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Avoid GetJar! Thousands of Free Mobile Apps With the Risk of Malware

Google Play isn’t the only place where you can find apps and games for your Android phone or tablet. Arguably the longest-running app store on the web is GetJar, which has supplied software for mobile devices for over 15 years.

But what is GetJar? Why haven’t you heard of it? And is GetJar a safe repository of Android apps and games?

What Is GetJar?

GetJar launched in 2004, providing downloadable apps for BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile/Pocket PC devices. Cross-platform Java ME apps were also available.

It’s essentially an app store, like Apple’s App Store, Google Play, the Microsoft Store, the Amazon App Store, and many others. You’ll notice GetJar predates the Apple App Store by four years.

Browse the GetJar website on your PC

While free apps were available to download and install, GetJar also acted as a marketplace. You could purchase popular mobile games, such as Sim City 2000 for Pocket PC.

These days, you’ll find many popular apps and games on the GetJar website and its dedicated Android app. However, it’s home to plenty of unpopular, out of date, and downright suspicious apps, too.

Pros and Cons of Using GetJar Apps

Android users have many alternative app stores beyond Google Play. So why choose GetJar apps over those from Amazon, F-Droid, and others? Here are some good arguments for GetJar:

  • It curates its app selection
  • Some premium apps are for free on GetJar
  • It’s a replacement for any Android device without Google Play
  • You can install apps and games from your mobile browser

However, GetJar isn’t as reliable as the Play Store or other alternatives because of the following issues:

  • Apps are of unreliable origin
  • GetJar lists hacking tools
  • Social network “like hack” tools are also available
  • Risk of malware and ransomware
  • It’s ad-supported, making it difficult to trust as a legitimate app store

Whether you choose to use GetJar depends on how you weigh these advantages and risks.

How to Download GetJar Apps on Your Mobile Device

If you decide GetJar is worth trying, you have two options for installing Android apps: via your mobile browser or using the GetJar app.

Install GetJar Apps in Your Mobile Browser

Before proceeding, you’ll need to enable Chrome as an installation source. Open the Settings app and use the search field to find “unknown apps.”

Tap Install unknown apps and scroll through the list to find Chrome (or the browser you use). On the resulting page, ensure Allow from this source is enabled.

To install an app using your Android browser, navigate to getjar.com. Next, search for the app you want to use. There’s a search tool in the top-right corner; you can also use the Categories view.

With the app selected and its screen loaded, tap Download. In most cases, downloads should commence immediately. If not, GetJar will divert you to Google Play.

Agree to save the APK file. Once complete, tap Install.

When you’ve finished installing apps from the GetJar website, remember to disable Chrome as an installation source for security.

Another option for installing via your mobile browser is to first find the app on the GetJar desktop store. Click Download Info on the app’s detail page—this will explain how to use the Quick Install option in your mobile browser. The corresponding ID of the app will display (it’s also part of the app’s URL), which you should enter when prompted.

There is no real difference between these two options. However, you might find it easier to browse GetJar’s library on a desktop browser than on your mobile device.

Install the GetJar App

Frankly, the GetJar app is an absolute waste of time. Rather than a proper app, it’s essentially a shortcut to the website. There is little difference in UI between the app and the GetJar website. The only difference we noticed is that installing apps is a little quicker.

But you’ll still need to contend with ads. Because of this, if you must browse GetJar, we recommend that you use the website.

Dodgy Apps on GetJar

As noted, GetJar appears to host several suspicious apps alongside trusted names.

For every Facebook Lite, there’s a “WhatsApp Hack Tool” or a “PUBG Mobile Hack.” We also saw “Farming Simulator 14 Download,” along with many other AAA Android games that you would expect to pay for.

Not only are these games suspiciously named, the uncertain nature of their origin raises other questions. Do these APK files contain malware? Will they damage your phone?

The answer is that we simply don’t know. However, we do know that legitimately buying top-rated games on Google Play is far safer than downloading them on GetJar.

