Use IFTTT To Supercharge Your Twitter Alerts

IFTTT, one of our favorite apps for doing just about anything, just got updated with a bunch of new Twitter triggers—if you want to stay on top of tweets that mention your name, you now have a much wider choice of ways to do it. These same alerts can also be set up for tweets from a particular @name or using a… » 10/22/14 12:08pm Today 12:08pm

How to Try Out Apple's New Photo Storage Service Now

There's no end to the list of services wanting to store your photos—Flickr, Google+, Dropbox, Facebook—and Apple knows it needs to up its game. Enter iCloud Photo Library, available in beta form now on any device running iOS 8.1. It won't be available on the desktop until the OS X Photos app upgrade arrives early next… » 10/21/14 11:19am Yesterday 11:19am

Go From Google Drive To MS Office By Converting Your Files with Takeout

Google includes a Takeout tool that lets you export every last drop of data associated with your Google Account—emails, contacts, Hangouts, YouTube videos, photos, blogs and more. It's primarily intended to let you archive your files or switch to another service but as far as Google Drive is concerned it's a useful… » 10/17/14 3:10pm Friday 3:10pm

7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore

Hundreds of millions of people use Gmail but only a small subset of them dig deeper into the advanced features that are available in their inbox, such as filters. Setting up new rules for incoming can seem like an onerous task that doesn't justify the effort put in, but here are seven filters that are easy to create… » 10/16/14 11:07am 10/16/14 11:07am

How to Get All of Your Social Media Updates in One Place

You log into Facebook and check your updates, switch to Twitter to do the same, then to Snapchat, then Instagram, then Tumblr, then WhatsApp, then two or three more. Save yourself from social media fatigue and earn back some productivity points by consolidating all your incoming feeds into one place—here are some… » 10/14/14 1:31pm 10/14/14 1:31pm

How To Put Your Photos on Your TV with Chromecast

Google had promised us it was coming, and how its here: Chromecast has been updated with a new Backdrop feature that lets you display your own photos when you're not busy streaming something. You can also display popular photos from elsewhere, and news and weather snippets. Here's how to get the new feature set up. » 10/13/14 12:10pm 10/13/14 12:10pm

How To Record Your Screen on an Android Phone or Tablet

In amongst the new features ushered in with Android KitKat was a screencasting capability—a native tool for capturing on-screen activity in a video file. Whether you want to show off your app, share your Angry Birds prowess or start a series of Android troubleshooting videos, it's not difficult to get the… » 10/09/14 10:51am 10/09/14 10:51am

5 Apps That Show Off How Awesome Android Wear Can Be

Any Android app works with Android Wear in terms of simple notifications and alerts, but there now are a growing number of dedicated apps that try and do more with the interface. If you're wondering exactly what Android Wear's capabilities are—whether or not you've picked up a device yet—browse through this selection… » 10/08/14 11:58am 10/08/14 11:58am

Where To Find Beautiful Wallpapers for All Your Devices

The benefits of a good background image can't be overstated. It can improve your mood, boost your productivity, even lend a little freshness to an aging device. If you don't want a picture of a loved one, cherished pet or recent holiday trip as a backdrop, here are five excellent sites for picking up free,… » 10/07/14 10:17am 10/07/14 10:17am

How To Save Anything To Pocket From Anywhere On The Web

Pocket is one of the best 'read-it-later' services on the Web, though it has evolved beyond its core Instapaper-style functionality to offer a broader range of tools. One of its key features is the way in which you can save almost anything from almost any platform. Here are the key shortcuts to use on the Web and on… » 10/06/14 12:30pm 10/06/14 12:30pm

Put Your Key Apps on the Android Lock Screen for Easy Access

Lock screen widgets have been around since Android 4.2, but it's not always easy to find apps that can take advantage of the feature, and many users simply forget that it's there. But lock screen widgets are great! You can check them without the hassle of keying in passcodes or drawing out a pattern, and there are… » 10/02/14 11:21am 10/02/14 11:21am

Disabling the iOS 8 Features You Might Not Actually Want

By now you've no doubt downloaded and installed the shiny new iOS 8 on every device you own that can take it, but what if Apple doesn't know best? What if some of the new features are a hindrance rather than a help? You can't turn back the clock completely, but you can disable some of the changes ushered in with iOS… » 9/23/14 2:13pm 9/23/14 2:13pm

Share Your Home Wi-Fi Easily Using an NFC Tag or QR Code

Get your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit "play" they're all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could simply tell them your network's name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient… » 9/22/14 2:58pm 9/22/14 2:58pm

Three Uses For iOS Parental Controls That Don't Involve Kids

Plenty of the features in iOS have secondary uses that you might not have thought about, and that includes the parental controls. You can find them under the Restrictions heading of the General tab in Settings and whether you're a parent or not, this special PIN-protected mode can come in very handy. » 9/19/14 10:23am 9/19/14 10:23am