Apple’s iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork productivity apps are now free

Free apps on Apple App Store

Apple has updated some of its most well-known productivity and “essential” apps and is now giving them away on Mac and iOS App Stores for free. Previously, people could either buy Numbers, Keynote and Pages individually or together in Apple’s iWork suite. iMovie and GarageBand, which will also be free […]

You can finally download Google’s Calendar app for iPad

Google Calendar app for iPad

Google’s Calendar app is finally available for iPad. If you’ve used the Google Calendar app on iPhone, the iPad-optimized version will have you feeling right at home. The only difference is you’ll have a lot more screen real estate to work with. In its announcement, Google touted the fact that […]

Software deal: Apple discounts video, audio bundle in education store

Apple Education pro app bundle

Right now on Apple’s education website, the company is offering a great deal on professional editing software for Mac. The bundle, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3, is being sold for $199.99. To put into perspective how much of a […]

The biggest tech stories of 2016

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Technology played a big role in the news of 2016. Here are the biggest tech stories of the year — in no particular order. Exploding Samsung phones Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones grabbed a lot of attention due to a severe battery overheating problem. Some of the devices became so […]

Stop waiting; update your iPhone to iOS 9.3.5 right now

Apple released a very important security fix for iPhones and iPads last week that you should install at your earliest convenience. The update to iOS 9.3.5 patches some critical vulnerabilities in the security of the mobile operating system. Not updating means you could be putting your personal information — things like your texts, […]

Verizon will disconnect unlimited data customers using over 100GB a month

A handful of Verizon subscribers taking advantage of old unlimited data plans will not be happy about this: The carrier will begin disconnecting people using more than 100GB a month starting August 31. Unlimited data for cell phones is pretty much a thing of the past, but there are some holdouts. […]

I’m moving to Google Fiber heaven and starting a new job

I’m moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where the megabits run free. Well, not actually free — but they do run up to 1,000 Mbps up and down. This move was prompted by a job change: Soon, I’ll be joining the digital team at The Kansas City Star. Yes, I’m headed back […]

Code is English-biased

While teaching a group of Russian and Kazak speaking journalists in Almaty, Kazakhstan I thought about something: No matter where in the world you go or what language you speak, code will always be in English. HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, Ruby, PHP… yeah, they’re all in English. And this isn’t a new fact, it’s […]

Life update: I’m writing about tech for a living

It’s been a while since I posted here and there’s a good reason why: my new job has me covering technology. That’s right. Here are a few of my recent pieces: If you enjoy these videos check out Newsy.com to watch and/or read more — probably — in the technology section. […]

Another kill switch law passes, but are smartphones really more secure?

  California legislators passed a law this week that will put a remote kill switch in every smartphone sold in the state after July 1, 2015. The kill switch would allow a smartphone owner to remotely wipe everything on a device and make the smartphone unusable in case the device were stolen. The bill was […]