Second-screen the Super Bowl to share the fun

Second-screen the Super Bowl to share the fun

You can watch Super Bowl 50 on your TV. That's what everyone does. But the game's not just about what's on the field and on your TV; half the fun is the crowd and tailgating at the game or, if you're at home, hanging out with your friends offline and on. Fire up your second screen to comment on the action, to watch and vote on the ads, and to check out fan photos and videos.

Watch the game

The second... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Games

iTunes tips and tricks

iTunes tips and tricks

Apple's iTunes debuted 15 years ago, on January 9, 2001, and since then its features have ballooned. iTunes 1.0 was a bare-bones Mac OS 9-only app, launched to ease MP3 management by enabling users to rip, mix, and burn their existing collections. Subsequent versions added iPod support, smart playlists, ratings, the iTunes Store, bit-rate conversions, Genius playlists and Mixes, Home Share, iCloud and Apple Music integration, and so much more. Some features didn't make the cut, such as Cover... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iTunes

Mobile commenting comes to Google Drive apps

Mobile commenting comes to Google Drive apps

Google this week opened up collaborative tools for mobile users of its Drive app.

Whether you use the Google Drive app or use Google Apps as part of Google for Work, you can now comment on docs from the Android and iOS apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

You can also add collaborators to a conversation by typing their names in the comment box. The person will be added to the conversation and receive an email. Using a + or... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , Android

Tags: Google

Windows 10: six-month report card

Windows 10: six-month report card

A product as ambitious as Windows 10 comes with high expectations. Upon Windows 10's release on July 29, 2015, Microsoft declared that it wanted its flagship operating system on 1 billion devices within the next three years. As of January 4, 2016, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 was active on over 200 million devices. If these were all PCs, that would be a market share of about 10%, versus 55% for Windows 7, according to data collected by... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , operating system

What to do if your computer has a virus

What to do if your computer has a virus

It can be a gut punch to realize that your PC may be infected with malware (the catchall term for viruses, Trojans, worms, and other nasties). If you don't have antimalware software installed and ready to clean your system, the situation can deteriorate quickly. But we have tips for basic damage control for your computer and the devices it's connected to.

Disconnect your PC from the network

Malware frequently uses the Internet to connect your PC to another computer that may give... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , antivirus , malware , virus , Internet security

Sell your stuff securely

Sell your stuff securely

Are you ready to unload unwanted holiday gifts or get a head start on spring cleaning? You don't have to organize a day-wasting garage sale or meet with unverified Craigslist users. There's a faster, safer way: These six apps let you securely sell your stuff in a snap.

Sell everythingCarousell (iOS, Android)

Carousell helps you sell anything: old phones, clothing, sports gear, antiques, cars, homes. To post an ad, tap the camera button and take up to four pictures... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Stop receiving calls and texts on your iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch

Stop receiving calls and texts on your iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch

Since the release of Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 in late 2014, you can use Continuity to hand off a task from one device to another. So, for example, you can start an email on your MacBook and finish it on your iPhone, or vice versa. You can also use Instant Hotspot to connect your Mac to your iPhone's Wi-Fi.

Continuity is unquestionably handy, but one thing bugs me: I hate receiving phone calls and texts on my iPhone,... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

Camera shortcut jumps from image to Google Photos

Camera shortcut jumps from image to Google Photos

An update this week to Google Photos for Android adds a handy shortcut that lets you jump from a just-taken photo to Google Photos, where you can edit and share the image. This means you don't have to exit the Camera app, open Photos manually, and then find the image.

To turn on the shortcut in Google Photos, tap to open the navigation drawer on the left of the app bar and then tap Assistant. Tap the Add Shortcut to... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Android Software

A cord-cutter's guide to watching the Super Bowl

A cord-cutter's guide to watching the Super Bowl

From its humble origins as a championship game in 1967, the Super Bowl has come to be one of the most-watched events of the year, every year. Even if you're not into sports, the Super Bowl is a big social event. Super Bowl 50 falls on February 7 this year, and however you plan to enjoy the game, it's good to have multiple ways to watch, in case you encounter technical difficulties. So let's talk about all the ways you... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Guides , apps , streaming

Organize your Android phone's home screen

Organize your Android phone's home screen

Your Android phone is just as useful as you make it. Organize the tiles on your phone's screens so you can stop hunting for your favorite apps and find them just a tap or two away.

