Apple's iTunes debuted 15 years ago, on January 9, 2001, and since then its features have ballooned. iTunes 1.0 was a bare-bones Mac OS 9-only app, launched to ease MP3 management by enabling users to rip, mix, and burn their existing collections. Subsequent versions added iPod support, smart playlists, ratings, the iTunes Store, bit-rate conversions, Genius playlists and Mixes, Home Share, iCloud and Apple Music integration, and so much more. Some features didn't make the cut, such as Cover... Read More »
Google this week opened up collaborative tools for mobile users of its Drive app.
Whether you use the Google Drive app or use Google Apps as part of Google for Work, you can now comment on docs from the Android and iOS apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
You can also add collaborators to a conversation by typing their names in the comment box. The person will be added to the conversation and receive an email. Using a + or... Read More »
A product as ambitious as Windows 10 comes with high expectations. Upon Windows 10's release on July 29, 2015, Microsoft declared that it wanted its flagship operating system on 1 billion devices within the next three years. As of January 4, 2016, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 was active on over 200 million devices. If these were all PCs, that would be a market share of about 10%, versus 55% for Windows 7, according to data collected by... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
It can be a gut punch to realize that your PC may be infected with malware (the catchall term for viruses, Trojans, worms, and other nasties). If you don't have antimalware software installed and ready to clean your system, the situation can deteriorate quickly. But we have tips for basic damage control for your computer and the devices it's connected to.Disconnect your PC from the network
Malware frequently uses the Internet to connect your PC to another computer that may give... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Are you ready to unload unwanted holiday gifts or get a head start on spring cleaning? You don't have to organize a day-wasting garage sale or meet with unverified Craigslist users. There's a faster, safer way: These six apps let you securely sell your stuff in a snap.Sell everythingCarousell (iOS, Android)
Carousell helps you sell anything: old phones, clothing, sports gear, antiques, cars, homes. To post an ad, tap the camera button and take up to four pictures... Read More »
Since the release of Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 in late 2014, you can use Continuity to hand off a task from one device to another. So, for example, you can start an email on your MacBook and finish it on your iPhone, or vice versa. You can also use Instant Hotspot to connect your Mac to your iPhone's Wi-Fi.
Continuity is unquestionably handy, but one thing bugs me: I hate receiving phone calls and texts on my iPhone,... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
An update this week to Google Photos for Android adds a handy shortcut that lets you jump from a just-taken photo to Google Photos, where you can edit and share the image. This means you don't have to exit the Camera app, open Photos manually, and then find the image.
To turn on the shortcut in Google Photos, tap to open the navigation drawer on the left of the app bar and then tap Assistant. Tap the Add Shortcut to... Read More »
From its humble origins as a championship game in 1967, the Super Bowl has come to be one of the most-watched events of the year, every year. Even if you're not into sports, the Super Bowl is a big social event. Super Bowl 50 falls on February 7 this year, and however you plan to enjoy the game, it's good to have multiple ways to watch, in case you encounter technical difficulties. So let's talk about all the ways you... Read More »
Your Android phone is just as useful as you make it. Organize the tiles on your phone's screens so you can stop hunting for your favorite apps and find them just a tap or two away.Organize your apps
The quickest way to bring order to your phone's screens is to alphabetize the apps or gather them by purpose: all messaging and email apps on one screen, sports apps on the next screen.
It's easy to rearrange apps. Tap and hold an... Read More »
Google is rolling out a program that lets you earn rewards by making in-store purchases with Android Pay.
The program runs to February 29, 2016, and awards you a song with your first, fourth, and seventh Android Pay purchases and a Chromecast media-streaming device with your tenth. Redeem songs through Google Play... Read More »