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Google Now updated with support for third-party apps on Android



Google’s Android app just got a lot smarter.

Google Now will be updated with support for 40 third-party apps, the company revealed Friday.

Google Now, launched in 2012, provides personalized search results — in the form of “cards” — automatically based on a user’s previous actions. For example, as you leave work the app may surface a Google Now card alerting you to an accident on your way home and provide an alternate route via Google…

The enormous Fitbit Surge is a runner’s best friend



When the Fitbit Surge was unveiled late last year, the popular fitness tracking company wanted everyone to know that it was not a smartwatch. In fact, Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said at the time that smartwatches in general “lack a purpose in life.”

Instead, Fitbit is labeling its newly-available Surge a “superwatch” because it blends smartwatch capabilities with the traditional (and advanced) ingredients that go into a fitness tracker. It’s designed for serious runners, like if…

‘Community’ star’s documentary spotlights female tech pioneer



Gillian Jacobs might be best known for her inspiring laughs on NBC’s Community, but for the past few months the actress has been zig-zagging across the west coast to find out more about female computer science pioneer Grace Hopper for a new documentary

The result? Jacobs far from Britta’d it.

Released this week, The Queen of Code, which is part of FiveThirtyEight’s “Signals” series, explores the accomplishments and…

Snapchatters not impressed with first episode of original web series ‘Literally Can’t Even’



Snapchat’s first original web series has arrived, and it’s not pretty.

The first episode of the aptly titled Literally Can’t Even debuted on the app’s new Snap Channel on Saturday

Episode one, called “Sip and Surf Pool Party XXX,” stars two 20-something best friends (played by Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, who also wrote the show) in four-and-a-half minutes of cringeworthy video. (Example line: “He follows a lot…

5 can’t-miss apps for Super Bowl Sunday



Game day is almost here.

Your snacks are lined up, you’ve adjusted for the perfect TV settings and your pumped for the halftime show.

But preparing your smartphone and tablet can also go a long way toward making Super Bowl Sunday one to remember.

Whether you’re looking for ways to liven up your party, to chat with other fans or make some friendly wagers, these apps will help you follow every aspect of Sunday’s epic…

8 Vines that illustrate dream gadgets we’d love to have



Last week, we asked you to dream up your ideal gadget, whether it was as fantastical as an invisibility device, or as practical as an x-ray vision smartphone.

To bring you this challenge, Mashable partnered with Kingsman: The Secret Service, an upcoming action film by 20th Century Fox

Scrolling through the hashtag #DreamGadget, we were pleased to see submissions that encompassed both live-action and stop-motion techniques. Here…

10 A/B testing tools to help improve conversions



You have a hunch that something on your website isn’t working. Or maybe you want to try something new, but aren’t sure how to evaluate whether it’s successful. Either way, the solution you’re looking for is A/B testing

A/B testing (also known as split testing) pits two versions of a page, content or element against each other to determine which is more successful, in terms of the goal you set. The goal could be anything from increasing sales, reducing bounce rate, increasing conversion rate…

iTunes Connect bug signed developers into others’ accounts at random



A bug in iTunes Connect has caused some users to be signed in as a different, random user.

iTunes Connect is Apple’s suite of web tools that helps app developers manage their App Store content, including contracts and pricing. Connect users began reporting problems Thursday on Twitter.

Holy shit every time I hit sign out on iTunes Connect it signs me in as a different random user: pic.twitter.com/l2km2nNRBS

— Mo Bitar (@bitario) January 29,…

Verizon will allow customers to opt out of insidious tracking tool



Verizon will allow users to opt out of what’s called a “unique identifier header” or UIDH, a digital ID that’s used to track its customers’ browsing behavior.

Security researchers are voicing concerns about a “zombie cookie” exploit of the Verizon Wireless UIDH that can continue to follow users even after they’ve tried to delete it.

Verizon’s UIDH is used for targeted advertising. The company originally stated users…

Apple updates iTunes with OS X Notification Center widget



Apple updated iTunes to version 12.1 Thursday, giving it a handy widget in the Notification Center

The widget lets you see what’s currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you’re listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom

itunes widget

The new version also brings improved performance during syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

To get…