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23 Tips for Making Zoom, Skype, and Other Video Conference Calls Suck Less

We’re all using video-conferencing apps way more than we ever expected to these days, to keep in touch with friends and family as well as work colleagues. Believe it or not, there are actually ways to be better at video chats. Here are tips and tricks to be the least annoying person on your next group Zoom, Skype,…Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Science, Desktop, Skype, Facetime, Video Calling, Zoom, Google Duo


How to Use Your iPad With a Trackpad or Mouse

Apple has been promoting its iPads as laptop replacements for a long time now—with docks, and split screen views, and drag and drop operations—and the latest push comes with the arrival of iPadOS 13.4 and proper support for mice and trackpads. Any iPad that can run iPadOS 13.4 can now work with a mouse or trackpad too.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Science, Input Devices, Tablets, iPadOS


Jupe is a new startup aiming to address hospital room shortfalls with modular, mobile space

We’re already entering into a healthcare crisis due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and creative solutions to address shortfalls in supplies, protective equipment and more are being developed to help where possible. A new startup, with a founding team including an emergency room doctor, a crisis response expert and a public health researcher is hoping that its novel approach can help address the impending lack of space that hospitals and health care facilities will encounter. Jupe is a brand...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Texas, Science, Housing, Tech, Hospitals, Airbnb, Care, Emergency preparedness, Modular, El Paso Texas, Kasita, Jeff Wilson, Disaster Response


How to Spring Clean Your Online Accounts Now That You're Stuck at Home

Being isolated at home means you have more time to set up your Animal Crossing island and binge on Disney Plus, but it’s also a good opportunity to accomplish some of the digital chores you’ve been putting off. Your online safety, device security, and peace of mind could depend on it.Read more...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Science, Desktop, Staying In, Digital Chores


These 19 Apps Will Help You Social Distance Without Feeling Isolated

Most of us are stuck inside because of the extraordinary circumstances we currently find ourselves in. Fortunately, self-quarantine doesn’t require a total lack of communication with the outside world. A few well-chosen apps can help you get on with life while still keeping your distance from other people—and a few of…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Social Distancing Apps


Google launches Covid-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now

Google says Coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country mile this year, and to continue its efforts to harness that attention in the best possible way, late on Friday the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information needs expanding,” while the new information portal also provides the basic, most useful inf...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Science, China, US, Tech, Information, Search, Virus, World Health Organization, UN Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This, Emily Moxley


Why You Need a VPN and How to Choose One

The benefits of virtual private networks, or VPNs, are well-documented: They keep you safer on public wi-fi and help you access content not usually available in your region, among other useful . There are now dozens and dozens of VPN options to choose from, which can make it difficult to decide which one is the best…Read more...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Apps, Science, Privacy, Online, Desktop, Vpn, Vpns


The Best Apps for Getting Real Work Done on Your Phone

The debate about whether you can get serious work done on a tablet continues, but what about the even smaller computing device you carry around in your pocket? Apple, Google and Microsoft all make mini versions of their office apps for use on the go, and here’s how they stack up against each other—and whether you…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Productivity, Mobile, Science, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, Apple Google, Office Apps


How to Get Your Android Phone Working As Seamlessly with Windows as iPhones Work with Macs

One of the benefits of going all-in on Apple hardware is that everything works so seamlessly (most of the time): Photos from your iPhone appear on your Mac, you can switch between the desktop and mobile when working on documents, video calls can be made from anywhere, and so on. A similar sort of integration can be…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Windows, Desktop


11 Best Features We've Found in the Android 11 Developer Preview

Android 11 is here! In a very, very early form intended only for developers. Features will come and features will go over the next few months, and we won’t really get a proper Android 11 unveiling until Google IO 2020 in May, but there are already some features of note to tell you about in the first Developer Preview.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Science, Android 11


How Location Tracking Works on Your Phone in 2020

How phones track location is changing – if you’ve upgraded to the latest Android 10 or iOS 13 updates, you may have noticed more prompts around what apps can do with data about your whereabouts. Here’s what those new prompts mean, and how you can get your phone’s location tracking settings set up in a way that you’re…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Science, Smartphones, Location Tracking


The Best Apps for Customizing Your Android Phone

One of the reasons for choosing Android over iOS is the extra customization options you get—you can really dive deep when it comes to tweaking the appearance of Android, pixel-by-pixel, and there are a huge number of apps around to help. Make use of some or all of these to give your Android device a whole new look.Read more...
Tags: Android, Customization, Mobile, Apps, Science, Phones


Reports: Judge to Rule in Favor of Dreaded T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero is set to allow the $26.5 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger to go forward, clearing the path to merge the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless carriers into a single behemoth that would rival Verizon and A&T, reports indicated on Monday night.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless, Mergers, Att, Courts, Department Of Justice, Doj, T Mobile, Victor Marrero


The Best Apps to Help You Get to Sleep

You may well use your phone to help you get out of bed in the morning, but have you tried using it to get to sleep? A plethora of apps are ready and waiting to bathe your bedroom in all kinds of music and sounds, and many of them come with a built-in sleep timer that means you don’t have to leave them playing all…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Sleep Apps


How to Customize the Gestures on Your Android Phone

The way that you get around Google-powered phones is changing, with Android 10 ushering in a new button-less, iPhone-esque gestures approach for going back, going home, and bringing up recent apps with swipes. Fortunately if you don’t like this evolution in Android navigation, you do have options for changing it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Science, Android Gestures


