Follow the 2016 Rio Olympics with these apps

Follow the 2016 Rio Olympics with these apps

The 2016 Rio Olympics is unarguably summer's hottest sporting event. But if you don't have a cable or satellite subscription and can't watch the must-see events live, you may feel out in the cold. The answer may already be on your phone: Catch all the Olympics buzz with these apps.

Discovery apps

Google: The Google search app (iOS, Android) delivers streamlined summaries of info about the games. Enter "Olympics," and you'll see the entire event schedule, results, and medal... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.

Where to get Android apps

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Topics: Windows Software , Android Software

Tags: Guides , security , Android apps , shopping

Dropbox Paper apps are now open betas

Dropbox Paper apps are now open betas

This week Dropbox Paper became an open-to-the-public beta that you can download and try. Paper is a collaboration tool, like Slack or Asana, designed to help groups work together, but you could also consider it a competitor for cloud-based productivity apps like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365.

The Paper beta -- available on the Web and for iOS and Android -- lets you build shareable documents. These can contain text, lists, images, and image galleries,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Discounts for college students

Discounts for college students

College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.

Tech deals

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

Tags: Apple , music , Microsoft , Amazon

How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics

How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will bring 10,500 athletes to compete in 306 events. From the August 5 opening ceremony to the closing celebration on August 21, there will be 6,755 hours of elite athletics that you could watch if you want to medal in livestreaming. Here's how to catch every minute of your can't-miss events.

Note: To watch over the Olympics' official app, website, or TV channels, or any streaming service, you must be... Read More »

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What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is marking Windows 10's first anniversary with a big update on August 2, and the plan is so bold that it's not limited to your desktop or laptop. Since the Xbox One game console runs its own version of Windows 10, it's getting both the Anniversary Update and partial convergence with desktop Windows. Microsoft is also reinforcing its determination to make Cortana your personal digital assistant, and the Edge browser is finally getting legit support for add-ons, such as... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , update , operating system

Google Play's new Family Library lets you share purchases

Google Play's new Family Library lets you share purchases

Google's new Family Library service makes it easier to teach your family to how share, as it gives family members access to Google Play purchases.

With Family Library, eligible apps, movies, TV shows, games, and books purchased through the Google Play store are available to as many as six family members (ages 13 years and older) across their devices. Those with iOS devices or on the Web can watch movies and shows and read books.

You can automatically add purchases to the... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , Android apps , Google Android

Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

Find, download, and install iOS apps safely from the App Store

Every time a popular app or game like Pokemon Go hits the top of the App Store charts, the copycats come out, and so do unlicensed complementary apps. Inevitably, some of those apps are junk; occasionally malware sneaks past Apple; and some apps are nosy, asking for more information and permissions than you should give up. Learn to navigate the App Store swiftly and safely with our guide to finding and vetting iOS apps.

Download directly from... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , security , iTunes , shopping , download

Level up in Pokemon Go

Level up in Pokemon Go

The Pokemon Go wing of Download.com has been tirelessly trying various ways to level up our trainers. Here are the tactics that we are finding effective, which have (so far) jacked us up to level 20. (For tips on hunting Pokemon, see our guide for stalking pocket monsters.)

Lower levels: Gather supplies first, evolve later

Evolving Pokemon is a quick and efficient way to gain XP. But as tempting as it is to start evolving your Pokemon as soon as you... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Tags: games , mobile

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

5 Pokemon Go alternatives

Like the augmented-reality concept of Pokemon Go but don't care to chase cute little pocket monsters? Plenty of other games use your phone's back camera lens and GPS to layer animated graphics onto live scenes around you. So if you've ready to face a fiercer challenge, here are five augmented-reality games to put you in the apocalyptic battle of your life.

Ingress (iOS, Android)

Four years before Niantic created Pokemon Go, the developers made augmented-reality game... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games