Today Google kicked off its 10th annual I/O developers conference with a vision of its future that extends far beyond Android and Chrome. Google talked up an Amazon Echo-like voice-activated assistant for the home, a more immersive VR experience, and Allo and Duo, new messaging and video-chatting apps that will take better advantage of Google's strengths.Google Home
When Microsoft launched Windows 10 last year, it declared that the OS would be free to Windows 7 and 8.1 users until July 29, 2016, with a few exceptions. On May 6, the company reiterated this expiration date, possibly to address a rising tide of customers who were hoping for an extension. If you qualify for an upgrade but have not yet gotten a Windows 10 license, you'll need to go to Microsoft's website to get... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
This week, WhatsApp announced Windows and OS X versions of its popular messaging app. Until now, desktop users have had to use WhatsApp through a Web browser. Like the Web version, WhatsApp's desktop apps mirror the messages on your phone.
The desktop apps may offer better security than the browser client, giving you and WhatsApp more control over the bits getting sent back and forth. That's important, because WhatsApp now advertises end-to-end encryption on all platforms.
End-to-end encryption means that... Read More »
What's the point of taking nice-looking photos if you can't share them with others? Apple's Photos for OS X offers a handful of ways to show off your snapshots, from emailing images to friends to creating high-quality photo books.Be social with Apple Photos
From Photos, it's a snap to show others your work. You can either click the File menu and choose Share, or click the Share button in the Photos toolbar, to email a photo or post it to Twitter... Read More »
Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More »
If you've been following the VR craze, you've probably noticed that the headsets can cost several hundred dollars, and the games and apps aren't free, either. However, you can try VR on the cheap with free Android apps and the Cardboard VR viewer, available on Google's site for $15, along with several similar viewers. Cardboard's app helps you set up your phone and add apps to your library, though Google's app store doesn't do a good... Read More »
Google has released an update to Slides that lets an audience participate in your slideshow.
Called Slides Q&A, the feature lets audience members submit questions and comments via a Web link displayed at the top of a slide. Participants can also upvote or downvote questions submitted by other audience members.
The presenter can see questions on the Audience Tools tab of Slides presenter view. The highest voted comments appear at the top of the list. Tap the Present button to display... Read More »
For those of us with the attention span of a cat, software developer Marco Arment has just released Quitter, a free OS X utility that puts distracting apps out of sight, allowing us to focus on the work at hand.
Quitter is exclusively a menu bar app and appears on the right side of the menu bar, among the status menu icons. To get started, tap the Quitter icon in the menu bar and choose Edit Rules.
A window opens... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
Ransomware is increasingly the hacker's tool of choice, and it's not just on PCs anymore -- Android devices have been under attack from malware like Cryptolocker and Simplelocker. Ransomware encrypts files on your hard drive or prevents you from accessing your device. After the malware is installed, the attacker demands payment in exchange for a decryption key to unlock your device. Find out how you can avoid Android ransomware and why you should be concerned about it.How to avoid ransomware
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Ransomware is a hacker's cash grab. When this type of malware attacks your PC, it locks your precious files behind a password and demands payment for unlocking your docs. As in any other hostage situation, paying the ransom may or may not get you your files back. With ransomware, an ounce of prevention -- backing up all your important files -- is worth a pound of Bitcoin cures. Here's how to foil ransomware.Store important files on an external drive
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