How to Measure Almost Anything Using Your Phone

Your phone can do it all. It’s a portable music player, diary, digital camera, communication device, calculator, and just about everything else. But you might not have considered that it can also replace your measuring tape. With the right sensors on board and the right apps installed, you can measure more data with…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Measurements


Screen Time Causing Mental Health Issues Are Overblown

Screen Time Causing Mental Health Issues Are Overblown Turns out that all the hub-bub about technology affecting the mental health of our teenager by increasing anxiety and depression may be quite over-blown.  It turns out that when you look at all the studies and widen the test-pool academic rese...
Tags: Psychology, Ipad, Images, Mobile, Family, Video, Science, Technology, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, Youth, Sem, Phone, Stress, Teenagers


3 of the Most Common Mobile Scams and How to Stop Them

Our phones carry so much of our lives these days—our social networks, access to our banks, home security apps—that keeping them safe and protected is of paramount importance. These are three of the most common ways your phone can be hacked, and how to stop them.Read more...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Science, Smartphones, Mobile Scams


How to Build Alternative, Better, Social Media Feeds

If you can scroll through your social media feeds without coming across at least a handful of posts you’d rather not have seen, consider yourself in the minority. Most of us deal with this on a near-daily basis. But mass unfollowing people—friends, colleagues, family members—isn’t always an option. We’re here to tell…Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Science, Social Media, Desktop, Feeds, Better Social Media Feeds


You Know We Can See the Apple Watches You Snuck Into the Impeachment Trial, Right?

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is officially underway in the Senate, and there are a few rules of decorum in place designed to keep senators focused on the historic task at hand. The only beverages allowed in the Senate Chamber during the trial are water (fine) and milk (I have questions). The only…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Mobile, Politics, Science, Technology, Senate, Cybersecurity, Apple Watch, Donald Trump, Applewatch, Tech Policy, Impeachment


The 20 Best Mobile Games You Probably Have Not Played Yet

Your smartphone is a pretty decent gaming machine, which you might forget about when streaming videos, sending emails, or taking photos. In the last two years alone, 20 amazing games have launched on Android and iOS (or both).Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Gaming, Science, Mobile Games


The Best Apps to Go Offline With

Whether you’re traveling in a foreign country, going through a tunnel, on a limited data plan or in a dystopian future where the basic infrastructure of civilization has collapsed, you’re not always going to be guaranteed an internet connection on your phone when you’re out of the house. With these apps, it doesn’t…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Offline


The Amazon Website Is a Clunky Mess—Here's How to Make It Suck Less

For an enterprise as big and as dominant as Amazon is, you would expect its website to be maybe a little bit more polished and easier to navigate—as it is, it feels like 20 years’ worth of bits of web code bolted rather haphazardly together. While we wait for Amazon to do a ground-up revamp, here’s how to make your…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Science, Shopping, Web, Online, Desktop


9 Improvements We Want to See in iOS 14 and Android 11

In 2019, Apple pushed out iOS 13 and Google launched Android 10—both polished, mature mobile operating systems that offer just about every feature you could want... or do they? We’ve got some ideas about how Apple and Google might go further with these OSes in 2020.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Science


The Best Authenticator Apps for Protecting Your Accounts

If you switch on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts—and you really should—then you need something else besides a username and a password when you log in on a new device. That’s where a good authenticator app comes in.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Security, Mobile, Apps, Science, Online, Two Factor Authentication


How to Lock Down Your Phone So Only Certain People Can Reach You

We could all use a break from the constant flurry of phone notifications that roll in every day, but there’s always the worry that we’re going to miss something important—an urgent call from a family member, maybe. The answer is Do Not Disturb, which will block incoming alerts from everyone except a select few…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Science, Do Not Disturb


How to Share Internet Between Your Devices When You're Away From Home

In an ideal world, you’ll connect all of your devices up to fast, free-flowing wifi wherever you happen to be, but away from home you’ll often run into restrictions: Maybe only a certain number of devices can be connected per user, or maybe wired Ethernet access is free but wifi comes at a premium.
Tags: Mobile, Science, Internet, Desktop, Wifi, Hotspot


The Most Common Smartphone Myths Finally Debunked

Smartphones aren’t cheap. So when you hear tips and tricks about fixing them or prolonging their lifespan, you’d readily give them a try. Unfortunately, not everything you read on the internet is true. Here are the most common smartphone myths and the truth behind them. Your phone has more bacteria than a toilet seat Cellphones can carry more than ten times the bacteria in toilet seats, like group A strep, E. coli, and MRSA. If you haven’t cleaned your phone yet, now is probably the right time...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Cellphones, Lifehacks, Faa


12 Things to Do to Your Friends' and Family's Tech to Get Them to Stop Bothering You

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The time when you get to tackle a year’s worth of tech troubles in just one visit to the home of a relative. If you’re the designated IT expert in your branch of the family, here’s how to pass on the most useful advice in the quickest time possible, so you can get back to…Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Troubleshooting, Desktop, Tech Support


How to Watch Apple TV+ If You Haven't Got an Apple TV

The trusty Apple TV box is the most obvious device for watching Apple TV+ on—but if you don’t have one of the black boxes, then there are other ways to tune into The Morning Show, The Servant, For All Mankind, Dickinson and all the other shows Apple is pumping out. Here’s how to watch Apple TV+ (almost) everywhere.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Science, Video Streaming, Apple TV, Desktop, Dickinson, Watch Apple



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