Reading App Permissions Aloud Can Make You Realize How Scary They Are

Most people don't bother reading the terms and conditions when they download apps. They're boring! The downside of swiping and tapping without actually looking is that we often allow broad access without thinking, like downloading an app that wants to read all your text messages and not even knowing you did it. This… » 1/27/15 3:37pm Tuesday 3:37pm

Pushbullet Is a Fantastic App Every Phone Should Have

Pushbullet isn't new, but since I installed it maybe a year ago, it has sneakily gotten a lot better, especially for Android phones. And as I used to it to text from my browser for the umpteenth time yesterday, it struck me how great it's really become. So maybe you've heard already but let me fire off a reminder: You… » 1/27/15 11:50am Tuesday 11:50am

This App Builds You a Fake Girlfriend or Boyfriend, Voicemails and All

Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend aren't the first apps that promise to be your virtual partner. But they might be the best apps that promise to trick your friends into thinking you're in a relationship when really you're just sad and lonely and watching too many of the Netflix and eating all the pizza. The… » 1/20/15 1:58pm 1/20/15 1:58pm

All The Fun Of Disposable Cameras, Without A Trip To the Drugstore

Back before the days of selfie-sticks, or selfies or even the concept of front-facing cameras, humanity had plastic disposable cameras. You'd shoot your 20 photos, take it to the drugstore, rewind the film — yes, film — and walk out with 20 blurry holiday snaps of your own. WhiteAlbum is an app that's trying to bring… » 1/19/15 11:19pm 1/19/15 11:19pm

The Smithsonian's New App Brings Museum Skeletons and Fossils To Life

Like it or not, museums can be boring places for kids to explore. Outside of a T-rex, fossils and skeletons are only interesting once you've got a few years of school under your belt. But don't worry, kids, the Smithsonian has got your back during field trips with a new iOS app called Skin & Bones that brings fossils… » 1/13/15 2:36pm 1/13/15 2:36pm

Use #Homescreen to Discover New iOS Apps

We've written before about the ways in which you can find the best apps for your mobile devices, and there's a new tool we'd like to add to the list: #Homescreen takes a look at the apps you already have installed and recommends new ones, based on other users like you. Here's how to use it to find some great new apps. » 1/09/15 5:35pm 1/09/15 5:35pm

Nuance's Excellent Dictation Software is Heavily Discounted Today

Whether you're a slow typist, are a carpal tunnel sufferer, or just want to feel like you're living on the Starship Enterprise, Nuance's Dragon dictation software can make your voice as powerful as any mouse and keyboard. If you're curious to try it out, Amazon is knocking up to 65% off the price of the software,… » 1/09/15 9:46am 1/09/15 9:46am

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 3:26pm 1/02/15 3:26pm

The Android Apps That Collect the Most Data on You

Apps often need permission to access other stuff on your phone to work. What is less obvious is the breadth of information collected, and why it gets scooped up. Vocativ put together a list of common permissions from popular Android apps, calling it a "barometer of what app makers think they can get away with." » 12/30/14 12:05pm 12/30/14 12:05pm

Some of the Best Mobile Games You Can Buy are On Sale for the Holidays

If you need some on-the-go games to keep yourself occupied over Christmas, you've got no shortage of great options on sale right now (including Goat Simulator for iPhone and Android!). Some of our favorite picks for iOS and Android are listed out below, but check out our daily App Deals post for more. » 12/23/14 9:45am 12/23/14 9:45am