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The devastating effects of global warming, a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth's atmosphere, and climate change, a change in global climate patterns, are already hurting people and animals around the world. And incidents of droughts, wildfires, insect outbreaks, famine, flooding, and stronger, more intense hurricanes are only expected to increase if climate change continues at its current rate.
While certain contributing factors, such as changes in the sun's intensity, orbital variations, and volcanic eruptions, are out of... Read More »
The tool counts how many minutes you spend on the social media site each day a week and provides an average.
To see how long you spend on Facebook is easy to access and understand:Open the Facebook appTap the Settings icon in the top right cornerScroll down and tap Settings & PrivacySelect... Read More »
Losing your cell phone today is a way bigger deal than it was 10 years ago. Today people use their phones for banking or have their credit cards tied to apps.
Google's Find My Device app helps you find your lost Android device and lock it until you recover it. You can leave a custom message or a contact number on the screen for anyone who might find it.
The app added a new feature that maps a building... Read More »
According to Pumpic Mobile Monitoring, the site has more than 100 million users, with one million active every day.
"There is a minimum age limit of 13 on MeetMe, however since this is nearly impossible for the app to verify, it does not stop younger users from... Read More »
With this holiday season, Amazon has released a wave of new products and news, from a water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite to totally free shipping until December 25. Meanwhile, its Alexa virtual assistant is getting upgraded with support for Skype on Echo devices, and a Windows 10 app. While the Google Assistant is arguably the most capable personal AI on the market, its maker is not the only one with deep pockets and high ambitions.
For these assistants to... Read More »
When Google Maps originally launched in February 2005, it punched a fat hole in the market for GPS navigation devices that has yet to be patched. With this app, you can just use your phone to get around, at no added cost, a far cry from forking over $100 or more for the established gadgets at the time -- then more money for future map updates. Even Apple felt the heat, but it wasn't until 2012 that it produced a... Read More »
With unsolicited calls becoming a growing problem for mobile phone users, Google and other tech companies are coming up with ways to screen the spam. In fact, there's a growing industry of spam blocking apps, and Google has introduced a screening feature baked into its Pixel phones.
Getting pulled over by the police can ruin your day. Sometimes a friendly driver might flash their lights at you to warn you of an upcoming speed trap.
Popular navigation apps like Waze (iOS, Android) or Coyote (iOS, Android) let drivers warn each other about accidents, traffic, and the like. French motorists are using the apps to share police roadside check locations, according to Le Parisien.
French police said that exposing police locations undermines counter-terrorism operations,... Read More »
You're driving your car as Waze guides you on your trip with the usual turn-by-turn directions. And now you feel like riding along hearing a song (side by side). In the past, you'd have to fire up a dedicated audio app to listen to your favorite tunes. Now, Waze is offering a simpler, safer, and more integrated approach.
Waze has added its own audio player through which you can... Read More »
You answer your phone even though the call is coming from an unknown number. Damn, it's yet another annoying robocaller or spammer. If only you had known. Well, if you're a T-Mobile customer, you now have yet another tool in your arsenal against these calls.
No one wants the gift that keeps on giving. You know the one. That really bad present that gets passed from recipient to recipient till it ends up sad and forgotten at the bottom of a present drawer.
The generic gifts that appeal to everyone -- bottles of wine, cakes and flowers, and the trusty gift cards -- will certainly be enjoyed, but they scream impersonal. See, your friends are unique and their gifts should be as well.
But you don't have... Read More »
Last December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Net Neutrality. The choice could essentially end free and open internet access.
The concept of Net Neutrality requires telecom providers to not discriminate against different types of content. It also keeps carriers from slowing down service so they can charge users more money, and avoiding conflicts of interest such as throttling Netflix or YouTube if they compete with video services offered by the provider.
After the repeal, researchers from Northeastern University and The University of Massachusetts Amherst... Read More »
Instagram users who turn to certain third-party apps to artificially increase their audience are now on the radar of the popular photo and video sharing site.
In a new blog post, Instagram announced that it has started to remove fake likes, follows, and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. Calling this type of behavior bad for the community, Instagram is alerting the users of such... Read More »
Before Google added depth editing in Portrait mode to its Pixel devices, Apple's iPhone camera was the envy of smartphone photographers when it pioneered the DSLR-like photo technique. Google rolled out adjustable bokeh intensity in Portrait mode in the Google Photos app last month for Android users.
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Those who have been tempted to subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud but have been put off by the steep monthly price tag may want to check out a new sales promotion.
The late, great Stan Lee not only revolutionized the comic book industry but also influenced a larger world of entertainment with motion pictures, TV shows, and games featuring the exploits and adventures of our favorite Marvel superheroes. You can imagine yourself as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Nick Fury, and other classic characters as you play games not just on your PlayStation or Xbox but on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. To honor the life and work of Stan... Read More »
Those of you looking to download the Tumblr app (Android, iOS) on your iPhone or iPad are unable to get it for now. But the app's vanishing act isn't the result of a technical issue or glitch. Through independent sources, Download.com learned that the app was removed due to child pornography that got past the site's filters.
When Download.com presented these findings to Tumblr, a company spokesperson responded with the following statement:
"We're committed to helping build a safe online... Read More »
California had barely mourned Thousand Oaks shooting victims when a string of new wildfires broke out in cities like Paradise and Ventura.
The fires have burned for more than a week and claimed dozens of lives. The 2018 wildfire season has been the worst on record, with more than 7,500 fires destroying millions of acres.
Amazon has been pretty busy lately, with advance movie screenings, Skype integration, and free shipping for everyone until December 25, just to name a few. Meanwhile, its streaming services are still trucking, but it's not afraid of a little competition on its own platform.
The company previously brought Spotify (Android, iOS), Pandora, iHeartRadio and others to its Echo smart devices -- even letting you choose them as defaults over its own Amazon Music -- and today... Read More »
While Amazon Prime is most associated with free two-day shipping, and perhaps its video and music streaming services, the company is not afraid to step outside of its comfort zones with new perks for its subscribers. But perhaps with Amazon's recent forays into feature film distribution and production, it's latest offer isn't all that unexpected.