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June 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Instapaper, yet another app that's been missing from Android, makes its debut, again minus some features available for iPhones and iPads. Like Instagram, Instapaper doesn't have all the bells and whistles the iOS app does. "We're working hard to add additional features to Instapaper for Android," according to a company blog post . "We believe that we've captured the core Instapaper experience but can't wait to make the app even better. " The Android app, which allows you to save Web pages for offline reading later, does include adjustable fonts, Dark Mode for reading in low light, folders, rotation lock and native Android sharing.
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April 9, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dropbox is unveiling new ways for people to hold onto and share their digital stuff as it tries to build on the popularity of its online storage service. With an initial public offering in the works, Chief Executive Drew Houston said his company is moving into its next chapter, which positions Dropbox as a “home” on the Internet to house documents, photos and videos across all devices and share them with friends, family and co-workers. With rising competitive pressures from technology giants Google and Microsoft and from start-up rival Box, which recently filed to go public, Dropbox is looking to give people new reasons to use Dropbox.
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April 3, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram released its app for Android devices. This comes about a year and a half after the app launched for iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, which has about 30 million users. On launch day, Instagram said it had 430,000 people on the Android waiting list. The app runs on any camera phone with Android 2.2 or above with support for OpenGL ES 2. But it won't yet run on Android tablets.  The app includes the same filters as the iPhone app. But there are some missing features.
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September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook users, rejoice: You can now edit posts after they've been published. The Menlo Park, Calif., company announced Thursday that users will be able to go back and edit their status updates after they've been published when they use Facebook on their computers or through the Android app. That means if you post a status with a typo, you will no longer have to delete the entire post and start over. Users will be able to simply edit the error. PHOTOS: Top 11 cool, hidden features in Apple's iOS 7 "To edit a post, you'll just tap the down arrow on your post and choose 'Edit post' to make changes," a Facebook spokeswoman told The Times in an email.
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May 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A month after two of its two most important moments -- its jump to Android and its acquisition by Facebook -- Instagram has already reaped some of the rewards, seeing its number of unique visitors grow by 78%. The dramatic gain in traffic placed the little photo filtering mobile app at the top of the web for growth in April, according to ComScore Inc., which released the statistics Thursday.  Instagram brought in nearly 14.6 million...
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January 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next time a thief tries to break into your smartphone or tablet, you may be able to get the culprit's mugshot emailed to you. Lookout Mobile Security has updated its free Android app with a new feature called "Lock Cam" that helps users spot where their lost phones or tablets might be and who might have taken it. The Lock Cam takes a picture using devices' front-facing cameras when someone incorrectly enters a device's unlock code three...
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August 24, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is on a mission to improve its Android app, going so far as to order employees to leave their iPhones at home and use the rival platform to get more familiar with it. Business Insider reports Facebook is taking this approach, citing as sources ex-Facebook employees and people familiar with the goings-on inside the Menlo Park company. Facebook confirmed the report to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, saying in an email that an important part of the company's products and features testing process involves Facebook employees putting unreleased products and features through "their paces before they launch.
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October 7, 2012
Google releases a local search/ travel map app. Name: Field Trip Available for: Android What it does: Gives users information about their surroundings while they are exploring on foot or by car. You can choose the tips you want to receive by selecting (or un-selecting) interest filters such as Food, Drinks & Fun, Cool & Unique, Architecture, Outdoor Art, Lifestyle, Historic Places & Events or Offers & Deals. Cost: Free What's hot: Google has partnered with resources such as Zagat, Thrillist and Food Network for food; Arcadia Publishing for history; the Public Art Archive for outdoor art; and Cool Hunting and Daily Secret for the cool and unique, to name a few. You can even use the app as an audio tour guide and have it speak to you when a wired or Bluetooth headset is plugged in, or when your phone has the car audio connected or is plugged into a car dock.
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August 11, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
"My phone is about to die. " Thanks to my job, this harrowing low-battery experience is something I am used to and always prepared for. I take my charger with me everywhere I go and keep an extra one at work. Yes, our smartphones are "smart" and enable us to video-chat, play games, take pictures and navigate the world. Unfortunately, battery life has yet to catch up with the rest of the technology. If you also have trouble making it through the day without charging up, you can do the basic tricks such as reducing screen brightness and disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
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August 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A new Facebook app for Apple mobile devices that the social network says is twice as fast as its predecessor arrived Thursday in Apple's online app store. Facebook says the new app, which will replace both the current iPhone and iPad apps, has been rebuilt from the ground up to give users a much faster experience. Facebook said the new "app is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed. " GALLERY: Freshest Facebook features The app has also received two notable changes.
