IOS

Friday 5: Google Assistant, Twitch, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Snapseed, and Calorie Mama

In this week's Friday 5, Google Assistant finally comes to a wide range of Android devices and adds SMS functions, Twitch adds a Twitter-like broadcaster feed, Lightroom lets you take photos with HDR processing, Snapseed adds shareable templates, and the popular Calorie Mama app can detect your food based on a photo.

Google Assistant extends its aid

Google Assistant, a conversational AI like Siri, has been built into Google's Pixel phones since those were launched in October 2016 -- but were found... Read More »

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

Tags: App Guides , iOS , Google , Twitter , image editor , Android apps , Photoshop

Google's PhotoScan helps scan your old photos

Google wants to help get the old photos stuck on your fridge onto your phone, where you can save, edit, and share them.

PhotoScan, Google's new photo tool for Android and iOS, turns your phone into a handheld scanner, capturing a digital image of a photo print.

Position your phone over a photo and tap PhotoScan's capture button. The app does its best to identify the four corners of the image, and then you follow an arrow to navigate your... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Digital Photo Tools

Tags: Android , iOS , photos , Android apps , Google Android

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

First look: iOS 10

Apple's iOS 10 is due this fall, along with MacOS Sierra, and you can expect new features, including Home. But mostly the release will bring much-desired optimizations to Messages, Maps, Music, and Photos, plus little perks like finally letting you delete some of Apple's native apps.

Don't want to wait until fall? You can preview iOS 10 through Apple's public beta program. You need, at minimum, an iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, or... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS

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

Block topics on Facebook, Twitter, and the Web

Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More »

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

Tags: Android , iOS , Chrome , browser , browsers , mobile browser , Google Chrome

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

How to use Apple's Night Shift for iOS 9.3

Apple's new Night Shift is here to help those of you up late reading on your iPhone or iPad. Studies show that late-night browsing makes it more difficult to fall asleep later. That's because the blue and green light emitted from LED screens interferes with your body's melatonin production, which in turn shortens your sleep cycle.

Night Shift, part of the iOS 9.3 update, relies on your iOS device's clock and geolocation to figure out when the sun... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS

Apple offers help on Twitter

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 »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iOS , Mac OS X

Do your taxes on your phone

You already skip the paper; now skip the computer. The IRS says that 80 percent of us file electronically, but only recently has it become feasible to do your taxes on a phone or a tablet. We recommend TurboTax Tax Preparation for its excellent guidance, built-in security features, and affordable pricing, but H&R Block Tax Preparation and TaxAct Express are worthy alternatives.

TurboTax Tax Preparation (iOS, Android)

TurboTax Tax Preparation makes filing as unintimidating as possible by walking you... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS