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Google is adding DRM to all Android apps, but it’s for the right reasons

Metadata will be added to application files when they are digitally signed and built. That’s a lot of letters to say DRM. Earlier this week, Google quietly rolled out a feature that adds a string of metadata to all APK files (that’s the file type for Android apps) when they are signed by the developer. You can’t install an application that hasn’t been signed during its final build, so that means that all apps built using the latest APK Signature Schemewill have a nice little chunk of DRM built into them. And eventually, your phone will run a version of Android that won’t be able to install apps without it. What the hell? DRM? Why? DRM is why Netflix used to only work on approved phones. But it doesn’t have to be used for evil. We can relax (for now). We ...

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here’s What That Means for You.

Here’s a rundown of the new rules and what they could mean for entrepreneurs. Image credit: nevarpp | Getty Images Almost 60 years after the day the music died, we can mark the day net neutrality kicked the bucket. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules, which mandated that internet service providers (ISPs) offer equal access to all content on the internet, in December. The repeal went into effect today, but a heated debate between the rules’ proponents and opponents has been raging for much longer. Here’s what you need to know. What was repealed? AskNicely  Grow Your Business With Automated NPS By AskNicely The Obama administration enacted net neutrality rules in 2015 to regulate ISPs. Here’s what was repealed: Under net neutrality, ISPs coul...

Forget Adobe, these PDF editors are the best

7 Best Free PDF Editors Make changes to your PDF with these free programs and online tools   Westend61 / Getty Images It’s not easy finding a truly free PDF editor that lets you not only edit the text in the PDF but also add your own text, change images or add your own graphics, sign your name, fill out forms, etc. However, below is just that: a mix of the best free PDF editors that include all of those features and more. Some of these are online PDF editors that work right in your web browser so all you have to do is upload your PDF file to the website, make the changes you want, and then save it back to your computer. That’s the quick way, but often times an online editor isn’t as fully featured as its desktop counterpart, which usually has a much wider range of ab...

Jazz Build Kodi – How to Install Jazz Kodi on Krypton 17.6

If you’d like a small Kodi Build that has a size of under 100 MB, but streams just about everything from Movies, TV Shows to Live TV and Live Sport, then you got to have Jazz Build Kodi. It is a perfect option if you have limited space on your system or your FireStick, because in the end you only need to watch free latest media content. This guide provides a detailed guide on the new Jazz Kodi Build on Krypton and as well as Jarvis. For more Builds, do check out our Best Kodi Builds list suitable for various devices. Before you install this Build, it is important that you secure your online privacy via Kodi VPN. You will need it if you’re streaming Free Movies and TV Shows. Roundup of Jazz Build Kodi How to Install the Jazz Build for Kodi Krypton 17.6 How to Install the Jazz Build on FireS...

Sorry, Apple and Samsung — the best smartphone innovation is happening in China right now

Three smartphone makers have just put up teasers for new, exciting smartphones. Another three recently launched flagships that are so good, it’s hard to decide which one to recommend. None of these companies are called Samsung or Apple. SEE ALSO: Battle of the budget smartphones All six companies — Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi — are based in China, and if you’re looking for a new phone, you should check them out before you dish premium money for a Samsung or Apple device. If you want a cheap phone with top-notch specs, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus have got you covered. If you want a phone with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner, Vivo already has one on the market. If you want the phone with the best camera — and the only phone with a tripl...

Six months later, Google’s Pixel 2 is still one of the best phones in the world

It’s hard to overstate how good Google’s Pixel line of smartphones are. For my money, they’re the best smartphones available. The gorgeous Pixel 2.Ben Gilbert / Business Insider They run a clean, sleek, fast operating system. They have great cameras for capturing sharp, vibrant photos and video. They cost far less than the competition — literally hundreds of dollars less than the closest equivalent Apple iPhone. The Pixel line looks great, but still prioritizes function over needless visual upgrades. I’ve been using the Pixel 2 for a few weeks now, transitioning from the Pixel 1 directly, and I’m convinced it’s the best smartphone available — with one caveat. Here’s why: 1. Price: At $650, it’s the best value for any flagship smartphone. Holl...

