Apps to kick off your fantasy football season

Why pay $1 billion for an NFL team? With a handful of friends, colleagues, or total strangers, plus an app or two, you can form a fantasy football league and draft players, make trades, and grumble about your commissioner as you pace around your owner's suite (aka your den).

Getting started

In fantasy football, you draft players, set a lineup for the week's games, and win points based on how your roster performs -- points scored, yards gained, sacks made,... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Games And Entertainment , Games

First look: iOS 9

Apple's iOS 9 is due this fall, and you can expect some new features like News, but mostly the release will bring much-desired enhancements. To preview the update, you need an iPhone 4S or later, an iPad 2 or later, an iPad Air, or an iPad Mini, and then you can download the iOS 9 beta (be sure to create an iTunes backup, in case something goes awry or you want to revert to iOS 8.4). Read on... Read More »

Topics: iPhone , Apple iPad , iOS Software , Apple

Intel talks cybersecurity at IDF

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Christopher Young, general manager of the Intel Security Group, gave a talk on cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to Internet connectivity for things that don't usually have them, like refrigerators, cars, and thermostats. Intel estimates that there will be 50 billion of these devices around the world by 2020, and the company is creating a security model to keep your personal data safe and... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security , Internet

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Windows , antivirus , anti-malware , Internet security , anti-virus

Back-to-school security

As you prepare for the start of the school year, make security part of your planning. Unattended laptops and phones, unsecured Wi-Fi connections, and lost credit cards offer plenty of opportunities for thieves and hackers to steal your property, data, and money. Safeguard your stuff with these five security tips.

Set up remote location

You've spent a fortune on that laptop, tablet, and smartphone, so it'd be a shame to lose any of them to misplacement or theft. If you own... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides

20 tools for back to school

Education can be expensive, but learning tools don't have to be. We've done the homework on apps and services to help you buy textbooks, take notes and voice recordings, research, create projects, quiz yourself, and block distractions. Enroll these 20 study aids to help you make the grade.

ShoppingAmazon Student

If you shop on Amazon, its $99 Prime service is a deal. And if you're in college, it's even better. Amazon has a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Intel debuts cool new tech at IDF

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco today, CEO Brian Krzanich had a lot more to show off than the CPUs and hardware that Intel is known for. With desktop PC sales flat at best for the past several years, Intel demonstrated that it's spreading into unexpected territory. The eclectic mix of prototypes and partnerships made for an interesting 90-minute presentation. It looks like Intel is preparing to go head-on against Qualcomm and ARM in the mobile space,... Read More »

Topics: Developer Tools , windows , Windows Software , Developer Software , Android Software , Android

Tags: Windows 10 , games , hardware acceleration

The YouTube Gaming app makes a play for your viewership

Note: Since this article was originally published, YouTube Gaming has officially launched, so note minor changes throughout the story.

Ever since Google failed to lure video game streaming platform away from Amazon, the search giant has been working on its own video streaming app for gamers, YouTube Gaming. Sign up for YouTube Gaming. We got our hands on the leaked creator preview of the Android build.

Keep in mind that the app is a work in progress,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , Video Games

Windows 10: even more of your questions answered

You've sent us dozens of Windows 10 questions in the past few weeks, and we have another round of answers to your troubles with storage, drivers, Cortana, and dual-booting.

Limited storage space

"I have an Asus Eeebook X205TA with a 32GB hard drive and Windows 8.1. The computer says that I have only 6.2GB free of 18GB total. Before I knew this, I tried downloading Windows 10 and it failed halfway due to what it said was lack of space. Any advice... Read More »

Topics: Drivers , windows , Windows Software , Networking

Tags: Windows 10

Keep your Android phone secure

Read enough about Android security threats, and you might think that the safest thing is to turn off your phone, wrap it tightly in tinfoil, and hide it in your junk drawer. Hackers are stepping up their game -- Stagefright, the recently discovered platform vulnerability, exposes up to 95 percent of all Android devices to malicious attacks.

Mobile phones are attractive targets, getting more attractive as they become ever more functional. Phones keep financial information, details of our... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Windows Software , Security , Antivirus , Android Software , Android

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Android , security

A guide to Windows 10 security settings

By default, Windows 10 lets your PC do some things that you might not want it to do. We've walked you through its long list of privacy settings, and now we'll take a look at your system options for security issues like updates, Wi-Fi, antivirus protection, and data backup.

Accessing security settings in Windows 10

The easiest way to reach security settings is to press the Windows key and then click or tap Settings. If you've been to this section... Read More »

Topics: windows , Security Software , Windows Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , security