Google Play Music now offers podcasts

Google Play Music now offers podcasts

Google today added podcasts to Google Play Music for listeners in the US and Canada. You can keep up with your favorite podcasts via Google Play Music on the Web and on Android.

Play Music organizes podcasts by popularity and by category. But Google wants to help you discover podcasts, so it presents contextual podcast playlists based on activities or time of day, just as it does with music playlists. For example, you can find curated playlists of podcasts offering... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Verizon offers 2GB of data to use Android Pay

Verizon offers 2GB of data to use Android Pay

If you have an Android phone on the Verizon network, the wireless carrier wants to give you 2GB of extra data for using Android Pay to make in-store purchases between now and June 13, 2016.

With your first purchase, you get 1GB of free data on top of your monthly allowance. Then with your third purchase, you get another 1GB. The extra data is good for two billing cycles.

The base monthly data allowance and is for postpaid wireless subscribers... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

How many photos you can store in the cloud?

How many photos you can store in the cloud?

Apple and Google offer free cloud storage for your photos, but is the free amount enough? How many photos can you store in 5GB or 15GB of cloud space? When should you pay for more storage? Photo services offers multiple packages, so we did the legwork for you to find out how many photos you can store in Google Photos, Apple iCloud, Flickr, Dropbox, and several other services.

We're estimating that the average photo is 3MB. But photo file size depends... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , Digital Photo Tools

Chatbots for your daily tasks

Chatbots for your daily tasks

Chatbots are virtual assistants that you can text-message to get food delivered, find a movie, and perform many other everyday tasks. You can use your phone's native SMS (or a messaging app) -- you don't have to download or open other apps, and in most cases you sign up with your phone number. Here are 10 text bots for your common to-dos.

Assist for shopping and transportation

Assist offers help with 10 tasks, from getting a ride to booking a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , instant message

Facebook maps its future at F8

Facebook maps its future at F8

At today's F8 keynote, Mark Zuckerberg announced a 10-year roadmap for Facebook, including plans for Messenger, Oculus Rift, and augmented-reality eyeglasses reminiscent of Google Glass. Facebook's annual developer conference gets its name from eight-hour hackathons in the company's early days. Though Facebook has grown from being just a social media site, it's still clearly focusing on helping its 1.6 billion users communicate.

Facebook Live Video

Facebook says that Live Video, its alternative to Periscope (iOS, Android)... Read More »

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

Tags: Facebook

WhatsApp Messenger gets major privacy upgrade

WhatsApp Messenger gets major privacy upgrade

Today WhatsApp (iOS, Android), used by approximately 1 billion people worldwide, announced end-to-encryption throughout its network, for all types of messages (texts, videos, phone calls) shared within its app. With end-to-end encryption, even the company itself cannot view the contents of your communications. All the bits sent from one WhatsApp user to another are scrambled in a way that cannot be unscrambled by anyone except the sender and the recipient.

This upgrade does not require... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Messaging , apps , security , Internet security , Privacy

Microsoft doubles down on Cortana

Microsoft doubles down on Cortana

At today's Build conference keynote, Microsoft announced that it's building an entire ecosystem around automated speech and text recognition, perhaps taking a cue from the burgeoning popularity of Google Now, Siri, and Alexa in the Amazon Echo. CEO Satya Nadella said of the initiative: "It is about taking the power of human language and applying it more pervasively to all of our computing. That means we need to infuse into our computers and computing intelligence -- intelligence about us and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , update

Celebrate Apple's 40th anniversary with our 40 favorite memories

Celebrate Apple's 40th anniversary with our 40 favorite memories

Apple celebrates its 40th birthday on April 1 and has shared a short video highlighting its major milestones. Join the party with our 40 favorite Apple moments.

1. "Hello, I'm a Mac."

Apple changed how we talk about computers. Traditional PC ads rely on tech specs to sell their wares. Apple presented deeper emotional choices through its advertising. You could join the revolution, become one of the crazy ones, snicker at John Hodgman as PC,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

How to use Apple's Night Shift for iOS 9.3

How to use Apple's Night Shift for iOS 9.3

Apple's new Night Shift is here to help those of you up late reading on your iPhone or iPad. Studies show that late-night browsing makes it more difficult to fall asleep later. That's because the blue and green light emitted from LED screens interferes with your body's melatonin production, which in turn shortens your sleep cycle.

Night Shift, part of the iOS 9.3 update, relies on your iOS device's clock and geolocation to figure out when the sun... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS

FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple's assistance

FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple's assistance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has successfully accessed the data stored on the iPhone used by one of the alleged shooters in last December's San Bernardino attack. Therefore, it no longer needs Apple's cooperation.

The DOJ stated: "With the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone."

Apple, in a response, restated its position of privacy: "Apple believes deeply that people in the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Security , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center