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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse 1 hours 58 minutes ago.

How to Try Out Apple's New iCloud Website (and Reminders)

How to Try Out Apple's New iCloud Website (and Reminders)

Apple’s Reminders app —an incredibly helpful way to stay organized on iOS and macOS—is once again available via your web browser, thanks to an updated version of Apple’s iCloud website. But you won’t see this, as well as Apple’s other changes, unless you enroll in the iCloud beta test.

Along with resurrected Reminders app, the new iCloud portal comes with an all-new interface (as well as the...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse 3 hours 13 minutes ago. 3 comments

What Are Your Favorite Apps for Taking Notes?

What Are Your Favorite Apps for Taking Notes?

The internet and subsequent rise of smartphones and cloud storage have revolutionized the act of taking notes. It’s easier than ever to save your thoughts (since we almost always have a connected device within arm’s reach), access them from a variety of other devices, and share them with people who need to know what you’re planning. Instead of losing grocery lists or sudden sparks of creative...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse yesterday at 04:00. 2 comments

How to 'Refresh' Your PC When Windows Says There's a Problem

How to 'Refresh' Your PC When Windows Says There's a Problem

Windows has a propensity to accrue digital dust and grime that can bog down the system, and reinstalling the operating system is a nice catch-all cure for anything that ails it.

Newer versions of Windows include a handy refresh option that lets you keep your personal files, but removes your apps and reinstalls Windows. This saves you from a lengthier backup and restore, and it cuts down on...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse yesterday at 02:30. 2 comments

How to Get Android's New 'Focus Mode' Early

How to Get Android's New 'Focus Mode' Early

The imminent launch of Android 10 (née “Android Q”) will bring a host of new things to do, and several built-in Android apps are also prepping a few fun features that you can try out right now—no Android Q needed. These include Google’s own Digital Wellbeing app, which lets users monitor their device and app usage, set screen timers, and enable special modes to curb distractions.

The app’s...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 22, 2019 at 04:00.

Now's the Best Time to Try Microsoft's Chromium-Based Edge Browser

Now's the Best Time to Try Microsoft's Chromium-Based Edge Browser

Microsoft’s speedy Chromium-based Edge browser has been available in both developer and canary builds (not mention leaked versions) for months. Now that the company has officially launched a more stable “beta” channel of the browser, you might want to finally take the plunge and give Edge a try.

The beta is expected to last until the browser’s full release sometime in early 2020. During that...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 22, 2019 at 01:30.

Why You Need the 'Google Go' App on Your Older Android Device

Why You Need the 'Google Go' App on Your Older Android Device

Despite being associated with some of the biggest technologies and most popular devices currently available, Google also develops products and services for places with limited infrastructure and resources. One of these products, the streamlined search app “Google Go,” is now available worldwide for all Android users to try.

Google Go was designed for Android Go devices, which are primarily...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 21, 2019 at 00:45.

How to Delete Multiple Android Messages at the Same Time

How to Delete Multiple Android Messages at the Same Time

Android Messages version 4.7 rolled out this morning, and the new update adds the long-awaited ability to delete multiple messages in a conversation thread. It’s a great, convenient addition, and it’s also strange that it took this long for Android Messages to get a feature that seems pretty commonplace elsewhere.

For those unaware, Android Messages is the default messaging app on many Android...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 20, 2019 at 03:30.

Here's Every Device You Can Use to Stream Disney+

Here's Every Device You Can Use to Stream Disney+

Disney+ is almost here. We know many important details about Disney’s standalone streaming service—including how much it’ll cost and what you’ll be able to watch —and the final piece of the puzzle was just revealed: all the devices you can use to stream Disney+ at launch.

And as you’ll see from the following list, there are some notable omissions. Here’s everything that will support Disney+...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 20, 2019 at 01:30.

Don't Let Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant Auto-Dial Companies

Don't Let Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant Auto-Dial Companies

We’ve talked about how fake business listings can show up on Google Maps despite Google’s regulations, and use the appearance of legitimacy to exploit customers and other business. As it turns out, it’s pretty easy for AI assistants to fall prey to fake information, too.

Say you’re trying to contact a company, and you ask a digital helper like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to find and call...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 19, 2019 at 22:45.

How to Add the Galaxy Note 10's 'Link to Windows' App to Older Samsung Phones

How to Add the Galaxy Note 10's 'Link to Windows' App to Older Samsung Phones

Samsung’s “Link to Windows” feature is a lot like Microsoft’s Your Phone app; It lets you sync your Galaxy Note 10-series phone to your PC via its Quick Settings menu. Once connected, you can access your messaging apps, notifications, photos, and other phone functions directly from your Windows desktop.

The only requirement for Link to Windows is that you have a brand-new Galaxy Note 10...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 17, 2019 at 03:30.

