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 »
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
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 »
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
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 »
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.
Topics: iOS Software
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."
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 »
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 »
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