Google recently announced it banned over 600 apps from the Play Store for using aggressive advertising practices. Buzzfeed reports that many were published by relatively popular developers like Cheetah Mobile, which had 45 apps available on the Play Store—some with billions of downloads—before being banned.
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Does your phone continue to show you work-related email or Slack notifications even after your workday is over? Do you feel compelled to open those apps when you see the notifications, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything important—and then do you feel compelled to respond right away, even if the message can wait until the next day?
The Fintech revolution is upon us. A product of technological developments pushing financial services into the next (or, arguably, the current) realm, ‘Fintech’ has spawned countless apps, websites, services and solutions, many of which are aimed at improving the financial life of consumers who have previously been at the mercy of the big banks.
Android 10's system-level dark theme is pretty good, but the third-party DarQ app can unlock hidden settings that make it even better. DarQ lets you force apps to use a dark mode if they don’t have it, and you can use DarQ to specify which apps get it, set dark mode timers, and more. Google keeps the app off the Play Store since it plays around with parts of the Android software that are normally off-limits, so you’ll need to install it from the third-party XDA Labs app store instead.
There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We've pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year's Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software champions across four categories: productivity, internet/communications, music/photos/video and utilities.
The Google Home in our living room is used for essentially three things: timers, asking what the weather is, and finding out when the next episode of a television show is supposed to air. this week I came across a mobile app that can also help with that question: Moviebase.
Android users have been urged to delete any apps from the Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk immediately. The 24 apps were released into the Google Play Store under fake developer names and have been downloaded more than 380 million times - which translates to a lot of vulnerable devices. Here's what you need to know.
One of the very first things I do when I’m faced with a fresh operating system is to fire up its default browse - the meh Edge or Safari - and head straight to Ninite (Windows) or macapps.link (Mac). Both sites allow you to pick and choose apps you’d like to install on your new system. Once you’ve finalised your list, you either get a custom installer (Ninite) or a Terminal command (macapps.link) you can run to quickly dump a bunch of apps on your new system.
Apple Maps is back with a brand-new edition, one that the company hopes makes it more appealing (and competitive) compared to the Google Maps' of the app world. Not only does the new Apple Maps look a lot better, thanks to all the details about buildings, landmarks, and terrain that Apple has packed in, but Apple is doubling down on privacy for your mapping experience.
Android 10 is available on several of the latest Samsung smartphones via the One UI 2.0 update, but as many Samsung owners discovered, the latest version of Android did not support the One UI’s Good Lock customisation app at launch. Luckily, the app was recently updated with support for Android 10 and One UI 2.0, and you download the new version from the Galaxy Store right now.
With the Google Play store boasting over 2.5 million apps, there are more options than it's physically possible to browse through (much less install and test!) Every now and then, we encounter an app that's great but misses out on being featured or recognised for whatever reason. Here are five underappreciated Android apps that warrant your attention.
Yes, it’s cliché to exclaim that kids “grow up so fast!” But it’s become a cliché because it’s true. Especially when it comes to babies, the developmental changes children undergo from birth to one year old are staggering and can seem to happen miraculously overnight, even though you just spent the whole year staring right at them.
If something is free—especially if it’s a complicated something, or something you’d probably have to pay for otherwise—the familiar saying is often true: You’re the product. It’s one of the reasons you’re always being advertised to across the web. Search engines, email services, messaging platforms, or other apps and services you fancy cost money, and companies have to recoup that somehow (and profit).
Back in 2016, Twitter made the call to shut down Vine, a video service that it purchased that specialised in the creation of 6-second looping videos. Now, almost four years later, one of the co-creators of Vine has released an app that brings those videos back: Byte.
Android: Your Android comes with plenty of useful tools to keep your smartphone addiction in check. But settings like Google’s “Digital Wellbeing” feature are more functional than fun. They’ll encourage you to use your device less, but they lack a certain flair.