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New Flickr App Update Comes With Live Video Filters

Shall we say, put a filter on it? The latest update from Flickr lets users take videos with live filter previews. Flickr also gives users 1,000 gigabytes of free storage, so you’ll have an unlimited amount of space in the cloud to dream up all of your photos, and now, videos.
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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

In the Future, Google Chromebooks Can Be Unlocked With Your Smartphones

unlockPasswords be gone! Google is seeking to eliminate those easily-forgettable, oft-unsafe alphabet puzzles we’ve been carrying aorund in our heads. The first step: Using your smartphone. Of course, you need to remember your password for that, but what if it used fingerprint scanning and facial recognition? I think we’re onto something here…

Currently, Google uses double authentication for users who want that extra bit of security. We also know they have been exploring using USB devices as another locking and unlocking mechanism. A smartphone is a digital tool that most people already own. Read more

Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.
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Front/Back Selfie App Finally Comes to Android

frontback androidSelfie photo app, Front/Back came to iPhones in September of 2013. Since then, the app has been growing a healthy userbase to 1 million downloads, doubling in the last month alone.

With the new Android app, users will have the same feature as the iOS version.  Each photo captured with Front/Back is a collage that that can be shared to your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Read more

‘Family Guy’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is still leading the top free list on Google Play, but we’ve got some newcomers to the top ten list that are worth mentioning. First up, Family Guy –  my favorite TV show in the known universe. The game is free and fun, especially if you are really into epic chicken battles.

There’s also Cut the Rope 2 at #10, a follow up to Cut the Rope. If you like crushing candy and being addicted to games, this app is for you.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week as well as videos to the two new apps. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Google Now Continuously Scanning Installed Apps for Security Threats

Android apps from Google are now getting an extension of its Verify apps security features. From this day forward, all apps you’ve already installed will be scanned for security threats. If something is detected, you will be notified with a warning similar to this:

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Facebook Removes All Chat Features From App

Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is enjoying a momentous ride to the top of the Android App store, now that Facebook is removing all chat services from its main app, Facebook. It is #2 in the Android Play Store and #6 in the App Store.

Chatting in Facebook Messenger may be cleaner, easier, but users will now have to download both apps if they are to keep using the full service. By keeping the services separate, Facebook can keep it leaner, but no doubt the company will bloat it with advertising or in-app purchase options.

This change will not be affecting all phones – older Android devices, windows phones and tablets, and if you want to keep one app for Facebook, you can look into its Paper app.

‘Facebook’ is Leading the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is dominating the Android app marketplace with the social app permanently staking a home at the #1 position as the most popular free app. In the #2 position this week is Facebook Messenger followed by Pandora and then Facebook’s other app, Instagram. New to the List this week: Cut the Rope 2 and Super Bright LED Flashlight.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week and two video demos of Cut the Rope and LED flashlight. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Google Glass Live-Steam App Helps Doctors Get Instant Advice

remedyGoogle Glass, despite its social awkwardness, is getting a lot of attention in the public service sector – firefighters and doctors alike. With the wearable interface, doctors can use it to quickly access patient information during critical periods, and now, they can also use it to ask for a second opinion.

The technology comes from Remedy, a Google Glass platform that allows doctors to live-stream sessions to other professionals in order to seek advice. Created by Noor Siddiqui and Gina Siddiqi, the sisters bring medical school experience to the health profession via emerging wearable technology. Read more

Google Removes Fake ‘Virus Shield’ App

virus shieldOn Sunday, Android Police cracked down on a fake app that rose prominently to the #1 position in the Paid Apps category of Google Play. Virus Shield has since been removed from the Play Store, but not before over 10,000 users paid $3.99 for an app that did essentially nothing.

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