Category: Apps

Microsoft brings Edge’s hidden Surf Game to everyone


Back in February, Microsoft hid a nifty little surfing game into its Edge browser, which started out as an easter egg to celebrate the browser‘s new logo. (Get it? Like surfing the web?) At the time, it was only available to users on the canary and dev builds of the browser, but now, it is available for anyone to try. To give it a go, first make sure you’re on the latest version of Edge. (You can go to Settings> About to check for updates). Once updated, simply type in ‘edge://surf’ in the address bar and the game will load — no…

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Chrome is testing dark mode for Google Search


You might soon be able to rummage through the internet… but in dark mode. The Big G is testing a dark theme for Google Search on Chrome. For now, the feature is solely available in Google’s experimental versions of the browser, Chrome Canary and Chrome Dev, as Google9ot5 has spotted. From the looks of it, though, the feature is still in early development — and it doesn’t always work as intended. It’s also limited to mobile only for the time being. Those who want to give searching the web in dark mode can try either of these two approaches: First method: Download Chrome…

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This GTA V mod lets you ride your own bike around Los Santos


With lockdown measures enforced around the globe, exercising indoors has had a bit of a boom — particularly indoor cycling. Online video game-like training platforms like Zwift have brought new realms of realism to the activity, but this ingenious GTA V mod has taken it to a whole other level. In short, the GTBikeV mod lets you ride your real bike around GTA V’s massive virtual world, Los Santos, almost as if you were actually there. The mod allows you to connect your bike and smart trainer to the game, so as you pedal your indoor exercise bike, your in-game…

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Icon Rewind is a time machine for your phone’s app icons


As dull as I find the current flat design trend, I’ve come to expect developers will stick to it when sketching icons for their apps. It’s tough to admit it, but it’s certainly an improvement over the 3D aesthetic that used to dominate the scene — with some exceptions. But if you’re still struggling to let go of the past, there might be a solution. Enter Icon Rewind — a web-based app that lets you switch up the icons of some of your favorite apps with an older version. Among others, you’ll find icons for Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, Snapchat, Facebook, Google,…

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Zwift companion app not working? Try this


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Over the past winter, and sporadically ever since, I’ve been using virtual the video game-like cycle training platform Zwift and a Tacx NEO indoor smart trainer. It’s allowed me to exercise with focus and efficiency when I’m crunched on time or the weather outside is not so great (or you know, lockdown). But I’ve had a huge problem with its “companion app” — and I’m not alone — but I’ve finally found a fix!…

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Netflix will cancel your account if you haven’t used it in a while


Sometimes when you look at your credit card bill, you suddenly realize that you are subscribed to an app that you haven’t used in years. Netflix is taking some steps to help you save some money by canceling your account, if you haven’t used it in a long time. Yesterday, the company said it’s sending emails to anyone who’s not watched anything in a year since joining or has stopped watching for more than two years: So we’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their…

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Google Maps can now highlight wheelchair-accessible businesses


Google today announced a major accessibility update for Maps in recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day: the app now makes it much easier to find wheelchair-accessible locations. To activate the feature, simply head on over to Google Maps‘ Settings, tap ‘accessibility settings,’ and then toggle ‘accessible places.’ You’ll then see a wheelchair icon if the business or location has an accessible entrance. If it does, you can tap on the location to see a more detailed breakdown, such as to see if that accessibility extends to seating, restrooms, and parking as well as entrances. It’s not just for wheelchair users…

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TikTok now gives you one-tap access to streaming app Resso


Earlier this year, TikTok-owner Bytedance launched its music app Resso in India. At that time, Resso’s team said that at the moment there’s no plan for integration between both apps. However, that seems to be changing. TikTok usually shows the original soundtrack used in the clip in a ticker below. But now, it also includes a shortcut to Resso if the song is available on the music streaming app. If you tap on that, you will be redirected to Resso, where you can listen to the full song. [Read: A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to…

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A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to Zoom


The coronavirus pandemic pushed people to stay in their homes, and in turn, forced them to use video conferencing products. In the past couple of months, Zoom became an almost indispensable app, Facebook had to step up and make a rival product, and Google made its enterprise conferencing product free for everyone. Amid this video conferencing boom, Zoom’s security and privacy-related problems made a lot of people skeptical about using its products. Plus, the company wasn’t transparent about communicating its mishaps — this forced a lot of people to look for free open source products, and Jitsi emerged as a perfect…

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Signal introduces PINs to safely transfer your data between devices


Signal, one of the more secure messaging services around, has introduced a new feature called “Signal PINs” to safely move your data between devices. You can set the Signal PIN with more than four numbers or alphanumeric characters. When you switch devices, you can use the PIN to recover supporting data such as your profile, settings, and people who you’ve blocked. All this data is backed up on the app’s servers in an encrypted format so no one can access it.  [Read: Twitter tests letting you choose who can reply to your tweets] Right now, Signal requires you to sign up…

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