Google Now on Tap sounded ridiculously cool when it was announced last year, but the reality of the feature has been lackluster to say the least. Google is apparently toying with a feature that could make it much more useful. Some users are seeing optical character recognition (OCR) as part of On Tap, but the implementation seems very early. Read More
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Mobile Security & Antivirus
This week's roundup is brought to you by ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus. This full-featured security suite automatically scans downloaded apps and files for malicious content, and quarantines them when something dangerous is detected. Read More
Facebook Messenger is the regular Facebook app's cooler cousin. It may not always know which look is fashionable, but it isn't afraid to experiment and adapt. If the app doesn't come out looking sharp the first time, it has no problem with returning back to the store, spending some time in the dressing room, and coming out with something different. Read More
You know what sucks? Not watching basketball. I absolutely hate when I have something else going on while the Bulls are playing and I don't get to watch the game. Being able to listen to the game makes that a little easier to tolerate, which I currently do from the official NBA app if that's the only option. If you're a TuneIn Radio Premium subscriber and an NBA fan, though, things just got a bit easier for you: TuneIn has reached a deal with the NBA that will allow it to stream all game audio from the app starting globally with the 2016-2017 season. Read More
Earlier this year, the Dropbox Android app ran by the 500 million installs milestone on Google Play. The problem with that metric is that it tracks the number of times the app has been downloaded from the Play Store, which includes updates to pre-installed versions. That makes this a very unspecific marker of how many people actually use Dropbox on Android.
We still don't know the answer to that question, but today Dropbox is happy to announce the number of people using the service overall. Over 500 million people have signed up since the file hosting company started syncing the contents of desktop folders in 2008. Read More
Smart watches might not be an essential piece of technology yet, but the more apps and watch faces there are, the more useful they become. Sure, many of them are ill-advised and may murder your battery (killer app?), but that's the price you pay to find the truly good apps. Today we have many apps and watch faces, some of them are just for fun and others might be genuinely useful. You won't know until you check them out. Read More
When I got my first Android tablet sometime around 2012 or 2013, I turned to Tablified Market to find good tablet apps. At the time, the Play Store didn't have any way of filtering tablet-optimized apps (and it still sucks at that) and Tablified was doing a great job of curating them into categories and easy to browse lists. But despite its good content, the Tablified app was merely an HTML wrapper for the website. It was slow to load and just dreadful in terms of responsiveness (here's what it looked like). With time, I started using it less and less until the app stopped being developed around April 2014 and I let it go. Read More
Playing video games is hard work. Okay, playing games, providing commentary, and doing the occasional editing does take effort. Some producers on Twitch attempt to monetize their content by getting users to subscribe and pay a few bucks a month. This feature is available in the browser, and now it has made its way to the Android app. Read More
Hey, listen to this. Sharing music over Facebook Messenger has become simpler for Spotify subscribers. Now users have the option to share songs and playlists directly inside the app. Read More
Opera might be getting ready to be sold out to a Consortium of Chinese companies, but that's not stopping the Norwegian team from updating the different apps and browsers under its umbrella. The most recent update touches Opera Beta, the open beta version of the full fledged browser (not Opera Mini). It upgrades the browser's codebase to Chromium 49, which as you'll recall enables Physical Web support with Bluetooth connectivity inside the browser for beacons for example.
The most significant change in the interface is a new tab switcher and selector similar to the one that's been active in Opera Mini for a while. Read More