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Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a specific focus on security and speed. If you’re concerned about your data privacy when messaging others, Telegram may be for you. There are two big advantages of using Telegram – it’s open source and it’s entirely cloud-based – so even if you don’t have your phone, you can still access all of your data from your computer. Users can even set a timer for messages to self-destruct, erasing it from the receiving device as well. Telegram is available across all platforms. [CBD]

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6 browsers to change the way you surf the Web | The Download Blog – CNET Download.com

by Tuong Nguyen

These alternatives to Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari transform your Web surfing experience.

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari are the most popular gateways to the Internet, but if you find these mainstream browsers lacking, we have six feature-rich alternatives worth checking out.

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Google iOS: Material Design comes to the official Google iPhone app | BGR

Over the past few weeks, Google has been updating its apps with the highly anticipated Material Design interface that Android fans have been waiting for. Interestingly, iOS users are receiving the updates as well, which is the case again this week after the latest update for the official Google app on iPhone and iPad.

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TidBITS: Five Fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

From TidBITS, long-time Mac gurus:

It’s common advice to wait for the X.Y.1 release of a new version of OS X before upgrading, since Apple often fixes bugs that crop up at launch quickly. OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite has been out for a bit now, though, and while it’s working fine for many people, there are still a variety of complaints making the rounds on the Internet (for what was fixed, see “Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV 7.0.2,” 17 November 2014). Here then is a collection of five problems and solutions (or at least workarounds) that we’ve either experienced or had reported to us.

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Dropbox and Microsoft Word apps can now share documents – iPhone J.D.

Last week, Dropbox and Microsoft updated their iOS apps to work together, and the result is really nice.  With the updated versions of the apps, it is easier than ever to take a file from Dropbox to Word and back again.

In the Dropbox app, you can now select any Word file in your Dropbox.  Then tap the edit icon, which is four over at the bottom of the screen.  In fact, when you open your first Word file after the app is updated, the Dropbox app will even give you a friendly reminder of the new feature, as shown in the picture below.  After you tap the edit icon, the Dropbox app lets you select a helper app, and for now Microsoft Word is your only option.

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Jeff Richardson takes you step-by-step, with images, on how to use this new feature.

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WAZE—Free Community-based Mapping, Traffic & Navigation App

https://www.waze.com

Phone based navigation systems are one of the great innovations of the early 21st century. But they have their drawbacks – like when they take you down a road dead-ended by construction. Waze seeks to improve on the greatness by tapping into real drivers driving real roads. Put simply, it’s a community-based navigation and traffic app. So when a waze user sees traffic or other obstacles, they tell the app, and the app tells all the other drivers. It’s a fluid, continually self-updating account of the roads as they actually are. Available for Apple devices (iOS 5.0 and up) and Android (2.2 and up). 

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I’ve been using this app for a few months and I enjoy the detail found in the maps.  I especially like the ease of change of perspective when “moving” the map locations.  

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Google Launches New Bookmarks Interface For Chrome | Ubergizmo

Google hasn’t made an official announcement about Chrome Bookmark Manager, but nevertheless, you can download it right now from the Chrome Web Store.

Bookmark Manager

Chrome Bookmarks and the Bookmarks Manager are now more powerful by incorporating the smarts of Google Search with a new modern UI.

Now, if you’re signed in to Chrome with sync enabled:

One-click save: When you bookmark, you can now save an image and note to make your bookmarks more helpful. Also, Google will suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.

Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google, which looks not only at the bookmark title and snippet, but also the bookmarked page’s content.

Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like “Tokyo” and “Photography.” If you’d rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.

Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.

Share: Have a folder of favorite bookmarks? You can make it public and share the link with whomever you’d like to access it. Everything else will remain private.

Access your bookmarks anywhere: Bookmarked an article on your phone to finish reading on your laptop? Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today. 

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