Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android. The Lifehacker Pack is an annual snapshot of our favorite, essential applications for each of our favorite platforms. For our always-updating directory of all the best apps, be sure to bookmark our App Directory , where we profile amazing apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS—browser extensions, too. Advertisement Productivity Email: Outlook or Gmail (free) Odds are good that if you’re using an Android device, you’re probably using Google’s Gmail app (free). And why not? It’s a great email … [Read more...] about The Essential Android Apps for 2018
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Do Not Track, the feature in web browsers and web sites that asks advertisers and data miners not to track your browsing habits, is a relatively new service. It's also typically an opt-out feature. So, here's everywhere that you can enable Do Not Track so advertisers can't snoop in on your habits. What Is Do Not Track? We've talked extensively about Do Not Track before, and the general idea hasn't changed much. Essentially, ad and analytics companies watch what you do online, and then tailor the web experience based on your history. That means targeted ads, specific articles, and more. They typically do this through cookies in your browser. Advertisement Do Not Track asks web sites to not track or store your browsing usage. Unfortunately, they still might track you, which is why extensions like Do Not Track Plus are still useful to make certain advertisers aren't keeping tabs on you. Regardless, if you don't want ad networks tracking you, it's worthwhile to enable Do Not Track. … [Read more...] about Everywhere You Can Enable “Do Not Track”
Sorry if I'm not getting excited about Google pushing RCS messaging, its Android answer to Apple iMessage technology. I welcome the features now arriving in the company's Messages app, but I have much deeper problems after being stuck for years in a Google messaging mud bog. Along with that, RCS (Rich Communication Services) comes through a new Messages app that's a step backward from the good parts of Google's technology.People mock Google's messaging strategy. Right now its efforts are scattered across existing tools like Messages, Hangouts and Duo after leaving behind exterminated ones like Allo and Google Talk. My problem with the company is much more basic. I can't rely on Hangouts or Messages on my Google Pixel 4 phone to do simple things like text my wife that I'm picking up our kid from school.The problem begins with Hangouts. For years, it's been excruciatingly slow to load a conversation about half the time I need to. In the test I performed a few minutes ago, it took … [Read more...] about RCS messaging on Android? Free me from my Google messaging mess first
Alibaba, already an investor in UCWeb, will buy all remaining shares of the web browser and search company. The two firms announced the merger, one of the most significant among Chinese Internet companies to date, earlier today. UCWeb will join UC Mobile, one of Alibaba’s business unit as Alibaba preps for its U.S. IPO. Though Alibaba did not disclose how much the deal is worth, it did say that it is worth more than the $1.9 billion paid for 91 Wireless by Baidu last year, formerly the biggest deal in China’s Internet sector. In a statement, the companies said “The move highlights the comprehensive integration of Alibaba and UCWeb following Alibaba’s investment in UCWeb in 2009 and 2013, and will enables deeper synergies between the companies by marrying Alibaba’s strengths in e-commerce, cloud computing and big data technology and UCWeb’s leading market position and technology in mobile.” UC Mobile will oversee Alibaba’s browser, … [Read more...] about Alibaba Acquires UCWeb, Maker Of China’s Most Popular Mobile Browser
Alibaba founder and former CEO Jack Ma has joined UCWeb‘s board of directors as the company focuses on building mobile ecosystems in India and other emerging markets. UC Browser recently surpassed Opera as the top mobile browser in India, but only by a thin margin, and UCWeb has said it plans to build relationships in different verticals in order to increase its foothold. Guangzhou-based UCWeb, which claims 400 million users worldwide, grabbed the top spot among mobile browsers in India in July, according to StatCounter. UC Browser now holds a 29.9% market share, compared to Opera’s 28.6%. UC Browser’s worldwide growth has been driven by partnerships with phone makers including HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Lenovo and carriers such as Vodafone, China Mobile and China Telecom. But its lead in India is still far from secure as Opera looks to take back market share by striking agreements with Indian manufacturers. In May, for example, Opera signed partnerships with seven … [Read more...] about Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Joins Board Of UCWeb As It Builds A Mobile Ecosystem In India
In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker, I’m tackling the internet’s greatest annoyance. Not screaming YouTube influencers or people who are better than you at Fortnite—I’m talking about targeted ads. A Lifehacker reader wonders if everything he does is tracked and advertised back to him—or to his loved ones. I’ll let John explain: Lately I’ve been noticing that my fiancé is getting targeted ads on her phone that are based on my browsing habits. For example, when I was looking at wedding rings a couple months ago on my laptop, she started seeing ads for the sites I visited on her Facebook and Instagram. Lately I’ve been researching cars because I’m going to need a new one of those soon, and sure enough she has started seeing car ads on her social media now. I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts a couple years ago, and I’ve tried to turn off every form of targeted advertising through Google. This … [Read more...] about Why Does My Fiancée See Ads for Things I’ve Shopped For?