Is GetJar a Usable Google Play Alternative for Android?

Well, no.

It’s littered with ads, offers useful-looking apps whose origins are vague, and dresses this all up with APKs for well-known apps like Facebook Lite. Even worse, Malwarebytes Premium blocked the site with a Trojan warning and Chrome displayed a certificate error. Doesn’t really inspire confidence, does it?

Say you were stuck with a phone on a slow internet connection with no access to Google Play. Accessing GetJar for a copy of Facebook Lite might sound like a smart alternative. But since you don’t know what you’re really getting in the downloaded APK file, it’s simply not worth the risk.

Most of the time, your Android device is protected from risky apps. By default, only Google Play can serve apps and games to your phone for installation. Google Play is a safe, trusted library of software for your mobile device.

GetJar is not.

While it can be safe to install apps from unknown sources—perhaps mobile tools provided by your employer, or an app you’re developing yourself—for most people this is best avoided.

With everything considered, there is no reason to use GetJar. Plenty of smart Google Play alternatives already exist. Unless you’re specifically looking for illegally pirated/cracked software and don’t mind risking your device and data security, avoid GetJar at all costs.

Can’t Get Google Play? Don’t Download Mobile Apps From GetJar

By now, you should know that GetJar is a lousy app store alternative for Android featuring top apps and games. But the service is also littered with ads and hosts suspicious-looking apps, giving reasonable cause for concern.

As an alternative to Google Play, GetJar’s glory days are certainly behind it. Failing to revive Symbian and Java ME apps for the feature/dumbphone market seems like a huge strategic oversight. Worse still for GetJar, plenty of far superior Android app stores are available.

GetJar might offer thousands of free apps, but progress has left it behind. If you own a phone with no access to Google Play, stay away from GetJar. Instead, consider F-Droid or other safe places to download Android APKs.

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The 10 Best Sites for Reading Free Children’s Books and Stories Online

Hollywood and Disney may be coloring TV and the movies. But thanks to free children’s books online that are full of classic stories, the charm of princely tales and brave knights continues to endure.

In today’s digital age, these online books for kids are the window to the outside world. Stories continue to make kids dream of great adventures, heroic princes, and beautiful princesses. And, a bit about ogres and monsters that heroes must battle to keep the world safe.

Try these ten websites with online stories for kids with your children by your side.

1. Storyline Online

Do you act out the stories to your child? Maybe you haven’t been able to yet, but famous actors from The Screen Actors Guild certainly can as it is their bread and butter.

Actors (how about Elijah Wood or Chris Pine) read aloud children’s books in their own voice and your children can enjoy them thanks to the free streaming videos.

Storyline Online is an award-winning children’s story site. Like all good websites for children, it is interactive. The free and wonderful initiative is made possible by the participation of SAG.

2. Mrs. P’s Magic Library

Mrs. P’s Magic Library for children's books online

Kathy Kinney stars as the grandmotherly Mrs. P. She sits on her couch and picks up a kid’s book to read aloud. Most children between the age groups of 3+ to 6+ with a few for 9 and 11 year olds can enjoy Kathy Kinney’s melodic voice.

You can check out the video selections and use the dropdown filters to select the ones you want to watch.

Every story also offers read along options so children can see the words, which is helpful to early readers, and ESL students.

3. Storynory

Storynory is a book website for kids with free audio stories

There’s nothing like a good audio story played back for your child before he or she drifts to sleep. Storynory could be your download source as it has a huge bank of free audio stories and poems for children.

Choose from fairytales, classics, Bible stories, educational stories, and also quite a few original ones.

Storynory is also available on iTunes in the Kids and Family Podcast section. They are fun and can nudge your kids to fall asleep while listening to them.

4. International Children’s Digital Library

International Children's Digital Library stocks children's books online

The book website for kids has a single purpose mission of providing free access to children’s literature from around the world. The site is well organized and you can explore the free children’s books stocked here by country with a simple search, or by using the many other story browsing methods listed.

