Streaming music is where it's at for music lovers. Music services offer listen-anywhere convenience, variety, and a reasonable price, plus features like playlists and recommendations that vinyl and MP3s just can't deliver. Your streaming-music options are better than ever, but the services are in flux, with new ones popping up and old ones closing up shop.
Much has changed in just the past couple years. In 2014, streaming service revenue eclipsed CD sales, and 98.7 percent of music-listening experiences were streams.... Read More »
Franchises like Halo and Call of Duty get more marketing dollars than the military budgets of most countries, but a lot of worthy games don't get that kind of push. Steam currently lists over 15,000 titles, so it may in fact be impossible to know all the games out there. Year-end lists like GameSpot's best games of 2015 can help you separate the wheat from the chaff. But for the frugal gamer, we've picked four great... Read More »
For a number of years, the Internet, games, and apps have been eroding the amount of time people spend watching TV, or at least watching TV on a TV. Live sports remains strong, with the Super Bowl still producing record viewership numbers every year. But everything else has taken a hit as more people cut the cord or choose to watch shows and videos online, on streaming sites, and in apps. In fact, 2015 marked the first time that apps beat TV on time spent:... Read More »
While I feel for our letter carriers at this time of year, I love receiving holiday cards through the mail. The greetings range from low-quality photo-cards with brief seasonal messages to high-production-value personal folded cards.
Although it may be too much work to make your cards from scratch, it's a snap to create and then order some through online services, which offer easy-to-use design and layout tools. Whether you are looking for classic or crafty, paper or digital, a... Read More »
We look forward to many holiday traditions every year, but the holiday newsletter -- long, tedious, and full of humblebrags -- is not one of them. Update your friends and family with a more entertaining missive. These eight storytelling tools can help you create a more dynamic photo or video journal that your loved ones will love.Snapchat (iOS, Android)
If you're not concerned with creating... Read More »
Some travelers need a vacation from their vacation. Others need a break from planning their holiday. If you've ever wished you had an assistant to handle the many details of your next trip, these 11 apps can help, even if you're booking at the last minute. Book a plane, train, or car, and find a hotel and entertainment in just a few taps and swipes.PlanesCorner (iOS)
Not sure where you want to travel... Read More »
Google this week intends to roll out an update to its mobile Calendar apps that will allow you to add to-do reminders to your calendar.
The reminders will appear at the top of the calendar window. Unlike a calendar event, which is tied to a specific time, the reminder will carry over from day to day until you swipe it away as done.
Calendar will know if you create to-do lists in Google Inbox, Keep, and Now and will display those... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
"Why won't my computer start up?" You've probably had that problem or have tried to solve it for someone else. If you know your way around a computer, people come to you with their tech-support questions. After all, going through official support channels can be very frustrating and time-consuming. Why not ask someone you know, whose knowledge you trust? We're building a series of crib sheets on common support questions to help you (or the people quizzing you), starting with... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Sure, it's neat to view stereoscopic scenes with Google's Cardboard. But creating your own 3D images with your phone? That's way cooler.
To get started, launch the Cardboard Camera app and tap the orange Camera icon in the bottom-right corner. To record audio, tap the audio icon at the bottom right. Then tap... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Holidays are a happy time, but all the planning, shopping, and traveling can also take a toll on your peace of mind. According to the Mayo Clinic and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the period between Thanksgiving and the new year can be a stressor and a depressor. The American Psychological Association reports that 69 percent of Americans are stressed out about lack of... Read More »