Bad wi-fi got you down? You've got a host of hardware options that can help you out, from mesh routers to Wi-Fi repeaters, but before you upgrade any set up, do some detective work - with some carefully chosen apps you can work out where your wi-fi network is failing and come up with better possible solutions.
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When you're switching phones after an upgrade or an accident, the job of checking up on your two-factor verification apps can get lost in the hustle of transferring photos, contacts, messages, and all the other stuff that more quickly comes to mind. Without your security codes, though, you might get locked out of your key online accounts -- here's how to make sure that doesn't happen.
If you've seen a lot of people suddenly sharing uncannily similar artistic doppelgängers of themselves recently, Google's facial recognition abilities and massive database of art are to blame. The tech giant recently recently added a new feature to its Arts and Culture app which allows users to snap a photo and instantaneously get a list of portraits they resemble, and it's pretty good.
To date, the best use of augmented reality has been running around parks trying to capture virtual Pokémon. But as that fad has (mercifully) faded away, a company called AstroReality has come up with a more compelling use of AR technology that works with an astonishingly detailed replica of the moon that's as much a work of art as it is a learning tool.
Despite the wealth of software available for Macs, Apple's desktop app store largely feels abandoned, as many of the important apps you might actually want are more readily obtained directly from the developer. However, after years of theorizing and speculation, Apple is reportedly trying to bridge the gap between its desktop and mobile stores, by enabling developers to create a single app that would be compatible with both platforms.
Is it a coincidence that Twitter's shares jumped by double-digit margins on the same day that it began enforcing a policy designed to clear out violent hate speech and hordes of angry trolls? Unfortunately, probably.
Uber has been accused of a lot of very, very bad things over the course of its existence, including a culture of rampant sexual harassment, spying on competitors and users, and covering up hacks by paying off the hackers. But one of the worst things it's allegedly done was shadily obtaining the medical records of an 26-year-old female passenger raped by an Uber driver in India in order to try to discredit her account as an act of corporate sabotage.
A new study by France's Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on the Google Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported today. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, "including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid", as well as innumerable others.
If you scroll through your phone, you'll undoubtedly find a bunch of novelty apps you rarely use. The same fate could eventually befall a simple PC and Mac app called Random Access Character that generates an infinite number of bizarre characters using random shapes and textures - but only if you somehow get tired of watching them sassily stroll across your screen.
Look, I have some harsh news for y'all. We suck at security.
We choose terrible passwords, fail to put pin codes on our phones, and don't even think about encryption when using public Wi-Fi.
But that's all going to change, right? We're all going to get better at this stuff, yeah? If you need a hand getting started, and owe your allegiance to the cult of iOS, here's 10 apps that might help.
Anyone who's spent any considerable amount of time on Tinder knows that, like any service promising random lonely people quick and easy access to a horde of horned-up singles over the internet, it kind of sucks. It's filled with fake profiles, tries to sell you on premium services, and even if you do meet someone, there's a reasonable chance your date will involve listening to them test out their bad standup routine or complain about feminism.
Snapchat, which desperately needs to attract more users as its parent company Snap finds itself swirling the drain just eight months post-IPO (it's screwed), announced in an earnings report earlier this week it is planning a major redesign in an attempt to attract a new demographic (the olds). According to Business Insider, the launch date for Snap's last-ditch gamble is pretty soon: December 4.