Venmo can soon split the tab for your Uber rides and Uber Eats orders

Venmo can soon split the tab for your Uber rides and Uber Eats orders

Uber announced today that you'll soon be able to use Venmo as a payment option for Uber and Uber Eats, making it easier in theory to split the cost of a ride or food delivery with your friends. You'll be able to use an existing Venmo balance, debit card, or bank account. Credit cards were notably absent from the list.

SEE: Lyft app redesign focuses on shared rides and connecting to public transit

The update to the... Read More »

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Microsoft virtualizes the Whiteboard for remote teams with new app

Microsoft virtualizes the Whiteboard for remote teams with new app

Microsoft announced today that it's releasing Whiteboard for Windows 10 to everyone, after beta testing the app for several months. The company advertises Whiteboard as a "digital canvas" where you can draw, paint, write, and scrawl just like with a physical whiteboard in a classroom or meeting room.

SEE: Slack competitor Microsoft Teams now has a free preview version

The added bonus here is that you can share your whiteboard with others online, and they can make changes in real... Read More »

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Popular Carrot weather app on iOS is bringing its humor and snark to Android

Popular Carrot weather app on iOS is bringing its humor and snark to Android

Packed with vitamin A, nutrients, and antioxidants, the health benefits of the carrot are many.

Powered by Dark Sky (iOS, Android) data and plenty of attitude, the Carrot weather app's accuracy and snark are unparalleled.

SEE: The 5 best weather apps with the most accurate forecast for your location

So far, Carrot, the no. 2 weather app on the App Store -- second only to Dark Sky -- has been iPhone only. But a few weeks ago, developer Grailr... Read More »

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Microsoft brings long-overdue features to Notepad app in next Windows build

Microsoft brings long-overdue features to Notepad app in next Windows build

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, Build 17713, brings a handful of welcome updates to Windows 10, including autoplay controls for the Edge browser and new ways to authenticate users for a remote desktop session. But the most surprising update may be improvements to Windows long-ignored Notepad app.

A better Notepad

With the latest Insider Preview, the Find dialog box gives you the option of choosing to do a wrap-around find and replace. The Find dialog will also remember previously entered... Read More »

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals for mobile shoppers on Android and iPhone

Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals for mobile shoppers on Android and iPhone

Amazon Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16th at 3PM Eastern time, ushering in another hurricane of deep and very brief discounts on millions of products, from mobile phones to laptops and big-screen TVs. And Amazon has its own growing army of devices and services that you'll be able to get for some of the lowest prices that you'll see all year.

Today, we're homing in on all the deals that are especially great for iPhone, iPad, and Android users, some... Read More »

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Slack competitor Microsoft Teams now has a free preview version

Slack competitor Microsoft Teams now has a free preview version

Microsoft dropped a surprise release today: a free preview version of Teams, its competitor to Slack, which just got a lot more competitive. Teams was previously only available to Office 365 subscribers, while anyone could use Slack. The preview version of Teams lacks a few features (see below), but it's poised to make a big dent in the business messaging market.

In addition to using Teams within your web browser, native apps are available for Android, iOS,... Read More »

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Fortnite Season 5 brings golf carts, wormholes, basketball, and flintlock pistols

Fortnite Season 5 brings golf carts, wormholes, basketball, and flintlock pistols

Battle royale juggernaut Fortnite unleashed Season 5 today, bringing in a new batch of outfits, weapons, vehicles, map changes, mini-games, challenges, mysterious events, and possibly a kitchen sink. This season adds an Old West-ish theme with cowboy outfits and flintlock weapons, plus golf carts that you can race, and rifts that you can travel through. You can play the Battle Royale mode of Fornite for free on iOS, as well as game consoles and PCs.

Note that there is no... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

How to use Google Gboard's new Morse code keyboard alternative on iOS and Android

How to use Google Gboard's new Morse code keyboard alternative on iOS and Android

Android, iPhone, and iPad users who have trouble using an onscreen keyboard can now tap into Morse code with the latest version of the Google's Gboard keyboard.

Using the Morse code feature, you tap on dots and dashes to form words instead of having to tap out each letter. Gboard displays each matching letter and shows auto-suggestions for you to add complete words. This option is aimed at people with mobility problems or other disabilities that make it difficult and... Read More »

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'Big Brother' opens its own BB App Store for season 20

'Big Brother' opens its own BB App Store for season 20

Apple has the App Store, Google has the Google Play Store, and Microsoft has the Microsoft Store. Now, popular reality TV series " Big Brother," has its own app store, too. (Disclosure: Download.com and "Big Brother" are both owned by parent company CBS Corp.)

The season itself has a high-tech theme, and apps are a big part of it.

SEE: The best live tv streaming apps in 2018

The BB App Store was introduced to... Read More »

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Follower counts are getting smaller for a lot users as Twitter starts excluding locked accounts

Follower counts are getting smaller for a lot users as Twitter starts excluding locked accounts

From its very early days, Twitter has permitted novelty accounts that pretended to be Steve Jobs, Luke Skywalker, and other scions of geekdom. But lately, fake accounts inhabited by bots have been used for a very different reason than benign entertainment: We now have political gaslighting, weaponized propaganda, fake followers sold in bulk, and possible election interference.

