% since then. In April, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum left his company, reportedly because of conflicts with Facebook over the messenger app's security.

SEE:... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Newsreaders & RSS Readers , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

New Peloton app for iOS opens up live and on-demand fitness classes without its expensive bike or treadmill

New Peloton app for iOS opens up live and on-demand fitness classes without its expensive bike or treadmill

Peloton may not think you need one of its $2,000 stationary bikes to work out with its all-star in-studio trainers. It perhaps doesn't even believe you need its $4,000 treadmill due out this fall to get fit.

But what it really thinks you need is its new Peloton Digital iPhone app and an affordable monthly subscription, which lets you participate in live and on-demand studio classes for cycling, running, bootcamp, and even outdoor workouts -- from anywhere, using your... Read More »

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

New Google Neighbourly app competes with Nextdoor in crowdsourcing questions about local communities

New Google Neighbourly app competes with Nextdoor in crowdsourcing questions about local communities

Google's new Neighbourly app is rolling out in India this week, seeking to challenge the popular app Nextdoor in providing a social network for local communities.

The Verge described the app as "a sort of crowdsourced city guide" and The Next Web said it was "designed to help you learn about your neighborhood by asking other residents."

Users of the app can post questions or sign up as experts and answer questions from both local residents and... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Productivity Software

Smartphone apps to help prevent school shootings are becoming more commonplace in the classroom

Smartphone apps to help prevent school shootings are becoming more commonplace in the classroom

While school shootings remain rare, there have already been 17 school shootings in 2018 alone. That's the highest number since 1999, a year that will forever live in infamy after the Columbine High School massacre, in which two students shot and killed 12 students and one teacher and injured 21 others, before taking their own lives.

"The Washington Post" determined in an almost year-long investigation that in the two decades since, a total of at least 141 children, teachers, and... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

You can now trade Bitcoin on your phone with Square Cash app (in New York)

You can now trade Bitcoin on your phone with Square Cash app (in New York)

Square's Cash App has officially been approved by the State of New York to handle cryptocurrency transfers after expanding the feature to other states last year.

Users will now be able to trade Bitcoin using the app, which is only the 9th company to receive a virtual currency license or "bitlicense" by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Only Xapo, Genesis Global Trading, bitFlyer USA, Coinbase, XRP II and Circle Internet Financial have received licenses and two more... Read More »

Topics: Personal Finance Software , Productivity Software

Cheetah Mobile's Coin Master launches Bitcoin tracking app for iOS and Android

Cheetah Mobile's Coin Master launches Bitcoin tracking app for iOS and Android

Beijing-based Cheetah Mobile announced in a press release today that it's launching a new iOS and Android app called Coin Master, designed to help you track your cryptocurrency investments.

It can keep a record of your transactions and import records from other wallet apps and cryptocurrency exchanges that you've done business with in the past. The company released a Bitcoin wallet app SafeWallet in January this year, so the two apps can easily interact with each other --... Read More »

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Snapchat enhances Snap Maps with weather and world effects

Snapchat enhances Snap Maps with weather and world effects

For the second summer in a row, Snapchat is inspiring its users to make the most of the warmer, longer days. Exactly one year ago, the social media app, once all about private disappearing messages, added Snap Map to encourage Snapchatters to get out and about -- to the beach, outdoor cafes, and even concert festivals -- and give their contacts a window into their public lives.

SEE: Snag cheap concert tickets with these 9 apps (Download.com)

Today Snap... Read More »

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Install NordVPN on Android TV to watch international shows and protect your privacy

Install NordVPN on Android TV to watch international shows and protect your privacy

Since March of 2017, Internet service providers in the United States have been able to sell the data that they collect about your usage, without your consent, and one of the ways to fight this is to sign up for a VPN (virtual private network). NordVPN has announced that it's adding native support for televisions that use Google's Android TV operating system. So now, qualifying TVs can stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other videos... Read More »

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How to use the new WhatsApp for Android group video and audio call features

How to use the new WhatsApp for Android group video and audio call features

WhatsApp's much-discussed group video call feature has finally been rolled out after it was announced in May at the annual Facebook F8 developer conference.

The one billion daily users of Whatsapp will now be able to add up to four people to a voice or video call on iOS, Android and Windows smartphones. iOS users simply have to update their app. Android users will need to have the Whatsapp Beta/Stable version to access the video call feature, but non-beta users... Read More »

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Westworld mobile game arrives for iOS and Android, and here's why it's worth playing (Updated)

Westworld mobile game arrives for iOS and Android, and here's why it's worth playing (Updated)

(Update: Bethesda Softworks has just filed a lawsuit against developer Behaviour Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. over this game, alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.)

TL;DR The Westworld game is free to play, with in-app transactions The writers of the show have coordinated with the developer on narratives This developer also made Fallout Shelter ... Read More »

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

New Keepsafe mobile browser on iOS and Android protects your privacy and passwords

New Keepsafe mobile browser on iOS and Android protects your privacy and passwords

Keepsafe has long provided a variety of secure apps focused primarily on privacy and it has now released the Keepsafe Browser app for Android and iOS as an effort to provide users with a safe, secure way to browse privately from mobile devices.

"People who use Keepsafe have told us that only half of them trust their system browser (Chrome and Safari) to conduct private searches," Keepsafe stated in a press release. "They are looking for ways to look up... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security

Adobe's Project Rush lets you edit, create, and share video on both Android and iOS

Adobe's Project Rush lets you edit, create, and share video on both Android and iOS

Adobe, this week, offered a glimpse of Project Rush, its upcoming all-in-one video editing app that will let you edit and share professional-quality video on the go.

The app, which is in beta, is designed to handle everything from video capture to sharing, and it will include a rich set of video editing tools for working with color, audio, and motion graphics, Adobe said. You can sign up here to join the Project Rush beta program and get a sneak... Read More »

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

Instagram's new IGTV video app gives creators a YouTube alternative (Updated)

Instagram's new IGTV video app gives creators a YouTube alternative (Updated)

TL;DR Instagram's new IGTV app will let creators make longer videosYou can still view IGTV content within the regular Instagram appThe videos will be user-generated and up to one hour long

Instagram has announced the launch of a separate video app called IGTV, which will host long-form vertical video content from popular Instagram creators such as LaurDIY and King Bach. The content will also be viewable in the traditional Instagram app,... Read More »

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Microsoft News app for Android, iOS, Windows, and web takes on Google and Apple News

Microsoft News app for Android, iOS, Windows, and web takes on Google and Apple News

TL;DR Download Microsoft News for iOS here and Android here It's a rebrand of the MSN News app It offers an optional dark theme for reading at night The app can be optimized for your location

Microsoft announced the relaunch on Wednesday of its MSN News app as "Microsoft News" for... Read More »

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