Latest IT news and events

October 22, 2019

Apple tracker tags: Everything we think we know

The coin-sized devices could let you use your phone to find your important stuff.

Oct 22

Google Maps for iPhone now reports abandoned couches in the road

Both Android and iOS devices can now help crowdsource obstacles.

Oct 18

Google Stadia gets Nov. 19 release date: What we know about price, games and speed requirements

Google's eagerly anticipated cloud-gaming service is only a month away. Here's what to expect.

Oct 15

Twitter finally returns to Mac with new app

Thank Apple's Project Catalyst for the app's return.

Oct 11

This deepfake shows an impressionist taking on 20 celebrities, convincingly

George Clooney, Colin Firth, Ian McKellan, Robert De Niro and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the celebrities taken on by this voice actor using deepfake software.

Oct 11

This deepfake makes impressionist look like George Clooney, Ian McKellan, Bryan Cranston and more

John Malkovich, Robert De Niro, Nick Offerman, Christopher Walken and Nicholas Cage are also among the celebrities portrayed in the deepfake video.

Oct 11

Net neutrality: No, your browser can't protect you. But a VPN can.

Here's how VPNs could be your best weapon against internet throttling.

Oct 10

MacOS Catalina review: Call it a Mac comeback

The Mac gets a wave of new features, but there are some who should wait to upgrade.

Oct 9

New laptop? Make sure to install this free anti-theft tool

LockItTight works quietly in the background to help you track down a lost or stolen PC.

Oct 9

With Catalina, MacOS gets a renewed identity and an iPad partner

After a decade in iPhone's shadow, the Mac gets a wave of new features.

Oct 7

10 language learning apps that actually work

If you didn't excel at a language in school, it doesn't mean you can't learn one now.

Oct 7

Microsoft's embrace of Android is bigger than its new phone

The software titan gets back in the mobile game, thanks to its adoption of a once-rival platform, and the reputation of its Surface devices.

Oct 5

Microsoft's embrace of Google's Android software is bigger than its new phone

Microsoft's Surface reputation and the embrace of a once-rival platform gets the software titan back into the mobile game.

Oct 5

Microsoft, after many failed attempts, gives phones another try

And it's turning to a rival to get back in the phone game.

Oct 3

Introducing Surface Duo: Yes, Microsoft will release a dual-screen Android phone

The company known for its Windows operating system is getting back into smartphones by embracing its rival's ecosystem.

Oct 2

Christian Mingle and more religious Android apps with downright sinful privacy policies

Religious apps account for hundreds of millions of downloads on the Play Store, but can you trust them with your privacy?

Oct 2

Google beefs up user privacy controls for Assistant, YouTube

You can now tell Google Assistant to delete your activity history.

Oct 2

5 Friday deals you won't want to miss

Free games, a ridiculously good software bundle, $5 smart plugs and more.

Sep 27

Your next MacOS update could kill tried-and-true apps

Are your favorite apps in MacOS Catalina's cross-hairs?

Sep 25

Apple's iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to arrive today

While the iPhone gets bug fixes, the iPad gets exclusive new software features.

Sep 24

Apple's iOS 13 just launched but iOS 13.1, iPadOS arrive next week

The update will include bug fixes -- and you'll also be able to access exclusive iPad features with its new software.

Sep 19

Travel app TripIt now offers Neighborhood Safety Scores

The scores include categories like women's and LGBTQ safety, theft, and political freedoms. They also address whether a neighborhood is safe after dark.

Sep 19

Airbnb plans to go public in 2020

The home-sharing site intends to become a publicly traded company sometime next year.

Sep 19

See creepy deepfake Vladimir Putin interviewed live at MIT conference

MIT Technology Review editor shows off deepfake tech that can be used in real time. Hope you speak Russian.

Sep 19

Create a deepfake of your own voice with this podcast tool

Podcasting software Descript uses AI to copy your voice and make audio edits without re-recording.

Sep 19

Deepfake 'Putin' interviewed live at MIT conference

MIT Technology Review editor shows off deepfake tech that can be used in real time.

Sep 18

Apple wants to trademark the iPhone 11 'slofie'

Cupertino files trademark application for its term for slow-motion video software found in the iPhone 11.

Sep 18

Streaks, the $5 app that inspired me to floss for 100 straight days

The super simple tracking tool helps you build those good habits.

Sep 14

Apple iOS 13 is coming on Sept. 19

The OS update will be ready for the release of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Max phones.

Sep 10

235 Mac apps get the ax with Apple's next update. Here's how you find them on your rig

MacOS Catalina sheds some support for your older apps.

