Use Automate to Supercharge Android's Abilities

There are already plenty of automation tools around on Android, giving you deep hooks into how the OS runs, but a new utility called Automate has caught our attention. Like similar apps, it’s based around triggers that then result in actions, and you can build up what it calls ‘Flows’ simply by tapping and dragging.… »11/20/15 9:20am11/20/15 9:20am

10 Tricks That'll Make You a Google Chrome Master

With a billion or so users to its name, Chrome has been a huge success story for Google since its introduction in 2008. Right from the start, the browser aimed to be as lightweight and user-friendly as possible, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some advanced features hidden away behind the scenes—and with that in… »11/19/15 9:30am11/19/15 9:30am

9 Free Apps to Get Fit Using Only Your Smartphone

You don’t necessarily need the help of a wearable or a smartwatch to help track your steps and monitor your activity—most modern-day smartphones have all the sensors and hardware you need to keep an eye on how much (or little) exercise you’re getting. Here are 9 apps up to the task of improving your fitness, no extra… »11/14/15 12:00pm11/14/15 12:00pm

Get Apple TV's New Screensavers On Any Windows PC or Mac

If you’ve grabbed one of those shiny fourth-generation Apple TVs then no doubt you’ll be enjoying the looping video wallpapers that come with them—professionally shot clips of famous vistas that change with the time of day. For those without an Apple TV but with a desktop or laptop, there is a way to get the same… »11/13/15 10:00am11/13/15 10:00am

How to Exclude Certain Apps From Android's Battery-Saving Doze Feature

You may have heard one of the new features in Android Marshmallow is Doze, a standby mode for your apps that slows down background processes and pings to the cloud while your device isn’t being used. While there’s no way to turn Doze itself on or off, you can exclude certain apps from it if you want to make sure… »11/11/15 10:57pm11/11/15 10:57pm

Use "Hey Siri" Any Time From Any iPhone

If you don’t feel like pressing the Home button, you can call up Apple’s digital assistant app with a “hey Siri” voice command in iOS 9—as long as your iPhone is charging or you’re using an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Those limitations are designed to prevent battery drain, but you can actually access the shortcut… »11/11/15 9:00am11/11/15 9:00am

How to Start Any Office Application in Safe Mode

Word starting to wobble? Excel eating itself? PowerPoint playing up? If you’re having trouble with your Office apps, then launch them in a special stripped-down Safe Mode. Like Windows Safe Mode, it loads the software in its most basic configuration, enabling you to troubleshoot issues and hopefully identify what’s… »11/09/15 10:00am11/09/15 10:00am

Cortana Can Be Your Own Personal Translator in Windows 10

One of Cortana’s capabilities that you might not noticed yet is the quick translation feature. Microsoft’s engineers recently upgraded this part of Cortana’s functionality, so you can now get multilingual help with words, phrases and sentences, assuming Cortana is supported in your part of the world (U.S. English and… »11/06/15 10:50am11/06/15 10:50am

Set Up Multiple Netflix User Accounts for All of Your Moods

Netflix lets you set up a maximum of five different logins on your account, and this typically lets you grant access to someone else in the family or means you can keep the kids’ viewing history (and recommendations) separate from your own. However, even if you’re the only person who uses your Netflix account, these… »11/04/15 10:20am11/04/15 10:20am

This Chrome Extension Blocks Spoilers Before They Ruin Your Day

You can’t move on the modern-day internet without bumping into a spoiler or two. Whether it’s Game of Thrones, The Force Awakens or the ending to Citizen Kane, it’s all too easy to trip up over a plot point that you’d rather not know about. If you’re desperately trying to stay in the dark about an upcoming movie or… »10/30/15 5:45pm10/30/15 5:45pm

How to Shoot Live Photos Even If You Don't Have a New iPhone

Live Photos is one of the headline features of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But if you haven’t forked out for one of Apple’s 2015 handsets, there are ways to get the same kind of functionality on your own smartphone. All you need is the right app, and these are the best of the bunch for Android and iOS. »10/29/15 10:30am10/29/15 10:30am

How to Delete Just One Site From Your Chrome Browsing History

Google’s Chrome browser has a neat history erase tool that lets you blitz your browsing logs from the last hour, day, week or month—or from the beginning of time. However, that history can be useful to search back through, and if you only want to exorcise one site from Chrome’s memory, here’s how to do it. »10/28/15 10:00am10/28/15 10:00am