The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably) not already using. Read More >>

US Supreme Court Rules Apple Can Be Sued for Monopolistic App Store Practices

If you’re a typical iPhone user, there’s really only one place (aside from things like TestFlight) to get new apps: Apple’s App Store. For a long time, people have argued back and forth if this practice could be considered a form of monopoly, and after years in the courts, the US Supreme Court finally weighed in one element of that question. Read More >>

Sky’s New Buddy App Lets Parents Put a Choke-Hold on Their Family’s Internet Usage

Sky has launched a new app alongside its Sky Boost broadband package that will give parents more control over what their kids are up to on the internet, with the ability to manage access to apps and websites, as well as wielding the ultimate power of pausing the internet on a whim. Maybe little Tommy will think twice before he eats the last of the Easter egg stash again. Let that be a warning for next year. Read More >>

Congratulations to Uber, the Worst Performing Initial Public Offering in U.S. Stock Market History

Rideshare unicorn Uber doesn’t do anything small. When it was in the game of raising money, it raised close to £19.2 billion. When it loses that money – and it does every single quarter – it loses it at astronomical burn rates. It finally debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, in the middle of international trade uncertainty and following a massive, international strike by its own drivers, how’d it do? Read More >>

Apple, Google Remove Three Dating Apps That Could Expose Minors to Sexual Predators

The US Federal Trade Commission on Monday said that Apple and Google had removed three dating apps from their respective app stores after – yikes – the agency found they allowed children under the age of 13 to sign up, collected data on them in likely violation of federal law, and could allow sexual predators to contact children, CNBC reported. Read More >>

Tinder Announces New ‘Festival Mode’

Person-matching swipe-simulator Tinder has launched a mode specifically for festivals. Read More >>

Google Introduces New Feature to Auto-Delete Your Location and Activity Data

Knowing that our apps gather boatloads of information about us – some for years – can be unsettling. Google’s various apps are chief among these, and the company said it has heard user requests to make managing their data a simpler process. The company announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new feature to allow users to auto-delete their location and activity data after 3 or 18 months. Read More >>

Why You Should Install a Download Manager

While streaming services have cut down on the amount of downloading most of us have to do nowadays, and built-in browser downloaders can do the job for the casual web surfer, if you’re transferring a serious amount of files on a regular basis then a dedicated download manager is worth a look. Read More >>

Hungry Hackers Use McDonald’s App to Steal £1,170 in Fast Food

It’s unclear if there is one mysterious Hamburglar hacker or multiple scammers, but for months, users of the Canadian McDonald’s app, “My McD’s,” have been complaining about someone gaining access to their accounts to fuel their feeding frenzies. Read More >>

Google is Giving the Boot to a Major Play Store Developer With More Than 600 Million Installs

Google has begun purging the Play Store of apps made by DO Global, a Chinese firm that makes Android apps and is partially backed by Baidu, after a BuzzFeed News report indicated it was committing massive ad fraud. Read More >>

Sainsbury’s Launches a Till-Free, Smartphone-Only Supermarket

There's a new variant of supermarket in [London] town, one designed entirely for people who would rather look at their telephones than have some stranger touch and scan their foodstuffs. It's a posh upgraded Sansbury's and there's no till. Read More >>

Just In Time For Its Big Initial Public Offering, Uber Loses £774 Million

Step right up, join the fun, the headline initial public offering of 2019 is about to take centre stage. Read More >>

Report: Screen-Time App Developers Say Apple Is Systematically Kicking Them Off App Store

Apple has removed or imposed restrictions on at least 11 out of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental control apps on the App Store, the New York Times reported on Saturday, as it implemented its own screen-time tracker in iOS – a move that has threatened the viability of some of the companies involved and may result in increased attention from regulators. Read More >>

Mental Health and Quitting-Smoking Apps Are Sharing Your Secrets

When it comes to subjects like mental health or addiction, one should be able to trust that an app designed to help you through such a difficult and personal problem would take your privacy seriously. But a new study suggests that not only is this not the case, but these apps are coughing up your data to tech giants like—surprise, surprise—Facebook and Google. And not only are some of these apps failing to tell you about it, but they may also be doing it whether or not you use the social logins that link those accounts with said apps. Read More >>

The New Vine is in Closed Beta, Only Needs 499,999,901 More Users

The death of short-form video platform Vine – a wonderful, barely functional and totally unmonetisable comedy playground, may she forever RIP in peace – was the mile marker that ended fun internet and began the era of chore internet. Read More >>