Kodi SHOCK – Lengthy jail sentence handed out as piracy crackdown continues

Kodi crackdown continues as lengthy jail sentence handed out KODI add-on fans have been put on alert after a lengthy jail sentence was handed out in the UK. The Kodi crackdown continues as a court in Britain has issued a hefty jail sentence to scammers that profited from illegal Kodi add-ons. Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes. Kodi software is not illegal, but developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content. These apps allow users to stream premium content, like paid-for sports, movie channels and TV shows for free. The illegal add-ons are being targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders. And now a court in Wa...

5 Ways 5G Technology Will Change Your Life

5G was the buzzword at the Mobile World Congress, the biggest annual conference and exhibition for the mobile industry, held this week in Barcelona, Spain. Companies plastered the venue hallswith prominent slogans, from “5G is now”, “Leading 5G innovation” and “Network towards 5G” to “5G is happening faster than we expected”. Those catchphrases about the next generation of ultra-fast wireless technology may mean little to most people outside the mobile industry. Yet 5G is what will enable a lot of the science fiction-like technologies being talked about today, such as autonomous cars and smart cities. How Fast Is Fast? On a 5G network, a connected car travelling at 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) will have moved just 2.8 centimetr...

The iPhone, the Pixel, and the tragic anxiety of having to choose

One man’s descent into madness born out of having too many options I’ve had a restless weekend that’s spilling over into my work week. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that my work week has spilled over into my weekend. Whatever it is, I’ve been gripped by a fever of indecision caused by comparing Apple’s iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 XL side by side. I’m that rare human that has access to both phones and the ecosystem flexibility to not be immediately tied to iOS or Android. As a result, I’ve now become a most wretched electronics consumer, spoiled by the bounties on offer before me and paralyzed to choose between them. Things didn’t use to be so neurotic. Ever since the release of the original Google Pixel in late 2016 — a moment that coincided with Apple dropping the headphone jack fr...

The Top Transformative Tech Trends From CES 2018

The Consumer Electronics Show sets the tone for tech trends in the following year. CES 2018 was dominated by AI assistants, virtual reality, and health gadgets. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), technology companies from around the world unveil and showcase their latest and greatest inventions. This year, Intel announced a new 49-qubit chip, HTC released a new virtual reality (VR) headset, and Fisker revealed an electric car with a 644-km (400-mi) range. In addition, home assistants, health improvement gadgets, and domestic help robots dominated the scene in Las Vegas. CES is the genesis of many transformative tech trends, and 2018 is no exception. HOME ASSISTANTS This year the CES venue was inundated with Amazon’s Alexa devices. Refusing to be outdone, Google ensured its own ...

Why Blockchain Matters to Small Businesses

The technology can be used for much more than cryptocurrency. Image credit: Shutterstock Nikolai Kuznetsov • Guest Writer There are many disadvantages small and medium-sized ventures face in the current business atmosphere. Despite their status as the backbone of any major economy and integral to GDP growth and other national metrics, smaller firms face high barriers to entry and low insulation from conditions that would barely scratch their larger peers. The current regulatory environment is purpose-built for companies that are several magnitudes larger, and makes it hard to find financing, scale operations, process payments and recruit other ancillary services that are both necessary and yet monopolize the time and resources of small businesses. Related: Beyond Cryptocurrency: 5 Do’...

Make gadgets great again

Photo: David Paul Morris IMAGE 1 OF 3 An attendee is illuminated by a mobile device during a power outage at the CES technology event in Las Vegas this past week. Many products at CES want to fill previously unimagined moments of your life with additional stimulation.  less LAS VEGAS – A sad cycle has overtaken the gadget business. It started this week at CES, tech’s biggest annual convention, where inventors compete to connect the most random things to the internet. This year’s “smart” stuff includes pillows, air fresheners and even toilets. A few months from now we’ll see different headlines: That smart thing you bought is actually spying on you. (You can learn a lot about a guy through his pillow. Or toilet.) Sooner or later, the story gets worse: You...

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