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Protect your passwords with a free year of RoboForm Everywhere

In the wake of Heartbleed, netizens are scrambling to change their passwords. But then how do you handle the headache of remembering all those new passwords? RoboForm has the answer: one free year of RoboForm Everywhere, a $19.95 value.

A convenient password manager, form-filler, and bookmarking app, RoboForm Login eliminates the manual steps required to log in to online accounts. You keep your passwords and log-in info in RoboForm's encrypted cloud, and then you only have to remember one master password. RoboForm Everywhere applies the convenience of RoboForm Desktop to all your devices, even mobile ones. Compare the features below.… Read more

Windows 8.1 announcements at Build 2014

Today Microsoft officially announced upcoming features for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 at the Build developer conference in San Francisco.

The Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces the Action Center, a slide-down panel for notifications and phone activity similar to what's available for iOS and Android. The update brings customizable notification settings for developers, including app-specific triggers for vibration and sound.

Another big update is the introduction of Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant powered by the Bing search engine. Though the keynote demo had some hiccups, Cortana's voice recognition shows a lot of progress and … Read more

Use Link Bubble to open links in the background on Android

While many apps are starting to display in-line media (showing content of a link without opening a new window), this capability isn't omnipresent across Android. Instead, when catching up on one of your feeds, like Twitter, you have to click the link, and then wait for it to load in Chrome. Link Bubble is an app that seeks to bridge the gap between your apps and the Web by letting you queue up a link to read when you're finished catching up on social media or RSS feeds. It's similar to when you open tabs in the … Read more

7-minute workout app puts a personal trainer in your pocket

Aside from a weekly pick-up basketball game, I have not stuck with anything approaching regular exercise in my life. I have neither the time nor the inclination to join a gym, and any exercise program I devise at home seems to last only a week or two before it fades out and then stops altogether. Also, I hate jogging. Thankfully, I'm easily amused outdoors and can frequently be found skiing, skating, and biking in addition to playing tennis, touch football, and softball. (OK, softball doesn't count as exercise.) Despite my various athletic endeavors, I have never felt like … Read more

The Web out-Picassos itself: Welcome, sticky tape selfies

Your 3-year-old nephew loves to pull faces, doesn't he?

And he loves it when you pull faces too? In fact, you can spend whole hours just pulling faces at each other and laughing.

You're familiar, by now, with the fact that the Web is largely populated by 3-year-olds. It was only a matter of time and brain-sparking, therefore, before pulling faces captured the virtual world.

New, bright, spark-filled hashtags such as #sellotapeselfie or simply #sellotape don't merely contain faces pulled by natural means. No, they involve wrapping sticky tape around your head and seeing just how close to a Picasso you look.… Read more

iOS 7.1 jailbroken but only on the iPhone 4

An enterprising hacker has jailbroken iOS 7.1, at least as seen on a YouTube video.

Posted by self-dubbed "insane programmer" winocm, the silent video shows a jailbroken iPhone 4 powering up in untethered mode. Winocm takes the phone from screen to screen and makes sure to hit the Settings screen to show that the phone is indeed running iOS 7.1.

So does this mean all iOS users running 7.1 can now jailbreak their devices? Apparently not.

A comment to the video from an account called "All things jailbreak" says the jailbreak works only … Read more

Facebook for iOS makes it easier to share selectively

I'm not an organized person. Planning is not my forte. Thus, Facebook expecting me to create a group to which I may later want to share a post or a photo is asking too much. With the latest Facebook for iOS update (version 8.0), I don't have to engage in such advanced preparations.

Now, when I go to share a status update, a photo, or a photo album on Facebook, I can select its audience on the fly. To do so from the Update Status screen, tap in the To field to bring up the Share With … Read more

Convert audio to ringtones using OS X Terminal

Have you encountered a sound bite, or perhaps a full song, that you would like to use as an alert or ringtone on your iPhone? If so, then you can do so using a simple utility available in the OS X Terminal to convert into a tone for your iOS device.

The utility is called "afconvert," which stands for "Audio File Convert" and is a tool that Apple has included in OS X since 2003. As its name suggests, this tool allows you to specify one audio file and convert it to another format, managing bitrates … Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

Most China Mobile 4G users bought iPhone, chairman says

This might be a good year for Apple in China.

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua on Thursday said that "most" of his company's 1.3 million 4G customers have bought the iPhone -- an important success rate for Apple, considering the carrier only started selling the company's handset in January. And despite that figure appearing to be small, China Mobile reported that it expects its total number of 4G subscribers to jump to 50 million by year's end. If Apple can keep its lead, that could mean a boatload of iPhone sales in China.

China … Read more