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Plover lets you share files between any devices over Wi-Fi, AirDrop-style

Apple’s AirDrop service is great for beaming files between your iOS and Mac devices over Wi-Fi – but it sadly doesn’t work with other platforms. Thankfully, a bunch of young developers have built a handy tool to make it just as easy to transfer files over your local network, using anything that has …

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Google Files Go: Everything you need to know

If you browse the Play Store, you'll come across a litany of optimization apps that claim to speed up your phone. More often than not, they're just …

Apps

Google Assistant-enabled devices add custom commands as Actions gain notifications, playback controls

From multilingual support and more languages to Routines, Google has been on a roll in recent weeks adding new features to Assistant. The latest comes ahead of SXSW with Custom Device Actions that allow manufacturers to add custom commands for Assistant-enabled devices.<p>Today’s new features are …

Sprint is preparing six cities for 5G with Massive MIMO antennas

A precursor to 5G is coming to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC<p>Sprint is still planning to launch a 5G network in 2019, and the carrier is moving toward building a next-generation network by announcing the first six cities where it plans to roll out Massive MIMO …

Los Angeles

Tumblr, Sonos among those backing another net neutrality day of action

A number of organizations and websites are planning an online day of action meant to garner more support for a Senate vote that would reverse the FCC's removal of net neutrality protections. The Senate is currently one vote away from overturning the FCC's decision and the day of action aims to …

Alexa can now send SMS messages via voice commands

Echo devices are a bit more useful following a recent update from Amazon.<p>In May, the e-commerce giant announced a free voice calling and messaging …

Using Republic's Moto G4 for Robotic ClearWalker Control

Hi All, Republic asked me to share a little about my story after seeing my smartphone-controlled ClearWalker Strandbeest, which, is featured in this …

24 hidden Android settings you should know about

Master your Android phone.<p>Android phones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but within, they all run the same basic operating system. That Android code includes settings that let you tailor your smartphone to your needs. In this guide, we collected 24 lesser-known customizations for you to …

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Wireless communication without social addiction

You can’t put a price on the safety and ease of communication between a parent and child. And with smartphones so easily accessible, that’s precisely …

11 lies you may have heard about net neutrality

Talking about net neutrality is hard when there's misinformation everywhere.<p>Yesterday, the FCC voted by a margin of 3-to-2 to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. This act kills the net neutrality rules that have governed the internet since 2015. It’s a controversial act opposed by the …

Net Neutrality

Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet<p>More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the …

Net Neutrality

Google launches Android Oreo Go edition for low-end phones

Designed for phones with less than 1GB of RAM<p>At Google I/O in May of this year, Google promised a version of Android custom-designed for low-end devices. Today, “Android Go (Oreo edition)” is being made available for device manufacturers and developers. That doesn’t mean it’s available to users yet …

Android News

Users with the November security patch are seeing a loss in battery life

If you have a device with the November security patch, how’s your battery life? Users across Reddit, XDA Forums, and Google’s support forums are reporting that their batteries are taking a beating.<p>The problem seems to stem from changes made in the November security patch. After installing it, some …

ZenMate VPN is offering the best Cyber Monday deal we’ve seen

ZenMate VPN has always offered a lifetime subscription model, but historically it’s been so <b>prohibitively expensive</b> that it could really only reasonably used by businesses. <b>$840</b> – <i>yeowch!</i><p>However, this week even we lowly peasants can get the full benefit of this award winning VPN service. For the next …

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Wi-Fi

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner. …

Web Servers

Google has a new Drive app for your Mac and Windows PCs

If you’re a G Suite user, you should know that the Google Drive app you may be using on your Mac and PC is going away soon. But Google has a brand …

Google Drive

Router Tweaks - Keep WiFi 1st - a Community Guide

Anytime your WiFi is at less than its optimal capability, your phone may be forced into ‘error recovery’ mode, this can result in many of the …

Code-teaching app SoloLearn wins FbStart Apps of the Year competition

Facebook has announced its “FbStart Apps of the Year”, which is an event which recognizes the most successful apps from the global FbStart program. This year’s Grand Prize winner is <br>SoloLearn (iOS/Android] which is a free mobile-first app for anyone who wants to learn how to code.<p>SoloLearn’s CTO …

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How to fix and care for the tech in your life

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