Sep 10

Google teases Play Pass is 'coming soon'

The offering is reportedly a subscription service for Android apps and games.

Sep 10

Jeopardy comes to Drivetime app for hands-free gameplay

We'll take "new favorite app" for $100, Alex.

Sep 10

Defense Department wants Apple, Google to reveal names of gun scope app users, report says

It reportedly wants phone numbers and other identifying information too.

Sep 7

GPS trackers are leaking the location of your kids, study shows

New research reveals 30 GPS trackers have leaked location on over 600,000 users.

Sep 5

Planned Parenthood birth control app to be available nationwide by 2020

The app makes it easier to obtain birth control and get treatments for UTIs.

Sep 5

Final days: Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each

Get them for Mac or Windows, or bundled together for $90 -- now through Sept. 3.

Sep 1

These Android apps were clicking on ads behind your back

The apps had been installed more than 1.5 million times and were on the Play Store for almost a year, researchers find.

Aug 29

New Huawei phones can't use Android, report says

Google has reportedly said the temporary licenses don't apply to new Huawei products.

Aug 29

YouTube Kids has a new filter for its youngest viewers

The video service says it's making it easier for parents to find content.

Aug 28

Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each

Get them for Mac or Windows, or bundled together for $90 -- now through September 3.

Aug 27

Macron: US didn't sign G7 online hate speech charter for 'legal reasons'

Almost all the other G7 countries signed it, French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters.

Aug 27

The best deals and freebies for college kids

Awesome perks from Apple, Amazon, Groupon, Spotify and more.

Aug 26

Adobe Creative Cloud $120 off first-year students-and-teachers plan through Aug. 30

If you're going back to school, you can get a year of Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more for about $200, plus two free months if you pay upfront.

Aug 19

Use these apps to make your home awesome

Technology can save you money without sacrificing your style.

Aug 7

Hardware vulnerability bypasses Spectre and Meltdown patches

It impacts all Windows systems using Intel processors since 2012.

Aug 7

Fight Android malware: Get your apps here instead

Google Play isn't the only app store for Android. There's an open-source alternative.

Aug 6

Microsoft's MSDN Magazine is ending

After a 30-year run, the software magazine is coming to an end.

Aug 6

How to delete you voice recordings because Google is listening

Everything you say to Google Assistant and your Google Home speaker is recorded. Here's how to delete all your voice activity data.

Aug 4

Game recognize game: AI now can spot fake news generated by AI

It takes AI to know AI.

Aug 3

AI now can spot fake news generated by AI

Game recognize game: It takes AI to know AI.

Aug 1

Facebook reached out to Netflix, Disney on new TV device, report says

The device will reportedly use the same tech as Facebook Portal.

Jul 31

Facebook opens registration for Oculus Connect 6 conference

The virtual reality developers conference returns to San Jose in September.

Jul 31

This Google Docs tip keeps you from tearing your hair out

It's fast and easy to set up.

Jul 31

These aging-in-place apps empower seniors to be safe, save money and get medical care

Technology can help seniors stay in their homes and give their kids and caregivers peace of mind.

Jul 30

Over 20 apps every college student should know about

Whether you're an incoming freshman or plagued by senioritis, these apps will prepare you to get back to school.

Jul 30

All the best deals and freebies for college kids

Awesome perks from Apple, Groupon, Spotify and more.

Jul 27

Google Docs offline sync is awesome, but limited to Chrome

Setup and sync your most important Google Docs for offline access in just a few minutes.

Jul 27

John McAfee 'released from confinement'

The antivirus software pioneer is being released, his Twitter account says.

Jul 24

John McAfee has been detained, his Twitter account claims

The antivirus software pioneer has been on the run since 2012.

Jul 23

Microsoft settles FCPA violations to the tune of $25 million

The tech giant didn't admit to anything, but agreed to the SEC's cease-and-desist terms.

Jul 22

Apple's iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3 improve Apple News Plus and Walkie-Talkie app

The latest iOS update adds wireless data migration and enhances Apple News Plus.

Jul 22

Use new RSS power tools to read your news feeds like the cool kids

Strike down media burnout and fake news with old-school tech that has some tricks for 2019.

Jul 22

This site shows how much Arctic ice will melt the next time you fly

Thanks to Shameplane, first class might not seem so great anymore.

Jul 19

Election hacks could be stopped by Microsoft

The tech giant's ElectionGuard software could be used for future electronic voting systems.

Jul 18

The FaceApp #AgeChallenge is filling Twitter with pictures of old people

Curious to see what you might look like 50 years from now?

Jul 17

Microsoft Office 365 banned in some schools

German schools are banning the cloud platform in one state.

