Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is built to replace your laptop, with its impressive 12.9-inch Retina display, lightning-fast CPU, multitouch abilities, and hi-fi speakers. But you don't have to use all that screen space for Microsoft Office. Here are six apps recently optimized for the iPad Pro that'll give you a big canvas for your ideas.

Artsy

Most of us can't go to museums or galleries every day to soak up inspiration. But you can make a habit of... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPad

Top software trends of 2015

Top software trends of 2015

The biggest software trend of 2015: It's everywhere. Software is in your laptop and phone, of course, but also in your fitness band, your car, your smart TV and home appliances, and your kids' toys. Software includes OSes and apps, but also streaming music and TV, cloud storage, games, and a host of services that work over the Web or messaging. It's an exciting time for software, but there are problems, too, starting with security... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides

2015 trends: The evolution of password security

2015 trends: The evolution of password security

For years, security experts have told us to use strong passwords and a password manager. Both are good practices, but the next level is fingerprint ID and two-factor authentication. This year, Google launched two Nexus phones with fingerprint sensors and relatively aggressive price points, and two major companies started offering two-factor authentication to enhance your password security. Since most people's password habits seem to be pretty terrible, these two industry shifts may help protect us against... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Internet security

Favorite iOS apps of 2015

Favorite iOS apps of 2015

Apple's App Store has 1.4 million titles (as of June 2015), so there are more apps than anyone can try in a lifetime. We've tested hundreds this year alone, and only half were worthy of coverage and far fewer earned our praise. But the greatest compliment we can pay an app is putting it in heavy rotation on our phones. Here are the iOS apps that my colleague Tuong Nguyen and I just couldn't quit using... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Favorite apps and services of 2015

Favorite apps and services of 2015

Tech junkiedom can be an expensive business, since we're always eager to try new things as soon as they're available, instead of waiting patiently for discounts. But I noticed as I gathered this list of personal favorites for 2015 that these apps and services reduce my costs, bundle one thing into another, or both. Maybe my subconcious is trying to tell me something, but I've improved my quality of life (and the heft of my wallet) with regard to my... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Android Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Google , mobile , streaming , Android apps

Favorite Mac apps of 2015

Favorite Mac apps of 2015

It was an interesting year for OS X software. A few popular apps, such as the vector-design tool Sketch, were frustrated by the experience of the Mac App Store and left it to go it alone. Apple maintained its annual release schedule, offering a solid, no- frills update to OS X. But Microsoft might have made the biggest waves, releasing Office 2016 and Windows 10, which all the virtual-machine makers rushed to support.

Acorn

I've used Acorn for years... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac OS X

Favorite Android apps of 2015

Favorite Android apps of 2015

With almost 1.9 million apps in the Google Play store -- and 33,000 more coming each month -- there is little chance of keeping up with all the new releases. But I steadily swap apps on and off my phone, trying anything that looks interesting. Google has its own list. But here are six apps that made the cut on my home screen this year.

Google Photos

When Google announced this summer that it was uncoupling Photos from Google+,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

​How to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi

​How to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi

If you're out at a coffee shop, hotel, or airport and can't get a data connection on your phone, then you'll need to connect to Wi-Fi.

First and most importantly, you should only join a Wi-Fi network that's reasonably secure. Head to the Settings app, then toggle Wi-Fi on, and a list of available networks should pop up. You'll see a padlock next to networks that require a password. That doesn't guarantee that the network is safe, because you don't... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , wi-fi

How to wipe an iPhone

How to wipe an iPhone

Before you return, resell, or gift your old iPhone, it's important to wipe it clean first. If you don't, the sensitive data on it -- your passwords, location history, photos, and financial info -- could fall into the wrong hands and end up costing you your identity.

First, before you wipe, ensure that you've backed up all your data.

Next, turn off Find My iPhone so that you no longer have the power to remotely disable the phone... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone

​Lost iPhone? Wipe it remotely

​Lost iPhone? Wipe it remotely

Apple offers a number of protections for iPhones and iPads that have gone AWOL. Your PIN and Touch ID won't protect your device but will safeguard the data on it. You can (and should) also disable Siri on the lock screen so that the voice assistant doesn't disclose any info.

If you haven't locked down your phone with one or more of those options, your best bet for a lost or stolen iPhone is to wipe it remotely. To... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone