Xbox One joins Microsoft's Universal Apps platform

Xbox One joins Microsoft's Universal Apps platform

Microsoft has announced that it's integrating the Xbox One game console into its Universal Windows Applications program. Announced during the run-up to Windows 10's release, Universal Windows Applications was first envisioned as a way to buy software in the Windows Store that was licensed for use on any device (mobile or desktop) running Windows 10. That original proposal did not include console games, so the addition is a major shift for the company.

Windows 10 users with Microsoft accounts can already... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , games , social , news

What to look for in an Android antivirus app

What to look for in an Android antivirus app

Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.

How to protect your phone

You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.

A... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Android , antimalware , Internet security , anti-virus

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

Some argue that you don't need antivirus software if you just stay away from sketchy websites and email attachments. Unfortunately, there's a large cottage industry dedicated to deceiving people into inviting malware onto their computers. Think of antivirus software as your digital seatbelt: You don't strictly need it most of the time, but if you ever do, it can really save your bacon. And usually it has a negligible impact on your computer's performance. Here's how to evaluate your Windows... Read More »

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

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

Adobe brings Lightroom for Android up to par

Adobe brings Lightroom for Android up to par

Adobe this morning released an update to Photoshop Lightroom for Android that puts the free image-editing and -organizing app on equal footing with the iOS version.

The 2.0 revision gains its own in-app camera, which can capture photos in Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) raw format, allowing you to work with full-resolution files from when you shoot an image to when you share your work. The update includes tools found in the iOS version of Photoshop Lightroom, including nondestructive shoot-through... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

This morning Apple took a very public stance on security, as Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will oppose a court order to assist the FBI in bypassing iPhone encryption. Cook, in an open letter to customers, stated that Apple will not help the FBI bypass the security on an iPhone belonging to one of the alleged shooters in last December's San Bernardino attack.

A judge yesterday ordered Apple to aid the FBI in gathering information from... Read More »

Topics: Security , iOS Software , Encryption Software

Tags: Security Center

Make Netflix more searchable

Make Netflix more searchable

Netflix is a great way to watch movies and TV shows -- if you already know what you want to watch. But if you need to browse, you're at the mercy of Netflix's poor recommendations feature, limited search, and broad categories, meaning you may see the same few titles repeatedly or not find what you want at all. That's why there are so many websites to help you figure out what to watch -- such as Leanflix,... Read More »

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

Tags: App Guide , movies

Find and recover Windows files

Find and recover Windows files

Even computer experts with brand-new equipment have days where a storage device dies, we accidentally delete an important file, or we run out of disk space. If your Windows files are giving you fits, we have fixes. In this article, we address how to find files and recover deleted info. Stay tuned for another piece on how to recover from damaged or reformatted drives and how to optimize storage.Finding your files

There are two common scenarios where you need to find... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , utility , Files

Do your taxes on your phone

Do your taxes on your phone

You already skip the paper; now skip the computer. The IRS says that 80 percent of us file electronically, but only recently has it become feasible to do your taxes on a phone or a tablet. We recommend TurboTax Tax Preparation for its excellent guidance, built-in security features, and affordable pricing, but H&R Block Tax Preparation and TaxAct Express are worthy alternatives.

TurboTax Tax Preparation (iOS, Android)

TurboTax Tax Preparation makes filing as unintimidating as possible by walking you... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS

Apple Music versus Google Play Music

Apple Music versus Google Play Music

Apple and Google were so late to the streaming-music party that we wondered why they bothered to show up. Apple Music launched in June 2015, and Google Play Music relaunched in its current form in October 2015, long after brands like Spotify and Pandora had polished their products and built a loyal fanbase. We weren't alone in that thought: Some analysts even decried that "Apple Music is doomed."

But now that Apple Music and Google Play Music have had... Read More »

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

Tags: Apple , Google , music

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Happy Safer Internet Day! While the world today is acting in a possibly irresponsible manner to celebrate Mardi Gras, Google would like to take a moment to make your piece of the Internet a better, safer place.

First, log in to your Google account and a do quick security check on your settings.

As part of your checkup, you can add a recovery phone number for your account and review the strength your password. If you complete the Security Checkup... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides