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 Yesterday 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 Wednesday 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 Tuesday 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 Monday 6:00pm

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

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

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

How to Sync Your Open Safari Tabs Across Mac, iPhone, and iPad

iCloud Tabs have been around for a while—they work on iOS 6 or later and OS X Mountain Lion or later—but they're worth revisiting if you're new to the software or you've been dallying with other browser apps recently. Here's how to make sure the feature's switched on and where you can find it. » 3/04/15 11:35am 3/04/15 11:35am

4 Apps to Get All of Your Contacts in One Place

If you've got a well-organized contacts book, our hats are tipped in your direction. Keeping track of hundreds of people across dozens of sites and services is no easy task, and it seems strange that no one's quite cracked the formula for getting all this information sorted out. Here are four apps taking on the… » 3/03/15 4:50pm 3/03/15 4:50pm