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Coding Horror

I didn't choose to be a programmer. Somehow, it seemed, the computers chose me. For a long time, that was fine, that was enough; that was all I …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

Mozilla Launches Experimental Tool For Cross-Browser Debugging

When you are building Web apps — and especially when you are debugging them — all the subtle differences between the different browsers start coming into play. Testing on every single browser is a hassle and there are no good tools available that help you easily automate these tests, partly because …

Tech maintenance tasks everyone forgets about, but really shouldn't

Update your Wi-Fi router<p>If you're experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds, spotty connections, or trouble with technologies like AirPlay, updating the …

Operating Systems

Google's hacking game trades exploits for cake

Everyone knows the best way to teach children is to make the learning process fun and engaging; and if we're honest, that methodology works just as well on us big kids, too. Now, even hunting through code for cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs can be entertaining, thanks to a game developed by a …

The best alternatives to Google's own Android apps

As Android has evolved, Google's worked increasingly hard to keep users locked into its ecosystem. The search giant creates new apps, retains users by giving them a thoroughly decent out-of-the-box experience and then charges device makers for a license to embed them on their phones and tablets. …

Get some of your holiday shopping money back

Take advantage of your credit card's price protection benefit and get money back.<p>It just might be the most overlooked credit card perk and the one that could get you a big chunk of your holiday shopping money back.<p>In this week's Money Quick Tips video, USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis explains …

How to get an early look at the new Google Maps with a bit of cookie know-how

We had the opportunity to grab an early look at the new and refreshed Google Maps, but not everyone is as fortunate; you either had to be an I/O attendee or hope you received an invitation after requesting one. However, a tipster has sent <i>Android Police</i> a set of instructions that'll let you get in …

Hangouts Easter Eggs put dinos and ponies in your chat

If the 850 hand-drawn emoji included in Hangouts aren't enough for you, we've got some good news -- there's a small collection of Easter Eggs that add even more whimsy to your discussions. The commands are mostly initiated with an IRC-like "/" followed by certain words. For example "/ponies" sends …

Google's Plan To Take Over The World

Not because it lasted a grueling three hours and fifty minutes, but because of what was announced. With every new product update, every new feature, every new virtual service, it became more and more clear that Google isn't just a search company that makes loads of cash by showing you ads. It's …

Google Fiber News: Online Video Soars As Traditional Broadcast Collapses

Here’s one more reason the increasing presence of Google Fiber is good: access to blistering fast internet is spurring the demand and purchase of Video On Demand (VOD), while the audience for traditional broadcast television collapses. While the impact is evident in the first regions Google Fiber …

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum Hates Advertising and the Tech Rumor Mill (Full Dive Video)

It’s safe to say that WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum does not crave the spotlight. But he does have a lot to say.<p>Koum’s mobile messaging app now has more than …