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Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

A bungled Israeli special forces raid in Gaza sparked a two-day bombing streak from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. An Egyptian-mediated agreement stopped the rain of 400 rockets and mortar on Tuesday.

The Red Alert app (iOS, Android) was developed in response to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The app provides real-time notifications when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel.

The app is designed to give Israelis in the affected... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Lyft's ambitious new push: Tip defaults, better driver ratings, more features every month

Lyft's ambitious new push: Tip defaults, better driver ratings, more features every month

Like Coke and Pepsi, the rideshare world has developed its own No. 1 and No. 2 players in Uber and Lyft, respectively. But as we've seen over the course of the year, Lyft may not be content to ride shotgun on this journey. This summer, Lyft redesigned its app to integrate public transit and partnered with Southwest Airlines to compete with conventional car rentals. It's also experimented with scooter rentals, provided free or discounted rides for midterm election voters,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Instagram gets 'Your Activity' dashboard to help track and control your social media habit

Instagram gets 'Your Activity' dashboard to help track and control your social media habit

Over the last year or so, Google, Apple, Facebook and other major tech companies have been getting on a "Digital Wellbeing" kick that introduces tools for users to monitor how much time they spend on their phones and tablets, and help them limit potentially unhealthy addiction.

Today, the Facebook-owned Instagram (Android, iOS) has begun rolling out a "Your Activity" dashboard for its mobile apps. If you've gotten this update, you can access it by tapping the user icon... Read More »

Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

While sexual assault and harassment is a problem almost everywhere, women in developing countries can face more danger. In India, for example, a rape occurs every 20 minutes, and incidents have climbed more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

In India, the Safecity app (iOS, Android) lets women crowdsource information about "harassment-prone" areas to avoid, such as poorly lit streets, certain bus routes, and street corners.

When women submit their abuse reports to Safecity, the data helps... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Firefox for PCs will begin warning you when a site's private user data has been breached

Firefox for PCs will begin warning you when a site's private user data has been breached

While tech news has been full of Apple products and Facebook drama lately, Mozilla has been quietly on a roll, emphasizing its strengths and sensibly charting the areas where it wants to grow.

Just in the last couple months, Mozilla's added the Firefox Monitor that can check your email address to see if its connected to a personal data breach; partnered with a respected VPN provider to offer privacy enhancement to its users; integrated a price tracker to help with your holiday shopping;... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Pixel phones get 'Night Sight' mode for better low-light photos

Google Pixel phones get 'Night Sight' mode for better low-light photos

Smartphone users who've tried to snap photos of scenes with little or no lighting know that can be a frustrating experience. Even with flash enabled or your phone on a tripod, you may end up with a fuzzy, grainy image that's just not worth keeping. Well, Google has a trick up its sleeve to improve photos taken in virtual darkness.

SEE: Take, Edit, and Share Photos with the Best Mobile Photo Apps

Now rolling out to all three generations of... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Android Software

XpresSpa teams up with Calm meditation app to bring serenity to airport travel this holiday season

XpresSpa teams up with Calm meditation app to bring serenity to airport travel this holiday season

Calm (Android, iOS), the super-popular meditation and sleep app, with over 35 million downloads to date and averaging 75,000 new users daily, has in recent months been expanding its offline presence with partnerships with Sonos and American Airlines.

SEE: Best meditation apps for iOS and Android to relieve stress

On November 13, the app -- which helps users de-stress, reduce anxiety, and sleep better via guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, relaxing music, and nature sounds... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps now lets you send and see messages to businesses

Google Maps now lets you send and see messages to businesses

You're looking up a restaurant, store, or retailer via Google Maps and have a question about the business. With the latest update to Google Maps, you can ask your question directly and see the response without having to exit the app.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Now starting to roll out to Google Maps on both iOS and Android is a new Messages feature, as described by the search giant in a... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

New 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' trailer arrives, teases long-anticipated Pokemon Go-like game

New 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' trailer arrives, teases long-anticipated Pokemon Go-like game

Details about the highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game have been scant. The game's new trailer was released on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie. It revealed only that the game is coming in 2019 and that you can "enlist immediately" at wizardsunite.com.

The game's developers, Pokemon Go's Niantic and WB Games, kept the trailer short, but Potter lovers will be excited.

Though the video doesn't include gameplay footage, it shows... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.

The Loosid app (iOS) seeks to create a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety.

"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »

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