Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage

So, FINALLY, rather than just making yet ANOTHER messaging app for Android (like Talk, Voice, Wave, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Allo, Duo, etc.), Google is aiming to make another push for its mobile messaging app. According to a report from The Verge , the Mountain View-based company’s next effort, simply called Chat. I know what you’re thinking: “GOOGLE’S MAKING ANOTHER MESSAGING APP?!? C’MON NOW!!” The kicker is that Chat isn’t just another new app; it’s a brand name for Universal Profile features in RCS, a standard set to replace old-school SMS texting we know and (sometimes) love with features similar to Apple’s iMessage (sans end-to-end encryption, unfortunately) for the masses. Continue reading “Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage”

Google’s Take on Apple’s AirDrop for Android, ‘Files Go,’ is Currently in Beta

Google brand new upcoming app, Files Go, works similar to Apple’s AirDrop, as it will allow users to manage, clean up, and share files to nearby Android-based devices via Bluetooth. Files Go — what will likely be a less-than 10MB download, according to the closed beta — has a file-transfer feature doesn’t appear to operate EXACTLY how AirDrop works, as both people need to have the Files Go app open, while AirDrop lets you send files from any app to any nearby contact, regardless over the recipient having a similar app.

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Google De-Lists 300 Apps (used for DDos Attacks) from the Android Play Store…

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Should you discover on your Android device this morning that your favorite 3rd-party video player, ringtone app or storage manager has vanished, it’s okay; it was for your own good.  This morning, Google removed a whopping 300 apps from the Play Store that allow the hijacking of your phone as part of a botnet’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, while pretending to be legitimate programs. The botnet in question is called WireX, which was behind the DDoS attacks of many online content providers and delivery networks between August 2nd and 14th, while sometimes acting as ransomware (with the intention of demanding money from those inflicted).

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Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!

If you’re in the same camp as me that uses Google Maps to navigate everywhere, AND you don’t drive an Android Auto-compatible car, HAVE I GOT A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! Go download the Android Auto app (for Android 5.0 or higher) it right now to use it on your phone, and it’s freaking awesome! Continue reading “Does Your Car NOT Have Android Auto? Now You Can Just Download the App on Your Phone!”

Opera’s Free AND Unlimited VPN Service is Available on Android

Opera had already launched an unlimited VPN service for iOS earlier this year after their acquisition of SurfEasy last year (2015), and now it’s doing the same for (us) Android users.  What’s Opera VPN, you ask? Opera’s VPN service will allow you appear as if you’re in a different country such as the US, Canada, Singapore, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as letting you to block ad trackers. You can also bypass content restricted by your location with the VPN app, and the BEST PART is that Opera’s app does NOT have a data limit; meaning you can use it whenever you want, wherever you are, and as much as you want. HUZZAH!

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Watch the 2016 Google I/O Keynote Right Here (UPDATE: It’s Over)

Today, at 1pm ET/10am PT, Google’s (likely) going to tell us about Android N details, Android VR, Chrome, self-driving cars, chatbots, and all that other fun stuff they have in store for us this year — and beyond.
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Are YOU Enjoying the ‘Rick & Morty’/’Pokemon’ Mash-Up Game, ‘Pocket Mortys’?

Because I CERTAINLY AM!!

Adult Swim recently released Pocket Mortys, a new mobile game (Android and iOS) on January 14, and I was pretty stoked about it when it was teased a couple of weeks ago. Simply put, it’s essentially Pokemon with a Rick and Morty skin — and it’s a free game. In case you’re confused and/or not familiar with the show, universes that contain multiple versions of Morty are a common theme in the show, as Morty’s grandfather Rick travels through space and time. Allons-y…er…uh…WUBALUBADUBDUB!! Continue reading “Are YOU Enjoying the ‘Rick & Morty’/’Pokemon’ Mash-Up Game, ‘Pocket Mortys’?”

The History of Smartwatches – Doc’D #26

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementations and rise of the smartwatch.
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