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New Apple iPhone X tutorial videos show creative ways to shoot photos and video

Apple has just posted five new photography tutorial videos for the iPhone X – though they are equally applicable to other iPhones. The videos cover a creative way to shoot panoramic photos, using burst mode to capture action shots, how to get a dramatic slow-motion video clips and using …

Video Tutorials

Snapchat launches privacy-safe Snap Kit, the un-Facebook platform

Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch’s scoop from last month about Snap Kit. This set of APIs lets other apps piggyback on Snap’s login for sign up, build Bitmoji avatars into their keyboards, display public Our Stories and Snap Map content, and generate …

Apps

Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel

Microsoft today announced that it’s bringing a new user interface design to its Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. This new look will be in line with the Fluent Design System the company launched last year and will roll out to both the Office.com online apps and the Office …

Apps

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which mobile payment system is best?

Mobile payment want you to swap your wallet for a phone or in some cases, a watch.<p>Rather than carrying around cash and cards, just tap your phone to pay. Currently, the three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands like Garmin and Fitbit also …

FinTech

What to expect at WWDC 2018

It's officially June now, which means it's time for us to pack our bags, get on a plane to California and take in the second major developer conference of the season: Apple's WWDC. We'll be on the ground at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center next week scrounging up insights from as many …

Apple

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

Microsoft’s Android launcher now lets you track your kid’s location and app usage

Microsoft is bringing a new location-tracking feature to its Android launcher app. Available in preview, the new family tracking feature lets Microsoft Launcher users track the last known location of their family members. The launcher also includes an activity report of what apps are being used on …

Apps

7 Apps Everyone Needs on Their Apple Watch

What should you download? These apps are the best place to start.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from …

Apps

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Guitar

Microsoft will take on the iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet

Microsoft plans to take on Apple’s popular 9.7-inch iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet, according to a new report.<p>The device, which will be powered by Intel processors and priced at around $400, is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2018. It will be accompanied by more affordable …

Windows 10

Senate votes today on rollback of net neutrality rollback

Today’s the big day for the Senate’s big push to undo the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order nullifying 2015’s net neutrality rules. A vote is scheduled for this afternoon on whether to repeal that order, though as of this writing the coalition is still one vote shy of making it happen.<p>The …

Google Wifi Network Check can test the speed of all your connected devices

As more electronic devices add Wi-Fi connectivity, you might have trouble pinpointing the problem if one of your gadgets has a slow internet connection. An update to Google Wifi's Network Check feature can help you with that troubleshooting.<p>Rolling out from Tuesday, the Network Check update lets …

Wi-Fi

Google Announces New Cloud Storage Plans Including 2TB for $9.99 a Month

Google has announced a new series of cloud storage plans arriving for Google Account holders, including a new family option for divvying up a single storage plan amongst up to five members.<p>Called Google One, the new plans will replace existing Google Drive paid storage plans and include 100GB …

Supersized iPhone X display will be whole inch bigger than iPhone 8 Plus

The larger iPhone X Plus will be roughly the same size as the current 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, a new report claims. Despite that, its greatly reduced bezel will give it a screen size of 6.5 inches, making it by far Apple’s largest-ever iPhone display.<p>By comparison, the current iPhone X measures 5.8 …

The 7 Best True Wireless Earphones of 2018

This definitive guide to the best true wireless earphones of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying your next pair of true wireless …

Consumer Tech

How to protect your Mac, iPhone, iPad from Efail email exploit

Researchers in Europe have discovered a way to read the contents of encrypted emails sent with iOS and macOS devices. The so-called Efail exploit is significant enough that the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it an “immediate risk.”<p>Apple is certainly working on a patches for all its devices, …

Google Maps goes beyond directions

Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration.<p>“About a year ago, when …

Google makes it easier to delete the search, browsing and viewing history it keeps on you

Google is making it easier to see the search, browsing and YouTube viewing history it keeps on you, to delete any items you don’t want included, and to stop the company from logging your activity in future …<p>It’s doing this to comply with new European privacy regulations, known as the General Data …

Google

How to use Google Lens

Google came out with a new version of Google Lens in beta, the company announced at its annual developer conference on Tuesday. If you have one of the ten additional Android devices that are getting Google Lens inside their native camera apps, you’ll be able to access the feature simply by going …

Hacker Kevin Mitnick shows how to bypass 2FA

A new exploit allows hackers to spoof two-factor authentication requests by sending a user to a fake login page and then stealing the username, password, and session cookie.<p>KnowBe4 Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick showed the hack in a public video. By convincing a victim to visit a …

This Is the Worst Use of Artificial Intelligence You Will Read About All Day. Thank You So Much, Google

Google Duplex is in development, but it's easily one of the worst examples of A.I. "advancement," causing more problems than it's worth. It could make phone calls even more annoying.<p>I had a reflex reaction to Google Duplex.<p>It was not to give anyone a high-five or lean back in my chair and think …

Artificial Intelligence

Everything Google announced at I/O 2018

The first day of Google’s 2018 I/O developer conference came and went, with the tech titan announcing a ton of features, products, and other future-gazing tidbits.<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) permeated just about every announcement Google made at the event. From Google Assistant and Gmail to Google …

Strength is the missing Activity Ring. Here’s how you can close it.

The Activity Rings on your Apple Watch don’t provide a complete picture of your fitness. There is one important ring missing: Strength. The Rock didn’t get ripped just by standing up once an hour. And both the Exercise and Move rings essentially measure the same thing: cardio.<p>As any fitness expert …

Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why

Day 1 of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with announcements and updates. Here are 10 big takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1. You can find full coverage and analysis of F8 here.<p><b>1. FaceDate</b><p>Facebook is launching a dating feature where you can volunteer to make a profile that’s only …

I had no idea this hidden iPhone trick existed, and now it’s one of my favorites

A few months ago I told you about a nifty little iOS trick that may very well keep some iPhone and iPad users from losing their minds. How annoying …

Full version of AutoDesk’s SketchBook app for iOS, Mac, Android & Windows is now FREE

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Today, the folks over at AutoDesk have announced that the full version of its SketchBook app for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows …

Microsoft reveals lots of new Outlook features following Gmail redesign

Better calendar features, mobile apps, and new bill reminders<p>Microsoft is unveiling a number of new features for its Outlook desktop app, Outlook for iOS / Android mobile apps, and the company’s Outlook.com webmail service this week. The new Outlook features that are now available or coming soon …

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar

WASHINGTON — More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, announced a set of principles on Tuesday that included a declaration that they would not help any government — including that of the United States — mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from …

Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google

Upset about how much of your data Facebook has? Wait until you see what Google has got on you.<p>Dylan Curran, an information technology consultant, took a look at just what Google knew about him. Even with his experience as a web developer, he was shocked.<p>"I was really like: 'Oh, my God. This is …

Privacy

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …