Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More »
If you've been following the VR craze, you've probably noticed that the headsets can cost several hundred dollars, and the games and apps aren't free, either. However, you can try VR on the cheap with free Android apps and the Cardboard VR viewer, available on Google's site for $15, along with several similar viewers. Cardboard's app helps you set up your phone and add apps to your library, though Google's app store doesn't do a good... Read More »
Google has released an update to Slides that lets an audience participate in your slideshow.
Called Slides Q&A, the feature lets audience members submit questions and comments via a Web link displayed at the top of a slide. Participants can also upvote or downvote questions submitted by other audience members.
The presenter can see questions on the Audience Tools tab of Slides presenter view. The highest voted comments appear at the top of the list. Tap the Present button to display... Read More »
For those of us with the attention span of a cat, software developer Marco Arment has just released Quitter, a free OS X utility that puts distracting apps out of sight, allowing us to focus on the work at hand.
Quitter is exclusively a menu bar app and appears on the right side of the menu bar, among the status menu icons. To get started, tap the Quitter icon in the menu bar and choose Edit Rules.
A window opens... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
Ransomware is increasingly the hacker's tool of choice, and it's not just on PCs anymore -- Android devices have been under attack from malware like Cryptolocker and Simplelocker. Ransomware encrypts files on your hard drive or prevents you from accessing your device. After the malware is installed, the attacker demands payment in exchange for a decryption key to unlock your device. Find out how you can avoid Android ransomware and why you should be concerned about it.How to avoid ransomware
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Ransomware is a hacker's cash grab. When this type of malware attacks your PC, it locks your precious files behind a password and demands payment for unlocking your docs. As in any other hostage situation, paying the ransom may or may not get you your files back. With ransomware, an ounce of prevention -- backing up all your important files -- is worth a pound of Bitcoin cures. Here's how to foil ransomware.Store important files on an external drive
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Apple's Photos for OS X is more than just a handy tool for keeping your images organized. It offers a rich collection of editing tools for digital photographers, whether you're a beginner or practically a professional.Editing tools
To get to Apple Photos' tools, double-click an image in your library and then click the Edit button in the top-right corner of the windows. The editing tools appear to the right of the images. Tap a tool on the right to see... Read More »
Web browsing can expose you to ad trackers, spam, and snoops. But it's easy to block those privacy invaders -- just put your native Safari app in Private Mode. When you browse in Private Mode from your Mac or iOS device, Safari won't remember your visited pages, search history, or AutoFill information.Private browsing on Mac
Start Safari on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite or later). Click to open the File menu on the top left and scroll... Read More »
Google has released its annual Android security report, detailing the steps the company took in 2015 to protect the Android ecosystem, including efforts with Android partners and the security research community. While Google swept up more potential threats in 2015 than before, the company cautions that apps downloaded from sites other than the Google Play Store continue to be a source for malware.
Google reports that every day in 2015, it checked more than 6 billion applications installed on Android... Read More »
Even people who consider themselves Windows experts might be surprised by the number of tools built into the operating system. These utilities often go unnoticed, but they can save you time, improve your work flow, and maybe even make you look like a wizard. Let's look at the three big hitters.Cut and paste without formatting annoyances
You know about Ctrl-V to paste text, but do you know about Ctrl-Shift-V?
If you frequently paste text from the Web into an email or... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software