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Top software trends of 2016

Well, that was an odd year. We got a very public lesson in why it's important to keep online communications secure; we went outside to toss Poke Balls at augmented-reality pocket monsters; and we asked inanimate objects in our homes for assistance. Here are the software trends of 2016 that we found intriguing, important, or entertaining.

Streaming services put cable TV on notice

Cutting the cord keeps getting easier and more attractive. When PlayStation Vue launched in March... Read More »

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

Tags: Messaging , Apple , apps , Google , Facebook , streaming , app

8 Siri-enabled third-party apps for iOS 10

If you use Siri, then you already know how helpful Apple's personal digital assistant can be for handling directions, relaying movie showtimes, scheduling appointments, playing music, or communicating with your contacts. With iOS 10, Siri goes one step further, integrating with many of your favorite third-party apps. You can now perform even more functions with just the sound of your voice. The number of Siri-aware apps is growing steadily, and here are eight of our favorites so far.

How to... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Apple , iOS

10 iMessage apps for iOS 10

Apple's iMessage overhaul is one of the greatest reasons to upgrade to iOS 10. You get tap-back quick responses, heartbeat messages, invisible ink, message bubbles, screen effects, GIFs, and music. But the real convenience comes from the sizable selection of apps that integrate into iMessage, enabling you to work, play, and chat at the same time. Here are 10 fun and useful iMessage apps for you to try, including new ones and some old favorites redesigned for iMessage.

If you... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Messaging , Apple , App Store

Get ready for MacOS Sierra

Although Apple works to make its major software updates go without a hitch, things can still go wrong -- as some users reported with iOS 10 last week. Since a big Apple update can take a few hours to install if everything goes right -- and more hours if something goes wrong -- make sure you are prepared. Sierra arrives September 20 as a free download in the Mac App Store, so now's the time to get ready.

Check your... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac OS X

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

Discounts for college students

College students head back to campus soon, and tuition is not the only expense they face. Books, electronics, school supplies, and even entertainment can be a big chunk of a back-to-school budget. But many tech companies, online services, and other businesses offer student discounts. To participate, you often have to confirm that you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID or Unidays.

Tech deals

Before you buy any tech,... Read More »

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

Tags: Apple , music , Microsoft , Amazon

First look: MacOS Sierra public beta

The public preview of MacOS Sierra shows Apple continuing to make Mac a better partner for Apple's mobile devices, including moving iOS features over to the desktop.

Siri

With Sierra, your iOS personal digital assistant is now on the Mac. Seek Siri's help by clicking the Siri icon in the Mac menu bar, tapping her Dock icon, or using a keyboard shortcut (if you activate one in Siri's System Preferences).

She doesn't respond to "Hey, Siri," sadly. But you can control... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , beta , Mac OS X

Check out the MacOS Sierra public beta

For the third July in a row, Apple is giving customers a prerelease version of the next Macintosh operating system, MacOS Sierra. The public beta is a chance for users to monitor the OS's progress and help the company identify issues before Sierra officially ships this fall.

You can download the test OS for free, but be aware that beta software -- even from Apple -- isn't fully baked: Apps may be unstable, features may not work... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Mac OS X

Apple WWDC 2016 highlights

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and a celebration of Apple's diversity. Today's announcements were all about the software -- there was no hardware news at all -- including more features for Messages and Photos, an overhauled Apple Music, and a new name for OS X, which will now support Siri. Cook also praised the 13,000 developers who... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , iOS , Mac OS X

Celebrate Apple's 40th anniversary with our 40 favorite memories

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 »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X