Just in time for all the kids receiving smartphones and tablets as Christmas presents next month, YouTube’s kid-friendly app has launched in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. The YouTube Kids app offers a selection of filters for parents to choose from to shield adult or inappropriate content from being seen by the little ones. Read more
The popular password storage service Keeper is currently rolling out a rather hefty update for its official Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings Marshmallow compatibility, fingerprint recognition, a multitude of stability improvements and bug fixes.
As you may or may not know, Google is in the midst of holding its annual 2-day Chrome Developer Summit in California. During the conference’s opening ceremony this morning, the search engine giant revealed that the mobile version of its Chrome browser is currently being used by more than 800 million people each month, which is pretty impressive seeing as this time last year, the amount of Chrome mobile users was only estimated to be approximately 400 million — so in the last twelve months alone, it has doubled its user base. By the end of Q1 2016, Google expects there to be over one billion users using the service.
Google has announced a new interface for its social networking site, marking one of the biggest changes Google+ has gone through since spinning off features like Hangouts and Photos into their own respective services. The new interface prioritizes the Communities and Collections aspect of Google+ which have apparently been the most popular sections of the site. Read more
As more people come to rely more heavily on their smartphones, even for something like making or receiving an actual phone call, and increasingly abandon landlines, they are also becoming more susceptible to receiving spam and robocalls on their mobile devices. Besides the annoyance, billions of dollars have been lost to scammers. Truecaller has been trying to help with that by giving users a tool to discover who is calling them and block unwanted calls. Now, they are beefing up their service by pulling in data from the FCC complaint database that gets updated on a weekly basis. Read more
Google has been busy making some improvements and adding new features to Google Maps recently, like the ability to check out special store hours during the holiday season or find cheap gas or a detour. Combining Google Maps with data mined by the search giant’s computers from the last three years, Google is offering up some tips and insights for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Read more
Many of you already use Google Photos for all your photo backup needs. However, sometimes you may backup your photos and need to free up some space on your device.
Nearly two hundred countries have access to Google Play, but no two countries are the same. Consumers and businesses differ from market-to-market. The Play Store, according to Google, is faced with “unique challenges and opportunities” in every market. Pricing is an area that is especially sensitive to change.
Google has decided that now is the time to reduce the minimum purchase price for apps and in-app purchases in seventeen countries.
Own a smart television manufactured by LG? Now you can access a service that has thousands of movies and television shows in its catalog. LG announced today that Google Play Movies & TV is coming to LG Smart TVs in more than one hundred countries. Later this month, the company will allow owners of select LG Smart TVs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to access Google’s video streaming service.
Being that Play Movies & TV can be found across multiple platforms, you’ll be able to start watching something on your television and continue doing so on your phone, tablet, or computer.
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Back in September LEGO announced they were preparing an app that consumers who bought a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics construction set could use to build and program their creations. That app, LEGO MINDSTORMS Programmer, is now available for Android in the Google Play Store. Read more