Keeping you safe: Google removed a record number of bad apps from Play Store in 2017

There aren’t many online platforms that can compare to the size of Google’s Play Store. It is estimated that the Android digital distribution service hosts more than 3.5 million apps, with thousands of new offerings being uploaded on a daily basis. Given these numbers, we won’t exactly go out on a limb by saying that keeping the app store free from malicious software and developers isn’t an easy undertaking. Still, it looks like Google is getting better at protecting users and their devices from harm’s way. 
A recent post on the Android Developers …


Someone please inform Donald Trump that it's a bad idea to come for Jay-Z on Twitter

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Good morning and welcome to another agonizing edition of “Who will Donald Trump scold on Twitter today?”

Rise and shine, Jay-Z! Yes, on the morning of the Grammy awards, one of the greatest rappers alive — also Beyoncé’s husband — is Trump’s next Twitter target.

Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018

“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump tweeted at the rapper Sunday morning after learning Jay-Z discussed his thoughts on politics and racism on CNN Saturday night. Read more…

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Lackluster iPhone X sales bad news for Samsung, iPhone Xs Plus may use LG OLED screens

Rumors that this quarter may see a precipitous drop in iPhone X shipments, after the initial adoption ran its course, are starting to pile up from multiple analyst and supply chain sources. The latest installment in the iPhone-X-doesn’t-sell-well saga comes in the form of a report that Samsung has cut its OLED production significantly, and put the brakes on building a new display plant.

As we know, Samsung is currently the sole supplier of the iPhone X’s 5.8″ flexible OLED panels, at $70 a pop, and has been hoping to capitalize on Apple’s new OLED models coming this year, too. …

Project Fi subscribers with a bad Nexus 5X are receiving the Moto X4 Android One as a replacement

Google’s hybrid MVNO Project Fi used to offer the Nexus 5X to its subscribers. However, a nasty bug led several units to bootloop, frustrating owners of those models that suffer with this affliction. Project Fi subscribers with a faulty Nexus 5X and the Device Protection Plan (which cost just $5 a month) were first given a replacement unit. Then, when Google ran out of inventory of replacement units, it offered subscribers turning in their bad phone just $100 in Google Store Credit, or a $53 check . Considering that Project Fi subscribers paid $350 for the Nexus 5X, those two options did not seem …

'Saturday Night Live' turns a sexual harassment sketch into a WTF bad comment on double standards

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Wait. What? 

Last week’s “Welcome to Hell” sketch was Saturday Night Live at its best, turning a pop music video into a scathing rebuke of a culture that’s enabled egregious acts of sexual misconduct. This week’s “Sexual Harassment Charlie” sketch, on the other hand, was SNL at its absolute worst.

Let’s set the scene. A company institutes a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, and two men are being removed from their jobs as a result: Doug, the company’s white CFO; and Charlie, the black “front desk guy.” The announcement elicits two reactions from the women in the room: Triumph over Doug’s removal, and disappointment over Charlie’s. Read more…

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Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

Results: Razer Phone… not bad!

So the Razer Phone launcher yesterday. Looking like an evolved Nextbit Robin, it rocks an unapologetic rectangular look with huge top and bottom bezels and a subdued matte black finish. All of this aids the phone in what it tries to accomplish — be a gaming machine with stereo speakers, a massive battery, and a good grip. But it doesn’t do much for its looks, though.

Well, that’s a subjective thing, you might say, and we agree. That’s why we decided to ask you in yesterday’s poll — do you like the Razer Phone? Turns out, it has quite a lot of fans. Either because …

The Nokia 8 screen is inexcusably bad

The Nokia 8 has got a flagship-grade Snapdragon 835 system chip, fast performance and aspirations to be a true Android flagship like all the rest, but it has one critical flaw: its screen is inexcusably bad.
While the Google Pixel 2 XL is facing harsh criticism over the blue tint that appears when you look at its screen from an angle, the Nokia 8 has it even worse: a similarly bad blue tint is actually apparent even when you have the phone square, facing you.
First, let’s look at the specs: the Nokia 8 ships with a …

Learn how to break bad habits with the help of this online course

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It’s time to give that ol’ brain of yours a thorough dusting-off, so to speak: Through the Full Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma Course, you might be able to hack your way to an improved way of thinking.

NLP, in case you haven’t heard, is a set of rules and techniques designed to help you shape your personal psychology and achieve self-actualization. Some see it as pseudo-science, while others swear by it. Either way, the idea is that you can train your brain to eliminate phobias, tweak bad habits, and even gain a deeper understanding of others’ body language — skills that are beneficial in the workplace, your social life, and beyond.  Read more…

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'The Spider-Man: Homecoming' poster was very bad, but consider the other options

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The other day, we finally got our first look at the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie poster. And it was pretty bad.

I was worried that the new Spider-Man wouldn’t feature any people, so this poster is very reassuringpic.twitter.com/BUR77wU3vG

— Edwin Davies (@EdwinJDavies) May 24, 2017

Nothing really makes sense here. The colors are all over the place and Iron Man is on there twice. All the trailers have been electric, and all the previous posters have looked really good, so what happened on this one?

That’s right, budget issues. They blew their entire budget on the first few posters and had little to nothing left to spend on this poster. They commissioned six very inexpensive, novice graphic designers and the one they went with was the best one by a mile.  Read more…

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