Organize your apps

The quickest way to bring order to your phone's screens is to alphabetize the apps or gather them by purpose: all messaging and email apps on one screen, sports apps on the next screen.

It's easy to rearrange apps. Tap and hold an... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Tags: Android apps , Google Android

Use Android Pay and get free stuff

Use Android Pay and get free stuff

Google is rolling out a program that lets you earn rewards by making in-store purchases with Android Pay.

It's easy to participate in the program, called Tap 10: Load up Android Pay on your Android device and then use it to make in-store purchases.

The program runs to February 29, 2016, and awards you a song with your first, fourth, and seventh Android Pay purchases and a Chromecast media-streaming device with your tenth. Redeem songs through Google Play... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

Are you having trouble reading on your iPhone or iPad? Do you wish you could check your phone in bright light or in the dark and actually see something? The forthcoming Night Shift feature, currently in iOS 9.3 beta, aims to ease night reading by warming your display colors after sunset. While you wait for that release, here are five actions you can take right now to see text more clearly on your iPhone or iPad.

Adjust brightness

If you're in... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Manage a family Mac

Manage a family Mac

A single Mac shared by multiple family members can quickly become hopelessly cluttered with each person's files and apps. You can try to get everyone to follow a few Mac organizational rules, but Apple has a better way for you to bring order to the mayhem.

You can create individual accounts for each family member, where each person can organize their own computing life however they see fit -- without anyone else having to make sense of it. In addition,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Google makes shuffling Drive contents easier

Google makes shuffling Drive contents easier

Google is releasing an update to Google Drive this week that will let you more easily move files to their proper location.

The revision to Google's online storage and syncing service adds a Move button to the Drive toolbar when you're browsing files. Select a file, click the Move icon, highlight a location, and click Move.

If the highlighted file is not in your Drive yet, the button changes to Add to My Drive, which allows you to add the file to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Facebook becomes even more of a time suck if you're forced to fish for it in your app library, and Shazam is just a space waster if the deep-crate ditty that you're trying to identify is over before you can find the app. If your apps are in a random jumble, then it's time to tidy up your iPhone or iPad's home screen. There are several ways to get organized, but the first step is to delete unnecessary... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPad

Windows tech support: Fixing Internet problems

Windows tech support: Fixing Internet problems

The Internet is not optional: Whether we're working or streaming TV, we need an Internet connection that just works. Some issues are the fault of your Internet service provider or your equipment, in which case there's only so much you can troubleshoot without calling tech support. But we've assembled a checklist you can go through when your Internet stops playing nicely. To keep the list a reasonable size, we're assuming that you've used this Internet connection successfully before, though not... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Internet security

Get organized with Apple's Family Sharing

Get organized with Apple's Family Sharing

You tell the kids to share, but does your tech let you? Everyone in your family has an iPhone or iPad, maybe even a Mac, but you don't want to buy multiple copies of Fantastic Mr. Fox to keep the kids occupied during a long drive. Or what about this: Your wife takes the family photos, and you'd like to see snapshots from the recent vacation without her emailing them to you.

Apple's Family Sharing can help. You can share... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iTunes Sharing

Windows tech support: Keyboard and mouse

Windows tech support: Keyboard and mouse

Computers are complex, so inevitably you encounter glitches, error messages, and mechanical failures. Sometimes the problem isn't even the PC itself; it's the devices that you're plugging into it. A seemingly simple thing like a keyboard or a mouse can refuse to play nicely with your Windows machine, making you want to curl up like a trackball. Try our troubleshooting tricks to get your input devices to input. (And if you can't get your Windows device to turn on at... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is built to replace your laptop, with its impressive 12.9-inch Retina display, lightning-fast CPU, multitouch abilities, and hi-fi speakers. But you don't have to use all that screen space for Microsoft Office. Here are six apps recently optimized for the iPad Pro that'll give you a big canvas for your ideas.

Artsy

Most of us can't go to museums or galleries every day to soak up inspiration. But you can make a habit of... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPad

Top software trends of 2015

Top software trends of 2015

The biggest software trend of 2015: It's everywhere. Software is in your laptop and phone, of course, but also in your fitness band, your car, your smart TV and home appliances, and your kids' toys. Software includes OSes and apps, but also streaming music and TV, cloud storage, games, and a host of services that work over the Web or messaging. It's an exciting time for software, but there are problems, too, starting with security... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides