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10 apps for editing photos before you post to Instagram

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Android customization - how to regain storage space by cleaning the cache on your Android device

Last week on our Android customization post, you got to play with image files and change up your wallpaper on your Android device. After messing with all those image files, you may be finding that your internal storage space is strangely low, so we should try to fix that.<p>There are many things you …

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25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

Language Learning

The 8 Worst Business Books of All Time

Most business books are merely mediocre. Here are some that are truly awful.<p>In previous columns, I've reviewed the best motivational books, the best business books, the best sales books, and best marketing books of all time. I've also reviewed the most intriguing books, best books for entrepreneurs …


How to disable Gmail's automatic contact creation

Wondering who all those random contacts in your Gmail are? Learn how to stop them from being added.<p>Gmail is set up to create a new contact for each email you send. However, there are times when this can be more of a hassle than a handy tool. For instance, if you are replying to a lot of Craigslist …


Sneaky ad-spewing apps land on millions of Android devices

As a rule, rogue Android apps don't last long on Google Play -- either Google catches them quickly, or enough people complain that something gets done. That doesn't appear to have happened with a recent batch of apps, though. Antivirus developer Avast has noticed that multiple titles, including …


How To Stop People From Being Able To See That You Read Their Facebook Message

We all probably have a friend or two with an iPhone who chooses to leave their "read receipts" on so you can tell when they've read a text. A lot of people think read receipts are the worst, which is why it's great that Apple allows you to turn them off.<p>Facebook, however, does not. When you read …


The Grim Future of the Naturally Aspirated Engine, Or: The Turbos Are Winning

Over the past 45 years or so, BMW was responsible for some of the very best naturally aspirated engines the world has ever seen. Thumb through its back catalog of powertrains and you’ll find a sublime gathering of sweet-spinning, exquisitely balanced, wonderfully soulful expressions of engineering …


11 Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search


Android customization – send Android notifications to your computer using Pushbullet

We took the time last week on our Android customization series to talk about Google’s tool to help you locate and secure a missing Android device. Android Device Manager is one of the easiest to use and most supported options around, we hope it helped you find or secure your missing device.<p>This …

Android News

How To Protect Your Android Phone If It's Ever Lost Or Stolen

Losing your phone or having someone steal it is a nightmare. Fortunately, Google has baked some tools into your Android that could help you find it. Or, at the very least, it'll help you wipe all your data and content so that whoever took it can't wreak further havoc.<p>Here's how to set it up:<p>First, …

Android News

Community Service: Microsoft Gives Students Free Programming Tools On GitHub

Microsoft’s sometimes lauded (and occasionally ridiculed) “turnaround” to become the ‘all new & improved’ Microsoft continues apace. A sizeable chunk of Redmond’s corporate reimagining and reengineering has seen the firm suddenly get the open religion and start to embrace open source, open …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Apple's Swift Exploded in Popularity In 2014, Javascript Still #1

Redmonk’s programming language rankings for 2015 are out and show a huge growth in popularity for Apple’s new Swift development language.<p>According to the results, Swift went from the 68th most popular language last quarter (when it launched) to the 22nd, a jump of 46 spots which is “unprecedented …

Google Under Fire For Quietly Killing Critical Android Security Updates For Nearly One Billion

Android smartphone owners who aren’t running the latest version of their operating system might get some nasty surprises from malicious hackers in 2015. That’s because one of the core components of their phones won’t be getting any security updates from Google, the owner of the Android operating …

Android News

15 best Android VPN apps

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are among the best security tools a web surfer can have. You can use them to surf otherwise seedy public WiFi with more security and privacy. They can even get around firewalls. It may let you view Facebook or watch Netflix in ways you normally can’t. Many people use …


MacTrast Deals: The Name Your Own Price Learn to Code Bundle – Donate to Charity, Learn to Code Like a Boss

Pay what you want to get the Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3 courses, and if you pay more than the average price, (currently …