Although Apple works to make its major software updates go without a hitch, things can still go wrong -- as some users reported with iOS 10 last week. Since a big Apple update can take a few hours to install if everything goes right -- and more hours if something goes wrong -- make sure you are prepared. Sierra arrives September 20 as a free download in the Mac App Store, so now's the time to get ready.Check your... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
This morning Apple held its annual September event in San Francisco, where it unveiled its fall mobile lineup, including iPhones 7 and 7 Plus, Series 2 Apple Watches, and iOS 10 and WatchOS 3 updates.Gaming and iWork
Apple's event led with work and play in its software updates. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, announced that Mario is finally coming to iOS. The brand-new Super Mario Run will be exclusive to the App Store and available by the holidays, with pricing... Read More »
Facebook Messenger is gradually introducing end-to-end encryption in the form of Secret Conversations to its roughly 900 million active monthly users. This new security feature relies on a protocol called Signal (already used in the standalone Signal app, Facebook's WhatsApp, and Google's Allo). If you're one of the lucky ones who's received the Secret Conversations update, then your Messenger chats will be private.
You'll know if you have it, thanks to an alert that sits atop Facebook Messenger's home screen. ... Read More »
Two-step verification is a way to give your accounts more protection than just a password or PIN. If you use a verification app like Google Authenticator (iOS, Android), you log in to your account (email, bank, Amazon, and so on) with your username and password, and the app sends a temporary code to your phone that's the final key to get into your account. But if you want to generate verification codes on your desktop... Read More »
You've missed "The Walking Dead" for months now, since season 6 wrapped in April, and you won't find out who met the wrong end of Lucille until October 23. But if you can't wait for fresh blood, there are two official games based on AMC's hit show to tide you over. In fact, you can sate many of your fall TV cravings with these TV show-themed games and apps.
And for the lowdown... Read More »
Like many professional sports leagues, the NFL lets you watch nearly all of its games online or via an app. However, in other leagues you usually need just one app to watch all the games. The NFL wants you download a handful of apps, making you keep track of which app you need for the day's games.NFL Mobile app for Verizon customers (iOS, Android)
If you are on the Verizon network, you can watch live regular season games, the... Read More »
You can get almost-instant gratification from videos on YouTube or social media, but you and your viewers can get instantaneous gratification -- and the thrill of the moment -- from live video. Live-stream to your friends or the public with these seven easy-to-use apps.If you'd rather not learn a new app: Facebook (iOS, Android)
Facebook Live, once exclusive to celebrities, was finally rolled out to everyone in January 2016. With Facebook Live, you can alert your audience that you'll... Read More »
You've used Instagram filters and apps like Prisma (iOS, Android) to turn still photos into works of art, but did you know you can do the same for videos? Video filters can make the most everyday clip (like these shots of the Download.com staff) into a mesmerizing mini movie. Use these five filter apps to make your video look artistic, antique, cartoonlike, stylish, or whimsical.Artisto (iOS, Android)
What Prisma does to... Read More »
Sure, baseball's pennant races are just getting interesting, and pro football teams are still in their training camps, but for fantasy football commissioners, now's the time to gather your owners, set up your league, and prepare for the fantasy draft.Pick a fantasy football site
You can't toss a football and not hit a website that offers to host your league. Pick one that will take on the difficult work of managing your league and its teams. A good site... Read More »
When you sign up for Apple's iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage that you can use for whatever you'd like to back up. Apple doesn't even count the music, movies, TV, books, and apps you've bought through iTunes against your free storage.
But that 5GB can go quickly, and then you'll get a nagging pop-up or email warning that you're dangerously close to maxing out your free iCloud storage. That leaves you with two choices: (1) Pay for more... Read More »
The 2016 Rio Olympics is unarguably summer's hottest sporting event. But if you don't have a cable or satellite subscription and can't watch the must-see events live, you may feel out in the cold. The answer may already be on your phone: Catch all the Olympics buzz with these apps.Discovery apps
Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.Where to get Android apps
The safest place... Read More »
This week Dropbox Paper became an open-to-the-public beta that you can download and try. Paper is a collaboration tool, like Slack or Asana, designed to help groups work together, but you could also consider it a competitor for cloud-based productivity apps like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365.
College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.Tech deals
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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will bring 10,500 athletes to compete in 306 events. From the August 5 opening ceremony to the closing celebration on August 21, there will be 6,755 hours of elite athletics that you could watch if you want to medal in livestreaming. Here's how to catch every minute of your can't-miss events.
Note: To watch over the Olympics' official app, website, or TV channels, or any streaming service, you must be... Read More »
Microsoft is marking Windows 10's first anniversary with a big update on August 2, and the plan is so bold that it's not limited to your desktop or laptop. Since the Xbox One game console runs its own version of Windows 10, it's getting both the Anniversary Update and partial convergence with desktop Windows. Microsoft is also reinforcing its determination to make Cortana your personal digital assistant, and the Edge browser is finally getting legit support for add-ons, such as... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Google's new Family Library service makes it easier to teach your family to how share, as it gives family members access to Google Play purchases.
With Family Library, eligible apps, movies, TV shows, games, and books purchased through the Google Play store are available to as many as six family members (ages 13 years and older) across their devices. Those with iOS devices or on the Web can watch movies and shows and read books.
You can automatically add purchases to the... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Every time a popular app or game like Pokemon Go hits the top of the App Store charts, the copycats come out, and so do unlicensed complementary apps. Inevitably, some of those apps are junk; occasionally malware sneaks past Apple; and some apps are nosy, asking for more information and permissions than you should give up. Learn to navigate the App Store swiftly and safely with our guide to finding and vetting iOS apps.Download directly from... Read More »
The Pokemon Go wing of Download.com has been tirelessly trying various ways to level up our trainers. Here are the tactics that we are finding effective, which have (so far) jacked us up to level 20. (For tips on hunting Pokemon, see our guide for stalking pocket monsters.)Lower levels: Gather supplies first, evolve later
Evolving Pokemon is a quick and efficient way to gain XP. But as tempting as it is to start evolving your Pokemon as soon as you... Read More »
Like the augmented-reality concept of Pokemon Go but don't care to chase cute little pocket monsters? Plenty of other games use your phone's back camera lens and GPS to layer animated graphics onto live scenes around you. So if you've ready to face a fiercer challenge, here are five augmented-reality games to put you in the apocalyptic battle of your life.Ingress (iOS, Android)
Four years before Niantic created Pokemon Go, the developers made augmented-reality game... Read More »