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Best apps to track Hurricane Florence and to help during the storm

Hurricane Florence is fast approaching the east coast of the US and is registering as a dangerous Category storm. Officials declared a state of emergency and told citizens in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to evacuate on Tuesday.

Florence might be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the east coast in decades, but some residents are choosing to hunker down and ride it out.

SEE: The best emergency apps for hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters

If you’re… Read More »

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Flipd app builds your tolerance for being off social media

There’s an app for almost everything these days, so why wouldn’t there be an app to help you stay off your phone? Digital wellness has been a popular topic with social media companies this past year. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all launched features to help users curb their screen time. But, the Flipd app (iOS, Android) lets you build up your “unplugged” tolerance. It’s essentially a lock challenge that tests your self control. You can join… Read More »

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Best iOS apps we want to see ported to MacOS Mojave

Back in June, at WWDC 2018, Apple’s senior VP Craig Federighi made the jaw-dropping announcement that iOS apps are coming to the Mac with the MacOS 10.14 Mojave upgrade. Well, the first four of these iOS apps have been announced, and they’re, not surprisingly, native ones. There’s Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

SEE: MacOS Mojave includes familiar iOS apps and points to Apple’s future

But what about third-party apps? Federighi said, at WWDC, that Apple will empower developers with… Read More »

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How to enable the 'Limit Ad Tracking' setting on your iPhone or iPad to increase privacy

With a recent spate of mobile apps perhaps taking more than their fair share of your personal data and even selling it without your consent, it’s high time to take a look at the security and privacy settings that you’ve chosen for your mobile devices.

Since the recent stories about personal data theft have had a focus on iPhones and iPads, and Apple is reportedly on the verge of announcing its next wave of phones, watches, and other gadgets,… Read More »

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The best emergency apps for hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters

When disaster strikes, you’ll fare better if you’ve stocked 72 hours’ worth of water and nonperishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first-aid kit, extra batteries, whistle, moist towelettes, a wrench or pliers, a manual can opener, local maps, a cell phone with chargers, and a backup battery. But what’s on your mobile phone may be just as valuable. You can pull up Google’s Public Alerts to start, and then check out our top 17 apps to help you before,… Read More »

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Google launches web app 'Your Plan, Your Planet' to help fight wasted food, water, and electricity

Over the years, Google has needed to get very good about power consumption to keep the electrical bills of its data centers under control. Some of its data centers have crunched numbers so intensely that it’s apparently resorted in the past to installing them on barges cooled by bay water.

SEE: How to get Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

In short, the company knows a thing or two at this point about efficient use of the juice, and today it’s… Read More »

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New poll app 'ClearPoll' pays cryptocurrency for participation

The world of survey taking is dogged by one question: Are the people who don’t answer surveys different from the people who do? It can never be answered to anyone’s satisfaction, because the very avoidance of polling makes the unknown group difficult to know.

What you can do, however, is incentivize as many people as possible to lift your response rate, and an Australian tech startup named ClearPoll has an interesting idea about how to do that.

SEE: West Virginia pioneers voting from an app for 2018 midterm elections

ClearPoll’s… Read More »

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How to use PixFood app to find perfect recipe by taking a photo of any ingredient

Googling “chicken recipes” generates hundreds of results which probably won’t help you figure out what to cook for dinner any faster. The PixFood app (iOS, Android) gives you a bearable number of unique, recipes that look tasty.

The app uses your smartphone’s camera and AI to pick out a range of choices. PixFood offers access without an account (which is free), but having an account helps the app personalize your results.

“At first, they (the recipes)… Read More »

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Dozens of iOS apps caught secretly sharing your data for profit

If there’s anything that social networks have taught us, it’s that seemingly boring information about yourself can be packaged up and sold in bulk to the highest bidder. This data is then used to create profiles of us that allow advertisers to more accurately market toward their target audience. Ideally, the end user is made aware of this arrangement and is given the ability to opt out.

But other times, the app in question may not be playing by the rules…. Read More »

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Facebook Lite adds Community Help tools for disaster and crisis response

Facebook Lite (Android, iOS) now includes Community Help, a crisis response hub used on the main Facebook app and website.

Community Help is available to more than 100 countries. The feature is in testing for natural and accidental disasters. Facebook hopes to extend the capabilities to man-made disasters like terrorism.

SEE: Emergency apps for hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters

Facebook launched Community Help last February to help people find help, and provide food, shelter,… Read More »

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Instagram testing the ability to tag friends in videos

Select Instagram users are testing out the mobile app video tagging feature. TechCrunch reported tagging in videos will work similar to tagging photos. It’s possible videos would be more difficult to tag friends in.

