How to watch the presidential inauguration

How to watch the presidential inauguration

If you want to watch the presidential inauguration this Friday, you have a choice: Try to get to Washington, DC, in time to catch Donald J. Trump's festivities, or stay at home, make a cup of tea, and stream the event live.

The swearing-in ceremony happens Friday, January 20, promptly at noon ET, but many news organizations will start their live streams early. CBSN (CBS News' online news service), for example, plans to begin coverage at 7 am ET on... Read More »

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Tags: video

Friday 5: Onion Browser, JOT, Weather Line, SiaMoji, DealRay

Friday 5: Onion Browser, JOT, Weather Line, SiaMoji, DealRay

Welcome to the Friday 5! Every week we'll bring you the most noteworthy apps for Android and iOS. This week we have apps for privacy-minded Web surfers, note takers, weather watchers, travel-deal hunters, and people who want to know what they'd look like with Sia's hair.

Onion Browser (iOS)

Privacy-minded? Then a Tor browser is just what the security expert ordered. Relying on virtual tunnels instead of direct connections, Tor lets users search and share... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Friday 5

Apps for keeping your New Year's resolutions

Apps for keeping your New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are typically firm on January 1 but tend to weaken by the middle of the month. However, if you can tough it out for 21 days -- the amount of time researchers have concluded that it takes to form a new habit -- then you'll be in good stead for the rest of the year. Download these apps to set goals, get fit, eat smarter, keep calm, sleep better, and learn new skills.

... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apps And Software , apps , iPhone apps , Android apps

Amazon 24-hour digital sale on December 30

Amazon 24-hour digital sale on December 30

Just when you thought it was safe to put away your wallet, Amazon has declared Friday, December 30, Digital Day: 24 hours dedicated to buying movies, music, games, and other digital content for the device you may have just received for the holidays. Amazon will offer substantial discounts on digital downloads: up to 80 percent on games like Battlefield 1 and Rocket League and as much as 50 percent on movies and TV shows, including The Martian and "Supergirl."

The... Read More »

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Tags: Amazon

Top software trends of 2016

Top software trends of 2016

Well, that was an odd year. We got a very public lesson in why it's important to keep online communications secure; we went outside to toss Poke Balls at augmented-reality pocket monsters; and we asked inanimate objects in our homes for assistance. Here are the software trends of 2016 that we found intriguing, important, or entertaining.

Streaming services put cable TV on notice

Cutting the cord keeps getting easier and more attractive. When PlayStation Vue launched in March... Read More »

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Tags: Messaging , Apple , apps , Google , Facebook , streaming , app

Download's favorite apps of 2016

Download's favorite apps of 2016

How many apps did you download this year -- and how many of those are still on your phone? Every day in 2016, about 2,500 apps hit Apple's App Store, and just a bit less landed in the Google Play Store. So even the most avid app lover can't keep up with all the new releases. We tested hundreds, but our greatest compliment is putting an app in heavy rotation on our phones. Here are the iOS and... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

The best mobile games of 2016

The best mobile games of 2016

Did you catch them all this year? You may have had trouble keeping track of all the new games in 2016, because mobile gaming is booming -- more than 250,000 new titles hit iTunes this year, and games are consistently some of the top app store downloads for both Android and iOS. We've narrowed the playing field down to our top 5: the mobile games you definitely shouldn't miss this year.

Note: Android users may... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games , mobile

How to choose an Android antivirus app

How to choose an Android antivirus app

You probably don't need convincing about the importance of keeping your Android device secure, starting with a good antimalware app. But if you do, just look to all the security breaches this year, from hacked emails and secret Android back doors to the recent Gooligan Android exploit that has affected more than 1 million accounts. Here's how to choose an Android antivirus app.

Basic steps for protecting your phone

First, be smart about what... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , Antivirus Software

Tags: VPN

Streaming music and video you can enjoy offline

Streaming music and video you can enjoy offline

Netflix recently -- and just in time for your holiday travels -- added the ability to download movies and shows to your phone or tablet. It's not the first streaming service to offer offline viewing, for those times when you don't have Wi-Fi and don't want to blow through your data limits. The following apps let you watch and listen offline, so you can catch up on Luke Cage, watch Kung Fu Panda 3, experience the latest Lady Gaga album,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , streaming , movies

Monitor family and friends with Google's Trusted Contacts

Monitor family and friends with Google's Trusted Contacts

Google's new Trusted Contacts app for Android lets you check on family and friends to see if they are safe and OK.

To get started, launch what Google calls its "personal safety app" and add the people you want to stay in close contact with.