Jul 16

AI-created flu vaccine starts testing in US

The drug wouldn't replace the old vaccine but would work with it, according to a report.

Jul 12

Trump's social media summit puts Facebook, Twitter on notice

Ahead of Thursday's summit, the president renews his criticisms of social media companies and says "we will not let them get away with it much longer."

Jul 11

Google starts beta testing new version of Messages app

Unfortunately, the test program is already full.

Jul 9

ICE, FBI reportedly scan state driver's license photos for facial recognition searches

It's all been happening without license holders' knowledge or consent, according to The Washington Post.

Jul 8

Facebook and Twitter may be excluded from White House social media summit

The event is set for Thursday.

Jul 8

iOS 13: New camera tricks you can soon try

Here's a look at the changes iOS 13 public beta is delivering to your iPhone's camera.

Jul 4

'Turbocharged' AI flu vaccine to be tested in US soon, report says

The drug won't replace the old vaccine but will work with it.

Jul 4

Apple says governments asked for 634 apps to be removed last year

Eighty requests came from around the world.

Jul 3

Facebook combats 'miracle cures' and other misleading health claims

YouTube is also being bombarded with fake cancer treatment news.

Jul 3

The iPhone will be large and in charge in 2020

The iPhone 2020 Max screen could get a sizable upgrade, while the regular iPhone screen might lose some headroom.

Jun 22

YouTube comments hidden by default in company's new test

The video site is testing a feature that would compel users to click before seeing comments.

Jun 21

Spotify, Apple Music and 4 more: What's the best music app for you?

We compare the big six streaming music services.

Jun 20

Apple is updating its first 4 iOS apps for Mac

The News app is the one that needs a reboot the most.

Jun 19

Facebook posts could help doctors spot alcoholism, diabetes or depression, study says

The research suggests they may be a more accurate predictor than demographics.

Jun 18

Your Facebook posts could help doctors spot alcoholism, diabetes or depression, study says

The research suggests it might be a more accurate factor than demographics.

Jun 18

Adobe is using AI to spot doctored photos

Photoshop is being used to alter people's faces, Adobe says. Its AI tool can spot doctored images and revert them.

Jun 15

Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel help kids spin comics, learn to read with new app

The free app helps kids improve their vocabulary and storytelling skills using interactive superhero comics.

Jun 12

Google reportedly fires half a dozen lobbying firms as antitrust investigation looms

The search giant is reportedly cleaning house and shuffling its ranks

Jun 12

Dropbox wants to be the center of your online life

The cloud storage company's new service encompasses tools like Slack, Zoom and Google G Suite.

Jun 11

The best website builders for 2019

Whether you're a small business owner, artist, photographer, writer or consultant, there's a website builder out there for you -- even if you don't know how to code.

Jun 11

Facebook might release new Portal devices this fall, report says

The video chat devices might get an upgrade soon.

Jun 11

Google Stadia: Pricing, release date, speed requirements and launch games revealed

In its pre-E3 announcement, Google gave us the lowdown on its hotly anticipated gaming service.

Jun 6

E3 2019: How to watch the Google Stadia Connect conference live

Pricing has already been leaked, but here's how to watch Google Stadia's conference for more info.

Jun 6

Google Trips app heads into the sunset

The Android travel-planning app is scheduled to check out in August.

Jun 6

Apple WWDC 2019: iOS 13 dark mode, iPadOS, the Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR and all that Apple announced

The WWDC '19 keynote saw the overhauled Mac Pro and an epically bright Apple Pro Display XDR debut, along with iOS 13 dark mode, new iPadOS and an Apple Watch App Store that's actually on the watch.

Jun 6

Sign In with Apple will come to every iPhone app: How the new privacy login tool works

Apple has made its in-house Facebook and Google rival mandatory for app-makers.

Jun 5

Skype brings screen sharing to iOS and Android to make your life easier

The feature is out of beta testing.

Jun 5

Apple WWDC 2019: iOS 13 dark mode, iPadOS, the Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR and all that Apple announced

An event packed with new stuff saw the overhauled Mac Pro and epically bright Apple Pro Display XDR debut, along with iOS 13 dark mode, new iPadOS and an an Apple Watch App Store actually on the watch.

Jun 5

Apple sued by iOS developers over App Store fees

The complaint is over Apple's fees and other alleged anticompetitive actions.

Jun 4

Sign In with Apple coming to every iPhone app: The new privacy login tool explained

Here's everything we know about the Facebook and Google rival.

Jun 4

Sign in with Apple coming to every iPhone app: The new privacy login tool explained

Here's everything we know about the Facebook and Google rival for iPhone.

