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Waze Carpool calendar makes dumping Uber & Lyft even easier

Waze Carpool calendar makes dumping Uber & Lyft even easier

Waze is getting a new Carpool calendar, with the popular navigation app adding features that should make managing group trips easier - and might let you secure the front seat, too. The Waze Carpool calendar is part scheduling tool and part social network, and builds on the initial carpooling app which the Google-owned service launched back in 2017.

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Google Maps finally lets you view your lists just the way you like it

Google Maps finally lets you view your lists just the way you like it

Even though GPS navigation has been around for years, it was really Google Maps that changed the way we got around. It also changed the way we planned our trips, vacations, or even just a friends' night out. Still, there are a few things Google Maps could do better, especially in makings personal and shared lists more helpful. Fortunately, some of those are finally rolling out to the aap little by little.

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Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

Free, open Amazon? Private app Haven seems too good to be true

The app Haven was launched today for Android and iOS. Haven was launched as the official mobile app for the peer-to-peer sales site OpenBazaar. OpenBazaar is an Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba alternative devoid of data collection and fees. Haven allows users to connect with OpenBazaar on Android devices, iPhone, and iPad, and it's all free. Could such an idyllic system be real? NOTE: I need to be CLEAR here - I am equal parts surprised that this system could exist AND skeptical that it's actually real. Let's investigate together!

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Whoops, my Gmail was held hostage to Google storage fees again

Whoops, my Gmail was held hostage to Google storage fees again

Earlier today I happened upon the Android app called Photo Map. This app was developed by Levion Software, and it seems to deliver exactly the service it intended to provide. Much like a similar iPhone/iOS feature that's been in play for several years, this "Photo Map" app creates a lovely spread of photos the user took and uploaded to Google Photos. For that, it's a great piece of work, and the developer deserves their accolades. What I did not expect was that this app would remind me to check my email at exactly the right moment - the moment Google would deliver a foreboding message.

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VSCO adds two classic Kodak film filters for capturing retro-style images

VSCO adds two classic Kodak film filters for capturing retro-style images

Instagram competitor VSCO has added two new film simulation filters to its mobile photography app, enabling smartphone owners to capture images with old school Kodak Portra styles. Members get access to the new KP6 filter, which offers the same look of the Kodak Portra 400VC film introduced in 1998; the new KP7 filter imitates the Kodak Portra 400UC released in 2002, but with a twist.

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Facebook Instant Games are about to get some big changes

Facebook Instant Games are about to get some big changes

Back in 2016, Facebook rolled out an initiative called "Instant Games," which found some success when they were integrated within Messenger. These games allowed you start matches with other people and compete for high scores in your group chats, and some of them were actually pretty good. In its quest to make Messenger more lightweight, though, Instant Games are about to move house, and those who enjoy playing them are probably going to encounter some frustration as that happens.

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Discord is getting a long-requested feature today

Discord is getting a long-requested feature today

For a free communications platform, Discord is pretty feature-rich. One of its core features is the ability to join multiple servers at a time, which are all arranged in Discord's left sidebar. It seems that everyone has a Discord server these days, from Twitch streamers to subreddits, which means that for some, the server bar can get packed quickly. Today, Discord is rolling out a simple solution to that problem: Server folders.

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Android Sound Amplifier personalizes volumes for those who need it the most

Android Sound Amplifier personalizes volumes for those who need it the most

A lot of the focus in mobile technologies have centered around visual and sometimes haptic aspects of the experience. For some people, however, sound is just as important or sometimes even more important. Smartphones can help us experience the world on a different level or, for those with impairments, on a normal level. That's why Google is now putting the Android platform to use in enabling not just those with visual problems but hearing loss as well to allow them to connect and feel connected with other people and other things.

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Gallery Go takes Google’s photo management tools offline

Gallery Go takes Google’s photo management tools offline

Google has already launched a range of lightweight apps meant for use in regions with limited internet access, and today it continued that trend by launching Gallery Go. More specifically, Gallery Go was launched by Google Nigeria as an easy to use, data-light photo management app. Despite that focus on using data sparingly (and taking up as little storage space as possible), Gallery Go is still packing some serious capability under the hood.

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Pandora Voice Mode assistant arrives for all users on iOS and Android

Pandora Voice Mode assistant arrives for all users on iOS and Android

In January, SoundHound announced that Pandora was introducing an in-app voice assistant called Voice Mode in the US. This feature, which is powered by the Houndify Voice AI platform, arrived for some users located in the United States, but hasn't been available to all users until now. Pandora subscribers on Android and iOS can now use the feature to search for music using their voice.

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Facebook Messenger Kids app talks to strangers: Shut it down now

Facebook Messenger Kids app talks to strangers: Shut it down now

There's a little bit of an issue with the latest Facebook app aimed at children: It lets your kids talk to strangers. For the surprisingly massive number of parents who've let their children use this app expecting it to come to no shocking end: This is real. The Facebook Messenger Kids app had a flaw in it that allowed unapproved strangers to enter group chats with your children.

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FamiSafe offers tools to keep kids safe in the mobile age

FamiSafe offers tools to keep kids safe in the mobile age

Experts and parents are still debating the long term effects of exposing young ones to screens and mobile devices. It is, however, a fact of life that kids will eventually get their hands on a phone or tablet. Rather than banning them outright, some parents may prefer to train children in the proper use of modern technologies by allowing their limited and supervised use. To that end, Wondershare's FamiSafe parental control app promises peace of mind for parents while delivering the wonders of the mobile age to children at the same time.

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