What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , update , operating system

Google Play's new Family Library lets you share purchases

Google Play's new Family Library lets you share purchases

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

Tags: Android , Android apps , Google Android

Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

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 »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , security , iTunes , shopping , download

Level up in Pokemon Go

Level up in Pokemon Go

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Tags: games , mobile

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

The Download.com crew been tracking Pokemon for nearly two weeks, and we'd like to share tools and a few hard-earned tips for finding the popular pocket monsters of Pokemon Go.

Yelp (iOS, Android). Yelp's crowdsourced recommendations can guide you to a nearby PokeStop, where you can find items and -- if a Lure Module is running -- wild Pokemon. On the Web version of Yelp, a PokeStop Nearby filter helps you narrow your choices.

In the Yelp app,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Share music over Spotify

Share music over Spotify

Word of mouth is still the best way to discover new music, and Spotify offers many means for you to find and share your favorites. You can evangelize artists, songs, albums, and playlists on Spotify by posting them publicly or by sharing to a friend's Spotify inbox.

How to share music with followers on Spotify

On a Mac, click Share and then Post to Followers. Now you and your followers will see this info under Activity in the left... Read More »

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

Tags: music , streaming , sharing

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

The Democrats are throwing out the welcome mat this week in Philadelphia, when they hold their Democratic National Convention (DNC) from July 25 to 28. Now that Bernie Sanders has pledged support for Hillary Clinton, there's no more mystery about who's the presumptive Democratic nominee, but there are still plenty of issues to air. The party is making it easy to follow its nomination proceedings live, from your TV to anywhere you can find an Internet... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web), the popular note-taking app, recently announced price and device changes to its three service plans that might make you think about switching apps.

Paying customers will experience 33 to 40 percent price hikes for Plus and Premium plans, depending on whether you pay monthly or annually. The cost of a Plus plan will rise from $2.99 to $3.99 per month or from $24.99 to $34.99 annually. Premium's... Read More »

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

Tags: utilities

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

The public preview of MacOS Sierra shows Apple continuing to make Mac a better partner for Apple's mobile devices, including moving iOS features over to the desktop.

Siri

With Sierra, your iOS personal digital assistant is now on the Mac. Seek Siri's help by clicking the Siri icon in the Mac menu bar, tapping her Dock icon, or using a keyboard shortcut (if you activate one in Siri's System Preferences).

She doesn't respond to "Hey, Siri," sadly. But you can control... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , beta , Mac OS X

First look: iOS 10

First look: iOS 10

Apple's iOS 10 is due this fall, along with MacOS Sierra, and you can expect new features, including Home. But mostly the release will bring much-desired optimizations to Messages, Maps, Music, and Photos, plus little perks like finally letting you delete some of Apple's native apps.

Don't want to wait until fall? You can preview iOS 10 through Apple's public beta program. You need, at minimum, an iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, or... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS

Pokemon Go guide

Pokemon Go guide

Pokemon Go (Android, iOS) has become summer's smash-hit app, propelling teams of traditionally chair-bound gamers out to track and trap elusive little pocket monsters. If you're feeling left behind, not having paid attention to Pokemon since the late '90s, our quick guide will get you caught up.

What are Pokemon?

A Pokemon, short for "pocket monster," is a fictional animated creature that can be captured, raised, and used to fight duels. You, as the Pokemon Trainer, capture and train... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Update 7/12/16: Niantic Labs has updated Pokemon Go on iOS to version 1.01. "Fixed Google account scope" is among the changes, which indicates that the previous issue with the app's permissions has been addressed. Pokemon Go on iOS now just asks for the username and email address associated with your Google account, which is normal behavior.

Original story follows:

Pokemon Go, the Android and iOS game that's exploded in popularity over the last few days, has a big privacy and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Google , security , mobile

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

For the third July in a row, Apple is giving customers a prerelease version of the next Macintosh operating system, MacOS Sierra. The public beta is a chance for users to monitor the OS's progress and help the company identify issues before Sierra officially ships this fall.

You can download the test OS for free, but be aware that beta software -- even from Apple -- isn't fully baked: Apps may be unstable, features may not work... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Mac OS X

How to follow the Republican National Convention

How to follow the Republican National Convention

Sure, you can catch the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) live on TV when the GOP takes over Cleveland from July 18 to 21. But with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump sharing so much on Twitter and Facebook, the real action may be online.

RNC planners say they will focus on giving their digital and social channels a much bigger role. "There has never been a digital operation built quite like this one for a convention," said Audrey... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Stop Google from tracking your activities

Stop Google from tracking your activities

This week Google launched My Activity to show you how you're tracked online, so you can better protect your privacy. Google readily admits that it tracks your every move -- your Web searches, site visits, watched videos, clicked ads, and location. The company claims it does so to autocomplete your searches, improve YouTube recommendations, serve ads, and get you places faster on Google Maps.

If you're willing to sacrifice these expediencies for the sake of privacy, then you can delete... Read More »

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

Tags: Google , Google Chrome , Google Android

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox wants a slice of Google's and Microsoft's document business. The service, known for cloud storage and file sharing, recently added productivity, collaboration, and security tools, putting Dropbox in direct competition with Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive (paired with an Office 365 account). If you use Dropbox on the desktop or iOS, read on for the exciting new enhancements you can now put to work. (There is no word yet on when Dropbox plans to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Cloud , file sharing

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

When you want to cook but prefer to skip the recipe hunt and grocery shopping, services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh deliver tasty, no-fuss meal kits right to your door. They furnish everything you need, including seasonal and often locally sourced ingredients. In addition to recipe instructions, many services offer tips for food prep and dining, like how to zest a lemon or suggestions for wine pairings.

You can plan your dinners on the websites of more than a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Pokémon Go, Deus Ex, John Wick, Lego, and more; Android and iOS gamers can look forward to a host of familiar names this year. We've picked five mobile games that are worth the wait, though most of them won't be out until the fall. While iOS and Android have customarily been the province of lighter games that you can pick up quickly and drop whenever you want, these titles could bring a level of complexity that most players aren't used... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: mobile , game

How to choose an Android VPN

How to choose an Android VPN

An Android VPN gives you more privacy on the mobile Internet. If you use public Wi-Fi or unprotected networks, if you're concerned about content restrictions, or if you just don't want to be tracked online, a virtual private network can give you a protected path, allowing you to secure and mask your data transmissions. VPNs can also dodge geoblocking (so you can access content in a geographical region other than your own) and bypass Internet filtering and censorship.

However, finding the... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , Android

Tags: Security Center , Android , VPN