Google Maps goes offline and adds lane guidance, Uber tips, and saved places

Google Maps being able to access local maps information without a data connection isn't a new feature, but it is one that Google has downplayed before the recent update that makes it much easier to use. In the latest version of Google Maps for Android and iPhone, offline support is just one of many features. You can now tap onto an area of a map and select "Save map to use offline" to return to those maps even when a cellular...

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Google Opinion Rewards expands Google Play credits program to UK, Canada, and Australia

Google today announced that Google Opinion Rewards, the brief survey app that it launched last year as a US exclusive, is expanding to more countries today. Why should you care about surveys? Well, because answering them leads to rewards that can get you free apps, games, and other content from Google Play. Since Google Opinion Rewards launched, I've probably made about $10 US for less than 5 minutes of work. The way the app works is...

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BlackBerry makes it easer to find your friends using BBM

One of the biggest problems with BlackBerry Messenger, aside from convincing friends and family to use the cross-platform messaging client, is the awkward process to connect with others. BlackBerry has announced a fix for that problem by releasing a Find Friends feature for Android and iPhone that makes it easier to link up with other BBM users that you know. Find Friends works by scanning your contacts list and cross-referencing it...

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Minuum may be the smallest touchscreen keyboard you’ll use on a smart watch

One of the big selling points of a smart watch is that it's supposed to free you from constantly checking your phone, but many people inevitably have to reach for their phones because they need to respond to the notifications that appear on the watch. Minuum has devised a way to keep a phone in a pocket or purse a little longer because it built a keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Look at the video below to see how it operates. I'm...

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Hangouts widget shows messages on the home screen

Google wants Hangouts to be the replacement app for text messages on stock Android, but the integrated messaging app doesn’t include a widget to showcase correspondence on the home screen. That has changed with the release of a new unofficial Hangouts Widget that fixes Google’s oversight. For the small portion of Android users that prefer to have their messages appear in widgets, this works with a few shortcomings. Hangouts Widget...

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AllCast streams your Android content to Apple TV, Xbox, Roku, and DLNA

If you've ever felt the urge to stream video from your smartphone to the TV, there’s a new app for Android that makes it fairly easy to have your local content played on an Internet-capable television or set-top box. Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, Google TV, and DLNA Renderers are all compatible. What's cool about AllCast is that it can stream photos or videos on the TV and use the phone or...

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