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How to Run Android Apps on macOS

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:00:41 +0000

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The gap between desktop and mobile is closing all the time. But while this means we’re getting more and more desktop class apps on our phones, getting mobile apps on our desktops is as hard as ever. Unless you use a Chromebook. But what if you use a Mac? It is possible to run Android apps on macOS. You’ll need some third-party software, and you’ll need to be willing to spend a few moments setting it up. Once you’re done, you’ll even have access to the Google Play Store. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best solution...

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Are You Wrong? 5 Sites to Find Out

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:30:49 +0000

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The human mind is a complex beast. It draws information from various sources. Sometimes, odd things stick with us, and over time, our mind treats them as “facts”. Only one day, we find that it isn’t a fact at all. You’ll be surprised how often you are wrong. It’s not stupidity, gullibility, or any defect in you. Misconceptions happen, it’s a part of being human. Whether it’s the news you read, the “facts” you heard, or the things you believed in. As you grow up, you should want to challenge yourself, and figure out what you are wrong about and...

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Google Finally Kills Google Talk After 12 Years

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:30:34 +0000

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Google is retiring Google Talk, also known as Google Chat, after 12 long years of service. The company is urging Talk users to switch to Hangouts rather than the combination of Duo and Allo. Which suggests that Google still has one (or seven) too many messaging/chat apps on its books. Back in 2005, before WhatsApp, Messenger, and Snapchat were things, Google launched Google Talk. This was an instant messaging service designed to compete with AIM, ICQ, and MSN Messenger. Thanks to being integrated into Gmail, Google Talk became massively popular. But now it’s being killed off once and for all....

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5 Awesome & Easy “Pimp My Laptop” Ideas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:00:24 +0000

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From laptop skins to etchings to USB accessories, there is no limit to the ways you can pimp your laptop to make it look and feel just the way you want it to. From removable to permanent changes, there are all sorts of ways you can change your laptop’s appearance, and geek out to your heart’s content. Adding a personal touch to your laptop can be the best way to add a little bit of edge to your gear, and we’ve rounded up some of the best places to go to do just that. 1. Skins and Decals Easily removable...

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Find Files Faster and Organize Your Mac With Finder Tags

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:00:00 +0000

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Tags are a great way to organize data, so that you can sift through it fast when you need to zero in on a particular element. Color-coded tags are even better, and your Mac’s file manager Finder has them — those colorful little dots in the sidebar. Each default tag gets its label from its color. You don’t have to stick with that label though, as we’ll see later on in this article. Let’s take a look at how to make the most of macOS tags. What Can You Do With Tags? While naming files well and moving them into logical folders...

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6 Heavily Discounted Gadgets That’ll Make Your Next Trip Better

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:30:19 +0000

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Are you planning a trip somewhere? Thinking about hitting the road soon? Well, you’re in luck, because you can get six different gadgets that’ll help make your travel experience more enjoyable! Zus Smart Car Charger & Locator This cool device serves two purposes — it’ll charge up your smartphone while you’re in the car and then it’ll help you remember where you parked when you aren’t. If you’re traveling, you’ll often find yourself parking in places that are unfamiliar to you, and this device will make it so you can get back to your car in no time. Aside from...

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How to Do a Social Media Detox (and Why You Should Right Away)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000

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From the beginning, technology was meant to serve us. We create things, like social media, to make our lives better so we can have more control over the limited amount of time we have every day. But is social media actually improving our lives? Or have we become slaves to our own creation? Take a moment and ask yourself: when was the last time you went a full day, from wake to sleep, without checking social media? If sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit disappeared tomorrow, would you feel empty and depressed? Has social media become an addiction for you? Social...

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10 Books All Budding iOS App Developers Need

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000

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Diving into iOS development? These books will help, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned expert. Trying your hand at developing for iOS can be tough, even if you have a background in programming. Between learning the Swift programming language, grasping the Apple ecosystem, and actually publishing to the App Store, there’s a lot to learn. Thankfully, there are plenty of great books that can help guide you through the process. The titles in this list cover a broad swathe of subject matter, and are appropriate for a wide range of learners. No matter what prior experience you have,...

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10 Deals You Can Get On Mobile Accessories Today [US/CA]

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:30:30 +0000

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Your smartphone is great, but you know what’ll make it even better? Accessories, of course! US Deals Poweradd 10,000mAh Power Bank ($16.99, 66% Off) [Upgraded] Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger External Battery with Fast Charge for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note and More (1M Lightning Cable Included) [Upgraded] Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger External Battery with Fast Charge for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note and More (1M Lightning Cable Included) Micro USB & Lightning Cable included: Take any one you'd like to with you on your journey, convenient to charge...

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7 Best Tried-and-Tested DIY Camera Hacks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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The shutterbug in you wants the best equipment and fanciest tools. But here’s a surprise: several professional photographers don’t rely on them. Instead, they have tried-and-tested frugal hacks for their equipment. Don’t waste your money on expensive lens protectors and bags, lighting kits, and stabilizers. Instead, save up for a good lens or essentials like filters. And until you save up, use these smart tricks to make do. 1. Use a Balloon as a Flash Diffuser Once the flash pops, it lights up the whole room. But if you’re taking a portrait, you will likely get harsh lighting on the subject’s face....

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Secure Your Facebook With These 6 Simple Tricks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Facebook’s ubiquity makes it dangerous in so many ways. Aside from the threat of picking up malware, the ever-present risk of someone hacking your account — plus privacy issues from Facebook itself — mean you must be vigilant when using the service. Thankfully, it only takes a few moments to make sure you’re not at risk for Facebook issues. Here are six easy ways to avoid becoming a victim on Facebook. 1. Browse With an Alternate Mobile App Facebook’s mobile apps came under fire a few years ago when it started forcing users to use the dedicated Messenger instead of...

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7 New Android O Features You Can Get Right Now

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:30:00 +0000

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Google has released the developer preview of the next version of Android, tentatively titled Android O. As with any major upgrade, some new features stand out. And you don’t have to wait to get your hands on them. Right now, the Android O Developer Preview is available only for select Nexus and Pixel devices, specifically the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL. But if your device isn’t listed, you can get some of its best features through third-party apps. 1. Snooze and Group Notifications Android O brings two cool interactions to notifications. You can...

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