Apps have one great advantage over face-to-face conversations: You can block the topics and people that annoy you on Facebook, Twitter, and news sites. That could be a friendship-saving feature in this election year, when your Bernie buddies are battling your Trump uncle. But you can banish any subject at all -- never want to see another story about the Kardashians or a friend's posts about their kid's potty training? These apps and Chrome extensions will make those... Read More »
If you've been following the VR craze, you've probably noticed that the headsets can cost several hundred dollars, and the games and apps aren't free, either. However, you can try VR on the cheap with free Android apps and the Cardboard VR viewer, available on Google's site for $15, along with several similar viewers. Cardboard's app helps you set up your phone and add apps to your library, though Google's app store doesn't do a good... Read More »
Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.
You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.
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Topics: Android Software
You already skip the paper; now skip the computer. The IRS says that 80 percent of us file electronically, but only recently has it become feasible to do your taxes on a phone or a tablet. We recommend TurboTax Tax Preparation for its excellent guidance, built-in security features, and affordable pricing, but H&R Block Tax Preparation and TaxAct Express are worthy alternatives.TurboTax Tax Preparation (iOS, Android)
TurboTax Tax Preparation makes filing as unintimidating as possible by walking you... Read More »
There are a lot of dating apps -- so many that you might need a matchmaker to help you find the right app to help you find the right person. We've picked dating apps that focus on your type, whether you're looking for a fellow geek or a girl who likes girls. If you'd rather have an app that matches your dating style, check out 7 apps for 7 daters.Instagram fans: Nine (iOS)
Location-based Nine helps... Read More »
Some travelers need a vacation from their vacation. Others need a break from planning their holiday. If you've ever wished you had an assistant to handle the many details of your next trip, these 11 apps can help, even if you're booking at the last minute. Book a plane, train, or car, and find a hotel and entertainment in just a few taps and swipes.PlanesCorner (iOS)
Not sure where you want to travel... Read More »
Holidays are a happy time, but all the planning, shopping, and traveling can also take a toll on your peace of mind. According to the Mayo Clinic and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the period between Thanksgiving and the new year can be a stressor and a depressor. The American Psychological Association reports that 69 percent of Americans are stressed out about lack of... Read More »
We love the idea of using mobile devices to pay for stuff. For those of us who always have phone in hand, waving it at a payment reader seems more convenient than fishing a debit or credit card out of our wallets.
Project Zero, Google's crack team of Internet-security researchers,this week announced it had found 11 "high-impact security issues" in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The security group said it had singled out the Samsung handset because it wanted to see how hard it would be to find and exploit bugs on the popular device and then how quickly Samsung would be able to fix them after Google reported them.
The Project Zero group has previously looked for exploits in Nexus devices,... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Talking digital assistants have long been featured in fiction, from HAL to Samantha, but they've only been available in real life since Apple introduced Siri four years ago. Google Now followed for Android, then Microsoft's Cortana in Windows Phone and, as of this year, Windows 10. (Curiously, Mac OS X does not yet support Siri, but if you install Windows 10 via a virtual machine such as Parallels, Cortana will work on Mac.)
Digital assistants are increasingly integrated... Read More »