Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Google Maps (Android, iOS) has been widely regarded as the go-to mapping software. But after a rocky start three years ago, Apple has worked steadily to bring Apple Maps up to speed. Earlier this year at its developer conference, Apple announced that Apple Maps usage on iOS is "3.5 times higher than the next leading mapping app," and iOS 9 has brought an improved version. It seemed like a good time to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , Google Maps

Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

Clean out junk files in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

Software has a way of accumulating on your Windows machine, and for the sake of security, system performance, and disk space, it's a good idea to clear out junk files every so often. Sometimes Windows may make you do an in-place upgrade (which happens frequently for members of the Insider program). This means that the operating system is completely re-installed, but you keep your files and installed programs. A side-effect of this process is a lot of leftover files that... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , Files , optimize

Apps that take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch

Apps that take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch

Apple's native apps are making the most of 3D Touch, the multitouch functionality recently introduced to iOS 9 on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. 3D Touch enables Quick Actions from your home screen, as well as Peeks (previews) and Pops (more immersive experiences) inside apps. These let you perform useful functions in fewer steps, such as adding events to Calendar, searching Photos, and creating an alarm in your Clock app. Third-party apps are also capitalizing on 3D Touch --... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone

Activate Windows 10 with a previous Windows product key

Activate Windows 10 with a previous Windows product key

There are two versions of Windows 10: the one you buy at retail or obtain from the Get Windows 10 free upgrade system, and the testing version available to members of the Windows Insider program. The latest test build -- version 10565, available to Insiders who are on the fast ring (the group that gets the quickest updates but the most instability) -- introduced a helpful new feature: you can now activate Windows 10 using a product key originally meant... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , beta , updates

When can you get Android Marshmallow?

When can you get Android Marshmallow?

Now that Google has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the big question is: When can Android owners download and start using it?

If you own a Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, Player, or Android One, the answer is easy. Google is now sending out Marshmallow in stages, and depending on your carrier, you have access to it now or will shortly.

If you ordered the new Nexus 5X and 6P phones, Marshmallow will come installed on those devices.

But... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Operating Systems & Updates

Tags: Android apps , Google Android

Back up your WhatsApp content to Google Drive

Back up your WhatsApp content to Google Drive

You'll soon be able to back up your WhatsApp content to the cloud, Google and WhatsApp announced this morning.

The two companies said that over the next few months they intend to roll out the ability to back up WhatsApp chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos from the Android version of the messaging app to Google Drive. The companies said the feature, once it's available, will appear in WhatsApp's settings. You'll be able to set whether you back up... Read More »

Topics: SMS Tools , Communications , Android Software , Android

A visual look at Android 6.0 Marshmallow

A visual look at Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings useful under-the-hood improvements -- such as better power management -- but Google didn't neglect the visual elements of its new mobile operating system. Here's Marshmallow at a glance.

Fresh design

Marshmallow employs Google's Material grid-based approach to design and uses the company's new colorful branding.

Get permission

Managing permissions in Android has always been a bit frustrating. Google hopes to change that with Marshmallow, giving you finer control over permissions by making apps request permission when... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

How to use iOS's Text Replacement

How to use iOS's Text Replacement

Autocorrect and autocomplete have certainly done their part to speed up communication, but neither has done as much as iOS's Text Replacement (formerly called Keyboard Shortcuts). This often overlooked feature enables you to type common messages like "How's it going?" or "See you soon" with just a few characters, such as "hig" or "sys." You'll find this a major timesaver.

To set up Text Replacement, tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then Text Replacement, where you'll find preconfigured... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Adobe adds Photoshop Fix and Capture CC

Adobe adds Photoshop Fix and Capture CC

Adobe executives debuted two new iOS apps at this year's Adobe Max event: Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC. Both are free and available now.

Before, if you wanted to edit a photo on your iPhone or iPad, your main Adobe options were Photoshop Express or Photoshop Touch -- that is, if you only needed Photoshop's core functions.

Adobe Photoshop Fix lets photo enthusiasts of all skill levels complete more sophisticated and precise touch-and-drag-based... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Adobe , Photoshop

Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Doubling down on its hardware to complement Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled the first laptop it's ever designed, the Surface Book, at an event today in New York.

Microsoft opened with some numbers worth mentioning. It claims that 110 million devices have installed Windows 10 so far, including 8 million business users, with 650 billion page views in the new Edge Web browser. The company also claimed that Windows 10 users are using the Netflix app more than... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows Mobile , Microsoft