A big challenger is about to change the way you use Facebook to log in on websites

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There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with —  or simply hit the “Facebook Login” button. 

The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You’ll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some.

Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month. 

Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three of consumer account creation and sign-in preferences worldwide. Read more…

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Google is destroying Apple in the app game — except where it counts

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Android is dominating app stores but Apple is still beating Google in one extremely important metric: revenue.

Cupertino made nearly twice as much money from its App Store in 2017 as Google did from Google Play, despite seeing only a fraction of the downloads, according to a new report out today from App Annie.

Just how big is the difference? Apple made $34 billion on 29 billion app downloads in 2016, according to the company’s data. Google, by comparison, made $10 billion on 63 billion downloads in 2016. 

Put another way, Apple made more than three times as much money as Google with less than half as many downloads.  Read more…

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How Samsung’s Galaxy S8 compares to the iPhone 7

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Samsung’s spared no expense cramming in as much technology into the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as possible.

There’s no denying that they’re beautiful and powerful phones. Their “Infinity Displays” alone make them drool-worthy. Plus, they’ve got headphone jacks (woo-hoo!) But how do they compare to the best premium phones on the market?

Look, we know, speeds and feeds don’t matter as much as they used to but they still do on some level. Dimensions tell us whether a phone is easier to use with one hand and whether it’ll fit in your pocket. Display resolutions help us decide if a phone’s good for mobile VR or not. Battery capacity gives us an idea of how long we’ll be able to Snapchat for. Read more…

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The Huawei Watch 2 (and Android Wear 2) have all the same smartwatch problems

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Generally, smartwatches aren’t worth the time it takes to charge them. 

But when Huawei handed me a review unit of their new Huawei Watch 2, which has pretty much all the tech you can stuff into a smartwatch these days, and runs the new Android Wear 2, I decided to give it a chance. 

Unfortunately, while both the watch and the new version of Google’s smartwatch OS do have a few redeeming qualities, after a few weeks of usage I still can’t recommend either. 

On paper, the Huawei Watch 2 is everything a modern Android smartwatch should be: A powerful, versatile wearable watch that’s great at tracking your fitness activities. It’s got LTE and GPS chips, so you can untether it from your phone. It’s water resistant. It has a speaker and a microphone, so you can make calls without ever pulling out your phone. It can even store and play some music while you run.  Read more…

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Google now offers a free Android app every week

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Google has quietly launched a new section on its Play Store, offering one app that normally costs money for free every week. 

Called “Free App of the Week,” the section is only available to U.S. users. 

Today, for instance, it’s offering for free Cartoon Networks’ Card Wars game, which usually costs $2.99.

Spotted by Android Police, the idea is not entirely new; in fact, Google ran a similar promotion last year, but it didn’t stick. 

According to VentureBeat, it was re-launched last week, with first app on offer being Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords, but hardly anyone noticed.  Read more…

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This week in apps: Mario ‘runs’ onto Android, Uber for teens and a Google search redesign

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This week was full of tech newsApple launched a (RED) iPhone, we heard Instagram is adding bookings to the app and Elon Musk just teased Tesla’s next car. It’s a lot, so you may have missed some of the best new apps out there. 

We’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated products, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your smartphone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s instalment. Read more…

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5 Ways You Can Repurpose Existing Content for Maximum SEO Value

Producing original content for your brand is expensive and time consuming. That’s why it’s so important that you maximize the value of every blog post, article, image, and video that you take the time to create. If you’ve never repurposed old or existing content, then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to make the …

Google is working on a new social app for editing photos

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Google is working on a new social app that lets users edit photos in small groups, says TechCrunch

Apple announced a similar app earlier this week called Clips, which lets users quickly edit videos and add visual elements to them, kind of like Snapchat. 

Google‘s new app boasts some of the same features, but with a twist. 

Unlike Apple’s Clips, which is set to be released in April, Google’s app has a social element. Users can reportedly collaborate and create groups to share and edit photos. 

If released, the app would be powered in part by Google’s artificial intelligence capabilities. For example, it would be able to identify objects in a photograph and organize them according to type.  Read more…

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Google ‘can’t guarantee’ ads won’t appear by offensive content, Eric Schmidt says

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Google can’t say for certain that ads placed with its various massive platforms won’t end up near an offensive video or website.

At least that’s the opinion of Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and the most prominent public face of the search giant.

Schmidt conceded the point during an interview on Fox Business Network Thursday in response to a growing advertiser boycott against the company. More than 250 brands have pulled ads after reports that they were appearing near YouTube videos from terrorists, Nazis and other hate-mongers.

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