Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Pokemon Go's major security loophole

Update 7/12/16: Niantic Labs has updated Pokemon Go on iOS to version 1.01. "Fixed Google account scope" is among the changes, which indicates that the previous issue with the app's permissions has been addressed. Pokemon Go on iOS now just asks for the username and email address associated with your Google account, which is normal behavior.

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Pokemon Go, the Android and iOS game that's exploded in popularity over the last few days, has a big privacy and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Google , security , mobile

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

For the third July in a row, Apple is giving customers a prerelease version of the next Macintosh operating system, MacOS Sierra. The public beta is a chance for users to monitor the OS's progress and help the company identify issues before Sierra officially ships this fall.

You can download the test OS for free, but be aware that beta software -- even from Apple -- isn't fully baked: Apps may be unstable, features may not work... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Mac OS X

How to follow the Republican National Convention

How to follow the Republican National Convention

Sure, you can catch the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) live on TV when the GOP takes over Cleveland from July 18 to 21. But with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump sharing so much on Twitter and Facebook, the real action may be online.

RNC planners say they will focus on giving their digital and social channels a much bigger role. "There has never been a digital operation built quite like this one for a convention," said Audrey... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: streaming

Stop Google from tracking your activities

Stop Google from tracking your activities

This week Google launched My Activity to show you how you're tracked online, so you can better protect your privacy. Google readily admits that it tracks your every move -- your Web searches, site visits, watched videos, clicked ads, and location. The company claims it does so to autocomplete your searches, improve YouTube recommendations, serve ads, and get you places faster on Google Maps.

If you're willing to sacrifice these expediencies for the sake of privacy, then you can delete... Read More »

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

Tags: Google , Google Chrome , Google Android

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox's new productivity features

Dropbox wants a slice of Google's and Microsoft's document business. The service, known for cloud storage and file sharing, recently added productivity, collaboration, and security tools, putting Dropbox in direct competition with Google Drive, Box, and Microsoft OneDrive (paired with an Office 365 account). If you use Dropbox on the desktop or iOS, read on for the exciting new enhancements you can now put to work. (There is no word yet on when Dropbox plans to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Cloud , file sharing

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

Meal kit apps for no-fuss dinners

When you want to cook but prefer to skip the recipe hunt and grocery shopping, services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh deliver tasty, no-fuss meal kits right to your door. They furnish everything you need, including seasonal and often locally sourced ingredients. In addition to recipe instructions, many services offer tips for food prep and dining, like how to zest a lemon or suggestions for wine pairings.

You can plan your dinners on the websites of more than a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Hot mobile games coming in 2016

Pokémon Go, Deus Ex, John Wick, Lego, and more; Android and iOS gamers can look forward to a host of familiar names this year. We've picked five mobile games that are worth the wait, though most of them won't be out until the fall. While iOS and Android have customarily been the province of lighter games that you can pick up quickly and drop whenever you want, these titles could bring a level of complexity that most players aren't used... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: mobile , game

How to choose an Android VPN

How to choose an Android VPN

An Android VPN gives you more privacy on the mobile Internet. If you use public Wi-Fi or unprotected networks, if you're concerned about content restrictions, or if you just don't want to be tracked online, a virtual private network can give you a protected path, allowing you to secure and mask your data transmissions. VPNs can also dodge geoblocking (so you can access content in a geographical region other than your own) and bypass Internet filtering and censorship.

However, finding the... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , Android

Tags: Security Center , Android , VPN

5 puzzle games with a story

5 puzzle games with a story

Apple handed out 12 Apple Design Awards last week as part of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and 3 of those winning apps were puzzle games: Lara Croft Go, Linum, and Dividr. Design matters in a mobile game, but style's not the only thing you're looking for: You want fun, the right amount of challenge, and a storyline that won't let you go. So we tested a pack of games to pick... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games , puzzle

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Get Facebook Moments or lose your Synced photos

Remember when Facebook quit letting you chat in app and made you download Messenger? Now the same thing is happening to your Synced photos on iOS. You must download and log in to Moments before July 7 if you don't want Facebook to delete those images. (Don't worry about your other photos and albums on Facebook: Nothing will happen to them.)

Synced (called Synced From Phone on the desktop) was a private Facebook album of pictures copied from your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Facebook , photography , photo