7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

There are times when you will want to hand your unlocked phone to the people around you—showing photos to friends, for instance, or giving it to your kids to play on—and you may want to consider putting some extra locks on the apps you want to be more secure.

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Thanksgiving has become synonymous with two things: overeating and buying cheap TVs. And like clockwork, all my friends ask me if it's possible to save more money by buying a TV without smart apps built in—after all, if you already have a Roku, why pay for extra features you don't need?

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The Secret Service Is Investigating 700 Cases of Covid Relief Fraud

The US Military Buys Location Data From a Popular Muslim Prayer AppFor years, shadowy companies have been buying and selling your location data based on what apps you use.

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Apple Will Take a Smaller Cut of Some App Store Revenues

Though Apple has not released specific numbers, it's likely that the vast majority of App Store developers are eligible for the program, but they together make up only a small portion of Apple's overall App Store revenue, which was $50 billion last year.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

Yes, You Should Be Using Apple Pay or Google Pay

With Apple and Google Pay, you just pull out your phone, unlock the home screen, and hover it over the reader—it'll "swipe" your digital credit card instantaneously, faster than any chip-based card.

How to Trick Out Your iPhone Home Screen in iOS 14

How to Trick Out Your iPhone Home Screen in iOS 14

On iOS, not so much, outside of a modest implementation in the iPhone and iPad’s “Today View,” the neglected territory you get to by swiping right from your home or lock screen.Apple’s iOS widgets are available in three sizes, which we’ll call small, medium, and venti.

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private

The only time the company knows what you're typing on Gboard is when you use the app to submit a Google search or input other data to the company's services that it would see from any keyboard.

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The Android 11 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

When an app first asks for permission to track location, the option to enable this all the time (even when the app isn't running) isn't available: You need to visit the app's specific page in Android Settings to do this.

How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole

How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole

The unsubscribe widget I installed a few months ago stopped working when the tech people at work made everyone change their passwords, and now I spend a lot of time deleting emails from West Elm. But wait there’s a Facebook notification: A new post in the group page for the dog rescue where I adopted my puppy!

4 Fun + Informative (+Free) Apps for Upping Your Nature Knowledge

4 Fun + Informative (+Free) Apps for Upping Your Nature Knowledge

(And if you love Seek, becoming a registered iNaturalist user means you’re contributing to improving the capabilities of the companion app.).

The iOS 14 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

The iOS 14 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know

If you open Settings in iOS 14 and then choose Privacy and Location Services , you can tap on an app to configure how it can access your phone's location: never, always, only when the app is open, or only when you give explicit permission.

Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences

Trump’s TikTok Circus Will Have Lasting Consequences

It’s been one hell of a week for TikTok. The company is scrambling to get the White House to approve a deal it struck with Oracle, designed to alleviate national security concerns the US government raised about TikTok’s Chinese ownership.

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The first, long championed by China, is net nationalism, which makes the State the predominant authority over all things internet, and at bottom sees the network as nothing more than an instrument of state power.

Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New

Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 14, is now available for download, and you'll notice several visual tweaks when you first install it.Notably, your home screen looks very different, with an app library, widgets everywhere, and a new look for Siri.

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

All Your Questions on Apple’s Move Away from Intel, Answered

Should you buy an Intel-based Mac now, or wait for one with Apple’s new custom silicon?.In other words, even if you bought a new Intel-based Mac today, it would likely still receive OS updates, qualify for service, and have spare parts available in 2026.

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

Apple and Google say the change was based on conversations with state public health authorities, who told the companies they were having difficulty building apps themselves.Apple and Google say they are “committed to supporting public health authorities that have deployed or are building custom apps.”.

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

Belarus Reportedly Used Tech From a US Company to Shut Down the InternetBloomberg this week reports that to implement its days-long internet shutdown earlier this month, the country of Belarus used "deep packet inspection" equipment from Sandvine, a US company.

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Firefox Launched a New Android App to Lure Users From Chrome

Camp says that because Firefox is relying on Mozilla’s browser engine, it's able to use its Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) tool, which is turned on by default and blocks third-party tracking cookies that follow people around the web.

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

MAGA TikTok Creators Stand by Trump—Despite a Potential Ban

“It is what it is, some platforms just disappear,” says Townsend, citing now-defunct sites like the short-form video app Vine.

How to Rid Your Phone of Those Default Apps You Never Use

How to Rid Your Phone of Those Default Apps You Never Use

In some cases, you can find yourself with a dozen apps or more that you don't really want or need (though the manufacturers themselves will be keen for you to give them a try).To get rid of any app from your Android phone, bloatware or otherwise, open up Settings and choose Apps and notifications , then See all apps .

Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

Epic Games' Lawsuits Fire a Shot at Apple and Google's App Store 'Monopolies'

The lawsuit came just moments after Apple removed Fortnite from its iOS store for instituting an in-app payment system that let users circumvent Apple altogether, a violation of App Store guidelines.

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

They can use contact tracing apps to gather real-time data about which activities or locations might be responsible for a dangerously high number of potential exposures.

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features—they do come with a cost,” researchers from security firm Check Point wrote in a brief report of the vulnerabilities they discovered.

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

Before you rush to start downloading and installing things, it's important you know that sideloading apps removes the security protections that Google and Apple give you: Their app stores are carefully patrolled for malware, stalkerware , and anything that might try to steal your data or break your device.

Trump's WeChat Ban May Alienate His Chinese Supporters

Trump's WeChat Ban May Alienate His Chinese Supporters

President Trump's executive orders seeking to ban China-owned WeChat and TikTok in the US had been signaled for months.With the election less than 90 days away, and (if the executive order is actually executed) as WeChat might be paralyzed by late September, some Chinese Trump supporters are wondering if the president realizes the implications of what he's doing.

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

How to Use Android's Nearby Share to Send Photos and Files

Photograph: GoogleAt the moment, Nearby Share is available for select Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones, but Google says that because the feature is a part of Google Play Services, you do not need to wait for an over-the-air update from your manufacturer or carrier to get it.

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Over the past few days, a half-dozen viewings of Twitch’s recently started live channels in the Just Chatting section have all turned up at least one apparent child within the top five or 10 entries.

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

A Cyberattack on Garmin Disrupted More Than Workouts

The flyGarmin and Garmin Pilot app both suffered days-long outages, hindering some Garmin hardware used in planes, including flight-planning mechanisms and the ability to update mandatory FAA aeronautical databases.

Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here

Apple’s Hackable iPhones Are Finally Here

Plus, most jailbreaks only work on outdated hardware and old versions of the firmware, Apple argues, because the vulnerabilities used to achieve jailbreaks get patched.iOS-focused security researchers told WIRED on Wednesday that the new devices will be useful in many ways.