Download's favorite apps of 2016

Download's favorite apps of 2016

How many apps did you download this year -- and how many of those are still on your phone? Every day in 2016, about 2,500 apps hit Apple's App Store, and just a bit less landed in the Google Play Store. So even the most avid app lover can't keep up with all the new releases. We tested hundreds, but our greatest compliment is putting an app in heavy rotation on our phones. Here are the iOS and... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

The best mobile games of 2016

The best mobile games of 2016

Did you catch them all this year? You may have had trouble keeping track of all the new games in 2016, because mobile gaming is booming -- more than 250,000 new titles hit iTunes this year, and games are consistently some of the top app store downloads for both Android and iOS. We've narrowed the playing field down to our top 5: the mobile games you definitely shouldn't miss this year.

Note: Android users may... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: games , mobile

How to choose an Android antivirus app

How to choose an Android antivirus app

You probably don't need convincing about the importance of keeping your Android device secure, starting with a good antimalware app. But if you do, just look to all the security breaches this year, from hacked emails and secret Android back doors to the recent Gooligan Android exploit that has affected more than 1 million accounts. Here's how to choose an Android antivirus app.

Basic steps for protecting your phone

First, be smart about what... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , Antivirus Software

Tags: VPN

Streaming music and video you can enjoy offline

Streaming music and video you can enjoy offline

Netflix recently -- and just in time for your holiday travels -- added the ability to download movies and shows to your phone or tablet. It's not the first streaming service to offer offline viewing, for those times when you don't have Wi-Fi and don't want to blow through your data limits. The following apps let you watch and listen offline, so you can catch up on Luke Cage, watch Kung Fu Panda 3, experience the latest Lady Gaga album,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , streaming , movies

Monitor family and friends with Google's Trusted Contacts

Monitor family and friends with Google's Trusted Contacts

Google's new Trusted Contacts app for Android lets you check on family and friends to see if they are safe and OK.

To get started, launch what Google calls its "personal safety app" and add the people you want to stay in close contact with.

The person being tracked needs to have the Android app installed, but trusted contacts can check on the person and view their location via a Web browser. Contacts can also request to see someone's location... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: security

Facebook Messenger goes retro with Instant Games

Facebook Messenger goes retro with Instant Games

Facebook just introduced Instant Games to Facebook Messenger, so now you can play a variety of games inside conversations on newer Android and iOS devices. In addition to current games, you'll find retro arcade favorites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaga, Track & Field 100M, Arkanoid, and Bust-a-Move Blitz. While the games look a lot like they did decades ago, you now control the gameplay with swipes and taps.

What makes the games instant? They're built... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , Facebook , games , game

Block Apple Calendar spam on iOS and MacOS

Block Apple Calendar spam on iOS and MacOS

Have you been seeing unsolicited offers in your Apple Calendar? iOS or MacOS users have recently found their Calendar infested by fraudulent invitations -- the problem exploded over Black Friday weekend. Spammers exploited a loophole in Apple's iCloud's default settings, which allowed senders to bypass email and push calendar alerts directly to Apple iOS and MacOS users' Calendar app.

The trouble is that unlike spam email, you can't just delete or block these invites; your only options are Accept, Decline,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Black Friday deal apps

Black Friday deal apps

On Black Friday, thousands of consumers rise early and rush to stores to get the best deals before they're gone. The rest of us would prefer to spend our post-Thanksgiving on the couch, nursing our Tryptophan hangovers and enjoying some Netflix. But staying in doesn't have to mean missing out on savings: Many of your favorite retailers offer app-only deals and alerts, plus the ability to create wish lists. Whether you prefer to shop at home or at the... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

The hottest games of winter

The hottest games of winter

This time of year brings all kinds of reasons to stay in and play a video game, whether you prefer console or computer. As the nights grow longer, we'll be firing up the hottest games of the season: Here are the four you won't want to miss this month and next, three more coming at the top of 2017, and the holiday deals and discounts to watch for.

Dishonored 2 Release date: November... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , games , shopping

Google's PhotoScan helps scan your old photos

Google's PhotoScan helps scan your old photos

Google wants to help get the old photos stuck on your fridge onto your phone, where you can save, edit, and share them.

PhotoScan, Google's new photo tool for Android and iOS, turns your phone into a handheld scanner, capturing a digital image of a photo print.

Position your phone over a photo and tap PhotoScan's capture button. The app does its best to identify the four corners of the image, and then you follow an arrow to navigate your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Digital Photo Tools

Tags: Android , iOS , photos , Android apps , Google Android