Jun 4

Apple WWDC 2019: iOS 13 dark mode, Mac Pro, MacOS 10.15 and everything Apple just announced

The holy-wow Mac Pro and epically bright Apple Pro Display XDR debut, which, along with iOS 13 dark mode, highlight an event packed with new stuff.

Jun 4

WWDC: Leak reveals Apple plans to rename iOS for iPad to iPadOS

Apple may be about spin off a version of iOS specifically for the iPad.

Jun 3

Apple WWDC could bring big iTunes change

That Apple abruptly scrubbed iTunes social media accounts makes it seem all the more likely the iconic product is about to be replaced.

Jun 2

Huawei scientists reportedly banned from reviewing IEEE science papers

An American science publisher prohibits the Chinese tech giant from reviewing papers, a report says.

May 30

Google holds firm on Chrome changes that may break ad blockers

However, enterprise users may be exempt from the changes.

May 30

Sleep tight? We're taking our phones to bed with us, study finds

Stats show parents and teens alike are spending more time on devices, even overnight.

May 29

iOS 13 dark mode leak gives a peek at what's to come

A system-wide dark mode is finally coming to iOS.

May 28

Check for issues before installing a Windows 10 update

Microsoft has a handy page that lets you see if a Windows 10 update has issues before you install it.

May 24

There's still time to prevent biased AI from taking over the world

Autonomous systems might eventually require regulation, but experts say no single policy can govern all artificial intelligence.

May 24

Alexa privacy concerns prompt senator to seek answers from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

A US senator is "very concerned" that Amazon could be indefinitely storing the text transcripts of Alexa audio recordings.

May 24

Google boosts Assistant, search and Maps to help you order food

Google is teaming up with delivery services so you can get your next meal without having to open another app.

May 23

Google boosts Assistant, Search and Maps to help with ordering food

Google wants to help you find, and order, your next meal.

May 23

You can hire this startup -- for free -- to negotiate down your medical bills

Earnin says it can help users find financial aid or get installment payments, too.

May 22

Privacy-protecting Tor Browser arrives on Android

You can keep websites from watching what your smartphone is doing on the web. Sorry, there's no iPhone version.

May 21

China is using facial recognition to ID pandas and it's the cutest thing ever

If you can't be a panda cuddler, this might be the next best gig.

May 21

You can test Microsoft Edge on MacOS now

But Microsoft plans to give its browser a different look than Google's Chrome.

May 20

Adobe's two versions of Lightroom don't get along. Bummer.

If you're upgrading from Apple Photos or Google Photos, you'll face a fork in the road: Lightroom or Lightroom Classic.

May 20

Last chance to save 40% on Adobe Creative Cloud

US buyers have until midnight PT tonight, to get a year of Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more for about $360.

May 17

Adobe Lightroom gets texture tool and tutorials

New editing option won't make people look look artificially beautiful or plasticky, Adobe says.

May 14

Apple's newest AR app lets you visit the State of Liberty anywhere

A new app for the Statue of Liberty museum includes a crazily-detailed Liberty model, and immersive audio tours if you're visiting for real.

May 14

Save 40% on Adobe Creative Cloud through May 17

US buyers have until Friday, May 17, to get a year of Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects and more for about $360.

May 13

Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online. These people try to find it

Don't worry. They want it to be safe.

May 11

Google I/O has come to an end. What really caught your attention?

CNET Asks: Google's annual developer conference unveiled new hardware and software and we want to know what, if anything, caught your eye.

May 10

Nike Fit AR: Just do it -- just scan your feet with your phone

A new feature in the Nike app lets you use your phone's camera to scan your feet and discover your fit.

May 9

Turn on the dark mode in Windows 10

You don't have to be jealous of Mac and Android users. In Windows 10, you can turn on dark mode, too.

May 9

Google's changing how it gives out stars in the Play Store

Giving more weight to recent reviews could be both good and bad for developers.

May 9

Google Duplex is boring now. And that's probably good

Commentary: The search giant turns down the creepy on its AI chatbot.

May 8

TurboTax, H&R Block tried to hide free tax filing tools, lawsuit alleges

Taxpayers making under $66,000 can file for free, but those services aren't always easily to find, according to the suit.

May 8

From Android Q to new Pixels: Our Google I/O preview (The 3:59, Ep. 556)

We also talk about a new Amazon Go store that takes cash, and moar 5G.

May 7

5G fever: US consumers willing to pay a lot more, Ericsson study shows

Folks in the US are hot to stream video at 5G's superfast speeds -- and maybe watch a football game with a mini 3D field in front of them.

May 7

US consumers are willing to pay a lot more for 5G, Ericsson study shows

And they believe smartphones won't be the primary device taking advantage of 5G.

