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Best apps to help stop panic and anxiety attacks

Best apps to help stop panic and anxiety attacks

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., afflicting 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable via talk therapy, mindfulness training, and medication. If you're feeling nervousness, worry, or even panic, these five apps may help in the short term. Note: If you're in crisis, you should call 911 or... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to use the newest Instagram features

How to use the newest Instagram features

Instagram is getting a slew of new features, including a camera tool called Create Mode, enhanced shopping tools and support for starting a fundraiser within the app.

Instagram has already started rolling out the new tools. Here's how to use them.

SEE: Facebook at F8 announces an Instagram experience less focused on likes

Using Instagram's new camera Create mode

The new camera uses a wheel-like design with multiple camera modes, including the new Create. This option allows you to... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to use the new Facebook Marketplace feature

How to use the new Facebook Marketplace feature

During the F8 conference on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new and improved layout that includes an updated Facebook Marketplace.

The new Marketplace, which lets you buy anything from furniture to clothing, now lets buyers order items directly through the app and seller ship items within the US. This means you'll no longer have to schedule a pickup time on either end of the transaction.

Here's how to use it.

Buying items on Facebook Marketplace

The Marketplace app... Read More »

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Best ways to repurpose your old Android or iPhone

Best ways to repurpose your old Android or iPhone

Sure, you could trade in your old phone, give it to a relative or friend, or recycle it. Or, you could give it new life by turning it into something new that you'll actually want to use

After all, smartphones are small, powerful computers with storage space and a camera. Instead of spending cash on a new device you've been eyeing, you might be able to DIY it yourself. Your smartphone is capable of being a handy substitute... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Academics gain access to Facebook data trove to study election influence

Academics gain access to Facebook data trove to study election influence

How does Facebook affect elections? Sixty academics are getting the chance to find out.

The social media giant is opening up its privacy-protected data to researchers from 30 academic institutions across 11 countries, according to a Facebook post on Monday. The data spans from January 2017 to February 2019. The researchers were chosen by Facebook's partners at Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council.

The selected researchers will gain access to data from a... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Best 9 party-planning apps for hosting a Kentucky Derby Party

Best 9 party-planning apps for hosting a Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is almost here. On Friday, May 3, Oaks Day kicks off the festivities, and the famous race happens the next day. For many, May is the time of year for big hats, brightly colored seersucker suits, placing bets and mint juleps.

Instead of venturing into the unpredictable weather and crowds, you might host a Kentucky Derby party at home and watch the race on a big screen. Check out these party-planning apps to throw a bash your guests... Read More »

Topics: Entertainment , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to tell if you've been affected by Facebook's contact storing

How to tell if you've been affected by Facebook's contact storing

Last week, Facebook admitted that it "unintentionally" imported the email contact lists from 1.5 million people without their consent since May 2016. That means, if your friend signed up for a new account, Facebook may have ingested your email address to feed its ad targeting and friend recommendation systems.

While the social network no longer requires your password to sign up for an account, this is the latest incident to shake confidence in Facebook's ability to protect its... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to schedule emails to send later with Gmail

How to schedule emails to send later with Gmail

Gmail's new scheduling feature should have arrived in your account by now, and if you haven't been using it, you definitely should. You can schedule emails to send on a specific day and time, rather than trying to remember to send them. The new feature is similar to Boomerang, except it's built right into Gmail, which makes it a million times more convenient. You can schedule emails up to 49 years in advance (a great way to say... Read More »

Topics: Android , Apps And Software

Transfer files and settings from an old iPhone to a new iPhone with these 5 steps

Transfer files and settings from an old iPhone to a new iPhone with these 5 steps

You've finally updated your iPhone to a newer version, but once you get home, you realize you need to transfer all of your content, including contacts, photos and apps. That can be a nightmare, especially if you're not sure what you're doing.

Switching all your content from an old phone to a new one may seem daunting, but there are some straightforward steps you can follow to make it easier. Use this helpful guide to walk you through transferring... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

How to place a bet on a Kentucky Derby horse with the TwinSpires app

How to place a bet on a Kentucky Derby horse with the TwinSpires app

The 2019 Kentucky Derby is May 4, so it's right around the corner. Even if you're not going to Churchill Downs in person, you can still easily place a bet on your favorite horses.

TwinSpires (download for iOS) is the Derby's official betting app, which makes it easy to place a wager on all of the races held throughout the day from anywhere. Here's how to get started with the app. (TwinSpires also has some tips about responsible gambling.)

Getting... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software

Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Review units of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning last week -- right before its official (and now-delayed) release. An iFixit teardown, released Wednesday, found some possible explanations for what's going wrong with the $1,980 foldable phone.

The phone is "alarmingly fragile," according to iFixit's teardown notes. The fragility makes potential repairs difficult and could account for the quick demise of screens on several phones sent to reviewers last week. iFixit noted that its slim bezels... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Many Android TV users again have the ability to cast from Google Home.

In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.

SEE: NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

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Topics: Home Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to permanently delete an app from your iPhone

How to permanently delete an app from your iPhone

Zombie apps are a real problem for iPhones of every stripe. It happens when you delete an app, only to restore your latest backup or connect your iPhone to iTunes, and lo and behold, the app pops back on your home screen. What is going on?

What happens is that when you back up your iPhone to iCloud, Apple's online storage service doesn't completely remove the app data, just in case you have it installed on another iOS device. For example,... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software , Apps And Software

How to play Snap Games on your phone

How to play Snap Games on your phone

Snapchat has begun rolling out its own set of games called Snap Games. Similar to Pokemon Go, you can team up with your friends and play together. Like with Facebook games, you invite your friends to play your favorite games.

Battle against your friends in the Bitmoji Party mini-games using your Bitmoji character, or work as a team to defeat zombies from spreading. Some games allow you to invite up to 28 Snapchatters to spectate, and some... Read More »

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Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Returning your Amazon deliveries just got a bit easier. You can return packages for free at your local Kohl's store starting in July. The stores will accept "eligible Amazon items," without a box or label, regardless of the reason, and ship them to Amazon for free, according to a release Tuesday.

The program is expanding to all Kohl's stores in the US after operating in 100 stores previously. Amazon and Kohl's have worked together on the return program since 2017.

SEE:... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Byte video app, Vine's replacement, officially in beta testing

Byte video app, Vine's replacement, officially in beta testing

Vine, everyone's favorite video looping app, might be making a comeback as Byte. Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman's team reportedly sent out 100 invites to beta test Byte with plans to add more testers soon. The app tweeted the news on Monday.

Hoffman wasn't immediately available for comment but tweeted about the beta test on Monday. Hoffman also included a video that showed what Byte's interface will look like.

SEE: Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

"The Byte beta we've... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

Google Maps is making it easier for electric car owners to find nearby (and unoccupied) EV charging stations, so you're not waiting around.

You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a blog post published on Tuesdayby Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Netflix is testing a random play button to shuffle your TV shows

Netflix is testing a random play button to shuffle your TV shows

Odds are you've watched your favorite show on Netflix enough times to pick up on the overarching plot no matter what episode you're watching. Of course, you can manually choose an episode at "random," but that takes a lot of work.

Netflix is reportedly testing a Random Episode feature. Android Policespotted the test on Friday. From the screenshots, it looks like the feature would work similarly to shuffle in your music app. Tapping shuffle arrows would let users... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , TV & Movies