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YoutubeAuto for Android Auto brings YouTube, even Plex to your car

YoutubeAuto for Android Auto brings YouTube, even Plex to your car

While Google has recently brought interesting new features to Android Auto, like Google Assistant and wireless pairing, there are still some things it refuses to add, more for safety than anything. Of course, that’s not going to stop some very enterprising app developers, especially those with access to an unofficial Android Auto SDK. Take for example this all too obvious YoutubeAuto app, which, funnily enough, adds more than just YouTube to your Android Auto enabled vehicle.

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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.

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Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Shuffle and PrivateLine: privacy without compromises

Our smartphones have become extensions of ourselves. From photos to messages to social media to email, our phones either contain our most intimate information or, at the very least, become the channel through which such information pass. And yet users continue to remain unconscientious of how they handle information on or from their phones, including something as basic as your phone number. Fortunately, Shuffle Ventures is on the verge of launching PrivateLine, their second mobile app, and service, designed exactly to help protect your digital identity and keep private things private.

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Dashlane Project Mirror to kill passwords with a password manager

Dashlane Project Mirror to kill passwords with a password manager

Next to humans themselves, passwords are the bane of digital security. Decades after they have been invented, humans still haven’t learned their lesson, no matter how devastating some cases have been. Many still resort to the worst possible passwords. That frailty has, in a way, helped keep password managers like Dashlane in business. Ironically, Dashlane is now proposing to kill passwords. If that weren’t enough of a head-scratcher, maybe this will be: it will start killing passwords by introducing a password manager.

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OnePlus Switch tries to make it easy to ditch your old phone

OnePlus Switch tries to make it easy to ditch your old phone

One of the complaints many new, and sometimes even old, Android users have is how difficult it actually is to switch from one device to another. They usually compare it to iOS’ nearly seamless and nearly perfect process. It has only been in the last two years or so that Android finally got its own but very basic migration app. That’s why OEMs have often stepped up to the task to provide tools to make it easier for users to switch to their new models, just like OnePlus’ new Switch app.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Kodi finds it way back home, now on Xbox One

Kodi finds it way back home, now on Xbox One

Things have come full circle and Kodi is finally back on the console that started it all. Kodi was formerly known as XBMC, short for the Xbox Media Center, before it had to change names to avoid trademark lawsuits. The open source media center solution has, since then, grown to embrace a multitude of platforms, except, ironically, the latest Xbox generation. That is no longer the case as Kodi is now available, at least for some, on the Xbox One, turning the gaming console into an even more serious all-in-one entertainment solution.

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LastPass Authenticator Android app is easy to break into [Updated]

LastPass Authenticator Android app is easy to break into [Updated]

Password managers are supposedly the cure for the seemingly innate human tendency to use weak passwords. A special class of password managers take it a step further by using two-factor or two-step authentication or 2FA. But what is said authentication manager itself isn't as bulletproof as it should be? That is the rather odd situation that users of LastPass Authenticator on Android now find themselves in after it was revealed that it is almost trivial to get into the app and access the 2FA codes need, in turn, to get access to accounts and private data.

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WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp has called time on BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, confirming that it will cease supporting the smartphone platforms at the end of the year as it focuses its development attentions elsewhere. The decision won't mean instant death for the WhatsApp app on those platforms, but it does mean the end is in sight.

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Start the new year right with these apps

Start the new year right with these apps

It’s that time of year again when people look back at the past 365 or so days and take stock of what has transpired and what didn’t. It’s also that time when people take advantage of the changing of the year to plan for the next 365. Whether your make big lifestyle changes or taking baby steps towards a new direction, these days there is almost always an app for that. In fact, there might be dozens of apps for that, whatever “that” is. To help you get started on that path to discovery and a better 2018, here are some of our top picks to turn your smartphone or tablet into your adventure buddy.

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Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Google’s and Amazon’s relationship is perhaps best described as “complicated”. Things have recently turned sour when Google, supposedly unprovoked, yanked out YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. Words were thrown back and forth, conspiracies were drummed up. The two are now supposedly negotiating terms, which includes the availability of the Chromecast on Amazon’s virtual shelves and, now, the arrival of Amazon’s Prime Video app for all Android TV devices. Strangely, however, it seems that it’s not compatible with any Android TV device.

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