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Dot is a quirky location app for mapping anything from trash cans to watering holes

When you want to search for something, you more than likely go to Google and to check what your friends have been up to, you go to Facebook. Dot is a new iOS app that wants to bridge the gap between the two.<p>Dot works by letting you place a dot on any location you’ve visited on the map within the …

Apple is reportedly building a Google Now rival into iOS 9

The latest scoop from <i>9to5Mac</i> suggests that Apple is getting serious about taking on Google Now and providing users with information precisely when they need it. The report describes a "major new iOS initiative" that goes by the codename Proactive and pulls together data from Siri, Contacts, …

Snapchat may soon let you view videos without holding your finger on the screen

At Recode’s Code Conference, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel announced something dedicated Snapchat users are probably going to like.<p>Instead of pressing and holding the screen to watch video, Snapchat is working on a way to get video playing straight away. It’s not known if users will need to tap the …

Apple is bringing Force Touch to the iPhone, another report claims

The next version of iOS may borrow a popular feature from Apple's new line of Macbooks: Force Touch.<p>The upcoming iPhone's display will be pressure …

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Everything we know about Google's next massive Android update

Google is holding its annual developer conference next week, which is where it usually spills some details on the next version of Android. We probably won't see the final product — usually Google just gives developers a taste of what's to come — but we'll likely get a good idea of what the most …

Chromecast app adds backdrop picture history, customizable backdrop speed

The new version of the app displays your current Chromecasts in a larger "card" style, with quick access to the settings and backdrops on each. You …

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet getting its Android 5.1 Lollipop upgrade

In a flurry of activity over the last day or so, NVIDIA has made available and began pushing out OTA Android 5.1 Lollipop to its SHIELD Tablet, both the WiFi and LTE versions.<p>The SHIELD Tablet Software Upgrade 3.0 comes in form of a roughly 200MB download and will bring your tablet to Android 5.1. …

Apple and Google Execs met in English mansion to secretly discuss government surveillance plans

Ditchley Park – the host of a truly unlikely meeting<p>An 18th-century Mansion in England hosted an unlikely meeting of spy chiefs from seven countries and representatives from tech giants last week. According to <i>The Intercept</i>, the meeting at Ditchley Park was held to discuss the topic of government …

How has your Galaxy S6's battery life actually held up over time?

As we all know, the first few days of having a new device isn't the best time to measure battery life — you're using it a ton, learning all about it …

Weekly poll results: are you buying a ZenFone 2?

While this phone may not quite go toe-to-toe with the 2K displays and the phenomenal cameras we've seen from the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, the …

A bunch of new details about Apple's next big iPhone update just leaked

Although the company hasn't revealed any information about its future plans just yet, 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman just published a huge report that paints a pretty clear picture of what to expect from iOS 9.<p>Gurman's sources seem to be pretty well connected, since many of his reports turn out to be …

Take a photo, get a stranger's in return with Mistaken

Ever wanted to take a picture, but never actually see it? How about seeing a stranger’s picture in return?<p>Mistaken allows you to take a picture, submit it, and never see it again. In exchange, you will get to see a stranger’s picture that they, in turn, will never see again.<p>You will download this …

Google Brings Its Shopping Ads to YouTube

Google's latest counterattack against Amazon: Shopping ads inside YouTube.<p>Here comes the next chapter in Google’s e-commerce foray: Video.<p>Google is gradually revealing more on its shopping ads and Amazon competitor — the box of paid listings that appears atop search queries for consumer goods. In …

Google is reportedly building a new version of Android to power the Internet of Things

Google’s interest in software for low-spec devices might take it through the emerging market and straight to the Internet of Things.<p>According to The Information, Google is preparing to release an Android build capable of running on devices with as little as 32 megabytes of RAM, codenamed “Brillo”. …

Google Will Announce Fingerprint Authentication For Android Next Week

Scheduled to be announced next week, Android M will will include one-touch log-in for supported apps.<p>Google's new mobile operating system, Android M, will include native fingerprint authentication, BuzzFeed News has learned. The new functionality will allow users to log in to all of the supported …

Revealed: The NSA's plan to 'hijack' Android app stores

The NSA hatched a plan that would allow the agency to infect smartphones with malware by hijacking the Google Play and Samsung and the Samsung App …

Google wants to make its own lightweight OS for the Internet of things called Brillo

Google is making its own version of an operating system for the Internet of things called Brillo, and it’s doing so completely outside of its Nest …

Google Maps update will add better traffic alerts, alternate route suggestions

An update to Google Maps will make sure you know how long it will take to get to where you’re going (and why).<p>When you enter a destination into Google Maps, you’ll now be met with a traffic summary of the suggested route. Maps will also alert you to traffic conditions as you drive so you know if …

Shock horror! iPhone 7 concept takes a page out of Samsung’s playbook

If the multiple worlds theory of quantum mechanics is correct, there is a universe out there somewhere in which Apple slavishly copies every move Samsung makes in the handset department.<p>A new iPhone 7 concept by designer Hasan Kaymak shows us what that parallel world would look like by …

How Mobile Apps Are Revolutionizing The Way Field Workers Use Real-Time Data and Analytics

Countless companies have workers in the field — for example, on oil rigs, driving semi-trucks, emergency medical technicians in ambulances, and mechanics on the tarmac of every major airport. To date, the main information-gathering tools used by these workers were the same old clunkers: clipboards, …

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This App Wants To Help Public Transit Compete With Uber

Imagine: public buses on demand.<p>For those that have the cash, it keeps getting easier and more compelling to avoid public transit. Private buses like Bridj and Leap Transit crunch data to give people the fastest commute possible. UberPool and Lyft Line find riders going in the same direction to …

Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you …

9to5Mac: Apple's working on iOS tweaks for 12-inch iPad

Still holding out for a larger iPad? Well, you're certainly not alone. Thanks to new details from <i>9to5Mac,</i> it looks like Apple's prepping for a reveal as well. The site has a solid track record when it comes to rumors, and it reports that both hardware and software tweaks are in the works for the …

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