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August 11, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
"My phone is about to die. " Thanks to my job, this harrowing low-battery experience is something I am used to and always prepared for. I take my charger with me everywhere I go and keep an extra one at work. Yes, our smartphones are "smart" and enable us to video-chat, play games, take pictures and navigate the world. Unfortunately, battery life has yet to catch up with the rest of the technology. If you also have trouble making it through the day without charging up, you can do the basic tricks such as reducing screen brightness and disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
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July 31, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft announced Wednesday that subscribers to Office 365 will be able to use a new Office Mobile app on their Android phones. The new app is available immediately in the Google Play store. And it comes just a few weeks after Microsoft released a similar app for iPhone users who subscribe to Office 365.  PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet The Android app is free to download. But an Office 365 subscription costs $100 a year. For that fee, users can install Office apps on up to five devices such as PCs, Macs, and smartphones.
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July 8, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Need help surviving the summer heat? Turn to your smartphone. While some are more useful than others, weather apps are now becoming a fixture on smartphones and tablets. The problem is that weather apps tend to fall into two main categories -- information dense, or information minimalist. Here are five weather apps that go above the standard and might be worth -- dare we say it -- paying for your specific needs. Weathertron (99 cents): The iOS app displays a live, visual minute-by-minute forecast that looks like an info graphic.
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May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
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May 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's Hangouts messaging app has been receiving generally positive reviews since it was launched Wednesday, but when it comes to Android users on AT&T's network, it's hit a bit of a snag: The carrier isn't allowing users to make cellular video calls. Google introduced the new Android and iOS app during the keynote at its annual developers conference. The app is designed to make it easier for users to communicate with their friends through Google by sending messages or making video calls, whether from their smartphone, tablet or computer.
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April 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun expanding the free voice calling feature on its Messenger app to Android users. Earlier this year, the company introduced free voice calling for iPhone users, letting them use the Messenger app to call other Facebook members. The app uses smartphones' Internet connections to make the call, either through a Wi-Fi network or over 3G or 4G networks. Now, three months after introducing the feature for iPhone users, Facebook started rolling it out to some U.S. Android users Thursday afternoon and says more users will get the feature throughout Friday.
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January 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A change to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that makes it illegal for consumers to unlock their mobile devices without the permission of their carrier goes into effect Saturday. Carriers lock smartphones -- which they typically subsidize in the U.S. -- as a way to prevent their customers from getting a cellular plan with a different company. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Users unlock phones when they want to switch carriers, sometimes after the phone's original contract has run out, or so they can use it when going abroad.
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April 4, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Girls Around Me - the iPhone app that's been called "creepy" and a way to abet stalkers - has been pulled, voluntarily, from the App Store. But it continues to stir debate about privacy and whether the app has been unfairly slammed. It's the user who's the problem, not the app, right?  Depends on whom you ask. Girls Around Me uses location data from mobile service Foursquare to view nearby girls or guys, as Mashable explains . The user can "scan" for people (the default is women)
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January 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is reportedly preparing to release another version of its fourth-generation iPad and it could be one with 128 gigabytes of storage space. Apple news website 9 to 5 Mac reports that several sources have said the Cupertino, Calif., tech company is readying a new version of its latest 9.7-inch screen iPad model. While sources didn't confirm what makes this new iPad different, 9 to 5 Mac reports that it will likely have additional storage space based off recent findings in iTunes 11 and the code for the latest developer version of iOS 6.1. The new iPad will be available for $799 for Wi-Fi only version and $929 for the cellular-enabled one, both of which would be $100 more than the 64 GB versions of the Wi-Fi only and cellular iPads, the report says.
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January 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has released an update for its iPhone and iPad app that, among other features, lets users send each other recorded voice messages. To access the feature, select name, tap the "+" sign and select the mic icon. Hold down the red record button that appears and begin speaking. When done, simply let go of the button and the message is sent. To cancel the message, slide the finger away from the record icon. The voice message feature was introduced earlier this month in an update to the Facebook Messenger app, which is dedicated solely to the message component of the social network.
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