Facebook is Giving You New Controls Over Ads, Will Bypass Your Ad Blocker

Facebook, like many internet properties who offer up free services and content, makes money from advertisements. Since the world hates advertisements, Facebook is introducing some new tools to users to help improve the ad experience when using the social network. But because they are giving you more power over the ads you see, they are also going to start bypassing your ad blocker, should you use one.  (more…)

Inbox by Gmail Gets Organized Trello, Github, and Google Alerts Updates

Inbox by Gmail, the other email solution from Google that continues to see innovation and automation, is receiving an update today that makes it easier to stay on top of projects and Google Alerts, thanks to better organization from the first rollout of services integration. The update also brings Google Drive support, drag-and-drop of contacts between recipient boxes, and a delete button.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: What Do You Think About Removable Batteries?

There was a time back in the day, probably around the time of the Galaxy Nexus, where removable batteries were a big deal. As time passes, they don’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. Phones with high capacity built-in batteries last through a day of usage just fine, so people don’t seem to be flocking to the idea of removable anymore.

Samsung, a company that used to ship nearly all of its devices with removable batteries, has stepped away completely from that design. Thinking on it a bit harder, it seems that LG is one of the only few remaining major OEMs that utilizes removable batteries in its high-end flagship devices. Is that a good or bad thing? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Below, give us your answer, then your reasoning why in the comments section.

What do you think about removable batteries?

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Google Maps Gets WiFi Only Mode, Offline Maps to SD Cards

A Google Maps update will start rolling out to Android users today that includes a WiFi only mode and the option to save offline maps to microSD cards..

Google walked through a bunch of scenarios specific to each feature in today’s announcement post, but this stuff is really pretty self explanatory. In WiFi only mode, you get to tell Google Maps to only work when connected to WiFi. That way, you can save on data consumption and use Maps offline. The added bonus here is that you are basically putting Maps in airplane mode, while the rest of your phone stays connected. Sweet, right?  (more…)

Relay for Reddit Jumps to V8 With New Media Viewer

Relay for reddit, the best reddit app on Android by a mile (at least in my opinion), received an update yesterday to v8 that tweaks some UI elements, but really is headlined by a new media viewer. The new media viewer adds some fun Material Design animations as you move in and out of it, now has zoomable GIFs, should load GIFs faster, and gives you a filmstrip view when in albums.   (more…)

Ability to Add Extra Stops During Lyft Ride Coming Soon

The ability to add extra stops to your Lyft rides is coming soon, according to an announcement from the company this morning. To do so, once the update rolls out to Lyft users, simply add the extra stop onto your trip via the Lyft application. If you decide to remove the extra stop, you can do so. Naturally, for the extra time and distance traveled for the extra stop, you will be charged.  (more…)