The site supports quite a few international languages. Look into the Award Winning Books section for some of the best online stories for kids.

A free registration allows you to save favorite books, set your preferred language, and also bookmark pages of books you plan to come back to.

5. Read.gov (Library of Congress)

Free online children's books at Read.gov

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library. Thanks to its huge digital collection, you don’t need to head towards any one of its 21 reading rooms to read kids’ books for free.

Go to The Center for the Book site which was set up to promote lifelong literacy and reading habits for all ages.

Thanks to page-turning technology, you can pick from a huge swathe of classic children’s literature. The site encourages readers of all ages to discover the wonderful world of books. Follow it up with author webcasts, writing contests, and extensive book lists.

6. StoryPlace

StoryPlace promotes online reading for kids

StoryPlace is the online offshoot of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. If you cannot go to the library, the website provides a virtual environment for discovering kids’ books online and exploring interactive activities and games.

The literacy resources are designed in all their colorful glory for pre-schoolers. The online children’s books are animated and interactive. Each story has a “theme” and it is supported by take-home activities and a reading list.

7. Oxford Owl

Oxford Owl

Oxford University Press created this site to support children’s learning through books and stories. It is also meant for parents who want a one-stop resource for children’s books online and other reading activities.

But first, head to the Library where you will find more than 150 free kids’ ebooks to support your child’s reading.

There are also free teaching resources, including storytelling videos, eBooks and downloadable worksheets and teaching notes available on the site.

8. Free Kids Books

Free Kids Books

Free Kids Books is a simple website with many free books sorted for children of different ages. Selections range from toddlers to young adults. You can read them online or download the books in PDF format for free for your child to read as many times as you want.

Danielle Bruckert built this site on her own when she wasn’t flying a plane. So, don’t let the few sponsored ads shouldn’t bother you.

9. Open Library

Open Library for free children's' books online

Open Library is a part of The Internet Archive. Rummage around in this collection of 22,000+ books and find a few gems for yourself. It is a historical treat to turn the pages and read them too because many of the scanned copies are from the original editions.

Use your Internet Archive email and password to access Open Library and get to the treasures. It is just one of the websites that offer classic literature for free.

10. MagicBlox

Read kids books online with MagicBlox

MagicBlox is a colorful site that makes online reading for kids a bit easier. Their library features a growing collection of ebooks for kids who are 1 to 13 years old.

The library is a mix of titles from well-known publishers to new authors you might not have heard of yet. The thoughtful search and filter feature makes discovering titles easy. You can sort by category, reading level, book features, and even language.

MagicBlox isn’t free but you can start reading today with a LadyBug Access Pass which entitles you to a free book every month. Want to expand your child’s reading? Sign up for the membership plans on the site.

Start a Reading Habit in Your Kids Today

In this age of pixels, it might be a tall order to tell children about pixies and fairies.

A good imagination flowers with a developed reading habit. The web isn’t a book but it has all the tools you need to encourage a child’s creativity—and reading stories to them could be that first spark.

There are enough free books for children online. All you need to do as a responsible parent is to pick the perfect book for your child and help them along.

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House of Marley Redemption ANC: Sustainable True Wireless Earbuds

Apple’s AirPods are among the most popular true wireless headphones on the market. However, that doesn’t mean they are your only choice.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Apple AirPods, but also care about sustainability and design, then you’re in luck.

House of Marley, the electronics firm, who count Bob Marley’s son Rohan as an ambassador, has just announced the Redemption ANC true wireless earbuds.

What Are the House of Marley Redemption ANC Earbuds?

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The House of Marley Redemption ANC Earbuds are a set of true wireless headphones from the sustainability-focused electronics firm. True wireless headphones have become increasingly popular as they dispense with the wires and offer you minimal, comfortable listening experience.

