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

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go

The Download.com crew been tracking Pokemon for nearly two weeks, and we'd like to share tools and a few hard-earned tips for finding the popular pocket monsters of Pokemon Go.

Yelp (iOS, Android). Yelp's crowdsourced recommendations can guide you to a nearby PokeStop, where you can find items and -- if a Lure Module is running -- wild Pokemon. On the Web version of Yelp, a PokeStop Nearby filter helps you narrow your choices.

In the Yelp app,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Games

Share music over Spotify

Share music over Spotify

Word of mouth is still the best way to discover new music, and Spotify offers many means for you to find and share your favorites. You can evangelize artists, songs, albums, and playlists on Spotify by posting them publicly or by sharing to a friend's Spotify inbox.

How to share music with followers on Spotify

On a Mac, click Share and then Post to Followers. Now you and your followers will see this info under Activity in the left... Read More »

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

Tags: music , streaming , sharing

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

How to watch the Democratic National Convention

The Democrats are throwing out the welcome mat this week in Philadelphia, when they hold their Democratic National Convention (DNC) from July 25 to 28. Now that Bernie Sanders has pledged support for Hillary Clinton, there's no more mystery about who's the presumptive Democratic nominee, but there are still plenty of issues to air. The party is making it easy to follow its nomination proceedings live, from your TV to anywhere you can find an Internet... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote alternatives worth noting

Evernote (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web), the popular note-taking app, recently announced price and device changes to its three service plans that might make you think about switching apps.

Paying customers will experience 33 to 40 percent price hikes for Plus and Premium plans, depending on whether you pay monthly or annually. The cost of a Plus plan will rise from $2.99 to $3.99 per month or from $24.99 to $34.99 annually. Premium's... Read More »

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

Tags: utilities

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

The public preview of MacOS Sierra shows Apple continuing to make Mac a better partner for Apple's mobile devices, including moving iOS features over to the desktop.

Siri

With Sierra, your iOS personal digital assistant is now on the Mac. Seek Siri's help by clicking the Siri icon in the Mac menu bar, tapping her Dock icon, or using a keyboard shortcut (if you activate one in Siri's System Preferences).

She doesn't respond to "Hey, Siri," sadly. But you can control... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , beta , Mac OS X

First look: iOS 10

First look: iOS 10

Apple's iOS 10 is due this fall, along with MacOS Sierra, and you can expect new features, including Home. But mostly the release will bring much-desired optimizations to Messages, Maps, Music, and Photos, plus little perks like finally letting you delete some of Apple's native apps.

Don't want to wait until fall? You can preview iOS 10 through Apple's public beta program. You need, at minimum, an iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, or... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS