Android Software

Friday 5: Amazon Chime, Facebook, Flipboard, Musical.ly's Ping Pong, and Signal

In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, Musical.ly introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.

Amazon Chime

Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , video , Facebook , iPhone apps , Android apps , Amazon

Best tax apps for filing your 2016 taxes

Taxes can be complicated if you do them yourself or costly if you use a qualified tax preparer. That's why more and more Americans -- 40 percent, according to recent Intuit estimates -- are turning to do-it-yourself tax apps, which promise ease, affordability, and security.

We've checked out tax preparation and filing apps, and our top three picks are so intuitive, navigable, and instructional that you can use them confidently on your phone or tablet. But if you're... Read More »

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Friday 5: The League, Hater, Castle Story, Fire Emblem Heroes, Mend

In this week's Valentine's Day-themed Friday 5, dating app The League extends to Android, Hater helps you find unity through opposition, popular Nintendo game Fire Emblem Heroes comes to mobile, Castle Story gets a love-themed makeover, and Mend -- Breakup Trainer helps the brokenhearted become whole again.

The League (iOS, Android)

The League, the dating app for the affluent and attractive, finally comes to Android just in time for Valentine's Day. Set your preferences for age, height,... Read More »

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What to look for in a messaging app

You may have picked your messaging apps because they're the ones your friends use. But if you're looking for a new chat app -- or a new group of friends -- here's what to look for.

Messaging apps are packed with similar features, and navigating around an interface to find the right contact, image filter, or game can be challenging. The best messengers group similar features together, putting what you are looking for a swipe or two away. Most... Read More »

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How to watch Super Bowl 2017 on your phone or tablet

Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.

Watch with the NFL Mobile app

Watch the game live -- and data free -- on the NFL Mobile app (iOS and Android) if you are a Verizon Wireless customer. The app is full of information on Sunday's... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , streaming , Football

Friday 5: Pokemon Duel, Smithsonian Earth, Roku, Snapchat, Hulu

Welcome to the Friday 5! Every week, we'll bring you the most noteworthy apps for Android and iOS. This week, we have a new Pokemon game, a new streaming service from the Smithsonian, and notable updates of the Roku, Hulu, and Snapchat apps.

Pokemon Duel

The Pokemon gods dropped a surprise on the world this week with the unexpected launch of Pokemon Duel (Android, iOS). This tactical board game is a much different beast than the augmented-reality... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5 , apps , streaming , social

Friday 5: Evernote, Google Maps, Vine Camera, Fabby, Ambience

Friday 5 is back! This week we have apps for note takers, Uber riders, photo enthusiasts, the next wave of Vine stars, and people looking for a little rest and relaxation.

Evernote (iOS)

This week note-taking app Evernote for iOS got a complete redesign with efficiency in mind. The homepage now contains a list of all your existing notes. With the new tab bar, you can navigate more quickly between Notes, Search, Note Creation, Shortcuts,... Read More »

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Super Mario Run for Android coming in March

Gamers waiting for Super Mario Run to arrive on Android now have a date. The popular side-scroller is slated to show up in March, according to an announcement on Nintendo's Twitter account and the Google Play Store.

Super Mario Run arrived for iOS in December, with the first three levels available for free and the remaining available with a one-time $9.99 purchase.

Preregister in the Google Play Store to be notified when the game goes live.

If March seems... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Games

How to watch the presidential inauguration

If you want to watch the presidential inauguration this Friday, you have a choice: Try to get to Washington, DC, in time to catch Donald J. Trump's festivities, or stay at home, make a cup of tea, and stream the event live.

The swearing-in ceremony happens Friday, January 20, promptly at noon ET, but many news organizations will start their live streams early. CBSN (CBS News' online news service), for example, plans to begin coverage at 7 am ET on... Read More »

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Tags: video

Friday 5: Onion Browser, JOT, Weather Line, SiaMoji, DealRay

Welcome to the Friday 5! Every week we'll bring you the most noteworthy apps for Android and iOS. This week we have apps for privacy-minded Web surfers, note takers, weather watchers, travel-deal hunters, and people who want to know what they'd look like with Sia's hair.

Onion Browser (iOS)

Privacy-minded? Then a Tor browser is just what the security expert ordered. Relying on virtual tunnels instead of direct connections, Tor lets users search and share... Read More »

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