How Apple is going to block digital fingerprinting

How Apple is going to block digital fingerprinting

The personalized memoji were cool. Making Siri more useful is welcome. But the announcements Apple made this week at WWDC that may have the biggest effect on your online life were around its plans for guarding your browsing privacy online, especially around preventing browser fingerprinting.

To prevent third-party trackers from monitoring your activities across the web, you can run a web browser extension like Privacy Badger from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, to block a tracker's ability... Read More »

Topics: Browsers , Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2018

A buyer's guide to virtual private networks (VPNs) in 2018

On April 4, 2017, a measure was signed into federal law that allows Internet service providers to collect and sell your personal data without your consent. Things including your physical location, your favorite websites, and what Internet apps you use are all valid targets for a price tag. One of the ways you can maintain your privacy is with a virtual private network (VPN). While these were originally designed for business users, VPNs have greatly expanded in recent years... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , VPN

Will Microsoft buying GitHub change the future of apps?

Will Microsoft buying GitHub change the future of apps?

As the platform where so many of the world's developers build today's apps, GitHub has an outsized influence on the code that gets made. With Microsoft buying GitHub for $7.5 billion, people are naturally going to ask how this will impact the future of software.

SEE: GitHub: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)

In its official statement about on the acquisition, Microsoft asserted, "GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in... Read More »

Topics: Developer Tools , Windows Software

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

How to beef up your Chrome and Firefox security in 2018

Despite the existence of millions of popular apps and services today, the humble little web browser keeps on trucking. However, online security and privacy has gotten a lot trickier over the years, and both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox arguably need a few tweaks to their settings to help you stay safe on the web. Let's get you up to speed on password management, Google account management, two-factor authentication, spyware, virtual private networks, and more.

Google Chrome settings

1. Disable Chrome's... Read More »

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

Tags: Security Center , Guides , security , Windows software , browsers

Hands-on: Can revamped YouTube Music app be top alternative to Spotify?

Hands-on: Can revamped YouTube Music app be top alternative to Spotify?

Despite Spotify now streaming tens of millions of tracks to over 75 million paying customers for 10 bucks a month, not everyone has found solace with the market leader. You can count now Google among the rivals that think it can do better.

Its alternative is the brand-new YouTube Music, which now comes with an optional $10 a month subscription with features aimed squarely at Spotify. We got an early look at it, and wanted to share our first... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , MP3 & Audio Software , Streaming Audio Software , Video Software , Video Players , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Music Software

How to order movie tickets from your smartphone: The leading free movie apps

How to order movie tickets from your smartphone: The leading free movie apps

Once you've decided to go to the movies, there are several annoying steps between you and a comfortable reclining seat, a massive high-definition screen, and a tub of hot-buttered popcorn. First, there's the long ticketing line that inevitably leads to a sold-out sign for that opening-weekend flick. Even if you've managed to make it through that test of wills with those dreaded front-row tickets in hand (hope you brought your neck pillow), you're still faced with the labyrinthine concessions stand... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to get 6 months of The Washington Post for free, and then pay only 4 bucks a month

How to get 6 months of The Washington Post for free, and then pay only 4 bucks a month

Washington D.C. politics has gotten intensely interesting in the last year and a half, and the flood of news has been enough to drown most casual observers. How do you stay afloat? Is there any news source that can keep it all sorted -- and do it without breaking your budget?

Well, thanks to the magic of capitalism and the deep pockets of one particular tech billionaire, the answer is "Yes." But it may be the best kept secret in the... Read More »

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

Test Your World-Building Skills in The Battle for Polytopia

Test Your World-Building Skills in The Battle for Polytopia

In the world-building game, The Battle for Polytopia, you lead a tribe, conquer cities, take land, gather resources, and get the highest score before your time runs out.

Part of what makes The Battle for Polytopia a joy to play is, unlike some other world-building games that require you to master quite a bit before you can start enjoying your conquests, this turn-based strategy game for Android and iOS is easy to jump into and start building an empire.... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Strategy Games , Games

LEGO The Incredibles Coming to Nintendo Switch This Summer

LEGO The Incredibles Coming to Nintendo Switch This Summer

Warner Brothers and TT Games have just announced that The Incredibles are getting their own LEGO game on June 15, to coincide with the long-awaited sequel to Pixar's 2004 animated film arriving a week later. LEGO The Incredibles will be coming out on the Nintendo Switch mobile game console, as well as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The game is priced at $59.99 for all three platforms. A Windows release has not been announced.

TT's LEGO games straddle... Read More »

Topics: Action Games , Sudoku, Crossword & Puzzle Games , Windows Software , Games

Play Last Day on Earth: Survival, a Zombie-Filled Action Game

Play Last Day on Earth: Survival, a Zombie-Filled Action Game

Hooray! Another post-apocalyptic zombie game! And this one's good! In Last Day on Earth: Survival -- from Kefir and currently in beta -- you play as a survivor in a zombie-filled wasteland, searching for food, water, and materials. As you level up, you can build a shelter and fortify it; craft weapons and clothes; and even erect a radio tower, so you can chat with other players in the game. The game is in beta, so some final... Read More »

Topics: Action Games , Android Software , iOS Software , Games