Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad first look

Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad first look

iOS 11, coming Sep. 19, will include a raft of new features, in time for the ensuing releases of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

Siri

Voice assistant Siri can now anticipate your needs -- thanks to advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence -- so it'll make suggestions even before you bother to ask.

Messages

A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also be to... Read More »

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Apple shows off iOS and MacOS updates at WWDC

Apple shows off iOS and MacOS updates at WWDC

Apple took the wraps off the next major revisions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, offering up speedier web browsing, person-to-person payment transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay, popular MacOS features for the iPad, and more.

iOS 11

iOS 11, coming this fall, will include a raft of new features. A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also... Read More »

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IoT World promotes child safety with three connected devices

IoT World promotes child safety with three connected devices

Child safety is critical, yet most parents can't monitor their children 24 hours a day. In those moments when children are out of sight or earshot, connected or smart devices can step in to play the role of guardian. At this week's Internet of Things World 2017, we found three revolutionary products that can help you protect your children, even when they're out of reach.

Owlet Baby Care (iOS, Android)

The fear... Read More »

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Star Apps: Glass Animals' Dave Bayley

Star Apps: Glass Animals' Dave Bayley

Glass Animals' singer Dave Bayley enjoys easily discovering new tunes on streaming sites, such as Spotify (iOS, Android), Apple Music (iOS, Android), and Amazon Music (iOS, Android). But, like most audiophiles, today, the psych pop frontman misses the context provided by the album artwork, band photos, and lyric sheets that historically accompanied record, cassette, and CD releases.

To give listeners insight into the characters who inspired Glass Animals' recent... Read More »

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Google I/O wows with three jaw-dropping announcements

Google I/O wows with three jaw-dropping announcements

Google I/O 2017 demonstrates how Google is doubling down on artificial intelligence to give its products an edge over the competition.

Announcing Google Lens

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O by announcing Google Lens, which will work as an extension of Google Assistant and Google Photos (Android, iOS) (with integration in other apps planned for the near future). It takes the input from your phone's camera and attempts to tell you more about it -- people, places,... Read More »

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Free Calling and Messaging with Amazon Echo Alexa

Free Calling and Messaging with Amazon Echo Alexa

Siri and the Google App demonstrate that using your voice can be the fastest way to get an answer to something, from driving directions to the middle name of the 21st President of the United States ("Alan"). Amazon's popular Echo devices can work this magic as well, with a built-in AI the company calls Alexa. In May 2017, Amazon added free messaging and voice calling to the Alexa app and all Echos. The people on both ends of the conversation... Read More »

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Tags: Messaging , VoIP , Amazon

5 things to know about Thirstie

5 things to know about Thirstie

With so many drink delivery apps vying for your disposable income, how does Thirstie set itself apart?

Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margarita

Thirstie offers on-demand delivery of beer, wine, and liquor (an hour or less) in 10-plus cities -- Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and the Hamptons (soon) -- but also ships within three days to 35 states without bottle markups. What sets Thirstie... Read More »

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5 drink delivery apps for Cinco de Mayo

5 drink delivery apps for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo may be a big drinking holiday in the U.S. (much grander than in Mexico, in fact). But why do we clink margarita glasses every May 5?

Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margaritaWhat we are celebrating

The fifth of May marks the day the Mexican Army defeated their French invaders at the Battle of Puebla, back in 1862. No, it's not, as some think, Mexican Independence Day, which actually takes place on September 16. It's... Read More »

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Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »

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Tags: Guides , video , streaming

5 things to know about this week's creepy app, FaceApp

5 things to know about this week's creepy app, FaceApp

With so many face transformation apps flooding the App Store today, do we really need another one?

Yes, say FaceApp's developers. Available for iPhones and Android devices, FaceApp lets you transform your standard selfies into something far more exciting -- or weird or creepy. Why go with basic when you can age yourself 40 years or even change sex?

This is how you do it:

Start by snapping your own selfie or importing an existing headshot from... Read More »

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Friday 5: Google Earth, Pandora, YouTube, Apple's Clips, Lumino City

Friday 5: Google Earth, Pandora, YouTube, Apple's Clips, Lumino City

With Pandora Premium unleashed upon the suspecting public this week, the long-running music streaming service finally joined the on-demand listening party, after making its name as a radio-style service. Less expected was a big version bump for Google Earth, the fun-for-a-few-minutes 3D navigation app whose potential thunder has been mostly stolen by Google Maps for the last several years. Apple, YouTube, and popular indie game Lumino City also made a splash. Let's show you the highlights.