And now Twitter, which previously indicated that these problem accounts measured in the tens of thousands, is in the process... Read More »

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Postmates food delivery service adds 100-plus new cities

Postmates food delivery service adds 100-plus new cities

Postmates, the popular on-demand delivery service, announced its largest expansion yet in a post on the Postmates blog. Now, 135 million people in over 100 cities across the U.S. can benefit from what the company bills as "anything, anywhere, anytime" delivery.

SEE: Best 2018 grocery shopping apps for easy home delivery.

To mark its momentous new cities expansion milestone, Postmates will offer customers a new way to save on delivery: The company is waving delivery charges on all Chipotle orders... Read More »

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Android apps in Google's Chrome OS get enhanced shortcut menus

Android apps in Google's Chrome OS get enhanced shortcut menus

Chrome OS is an Android-like operating system designed by Google for its Chromebook laptops and tablets, but the company been curiously resistant over the years about merging Chrome OS and Android together. However, an increasing number of Chromebooks can now run Android apps, and today Google beefed this up by adding new actions when you right-click on a shortcut for such an app.

SEE: Google Pay app now includes mobile payments like PayPal and Venmo, and boarding passes like Apple Wallet

For... Read More »

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Slack instant messenger app gets improved search for messages, people, and shared files

Slack instant messenger app gets improved search for messages, people, and shared files

In the days before Gmail, we sorted our email messages into labeled folders. But Gmail arrived with Google's potent search engine built right in, making folders virtually unnecessary.

Slack, the instant messaging platform that's developed a major presence in the business sector, is getting increasingly hip to the power of search, and it's just announced better personalization in search results to locate specific messages, coworkers, and files. This update is rolling out "over the next few weeks," according to... Read More »

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Instagram gets new question and answer stickers for Stories

Instagram gets new question and answer stickers for Stories

Instagram announced today that it's adding question and answer stickers to your Stories to its mobile app, for both live Q&A with your followers, and for regular Stories. Stories are themed collections of photos and clips, created by Instagram's users to share with their IG friends, and they disappear after 24 hours. Fierce competitor Snap released Snapchat Stories in 2013, making Instagram's new stickers the latest salvo in their war for your ephemeral attention.

SEE: Instagram Lite app speeds photo sharing for users with bad internet connections

Enabling... Read More »

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The 10 most important iPhone apps of all time

The 10 most important iPhone apps of all time

It took Apple a year after launching the original iPhone before it opened the App Store--and almost overnight it transformed a user-friendly-but-not-very-useful device into one of the great software platforms in history.

The App Store changed the way people get software, evened the playing field for small developers, and turned the iPhone into a digital Swiss Army Knife that could replace a fistful of tools--from cameras to radios to compasses to alarm clocks.

SEE: Inside iOS 12's best new app features, from Measure to Screen Time

Some... Read More »

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Netflix video streaming app adds feature to automatically download new TV episodes to your mobile device

Netflix video streaming app adds feature to automatically download new TV episodes to your mobile device

Netflix added a feature to its Android app called Smart Downloads today that will let it automatically download the next episode of a TV show that you've been watching. Previously downloaded episodes will be deleted automatically to avoid taking up too much space on your phone or tablet.

SEE: Ranking Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video Streaming Apps in 2018

To view this setting in the app, tap on the More button in the lower right, tap on App Settings, and... Read More »

Google Pay app now includes mobile payments like PayPal and Venmo, and boarding passes like Apple Wallet

Google Pay app now includes mobile payments like PayPal and Venmo, and boarding passes like Apple Wallet

Google announced today that its Google Pay app is now getting updated to include direct user-to-user payments, and to save concert tickets and boarding passes. This brings it more in line with chief competitor Apple Pay, which has had mobile ticketing for years and added user-to-user payments in December 2017 to compete with Venmo and Zelle.

SEE: YouTube improves privacy options on Android, thanks to new Incognito Mode

For now, Google's ticket storing system doesn't support... Read More »

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YouTube improves privacy options on Android, thanks to new Incognito Mode

YouTube improves privacy options on Android, thanks to new Incognito Mode

After a testing phase that began in May, YouTube made its Incognito Mode available to all Android users today. Like Incognito Mode in the Google Chrome browser, it doesn't keep a record of your viewing history, and the recommended videos associated with your YouTube account won't be affected, freeing tough guys to watch all the Care Bear cartoons they want.

SEE: Can a revamped YouTube Music app be the top alternative to Spotify?

To enable Incognito mode, open the YouTube app,... Read More »

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Firefox Test Pilot launches Notes app for Android and Lockbox password manager for iOS

Firefox Test Pilot launches Notes app for Android and Lockbox password manager for iOS

Mozilla launched its Firefox Test Pilot beta testing system on mobile devices today, bringing an end-to-end encrypted note-taking app to Android, and a cloud-based password manager called Lockbox to iOS. Despite the name of the system, these two apps are separate from the Firefox web browser, though you do need a Firefox account to log into them and sync your data across devices.

SEE: How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

Notes brings end-to-end encryption... Read More »

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Microsoft Launcher offers more ways to customize your Android device

Microsoft Launcher offers more ways to customize your Android device

Want to customize the dull, drab screens on your Android device with cool themes and widgets from Microsoft? Then you may want to take the new version of Microsoft Launcher for a ride.

SEE: Microsoft Launcher for Android

Available in Google Play, Microsoft Launcher version 4.11 builds upon the goal of offering Android users ways to tweak their device screens and gain easier access to their favorite Microsoft apps. Featured in the new update are tweaks to the welcome page... Read More »

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