App and Software News
A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.
"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »
Take two. Microsoft has relit the fuse on the Windows 10 October Update. But you may have to wait awhile to get it.
The October Update is now available once again for Windows 10, Microsoft said in a blog post. But you might not see it just yet even if you manually check for updates. This time, the company is taking a more cautious approach, gradually making it available for... Read More »
Despite the constant river of streaming services, video games, social networks, and other entertainment to fill up your leisure time, good podcasts remain a steady draw, though that may be because the overwhelming majority of them are free. But despite their compelling value, it's sometimes difficult to navigate through your options and keep your downloads sorted.
If you're browsing the internet this week, you're probably dealing with a blizzard of Black Friday promotions and gift guides, and the truly novel ideas could get lost in the storm. Of course, the CNET Holiday Gift Guide should steer you in the right direction, as is tradition. But if you are a privacy-minded holiday shopper, you may be wondering how these gadgets handle your day-to-day personal data.
Across the board, companies are updating their software to take advantage of the recent release of the latest iPad Pro and the newest generation of the Apple Pencil. The new Apple Pencil 2 is a vast improvement on its predecessors, and popular drawing app Paper has optimized its features to work with all of the device's new capabilities.
The Apple Pencil 2, which costs $129 and only works with the latest iPad model, is used for a variety of... Read More »
With the rise of faster internet speeds has come an industry of streaming services ready to sling movies, music, and TV shows your way -- but always-on connections can bring security and privacy risks along for the ride. In an age where you're rarely fully offline, you probably should have better security around the pipe that brings the digital world to your phone or PC, and an ecosystem of personal VPNs (virtual private networks) are ready to restore some balance... Read More »
Freelance writing is all about the hustle. Get ideas together to pitch to editors, cover events, meet a word count, make endless edits, and hope that the meager check (depending on when you get it) makes ends meet.
Setapp's GigEconomy app is a tool for freelancers to manage time, finances, and set professional boundaries. The program is available for Mac OS Yosemite or later.
One of the perks is the program's ability to create professional PDF invoices for easy... Read More »
Netflix is now rolling out a mobile-only version of their service in select Asian markets in an effort to expand its 137 million customers base. For weeks, the content streaming giant has touted plans to create more content specifically for India and other Asian countries, and it is now testing out a low-priced version of its service that is available only for smartphones and tablets.
In its first season, PBS series "We'll Meet Again With Ann Curry" surpassed expectations by capturing 15.5 million unique viewers and generating over 11.5 million streams across PBS platforms and Facebook Watch.
Award-winning journalist Ann Curry has a theory to explain the success of the show, which finds the former NBC News anchor and international correspondent and her team of researchers helping individuals who've survived world-shaking historic... Read More »
If your post is removed from Facebook (iOS, Android), you usually get an alert or a message from the company. The reasons listed are generally vague, perhaps informing you that your post violated Facebook Community Standards (if you get a reason at all).
For violating the Standards, the post is removed, or the user is put in "Facebook Jail" and their account is temporarily locked. Some posts are mistakenly taken down or flagged as spam. Contacting Facebook to... Read More »
Almost any app, whether desktop or mobile, has a dark mode feature these days. Dark mode essentially makes the background of a program a dark gray or blue with the text in contrast.
Google Contacts version 3.2, the latest update, comes with a new dark mode setting. The update may not be on all devices yet. Contacts follows the Google News app redesign in October.
After Gmail's August update, users saw a few changes to their inboxes. One of the bigger ones was the addition of Google Sidebar.
The Sidebar is similar to the Samsung Edge's ability to swipe for a drawer of your frequently used apps. The sidebar also shows up other Google productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar.
The new right-side panel houses Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks and offers the potential to add other apps. Taking advantage of the apps in Sidebar... Read More »
For Google, the speed at which a web page loads is incredibly important. If its search results start lagging even by fractions of a second, it can create user frustration that could drive them to the competition, and Google also reportedly uses load times to decide how to rank search results to begin with. There are several factors that go into load times, and media optimization (or lack thereof) is high on the list.
To help web developers and site administrators... Read More »
While Google's ambition to bring wicked-fast fiber Internet to the masses has faced serious industry machinations, Project Fi has remained robust and generally free of legal challenges. With Fi, Google consolidates T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular coverage into a single service, and users pay $20 for basic calling and texting, then $10 per gigabyte of data. The data that you don't use gets applied to next month's bill.
But mobile carriers are tough to compete against, so Google has sweetened... Read More »
Ever since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has had a particularly difficult time getting away from bad press, with public Senate hearings, additional security and privacy breaches, and a continual decline in usage among teens and millennials. But amid its reconstruction effort comes some occasionally good news. This time it comes from a cybersecurity firm called Imperva, who recently worked with Facebook to fix a big before it became a problem.
Instead of scrambling after the fact to patch a... Read More »
As great as mobile phones are these days, sometimes it's inconvenient to dig them out of your pocket, or to carry them around at all. With a smart watch on your wrist, though, you can text, check your messages and notifications, get directions if your watch has GPS, and quickly check out at a cash register. It can also be really handy for listening to music on the go.
In the three years since the Apple Watch launched, it's seen music... Read More »
Not being able to find your car in a parking lot is frustrating. Having your car towed is exasperating. But having your car stolen is terrifying.
Tiashona Sims' vehicle was stolen in Indiana while her two young cousins were still inside. Sims had left her car running while she went into the grocery store. When she came back out, the car was gone, according to News 8.
Google's new Pixel 3 smartphone might have another bug. The latest tip, received by Android Police, said Pixel 3 and 3 XL users' SMS messages were vanishing.
A similar bug was affecting the camera earlier last month. Shortly after its release, Pixel users reported a bug in the camera causing some photos not to save.
Android Police speculates that the Pixel's November 5 update could be the culprit.
Users took... Read More »
When Stan Lee imagined the Fantastic Four in 1961, little did he suspect his creation would bring about a fantastic collection of comic books, movies, and TV shows that would thrill the world more than 50 years later. And beyond the books, films, and TV shows, the mighty Marvel magic has led to a host of mobile apps that highlight the exploits of our favorite superheroes. To celebrate Stan Lee's life and work, I've put together a list of apps... Read More »
You've already spent so much money for your phone, and now you're spending too much money on your phone -- between online and in-app purchases. It's about time you made some of that money back using your phone.
With the following eight moneymaking apps for iOS and Android devices, making money has never been easier. You'll be paid to do quick and easy things like completing surveys, tracking your healthy habits, taking photos, and even buying new items.Read More »