A visual look at El Capitan

El Capitan (OS X 10.11) offers a collection of neat enhancements that should make using Apple's new OS a visually pleasing experience.

For example, El Capitan has a new system typeface named SF, a member of the font family used on iOS devices and Apple Watch. Apple designed the font for readability, which you can judge for yourself below. On the left, you see the SF font in use in Safari's View menu in El Capitan. On the right is... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Apple's Live Photos: can you share them?

Live Photos is one of the most interesting Apple photo features ever, and it's coming with iPhone 6S, which starts shipping this week. You simply shoot a photo as you always do, and the iPhone captures the second and a half before the shot and the second and a half after to create a combination JPEG and MOV that looks like a mini video. You can even set one as your wallpaper.

While we've seen some enticing... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: photography , photos , photo , digital photography

Microsoft Office 2016: buy vs. subscribe

Microsoft's game plan, from Office to Xbox to Windows 10, is to get users to think of its products as services, and to subscribe rather than to pay one time. There will be casualties of this strategy. This week Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows and Mac (following Mac's Office 365 edition in July), and now comes the reckoning of what you get if you buy the suite outright, versus what you get if you opt for Office... Read More »

Topics: Microsoft Office , Windows Software , Productivity Software

Tags: Microsoft , Office

Gmail gives you more control over annoying email

Google today is rolling out a Gmail update that lets you block an individual's email address and unsubscribe more easily from a mailing list.

In both the browser and Android versions of Gmail, you can now block specific email addresses. Once blocked, the sender's messages will go to your spam folder. (You can always unblock the sender if you want their messages to show up again in your inbox.)

In the Android Gmail app, tap the Action overflow menu (the three vertical... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Android Software , Android

Apple's App Store faces first major malware attack

The mostly "impervious" App Store has recently faced its first large-scale malware attack. Apple announced on Sunday that it was surfacing and removing dozens of infected iPhone and iPad apps.

Hackers tricked developers into using a phony version of Xcode, Apple's own iOS and OS X creation software. Developers mistakenly downloaded malware called XcodeGhost from a Chinese file-sharing service that allowed for faster downloads than Apple's often slow servers. How these apps passed through Apple's security checks is still unknown.

WeChat,... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security And Spyware , Security , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides

Free up iPhone and iPad space

Do you have a 16GB iPhone or iPad? Or do you often encounter those frustrating Storage Almost Full warnings? iOS 9 thankfully takes up less room than iOS 8 -- about 1.3GB rather than 5GB -- but if you're fond of photos, videos, and music, your remaining free space will still dwindle in a hurry. Here are four tips for making the most of your iOS device's limited storage.

Delete superfluous apps

Apps are a large part of the point of... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Apple seeks to ease the move from Android to iOS

Hoping to make it as simple as possible to switch to iOS, Apple is offering a Move to iOS app for Android users.

The free Android app migrates your Android content -- including contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars -- to an iOS device, over a Wi-Fi network. Move to iOS works on phones and tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later and works with iPads and iPhones running iOS 9 or... Read More »

Topics: iPhone , Apple iPad , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apple

Tags: iOS , Google Android

Get ready for OS X El Capitan

Apple works hard to make its software updates painless. But the download and installation process for a major OS update can take a few hours, so it's smart to prepare so that everything goes smoothly...and be ready in case something goes wrong. With El Capitan coming September 30 as a free download in the Mac App Store, now's a good time to get ready.

Check your hardware

First, make sure your Mac can run El Capitan (OS X 10.11). Here's Apple's... Read More »

Topics: Mac , Mac Software , Operating Systems , Apple

Master Windows processes for better performance

Does your Windows computer seem slow, or does it seem to be running a number of mysterious processes like svchost.exe? If you've looked at your list of running processes in the Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Shift-Esc on your keyboard and click the Processes tab), you've probably seen a lot of things that you don't recognize. These can eat up system RAM, which can affect functionality, like how many applications and browser tabs you can have open at once. It's a... Read More »

Topics: Utilities & Operating Systems , Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , optimize

Google spruces up Drive apps templates

Google is rolling out a new collection of templates for its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps to give you a running start on creating good-looking documents. The premade forms range from report and invoice templates to photo-album galleries and offer a clean, modern look. Access the new template gallery from within each app by choosing File, New, From Template.

The 30-plus Docs templates include ones for creating resumes, lesson plans, and school reports.

Sheets offers 15 templates for wedding planning,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Productivity Software

Tags: Android , Windows , apps , Google , Cloud , Mac OS X