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.


8 great Google Maps tips for Android and iOS

It's time to learn your way around the new Google Maps app. The old, somewhat clunky Google Maps interface has been replaced with a flatter, more modern look. Your favorite features are probably still there, but some now hide inside swipeable drawers or behind all-new menu buttons.


Small movies are opening in theaters and online at the same time, but blockbusters aren't (and they won't)

Big Hollywood movies play in theaters for about three months before they legally appear online--much to the annoyance of people who want to see the latest blockbuster immediately from the comfort of their homes. But small, independent distributors are experimenting with alternative policies that bring films into the home much sooner.


4 ways your Android device is tracking you (and how to stop it)

So there I was, poking around some of the more arcane settings on my Moto G, when I stumbled across something that took me aback: an archive of every voice command I'd ever spoken to my phone.



Hands on with Microsoft's Surface 3: Full Windows and a new CPU cut the compromises

With the Surface 3, Microsoft finally puts forth a budget alternative to the Surface Pro 3 that's worth considering--if only because it runs full Windows 8.1 rather than the limited Windows RT of prior Surface models. The $499 starting price doesn't hurt either (the Surface Pro 3 starts at $799). But there's more to the Surface 3 than that, and we dove straight in as soon as we received our unit.


The easy Java and Flash security fix everyone hates to do

Quickly patching vulnerable software is key to keeping computer systems secure. Yet, consumers are increasingly leaving their systems open to attack by failing to patch two ubiquitous third-party programs: Oracle's Java and Adobe's Flash.

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.

Latest Product Reviews


Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

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.