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France cracks down on GPS revealing police roadside locations

France cracks down on GPS revealing police roadside locations

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 »

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

Waze's built-in audio player can now stream music, audiobooks, and more

Waze's built-in audio player can now stream music, audiobooks, and 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.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Waze has added its own audio player through which you can... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

T-Mobile reworks its Name ID app to better thwart robocalls

T-Mobile reworks its Name ID app to better thwart robocalls

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.

SEE: The definitive guide to stopping robocalls on your mobile phone

T-Mobile's robocaller-blocking Name ID app has been updated for Android and launched as a new app for the iPhone, the carrier has announced.... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Android Software , iOS Software

The 8 best apps for finding unique holiday gifts

The 8 best apps for finding unique holiday gifts

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

App offers personal Net Neutrality check: Are your apps being slowed down?

App offers personal Net Neutrality check: Are your apps being slowed down?

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 »

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

Instagram kicks off crackdown on fake followers, likes, and comments

Instagram kicks off crackdown on fake followers, likes, and comments

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.

SEE: The Best Mobile Internet Apps -- After Your Browser

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 »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software

iOS users get Google Photos depth editing feature

iOS users get Google Photos depth editing feature

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.

Google has now added the new feature to the iOS version of its Google Photos app (iOS, Android), which can be used to store, organize, backup, and access your digital photos across... Read More »

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

For Black Friday, Adobe slashes 25% off Creative Cloud suite

For Black Friday, Adobe slashes 25% off Creative Cloud suite

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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.

To kick off Black Friday, Adobe is now offering its Creative Cloud All Apps suite for $39.99 a month, a 25% discount off the regular $52.99. On an annual basis, the promotion... Read More »

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

Guide to Marvel mobile games: Become your favorite superhero

Guide to Marvel mobile games: Become your favorite superhero

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

The reason Tumblr vanished from the App Store: Child pornography that slipped through the filters

The reason Tumblr vanished from the App Store: Child pornography that slipped through the filters

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software