AT&T launches Threat Defender, an Android app that's not meant to protect your smartphone


File this under “carriers do wacky things” to please customers. The “culprit” in this case? AT&T, which has just launched an Android app called Threat Defender. Even the most non-tech savvy consumers would probably think that the new app launched by the US carrier is meant to protect their smartphones.

Alas, AT&T Threat Defender is purely an entertainment app that’s only good to “protect” you from boredom for a little while. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Threat Defender is an interactive game that’s available to everyone who owns a device running Android 2.3 and up.

It’s …


Download this: the new anonymous app that's going viral with teens

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Another anonymous app is at the top of the App Store and it might be because it’s figured out anonymous apps’ biggest problem: bullying.

Called “tbh,” short for “to be honest,” the app takes an unconventional approach to anonymity. While it allows friends to anonymously communicate, it only allows users to exchange compliments, which are sent via in-app quizzes. 

The app, which is aimed at middle schoolers and high schoolers, connects to your address book so you can find people you know. It serves up a series of “polls” about your friends. The questions change but they are all positive, asking you to choose the “world’s best party planner,” or who is “too lit to be legit.” Read more…

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Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …

Artistic digital pinball game INKS. is Apple's Free App of the Week

How would you like to play a game of digital pinball, create a work of art and save $2.99 at the same time? You can do all this by downloading INKS. for free on your iPhone or iPad. It is Apple’s Free App of the Week. When you play the app’s pinball game, every time the ball hits the “padding,” it smacks into a particular color which is then spread all over the canvas. This creates an artistic effect that is unique.

According to the listing in the App Store, INKS. is inspired by artists like Miro, Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Bridget Riley. Of course, they didn’t create their paintings …

Spotlight: Never miss a thing with Hurry, the most stylish countdown app we've seen to date

Developer: Sam Ruston Download: AndroidCategory: PersonalizationPrice: Free
We, humans, are forgetful creatures. This trait is a part of our nature, but the world that we live in certainly doesn’t make it easier. The always-on technologies of today are constantly there to demand our attention, so it’s easy to get distracted and overlook the things that actually matter to us. 
This is why setting reminders is always a good idea. There are many apps that can help you do that on your smartphone, but Sam Ruston’s “Hurry” does the job in a quick …

Red Hot Zello PTT Walkie Talkie app helped save lives during Hurricane Harvey

Zello PTT Walkie Talkie is one of the “hottest” apps in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.  The free app turns your iOS or Android device into a Walkie-Talkie with push-to-talk capabilities. With the app installed, users can have a conversation one-on-one with a friend or family member, or join a group conversation. One reason for the app’s popularity is a rumor that installing it will turn your phone into a two-way radio without requiring internet connectivity. Unfortunately, that is not true. You do need to be connected to a carrier’s network, or to Wi-Fi in order for …

Download this: Why Facebook's app looks so different

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Facebook’s app is looking a lot different and, surprise surprise, not everyone is a fan.

The company showed off the redesign back in August, when it introduced its latest News Feed updates. But the revamped mobile app is still gradually rolling out to everyone, so many people are just starting to see it. 

Predictably, as with most major Facebook updates, there’s been a strong reaction even though the update isn’t finished rolling out yet. 

The app is now really gray, and looks much flatter, with comments looking more like chat messages than a threaded conversation.  Read more…

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Android 8.1 revealed to be coming next as the newest Google Search app gets scrutinized

According to a teardown of the latest version of the Google app for Android, the Mountain View software giant is already working on the next version of Android that will likely arrive in the following 2-3 months for all eligible devices, likely alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

That’d be Android 8.1 and it will likely introduce a neat amount of changes due to the simple fact that it will be joined by a siginificant bump in the Android SDK, which is set to hit number 27. In case you didn’t know, the SDK is essentially a collection of APIs that allows third-party …

HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update


The latest update for the YouTube
app (12.34.55) is enabling HDR playback on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices worldwide.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as a
handful of other HDR-certified handsets, recently tapped into Netflix’s
expanding roster of HDR video content, but the latest YouTube app update seems
to have a more limited scope.

 

After installing the latest update
on our Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6 units, we discovered that the functionality is
available only on Samsung’s phone. Playback at 1440p60 HDR is not perfectly
smooth on either the S8 or S8+ at this point, but this will …