The person being tracked needs to have the Android app installed, but trusted contacts can check on the person and view their location via a Web browser. Contacts can also request to see someone's location... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: security

Facebook Messenger goes retro with Instant Games

Facebook Messenger goes retro with Instant Games

Facebook just introduced Instant Games to Facebook Messenger, so now you can play a variety of games inside conversations on newer Android and iOS devices. In addition to current games, you'll find retro arcade favorites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaga, Track & Field 100M, Arkanoid, and Bust-a-Move Blitz. While the games look a lot like they did decades ago, you now control the gameplay with swipes and taps.

What makes the games instant? They're built... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , Facebook , games , game

Block Apple Calendar spam on iOS and MacOS

Block Apple Calendar spam on iOS and MacOS

Have you been seeing unsolicited offers in your Apple Calendar? iOS or MacOS users have recently found their Calendar infested by fraudulent invitations -- the problem exploded over Black Friday weekend. Spammers exploited a loophole in Apple's iCloud's default settings, which allowed senders to bypass email and push calendar alerts directly to Apple iOS and MacOS users' Calendar app.

The trouble is that unlike spam email, you can't just delete or block these invites; your only options are Accept, Decline,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Black Friday deal apps

Black Friday deal apps

On Black Friday, thousands of consumers rise early and rush to stores to get the best deals before they're gone. The rest of us would prefer to spend our post-Thanksgiving on the couch, nursing our Tryptophan hangovers and enjoying some Netflix. But staying in doesn't have to mean missing out on savings: Many of your favorite retailers offer app-only deals and alerts, plus the ability to create wish lists. Whether you prefer to shop at home or at the... Read More »

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The hottest games of winter

The hottest games of winter

This time of year brings all kinds of reasons to stay in and play a video game, whether you prefer console or computer. As the nights grow longer, we'll be firing up the hottest games of the season: Here are the four you won't want to miss this month and next, three more coming at the top of 2017, and the holiday deals and discounts to watch for.

Dishonored 2 Release date: November... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , games , shopping

Google's PhotoScan helps scan your old photos

Google's PhotoScan helps scan your old photos

Google wants to help get the old photos stuck on your fridge onto your phone, where you can save, edit, and share them.

PhotoScan, Google's new photo tool for Android and iOS, turns your phone into a handheld scanner, capturing a digital image of a photo print.

Position your phone over a photo and tap PhotoScan's capture button. The app does its best to identify the four corners of the image, and then you follow an arrow to navigate your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Digital Photo Tools

Tags: Android , iOS , photos , Android apps , Google Android

Secure messaging apps

Secure messaging apps

Messaging apps: We're using them more often, to perform a broadening variety of tasks -- sharing photos and documents, ordering food, making payments, summoning chatbots for help. For many users, messaging is already preferable to email and phone calls. But the more you do with your messaging apps, and the more personal information you entrust to them, the more protection they should offer.

The truth is, not all messengers are secure messaging apps. They differ greatly in their privacy... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , security and antivirus center , security , howto-security

Download's holiday tech gifts

Download's holiday tech gifts

For the techie friends on your holiday shopping list, you can drive to the grocery store and grab gift cards. But without much more effort, you can find a present they'll really use -- and something that says you put more than 60 panicked seconds into the selection.

Music and video

A subscription to a music or video service is the gift that keeps giving. And you can send one without leaving your house.

An Amazon Prime subscription gives your giftee... Read More »

Topics: Streaming Audio Software , Video Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android

Tags: Media

Download.com 20th anniverary: software's long strange trip

Download.com 20th anniverary: software's long strange trip

Twenty years ago, when Download.com first launched, my computing life was very local. All my software was on my hard disk, often installed from floppy disks. Floppy disks also allowed me to share files with others. If it was a big file, say, a couple of megabytes, I used a Zip disk. When my computer behaved strangely, I sought troubleshooting help in a thousand-page print book. If I visited the World Wide Web, it was usually to kill time,... Read More »

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Download.com 20th anniversary: A tech timeline

Download.com 20th anniversary: A tech timeline

As any observant lawyer or police officer will tell you, an eyewitness can get a surprising number of details wrong, even if they're giving a statement soon after the incident in question. After digging forensically through 20 years of press releases, product launches, and newspaper headlines to find the narratives that are still important today, we are able to paint a picture that reinforces some notions but undermines others.

Perhaps the most interesting trend of all is the degree to which... Read More »

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Download.com 20th anniversary: 20 of our most popular apps

Download.com 20th anniversary: 20 of our most popular apps

Twenty years ago, when Download.com launched, software was often expensive, stationary, and complicated to use. Today, many popular apps are affordable (and often free), move with you, and are so intuitive that you don't need a manual (do those even exist anymore?) or FAQ to use them. In honor of Download.com's 20th birthday, we salute 20 of our most popular apps, then and now.

Messaging

1996: Internet Relay Chat applications were already in existence when ICQ ("I Seek... Read More »

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