Tagging in a video redirects users to a new page, “People in this Video.” The page displays the Instagram users who are in the video or anyone the user might want to add. It doesn’t look like the videos will appear on tagged users’ profiles… Read More »

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Heart Analyzer app provides visual data on your heart rate

Need a way to monitor and easily view your heart rate, whether you’re exercising, resting, or sleeping? An app called Heart Analyzer can help.

SEE: Get Healthy With the 9 Best Fitness Tracker Apps

Designed for an iPhone paired with an Apple Watch, Heart Analyzer tracks and saves your heart rate as you wear your watch on a regular basis. The app displays your daily resting heart rate, your night resting rate, your average rate, and your minimum and maximum… Read More »

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Health & Fitness Software
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CareerBuilder Job Search app launches new update with AI, AR, and hyperlocal search

The CareerBuilder Job Search app has relaunched using AR, AI, and hyper-localized search to help job seekers keep up with the latest openings nearby. The big update is only on iOS for now, but the company says the update will also be coming to Android.

CareerBuilder said the mobile app release is an extension of the company’s end-to-end solutions covering every step of hiring. The company recognized 70 percent of its audience was on mobile and began to adapt in… Read More »

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New iPhone X app could soon take your blood pressure with the press of a finger

What if you could take your own blood pressure just by pressing the screen of your smartphone? That’s the goal behind an app developed and now in test mode by researchers at Michigan State University.

SEE: Best meditation apps for iOS and Android to relieve stress

Designed for the iPhone X, the app would allow you to track your blood pressure using a method known as “oscillometric finger pressing,” according to an article by the study’s researchers in Nature’s Scientific… Read More »

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Apple kills Adware Doctor from Mac App Store, time to uninstall

In the wake of recent revelations from privacy advocates around the web, the Mac App Store’s highest grossing utility app Adware Doctor has been removed by Apple. Security company Malwarebytes said it has been monitoring the behavior of its developer Yongming Zhang since 2015, and its report on Friday sent shockwaves that led to Apple choosing the nuclear option.

According to security researcher Patrick Wardle, Adware Doctor was doing a little bit more behind the scenes than scanning your… Read More »

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Latest test version of Windows 10 lets you send mobile texts from your computer

While some pundits predicted that mobile phones and tablets would replace laptops and desktop PCs, thanks to lower costs and higher mobility, it doesn’t appear to be panning out that way yet. In the meantime, at least, we’re getting a steady flow of apps and services that tie all of these platforms together, and the Your Phone app is one of Microsoft’s bids in that department.

With this weekend came another Insider release of Windows, which is a beta testing system… Read More »

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The new Apple CarPlay apps coming in iOS 12

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) brought the surprise announcement that Apple is opening up CarPlay to more third-party developers, and the company even teased Google Maps (iOS, Android) and Waze (iOS, Android).

Here’s everything we know about the new apps coming to CarPlay this fall, as Apple prepares to unleash the September 12 event that will showcase its next generation of iPhones and other gear.

SEE: How to get Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

Google Maps goes up… Read More »

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Why Google's 'Touring Bird' will be your new favorite travel guide

If there’s a product or app that makes life easier, it’s likely Google has its name on it (or is planning to). The company’s latest effort tackles vacation and travel planning.

In true Google fashion, Touring Bird seeks to help you effortlessly plan your next trip. Instead of having twelve tabs open on your browser or smartphone, Touring Bird lets you plan everything in one spot.

“A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days…. Read More »

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New 'Call Me Out' app by Chevrolet hopes to reduce distracted driving

Drivers have a variety of ways to help cut down on distracted driving. They can hook up their smartphone via Bluetooth and control music and calls through the steering wheel. Or with some vehicles, they can receive an automated response if they get a text when driving.

We’ve seen the PSAs, we’ve heard the stories of tragic loss, we’ve taken pledges, but checking your phone while driving is still tempting.

Chevrolet launched the Call Me Out app for AndroidRead More »

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Twitter now offers audio-only live streaming via its iOS and Periscope apps

You may have played with live video streaming on Twitter or Periscope. Cool idea. But you don’t necessarily want or need people to see you or what you’re doing. Now they don’t have to.

SEE: Best livestreaming apps

Twitter is rolling out an audio-only option for its core app and its Periscope live streaming app for iOS, the company announced in a tweet. With the new option, you can set your live stream to include just the audio portion… Read More »

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