App and Software News
As Black Friday approaches and shoppers scour the Internet for deals, scammers are also coming out of the woodwork to intercept your credit cards, debit cards, and whatever else you plan to use to buy things online over the course of the next few weeks. According to cybersecurity research firm RiskIQ, you could get caught in this net if you're not watching closely enough.
As we head full-force into the holiday shopping season, you've probably got your eyes peeled not just for gift ideas, but also for bargains. Sure, Black Friday is on its way with "doorbuster" deals, but you might not want to line up in front of a big-box store in the middle of the night and fight your way across the store to the right shelf. Even when buying gifts online, you don't want to find that a popular item... Read More »
As the deadliest wildfire in California history continues to blaze away, it's sent equally unprecedented masses of smoke for hundreds of miles in every direction. Millions of people on the west coast are now reaching for breathing masks, asthma medicine -- and information about how bad the air has gotten and where they can go to find relief.
Traveling in a country where you're unfamiliar with the language can be stressful. If you're in that country during an emergency situation, the stress can quickly turn to panic.
When the user presses the app's SOS button, they can qualify what type of emergency is happening, whether... Read More »
We've all seen the viral videos and news segments on the huge crowds that flood retail outlets across the country to take advantage of Black Friday sales. Brick and mortar stores are now trying to simplify everything for everyone, creating a multitude of options that can save you the hassle of elbowing through outlets.
Late last month, Walmart unveiled a variety of upgrades to their stores, website, and app to make the checkout process as painless as it... Read More »
AT&T customers are getting a new parental control app just in time for holiday season gift giving. For $7.99 a month, any parent can monitor up to 10 lines, and the plan includes not just location tracking, but purchase prevention.
Through the Secure Family plan, parents can receive messages when their children arrive at destinations like school or extra curricular activities and monitor what apps are downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. Parents can even set time limits... Read More »
Something every parent has heard (or said) is that babies don't come with instruction manuals. But the "What to Expect" book series and similar books have aided in filling in the blanks.
The "Wonder Weeks" book, written by Franx Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt, in the early '90s, went digital for a new generation with an award-winning app.
The fresh air, wind in your hair, and scenery beyond compare. There's nothing more relaxing than a leisurely bike ride on a Sunday afternoon. But you're not that kind of cyclist. You're looking to train for a cycling race or triathlon. You want to bike boldly where no biker has biked before. These seven workout apps will train you, direct you along your routes, and analyze your performance, so you hit that finish line -- no matter your goal.
We've all searched for some weird things online. You might use old Richard Simmons videos for your workouts or be a little too fond of Dr. Pimple-Popper's channel.
If... Read More »
A bungled Israeli special forces raid in Gaza sparked a two-day bombing streak from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. An Egyptian-mediated agreement stopped the rain of 400 rockets and mortar on Tuesday.
The Red Alert app (iOS, Android) was developed in response to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The app provides real-time notifications when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel.
The app is designed to give Israelis in the affected... Read More »
Like Coke and Pepsi, the rideshare world has developed its own No. 1 and No. 2 players in Uber and Lyft, respectively. But as we've seen over the course of the year, Lyft may not be content to ride shotgun on this journey. This summer, Lyft redesigned its app to integrate public transit and partnered with Southwest Airlines to compete with conventional car rentals. It's also experimented with scooter rentals, provided free or discounted rides for midterm election voters,... Read More »
Over the last year or so, Google, Apple, Facebook and other major tech companies have been getting on a "Digital Wellbeing" kick that introduces tools for users to monitor how much time they spend on their phones and tablets, and help them limit potentially unhealthy addiction.
Today, the Facebook-owned Instagram (Android, iOS) has begun rolling out a "Your Activity" dashboard for its mobile apps. If you've gotten this update, you can access it by tapping the user icon... Read More »
While sexual assault and harassment is a problem almost everywhere, women in developing countries can face more danger. In India, for example, a rape occurs every 20 minutes, and incidents have climbed more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.
When women submit their abuse reports to Safecity, the data helps... Read More »
While tech news has been full of Apple products and Facebook drama lately, Mozilla has been quietly on a roll, emphasizing its strengths and sensibly charting the areas where it wants to grow.
Just in the last couple months, Mozilla's added the Firefox Monitor that can check your email address to see if its connected to a personal data breach; partnered with a respected VPN provider to offer privacy enhancement to its users; integrated a price tracker to help with your holiday shopping;... Read More »
Smartphone users who've tried to snap photos of scenes with little or no lighting know that can be a frustrating experience. Even with flash enabled or your phone on a tripod, you may end up with a fuzzy, grainy image that's just not worth keeping. Well, Google has a trick up its sleeve to improve photos taken in virtual darkness.
Now rolling out to all three generations of... Read More »
Calm (Android, iOS), the super-popular meditation and sleep app, with over 35 million downloads to date and averaging 75,000 new users daily, has in recent months been expanding its offline presence with partnerships with Sonos and American Airlines.
On November 13, the app -- which helps users de-stress, reduce anxiety, and sleep better via guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, relaxing music, and nature sounds... Read More »
You're looking up a restaurant, store, or retailer via Google Maps and have a question about the business. With the latest update to Google Maps, you can ask your question directly and see the response without having to exit the app.
Details about the highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game have been scant. The game's new trailer was released on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie. It revealed only that the game is coming in 2019 and that you can "enlist immediately" at wizardsunite.com.
The game's developers, Pokemon Go's Niantic and WB Games, kept the trailer short, but Potter lovers will be excited.
Though the video doesn't include gameplay footage, it shows... Read More »
A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.
"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »