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 »
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 »
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
Mac users were hit with the first ransomware attack on OS X over the weekend. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks, an enterprise network and security firm, said malware-infected files were part of the installer for version 2.90 of the BitTorrent client Transmission for OS X.
Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a hard drive or prevents users from accessing their device. After the malware is installed, the attacker offers to send a decryption key to... Read More »
Today Apple opened a Twitter account that promises to offer customer support, tutorials, and tips and tricks for its products.
So far Apple has posted a tip for using its Notes app and has sent off more than a thousand tweets, nearly all replies to @AppleSupport questions.
Most of Apple's responses instruct the follower to direct-message more details, such as OS version number. Others replies point the user to an appropriate Apple webpage or to another company, if the problem... Read More »
Taking photos with your iPhone is a snap. Finding the photos later on your Mac can be more work. But Apple's Photos for OS X offers a variety of ways to quickly hunt down and manage your photos.Automatically organized
Photos for OS X automatically sorts your photographs by date and location. The first set is called Moments, such as photos from an afternoon ball game. Moments become part of Collections -- games you attended over a month, for example. And... Read More »
As much as technology changes, one thing remains the same: Given enough time, you eventually run out of room for your files. Whether you've downloaded too many apps or you're an avid photographer, you'll need more space. Start by getting rid of the stuff you know you don't need, then read on for more space-saving tips. Another rule of tech is that eventually your storage device will kick the bucket, taking important files with it. We have... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Microsoft has announced that it's integrating the Xbox One game console into its Universal Windows Applications program. Announced during the run-up to Windows 10's release, Universal Windows Applications was first envisioned as a way to buy software in the Windows Store that was licensed for use on any device (mobile or desktop) running Windows 10. That original proposal did not include console games, so the addition is a major shift for the company.
Windows 10 users with Microsoft accounts can already... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.
You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.
A... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Some argue that you don't need antivirus software if you just stay away from sketchy websites and email attachments. Unfortunately, there's a large cottage industry dedicated to deceiving people into inviting malware onto their computers. Think of antivirus software as your digital seatbelt: You don't strictly need it most of the time, but if you ever do, it can really save your bacon. And usually it has a negligible impact on your computer's performance. Here's how to evaluate your Windows... Read More »