Software

How to Keep Your Mac and Apps Up To Date

Keeping your Mac up-to-date may seem like a chore, but it’s an essential part of protecting yourself online. Apple and app developers patch security holes when they’re found—and they add helpful new features to macOS and your applications, too. Beyond the usual security patches and app updates, Apple offers shiny new versions of macOS to Mac users every year—for free. We’ll explain how it all works. You can automate much of this process so that updates take care of themselves…

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How to Organize Apps on Your iPad

Apple owns the trademark to “there’s an app for that” for good reason: there seems to be an app for almost everything. Unfortunately, there isn’t an app for organizing all of the apps you download from the App Store, and if you love to take advantage of every download-for-free promotion that comes your way, you will quickly find the need to organize your app in a way better than just letting each individual app go to the back of the…

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CIOS ASSESS HOW APPLE AND GOOGLE APPROACH ENTERPRISE APPS

Apple and Google both try to woo enterprise customers with unique strategies for business app development that mirror their respective visions. And as might be expected, each company elevates its strengths in enterprise and downplays points of weakness, according to IT leaders who spoke to CIO.com. Google cultivates a large group of partners to help organizations integrate Google apps with business processes, and it recently released a self-service tool, called App Maker, that’s designed to speed up development. Meanwhile, Apple…

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21 HELPFUL APPS FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

Students attempting to text in class might be the bane of teachers everywhere, but even the most jaded luddite would have to admit: Tablets and smartphones in the classroom bring a number of advantages too. From greater student engagement to an expansion of the learning environment beyond normal school hours, gadgets can open new educational doors. But hardware is only part of the puzzle. You also need the right software to spool up those eager young minds. That’s where these come in. From creating lesson plans and…

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5 No-Installation Apps to Copy-Paste or Transfer Files Quickly

We have all faced this situation before. Your friend or colleague has some files you need, but you don’t have a USB drive. It’s a large file too. So what if I told you there’s a simple way to transfer those files wirelessly without installing any apps? As good as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct technologies are, our devices aren’t that great at communicating with each other yet. Even copy-pasting between devices is difficult. Sure, if you see yourself transferring files…

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Android apps and Google Play Store officially coming to Chrome OS this year

After a couple of leaks, including one from Google’s own I/O schedule, support for Android appson Chrome OS has been made officially official. Google has confirmed that it’s adding Android apps to Chrome OS, with a public launch coming later in 2016. It will include Google Play, just like the store that you use to download Android apps on your phone and tablet. Here are the features that Android apps that’ve been optimized for Chrome OS will enjoy: Android Apps…

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Android Instant Apps: Everything You Need to Know

HIGHLIGHTS The Instant Apps is compatible with Android Jelly Bean and later. With Instant Apps, only the required app modules are downloaded. Some of Google partners include BuzzFeed, Zumper, and Disney. Google at I/O 2016 keynote made some major announcements and one of them was about the Android Instant Apps. The feature will allow users to open any app by just tapping on a link even if the app isn’t installed.It’s an expansion of the app streaming feature the company’s…

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IOS USERS MIGHT SOON BE ABLE TO HIDE UNUSED APPLE NATIVE APPS

New app metadata on iTunes shows a new ability for an Apple app to become “hideable.” Soon, you might finally be able to get rid of the Stocks app that’s been haunting your home screen for years. AppAdvice has uncovered new code in iTunes metadata that suggest Apple might soon give iOS users the option to hide certain native apps from their iPhones. The new iTunes metadata shows that every app in the App Store has been getting two new…

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10 Apps to Start 2016 the Right Way

The new year has just started, and you’ve probably already made more new year’s resolution jokes than you’ve actually kept new year’s resolutions over the past few years. It is difficult. In the beginning everyone is motived to save money, to be more organised, exercise more, and other good ideas like those. We start with the best of intentions, but along the way, things change. We found ten apps that cover five different categories that can improve your life over…

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Instagram is cracking down on apps

Instagram will soon be a lot stricter with developers using its platform. The company updated its developer guidelines with new rules that will limit third-party developers’ access to its platform, a change that will affect apps using Instagram’s feed API. The company stated that the changes were meant to “help maintain control for the community.” Our goal is to provide a focused set of terms and processes that give clarity to the use cases we will support going forward. While…

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Monolithic apps are often better than microservices

Sinclair is CEO and cofounder of Apprenda, a leader in enterprise Platform as a Service. With all of the talk these days about microservices and distributed applications, monolithic applications have become the scourge of cloud systems design. Normally, when a new technical trend emerges to replace a previous one, it is due (at least in part) to evolved thinking. The odd thing with monolithic application architecture, however, is that nobody ever proposed it as a good idea in the first place.…