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'Wonder Weeks' app lets parents track every baby-moment milestone

'Wonder Weeks' app lets parents track every baby-moment milestone

Something every parent has heard (or said) is that babies don't come with instruction manuals. But the "What to Expect" book series and similar books have aided in filling in the blanks.

SEE: How Cigna's new health app can reduce risks for pregnant moms

The "Wonder Weeks" book, written by Franx Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt, in the early '90s, went digital for a new generation with an award-winning app.

The Wonder Weeks app (iOS, Android)... Read More »

Topics: Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

7 best cycling apps for tracking and optimizing your workouts

7 best cycling apps for tracking and optimizing your workouts

The fresh air, wind in your hair, and scenery beyond compare. There's nothing more relaxing than a leisurely bike ride on a Sunday afternoon. But you're not that kind of cyclist. You're looking to train for a cycling race or triathlon. You want to bike boldly where no biker has biked before. These seven workout apps will train you, direct you along your routes, and analyze your performance, so you hit that finish line -- no matter your goal.

SEE: Get healthy with the 9 best fitness tracker apps... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tinder's 'Swipe Surge' alerts you to peak app activity for increased dating chances

Tinder's 'Swipe Surge' alerts you to peak app activity for increased dating chances

Tinder's (iOS, Android) latest feature aims to increase each user's chances of finding a date. Swipe Surge alerts you to peak activity times on the app, when more matches are likely to be made.

SEE: 3 anti-Tinder apps that are changing online dating

"During a Swipe Surge, activity is up to 15x higher," Tinder said in a blog post. "And with that many more people at the party, your match-making potential is increased by 250%,... Read More »

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

How to erase your weird YouTube watch history

How to erase your weird YouTube watch history

We've all searched for some weird things online. You might use old Richard Simmons videos for your workouts or be a little too fond of Dr. Pimple-Popper's channel.

In case you went looking for something on YouTube (iOS, Android) that you'd rather no one else know about, here's how to delete it.

Open the YouTube app Tap the profile icon in the upper-right cornerTap "Settings"Tap "History and Privacy"Tap "Clear Watch History"

SEE: How to stop Google from tracking your location and activities

If... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

A bungled Israeli special forces raid in Gaza sparked a two-day bombing streak from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. An Egyptian-mediated agreement stopped the rain of 400 rockets and mortar on Tuesday.

The Red Alert app (iOS, Android) was developed in response to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The app provides real-time notifications when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel.

The app is designed to give Israelis in the affected... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Lyft's ambitious new push: Tip defaults, better driver ratings, more features every month

Lyft's ambitious new push: Tip defaults, better driver ratings, more features every month

Like Coke and Pepsi, the rideshare world has developed its own No. 1 and No. 2 players in Uber and Lyft, respectively. But as we've seen over the course of the year, Lyft may not be content to ride shotgun on this journey. This summer, Lyft redesigned its app to integrate public transit and partnered with Southwest Airlines to compete with conventional car rentals. It's also experimented with scooter rentals, provided free or discounted rides for midterm election voters,... Read More »

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

Instagram gets 'Your Activity' dashboard to help track and control your social media habit

Instagram gets 'Your Activity' dashboard to help track and control your social media habit

Over the last year or so, Google, Apple, Facebook and other major tech companies have been getting on a "Digital Wellbeing" kick that introduces tools for users to monitor how much time they spend on their phones and tablets, and help them limit potentially unhealthy addiction.

Today, the Facebook-owned Instagram (Android, iOS) has begun rolling out a "Your Activity" dashboard for its mobile apps. If you've gotten this update, you can access it by tapping the user icon... Read More »

Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

While sexual assault and harassment is a problem almost everywhere, women in developing countries can face more danger. In India, for example, a rape occurs every 20 minutes, and incidents have climbed more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

In India, the Safecity app (iOS, Android) lets women crowdsource information about "harassment-prone" areas to avoid, such as poorly lit streets, certain bus routes, and street corners.

When women submit their abuse reports to Safecity, the data helps... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Firefox for PCs will begin warning you when a site's private user data has been breached

Firefox for PCs will begin warning you when a site's private user data has been breached

While tech news has been full of Apple products and Facebook drama lately, Mozilla has been quietly on a roll, emphasizing its strengths and sensibly charting the areas where it wants to grow.

Just in the last couple months, Mozilla's added the Firefox Monitor that can check your email address to see if its connected to a personal data breach; partnered with a respected VPN provider to offer privacy enhancement to its users; integrated a price tracker to help with your holiday shopping;... Read More »

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

Google Pixel phones get 'Night Sight' mode for better low-light photos

Google Pixel phones get 'Night Sight' mode for better low-light photos

Smartphone users who've tried to snap photos of scenes with little or no lighting know that can be a frustrating experience. Even with flash enabled or your phone on a tripod, you may end up with a fuzzy, grainy image that's just not worth keeping. Well, Google has a trick up its sleeve to improve photos taken in virtual darkness.

SEE: Take, Edit, and Share Photos with the Best Mobile Photo Apps

Now rolling out to all three generations of... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Android Software

XpresSpa teams up with Calm meditation app to bring serenity to airport travel this holiday season

XpresSpa teams up with Calm meditation app to bring serenity to airport travel this holiday season

Calm (Android, iOS), the super-popular meditation and sleep app, with over 35 million downloads to date and averaging 75,000 new users daily, has in recent months been expanding its offline presence with partnerships with Sonos and American Airlines.

SEE: Best meditation apps for iOS and Android to relieve stress

On November 13, the app -- which helps users de-stress, reduce anxiety, and sleep better via guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, relaxing music, and nature sounds... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps now lets you send and see messages to businesses

Google Maps now lets you send and see messages to businesses

You're looking up a restaurant, store, or retailer via Google Maps and have a question about the business. With the latest update to Google Maps, you can ask your question directly and see the response without having to exit the app.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Now starting to roll out to Google Maps on both iOS and Android is a new Messages feature, as described by the search giant in a... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Android Software , iOS Software

New 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' trailer arrives, teases long-anticipated Pokemon Go-like game

New 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' trailer arrives, teases long-anticipated Pokemon Go-like game

Details about the highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game have been scant. The game's new trailer was released on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie. It revealed only that the game is coming in 2019 and that you can "enlist immediately" at wizardsunite.com.

The game's developers, Pokemon Go's Niantic and WB Games, kept the trailer short, but Potter lovers will be excited.

Though the video doesn't include gameplay footage, it shows... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.

The Loosid app (iOS) seeks to create a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety.

"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »

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

Microsoft relaunches Windows 10 October Update after fixing file deletion bug

Microsoft relaunches Windows 10 October Update after fixing file deletion bug

Take two. Microsoft has relit the fuse on the Windows 10 October Update. But you may have to wait awhile to get it.

SEE: A Whirlwind Tour of Windows and Its Best Utilities

The October Update is now available once again for Windows 10, Microsoft said in a blog post. But you might not see it just yet even if you manually check for updates. This time, the company is taking a more cautious approach, gradually making it available for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Operating Systems & Updates

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