Pandora Premium (Android,... Read More »

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Best marijuana apps

Best marijuana apps

You've probably seen and heard the fictional tale of The Goonies, who sought One-Eyed Willy's Treasure, armed with only a map and a skeleton key. But it's far less likely you've heard of the real-life Waldos, who searched for a pot farm, near San Rafael High School, back in 1971, armed with only a treasure map and a few joints, even though their story's had a far-reaching impact. See, they met each day at 4:20 by the statue of... Read More »

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Friday 5: Tidal, Spotify, YouTube TV, Hulu, FlipaClip

Friday 5: Tidal, Spotify, YouTube TV, Hulu, FlipaClip

In this week's Friday 5, Tidal becomes your main source for Jay Z, Spotify partners with UMG, YouTube TV streams Live TV for $35 per month, Hulu lets you stream entire TV seasons in under five minutes, and animation app FlipaClip entices new iOS users with a creative contest.

Tidal (iOS, Android)

Jigga what? Jigga where? Jay Z fans had only one problem, this week, when they couldn't find much of the rap legend's music catalog... Read More »

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The best apps for spring cleaning and organizing your life

The best apps for spring cleaning and organizing your life

As the twittering birds and golden sunshine of spring finally roll in, we must take stock of the dusty nest that winter turned our home into. Did you spend a lot of time parked on the couch under a warm blanket and binge on Netflix while the lighting and thunder raged outside your window? Well, now that you've reached the end of the gauntlet, let's show you several handy mobile apps that can help you reorganize your home and possibly... Read More »

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Tags: App Guides

Friday 5: Google Calendar, Medium, Hardbound, Telegram, Messenger

Friday 5: Google Calendar, Medium, Hardbound, Telegram, Messenger

In this week's Friday 5, Google Calendar becomes iPad friendly, Medium puts its premium content behind a paywall, Hardbound helps you read quicker-to-read versions of new books for free, Telegram adds end-to-end encrypted calls, and Messenger enables live location sharing.

Google Calendar for iPad (iOS, Android)

Google Calendar, our favorite scheduling app, was never quite ready for the big screen. But with its latest update, all of Calendar's features are optimized for the iPad.... Read More »

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McAfee breaks off from Intel

McAfee breaks off from Intel

McAfee announced this week it is going it alone. It will spin off from Intel and become an independent cybersecurity company once again.

Intel bought McAfee in 2011 with the goal of more tightly linking security to Intel's chips. While Intel will retain a minority stake in the new security company, the move is intended to let McAfee concentrate on cybersecurity to better solve problems facing its users, said Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee. "Being an... Read More »

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Apps for baseball fans

Apps for baseball fans

Can the Cubs repeat? Will the league's highest payroll get the Red Sox to the World Series? Will the A's finish with more wins than the Giants? To find out, we've recruited the best baseball apps to track this season's progress.

Follow games

To catch live updates, listen to games, and watch TV broadcasts, get MLB.com's At Bat app (iOS and Android). At a glance, the app shows a live status of each of the the day's games. With... Read More »

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Friday 5: Photoshop, Cortana, Vudu, Gboard, and Nova Launcher

Friday 5: Photoshop, Cortana, Vudu, Gboard, and Nova Launcher

This week's Friday 5 includes several spiffy updates to Adobe Photoshop Express, Cortana on your Android lock screen, Vudu selling $2 HD movies, a cool update to Nova Launcher notifications, and Google adding Web searches to Gboard for iOS.

Vudu

Vudu (Android, iOS) is one of many services where you can buy and rent new movies to stream, but Vudu might have just gotten an edge on the competition. Of the 100,000+ movies on Vudu, about 8,000 can... Read More »

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How to protect your personal data from your ISP

How to protect your personal data from your ISP

Congress voted this week to roll back the FCC's privacy rules for ISPs (Internet service providers), which would have limited the ability of broadband or wireless service providers to collect and sell personal browsing data.

As you might expect, the congressional action has raised alarms in privacy and security communities. Part of the issue is that your carrier sees all your network traffic -- unlike a company like Google or Facebook, which sees just the traffic you send to them... Read More »

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Friday 5: Super Mario Run, Alexa, Signal, Supersonic, and Uptime

Friday 5: Super Mario Run, Alexa, Signal, Supersonic, and Uptime

This week's Friday 5 includes the long-waited Android version of Super Mario run, Alexa on Amazon's iOS app, video calling in Signal, and two surprising fun new apps from Google's Area 120 incubator.

Super Mario Run (Android)

This week, Nintendo released the Android version of Super Mario Run. The one-handed side-scroller game first arrived on iOS devices in December, and Android users have been clamoring for their chance to play. In the game, you'll run and jump... Read More »

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