May 7

Microsoft debuts Internet Explorer mode for Edge at Build 2019

Because enterprise expense-report filing software is stuck in 2005.

May 6

Google I/O 2019: How to watch livestream, see start times and full schedule

The Google I/O developer conference starts Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch the keynote address live.

May 6

Awesome hack: Use Google Docs to sign documents

Forget using a third-party service to digitally sign a document -- Google Docs to the rescue!

May 6

Google I/O 2019: How to watch livestream, see full schedule and start times

The Google I/O developer conference starts this Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch the keynote address live.

May 6

Google I/O 2019: Watch the livestream, see full schedule and start times

The annual Google I/O conference starts Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch the keynote address and developer event live.

May 5

Google I/O 2019: Watch the livestream, see start times and full schedule

The three-day Google I/O developer event starts this Tuesday, May 7. How to watch the keynote address and conference live.

May 5

Google I/O 2019: Watch the livestream and see full schedule and start times

Google's annual Google I/O developer conference begins Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch the event live.

May 5

Mozilla mistake broke Firefox extensions, but they're being fixed now

An expired Mozilla security certificate started causing problems for many who'd customized the browser with add-ons.

May 4

Firefox fix restores broken browser extensions -- but not for everyone

An expired Mozilla security certificate started causing problems for many who'd customized their browser with add-ons.

May 4

Google I/O 2019: Watch the livestream, start times and full schedule

The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch.

May 4

Everything we know about Apple WWDC 2019

The date, how to livestream it and all of the rumors.

May 4

Cinco de Mayo: 5 apps to get your drinks delivered

Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? How do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Let's mull these questions -- over a margarita or Mexican beer.

May 4

Google I/O 2019: Watch the livestream, full schedule and start times

The Google I/O developer conference starts this Tuesday, May 7. Here's how to watch.

May 3

Photographers gripe as Adobe tries removing cheapest Lightroom-Photoshop plan

It's only a website experiment, but it's enough to get some photographers looking for alternative photo editing tools.

May 3

Buying and selling on Facebook just got easier. Here's how to use Marketplace's new features

Facebook updated its Marketplace app this week.

May 1

Facebook's latest makeover shines spotlight on groups

The social network faces privacy and safety concerns as groups become easier to find.

Apr 30

Apple, App Store again face accusations of anticompetitive behavior

A New York Times report says Apple targeted third-party apps designed to limit phone use after releasing its own screen-time tools.

Apr 28

Search for events, people and locations in Windows 10 Calendar app

Calendar lets you search for names, locations, and anything included in an event. Plus, the renamed Microsoft Defender expands to other platforms.

Apr 24

How to play Snapchat's Snap Games on your phone: Your questions answered

You can play games with your friends right from the Snapchat app.

Apr 24

TurboTax is making you hunt for its free tax filing service, says ProPublica

Taxpayers who make less than $66,000 a year can file for free, but Intuit is making it hard to find those services.

Apr 23

Zillow uses VR to try to make online real estate more authentic

The 3D Home feature is designed to give a more authentic view to help people fretting over a potentially very expensive purchase.

Apr 22

Here's how to see spaceships at Coachella 2019

The festival's first AR-equipped stage will feature larger-than-life celestial objects floating above the crowd.

Apr 18

Get a new phone? Move Google Authenticator with ease

Follow along as we walk you through moving your two-step verification codes to your new phone.

Apr 17

Ad-blocking Brave for Android lets you pay publishers now

The Brave Rewards system lays the foundation for advertisers to pay you, too.

Apr 17

Pixel 3's camera can now detect kisses for photos with your boo

Single people lose yet another ally in computational photography.

Apr 17

Tax pros aren't keeping up with financial tech

Commentary: Cryptocurrency transactions, peer-to-peer loans -- all this data ought to just flow straight into my tax return.

Apr 15

Tax time can't keep with modern financial tech

Commentary: Cryptocurrency transactions, peer-to-peer loans -- why can't all this data just flow straight into my tax return?

Apr 15

Vader Immortal brought me face to face with the Dark Lord

The Oculus Quest experience at Star Wars Celebration Chicago was impressive... most impressive.

Apr 12

Firefox is here for Qualcomm-powered PCs

A new browser version aims to reduce power consumption to help enable laptops with days-long battery life.

Apr 11

Amazon workers eavesdrop on your talks with Alexa

A report says the human reviewers aim to hone the service.

Apr 11

Test Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser for Windows 10

If you want to check out an early version of Microsoft's reworked Edge browsing, here's your chance.

