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5 Google Docs tricks that will boost your writing productivity

5 Google Docs tricks that will boost your writing productivity

It's fair to say that Google Docs has taken big slices out of the market that Microsoft Office used to utterly dominate. For one, Google Docs is free. But it's a polished product in its own right, with a streamlined and intuitive interface, solid collaboration tools and a presence in the cloud that lets you access Google Docs within a web browser from almost any phone, tablet or PC that has an internet connection.

That said, word processors inevitably add more... Read More »

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'DrainerBot' ad fraud operation hits Android devices with huge data consumption

'DrainerBot' ad fraud operation hits Android devices with huge data consumption

Over the past couple years, the Android ecosystem has seen a rise of apps that pretend to be one thing while doing quite another. Sometimes the real purpose of the app is to harvest your personal data and sell it to intermediaries who sell it to advertisers, malicious hackers or anyone else who can afford the fee.

But other times, fraud is inflicted on the advertisers themselves, by tricking them into thinking that their ads are getting seen when they actually remain invisible to the user.... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Twitter begins public test of improved conversations with new Prototype Program

Twitter begins public test of improved conversations with new Prototype Program

When you have a text-based conversation on a social network like Facebook or Twitter, there's a variety of ways that the platform can display the back-and-forth flow of your interactions. One method is called "nesting," where an indent communicates to the user that a given comment or question is a direct response to the one right above it.

SEE: The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

Since its hatching in 2006, Twitter (download for iOS... Read More »

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Facebook for Android users can now disable location sharing when not using the app

Facebook for Android users can now disable location sharing when not using the app

Facebook has tweaked its Android app to give you a bit more control over your privacy.

SEE: Ultimate Guide to Facebook Privacy and Security

A new update to Facebook's Android app adds an option that lets you turn off location sharing even when the app isn't running. Prior to this update, Android users of the app had no way to tell Facebook to stop tracking their location once the app was no longer open or active.

Why the need for this... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Google Maps for iOS now lets you follow your favorite businesses

Google Maps for iOS now lets you follow your favorite businesses

Google is beefing up its iOS Maps app to help you stay informed about your favorite restaurants, stores, businesses and other spots.

SEE: The best Google Maps alternatives in 2019

Rolling out in the latest version of Google Maps for iOS, a new feature lets you follow any business that you like or want to track. By following a business, you can then see updates and information about new offers, promotions, events and other items that may appeal to you.... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

WhatsApp rushing to fix bug that lets you bypass Apple's Face and Touch ID

WhatsApp rushing to fix bug that lets you bypass Apple's Face and Touch ID

WhatsApp's newest feature -- the ability to lock the app with Face ID or Touch ID -- appears to have a major security flaw.

A Reddit user discovered the issue on iOS when using the share sheet (the menu that pops up when you tap the share icon in an app) of to open WhatsApp. Unless you've set your app to require biometric login immediately, the time interval will reset, and the Face ID or Touch ID won't... Read More »

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

AT&T customers can now get free Wi-Fi on Boingo's Passpoint networks

AT&T customers can now get free Wi-Fi on Boingo's Passpoint networks

It's getting ever more difficult for AT&T customers to find themselves outside of Wi-Fi range.

Thanks to an expanded Wi-Fi roaming agreement with Boingo Wireless, AT&T is now offering subscribers a seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi connection at 80-plus locations nationwide, including airports, military bases and additional venues featuring Boingo's Passpoint-certified networks.

"Boingo's Passpoint footprint allows us to connect millions in more locations than ever, making it easier for travelers and troops to talk, text and stream over Wi-Fi," said JR Wilson, AT&T's... Read More »

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How to play popular board game Ludo King like a ... king

How to play popular board game Ludo King like a ... king

If you like board games, here's one you probably should check out. It's called Ludo King. Developed in India, Ludo is based on a centuries-old Indian game called Pachisi. And the roots of the game stretch back 3,000 years. For a game to hang around three millennia, it has to be fun, and as the world's internet population is finding out, Ludo certainly has an addictive quality.

The centerpiece of the digital version... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google Drive: How to get the most out of the app for iOS and Android

Google Drive: How to get the most out of the app for iOS and Android

If you want to create some safety measures to protect your important files, putting them in the cloud confers a number of advantages: You can access these files from anywhere, on a variety of devices; share and sometimes collaborate in real time; and restore files if something happens to your computer or its storage devices.

So with Google Drive as the biggest consumer cloud storage service around, we've been spending some time helping the uninitiated familiarize themselves with its capabilities, starting with the free Google Backup and Sync desktop app,... Read More »

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Google purportedly unveiling game streaming service at March tech event

Google purportedly unveiling game streaming service at March tech event

In an age where privileged information can spill onto the internet in a matter of minutes, it's difficult for a tech company to keep a lid on future plans. So while Google has been sending out invitations to the tech media over the last 24 hours to attend a presentation next month at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the details of its presentation appear deliberately vague.

