Identify Songs Without Shazam by Using Google Now

There are plenty of apps for identifying music while you're listening to it, but you might not know that the same functionality is built into Google Now as well—it's just one of the many features available inside Google's digital assistant that aren't immediately obvious to the casual user. If you hear a tune you… » 1/28/15 9:25am Wednesday 9:25am

7 Sites That Help You Choose What to Watch Next

Let's face it: There are a lot of TV shows and movies out there. How are you going to figure out what's good and what's not-so-good? What if Netflix recommendations aren't working for you? What if you don't even have Netflix? We've scoured the web to bring you 7 useful apps and websites that can point you in the… » 1/27/15 10:20am Tuesday 10:20am

Add Extra Stars For Better Gmail Sorting

Stars are a time-honored way of flagging and highlighting emails, but you can supercharge their functionality in Gmail by adding up to 11 alternatives on top of the original. From searches to quick links, these extra stars can give you more control over your inbox and how it's organized. Here's how to get them added… » 1/23/15 9:45am 1/23/15 9:45am

Use Ratings Preview For Smarter YouTube Browsing

There's an awful lot of content out there on YouTube and sorting the wheat from the chaff can be a serious undertaking. One way of making your video browsing smarter is to install the unofficial Ratings Preview extension for Google Chrome; it rather handily shows the rating for a clip right alongside every thumbnail,… » 1/22/15 4:55pm 1/22/15 4:55pm

Use Android's Priority Mode So Notifications Don't Wake You Up at Night

Among the features rolled out by Google in Android 5.0 Lollipop was a new Priority Mode that lets you set 'do not disturb' times, times when only the most important apps and people can get in touch with you. It can come in useful in meetings, on dates, and when you're asleep. We'll show you how to set it up to ensure… » 1/22/15 10:00am 1/22/15 10:00am

How to Make Sure Amazon's Recommendations Actually Work

Amazon has a lot of information about you, which it uses to try and suggest other stuff you might like (to buy). If you notice that your recommendations are frequently unhelpful, then there are some tweaks you can make inside your user account to try and improve them. Here are the screens and the settings you need to… » 1/21/15 4:50pm 1/21/15 4:50pm

Find Out What Google Thinks You Want to See in Ads (And Change It) 

No one really likes online advertisements. But they do help to pay for your Gmail hosting and the occasional brilliantly written article on the web. If you're going to be served up ads by Google then you may as well make sure that they're about topics you're interested in. Here's how you can find out what Google… » 1/20/15 4:00pm 1/20/15 4:00pm

10 Tricks to Make Youself a Firefox Master

Firefox 35 is out with improvements large and small. If you've never tried out Mozilla's alternative web browser, or you're tempted to come back to it after a break, here are 10 software tips that will make your experience with Firefox all the more productive and rewarding. You can download the latest version of the… » 1/20/15 11:05am 1/20/15 11:05am

Read the Web Hands-Free with These Automatic Scrolling Tools

You've got a coffee in one hand, a mobile phone in the other—who's got the fingers free to actually scroll down a web page manually? Not us, so we've rounded up the best browser extensions and plug-ins that can help provide a solution. Sit back, relax, and let your favorite sites flow before your eyes like magic. » 1/15/15 10:30am 1/15/15 10:30am

Use Evernote's Scannable App to Go Paperless in a Snap

Evernote has a new app called Scannable. It's takes a feature Evernote already had—digitizing paper documents—and makes it faster and more intuitive than ever before. Here's how to get it up and running on an iOS device, and the features that make it worth a look whether or not you already use Evernote. » 1/14/15 11:20am 1/14/15 11:20am

6 Reasons to Switch to Nokia's HERE Maps

Whatever flavor of smartphone you're using, chances are you haven't strayed far from the mapping app that came installed as the default. If you're on Android or Windows Phone (iOS coming soon), there's a genuine alternative to consider: HERE maps, developed by Nokia and bringing more features to the table than you… » 1/13/15 1:50pm 1/13/15 1:50pm

Use Dropbox's Carousel to Keep Old Photos From Cluttering Up Your Phone

Carousel is Dropbox's dedicated photo and video managing app, and it recently rolled out an update that lets you automatically remove old content that's cluttering up your phone once it's been backed up to the cloud. Switch on the feature—as we'll show you here—and you can avoid running out of room on your phone or… » 1/12/15 11:00am 1/12/15 11:00am

How To Take Care of Your Headphones the Right Way

Headphones or earphones or whatever listening apparatus you have access to are crucial to having music and staying sane, so it's important that you treat them with the care and respect that they deserve. Keeping them in top condition is good for both your hygiene and the audio fidelity, so we've put together a variety… » 1/09/15 1:00pm 1/09/15 1:00pm

See Which Bands Are Taking Up Most Room on Your iPhone

iOS 8 brought with it an avalanche of new features and options, but one that you might not have noticed yet is the ability to break down how much storage space each album and artist is using up. If you need to trim down a bloated music library then this feature can help you spot the worst offenders when it comes to… » 1/02/15 5:15pm 1/02/15 5:15pm

7 Apps and Sites to Track Your Time in 2015

How are you going to be spending your 2015? More work and less play? More time outdoors and less time on the couch? With such a broad range of time-tracking apps and services now on the market, you can monitor where all of your hours, minutes and seconds go like never before. Here's our pick for some of the leading… » 1/02/15 11:35am 1/02/15 11:35am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Evernote Master

Evernote is well established as the go-to app for organizing just about everything in your life. Whether it's notes for a novel or bookmarks from the Web, Evernote can take pretty much anything you want to throw at it. But are you using the platform to its full potential? Here are 10 quick tips for turning yourself… » 1/01/15 2:00pm 1/01/15 2:00pm

Use Google Inbox To Snooze Emails From Your Friends or Family 

Relatives are great, aren't they? But do you really need to see their emails popping into your inbox every hour? Wouldn't it be better if you only heard from them once a day? Or even once a week? Google's new Inbox platform makes this simple to achieve, and you can apply the same approach to any of the filters that… » 12/30/14 11:00am 12/30/14 11:00am