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Chrome and Firefox will support a new standard for password-free logins

One small step towards a world without phishing<p>Web browsers are building a new way for you to log in, announced today by the W3C and FIDO Alliance standards bodies. Called WebAuthn, the new open standard is currently supported in the latest version of Firefox, and will be supported in upcoming …

How to save webpages as PDFs and annotate on iPhone & iPad

There are a variety of scenarios where it’s helpful to create a PDF version of a webpage or article. While doing this on a Mac may be more widely known, there’s an easy shortcut on iOS for the functionality as well.<p>It can be easy to overlook some of the options in the iOS share sheet, particularly …

Download this: Microsoft's new app makes photo transfers much easier

If you use a PC, then you know that transferring files between your phone and your computer can be a huge pain. Well, Microsoft finally has a …

These 7 features show why you should use Google Photos to store and manage all your photos and videos

Google Photos is Google's photo management service that works both as a gallery app on smartphones, tablets, and the web, as well as a good piece of software that uses the company's artificial intelligence to make cool stuff with your photos and videos.<p>The app's interface is divided into four tabs: …

Apps

How to Disable Notification Previews for All Apps with iOS 11 on iPhone

For awhile now on iPhone, you’ve had the ability to hide message previews when receiving a notification from the Messages app. Now, with iOS 11, you can also disable previews for notifications from all your other apps. For example, say you have Facebook notifications enabled and a friend comments …

ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your contacts list

About a year and a half ago, ProtonMail opened up its previously invite-only beta encrypted email service to the public, along with a couple of mobile apps. A couple of months ago, ProtonMail created a free tier for its VPN service, too. Now the company is offering ProtonMail Contacts, which it's …

How to turn any song into a ringtone with GarageBand for iOS

There are very few iOS tasks that still require a Mac. One of those is getting your own ringtones onto your iPhone. You can buy them, but you can’t add a downloaded ringtone onto your iPhone without hooking up to iTunes. Or can you? GarageBand on iOS lets you save your own creations as ringtones, …

Music Production

The fastest version of Firefox yet is now live

Firefox today released its newest browser Firefox Quantum out of beta. The company claims it’s twice as fast as the original Firefox from six months ago.<p>Firefox Quantum has a sleek UI with the option to customize the toolbar. It also exceeds the performance of Google Chrome in a browser speed test …

How to Partition a Hard Drive (Windows 10, 8, 7, +)

The first thing to do after installing a hard drive is to partition it. You <i>have</i> to partition a hard drive, and then format it, before you can use it …

The setting that made me love my iPhone a little more

This fall, my iPhone's ($500 at Cricket Wireless) notifications have been out of control. And it's all because of fantasy football.<p>I'm in two fantasy football leagues, both of which are on Yahoo. I use the Yahoo Fantasy Football app to manage my two teams (namely, to choose the wrong QB or WR to …

You can now view detailed App Store and iTunes purchase history on iOS

Apple today is making it easier for users to view purchase history directly from their iOS devices. The company revealed in an updated support document today that you can now view your App Store and iTunes purchase history in the Settings app on iOS…<p>Previously, as the support document notes, this …

App Store

How to convert any file to any format

Organize your work your way.<p>A file's format—the way that it's saved and encoded—determines what you can do with it and which programs can open it. (You can check its format by looking at the file name's extension.) Think of each format like a different language, with some only understood by …

Software

4 ways to make Siri smarter on your iPhone

Sure, Siri sounds a bit less like a robot in iOS 11, but Apple 's digital assistant still fails to understand me and mispronounces names. Siri is also more useful if she (my Siri has a British female voice, so I'll refer to Siri as a "she" here) knows my daily haunts and connects with any supported …

Android users might finally get their own version of AirDrop

Apple's AirDrop might finally get some competition from Google.<p>The search giant is reportedly working on a new file manager app called "Files Go" for …

Google to launch an AirDrop competitor, file manager, and cleanup utility called Files Go

Google is preparing to soon launch a new mobile app called Files Go that will allow Android users to better manage the files on their phone, transfer those files easily – even when offline – as well as free up storage space on their devices as needed. The app will become available to users …

Grammarly launches iOS keyboard with advanced grammar and contextual spell checking features

Grammarly is launching a clever new iPhone and iPad keyboard that includes sophisticated grammar, spelling, and punctuation coaching features. Grammarly Keyboard brings the popular writing service from the desktop to anywhere you can write on iOS.<p>Grammarly announced the new third-party keyboard …

App Store

HTC U11 Plus announced: tiny bezels and huge battery improve on an already great phone

Ships with Oreo and more of the good stuff that made the U11 so appealing<p>The HTC U11 has been one of the best flagship Android phones of 2017, and now it has been upgraded and enhanced as a new U11 Plus model, freshly announced by HTC today. What are the big differences? The display is the most …

This free AI tool is like a real-life CSI image enhancer

Criminal shows have long been mocked for their use of fantasy technology that could, among other things, enhance pixelated low-resolution images in a …

Microsoft kills off Outlook.com Premium, bundles features into Office 365

Microsoft is bringing Outlook.com premium features like no ads to its Office 365 subscribers today. The software giant is killing its separate Outlook.com Premium service ($49.95 per year) as a result, so if you want ad-free Outlook.com you’ll now need to subscribe to Office 365. If you’re already …

Intel releases first Optane SSD for desktops, workstations

Starting at $389, the Optane SSD 900P Series will ship in either 280GB or 480GB in U.2 or HHHL form factors and provide speeds that will blow away …

Google auto-detects your whereabouts to get local search results

You can't get results tailored for another country just by changing the country code anymore.<p>The country codes in Google's top-level domain names don't mean anything anymore. The tech titan has moved away from relying on country-specific domains to serve up localized results on mobile web, the …

How to customize your Google Chrome and Chromebook searches

Supercharge your URL bar<p>I just reviewed the Google Pixelbook and I think it’s great — but Chrome OS is much more limited than either macOS or Windows when it comes to customizing how the core OS works. One of my favorite tools on the Mac is called Alfred, a tool that pops up a little search bar …

How to Sync Your Phone With Windows 10

One of Microsoft’s big pushes with the Fall Creators Update is seamless phone and PC integration. Here's how to set up Windows 10's 'Continue on PC' …

Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile

Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. …

WhatsApp now lets you share your location in real time

WhatsApp announced today that you’ll be able to share your location in real time with friends on your contact list, a popular feature borrowed from its parent company Facebook. The feature, called Live Location, should be available starting today and is coming to both the iOS and Android versions …

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features

Microsoft has been testing its latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update over the past six months, and it's now ready to roll out to existing machines today. While Microsoft’s “Creators Update” naming extends to this latest Windows 10 update, a lot of the features are new additions that will be used …

How to Set Background App Refresh to WiFi Only with iOS 11 on iPhone

For years, we’ve recommended turning off Background App Refresh on your device to save battery life and cellular data. Background App Refresh automatically refreshes apps you have open in the background so that when you go to look at the app again, the page is already up to date and loaded. Which …

Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows

Microsoft is working on a big redesign for its Outlook for Mac and Windows apps. The software giant revealed teasers for the new design during an Ignite conference session last month, and the goal is to simplify the user interface on both Mac and Windows versions. Spotted by <i>MSPoweruser</i>, a lot of …

Huawei's Mate 10 phones have big screens, small bezels, and AI hardware

Huawei has announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, two new phones that occupy the highest end of its lineup. The Mate 10 phones see the Chinese giant get on board with the skinny-bezel trend of 2017 while leveraging its ability in silicon design to supposedly improve AI-related performance.<p>The main …