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Pocket Casts podcast app gets revamped with lots of great new features

Pocket Casts podcast app gets revamped with lots of great new features

Despite the constant river of streaming services, video games, social networks, and other entertainment to fill up your leisure time, good podcasts remain a steady draw, though that may be because the overwhelming majority of them are free. But despite their compelling value, it's sometimes difficult to navigate through your options and keep your downloads sorted.

Pocket Casts has been a popular podcast app over the years, but it's upped its game further with version 7, releasing today for iOS... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Mozilla's holiday buying guide ranks gifts based on how well the product respects your privacy

Mozilla's holiday buying guide ranks gifts based on how well the product respects your privacy

If you're browsing the internet this week, you're probably dealing with a blizzard of Black Friday promotions and gift guides, and the truly novel ideas could get lost in the storm. Of course, the CNET Holiday Gift Guide should steer you in the right direction, as is tradition. But if you are a privacy-minded holiday shopper, you may be wondering how these gadgets handle your day-to-day personal data.

For that, Mozilla has fashioned its own gift guide ranging from... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Update to Paper app gains support for new Apple Pencil

Update to Paper app gains support for new Apple Pencil

Across the board, companies are updating their software to take advantage of the recent release of the latest iPad Pro and the newest generation of the Apple Pencil. The new Apple Pencil 2 is a vast improvement on its predecessors, and popular drawing app Paper has optimized its features to work with all of the device's new capabilities.

The Apple Pencil 2, which costs $129 and only works with the latest iPad model, is used for a variety of... Read More »

Topics: Illustration Software , iOS Software

ProtonVPN virtual private network app now available for iPhones and iPads

ProtonVPN virtual private network app now available for iPhones and iPads

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a response from ProtonVPN.

With the rise of faster internet speeds has come an industry of streaming services ready to sling movies, music, and TV shows your way -- but always-on connections can bring security and privacy risks along for the ride. In an age where you're rarely fully offline, you probably should have better security around the pipe that brings the digital world to your phone or PC, and an ecosystem of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

GigEconomy app automatically creates invoices to help freelancers get paid

GigEconomy app automatically creates invoices to help freelancers get paid

Freelance writing is all about the hustle. Get ideas together to pitch to editors, cover events, meet a word count, make endless edits, and hope that the meager check (depending on when you get it) makes ends meet.

Setapp's GigEconomy app is a tool for freelancers to manage time, finances, and set professional boundaries. The program is available for Mac OS Yosemite or later.

One of the perks is the program's ability to create professional PDF invoices for easy... Read More »

Topics: Business Software , Productivity Software , Mac Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Netflix to launch low-price mobile-only subscription in Asia

Netflix to launch low-price mobile-only subscription in Asia

Netflix is now rolling out a mobile-only version of their service in select Asian markets in an effort to expand its 137 million customers base. For weeks, the content streaming giant has touted plans to create more content specifically for India and other Asian countries, and it is now testing out a low-priced version of its service that is available only for smartphones and tablets.

Reports have come out of Malaysia that Netflix is testing a version... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Ann Curry shares her favorite apps

Ann Curry shares her favorite apps

In its first season, PBS series "We'll Meet Again With Ann Curry" surpassed expectations by capturing 15.5 million unique viewers and generating over 11.5 million streams across PBS platforms and Facebook Watch.

SEE: The best mobile apps for news, politics, and investigative journalism

Award-winning journalist Ann Curry has a theory to explain the success of the show, which finds the former NBC News anchor and international correspondent and her team of researchers helping individuals who've survived world-shaking historic... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Facebook post removed? How to appeal a ban

Facebook post removed? How to appeal a ban

If your post is removed from Facebook (iOS, Android), you usually get an alert or a message from the company. The reasons listed are generally vague, perhaps informing you that your post violated Facebook Community Standards (if you get a reason at all).

For violating the Standards, the post is removed, or the user is put in "Facebook Jail" and their account is temporarily locked. Some posts are mistakenly taken down or flagged as spam. Contacting Facebook to... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google Contacts app joins the dark side for your health and device battery life

Google Contacts app joins the dark side for your health and device battery life

Almost any app, whether desktop or mobile, has a dark mode feature these days. Dark mode essentially makes the background of a program a dark gray or blue with the text in contrast.

Google Contacts version 3.2, the latest update, comes with a new dark mode setting. The update may not be on all devices yet. Contacts follows the Google News app redesign in October.

According to Android Authority, Contacts' dark mode will stay on if the user has... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Contact Management Software

How Google Sidebar wants to make you more productive

How Google Sidebar wants to make you more productive

After Gmail's August update, users saw a few changes to their inboxes. One of the bigger ones was the addition of Google Sidebar.

The Sidebar is similar to the Samsung Edge's ability to swipe for a drawer of your frequently used apps. The sidebar also shows up other Google productivity apps, including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar.

The new right-side panel houses Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks and offers the potential to add other apps. Taking advantage of the apps in Sidebar... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , E-mail Utilities