Apr 11

This browser extension shows you which Amazon books are available free at your local library

Available for Chrome now and Firefox soon, the insanely great Library Extension saves you time and money.

Apr 10

Apple rumored to split up iTunes in forthcoming MacOS release

We may finally get the separate music, podcast and video apps that we deserve.

Apr 10

Congress wants to prevent IRS from expanding its free online tax filing

Companies like Intuit and H&R Block have lobbied for years to prevent the agency from creating its own free electronic system, ProPublica reports.

Apr 10

Firefox to block sneaky cryptocurrency and tracking software

It's only in testing for now, but Mozilla plans to cut off cryptocurrency mining and fingerprinting by default in the future.

Apr 9

What e-books at the library mean for your privacy

Folks know what you read last summer.

Apr 8

You can now try Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser

For now, it looks a lot like Chrome, but Microsoft promises differences will come.

Apr 8

Library services get digital, testing privacy values

Apps and software programs make it easier for you to use the library, but they also create a data trail.

Apr 8

Apple nabs one of Google's top AI scientists

Ian Goodfellow is known as the father of GANs, tech that's been used to create deepfakes.

Apr 5

Windows 10 May 2019 Update won't badger users with automatic updates

With its latest update, Microsoft gives more control to users.

Apr 5

Google's spam-call killer is coming to Motorola phones

Previously a Pixel exclusive, the Call Screen feature is rolling out to more Android phones.

Apr 4

Google Inbox is dead. But you can use Spark and Spike apps instead

The Spark and Spike email apps want to pick up where Google's beloved Inbox left off.

Apr 3

Google Inbox is dead. Use these apps instead

Spark Mail and Spike Mail want to pick up where Google's beloved Inbox app left off.

Apr 2

Firefox, Chrome working to ban pop-up 'permission spam'

We say no to "permission spam" 97 percent of the time, a Firefox study finds.

Apr 2

Vivaldi mobile browser and email software coming this year

CEO Jon Von Tetzchner also calls for privacy regulation to block companies from tracking us online and explains why his company doesn't block ads on the web.

Mar 30

Gmail on iOS finally has customizable swipe gestures, huzzah!

Meanwhile, Android users have had this feature for nine months already.

Mar 29

Best mobile VPN services for 2019

Looking for better online privacy on your phone or mobile device? Here are your best options.

Mar 29

Buy Microsoft Office for $100, get a $50 Amazon gift card

Today only, a very nice freebie when you pick up a 12-month subscription to Office 365 Home. Plus: One of the best Blue Yeti microphone deals ever!

Mar 28

How to run Microsoft's Windows Defender on Chrome and Firefox

For now, the protections are only available for Windows Insiders.

Mar 27

Apple Pay Cash drops person-to-person credit card payments, says report

The changes are coming with iOS 12.2 and WatchOS 5.2 updates.

Mar 26

Apple releases iOS 12.2 with Apple News Plus and support for new AirPods

The newest version of iOS is here with News Plus and more.

Mar 25

Last chance: 50 percent off H&R Block tax software

If you've been procrastinating, this is a great opportunity to get started on your taxes -- but the deal ends today.

Mar 24

50 percent off H&R Block tax software: Saturday and Sunday only

If you've been procrastinating, this is a great opportunity to get started on your taxes.

Mar 23

Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center

More power on the way for creatives and gamers.

Mar 21

Angry Birds AR is heading to iPhone. Here's what it's like to play

The app is an iOS exclusive (for now).

Mar 19

Microsoft testing 50-person Skype calls

Because a videoconference call can never be too big or too annoying.

Mar 15

Android Q beta now available for Pixel phones

The new Android OS has major upgrades to privacy and security.

Mar 15

Valve debuts Steam Link Anywhere, opens its multiplayer platform to devs

As we head into GDC 2019, Valve expands Steam Link with the ability to stream games from a desktop to phones and other devices on different networks.

Mar 15

Facebook blames server slipup for longest outage in its history

OK, you can finally post that one status about Facebook being down.

Mar 14

Kamala Harris wants to upgrade government tech systems

The California senator introduces a bill that would give money to state and local governments to modernize their digital services.

Mar 14

Dropbox now limits you to three linked devices on a free account

If you want to have four more more active devices on your account, you'll have to pay up.

Mar 14

Facebook outage hits 14 hours, longest in history

That's why your status updates have't been working. Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus also had issues.

Mar 14

Android Q beta available for Pixel phones

Still no word on what the "Q" stands for.

Mar 14

Google releases Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Google's Android Q beta is here for early adopters.

Mar 14

How to reinstall updates that Windows 10 automatically uninstalled

Microsoft this week will try to resolve a startup failures issue by uninstalling recently installed updates. But if you want to keep them, here's how to reinstall the updates.

