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 »
In this week's Valentine's Day-themed Friday 5, dating app The League extends to Android, Hater helps you find unity through opposition, popular Nintendo game Fire Emblem Heroes comes to mobile, Castle Story gets a love-themed makeover, and Mend -- Breakup Trainer helps the brokenhearted become whole again.The League (iOS, Android)
The League, the dating app for the affluent and attractive, finally comes to Android just in time for Valentine's Day. Set your preferences for age, height,... Read More »
You may have picked your messaging apps because they're the ones your friends use. But if you're looking for a new chat app -- or a new group of friends -- here's what to look for.
Messaging apps are packed with similar features, and navigating around an interface to find the right contact, image filter, or game can be challenging. The best messengers group similar features together, putting what you are looking for a swipe or two away. Most... Read More »
Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.Watch with the NFL Mobile app
Welcome to the Friday 5! Every week, we'll bring you the most noteworthy apps for Android and iOS. This week, we have a new Pokemon game, a new streaming service from the Smithsonian, and notable updates of the Roku, Hulu, and Snapchat apps.Pokemon Duel
The Pokemon gods dropped a surprise on the world this week with the unexpected launch of Pokemon Duel (Android, iOS). This tactical board game is a much different beast than the augmented-reality... Read More »
Friday 5 is back! This week we have apps for note takers, Uber riders, photo enthusiasts, the next wave of Vine stars, and people looking for a little rest and relaxation.Evernote (iOS)
This week note-taking app Evernote for iOS got a complete redesign with efficiency in mind. The homepage now contains a list of all your existing notes. With the new tab bar, you can navigate more quickly between Notes, Search, Note Creation, Shortcuts,... Read More »
Gamers waiting for Super Mario Run to arrive on Android now have a date. The popular side-scroller is slated to show up in March, according to an announcement on Nintendo's Twitter account and the Google Play Store.
Super Mario Run arrived for iOS in December, with the first three levels available for free and the remaining available with a one-time $9.99 purchase.
Preregister in the Google Play Store to be notified when the game goes live.
If March seems... Read More »
It's no secret that Windows 10 collects an unprecedented amount of user data, especially if left to its default settings. Now ZDNet reports that Microsoft is changing the operating system's privacy and security settings, in the midst of legal threats from regulators in France and Switzerland.
Microsoft's overhaul now collects your data in a Web-based privacy dashboard that you can access by logging in to your Microsoft account. The Windows 10 installation process will also be... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »