App and Software News
"During a Swipe Surge, activity is up to 15x higher," Tinder said in a blog post. "And with that many more people at the party, your match-making potential is increased by 250%, which means you'll also spark up a new convo... Read More »
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 »
Take two. Microsoft has relit the fuse on the Windows 10 October Update. But you may have to wait awhile to get it.
The October Update is now available once again for Windows 10, Microsoft said in a blog post. But you might not see it just yet even if you manually check for updates. This time, the company is taking a more cautious approach, gradually making it available for... Read More »
Despite the constant river of streaming services, video games, social networks, and other entertainment to fill up your leisure time, good podcasts remain a steady draw, though that may be because the overwhelming majority of them are free. But despite their compelling value, it's sometimes difficult to navigate through your options and keep your downloads sorted.
If you're browsing the internet this week, you're probably dealing with a blizzard of Black Friday promotions and gift guides, and the truly novel ideas could get lost in the storm. Of course, the CNET Holiday Gift Guide should steer you in the right direction, as is tradition. But if you are a privacy-minded holiday shopper, you may be wondering how these gadgets handle your day-to-day personal data.
Across the board, companies are updating their software to take advantage of the recent release of the latest iPad Pro and the newest generation of the Apple Pencil. The new Apple Pencil 2 is a vast improvement on its predecessors, and popular drawing app Paper has optimized its features to work with all of the device's new capabilities.
The Apple Pencil 2, which costs $129 and only works with the latest iPad model, is used for a variety of... Read More »
Editor's note: This story has been updated with a response from ProtonVPN.
With the rise of faster internet speeds has come an industry of streaming services ready to sling movies, music, and TV shows your way -- but always-on connections can bring security and privacy risks along for the ride. In an age where you're rarely fully offline, you probably should have better security around the pipe that brings the digital world to your phone or PC, and an ecosystem of... Read More »
Freelance writing is all about the hustle. Get ideas together to pitch to editors, cover events, meet a word count, make endless edits, and hope that the meager check (depending on when you get it) makes ends meet.
Setapp's GigEconomy app is a tool for freelancers to manage time, finances, and set professional boundaries. The program is available for Mac OS Yosemite or later.
One of the perks is the program's ability to create professional PDF invoices for easy... Read More »
Netflix is now rolling out a mobile-only version of their service in select Asian markets in an effort to expand its 137 million customers base. For weeks, the content streaming giant has touted plans to create more content specifically for India and other Asian countries, and it is now testing out a low-priced version of its service that is available only for smartphones and tablets.
In its first season, PBS series "We'll Meet Again With Ann Curry" surpassed expectations by capturing 15.5 million unique viewers and generating over 11.5 million streams across PBS platforms and Facebook Watch.
Award-winning journalist Ann Curry has a theory to explain the success of the show, which finds the former NBC News anchor and international correspondent and her team of researchers helping individuals who've survived world-shaking historic... Read More »