Best livestreaming apps

Best livestreaming apps

You can get almost-instant gratification from videos on YouTube or social media, but you and your viewers can get instantaneous gratification -- and the thrill of the moment -- from live video. Live-stream to your friends or the public with these seven easy-to-use apps.

If you'd rather not learn a new app: Facebook (iOS, Android)

Facebook Live, once exclusive to celebrities, was finally rolled out to everyone in January 2016. With Facebook Live, you can alert your audience that you'll... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Filter your videos with these apps

Filter your videos with these apps

You've used Instagram filters and apps like Prisma (iOS, Android) to turn still photos into works of art, but did you know you can do the same for videos? Video filters can make the most everyday clip (like these shots of the Download.com staff) into a mesmerizing mini movie. Use these five filter apps to make your video look artistic, antique, cartoonlike, stylish, or whimsical.

Artisto (iOS, Android)

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Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Find the best Fantasy Football app for your league

Find the best Fantasy Football app for your league

Sure, baseball's pennant races are just getting interesting, and pro football teams are still in their training camps, but for fantasy football commissioners, now's the time to gather your owners, set up your league, and prepare for the fantasy draft.

Pick a fantasy football site

You can't toss a football and not hit a website that offers to host your league. Pick one that will take on the difficult work of managing your league and its teams. A good site... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Sports Software

Reduce your iCloud storage

Reduce your iCloud storage

When you sign up for Apple's iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage that you can use for whatever you'd like to back up. Apple doesn't even count the music, movies, TV, books, and apps you've bought through iTunes against your free storage.

But that 5GB can go quickly, and then you'll get a nagging pop-up or email warning that you're dangerously close to maxing out your free iCloud storage. That leaves you with two choices: (1) Pay for more... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Cloud

Follow the 2016 Rio Olympics with these apps

Follow the 2016 Rio Olympics with these apps

The 2016 Rio Olympics is unarguably summer's hottest sporting event. But if you don't have a cable or satellite subscription and can't watch the must-see events live, you may feel out in the cold. The answer may already be on your phone: Catch all the Olympics buzz with these apps.

Discovery apps

Google: The Google search app (iOS, Android) delivers streamlined summaries of info about the games. Enter "Olympics," and you'll see the entire event schedule, results, and medal... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Find, download, and install Android apps safely

Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.

Where to get Android apps

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Topics: Windows Software , Android Software

Tags: Guides , security , Android apps , shopping

Dropbox Paper apps are now open betas

Dropbox Paper apps are now open betas

This week Dropbox Paper became an open-to-the-public beta that you can download and try. Paper is a collaboration tool, like Slack or Asana, designed to help groups work together, but you could also consider it a competitor for cloud-based productivity apps like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365.

The Paper beta -- available on the Web and for iOS and Android -- lets you build shareable documents. These can contain text, lists, images, and image galleries,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Discounts for college students

Discounts for college students

College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.

Tech deals

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

Tags: Apple , music , Microsoft , Amazon

How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics

How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will bring 10,500 athletes to compete in 306 events. From the August 5 opening ceremony to the closing celebration on August 21, there will be 6,755 hours of elite athletics that you could watch if you want to medal in livestreaming. Here's how to catch every minute of your can't-miss events.

Note: To watch over the Olympics' official app, website, or TV channels, or any streaming service, you must be... Read More »

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

What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

What's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft is marking Windows 10's first anniversary with a big update on August 2, and the plan is so bold that it's not limited to your desktop or laptop. Since the Xbox One game console runs its own version of Windows 10, it's getting both the Anniversary Update and partial convergence with desktop Windows. Microsoft is also reinforcing its determination to make Cortana your personal digital assistant, and the Edge browser is finally getting legit support for add-ons, such as... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Microsoft , update , operating system