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AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

AdBlock browser hits iOS, Android

The people behind AdBlock Plus, the popular browser extension that, well, blocks ads on webpages, has finally released their AdBlock Browser for both iOS and Android. Following a limited beta test back in May, the full release brings the same experience as the desktop extension to mobile devices, including speed improvements and less tracking. As a browser, AdBlock gives users customization options when it comes to blocking ads, as well improved battery life when browsing the web.

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Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

Opera Mini on Android updated with data saving modes

The Opera Mini browser for Android has just been updated with refined versions of its data saving modes. Previously, the browser was known for giving users the option of reducing bandwidth and speeding up load times, in turn compressing websites and their layouts, but this was either an "on" or "off" setting, with nothing in between. There are now "Extreme" and "High" settings, which reduce data by 90% and 30-40%, respectively.

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Google Translate update includes systemwide translation for Android

Google Translate update includes systemwide translation for Android

Whenever you hold your finger down on a word with the newest Google Translate running, you'll get the option to translate that word. Just so long as you have the newest version of Android running - that's Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and required. Google Translate's newest update works on a global scale within your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to get translations for words from all corners of your mobile device. Just like you're using a desktop machine.

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WhatsApp tops 900 million monthly active users

WhatsApp tops 900 million monthly active users

While other mobile messaging apps continue to grow in popularity, it seems none can push the Facebook-owned WhatsApp from its throne. Founder Jan Koum revealed that the app now has an incredible 900 million monthly active users. The news was shared by Koum in a Facebook post, and means that WhatsApp has gained an additional 100 million new users in just under five months, and achieved a 50% growth rate over the last year.

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FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

The FAA doesn’t take improper drone usage lightly, and while it has gone after operators in violation of regulations, it is also working to educate the public on what it can and can’t do in an effort to prevent the issues from happening. Part of its efforts is the new B4UFLY mobile app, which is designed to give operators of, primarily, “model aircraft” a way to see any current flight regulations in their region, as well as ones that are planned. The beta will be tested by 1,000 UAV users.

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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

While Twitter has been revamping its Direct Messages feature recently, including the elimination of the 140-character limit, letting users message people not following them, and supporting pictures & URLs, its official apps still heavily focus on the rest of the social network's uses. For those who've been wanting to just use Twitter's Direct Messages as a stand-alone chat app, now there's the unofficial app Direct Messenger for iOS.

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NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

For all of its yelling and battling, the taxi industry has not been able to squash Uber, and consumers are better off for it. In NYC, the taxi industry now has its own Uber-like mobile app called Arro, and as with Uber, consumers can use it to see where nearby cabs are located, hail one using the app, see the driver’s details, and pay their fare using saved banking information. The makers of the app hail their offering as being superior to Uber’s own app, though, and the taxi industry — not surprisingly — is saying it is better in every way: cheaper, faster, and more. The app will be available to the public in the next couple of weeks.

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Evernote Food support ends on September 30

Evernote Food support ends on September 30

A couple of years ago, Evernote introduced a new product aimed at the cooks among its user base: Evernote Food. This allows people to do things like take pictures of the meals they cook and others, clip recipes, and more. By all accounts, Evernote Food has been popular, but it has also become redundant. As any Evernote user would know, you can do those aforementioned things with the service’s non-Food offerings, and that’s why the company has announced it is dropping support for the Evernote Food iOS and Android apps.

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