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iMessage is not Android’s problem

iMessage is not Android’s problem

Your mother has sent you and your sister a photo of their dog, and expects you to reply with a positive note back. But you have an Android device and you're using Google Voice. You get the message, but you don't get the photo. Your mom gets mad that you've not replied. You say it's because she's using iMessage and photos and videos won't be sent to devices unless they also have iMessage. She tells you to get iMessage. You can't get iMessage, you have an Android device. You see where this is going.

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Lyft and other to use Waze SDK for better navigation

Lyft and other to use Waze SDK for better navigation

If you do a lot of driving, then chances are that you've heard of (and used) an app called Waze. For those not familiar, Waze is a navigation app that updates you on traffic conditions in real-time. Knowing that there's been a wreck, or that a particular route is congested can help you avoid those roads and get to your destination quicker. Well now companies like Lyft are taking advantage of Waze's offerings.

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Spotify for Android and iOS to get videos this week

Spotify for Android and iOS to get videos this week

Spotify will be rolling out video content to its Android and iOS apps in the very near future, according to the company. The video content will be available by the end of next week, and will give users access to content from places like Comedy Central and Vice Media. Android users will get access to the content first some time this week, and will be followed by iOS users by the end of next week.

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Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Takeout meals are convenient, particularly after a long day spent working, but they’re often not very healthy, and it can be difficult to track calories. The solution is making a meal at home and packing it, but two common complaints are associated with this: poor cooking skills and self-consciousness when toting around a lunchbox. Prepd Pack aims to be the solution to both troubles, offering a smart way to eat healthy combined with an attractive grown-up design.

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LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

The next LG smartphone (LG G5) has leaked with photos of its front and back and sides through case manufacturers of all sorts. The folks at LG aren't leaving anything up to chance with the LG G5, almost certainly bringing heat to MWC 2016 this February. Today we get to look at what's essentially the entire smartphone, from all sides - save the back, of course, since most of it is covered by case. But all the important bits are here!

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AG on encryption: we don’t want back doors, just back doors

AG on encryption: we don’t want back doors, just back doors

Encryption has become a very thorny subject of late, particularly in but not just limited to the US, which isn't that surprising considering most of the tech companies of the world call the country their HQ. Although it has since slightly weakened its formerly strong language, the US government stands by its position. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch reiterated that position. The US doesn't want encryption back doors. They just want access to encrypted systems through another door that isn't the front. So maybe a side door perhaps.

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Donald Rumsfeld has a Churchill-themed Solitaire app

Donald Rumsfeld has a Churchill-themed Solitaire app

Rounding out the workweek comes this new app for your weekend procrastination needs: it’s a Solitaire app. Does the world need a new Solitaire app? Perhaps not, but this one is a little different than most. The app is called Churchill Solitaire, and as you’ve probably guessed by this point, it has everything to do with Winston Churchill. Less obvious, though, is the man behind the app: former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Just because your main competitors are doing something isn't a good enough reason to do likewise. That seems to be the general sentiment that Fran Shammo, Verizon's Chief Financial Officer, was trying to convey to the press. But to be more specific, what he's saying is that unlimited data plans aren't going to be coming back any time soon. Or at all, as far as the carrier is concerned. This despite the fact that AT&T earlier this month did bring back the offering. Well, almost.

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Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm app might make you want to throw your phone

Only the greatest people in the world are able to always wake up with a smile on their faces and fire in their spirit. The rest of us, we mostly struggle with our darkest demons, no matter how early or how late we wake up. That is why there are countless alarm apps that try to wake you up in a unique, sometimes even creepy, ways. Microsoft now has one as well. But the Mimicker Alarm for Android is even more unique because you'll need to convince its AI that you really are already awake. At least before you throw the phone out in frustration.

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California also wants encryption backdoors on smartphones

California also wants encryption backdoors on smartphones

Another US state has added itself to the roster of those fighting for requiring encryption keys to be provided to aid in criminal investigation. Or as others call it, "weakening encryption". California assemblyman Jim Cooper proposed a new bill that eerily sounded like a similar proposal being made in New York City. The difference, however, is that the purpose isn't to fight terrorism but to crack down on human trafficking specifically. Still, it's basically the same mantra that's being repeated in the US, UK, and France, requiring companies to provide governments with keys when they need them.

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Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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