The earbuds are IPX4-rated, making them sweat-proof and weather-resistant. While they should last for around five hours on a single charge, the charging case bolsters that to 20 hours; and that’s with ANC enabled. Without the noise-cancellation, you can expect seven hours for the earbuds, and 28 hours total with the case.

Hands holding the House of Marley Redemption ANC Earbuds

The wooden-styling of the case isn’t just for show, either. To produce the case, House of Marley combined sawdust, wood derivatives, and plastic fibers to create a wood fiber composite material. And the earbuds themselves are encased in a bamboo housing.

House of Marley previously released the Liberate Air, another set of true wireless earbuds. Like the Liberate Air, the Redemption ANC Earbuds feature the company’s REGRIND silicone made of post-consumer waste products.

The Redemption ANC Earbuds are a worthy upgrade, as they add a stem onto each bud. The ANC system is housed within this stem, giving each earbud the ability to remove the surrounding noise from your listening experience. If you want to deactivate the ANC, all you need to do is triple-tap the earbud.

Where Can You Buy the House of Marley Redemption ANC Earbuds?

February 2020 marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, House of Marley has made the Redemption ANC Earbuds available from its website, Amazon, and other selected retailers for $199.99.

While the company makes some of the most sustainable headphones and audio equipment, you may want more choice. If so, you’ll want to check out the best cheap AirPods alternatives, which may suit your needs, too.

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How to Save Adobe Illustrator Files in Other Formats: JPEG, PNG, SVG, and More

By default, Adobe Illustrator saves files in the AI format. This is ideal when you’re working on projects, or for saving a master copy of your work.

However, when the time comes to print or share the finished product, post it online, or import it into other programs, you will need to save it into a different format, like JPEG, PNG, or SVG.

In this article, we’ll show you how to save Adobe Illustrator (AI) files in other formats, including JPEG, PNG, and SVG.

Saving Artboards in Adobe Illustrator

Before we look at how to save files in specific formats, it’s important to know how Adobe Illustrator handles artboards, and how to save them as separate files.

Artboards are like different pages within an Illustrator file. You can combine them into a single graphic, or save them out as separate images.

When you save an Illustrator file you’re normally asked how you want to handle artboards. What you decide affects how your final, exported image will look.

save artboards to Illustrator

In most cases, you decide through an option in the Export screen. Here’s what you should do:

  • If you want to save multiple artboards as separate files, check the Use Artboards box. Then select either All to save all the artboards, or enter a Range (such as 2-4) to specify which artboards to save.
  • When you have objects placed outside of an artboard (like if it’s overlapping the edge), check the Use Artboards box. This will ensure that your final image only contains what’s inside the artboard, and that the rest is cropped out.
  • If all your artwork is within the artboard, and you only have one of them, clear the Use Artboards box. This will produce an image that is cropped to the bounds of the objects within it, with all white space removed. This is especially handy for outputting square- or rectangular-shaped objects.

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How to Save an Illustrator File as a JPEG

For an illustration, infographic, or anything that needs to be printed (such as when you design a business card in Adobe Illustrator), the best option is to save it as a high resolution JPEG.

Ideally, you should design your artwork at roughly the size at which you want to output it. Although Illustrator images can be resized without any loss of quality, you’ll find that the sizing between objects—and especially the kerning in text—needs to be tighter at larger sizes than smaller sizes.

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If you haven’t previously worked in this way, create a new document, paste in your artwork and tweak it to taste. You’re now ready to save your high-res JPEG.

  1. Go to File > Export > Export As. Type in a filename and set Format to JPEG.
  2. Set how you want to save your artboards, then hit Export to continue.
  3. On the JPEG Options screen change the Color Model if you need to, and choose a quality.
  4. Under Options, set the output resolution. Screen (72dpi) will produce a file the same size as your original document and should be OK to use on the web. Choose High (300dpi) for a high-res image. This will be good enough for printing.
  5. Click OK to save the file.

