Apple previews fall iPhone and Apple Watch lineup

Apple previews fall iPhone and Apple Watch lineup

This morning Apple held its annual September event in San Francisco, where it unveiled its fall mobile lineup, including iPhones 7 and 7 Plus, Series 2 Apple Watches, and iOS 10 and WatchOS 3 updates.

Gaming and iWork

Apple's event led with work and play in its software updates. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario, announced that Mario is finally coming to iOS. The brand-new Super Mario Run will be exclusive to the App Store and available by the holidays, with pricing... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple

Facebook Messenger unveils Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger unveils Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger is gradually introducing end-to-end encryption in the form of Secret Conversations to its roughly 900 million active monthly users. This new security feature relies on a protocol called Signal (already used in the standalone Signal app, Facebook's WhatsApp, and Google's Allo). If you're one of the lucky ones who's received the Secret Conversations update, then your Messenger chats will be private.

You'll know if you have it, thanks to an alert that sits atop Facebook Messenger's home screen. ... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , Facebook , Chat

Two-step verification on Windows and Mac

Two-step verification on Windows and Mac

Two-step verification is a way to give your accounts more protection than just a password or PIN. If you use a verification app like Google Authenticator (iOS, Android), you log in to your account (email, bank, Amazon, and so on) with your username and password, and the app sends a temporary code to your phone that's the final key to get into your account. But if you want to generate verification codes on your desktop... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , security , Internet security , utilities

TV game guide

TV game guide

You've missed "The Walking Dead" for months now, since season 6 wrapped in April, and you won't find out who met the wrong end of Lucille until October 23. But if you can't wait for fresh blood, there are two official games based on AMC's hit show to tide you over. In fact, you can sate many of your fall TV cravings with these TV show-themed games and apps.

And for the lowdown... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Watch NFL football online or in app

Watch NFL football online or in app

Like many professional sports leagues, the NFL lets you watch nearly all of its games online or via an app. However, in other leagues you usually need just one app to watch all the games. The NFL wants you download a handful of apps, making you keep track of which app you need for the day's games.

NFL Mobile app for Verizon customers (iOS, Android)

If you are on the Verizon network, you can watch live regular season games, the... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Football

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)

What Prisma does to... Read More »

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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