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Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

It's 2016 and people have stored more information, a lot of the private, on a public, intangible system more than any other time in the history of mankind. And yet, these very same people protect those pieces of themselves with passwords like "1234" or "password". The increasing rate of hacks don't seem to be enough to shock people into adopting better habits when it comes to their digital lives. Because, let's face it, trying to come up with more than a dozen strong passwords is a tough job, much less remembering all of them. That is why there are such things as Password Managers to do the heavy lifting for us, and still they aren't utilized enough. In the interest of spreading the word, here are our top five picks for Password Managers for this year.

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Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

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Even iOS’s Siri is in on the Pokemon Go trend

Even iOS’s Siri is in on the Pokemon Go trend

While not quite everyone in the world has access to access to play Pokemon Go just yet, it's still quickly become one of the most downloaded apps of all time on iOS, and continues to rake in the money from purchases. There's no doubt it's the game of summer, and maybe even of 2016. It makes sense then that Siri, Apple's virtual assistant on iOS, even has knowledge of Pokemon Go, as it's been discovered that it will make a number of humorous responses when asked about the game.

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Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

If you're one of the many, many smartphone owners who uses their device in bed before falling asleep, especially for browsing Twitter, there's good news on the way. The social network seems to be catching on to the growing trend of "dark modes" available on various OSes and apps, and introduced a "night mode" option to its own mobile app last month, albeit only on Android. iOS users may soon get in on the eye-saving goodness, as dark mode has arrived on the latest beta version of Twitter for iPhone.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally embrace iPad split-view

Google's Office apps have finally - finally - embraced iOS 9's split-view support, ending one of the most confusing feature hold-outs ever to plague Apple's mobile platform. Split-screen multitasking was one of the most-anticipated aspects of iOS 9, addressing in one fell swoop criticisms that the platform was unsuitable to properly replace a laptop or Windows tablet that had plagued it since the first iPad.

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PokeLoke for Pokemon GO brings nearby notifications and scanning to iOS

PokeLoke for Pokemon GO brings nearby notifications and scanning to iOS

If you've been following Pokemon GO news, you've almost certainly heard about Pokevision and similar apps, along with the controversy Niantic caused when it took some of those tracking apps offline. While the game's tracking feature was broken beyond usefulness, players turned to Pokevision to help them hunt down Pokemon, and called foul when Niantic moved to take the service down. Now a new iOS app called PokeLoke could fill the void Pokevision left behind, only this time around, it's also bringing notifications to the table.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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Fast.com speed test arrives as mobile app for Android and iOS

Fast.com speed test arrives as mobile app for Android and iOS

Back in May, Netflix launched an Internet speed test called Fast.com. You don’t have to be a Netflix user to use it, but it is a nice way to see what speeds you’re getting and find out whether it’s the reason your video keeps buffering. According to Netflix, it has seen millions of people use Fast.com to check their speeds, and so now they’re offering them another option: Fast as a mobile app for iOS and Android.

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eBay for iOS adds Touch ID support and ‘One Time Password’

eBay for iOS adds Touch ID support and ‘One Time Password’

eBay has updated its mobile apps, and while the Android update is pretty small (it just adds Android Wear support), the iOS update adds a couple of big features: support for Touch ID and a new one time password feature. Both features aim to improve the app’s overall security, and the Touch ID support in particular has long been requested by users. The one time password option will also be coming to the desktop and Android versions of the service.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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Google Maps update brings ride service options and offline features

Google Maps update brings ride service options and offline features

Google Maps has received some cool new updates that will make it easier to get around town when traveling or at home. One of the new features is designed to make it easier for you to get along with Google Maps even if you are in an area where service is spotty. The new feature adds a WiFi-only mode to Google Maps allowing it to be used entirely offline for Android devices.

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Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go has a new nearby tracker in testing now

Pokemon Go launched with a system to track what Pokemon are nearby your location, but that system broke shortly after the game launched. This is in part what led to the hoards of third party tracking services such as Pokevision that have since been banned. The original nearby system showed footprints on the images with three meaning far away and one meaning close.

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