12 Essential iOS Widgets For a More Functional Notification Center

A few weeks ago we rounded up some eye-catching widgets for your Android device so it's only fair that we spend some time looking at a selection for iOS too, even if widgets aren't quite the same thing on both platforms. All of these apps will add functionality and flexibility and to the Notification Center on your… » 3/31/15 12:40pm Yesterday 12:40pm

Cut Through the Noise on Twitter with TweetDeck's Engagement Filter

With 500 million tweets sent into the ether every day, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff on Twitter. This is one of the areas where power-user-tool-of-choice TweetDeck can lend a hand. It includes an engagement filter to let you focus in on high-profile tweets and cut out the less important ones.… » 3/30/15 11:20am Monday 11:20am

Disable the Control Center in iOS So It Stops Popping Up By Accident

The Control Center joined the iOS party with version 7.0 and is a useful way of accessing shortcuts for Wi-Fi, brightness, music control and so on. However, it can pop up inadvertently when you're gaming, browsing maps, or binge-watching your way through a Netflix marathon. Here's how to disable the feature if you… » 3/27/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

Use Skype and a Webcam To Keep an Eye on Your Home from Anywhere

Skype's best known for video and audio calling, and even a bit of old-school instant messaging, but there are plenty of other uses for it. One of these alternative uses is to set up a free, instant access home monitoring system that you can launch from your office or your vacation whenever you like. Here's how to… » 3/26/15 10:30am Thursday 10:30am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Play Music Master

Between iTunes and Spotify, Google's own Play Music can get forgotten about, but it has lots going for it. Whether you're a non-paying user listening to your own tracks or paying monthly for access to Google's entire library (and YouTube Music Key) there's plenty to explore. Here are 10 tips to help you get more out… » 3/25/15 10:05am 3/25/15 10:05am

Set Your Dropbox Links to Expire for Safer File Sharing

A few months ago, Dropbox added the ability to add expiration dates to the shared links you send out to let others get at your files and folders. Even if you're very trusting of your friends and colleagues, it's a good idea to apply this setting to all of the links you share. If someone else's computer or device is… » 3/24/15 9:40am 3/24/15 9:40am

Keep Older Versions Of Your Documents On Google Drive Forever

Google Drive does a decent job of managing older versions of non-native files, automatically keeping them for 30 days or 100 revisions. You can access these older versions from within the individual file options, but there's also the opportunity to keep a particular version of a file for all time if you know that you… » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm

Put Your Favorite Contacts on the iOS Multitasking Screen

With iOS 8, Apple introduced a row of contact shortcuts at the top of the multitasking screen (tap twice on Home to get to it). If you want to take more control over which faces you see here, or you want to shut off the feature altogether, these are the settings you need to tweak. » 3/23/15 10:30am 3/23/15 10:30am

10 Things You Can Do in Android 5.1 That You Couldn't Before

Android 5.1 isn't one of those massive life-changing releases that'll have you tapping the 'look for updates' button frenetically for days on end; but nor is it one of those minor upgrades with only bug fixes and technical improvements. Here are the cool new features you're going to get with the new Android—once it… » 3/20/15 10:35am 3/20/15 10:35am

9 Tricks You Didn't Know You Could Do With Just an Email

There's more to email than missives to the boss and spam from strangers with an eerily accurate takes on your love life. From inside your inbox you can post to social media, share photos, fire off urgent texts, write up blog posts and even control your smart home. Here are 9 clever ways to use email that you didn't… » 3/18/15 9:55am 3/18/15 9:55am

Cool Down Your Android Phone With a Tap

An overheating phone is bad news for your battery life, your palms and the internal components inside your device. Fortunately, there's an Android app that can help, shutting down some non-essential system tasks and background processes to give your handset the chance to cool off. You can choose from a one-tap quick… » 3/17/15 11:30am 3/17/15 11:30am

Use Smart Folders on OS X To Put All Your Photos in One Convenient Place

Smart folders have been available in Mac OS X since 10.4, but if you're new to the platform—or haven't really explored it—then you might not know how useful they can be. These "saved searches" give you instant access to files matching a particular set of criteria, so they're perfect for picking out pictures taken with… » 3/16/15 7:46am 3/16/15 7:46am

Use Google Now to Let Your Family Know When You Get Home

Google Now has more than one trick up its sleeve, and if you're prepared to take a few minutes to set it up: You can have a card display whenever a family member arrives at home (or work). Here's how to get the feature activated on your device. » 3/13/15 9:40am 3/13/15 9:40am

10 Tricks to Make You an iOS Calendar Master

Everyone with an iPhone or iPad has Calendar installed—there it is, right there on your home screen—but not everyone knows how to make the most of it. We've collected together 10 handy hints and hidden tricks you can use to power through your schedule and Calendar's various features in iOS 8.2. » 3/12/15 11:05am 3/12/15 11:05am

Burn Through Your Podcasts Faster Than Ever With the New Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts has long been one of our favorite cross-platform podcasting tools, and there's a new Android version out today with a Material Design overhaul and even more ways to cut down the amount of time it takes to burn through your podcast queue. You can also get statistics on the amount of listening time you've… » 3/11/15 9:30am 3/11/15 9:30am

View and Edit Your YouTube History for Smarter Recommendations

There's a lot of content on YouTube, which is why the site tries to shepherd you towards the most relevant videos via its recommendations. These hints are based on your search and viewing history, so they can be thrown off if someone borrows your laptop or you have a sudden binge on lengthy unboxing videos. With that… » 3/10/15 10:40am 3/10/15 10:40am

5 Things to Check Before You Get Rid of Your Old Gadgets

Whether you're raising some funds on eBay or passing on your phone to a nephew or niece, you want to make sure you don't leave any trace of your activities on there. You also need to make sure the new owner isn't locked out by your old accounts. Here's a simple checklist to work through before waving goodbye to an old… » 3/09/15 9:15am 3/09/15 9:15am

Hide Your Least-Favorite Instagram Filters for Easier Photo Sharing

If the world is eagerly waiting for your latest photographic masterpiece then you don't want to waste time thumbing through a stack of Instagram filters to find the one you like. The latest version of the app lets you remove and organize the available options to streamline the process. Here's how to do it. » 3/06/15 9:20am 3/06/15 9:20am

12 Essential Android Widgets for a More Functional Home Screen

One of the most obvious ways in which Android differs from iOS is the way you can customize your home screens with panels and widgets. We've picked out some of our favorite ones for adding features and functionality to your device—use them as quick shortcuts for key tools without having to open up the full apps… » 3/05/15 10:40am 3/05/15 10:40am

Which Apps Are Running Down Your Chromebook's Battery?

Worried if your Chromebook battery's going to last until you get back home? The latest version of the Chrome OS Dev channel breaks things down for you by showing how much juice each of your Web apps is using. Follow these steps to load up the console and you can easily spot the battery hogs causing you trouble. » 3/04/15 5:30pm 3/04/15 5:30pm