Mar 13

Can't update status? Facebook and Instagram are down

Some users saw a message saying the apps were "down for maintenance."

Mar 13

Twitter's new camera makes it easier to post pics fast

You can now swipe to access the camera, just like on Snapchat.

Mar 13

Windows 10 now automatically recovers from bollixed updates

Microsoft's goal: to keep your system running.

Mar 12

CorelDraw 2019 comes back to the Mac and onto the web

After almost 20 years, Corel takes another stab at luring Mac users to its CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019.

Mar 12

Adobe Shockwave gets the ax on April 9

The company recommends Creative Cloud instead.

Mar 11

Brave's browser ads now can fund your wallet

The startup is trying to fix privacy and performance problems that come with conventional ads.

Mar 9

Your smartphone is probably still making you a terrible driver, despite recent advances

Despite new voice commands and features to help keep our hands on the wheel, distracted driving remains the No. 1 cause of car accidents in the US.

Mar 7

Microsoft rolls out Excel tool that turns phone pics into spreadsheets

Android users should start to see the feature in their Excel apps.

Mar 4

Last chance to save nearly 25% on Adobe Creative Cloud all-app annual subscription

Sale ends at midnight PT tonight.

Mar 1

How to use the new Office app with Windows 10

Replacing the old My Office app, the new version offers quick access to your Office programs, documents and account.

Feb 28

Save nearly 25% on Adobe Creative Cloud all-app annual subscription

On the surface, it's a good deal -- but the subscription lock-in isn't far behind. Available through March 1.

Feb 27

Google Duo video chat service moves to the web

Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime expands beyond its largely mobile roots.

Feb 27

Chrome could get way faster at loading some websites in 2020

But its backward-forward cache technology will use more memory, and Chrome engineers need to rework the browser to protect privacy and security.

Feb 26

Firefox brings the web to Microsoft HoloLens 2

Augmented reality is a new engineering challenge for web browsers.

Feb 26

Premiere Pro CC 2019 fixes MacBook Pro speaker-blowout glitch

Version 13.0.3 of the software addresses reports of blown speakers on 2018 MacBook Pros running the previous release of the video-editing software.

Feb 22

Pinterest reportedly files confidentially for an IPO

Pinterest plans to seek a valuation of at least $12 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Feb 22

Microsoft's new Office app is live for all Windows 10 users

The new app focuses less on Office 365, more on free stuff.

Feb 21

Tapatalk wants to help your Google+ communities live on

With Google+ nearing its end, Tapatalk offers communities a new home.

Feb 20

Microsoft Office alternative: A year of WPS Office Premium for $18

Sayonara, Microsoft Office! That's a fraction of what you charge for your overstuffed suite.

Feb 19

Apple to buy AI voice startup PullString, report says

It's the same technology that helps power apps on Alexa and Google Home Assistant

Feb 16

Brave's ad blocking eases your computer's memory use

And 40 percent lower power usage, too. But other browsers get similar results with ad blockers.

Feb 15

Facebook tracks people who are potential threats to its employees

The social network sometimes monitors the location of users and ex-employees if the threat appears credible.

Feb 15

Facebook keeps a list of people who are potential threats to its employees

The social network sometimes tracks the location of Facebook users and ex-employees if the threat appears credible, CNBC reports. Facebook said the list is "a standard in terms of corporate security."

Feb 15

Facebook reportedly keeps a list of people who are potential threats to its employees

The social network sometimes tracks the location of Facebook users and ex-employees if the threat appears credible, CNBC reports.

Feb 15

How to clean out junk files in Windows 10

Free up gigabytes of space on your desktop, laptop or tablet -- no special tools required.

Feb 14

Lightroom update can boost photo detail 30%

"Enhance details" overhauls the most foundational aspect of high-end photo editing in Adobe's software. Also: Lightroom CC gets big improvements.

Feb 12

Gmail's new right-click menu lets you reply to, forward and search for emails

G Suite users will get the feature starting Monday.

Feb 12

Premiere Pro CC 2019 may be damaging some MacBook Pro speakers

Reports of blown speakers on 2018 MacBook Pros popped up on Adobe's forum in conjunction with release 13.0.2 of the video-editing software.

Feb 8

CNET Asks: Do you use a password manager?

Password managers are a convenient and secure way to remember all your passwords. Do you trust them to keep you safe?

Feb 4

Google is setting up an Assistant-powered ride at its CES 2019 booth

Because of course it is.

Jan 8

GitHub is giving free users unlimited private repositories

Free users can collaborate with up to three developers on private projects.

