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

Pok√©mon 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

5 puzzle games with a story

5 puzzle games with a story

Apple handed out 12 Apple Design Awards last week as part of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and 3 of those winning apps were puzzle games: Lara Croft Go, Linum, and Dividr. Design matters in a mobile game, but style's not the only thing you're looking for: You want fun, the right amount of challenge, and a storyline that won't let you go. So we tested a pack of games to pick... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games , puzzle

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Remember when Facebook quit letting you chat in app and made you download Messenger? Now the same thing is happening to your Synced photos on iOS. You must download and log in to Moments before July 7 if you don't want Facebook to delete those images. (Don't worry about your other photos and albums on Facebook: Nothing will happen to them.)

Synced (called Synced From Phone on the desktop) was a private Facebook album of pictures copied from your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Facebook , photography , photo

10 WhatsApp hacks

10 WhatsApp hacks

WhatsApp was made to be minimal, but lately the popular messaging app has been adding functionality. WhatsApp is currently beta testing Quick Quotes, which enables users to respond to messages in-line. This is particularly helpful if you're in a long group exchange and want to respond to something typed 12 lines back. Learn how to quote and do so much more with your chats with our 10 hacks for WhatsApp.

Quick-quote

To quote, long-press any text or media message in your conversation.... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging

Apple WWDC 2016 highlights

Apple WWDC 2016 highlights

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and a celebration of Apple's diversity. Today's announcements were all about the software -- there was no hardware news at all -- including more features for Messages and Photos, an overhauled Apple Music, and a new name for OS X, which will now support Siri. Cook also praised the 13,000 developers who... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , iOS , Mac OS X

20 questions for Facebook M

20 questions for Facebook M

Facebook is bullish on bots. At its F8 developers conference in April, Facebook had lots to say about making Messenger a platform for third-party chatbots, so you can do things like order food or book tickets right in Messenger, without opening another app or a browser. But the company didn't have an update on Facebook M, its own free, Messenger-based personal assistant, named after James Bond's boss.

That's because M is still in training. According to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Facebook , instant messenger

Make Spotify private

Make Spotify private

Spotify makes your plays, posts, and playlists public by default, so everyone can see that you're totally into Carly Rae Jepsen, Wham, or any number of bands that your fellow music fans might not find respectable. And if you're connected via Facebook, Spotify can share your musical business over social media, too. Don't give up those guilty pleasures -- avoid public humiliation by changing your Spotify settings.

Note: Some info can't be hidden, including your Spotify username, your Facebook... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music