5 Google product lines that need update announcements at Google I/O

Okay Google, let the air out of that balloon and slow down that self-driving car. Your I/O developers conference starts Thursday, so this is a perfect time to remind you about a few products of yours that still need attention. You know, the more established services that some of us have been using since Day Zero and, frankly, they're still not quite there--or they've gotten worse.


Hands-on with the new Spotify: Still the streaming service to beat

Spotify took the wraps off its new app at a major New York press event last week that featured appearances from D'Angelo, Questlove, DJ Tiësto, and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Streaming music's dominant player spared no expense to prove that it's the company to beat.


10 Apple Watch dating apps to supercharge your love life

Tim Cook called the Apple Watch his company's "most personal device yet," and the smartwatch is already promising to shakeup our notion of finding love on-the-go. Talk about wearing your heart on your wrist.


How third-party running apps stack up to Apple Watch's Workout

Third-party running apps are at a disadvantage on the Apple Watch. They don't have access to the watch's sensors, which means they can't accurately measure the intensity of your workout and calculate how many calories you burned. They also require some initial setup on your iPhone to make sure they're tracking the information you want on your wrist, whereas the watch's native Workout app just, well, works. The nail in the coffin: You can't use them when you leave your phone behind.


2 easy ways to child-proof your Android or iOS device

You know toddlers: The more expensive and precious an object is, the more likely they'll grab it. My 15-month-old daughter loves nothing better than to get her drooly little hands on my iPad--and when she does, she (naturally) skips the PBS Kids and Barney apps and makes a beeline for Safari and my Mail inbox. Great.


Skype vs. Skype for Business: Who can stick with the free app, who needs to upgrade

Now there are two Skypes for online videoconferencing: the free, consumer version most of us know, and Skype for Business. This rebranded, redesigned Microsoft Lync takes the look and feel of the consumer Skype we all know and applies it to the enterprise.


In praise of the Utilities folder's unsung heroes

The other day my daughter was frustrated by her math homework. She was plotting x and y coordinates onto a grid, but a few of her answers just didn't line up. I suggested that we check her work, and in the back of my mind I recalled that there might be a quick way to do that right on my Mac.


Private I: The collision of automatic Wi-Fi connections and a security flaw

On Tuesday, researchers from Skycure disclosed at the RSA conference that a previously known iOS flaw related to automatic Wi-Fi network connection and a newly discovered SSL certificate handling error could cause an iPhone or iPad to crash and endlessly reboot as long as it remains within range of the network. (Skycure sells monitoring and mitigation systems.)


Deep inside the smart Swiss watches that challenge Apple Watch with analog panache

Philippe Kahn is a big man with a big personality and big feelings about Swiss watches. He's got a massive Alpina model on his wrist, and he's bragging about how the watch is water-resistant down to 100 meters, and can last more than two years on its built-in battery.


Speed up Outlook email chores: 5 ways to automate repetitive tasks

Anything that speeds up email communication in Microsoft Outlook has to be a bonus. Typing and retyping the same paragraphs, the same information, explanations, directions, instructions, and so on is half the problem--one that can be easily solved with these five, easy, time-saving tips.

Expert Opinion


Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick


Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.


Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.


Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

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Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.