Resident Advisor guide officially releases to android

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Resident Advisor‘s event programming application has officially released to Android.

RA Guide was initially launched exclusively for iOS systems in 2015. The recent move to expand to Android comes after superfluous complaints about its accessibility via major platforms. The app —  already utilized by over half a million iOS users — streamlines information about RA listings for nightlife enthusiasts regarding DJs, venues, promoters, cities, and more. Resident Advisor is a modern leader in the global electronic journalism sphere. Since 2001, the publication has proved to be a useful tool for club goers and underground devotees by creating a virtual information network that collects and organizes information about each city’s nightlife scene.


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Hundreds of popular apps are secretly tracking everything you do on your phone

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Uber, Tinder, Skype, Twitter, Spotify, and Snapchat are keeping tabs on their users. Researchers from Yale University’s Privacy Lab have discovered that these popular apps contain hidden trackers that observe all that app users do on their phones, unbeknownst to the cellular users. The researchers indicate that such hidden tracker monitoring is likely a widespread practice, spanning apps even beyond those already mentioned.

The researchers contend that people should “be alarmed by the data.” “Publication of this information is in the public interest as it reveals clandestine surveillance software that is unknown to Android users at the time of app installation,” the Privacy Lab team noted in a recent blog post discussing the findings. “Lack of transparency about the collection, transmission, and processing of data via these trackers raises serious privacy concerns and may have grave security implications for mobile software downloaded and in active use by billions of people worldwide,” the post continues.

Yale researchers examined 25 of 44 total identified trackers. The trackers, although diverse in their “features and purpose,” facilitate “targeted advertising, behavioral analytics, and location tracking.” Working in conjunction with Exodus Privacy, an organization that assesses privacy concerns in Android applications, the Lab members determined that more than 75% of the 300+ apps evaluated by Exodus Privacy bore evidence of tracker use. The researchers qualified their designation of certain apps as tracker free by stating that the apps devoid of trackers might in actuality use trackers that the team has yet to identify.

The Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy are urging both app developers and Google to be straightforward about the prevalence of trackers across Google Play supported apps. “The process of Android app development and submission to the Google Play store has revealed the ease of adding tracker codes and the ubiquity of trackers,” researchers state.

To illustrate the simplicity of tracker inclusion in apps submitted to the digital store, researchers produced an app called FaceGrok, submitting the app to the Google Play platform. Capable of identifying faces in an Android’s camera, FaceGrok does not transfer facial recognition data garnered from app use to a third-party, but could in fact do so with a few tweaks. If transmission did occur, it would do so at the ignorance of the app user.

The group’s study of tracker use is limited to Android applications, but signals the probability of tracker presence in iOS apps as well.

H/T: Independent

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Google Is Finally Redesigning Their Ugly Emojis For Android

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Are the ugly emoji’s one of the few things holding you back from turning to Android? Whether you hate them or love them, Google is finally ditching the ugly blob emoji and redesigning them for the release of Android O. Google will be following the footsteps of Apple in terms of their more circular emoji

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Apple Reveals Its Top 10 Most Downloaded Free Apps of 2016

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In honor of 2016’s rapid sprint towards the finish line, Apple has released its official list of the top 10 most downloaded free apps on its App Store during 2016. From movie and music streaming to social media, and from games to functional apps, the top 10 list is less surprising than it is reflective of the year and its mobile trends.

According to Business Insider, Google and Facebook reigned supreme on Apple’s list of most downloaded standard apps. If it had not been for Snapchat and Pokémon GO, Facebook would have earned the top three spots in the most downloaded iPhone apps.

Check out the complete list below.







Pokémon GO



Instagram Logo


facebook angry emoji

Google Maps






Spotify Music




Sources: Mobile & Apps, Business Insider | Image: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Apple Music For Android Moves Past Beta Stage, Reviewers Take Issue

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With Apple Music’s public beta for the Android platform now complete, the streaming service has moved into version 1.0. But despite performance improvements and a new, built-in equalizer feature, reviewers still believe the app has a long way to go.

While the iOS version of the app allowed users to control the equalizer from the settings menu, Android users will be able to do so directly from Apple Music. The tradeoff, however, was an extended wait time while the developers created the appropriate accommodations for the new feature.

Then, despite statements that performance and stability changes had been made, reviewers are largely upset with the app’s lack of reliability, as well as their inability to choose lo-fi modes of streaming that relieve their data usage. With 88,000 reviews sent in, the score for Apple Music on Android is so far a measly 3.3 out of 5 stars.

If the company hopes to contend with such streaming giants as Spotify, iTunes and Youtube, it’s clear that steps must be taken to ease the overall user experience and introduce more options for personal customization and usage.


Source: Android Authority

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Source: Apple Music For Android Moves Past Beta Stage, Reviewers Take Issue