Jan 7

You'll soon be able to pause Windows 10 Home updates for up to 7 days

Microsoft is testing new features to help prevent updates from running at inconvenient times.

Jan 7

Cuomo reportedly asked Elon Musk's Tesla to help fix NYC's subway system

The governor wants Tesla to help modernize the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's signal system, says a report.

Jan 5

Apple App Store breaks records, customers spent $1.22B in one week

Customers spent over $322 million on New Year's Day 2019.

Jan 3

Google gets FCC approval to use radar-based motion sensor

The sensor allows you to control your gadgets and device features with hand gestures.

Jan 3

Fortnite star Ninja says he raked in millions of dollars last year

The esports player had a really good 2018.

Jan 2

Snapchat unleashes lenses for your pup

Make no bones about it, Rover deserves animated selfies made specifically for dogs like him.

Dec 26

Apple App Store rule change may soon let you gift in-app purchases

Good, 'cause I could use some new dance moves.

Dec 20

Amazon's Alexa Guard can alert you if an Echo detects smoke alarm, breaking glass

You'll get a heads-up on your phone if an Echo device in your home detects a worrisome sound.

Dec 13

Download this free Microsoft Office alternative, help charity

For a limited time, SoftMaker will donate 10 cents to charity for every FreeOffice download. It's available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Plus: The last good Nintendo Switch bundle before Christmas?

Dec 12

The 10 best Facebook alternatives for Android and iOS

Whether you're part of the #DeleteFacebook crowd or the 'Time Well Spent' movement, these are your best alternatives to the world's largest social network.

Dec 11

New Firefox prompts suggest ways to get more out of the web

Mozilla also builds better tab management abilities into Firefox 64.

Dec 11

Ad-blocking Brave completes its move to Chrome's foundation

The ad-blocking browser says hello to Chrome extensions by moving closer to Google's software.

Dec 7

Microsoft gives up on independent Edge browser, embraces Google's Chromium

Google's Chrome project will now become that much more dominant.

Dec 6

This Microsoft Office 365 Home deal is actually pretty decent: $55

Today only, you can save $45 on the six-user edition of this popular suite. Plus: Lenovo's 10-inch Smart Display is on sale for a great price.

Dec 6

Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 update, fixing FaceTime's annoying camera issue

Before the fix, iOS 12 made it harder to switch between your front and rear camera while using FaceTime.

Dec 5

Microsoft Outlook for iOS get a brand-new look, haptic feedback

Microsoft says the redesign places an emphasis on efficiency and ease.

Dec 5

Facebook's F8 annual developer conference returns April 30

CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have a lot to address during his keynote speech.

Dec 4

Pokemon Go's Trainer Battles are great for casual fans, not Pokemaniacs

Niantic's new PVP Pokemon Battles fit in perfectly with Pokemon Go's existing gameplay, but may not appeal to hardcore players.

Dec 4

Microsoft adds live captions to Skype and PowerPoint

The programs also support live subtitles in multiple languages.

Dec 3

Revamped Capture One 12 takes on Adobe's Lightroom

But the bigger your catalog of Lightroom photos, the harder it is to switch.

Nov 29

Google invests in Southeast Asia's indie games industry

Currently worth $72 billion, the mobile-first region is expected to experience rapid growth in the next few years.

Nov 29

Qualcomm bets $100M on new AI venture fund

The company will look for startups focused on artificial intelligence for devices.

Nov 29

Amazon plans to sell software that reads medical records

Software could help improve patient treatment and reduce costs.

Nov 28

Firefox-fueled revenue increase will fund Mozilla's privacy push

Too bad fewer people are using Mozilla's web browser.

Nov 27

Gmail's Smart Compose won't suggest 'him' or 'her' anymore

Google dodges gender bias in an AI tool.

Nov 27

Stop shipping notifications from ruining the holidays

Learn how to lower the profile of Google's shipping notices on your iPhone or disable them altogether.

Nov 27

Apple reportedly acquires privacy-focused AI startup

Silk Labs develops AI software that's compact enough to work on smaller devices.

Nov 21

Adobe's Black Friday deal cuts 25% off all-app subscription: pros and cons

It's not just about the math, it's about the tar pit.

Nov 20

Brave SpeedReader mode can make websites load 20 times faster

The simplified web pages load a whopping 20 to 27 times faster, the startup says. The AI-based tool protects privacy better, too.

Nov 16

Apple partners with studio A24, of Moonlight fame, to make movies

The deal has the studio producing multiple films over the next few years.

Nov 16

How to turn off the annoying sounds in the Facebook app

Tired of the bleeps and bloops constantly coming from the Facebook app? Us too.

Nov 15