With almost 1.9 million apps in the Google Play store -- and 33,000 more coming each month -- there is little chance of keeping up with all the new releases. But I steadily swap apps on and off my phone, trying anything that looks interesting. Google has its own list. But here are six apps that made the cut on my home screen this year.Google Photos
When Google announced this summer that it was uncoupling Photos from Google+,... Read More »
If you're out at a coffee shop, hotel, or airport and can't get a data connection on your phone, then you'll need to connect to Wi-Fi.
First and most importantly, you should only join a Wi-Fi network that's reasonably secure. Head to the Settings app, then toggle Wi-Fi on, and a list of available networks should pop up. You'll see a padlock next to networks that require a password. That doesn't guarantee that the network is safe, because you don't... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
Before you return, resell, or gift your old iPhone, it's important to wipe it clean first. If you don't, the sensitive data on it -- your passwords, location history, photos, and financial info -- could fall into the wrong hands and end up costing you your identity.
First, before you wipe, ensure that you've backed up all your data.
Next, turn off Find My iPhone so that you no longer have the power to remotely disable the phone... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
Apple offers a number of protections for iPhones and iPads that have gone AWOL. Your PIN and Touch ID won't protect your device but will safeguard the data on it. You can (and should) also disable Siri on the lock screen so that the voice assistant doesn't disclose any info.
If you haven't locked down your phone with one or more of those options, your best bet for a lost or stolen iPhone is to wipe it remotely. To... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
If you weren't wary of MacKeeper before, you have reason to be now. This week, white-hat security researcher Chris Vickery posted on Reddit that he was able to easily find and download account details of more than 13 million MacKeeper users by searching for open database servers. Kromtech, the maker of MacKeeper, worked with Vickery to close the data exposure.
Following the news, Kromach said it has taken steps to safeguard user data, including implementing new security measures... Read More »
Streaming music is where it's at for music lovers. Music services offer listen-anywhere convenience, variety, and a reasonable price, plus features like playlists and recommendations that vinyl and MP3s just can't deliver. Your streaming-music options are better than ever, but the services are in flux, with new ones popping up and old ones closing up shop.
Much has changed in just the past couple years. In 2014, streaming service revenue eclipsed CD sales, and 98.7 percent of music-listening experiences were streams.... Read More »
Franchises like Halo and Call of Duty get more marketing dollars than the military budgets of most countries, but a lot of worthy games don't get that kind of push. Steam currently lists over 15,000 titles, so it may in fact be impossible to know all the games out there. Year-end lists like GameSpot's best games of 2015 can help you separate the wheat from the chaff. But for the frugal gamer, we've picked four great... Read More »
For a number of years, the Internet, games, and apps have been eroding the amount of time people spend watching TV, or at least watching TV on a TV. Live sports remains strong, with the Super Bowl still producing record viewership numbers every year. But everything else has taken a hit as more people cut the cord or choose to watch shows and videos online, on streaming sites, and in apps. In fact, 2015 marked the first time that apps beat TV on time spent:... Read More »
While I feel for our letter carriers at this time of year, I love receiving holiday cards through the mail. The greetings range from low-quality photo-cards with brief seasonal messages to high-production-value personal folded cards.
Although it may be too much work to make your cards from scratch, it's a snap to create and then order some through online services, which offer easy-to-use design and layout tools. Whether you are looking for classic or crafty, paper or digital, a... Read More »
We look forward to many holiday traditions every year, but the holiday newsletter -- long, tedious, and full of humblebrags -- is not one of them. Update your friends and family with a more entertaining missive. These eight storytelling tools can help you create a more dynamic photo or video journal that your loved ones will love.Snapchat (iOS, Android)
If you're not concerned with creating... Read More »