Apple took the wraps off the next major revisions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, offering up speedier web browsing, person-to-person payment transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay, popular MacOS features for the iPad, and more.iOS 11
iOS 11, coming this fall, will include a raft of new features. A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also... Read More »
A password manager can manage your passwords, email log-ins, credit-card information, addresses, social security number, and more -- unlocking everything across all your devices with one master password.
Mac Password Manager FAQSWhy do I need a password manager? A good password should be a long string of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and other non-alphanumeric characters -- something that's difficult for others to... Read More »
If it's collecting and sharing your digital information with a third-party without your permission, then it's spyware, a software category that spans browser cookies, adware, Web beacons, and keyloggers -- to, perhaps, even your favorite software.
Mac Anti-Spyware FAQSWhat is spyware? Although tracking your online and computing behaviors can be used for good --... Read More »
It is almost true that Macs don't get malware or viruses. While not nearly as popular a target as Windows and Android devices, Macs do attract the attention of hackers. In 2016, for example, Mac users saw the first functional ransomware targeting the Mac. And Bitdefender, this year, identified sophisticated malware designed for the Mac.
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Glass Animals' singer Dave Bayley enjoys easily discovering new tunes on streaming sites, such as Spotify (iOS, Android), Apple Music (iOS, Android), and Amazon Music (iOS, Android). But, like most audiophiles, today, the psych pop frontman misses the context provided by the album artwork, band photos, and lyric sheets that historically accompanied record, cassette, and CD releases.
To give listeners insight into the characters who inspired Glass Animals' recent... Read More »
Google I/O 2017 demonstrates how Google is doubling down on artificial intelligence to give its products an edge over the competition.Announcing Google Lens
Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O by announcing Google Lens, which will work as an extension of Google Assistant and Google Photos (Android, iOS) (with integration in other apps planned for the near future). It takes the input from your phone's camera and attempts to tell you more about it -- people, places,... Read More »
Siri and the Google App demonstrate that using your voice can be the fastest way to get an answer to something, from driving directions to the middle name of the 21st President of the United States ("Alan"). Amazon's popular Echo devices can work this magic as well, with a built-in AI the company calls Alexa. In May 2017, Amazon added free messaging and voice calling to the Alexa app and all Echos. The people on both ends of the conversation... Read More »
Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »
With Pandora Premium unleashed upon the suspecting public this week, the long-running music streaming service finally joined the on-demand listening party, after making its name as a radio-style service. Less expected was a big version bump for Google Earth, the fun-for-a-few-minutes 3D navigation app whose potential thunder has been mostly stolen by Google Maps for the last several years. Apple, YouTube, and popular indie game Lumino City also made a splash. Let's show you the highlights.Pandora Premium (Android,... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Tidal becomes your main source for Jay Z, Spotify partners with UMG, YouTube TV streams Live TV for $35 per month, Hulu lets you stream entire TV seasons in under five minutes, and animation app FlipaClip entices new iOS users with a creative contest.Tidal (iOS, Android)
Jigga what? Jigga where? Jay Z fans had only one problem, this week, when they couldn't find much of the rap legend's music catalog... Read More »