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A look at my recommended Android apps by category. #Android   #apps   #guide  

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Music streaming revenue tops physical media sales for the first time #streaming #music

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Lollipop is on 23.5% of Android devices #android #google

The newest version of Android, “Marshmallow” (6.0), has just been released for Android devices. But what about the previous versions of Android? From Android’s developers’ page, here’s a breakdown of the usage of previous versions of Android. Lollipop,…

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Google now owns the alphabet... dot com #Google #Alphabet

Recently, Google reorganized itself, creating a new parent company for its various operations. The parent company’s name is the odd choice of “Alphabet.” It’s been noted by myself and others that Alphabet was forced to buy a few less-than-obvious URLs…

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Online behemoth Amazon is clearly intent on exercising its “behemoth” part. Last week, Amazon announced that as of October 29, all sales of Apple’s Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast will be banned for sale from its store. This extends to third party…

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Upvoted: an advertiser-friendly Reddit? #upvoted #reddit

Reddit’s made this news this year for, well, not flattering reasons—for being a site that’s host to some of the worst aspects of the Internet. Of course, while Reddit was willing to die on the “free speech!” hill to protect its racist forums (that is,…

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AdBlock sold to an unknown buyer; my recommended alternatives #ads #adblocker

Ad blockers have been much discussed online in the tech world lately. Starting with iOS 9, Apple’s allowed ad blockers to be installed on its phones. Of course, desktops and laptops have been using ad blockers for years, with AdBlock and its fork AdBlock…

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Earlier this week, Google announced a variety of new devices and services. Here’s my two cents on all the new Google stuff. Chromecasts: Now with audio Google’s released an updated version of the Chromecast. Besides various software (and WiFi hardware)…

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Chip-based credit cards are coming to the US (slowly) #creditcards #security

The United States has lagged behind other countries for years on secure credit cards, with the magnetic-stripe-based cards used here inherently insecure. Credit card security finally came to a head with last year’s Target credit card breach. This has…

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The top 10 scientifically determined feel-good songs #music

A Dutch cognitive neuroscientist named Dr. Jacob Jolij has been doing research into which songs are supposedly the best scientifically at making us feel good. He’s determined that the criteria for this include songs with “positive lyrics,” a tempo of at…
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