Why You Should Use Windows Defender's Ransomware Prevention

Why You Should Use Windows Defender's Ransomware Prevention

A crucial security feature in Windows Defender comes disabled by default: Ransomware Protection. That’s surprising, since ransomware is a serious threat that locks down your device and blocks you from accessing your data until you pay your attacker. It’s even more surprising when you consider that Ransomware Protection was added way back in the October 2017 Windows 10 update.

The best...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 17, 2019 at 00:55.

Plex Users: Delete the Windows Store App and Download the Updated App

Plex Users: Delete the Windows Store App and Download the Updated App

One of the great things about Plex—aside from using it to create your own private, sharable streaming library —is just how many platforms it supports. You can use the service (and server) on Android, iOS, PC, Roku, smart TVs, and even your web browser.

Plex recently released a new desktop client that aims to consolidate its Windows, Mac, and web clients, as well as the separate Plex Media...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 16, 2019 at 04:00. 3 comments

Use Google Assistant to Remind Your Family of Upcoming Events

Use Google Assistant to Remind Your Family of Upcoming Events

When you’re the organized person in your family or the only one keeping track of the ever-lengthening to-do list, it can feel like your day is filled with sending texts and writing post-it notes for your loved ones so they don’t forget that thing that they definitely already forgot about. Who needs it? 

Fortunately for all of us, technology has come to the rescue. Google Assistant can now send...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 15, 2019.

Install the Windows August 2019 Update Right Now

Install the Windows August 2019 Update Right Now

Windows 10 users: Take a few moments and check that you’ve installed Microsoft’s August 2019 security updates on your PC. While you’ve probably already been prompted to update your system, it never hurts to double-check.

The latest Windows update fixes a long list of vulnerabilities found in current versions of Microsoft’s flagship OS. Most of them are minimal risks, thankfully, but the...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 15, 2019.

How to Get Early Access to New OneDrive Features

How to Get Early Access to New OneDrive Features

Microsoft’s OneDrive is a great cloud-storage service for Windows 10 users, but there’s a way to make it even better. In the same way that joining the Windows Insider program lets you preview new Windows 10 features, opting into the OneDrive preview program can grant you early access to new OneDrive features—like faster file-synchronization performance.

Normally, enrolling in the Windows...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 14, 2019.

Pixel Owners: Submit Your Settlement Claim Now to Receive up to $500

Pixel Owners: Submit Your Settlement Claim Now to Receive up to $500

A few months ago, Google agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over faulty microphones on the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. For you, that means a payout of up to $500, and as of today, you can file your claims for the cash (even if you never experienced any mic issues).

The final hearing to approve the settlement has been set for December 6, 2019, but...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 14, 2019.

How to Spot the New Nintendo Switch With Better Battery Life—and Avoid Accidentally Buying the Old One

How to Spot the New Nintendo Switch With Better Battery Life—and Avoid Accidentally Buying the Old One

New models of Nintendo’s Switch console are now available on store shelves in select regions and will be rolling out to other markets soon. Unlike the smaller, portability-focused Switch Lite, the updated Nintendo Switch is identical in functionality to the models that have been available since the console debuted in March 2016; this is not a new console.

All models of the Nintendo Switch run...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 13, 2019. 4 comments

These Dummy iOS Lightning Cables Let Hackers Remotely Access Your Devices

These Dummy iOS Lightning Cables Let Hackers Remotely Access Your Devices

Hardware hacks might not get as much attention as the latest security breaches , but they can be just as devastating. You’re probably picturing an attacker sneakily using a dummy USB key to infiltrate a computer, but as a recent report from Vice describes, even innocuous tech like Apple’s Lightning cables can be modified to exploit vulnerabilities and take control of your devices.

The dummy...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 10, 2019. 1 comments

Earn Up to $1 Million from Apple's Expanded Bug Bounty Program

Earn Up to $1 Million from Apple's Expanded Bug Bounty Program

Apple’s products have a reputation for being pretty secure, but they’re not perfect . Now, if you’re a great security researcher or white-hat hacker—and you want to go after other Apple devices and services beyond just iOS and iCloud—you can earn a lot of cash.

Ivan Krstic, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, announced at this year’s Black Hat convention that Apple is...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Aug 10, 2019.

Make Sure You're Buying Apple's Newer USB-C AV Adapter for Mac and iPad Pro

Make Sure You're Buying Apple's Newer USB-C AV Adapter for Mac and iPad Pro

Apple has updated its USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, a dongle you plug into your Mac or (newer) iPad Pro so you can connect an external display or standard USB device. The newer version of its Multiport Adapter adds support for HDMI 2.0, which includes:

4K UHD and 60 Hz video playbackHDR support (HDR10 and Dolby Vision)

These are excellent upgrades over the previous USB-C AV Multiport...

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