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Best open source apps for Android & iOS in 2017

Best open source apps for Android & iOS in 2017

Our mobile devices, particularly our smartphones, have practically become extensions of our persons. And yet we do not treat them with the same guarded vigilance as we do our homes. Whereas we, most often than not, scrutinize almost everything that comes or is added into our abodes, we willy-nilly install apps sometimes with wanton disregard for what they might contain. Granted, the ease of installing and sheer number of apps make it statistically impossible to scrutinize each and every one. Not to mention technically difficult if the app's source code is unavailable.

Fortunately, there is a class of apps available under an open source license that makes it not only easier to inspect what gets installed on your phone but even take the app in new directions should the need arise. Here are some of the best open source apps for Android as well as iOS.

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iPad Pro 10.5 accessories: why you need these

iPad Pro 10.5 accessories: why you need these

The totally new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the new darling in the tablet market, eclipsing even its larger contemporary. Sure, the iPad Pro 12.9 is an upgrade over its predecessor, but the 10.5 model is praised for hitting the Goldilocks size of being "just right" for creativity, productivity, and portability. But an iPad Pro alone does not productivity make. As capable as it is, the iPad Pro 10.5 needs a few buddies to deliver the best experience. Here are some of those best buds you can call on and why you'd want to have them by your side.

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Surface Pro 2017 vs iPad Pro with iOS 11 : Productivity Showdown

Surface Pro 2017 vs iPad Pro with iOS 11 : Productivity Showdown

The two premium tablets of the year have been revealed and all gloves are off in the fight between Microsoft's latest Surface Pro and the new iPad Pros, especially when they get the iOS 11 update later this year. Both have pit themselves against the other and the two are neck in neck in the battle for mobile computing supremacy, as well as consumers' wallets. Compared to mere media consumption, and usually cheaper, tablets, these two are often billed as productivity machines, your office on the go. So which of the two is really the ultimate productivity master? We take a closer look to find out

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The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

The Best Cloud Storage of 2017 – An overview of providers

Computing devices are getting more powerful, more varied, and more ubiquitous, but the data storage in these devices hasn't changed that much. We are still beholden to the HDDs, SSDs, and eMMCs or UFS of yesteryears. In fact, the storage story has become even more complicated because each device has its own storage that you have to manage or keep in sync with other devices.

Enter cloud computing and cloud storage, with its promise of being able to access your data anytime, anywhere. Well, as long as you have an Internet connection, that is. It is an inescapable fact of modern day computing life and it pays to know the choices you have. Here are ten of the top cloud storage options this half of the year.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

Galaxy S8, S8+ custom Android ROMs for those who dare to root

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and its larger Galaxy S8+ sibling are arguably two of the best-looking, and best-performing smartphones this half of the year. But as great as they are, they are by no means perfect. Even the Samsung faithful will admit, sometimes begrudgingly, that the Korean OEM can be a wee too "generous" when it comes to the extras, a.k.a. the cruft and bloat, inside the smartphone user experience or UX. If you're feeling adventurous, there are a couple of Android custom ROMs available for these devices to set you free from the clutches of TouchWiz (or now "Grace") and of Samsung's bloat.

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iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 10.5: is it worth the upgrade?

iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 10.5: is it worth the upgrade?

Instead of consolidating its tablet lines, Apple just diversified it. Well, somewhat. We still don't know the ultimate fate of the iPad mini line, now believed to have been made irrelevant by the iPhone 7 Plus segment. The new non-Pro 9.7-inch iPad seems to combine both the original iPad and the iPad Air. And the iPad Pro 9.7, without a successor, has practically been displaced by its 10.5-inch sibling. With the fate of the smaller iPad Pro now in limbo, consumers might be wondering if its time to make an upgrade. We take a deeper look between the two more portable iPad Pros to give you that answer.

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5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

The original Honda Ridgeline's career arc looked much more like that of a sports car than a truck: after a strong start out of the gate in the mid-2000s, consumer interest in this unique not-quite-a-truck, not-quite-a-crossover trailed off until it was axed less than 10 years into its production run.

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10 iPad Pro apps to help you ditch the laptop

10 iPad Pro apps to help you ditch the laptop

Apple has been harping on and on about how the iPad Pro is not a PC and more than a PC but it hasn't exactly said much about how. Aside from, of course, having a keyboard accessory and running Microsoft Office's mobile suite. There is a grain of truth in that, of course. Thanks to the iPad Pro's beefy specs and the almighty Pencil, it definitely comes close to replacing your PC. Here are 10 classes of apps that can help you leave the bulky laptop at home while you go about your merry way.

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The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

The Best Windows 10 2-in-1 Tablets of 2017 so far

Last week in Shanghai, away from the very scrutinizing eyes of Western media, Microsoft unveiled the New Surface Pro, a.k.a. not the Surface Pro 5. Reception has been mixed, ranging from "this should have been called the Surface Pro 5" to "meh". Fortunately, Microsoft's "tablet that can replace your laptop" is no longer the only game in town. In fact, there's quite a few of them right now. We take a long at some of the most recent and most enticing 2-in-1 options so far this year to see which one might be the best for your mobile Windows 10 needs.

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5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

It's easy to love electric cars when the sun is shining and the mercury is comfortably pegged at a balmy 75 degrees, but dial back the seasons to the starker setting offered by winter's chill and things get a little more complicated. I'd been excited by the prospect of the Chevrolet Bolt since it was first announced - finally, an affordable EV with real-world range - but I was somewhat nervous as to how it would handle the ice palace climate of my native Montreal, where you can use your back porch as a deep freeze during January, February, and most of March.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro seems prepped to bridge the gap between traditional, 'yeah, it's got four-wheel drive' pickup fare and hardcore desert-racing rides like the Ford F-150 Raptor. The full-size truck delivers when it comes to attitude, and it certainly boasts all the right upgrades to tackle extra-harsh terrain, but at the same time it maintains a veneer of civilization that makes it livable on a daily basis.

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Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Mother’s Day gifts guide 2017 by SlashGear

Today we've got a guide for gifts that only the most awesome moms are going to want. The sort of moms that would rather have a chameleon night lamp than another hand-made Mother's Day card. Or both, you know, alongside a bag of her favorite candy - the stuff that any mom would always appreciate should always be in the gift-giving package.

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