Google now offers a free Android app every week

Google has quietly launched a new section on its Play Store, offering one app that normally costs money for free every week.  Called “Free App of the Week,” the section is only available to U.S. users.  Today, for instance, it’s offering for free Cartoon Networks’ Card Wars game, which usually costs $2.99. Spotted by Android […]

Now that SXSW is over, here was, for sure, my favorite part

SXSW is 10 days of fun. Many of colleagues (I see you Brett Williams) teased me (on Slack) for having a “great time with all the work down there.” But, hey, it’s actually work. Attending panel after panel, speaking on your own panels, BBQ after BBQ, happy hour after happy hour isn’t easy — no […]

UK targets WhatsApp and encrypted messaging after London attack

The UK government wants there to be “no place for terrorists to hide,” and that includes on encrypted messaging services. The company first on its agenda? WhatsApp. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for companies that provide secure communication apps to work with law enforcement. “We need […]

Amazon eyes VR and AR homewares stores to show you products in your virtual home

Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images By Adario Strange2017-03-27 02:21:59 UTC Augmented reality and virtual reality are still in their infancy in terms of non-gaming applications, but a new tip hints that Amazon may be about to change all that.  We already know that Amazon is keen to go wide with brick-and-mortar bookstores and grocery stores, […]

Facebook reaction GIFs could soon finally be a thing

Facebook could soon have a lot more GIFs.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Karissa Bell2017-03-24 18:28:28 UTC It’s about freaking time. GIFs could finally be coming to more places on Facebook.  The social network plans to start testing a new GIF button in comments, Facebook confirmed Friday, meaning proper reaction GIFs could finally be a thing. It’s […]

Will the new electronics ban affect your travel plans?

Image: mashable composite By Raymond Wong2017-03-24 18:35:51 UTC Welcome back to another week of . On this week’s podcast, the Mashable tech team breaks down the new electronics restrictions that’ll affect passengers flying to the U.S. and UK from select Middle Eastern and North African countries. This week’s MashTalk is hosted by Senior Tech Correspondent […]

How to protect your Apple ID from the iCloud ransom threats

Earlier this week, a sketchy group of hackers announced a bold claim: they had access to hundreds of millions of Apple emails, and then, threatened to wipe user data from 200 million iCloud accounts if their ransom demands aren’t met by April 7.   The group, which calls itself the Turkish Crime Family (TCF), made […]

How your car might be protected from hackers in the future

Autonomous car models race around a track.Image: Focke STRANGMANN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock By Colin Daileda2017-03-24 12:27:08 -0700 Two senators are trying to defend your future cars from hacks.  Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal (of Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively) recently reintroduced the SPY Car Act, which aims to protect the control of your vehicle as well as any data […]

Mario ‘runs’ onto Android, Uber for teens and a Google search redesign

This week was full of tech news. Apple launched a (RED) iPhone, we heard Instagram is adding bookings to the app and Elon Musk just teased Tesla’s next car. It’s a lot, so you may have missed some of the best new apps out there.  We’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up […]

‘Sexism is systemic in tech and other industries’

Uber is failing at step one: Admit you have a problem.  The latest example comes via a tweet from Kamilah Taylor, a senior software engineer and coauthor of Women In Tech, who was recently approached by Uber hiring’s team with a job offer.  So per Uber HR, they do “understand” the concern of “Uber’s questionable […]