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Google I/O wows with three jaw-dropping announcements

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 »

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Free Calling and Messaging with Amazon Echo Alexa

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 »

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Tags: Messaging , VoIP , Amazon

Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

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 »

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Tags: Guides , video , streaming

Friday 5: Google Earth, Pandora, YouTube, Apple's Clips, Lumino City

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 »

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Friday 5: Tidal, Spotify, YouTube TV, Hulu, FlipaClip

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 »

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Tags: Friday 5

The best apps for spring cleaning and organizing your life

As the twittering birds and golden sunshine of spring finally roll in, we must take stock of the dusty nest that winter turned our home into. Did you spend a lot of time parked on the couch under a warm blanket and binge on Netflix while the lighting and thunder raged outside your window? Well, now that you've reached the end of the gauntlet, let's show you several handy mobile apps that can help you reorganize your home and possibly... Read More »

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Tags: App Guides

Best free desktop MP3 & audio software

Whether you're looking to optimize existing music software with plug-ins, simply store and play MP3s, or convert, mix, edit, share, or burn files, certain requirements come into play. Sound quality, file compatibility, editing features, playback controls, and sharing tools are some of the biggest factors.

Desktop MP3 & audio software FAQs

How's the sound quality? 160Kbps (kilobits per second) to 256Kbps is... Read More »

Topics: MP3 & Audio Software , Streaming Audio Software , Music Management Software , Ringtone Software , Audio Production & Recording Software , DJ Software , Podcasting Software , CD Burners , Karaoke Software , Audio Plugins , Windows Software , Mac Software , Media Players , Rippers & Converting Software

Tags: MP3

Best iTunes software for Windows and Mac

iTunes is Apple's go-to music management and playback software, but you can improve your iTunes experience with iPod utilities and iTunes transfer apps. Play, download, and organize your digital audio and video collection, create backups, and manage all your Apple devices with the best iTunes and iPod software.

iTunes software for Windows and Mac FAQs

What are my conversion options? You should be able to convert... Read More »

Topics: iPod Utilities , MP3 & Audio Software , iPod Video Software , iTunes Utilities , iTunes Visualizers , iTunes & iPod Software , Other iTunes & Ipod Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , iTunes Sharing , iTunes Controllers , iTunes Artwork , iPod Backup

Desktop travel software to book your next vacation

When traveling to an unfamiliar destination or even in the planning stages, it's only too easy to lose your way. Let us help guide you with the right reservation, mapping, and translation apps. And with our deal apps, we can even help you save money on flights, hotels, restaurants, and experiences along the way.

Desktop travel apps FAQ

What info do I need? When... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Itineraries & Schedules , GPS Software , Currency , Transportation , Lists , City Guides , Travel , Language and Translators , Windows Software , Mac Software , Restaurants

Friday 5: Google Calendar, Medium, Hardbound, Telegram, Messenger

In this week's Friday 5, Google Calendar becomes iPad friendly, Medium puts its premium content behind a paywall, Hardbound helps you read quicker-to-read versions of new books for free, Telegram adds end-to-end encrypted calls, and Messenger enables live location sharing.

Google Calendar for iPad (iOS, Android)

Google Calendar, our favorite scheduling app, was never quite ready for the big screen. But with its latest update, all of Calendar's features are optimized for the iPad.... Read More »

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Tags: Friday 5