How to Save an Illustrator File as a PNG

When you need to save an image like a logo or icon for use on the web, especially if it has a transparent background, then you should save your AI file as a PNG.

save as PNG

In order to support standard and high resolution displays you should export your file at different sizes. You can do this automatically.

  1. Go to File > Export > Export for Screens.
  2. Select the Artboards tab. If there’s more than one artboard in your image, choose the ones you want to output.
  3. Under Formats, set Format to PNG and Scale to 1x.
  4. Click Add Scale. This will create the settings for a second image, so set the Scale option to a new relative size. 3x, for example, will output an image three times taller and wider than the original.
  5. Add more sizes if you need them.
  6. Click Export Artboard to save your images.

How to Save Adobe Illustrator Files as SVG

A better, more modern way to export graphics like icons and logos for the web is by using the SVG format. Short for Scalable Vector Graphics, SVG is actually an XML-based markup language.

While you can output files that you can link to in your web page, you can also save the image as a piece of code that you can paste directly into your HTML file. You can then edit this using CSS. It’s a very efficient way of adding effects and animations to your images.

There are other benefits: the images are lightweight, and because they’re vectors you can resize them easily. There’s no need to output multiple sized images for different screen resolutions.

save as SVG

There are a couple of ways to create an SVG. Using Save As creates a larger file for working on. To create a final image you can use in your projects use the Export option.

  1. Go to File > Export > Export As.
  2. Set the Format to SVG and click Export.
  3. Set Styling to Internal CSS. This places all the styling information in a <style> block that can be easily changed with CSS.
  4. For Font choose SVG to keep the text selectable. Only choose Outlines if you’re using an obscure, custom font. Leave Images on Preserve.
  5. Make sure Minify and Responsive are both checked for maximum performance and compatibility.
  6. Now click Show Code to open the code in a text editor. You can copy and paste this into your HTML file. Or click OK to output the image as an SVG file.

If you’re working with an icon in a raster format (like JPEG or PNG) it’s easy to convert images to vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator first.

How to Save Artboards as PDFs in Adobe Illustrator

The simplest way to save an Illustrator file as a PDF is through the Save As option. However, if you are using more than one artboard this will combine them all into a multi-page PDF.

save artboards as PDF

There’s a simple trick to save artboards as separate PDF files:

  1. Go to Export > Save for Screens.
  2. In the dialog box that opens, click the Artboards tab and select those that you want to save.
  3. In the right hand column set Format to PDF, then hit Export Artboards. It may take a few seconds to output large or complex files.
  4. When done, your files will, by default, be saved in their own separate subfolder.

Saving Objects From an Adobe Illustrator Image

Sometimes you might need to save or export only selected objects from a larger piece of art. For instance, when you design a logo in Illustrator you may want to save the text or the symbol in its own individual file.

export assets

You can do this by turning the objects into Assets.

  1. Go to Window > Asset Export.
  2. Choose the Selection Tool from the Toolbar, or hit V on your keyboard. Now drag the objects you want to save onto the Asset Export panel.
  3. Now select the Asset. Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select more than one.
  4. Under Export Settings choose a Format. You can select PNG, JPEG, SVG, or PDF.
  5. If you’re saving as a PNG or JPEG you can export at multiple sizes. Set Scale to 1x, then click Add Scale and the set Scale to, for example, 2x. You can also use this option to export the asset in different formats.
  6. Click Export and choose a location to save your new files.

How to Use Adobe Illustrator Files in Other Apps

There’s more: Photoshop can open AI files directly, but only as flat, uneditable images. Use the Export As option instead to save the file in the PSD format. This retains all the separate layers when you open it in Photoshop.

For most non-Adobe apps, you will most likely need to save the file in the SVG format (using the Save As command this time). Check out our guide detailing how to open AI files without Adobe Illustrator for more details.

It’s important to know how to export your work in other formats. So, now that you’ve got it mastered, check out our Adobe Illustrator tips to help you design faster.

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