South by Southwest (SXSW) is about more than keynotes, conferences, and shows; it's also a great place to network. So it's no surprise that many of the apps that catch fire at SXSW Interactive are social. Some SXSW debuts make only a temporary splash, including apps like Gowalla, Foodspotting, Color, Highlight, and Meerkat. But others -- like Twitter (iOS, Android), Foursquare (iOS, Android), and GroupMe (iOS, Android) -- are still going strong years later.... Read More »
Play it safe or go with No. 12 seeds -- it's time to make your picks for the NCAA basketball tournament. The first round starts Thursday, March 16, around 9 am PT/noon ET, so organize your March Madness pool and complete your bracket prior to the tip-off.Assemble your March Madness bracket
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 »
What can the cloud do for you? You've seen how it can store your music, photos, and documents, so you can access files from anywhere and sync across devices. But at this week's Google Cloud Next 2017 conference, eBay demonstrated how its bot can use the cloud not just to store digital stuff but to get your physical stuff out of storage and onto eBay.
The Next '17 cloud conference focuses mainly on enterprise users, but consumers... Read More »
In response to purported CIA documents released by WikiLeaks, Apple said late Tuesday that its "initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities."
The leaked documents include thousands of pages detailing CIA hacking tools and methods that allegedly give the agency access to, among other tech devices, iPhones and Android phones, Samsung TVs, Wi-Fi networks, and Skype.
Despite initial... Read More »
This week's Friday 5 includes a major overhaul of CNN's Android app, an Instagram update that enables you to post multiple photos and videos, Spotify's new podcast series, Gboard's support of iOS 10 emoji, and a new app that can help you overcome social anxiety.CNN Breaking US & World News (iOS, Android)
Can't get enough up-to-the-minute news on your Android device, but you're not a fan of CNN's dated interface? News flash: CNN has overhauled... Read More »
This week's Friday 5 includes a major update to Pokemon Go, the spring-training edition of Major League Baseball's At Bat app, a popular iOS email app moving over to Android, WhatsApp's vanishing images, and a major revision to the Overcast podcasting app.Pokemon Go (iOS, Android)
Dropped your poke balls last fall? Then Pokemon Day, which lands on February 28, is the day to retrieve them and capture some new monsters, as Niantic Labs has just... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, Musical.ly introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.Amazon Chime
Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »
Taxes can be complicated if you do them yourself or costly if you use a qualified tax preparer. That's why more and more Americans -- 40 percent, according to recent Intuit estimates -- are turning to do-it-yourself tax apps, which promise ease, affordability, and security.
We've checked out tax preparation and filing apps, and our top three picks are so intuitive, navigable, and instructional that you can use them confidently on your phone or tablet. But if you're... Read More »
Where can you watch the Super Bowl? With the right apps on your phone or tablet, you can get out of the house and still watch the game for free, without being tethered to your TV.Watch with the NFL Mobile app