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Do you want a private Android phone or a useful one?

Do you want a private Android phone or a useful one?

Does Google know too much about you, where you go, and what you do while you're there? The privacy implications of services like Location History, one of the lesser-understood but deeply data-rich elements of Android are again under the microscope, as data protection activists criticize the search company for quite how much information it's gathering from users, and how it's using that data to build up surprisingly detailed profiles of them.

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Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

The tracker market may be growing, but startup Fynd thinks it can out-perform Tile, TrackR and others with its new 4G LTE tracker. Tracking dongles, which promise to help you find your keys, dog, or kids, are increasingly popular, but most rely on Bluetooth and that has some big issues. While it's low-power, Bluetooth doesn't have the service coverage that cellular radios offer.

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iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

Uber's oft-criticized location tracking has been reined in with the arrival iOS 11, with Apple forcing app-makers to give more granular controls over privacy to users. The ride-sharing app always made use of location services on the iPhone to allow drivers to navigate to their pickup, of course, but that proved insufficient for Uber's appetites. In an update in 2016, Uber decided to restrict an existing location privacy option that iPhone users had previously been enjoying.

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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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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Comcast is rolling out data caps because it doesn’t want to compete

Comcast is rolling out data caps because it doesn’t want to compete

Comcast has revealed that it will soon begin implementing data caps in 18 new regions, which means that most Comcast customers will be subject to a 1TB cap by the end of the year. Comcast, of course, has its own shaky reasons for this, claiming that those who use more internet should pay more than those who don't. Just in case there was any confusion, I'd like to remind you that this has nothing to do with fairness, but has everything to do with greed. Comcast's cable arm is currently dying a slow and (warranted) death thanks to companies like Netflix, and instead of actually competing with them, Comcast has just decided to be a baby about the whole thing and charge you more for the internet you currently have.

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Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

At Google I/O last May, the Internet giant announced a few location and context based developer features, including Android Nearby and Google Awareness. The latter is now finally available for public use with the latest rollout of Google Play Services to developers and devices. With the new set of APIs, app developers will be able to harness data from a device's current context, like state and location, to deliver dynamic and personalized experiences to users, which, hopefully, won't end up spamming them instead.

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Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Google has just announced a new location-focused feature for Android. Dubbed Nearby, it has the Play Store notifying users of apps they might be interested in, or are relevant to their current location. It simply requires that devices' GPS and Bluetooth be activated. One example includes users near a CVS Pharmacy being notified that they can print their photos through the store's app.

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TrackR app tracks your iPad, iPhone with Crowd GPS

TrackR app tracks your iPad, iPhone with Crowd GPS

Without the need of an internet connection, the TrackR Tablet app is able to track down your tablet and make it ring. Why would I want to do that, you might ask? Why not just do the same sort of thing with Apple's own iCloud-based Find my iPhone or iPad? Because the TrackR system works with Crowd GPS, and does not require that your tablet be connected to the internet to be found. That's unique - and quite helpful when you're in a jam.

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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google is set to further blur the lines between the real world and the digital one, integrating beacon support into Chrome for Android. Initially to be included in the beta channel for those testing pre-final versions of the mobile browser, but eventually set to be released for all users, the new functionality will allow Chrome on Android smartphones to spot and react to Bluetooth-based "Physical Web" markers around them.

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Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe has expanded Creative Cloud with a new service called "Portfolio." Using Adobe Portfolio, anyone can create a simple website, though the purpose is to showcase and otherwise present creative and professional work, such as photographs or paintings. Adobe points toward the Internet's increased use as a resume platform and the need for personal websites sans the skills needed to start from scratch.

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