With everyone from local scammers to government agencies trying to get hands on your data, there's never been a better time to beef up your privacy game. Fortunately, there are a ton of options out there to keep your messages, files and phone safe on Android.
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Inspired by games from the 2016 Self-Care Jam (which Kotaku mined for favourites), MetaFilter users recently named their favourite calming video games. Some will be familiar, but others are deep cuts by independent developers. Most aren't for winning or losing, just exploring, interacting and existing. None of them force you to battle other players in a tense show-down. Try these out if you're too stressed out for Overwatch or Plague Inc.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
iOS/Android: If you're worried about apps tracking your location, it's not enough to limit your location sharing. You need to limit camera-roll sharing too. If you've ever given an app access to your camera roll - to take photos, or store screenshots, or any given reason - you've also let it see where all those photos were taken. Felix Krause, an iOS developer and security writer, built an app to demonstrate this back door.
Android: This week Google started rolling out Android Oreo to devices. It's been available as a public beta for some of the company's more recent Pixel and Nexus devices since May, but now carrier testing is underway for some of those models, so the official version is likely headed to devices sooner rather than later.
Android/iOS: Foursquare's Swarm 5.0, released earlier this week on iOS and Android, has a cleaner look and better venue categorisation. Most importantly, it downplays most of the social check-in app's social elements and strengthens its solo benefits. That's great news, because Swarm might be more useful if you use it alone.
Using a password manager is basically internet security 101 these days, but that doesn't make them any less intimidating. If you've never used a password manager, they're annoying, cumbersome to use, and baffling at a glance. 1Password is one of the easiest to use options around, but that doesn't mean you don't need some help setting it up.
Windows/Web/iOS/Android: Microsoft has released a public preview for its new to-do app, aptly called To-Do. This is ostensibly Microsoft's version of Wunderlist, which the company acquired back in 2015.
Android/iOS: One of the best little features in Waze is the ability to share your location and ETA with a contact. This way, you can answer the "when will you get here?" question before it's even asked. Now, you can do that in Google Maps too.
Android/iOS: If you're an avid Waze user, there's a reasonable chance that you tend to pop between Waze and an audio app while you're driving. Well, if that audio app happens to be Spotify, you're in luck, because Waze is integrating Spotify controls directly into the app and vice versa.
Android/iOS: Pandora announced Pandora Premium today, the long awaited music subscription service from the streaming radio giant. Like Spotify, Google Play Music and Apple Music, Pandora Premium is $US10 ($13) a month, features thousands of streaming songs, and works pretty much the same as all the other services you're already using.
Whether you're trying to keep to a strict calorie count, or just get a handle on what kind of nutrients you're taking in, a good food logging app is a must. MyFitnessPal and Lose It are two of the app stores' most popular, and they're your favourites too. Let's see how they stack up.