Google makes Nik photo editing tools free

Google makes Nik photo editing tools free

Google's Nik Collection of photo-editing tools are now free to use for Mac and Windows. That's because Google is turning its attention to its mobile tools.

On Nik's Google+ page, Google explained: "As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we've decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it."

If you purchased the Nik Collection this year,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Digital Photo Tools

Make your Twitter feed chronological again

Make your Twitter feed chronological again

Until recently, Twitter timelines ran in reverse chronological order, and we liked it that way. Timelines had an immediacy and democracy long absent from Facebook -- anyone could cut to the front of the feed. But on February 10, Twitter announced an algorithm that pushes the "best" tweets since your last visit to the top of your timeline. If you're unhappy about this update, there is a permanent fix, whether you're using Twitter on the Web or in a... Read More »

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

Tags: Twitter

15 years of Mac OS X

15 years of Mac OS X

Fifteen years ago today, Apple released Mac OS X 10.0, the first public release of the operating system that would become, over the next decade and a half, the software underpinnings for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

That future wasn't obvious on March 24, 2001. Apple's attempt at a modern OS -- code-named Cheetah -- was brimming with possibilities but frequently more frustrating than satisfying. "It's not a finished operating system," wrote Macworld editor Jason Snell in his review of Mac OS X 10.0.... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Mac OS X

Follow the news on Twitter

Follow the news on Twitter

This week Twitter reached a major milestone: its 10th anniversary. From co-founder Jack Dorsey's first tweet on March 21, 2006, Twitter has grown into a platform for breaking news -- and making the news. But while Twitter is a great news source, it's not always the best tool for news discovery. Even Twitter Moments, which shows trending stories, doesn't deliver everything. Here are five apps to ensure you never miss another hot story.

Storyline (iOS)

If you follow a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Twitter

A visual guide to Android N

A visual guide to Android N

While many of Android N's improvements are under the hood, Google is sprucing up the look of its upcoming mobile OS. Take a tour of Android N's new features.

Responding within notifications

Android N's notifications are interactive, and you can respond within notifications instead of opening an app. For example, when you receive a text message notification, you can reply in the notification.

Changing display size

You can change the display size, selecting from Small to Largest settings, to shrink (below,left) or blow... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple's former ad slogan was "Think different," but today's media event might have been tagged "Think small." Apple unveiled more compact versions of its iPhone and iPad Pro, plus new watchbands and updates to iOS and TVOS.

iPhone SE

The new 4-inch iPhone SE is a replacement for Apple's 4-inch iPhone 5S, which Apple released in 2013. Despite the success of its larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, Apple said the smaller model remains popular, especially with first-time buyers -- 30 million... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPad

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 upgrade

Stop or roll back a Windows 10 upgrade

Update (May 24, 2016): On July 29, 2016, Microsoft will stop offering free upgrades to Windows 10. The company's attempts to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users onboard have become increasingly, shall we say, enthusiastic. When you are confronted with the pop-up window telling you that Microsoft has taken the liberty of scheduling an upgrade, it's disappointingly difficult to figure out how to block the process. Can you spot it in the image below?

Give up? It's the word... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8 , updates

Google previews Android N

Google previews Android N

Google dropped an unexpected treat on Android users today: a developer preview of Android N, the code name for the next version of Google's mobile OS.

Google says it will release Android N previews every four to six weeks through the spring and summer, with the final release of Android N for handset makers planned in the third quarter of 2016.

A goal for the early release seems to be getting the update to Android customers sooner. "The earlier preview allows us... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Baseball apps for fans

Baseball apps for fans

The dark night of the soul is over. Baseball's exhibition season has begun, and with spring training come mobile apps and websites to help you root for the home team, whether you are at the ballpark, at home, or on the road.

Tune in to baseball games

MLB.com's At Bat app (Android, iOS) is the yardstick other sports apps should be measured by. The well-designed app is easy to navigate, does an impressive job of displaying information on a small... Read More »

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

Facebook Reactions: like or dislike?

Facebook Reactions: like or dislike?

Facebook users have long asked for a Dislike button, or options other than Like. On February 24, Facebook answered with Reactions, emoji representing Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. You can add one by long-pressing the Like button in the mobile app or hovering over the Like button on desktop to see the animated options.

5 alternatives to Like

Reactions' global rollout is one of the most significant changes ever to hit Facebook, because the Like function is so widely used.... Read More »

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

Tags: Facebook , social networking