But as The Information recently indicated, all signs point... Read More »

'Banana Plug' app vanishes from App Store after UC Santa Cruz student allegedly created it to sell drugs

'Banana Plug' app vanishes from App Store after UC Santa Cruz student allegedly created it to sell drugs

Collin Riley Howard, a UC Santa Cruz student, was indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges last week for distribution and possession with the intent to distribute drugs like meth and cocaine. The twist? Howard, 18, developed an iPhone app to help him.

Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 28 of last year, the Banana Plug app allegedly advertised the sale of illegal substances and allowed customers to make special requests, according to a press release Tuesday from the US Attorney's Office.

Banana... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software

Tapatalk to onboard Google+ communities for free after shutdown

Tapatalk to onboard Google+ communities for free after shutdown

Tapatalk's forum app is offering a new home for soon to be platform-less Google+ communities. The company announced Wednesday that moderators and owners of communities can migrate their data to Tapatalk for free.

Moderators or owners of Google+ communities can fill out a form to request a migration to Tapatalk, the company said in a release Wednesday. Users will see a preview of what their community will look like in Tapatalk Groups.

SEE: The best alternatives to the Google News mobile app in 2019

Tapatalk... Read More »

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

The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

The Gmail mobile app redesign is bright white -- but there are workarounds

A few years ago, Google began implementing and promoting a common look-and-feel for Android apps that it called Material Design. This aesthetic standard was minimalistic, but each app had a splash of color coding: For example, Docs was blue, Sheets was green and Gmail was red.

Now Google is forging ahead with Material Design 2, which take away almost all color from the company's apps, and the results for the new Android version of the Gmail mobile app (download for iOS... Read More »

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Steam plans to sunset non-gaming video content soon

Steam plans to sunset non-gaming video content soon

Valve has pulled the plug on the video section of its Steam store menu and will weed out non-gaming content such as movies and TV shows.

The reason? People simply weren't watching non-gaming videos, Valve said Tuesday in a blog post on the game-streaming site. Valve plans to refocus Steam on content that's directly related to games and accessories.

SEE: Metro Exodus' move to Epic Games Store boosting Division 2 sales, says Ubisoft

"Over the coming weeks a number of non-gaming... Read More »

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

'MASSE' app gives users product recommendations from trusted friends, contacts and influencers

'MASSE' app gives users product recommendations from trusted friends, contacts and influencers

Turning to apps like Amazon (download for iOS and Android), Target (download for iOS and Android) or Walmart (download for iOS and Android) for product recommendations is like turning to Facebook (download for iOS and Android) quizzes to learn more about yourself, Trump's Twitter (download for iOS and Android) assertions to make sense of climate change or paid Instagram (download for iOS and Android) influencers for advice on... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

We are giving away an unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus phone

We are giving away an unlocked Galaxy S10 Plus phone

Samsung just announced the newest members of the Galaxy S10 family, and two lucky readers will each take one of the new phones home!

Download.com is joining forces with CNET, so two of our readers can get an unlocked version of the brand new Samsung flagship phone.

The new Samsung Galaxy S10

Before getting to the giveaway, let's go over all the details for these new phones. The just-unveiled Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED curved screen and five... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

How to use Google Drive cloud storage in a desktop web browser

How to use Google Drive cloud storage in a desktop web browser

Last Friday, we began a short series about how to use Google Drive, starting with the Backup and Sync app on a desktop PC. You can use that app to manage your files in the Google Drive cloud, but that's just one way to transfer your documents and media back and forth. If you have a desktop web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome already installed on your PC, then the browser itself can be a... Read More »

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Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

Spotify competitor YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto

Music streaming services are in a serious fight to secure their territory, and one of their most powerful tools is sheer availability. Pandora (download for iOS or Android) is an oft-cited example; it's so ubiquitous that you can get it in cars that predate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay by several years, and it arguably pioneered the driving-friendly interfaces that are common in many mobile apps today.

Today, YouTube Music (download for iOS or Android), which... Read More »

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How Flip50 fitness app helps seniors stay active

How Flip50 fitness app helps seniors stay active

A lot of mental and physical changes come with turning 50 years old. As your body starts to truly show signs of aging like lesser muscle function, diminished healing abilities and slower blood flow, you may have to adjust your workout regiment (or begin one).

Flip50 (download for iOS or Android) can help create a healthy lifestyle for seniors--even if you're not feeling up to a higher-intensity workout or you're short on time.

A Flip50 subscription includes... Read More »

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

Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

Opera browser for Android updated with faster scrolling and new ad blocker

While Google Chrome is probably the most popular web browser in the world (and not without reason), it can't be everything for every user. In fact, the mobile version has never supported ad blockers, the presence of which has been a major selling point for competitors like Opera, DuckDuckGo, Brave and Ghostery.

Today, Opera's ad blocker got an update that's friendlier toward advertisers, and version 50 for Android also brings support for picture-in-picture video, plus a... Read More »

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