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How to Tell If Someone Is Tracking Your Emails

Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It’s a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you’re actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.

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August 12th

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PieMessage open-source project brings iMessage to Android using your Mac as a server

A new open source project called PieMessage enables cross-platform iMessage support, allowing Android users to communicate using Apple’s iPhone messaging platform.

In the video below, we get a short look at the PieMessage app in action with a still unreleased prototype version of the app.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Android, app, client, GitHub, iMessage, Mac, Open source, PieMessage, server, web, Windows

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Jordan Kahn

May 3rd

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Embedded Apple Map on WWDC site suggests official public MapKit web API coming soon

Apple seems to be preparing to announce a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing anyone to embed an Apple Map view into a web page. On the WWDC microsite, Apple has embedded its own map object in the page to show attendees how to get between Moscone West and the Bill Civic auditorium, where the Monday keynote will be held. Looking at the code, it appears Apple wants to make this embeddable map a public API in the (near?) future so anyone could add an Apple Map to their website.

The map allows user interaction like you might expect with panning, zooming and such. Behind the scenes, the Apple map uses a HTML5 <canvas> element to render the custom cartography. Right now, MapKit is exclusive to iOS and Mac apps, ostensibly funded by the revenue Apple brings in from the sale of App Store apps.

From a business perspective, it is unclear why Apple would want to open up its API to web developers. Today, most developers use embedded Google Maps to display maps on their websites due to its ubiquity. Although other mapping options exist, a high-profile entrance of Apple into the space would provide strong competition to Google’s offering.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple, developer, iOS, maps, market, web, Web app, web site, WWDC

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Benjamin Mayo

April 19th

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How to Use One of iTunes’ Best Features in Google Play Music

One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you’ve not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension.

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April 4th

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New MIT Code Makes Web Pages Load 34 Percent Faster in Any Browser

Internet connections get faster but websites get more complex—and that means we often still have to wait an age for pages to load. Now, a new technique from MIT that helps browsers gather files more efficiently could change that.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 9th

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Safely Delete Old Gmail Messages in Bulk to Free Up Google Drive Space

Gmail was practically founded on the principle of never having to delete an email again. But the service has been kicking around since 2004, and all of those old newsletters, chain emails, and special deals aren’t doing much except counting against your Google account’s 15 GB storage capacity . Fortunately, a quick search is all it takes to identify messages worth deleting.

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February 22nd

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This Simple Plugin Will Stop Websites from Tracking You

Everywhere you go on the web, publishers and marketing agencies are trying to keep tabs on what your activity—primarily to fire targeted advertising in your direction. The Privacy Badger extension is a simple, effective way of taking control over the data you give away in your daily journeys across the internet.

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February 19th

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10 Tricks to Master Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts has been available for almost three years now, and while it still has a few minor issues, it’s still a slick and powerful messaging platform that works almost anywhere. Dig a little deeper into the Google Hangouts app, and you’ll find a bunch of features you might not yet have come across, from secret codes to floating chat heads—here are our favorites:

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February 15th

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Save Websites On Your Kindle to Catch Up on Reading

As entertaining as the internet can be, who has time to read all of it? Even employing the services of a read-it-later app such as Instapaper or Pocket can make catching up on articles difficult. What you need is a dedicated reading device, free from social media pings, email alerts, and other distractions—and that’s where Amazon’s Kindle comes in.

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February 8th

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How To Use a USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail

If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here’s how you can set it up.

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January 18th

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