Back up your WhatsApp content to Google Drive

You'll soon be able to back up your WhatsApp content to the cloud, Google and WhatsApp announced this morning.

The two companies said that over the next few months they intend to roll out the ability to back up WhatsApp chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos from the Android version of the messaging app to Google Drive. The companies said the feature, once it's available, will appear in WhatsApp's settings. You'll be able to set whether you back up... Read More »

Topics: SMS Tools , Communications , Android Software , Android

A visual look at Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings useful under-the-hood improvements -- such as better power management -- but Google didn't neglect the visual elements of its new mobile operating system. Here's Marshmallow at a glance.

Fresh design

Marshmallow employs Google's Material grid-based approach to design and uses the company's new colorful branding.

Get permission

Managing permissions in Android has always been a bit frustrating. Google hopes to change that with Marshmallow, giving you finer control over permissions by making apps request permission when... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

How to use iOS's Text Replacement

Autocorrect and autocomplete have certainly done their part to speed up communication, but neither has done as much as iOS's Text Replacement (formerly called Keyboard Shortcuts). This often overlooked feature enables you to type common messages like "How's it going?" or "See you soon" with just a few characters, such as "hig" or "sys." You'll find this a major timesaver.

To set up Text Replacement, tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then Text Replacement, where you'll find preconfigured... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Adobe adds Photoshop Fix and Capture CC

Adobe executives debuted two new iOS apps at this year's Adobe Max event: Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC. Both are free and available now.

Before, if you wanted to edit a photo on your iPhone or iPad, your main Adobe options were Photoshop Express or Photoshop Touch -- that is, if you only needed Photoshop's core functions.

Adobe Photoshop Fix lets photo enthusiasts of all skill levels complete more sophisticated and precise touch-and-drag-based... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Adobe , Photoshop

Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Doubling down on its hardware to complement Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled the first laptop it's ever designed, the Surface Book, at an event today in New York.

Microsoft opened with some numbers worth mentioning. It claims that 110 million devices have installed Windows 10 so far, including 8 million business users, with 650 billion page views in the new Edge Web browser. The company also claimed that Windows 10 users are using the Netflix app more than... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows Mobile , Microsoft

Transfer your data to a new iPhone

You're eager to start using your brand-new iPhone, but if you try to manually move your apps, photos, music, documents, and contacts, your exhilaration will soon turn to frustration. Don't do it the hard way. Here's how to transfer info to your new device using iCloud or iTunes.

Back up before you transfer

First, create a current backup of all the data on your old phone. You can use iCloud or iTunes. Which one should you choose?

iCloud... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone

Office for Mac 2016 and El Capitan off to a rough start

With the release of El Capitan (OS X 10.11) this week, some Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac users are reporting significant issues running the Mac version of Office on Apple's new OS.

On Microsoft's community forums, Office users are noting that Office 2016 apps crash and hang on El Capitan. While many of the reported problems center on the new version of Outlook, others note issues with Word or Excel running alongside another Office app. And some are... Read More »

Topics: Office Suites , Mac Software

How to browse safely in Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 has raised concerns with its collection of certain user data. You can't turn that off, though you can adjust the OS's privacy and security settings. You can also tweak Edge, Windows 10's new default Web browser. We've given you a tour of Edge's major features, but now let's drill down into the settings specific to your privacy and security. (If you're also using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, we have security tips for those browsers, too.).

Open... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Security Center , security , browser , Internet Explorer , Internet security , privacy

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

In the wake of concerns about the amount of user data that Windows 10 collects and sends to Microsoft, the company has spoken out in defense of its methodology on its official Windows blog. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, laid out the company's game plan, based on two principles: (1) "Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you," and (2) "You are in control with the ability to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Security Center , Windows 10 , security , privacy

Wi-Fi Assist may be costing you

If you've upgraded to iOS 9, as 50% of iOS users have, then you're probably enjoying new features like News, improved Notes and Wallet, Spotlight search, and the ability to multitask on newer iPads. But you may not have even noticed Wi-Fi Assist, which switches your connection from Wi-Fi to cellular when you're in a poor coverage area. This is a huge boon if you watch a lot of videos, play music, or surf the Web... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS , wi-fi