Friday 5: Google Assistant, Twitch, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Snapseed, and Calorie Mama

In this week's Friday 5, Google Assistant finally comes to a wide range of Android devices and adds SMS functions, Twitch adds a Twitter-like broadcaster feed, Lightroom lets you take photos with HDR processing, Snapseed adds shareable templates, and the popular Calorie Mama app can detect your food based on a photo.

Google Assistant extends its aid

Google Assistant, a conversational AI like Siri, has been built into Google's Pixel phones since those were launched in October 2016 -- but were found... Read More »

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

Tags: App Guides , iOS , Google , Twitter , image editor , Android apps , Photoshop

Make your Twitter feed chronological again

Until recently, Twitter timelines ran in reverse chronological order, and we liked it that way. Timelines had an immediacy and democracy long absent from Facebook -- anyone could cut to the front of the feed. But on February 10, Twitter announced an algorithm that pushes the "best" tweets since your last visit to the top of your timeline. If you're unhappy about this update, there is a permanent fix, whether you're using Twitter on the Web or in a... Read More »

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

Tags: Twitter

Follow the news on Twitter

This week Twitter reached a major milestone: its 10th anniversary. From co-founder Jack Dorsey's first tweet on March 21, 2006, Twitter has grown into a platform for breaking news -- and making the news. But while Twitter is a great news source, it's not always the best tool for news discovery. Even Twitter Moments, which shows trending stories, doesn't deliver everything. Here are five apps to ensure you never miss another hot story.

Storyline (iOS)

If you follow a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Twitter

Star Apps: Rob Kardashian

If the Kardashians are America's first family, then Rob Kardashian is their golden boy. Since "Keeping up with the Kardashians" debuted in 2007 (just three and a half months after the iPhone!), millions have watched Rob grow from a 20-year-old college student in a relationship with ex-Cheetah girl Adrienne Bailon to a runner up on "Dancing with the Stars," and now a successful entrepreneur -- his Arthur George sock line is carried at Neiman Marcus stores, nationwide. On the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , Twitter , Windows software , Instagram

Star Apps: Seth Green on Hipstamatic

Superstar Seth Green is perhaps best known for his work on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," three "Austin Powers" films, "Party Monster," "Family Guy," and his Emmy Award-winning, stop-motion-animated series "Robot Chicken."

What many fans might not know is that Green, who will soon appear on-camera in the upcoming feature "The Identical," the upcoming miniseries "Delete," and on fall's Fox comedy series "Dads," is quite the pro behind the camera as well, as his online photo album demonstrates. Green... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , Twitter , Windows software , Instagram

Star Apps: Courtney Love

If Courtney Love were an app, she'd be one that's potent, durable, and endlessly fascinating. It's been almost 20 years since Hole's fearless leader -- the blonde rocker in the baby-doll dress, always strapped to a guitar -- body-surfed her way into our hearts with hits like "Miss World," "Doll Parts," "Violet," "Celebrity Skin," and "Malibu." Although Love has always been a polarizing figure, there's no denying her legacy as a rock 'n' roll star who's endured tremendous loss, addiction,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , Facebook , Twitter , Windows software , Instagram

Star Apps: GigaOM's Om Malik

Award-winning journalist Om Malik leveraged years of tech and business media experience -- senior editor at, senior writer at "Red Herring" and later "Business 2.0," and contributor to "The Wall Street Journal," "The Economist," and "MIT Technology Review" -- to found leading indie tech blog GigaOM, back in 2006.

Offering news and opinion on startups, social media, cloud computing, mobile gadgets, and of course, software, Malik's CNET Blog 100-recognized Web magazine has since spawned numerous conferences such as GigaOM... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , iPad , Twitter , Instagram

Star Apps: Counting Crows

For some audiophiles, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will forever be associated with the mid-1990s--along with Netscape Navigator, Hotmail, and of course, Windows 95. But don't call their joint summer outing a nostalgia trip. Velvet-tongued Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz, hot off the heels of The Outlaw Roadshow (alongside a slew of new indie bands), prefers to view his comparatively intimate Wallflowers double bill as a much-needed respite.

Other than sharing a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , iTunes , Twitter , Skype , BitTorrent , Instagram

Hunt and gather: News consumption in the 21st century

After the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing, earlier this week, and with the current pursuit of the MIT shooter, law enforcement, news agencies, and the netizens of America rallied together and demonstrated just how interactive the news has become.

Late into the night, I was glued to my computer, with one window showing a live newscast, a Twitter feed of Watertown running in another, and, of course, Reddit. I watched and read with concentrated obsession: there was an emotional whirlwind in my... Read More »

Tags: Twitter

Lost without TweetDeck? Try these alternatives

The folks at Twitter announced Monday that the standalone TweetDeck apps for mobile will no longer be supported after May of this year. While Twitter says that it is putting more resources toward the Web version (which can easily be used on the desktop), there are surely plenty of people who are upset that their beloved mobile clients are going away.

For those of you looking for an alternative to TweetDeck, here are a few mobile apps that should prove... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , apps , iOS , Twitter , social networking