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The 30 Best iPhone Apps to Download Now

Just pick up a new phone? Or simply have an afternoon to burn and want to download some toys? These are our must-have iPhone apps.<p>Whether you just picked up a new iPhone or you're looking for an app revamp, these 24 apps belong on your home screen. Including everything from music, navigation, …

Apps

Access OS X's Packet Sniffer with the Wireless Diagnostics Tool

We've shown you how to tap your network and monitor everything that's happening before, but blogger Jacob Salmela's shows off a trick that makes it …

Operating Systems

How to wipe your phone or tablet before you sell it

Here is how to wipe your personal data from a mobile device the right way before trading up to a new model.<p>Trading in or selling your old mobile device? Wipe it the right way to reduce the risk of personal data falling into the wrong hands.<p>Remember that no method apart from physically destroying …

Windows Phone

How to hide your iTunes purchases from prying eyes (and find them again)

Let’s face it – not all of us want every purchase we complete via the iTunes or App stores available to anyone who uses our iPhone, iPad, or Macbook. Some things just need to remain, well, private.<p>Luckily, it’s pretty easy to hide the evidence from unauthorized users via a quick trip to the iTunes …

How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account

Authorizing an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, or PC on your iTunes account means you can uses it buy new apps, music, movies, TV Shows, and iBooks, …

TV shows

How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure

AirDrop, part of Apple's Continuity features, makes it easy to share files between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. It's especially useful for files …

Information Systems

12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.<p>But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no …

Awesome iOS 8 widgets that make your Today screen worth tapping

Here’s what to do if your iPhone storage gets clogged by mysterious ‘Other’ data

If you use your iPhone to do a lot of different things, you may find that it has a huge block of storage space that’s being taken up by data that …

Importing Photos in iCloud Photo Library on iOS with Correct Dates and Metadata – MacStories

I'm in the process of importing five years of photos into iCloud Photo Library following an upgrade to the $0.99/month iCloud plan, and I wanted to share a quick tip about the experience.<p>For years, I stored photos in Dropbox thanks to a combination of CameraSync and Hazel, which allowed me to try …

Tip of the Day: Change Your Default Reminders List

A few weeks ago we published a tip explaining how to add an item to a specific list in Reminders using Siri. If you don't specify which list you want to add the reminder to, it will get added to your default Reminders List. But if you find yourself mostly adding items to a list that is not the …

FingerKey app lets you unlock your Mac using iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint sensor

A new app called FingerKey allows Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.<p>That means you’ll be able to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than typing in a password each time. The app takes advantage of …

How Qualcomm aims to be everywhere -- not just phones

Qualcomm already rules the mobile world -- now it wants to tackle all of the other gadgets in your life. But none of this should be a surprise if you've been paying attention. Its Snapdragon chips already power most high-end smartphones, so it makes sense for Qualcomm to leverage that experience …

iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: UAG's Folio

It's that time of year again. Right after a new iPhone comes out there is the inevitable deluge of great cases to protect your new investment. This happens with every iPhone release, but perhaps never more markedly than with the introduction of the completely new form factors of the iPhone 6 and 6 …

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: It's too soon to talk about selling Shots photo app

Reports have swirled recently that<p>Twitteris looking to acquire Shots, a year-old photo-sharing app that has investors includingFloyd Mayweather Jr.andJustin Bieber.<p>Mayweather, currently undefeated as a professional boxer, said Friday he was unaware of any such rumors and would pump the brakes on …

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro Notebook: A Thin, Stylish Ultrabook Alternative

For the past few weeks I’ve been living with an almost anorexically thin notebook. Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro, with its trademark “watchband” hinge is <i>the</i> thinnest full-fledged notebook I’ve ever used. It’s a 13-inch machine that weighs 2.62 pounds and measures a half inch thick. By way of comparison, …

Lumia 535 Smartphone Review: Windows Phone's Brilliant Budget Bullet

Microsoft’s release of the Lumia 535 Windows Phone is a critical moment in the mobile mission of Redmond. Not that every handset release shouldn’t be regarded as critical (it’s never too early to start #failing), but the Lumia 535 comes at an important transitional time for the company as it is …

Digital Storage And The Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things is a hot topic recently. As the power of inexpensive low power microprocessors increases they are appearing in more and more devices and products. By networking these devices together we can enable ways to interact with our homes and the things that we carry with us in ways …

Tip of the Day: Don't Know What to Ask Siri? Siri Will Tell You

It took me over a year to get in the habit of using Siri, partly because she seemed so human-like. I was worried I'd say something dumb. One day I finally got it: there ain't no one listening. And ever since then I've used Siri with abandon. Lately I was surprised to discover that Siri offers a …

Siri

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Sacramento’s Hacker Lab calls AT&T’s gigabit bluff

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/Peter Thoeny<p>Sacramento, California’s capital, was named one of 100 cities where AT&T <i>might</i> build gigabit …

Yandex Gives Its Browser A Minimalist Makeover

Russian tech giant Yandex has launched a refreshed version of its Chromium-based browser that’s been designed to make the browser itself feel less visible to web users.<p>Where it is visible, such as the URL bar, it uses translucency and cloaks itself in flat design to de-emphasize its presence. The …

The Epic Tale Of An Anonymous Browser That Gamed Google Ads

By Michael Grothaus8 minute Read<p>Privacy has been pushed to the forefront of most people’s minds in the last two years. A renewed awareness began in …

Google Chrome crashes hard with Mac OS 10.10.2 beta, here’s the fix

<i>…Use Safari! (lol,)</i><p>Google Chrome 39 had started to crash for me as soon as I updated to 10.10.2 Beta. I tried all of the normal things (trashing Google prefs, using Canary, etc etc). Nothing worked except downgrading back to Mac OS 10.10.1 stable.<p>It turns out that the new 10.10.2 has depreciated …

Sony Hackers Leaked Movies to File-Sharing Sites

A North Korean connection is still being investigated, sources said.<p>The devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment entered a new phase this weekend, after it was revealed that five unreleased Sony-made films have leaked onto file-sharing Internet sites; the studio confirmed that …