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It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help

If you're paranoid about companies and governments potentially tracking you online, you're not crazy. And there's something you can do to stop it.<p>The spotlight on online privacy has become much more focused in recent months, what with headline after headline about breaches and data scandals. …

Ubisoft's Star Trek VR game delayed again, as original USS Enterprise crew gets added

Ubisoft's Star Trek virtual reality game, Bridge Crew, is not coming out in March as expected. The publisher announced today that the PlayStation 4 and PC game is now slated to arrive on May 30.<p>No explanation for the delay was provided. The game was originally slated to land in 2016, but Ubisoft …

The best stylus for your iPad or other touchscreen device

<i>By Serenity Caldwell</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After testing 18 …

Hiding your tracks from Trump: Online privacy worries heat up

There's something about a Donald Trump administration in charge of the US National Security Agency that has folks taking government surveillance very seriously.<p>Encrypted email provider ProtonMail and encrypted chat service Signal saw a spike in new users after the election. What's more, privacy …

How to screen share with iOS and macOS to help friends and family with new devices

Over that last month your friends and family have probably purchased or been gifted a range of new devices, and odds may be good that you’re the go-to for tech support. Sometimes it works to problem solve by voice or text message when you aren’t with the user in need, but it’s often better to see …

This accessory fixes everything that's wrong with Apple's new MacBook Pro

It's dongle city. That's how you can describe Apple's new MacBook Pro.<p>The company's decision to include only two USB-C ports (four on the more expensive Touch Bar model) have forced users to rely on expensive and clunky dongles to connect an external hard drive, access an SD card or even charge …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

You Might Finally Have a Use for Floppy Disks Again

Even if you use computers on a regular basis, you probably haven’t seen a floppy disk in close to a decade. Their limited storage capacity is …

Gear & Gadgets

Tech CEO letters to employees address feelings of unrest after election

An 'emotionally-charged election'<p>Over the past 24 hours, top executives at Apple, eBay, Box, LinkedIn, and Microsoft have all sent company-wide memos urging employees to try to move forward, and expressing the belief that people are inherently good. Others, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, have …

Today in Apple history: Performa 6360 is a low-cost multimedia Mac

<b>October 17, 1996:</b> Apple launches its Performa 6360 Mac, sold elsewhere in the world as the Power Macintosh 6300/160.<p>An impressive multimedia Mac for its time, the Performa 6360 came bundled with a TV/video card. It also let users make phone calls, listen to CDs, and watch television — all of which …

IBM now uses more Macs than any other company

IBM has now deployed over 90,000 Macs since joining forces with Apple in July 2014, and it is on track to surpass the 100,000 milestone in early 2017. As its Mac user base rises, the company has found that the need for technical support has fallen.<p>An update on IBM’s partnership with Apple, which …

University IT employees fighting for jobs question security

Data security is a simmering issue in offshore outsourcing. The offshore workers who staff help desks, call centers and manage systems are accessing …

Mate is a thinner, lighter version of Tile's original Bluetooth tracker

Tile, makers of the small Bluetooth-enabled tracking hardware by the same name, has launched a smaller version of their original product. For those …

Get Your Mac To Alert You About Unauthorized Webcam And Mic Access, Here’s How

Here's how you can cover your Mac or MacBook's iSight webcam and mic by getting alerted about unauthorized access using OverSight.<br>[ Continue reading …

UPDATED: The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

For me a perfect world in terms of productivity at the office as well as at home would reside exclusively around Apple products. Macs became my computer of choice early on in my life based on their ease of use. This fineness for Apple products also extended to iPhones and eventually iPads. …

Apps

Hands on: Plex Cloud

<i>Plex Cloud is extremely easy to set up and use, but torrenters will want to be cautious</i><p>For those who want the ultimate control over their photos, …

LinkedIn will help you find a new job without alerting your current boss

LinkedIn has traditionally been 95% spam emails, 2% endorsements for witty banter, and 3% useful networking. But those numbers might have just been …

Former NSA employee: This hack gains access to your Mac's webcam

Despite the security of Apple's OS X, Mac computers are not completely exempt from the occasional malware breach. Cyberattacks that involve a computer's webcam or microphone are particularly disturbing since users can be spied on without their knowledge.<p>Though Apple does equip its Mac with a …

Amazon wants Prime members to read a book

Amazon (AMZN) is bundling another benefit into its Prime program -- books.<p>Starting Wednesday, Prime members can pick from more than 1,000 digital books, magazines, short works and comic books at no extra cost through Prime Reading.<p>Subscribers can access reads from any Kindle or Fire tablet or on …

Harry Potter

Mophie has a new iPhone 7 charging case, but it's not what you think

Back in May I wrote about Otterbox Universe, a new modular case system that the company billed as a platform for adding accessories to your phone. Now Mophie has launched Hold Force, its own modular case and accessory line for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.<p>The concept is similar in that you buy a base …

Hands on: Star Trek The Original Series Communicator Bluetooth Handset

<i>This exquisitely made screen replica of the original Star Trek Communicator won’t beam you up, but it will connect you to Siri or Google Now.</i><p>It was …

How to Downgrade macOS Sierra & Revert to El Capitan

For the vast majority of Mac users, macOS Sierra is a nice upgrade that goes without a hitch. For a small number of users, macOS Sierra presents a …

Apple iOS 10: 50 Awesome Features You Should Know About And How To Use Them

Last week, Apple released iOS 10 to the public and it included dozens of new features and improvements. As you may have noticed, there have been changes in the Notes, Mail, Phone, Camera, Photos, Calendar, Maps, Music, News, Safari and Messages apps. Many of the features are more subtle than …

Best Mac apps: 15 must have apps from the Mac App Store

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These wireless over-ear headphones sound just as good as Beats for $29.99

We’re not exactly sure how you’re supposed to pronounce “Mixcder,” but we are sure of one thing: this company managed to make some killer headphones …

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely best at keeping secrets didn't manage to keep this secret effectively," Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Business Insider.<p>In February, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock …

This $1.5 million Star Trek home theater is Trekkie heaven

What do you do if you have an extra $1.5 million laying around and a passion for Star Trek as expansive as space itself? You spend four years building a home theater that looks like the USS Enterprise and fill it with reclining seats and a pair of Spock's pointy ears.<p>Businessman Marc Bell took The …

How Microsoft built a computer so good, even Apple wanted to copy it

They were there to launch the Surface Pro 3, the newest version of Microsoft's tablet.<p>"This is a big day," Nadella told Panay. "Let's get it right."<p>The pressure was on: The first generation of Surface tablets had performed so badly in the market, Microsoft had to take a $900 million write-down for …

This Guy Made a Replica of The Computer That Helped the Robinson Family 50 Years Ago

If you’re a fan of 1960s sci-fi shows, then you probably recognize the computer in the video above. Everybody from the Robinson family to Bruce Wayne …