Friday 5: Super Mario Run, Alexa, Signal, Supersonic, and Uptime

Friday 5: Super Mario Run, Alexa, Signal, Supersonic, and Uptime

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 »

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Friday 5: Gmail, Messenger Day, Spotify and Waze, Fitbit, and GlassWire

Friday 5: Gmail, Messenger Day, Spotify and Waze, Fitbit, and GlassWire

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 »

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SXSW's winning apps

SXSW's winning apps

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 »

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Pick your March Madness bracket

Pick your March Madness bracket

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

To start, find a service to host your pool. CBS (our parent company), ESPN, and Yahoo, for example, each offer excellent bracket tools. Look for a service... Read More »

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Friday 5: Google Assistant, Twitch, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Snapseed, and Calorie Mama

Friday 5: Google Assistant, Twitch, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Snapseed, and Calorie Mama

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 »

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Tags: App Guides , iOS , Google , Twitter , image editor , Android apps , Photoshop

Google Cloud helps you sell your stuff on eBay

Google Cloud helps you sell your stuff on eBay

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 »

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Tags: Google , Cloud

Apple responds to WikiLeaks CIA docs

Apple responds to WikiLeaks CIA docs

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 »

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Tags: iPhone , Apple , security

Friday 5: CNN, Instagram, Spotify, Gboard, and Steps

Friday 5: CNN, Instagram, Spotify, Gboard, and Steps

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 »

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Friday 5: Pokemon Go, At Bat, EasilyDo Email, WhatsApp, Overcast

Friday 5: Pokemon Go, At Bat, EasilyDo Email, WhatsApp, Overcast

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 »

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Friday 5: Amazon Chime, Facebook, Flipboard, Musical.ly's Ping Pong, and Signal

Friday 5: Amazon Chime, Facebook, Flipboard, Musical.ly's Ping Pong, and Signal

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 »

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Tags: Friday 5 , video , Facebook , iPhone apps , Android apps , Amazon

Best tax apps for filing your 2016 taxes

Best tax apps for filing your 2016 taxes

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 »

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Friday 5: The League, Hater, Castle Story, Fire Emblem Heroes, Mend

Friday 5: The League, Hater, Castle Story, Fire Emblem Heroes, Mend

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 »

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What to look for in a messaging app

What to look for in a messaging app

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 »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to watch Super Bowl 2017 on your phone or tablet

How to watch Super Bowl 2017 on your phone or tablet

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

Watch the game live -- and data free -- on the NFL Mobile app (iOS and Android) if you are a Verizon Wireless customer. The app is full of information on Sunday's... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , streaming , Football

Friday 5: Pokemon Duel, Smithsonian Earth, Roku, Snapchat, Hulu

Friday 5: Pokemon Duel, Smithsonian Earth, Roku, Snapchat, Hulu

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 »

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Tags: Friday 5 , apps , streaming , social

Friday 5: Evernote, Google Maps, Vine Camera, Fabby, Ambience

Friday 5: Evernote, Google Maps, Vine Camera, Fabby, Ambience

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 »

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Super Mario Run for Android coming in March

Super Mario Run for Android coming in March

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 »

Topics: Android Software , Games

Microsoft revamps Windows 10 privacy settings

Microsoft revamps Windows 10 privacy settings

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

Tags: security and antivirus center , Windows 10 , security , Microsoft , Privacy

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 »

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