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Craigslist now has an Android app, and it’s already down to two stars on Google Play

Even all these years after its introduction in 1995, Craigslist is still the top place to find cars, houses, and outdated furniture for sale near you. After a short beta period, official mobile apps are now available, but the Android version hasn’t been well-received.

The Craigslist app mirrors the functionality of the existing site: you can find jobs, buy and sell items, and more. The app certainly looks a lot better than the mobile site, but not everyone is happy. Read More

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Google finally gets serious about protecting you from malicious Android apps

Every so often, we report on discoveries from security researchers who warn of newly identified batches of bad Android apps, often only after they’ve racked up millions of downloads. Back in September, for example, we mentioned this discovery by researchers at Wandera of a group of apps that requested sketchy permissions and included intrusive ads, among other problems, while garnering more than 1.5 million downloads before Google booted them from the Play Store.

It’s a constant game of Whack-a-Mole Google has seemed content to play when it comes to its app store. The bad stuff keeps sneaking in. Google kicks it out after-the-fact once it’s identified (often [...]

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I tried to use a Huawei phone without Google’s apps — and it did not go well

By now you’re probably familiar with the Huawei ban. Back in May, as part of the US government’s pointless trade war with China, Huawei was put on an “entity list” preventing American companies from doing business with the Chinese giant. As a result, Huawei lost access to Intel and Qualcomm’s chips, Microsoft and Google’s software — like Windows and Google Mobile Services (GMS) — and much more US tech.

Huawei mostly makes phones using its own Kirin processors, so losing access to Qualcomm’s hardware isn’t a huge issue. Read More

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Amazon is selling $50 App Store & iTunes gift cards for $42.50

If you’re an Apple customer with an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or anything else, there’s a deal right now that you’d have to be crazy to pass up. Long story short, Amazon is selling $50 App Store & iTunes Gift Cards for just $42.50, which means you get $7.50 worth of apps, games, movies, and TV shows for free! Just pick up a $50 card on Amazon and use the promo code ITUNES at checkout. Hurry though, because there’s no telling when this deal might end!

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