Latest stories - Brendan Hesse

2 Days Ago   A crucial security feature in Windows Defender comes disabled by default: Ransomware Protection. That’s surprising, since ransomware is a serious threat that locks down your device and blocks you from accessing your data until you pay your attacker.

2 Days Ago   One of the great things about Plex—aside from using it to create your own private, sharable streaming library—is just how many platforms it supports. You can use the service (and server) on Android, iOS, PC, Roku, smart TVs, and even your web browser.

3 Days Ago   When you’re the organized person in your family or the only one keeping track of the ever-lengthening to-do list, it can feel like your day is filled with sending texts and writing post-it notes for your loved ones so they don’t forget that thing that they definitely already forgot about.

4 Days Ago   Windows 10 users: Take a few moments and check that you’ve installed Microsoft’s August 2019 security updates on your PC. While you’ve probably already been prompted to update your system, it never hurts to double-check.

4 Days Ago   Microsoft’s OneDrive is a great cloud-storage service for Windows 10 users, but there’s a way to make it even better. In the same way that joining the Windows Insider program lets you preview new Windows 10 features, opting into the OneDrive preview program can grant you early access to new OneDrive features—like… Read more...

5 Days Ago   A few months ago, Google agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over faulty microphones on the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

5 Days Ago   New models of Nintendo’s Switch console are now available on store shelves in select regions and will be rolling out to other markets soon. Unlike the smaller, portability-focused Switch Lite, the updated Nintendo Switch is identical in functionality to the models that have been available since the console debuted in… Read more...

6 Days Ago   Hardware hacks might not get as much attention as the latest security breaches, but they can be just as devastating. You’re probably picturing an attacker sneakily using a dummy USB key to infiltrate a computer, but as a recent report from Vice describes, even innocuous tech like Apple’s Lightning cables can be… Read more...

6 Days Ago   Android users: If your phone’s battery has felt like it was crapping out lately, the most recent Google Play Services update may be to blame. Read more...

9 Days Ago   Apple’s products have a reputation for being pretty secure, but they’re not perfect. Now, if you’re a great security researcher or white-hat hacker—and you want to go after other Apple devices and services beyond just iOS and iCloud—you can earn a lot of cash.

9 Days Ago   Apple has updated its USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, a dongle you plug into your Mac or (newer) iPad Pro so you can connect an external display or standard USB device.

10 Days Ago   The final Android Q beta—Android Q Beta 6—is now available for developers and enthusiasts to play with. This build gives us a near-complete picture of what the public release for Android Q will be like, which now includes some tweaks Google is making to its Camera app.

10 Days Ago   We tend to call out shady apps found on the Google Play Store pretty regularly, but there are also some iOS apps looking to pull one over on unsuspecting Apple customers.

11 Days Ago   Now that Disney’s long-awaited streaming service, Disney+, finally has an official launch date (November 12) and more details have been released, it’s clear that this isn’t just a niche supplemental service for Disney fans—the media giant is making a play for dominance in the streaming market.

12 Days Ago   Google Assistant has quietly received a major upgrade to its messaging features, giving the AI helper the ability to read messages from third-party apps. Read more...

12 Days Ago   One of the few perks you might be able to get with your cell phone subscription is free access to paid-for versions of Spotify, Apple Music, and other services—typically offered alongside a carrier’s unlimited data plans.

13 Days Ago   We can control so many devices through voice interactions with digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. This can be incredibly convenient, but it can also be nerve-wracking, knowing that technology companies now possess recordings of your voice and interactions.

13 Days Ago   There have been plenty of rumors about the upcoming Pixel 4 and 4 XL, which are all but confirmed to be making their first official appearance at the Made by Google 2019 event later this year.

17 Days Ago   Most of the time, Google’s Pixel devices are first in line to get the latest operating system updates big and small. However, owners of the OnePlus 7 Pro got a chance to beat Google to the punch this month, as OnePlus started rolling out the August 2019 security update for Android yesterday.

17 Days Ago   Vizio’s SmartCast TVs are known for their integrated Chromecast support, making it an easy sell for Android users. Now, a host of Vizio smart TVs are also eligible for a SmartCast 3.0 upgrade that will bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support—spreading some love to iOS and Mac users.

18 Days Ago   Falling asleep to podcasts has become the geeky equivalent of a glass of warm milk before bed. It’s so popular, in fact, that there’s an entire podcasting genre dedicated to dry topics and gentle conversations to help lull you to sleep.

19 Days Ago   A new Android threat was recently discovered by ESET researchers, and it has a quirky adult theme that might be enough to sucker unsuspecting users into installing it.

20 Days Ago   It’s time again for another PSA about updating your old- to semi-old Android devices, this time to protect your smartphones and tablets from a newly discovered exploit that could let hackers take control of an Android device via malicious code embedded in video files played on the device.

23 Days Ago   We throw a lot of shade at big tech companies and the ways their products can seep into every facet of modern life, but their devices can sometimes be life-changers for those in need.

23 Days Ago   Samsung is offering generous trade-in offers on the latest Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and iPhone smartphones, plus deals on plenty of older handsets. That includes paying you the full price of a regular Google Pixel 3—$600, as of publication time.

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