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)
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
This week's Friday 5 includes money transfers through Gmail for Android, evaporating images in Facebook's Messenger, soundtracks while you travel with Spotify and Waze, a new Fitbit activity dashboard, and a handy network monitor from GlassWire.Gmail (Android)
An update rolling out to Android users this week lets you transfer funds using the Gmail app. To send money, tap the Attachment icon, enter the amount you want to send, and select the payment method. When someone sends... Read More »
South by Southwest (SXSW) is about more than keynotes, conferences, and shows; it's also a great place to network. So it's no surprise that many of the apps that catch fire at SXSW Interactive are social. Some SXSW debuts make only a temporary splash, including apps like Gowalla, Foodspotting, Color, Highlight, and Meerkat. But others -- like Twitter (iOS, Android), Foursquare (iOS, Android), and GroupMe (iOS, Android) -- are still going strong years later.... Read More »
Play it safe or go with No. 12 seeds -- it's time to make your picks for the NCAA basketball tournament. The first round starts Thursday, March 16, around 9 am PT/noon ET, so organize your March Madness pool and complete your bracket prior to the tip-off.Assemble your March Madness bracket
In this week's Friday 5, Google Assistant finally comes to a wide range of Android devices and adds SMS functions, Twitch adds a Twitter-like broadcaster feed, Lightroom lets you take photos with HDR processing, Snapseed adds shareable templates, and the popular Calorie Mama app can detect your food based on a photo.Google Assistant extends its aid
Google Assistant, a conversational AI like Siri, has been built into Google's Pixel phones since those were launched in October 2016 -- but were found... Read More »
What can the cloud do for you? You've seen how it can store your music, photos, and documents, so you can access files from anywhere and sync across devices. But at this week's Google Cloud Next 2017 conference, eBay demonstrated how its bot can use the cloud not just to store digital stuff but to get your physical stuff out of storage and onto eBay.
The Next '17 cloud conference focuses mainly on enterprise users, but consumers... Read More »
In response to purported CIA documents released by WikiLeaks, Apple said late Tuesday that its "initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities."
The leaked documents include thousands of pages detailing CIA hacking tools and methods that allegedly give the agency access to, among other tech devices, iPhones and Android phones, Samsung TVs, Wi-Fi networks, and Skype.
Despite initial... Read More »
This week's Friday 5 includes a major overhaul of CNN's Android app, an Instagram update that enables you to post multiple photos and videos, Spotify's new podcast series, Gboard's support of iOS 10 emoji, and a new app that can help you overcome social anxiety.CNN Breaking US & World News (iOS, Android)
Can't get enough up-to-the-minute news on your Android device, but you're not a fan of CNN's dated interface? News flash: CNN has overhauled... Read More »
This week's Friday 5 includes a major update to Pokemon Go, the spring-training edition of Major League Baseball's At Bat app, a popular iOS email app moving over to Android, WhatsApp's vanishing images, and a major revision to the Overcast podcasting app.Pokemon Go (iOS, Android)
Dropped your poke balls last fall? Then Pokemon Day, which lands on February 28, is the day to retrieve them and capture some new monsters, as Niantic Labs has just... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, Musical.ly introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.Amazon Chime
Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »
Taxes can be complicated if you do them yourself or costly if you use a qualified tax preparer. That's why more and more Americans -- 40 percent, according to recent Intuit estimates -- are turning to do-it-yourself tax apps, which promise ease, affordability, and security.
We've checked out tax preparation and filing apps, and our top three picks are so intuitive, navigable, and instructional that you can use them confidently on your phone or tablet. But if you're... Read More »