Apple’s iMessage is the only non-cross-platform messaging service. It makes business sense for Apple, but it’s a disservice to mobile users everywhere. It might even push me to switch to Android.

By Michael Muchmore

I’m a victim of Apple’s proprietary lock-in strategy. Yes, Apple makes fabulous phones with top specs and features, and most of my contacts use iPhones. This means I get all the benefits of iMessage—Memoji, great new group chat features, and the ease of switching a chat to a FaceTime video call or voice call. …


Within a few weeks, iOS and Android will ‘no longer support’ Google’s Shopping app.

By Stephanie Mlot

Google is ditching its mobile Shopping apps in favor of a more comprehensive web search.

Following an update to Google’s iOS and Android Shopping platforms, users have begun receiving a “something went wrong” error message that says the app is “unavailable right now” and directs folks to continue browsing via shopping.google.com.

XDA on Friday spotted the change, which was later confirmed in a statement to 9to5Google. “Within the next few weeks, we’ll no longer be supporting the Shopping app,” the Google explained. “All…


As Zoom was becoming the most popular video-call platform in the world, Skype was busy losing its market share over the course of a year.

By Jason Cohen

Remote work has changed dramatically over the past year, and the platforms we use for collaborating have changed with it. Believe it or not, Skype was the most popular video call platform at the beginning of 2020. Now we’re all on Zoom.

EmailToolTester has the data to show that, before the pandemic, Skype owned a commanding 32.4% of the market in 2020 before losing 25.8% of its market share in a single…


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This weekend is all about ladies with superpowers. Throw in a robbery, Yakuza, and Dolly Parton, and there’s plenty of crime to fight.

By Eric Griffith

The content pile is vast and infinite, and you’ve got the whole weekend to decide how you want to slice it. We’re in the midst of the ever-intensifying streaming wars, and there are too many shows and movies to choose from, spread across too many video-streaming services. So we’re making it easier for you. Each week, the PCMag features team takes turns highlighting the streaming content they’re excited to watch or think you should…


The Bleep program will be available as a beta, and uses the AI processing on Intel-powered PCs to remove abusive language. You can also calibrate what kind of toxic speech the program filters out.

By Michael Kan

Tired of online gamers shouting racist or sexist slurs as you play? Intel is preparing to roll out a new program that can help users automatically filter out abusive language from their in-game voice chats.

The program, called Bleep, uses the AI processing on board Intel-powered PCs to remove the slurs before you have to hear them. Intel showed some screenshots of Bleep…


Sick of using Google’s memory-hogging browser? Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser is better. Here’s how to make the switch seamlessly.

By Whitson Gordon

After years of Microsoft-built web browsers being a punchline, Edge has turned things around, thanks to Google. I never thought I’d see the day, but the new Edge has a number of enthusiasts switching away from Google Chrome.

Since they share the same Chromium base, the two browsers are now extremely similar, so switching is pretty easy—most of the basic functionality is the same, and you can even install the same extensions. …


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We’re going to need to store 175 zettabytes per year by 2025.

By Matthew Humphries

If you need proof that demand for data storage is accelerating, look no further than Seagate, which has become the first company to ship 3 zettabytes of hard drive storage capacity.

The rate at which the company went from shipping one zettabyte to the next is quite simply staggering. It took Seagate 36 years to ship its first zettabyte of capacity, which happened in March 2015. …


With rampant unemployment ongoing, a job offer through LinkedIn can seem like a godsend. Watch out, though, as some offers aren’t what they seem.

By Neil J. Rubenking

The common, garden-variety phishing attack uses a technique some experts call spray and pray. Fraudsters set up a clone of some sensitive site such as an online banking website and try to trick people into logging in. It doesn’t matter if 999 people are smart enough to spot and avoid the fraud. That one in a thousand who’s distracted or foolish enough to log in is pure gold to the fraudsters. With…


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A year into the pandemic, many kids are still doing remote learning. And that means parents become tech support. If you and your kid have Macs, here’s how to remotely troubleshoot device problems without interrupting class.

By Terrance Gaines

Parents have received almost no tech support from schools while their children have been learning from home over the past year. So in addition to serving as short-order cooks and hall monitors, parents have also had to become IT experts.

With all the required software, hardware, and online tools, it’s inevitable that your child will need your help setting something up…


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Facebook has shrugged off responsibility for a data leak that exposed the phone numbers of 533 million users, instead placing the blame on a contact-importer tool it patched in 2019.

By Michael Kan

Facebook this week published a 500-word blog post addressing the leak of phone numbers from 533 million users. But the company declined to take responsibility or apologize for the breach, instead placing the blame on pre-2019 policies that enabled the behavior.

According to Mike Clark, Facebook’s Product Management Director, the leak traces back to a vulnerability in a contact importer tool that allowed scammers to “imitate our…

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