A visual guide to Android N

A visual guide to Android N

While many of Android N's improvements are under the hood, Google is sprucing up the look of its upcoming mobile OS. Take a tour of Android N's new features.

Responding within notifications

Android N's notifications are interactive, and you can respond within notifications instead of opening an app. For example, when you receive a text message notification, you can reply in the notification.

Changing display size

You can change the display size, selecting from Small to Largest settings, to shrink (below,left) or blow... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple's former ad slogan was "Think different," but today's media event might have been tagged "Think small." Apple unveiled more compact versions of its iPhone and iPad Pro, plus new watchbands and updates to iOS and TVOS.

iPhone SE

The new 4-inch iPhone SE is a replacement for Apple's 4-inch iPhone 5S, which Apple released in 2013. Despite the success of its larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, Apple said the smaller model remains popular, especially with first-time buyers -- 30 million... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPad

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 update

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 update

Microsoft is committed to the rapid spread of Windows 10, which most home users of Windows 7 or 8.1 can get for free until July 29, 2016. If you're resisting the switch, a recent change to Windows Update can overrule you. This built-in patching tool has reclassified the free Windows 10 update from "optional" to "recommended," and by default, Windows 7 and 8.1 automatically install "recommended" updates. Users are now booting up their PCs to find Windows 10... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , updates

Google previews Android N

Google previews Android N

Google dropped an unexpected treat on Android users today: a developer preview of Android N, the code name for the next version of Google's mobile OS.

Google says it will release Android N previews every four to six weeks through the spring and summer, with the final release of Android N for handset makers planned in the third quarter of 2016.

A goal for the early release seems to be getting the update to Android customers sooner. "The earlier preview allows us... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Baseball apps for fans

Baseball apps for fans

The dark night of the soul is over. Baseball's exhibition season has begun, and with spring training come mobile apps and websites to help you root for the home team, whether you are at the ballpark, at home, or on the road.

Tune in to baseball games

MLB.com's At Bat app (Android, iOS) is the yardstick other sports apps should be measured by. The well-designed app is easy to navigate, does an impressive job of displaying information on a small... Read More »

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

Facebook Reactions: like or dislike?

Facebook Reactions: like or dislike?

Facebook users have long asked for a Dislike button, or options other than Like. On February 24, Facebook answered with Reactions, emoji representing Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. You can add one by long-pressing the Like button in the mobile app or hovering over the Like button on desktop to see the animated options.

5 alternatives to Like

Reactions' global rollout is one of the most significant changes ever to hit Facebook, because the Like function is so widely used.... Read More »

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

Tags: Facebook , social networking

Macs hit by KeRanger ransomware

Macs hit by KeRanger ransomware

Mac users were hit with the first ransomware attack on OS X over the weekend. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks, an enterprise network and security firm, said malware-infected files were part of the installer for version 2.90 of the BitTorrent client Transmission for OS X.

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a hard drive or prevents users from accessing their device. After the malware is installed, the attacker offers to send a decryption key to... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Security

Tags: Security Center

Apple offers help on Twitter

Apple offers help on Twitter

Today Apple opened a Twitter account that promises to offer customer support, tutorials, and tips and tricks for its products.

So far Apple has posted a tip for using its Notes app and has sent off more than a thousand tweets, nearly all replies to @AppleSupport questions.

Most of Apple's responses instruct the follower to direct-message more details, such as OS version number. Others replies point the user to an appropriate Apple webpage or to another company, if the problem... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iOS , Mac OS X

Organize your images with Apple Photos

Organize your images with Apple Photos

Taking photos with your iPhone is a snap. Finding the photos later on your Mac can be more work. But Apple's Photos for OS X offers a variety of ways to quickly hunt down and manage your photos.

Automatically organized

Photos for OS X automatically sorts your photographs by date and location. The first set is called Moments, such as photos from an afternoon ball game. Moments become part of Collections -- games you attended over a month, for example. And... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Digital Photo Tools

Optimize your Windows storage and recover data

Optimize your Windows storage and recover data

As much as technology changes, one thing remains the same: Given enough time, you eventually run out of room for your files. Whether you've downloaded too many apps or you're an avid photographer, you'll need more space. Start by getting rid of the stuff you know you don't need, then read on for more space-saving tips. Another rule of tech is that eventually your storage device will kick the bucket, taking important files with it. We have... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Cloud , Files