Beeper puts 15 different chat protocols into one app (even brings iMessage to Android… kind of)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got seven different chat or instant messaging apps on my phone because some people I communicate with regularly use WhatsApp, others use SMS, Discord, Hangouts, and so on. A new app called Beeper is designed to let me (and you) delete some or all of those apps and […]

Microsoft Edge web browser is coming to Linux (whether you want it or not)

Microsoft announced this week that the new Chromium-based version of its Edge web browser is scheduled to launch around January 15th, 2020. But the company also confirmed that the browser is cross-platform and that it’ll support a whole bunch of operating systems including Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and… Linux. The Linux version isn’t expected to […]

Open source Windows Calculator ported to Android, iOS, and the web

Microsoft open sourced Windows Calculator earlier this year, which may not be as exciting as it would have been if the company had made Office or Windows open source projects. But it does mean that anyone can inspect the code and suggest new features — and some have already been accepted by Microsoft. It also […]

Microsoft’s antivirus software is now available for Mac

Microsoft’s Windows operating system has included some form of built-in antivirus software for more than a decade. But the software formerly known as Windows Defender is getting a new name… and for good reason. It’s now called Microsoft Defender, and the company is dropping Windows from the name because it’s no longer a Windows exclusive […]

Kodi 18 “Leia” released (cross-platform, open source media center)

The developers of the popular Kodi media center application have released version 18. As usual, Kodi is available as a free download for all supported platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Among other things, Kodi 18 “Leia” adds support for external DRM handlers (allowing you to stream some protected content), integration with game […]

Update: Nope (It sure looks like Chromebooks will support some Windows apps soon)

Update: It turns out this article was based on faulty evidence. Chrome Unboxed saw the Open with Windows Application option because they had Crossover installed on their Pixelbook. While it’s already possible to use Crossover or WINE to run Windows apps on some Chromebooks that support Android apps, there’s currently no evidence that Google is […]

Droplet Computing uncouples apps from the OS (So Windows apps run on Chrome OS or Android, for example)

There are plenty of popular applications that are available across multiple platforms: Microsoft Office runs on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. And the open source LibreOffice runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows, But it’s generally up to the developers of those apps to decide what platforms they’ll support… because it takes work to compile software […]

Pushbullet Pro offers more ways to connect your smartphone and desktop (for a fee)

Pushbullet is a service that lets you share content between your computers and mobile devices. Want to see your smartphone notifications on your desktop? Pushbullet can do that. Want to copy a link or a line of text on your PC and paste it on your phone? Pushbullet can do that too. It’s been about […]

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch might work with iPhones (eventually)

The Samsung Gear S2 is the first smartwatch running Samsung’s Tizen-based operating system that can be paired with non-Samsung smartphones. The watch can work with most phones running Android 4.4 or later as long as they have 1.5GB of RAM or more. But Samsung might not be stopping there. A spokesperson for the company tells Digital Spy […]