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Xbox Video, Xbox Music Preview land on Windows Phone

Xbox Video, Xbox Music Preview land on Windows Phone

Two new Xbox media apps hit the Windows Phone store today: Xbox Video and Xbox Music Preview. The apps let you stream movies, TV shows, and music right to your Windows Phone device.

With Microsoft's Xbox Video service, you can purchase movies and TV shows from your Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 device, or from the Xbox Video website. You can then watch those videos on your Xbox consoles, computer, or Windows 8 tablet.

Now, Windows Phone has been added to that list. All you need to do is download Xbox Video and log in with your Microsoft … Read more

Google Dart target: Chrome soon! Other browsers...someday

Google Dart target: Chrome soon! Other browsers...someday

Minecraft is one of the most widely used games around these days. So it was notable when the programmer who wrote it, Markus "Notch" Persson, embraced Google's Dart programming language for Web apps.

"I love it," Persson tweeted in November, shortly after Google released Dart 1.0.

That's music to the ears of Google developers who created Dart to rewrite the rules of Web programming and, as they see it, to overcome shortcomings of the JavaScript language at the foundation of Web apps today. To fully succeed, though, Google will have to persuade a … Read more

Opera updates Coast browser for iOS with music and PDF options

Opera updates Coast browser for iOS with music and PDF options

Opera Software has finished a new version of its Coast browser, an attempt to get a better foothold on Apple's iOS, with new music and PDF controls.

When a Web page can play music, Coast will indicate that with a graphic-equalizer animation in the page's tab and let people control the music with a lock-screen control. Coast also now offers options for saving PDFs or opening them with other apps, the Norwegian browser company said.

The updated Coast also lets people set a home-screen image. Last, for moving among Web pages, Opera dumped its older buttons and moved … Read more

Apple delivers OS X Mavericks update with Mail fixes

Apple delivers OS X Mavericks update with Mail fixes

Apple has released the first update to its OS X Mavericks operating system. The update, which Apple has been working on since before the initial release of Mavericks, offers the usual stability and compatibility fixes for the operating system, and is a recommended update for all who are using OS X.

The update 10.9.1 revolves largely around the use of Apple's Mail program and its integration with services like Gmail, and specifically improves the following features of OS X:

Improved support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings Improves the … Read more

Apple's 12 Days of Gifts starts a couple of weeks early

Apple's 12 Days of Gifts starts a couple of weeks early

Apple might have promised 12 days of gifts starting the day after Christmas, but that hasn't stopped the company from going for lucky No. 13.

Apple on Monday released a free offer to those who have downloaded its 12 Days of Gifts app, giving consumers a free download of musical artist Lorde's "No Better" single. The offer also includes a music video for her breakout hit "Royals."

The 12 Days of Gifts app launched earlier this month with Apple promising that it'll give away 12 free gifts between December 26 and January 6. … Read more

Yahoo Weather makes debut on Apple's iPad

Yahoo Weather makes debut on Apple's iPad

Yahoo Weather, one of the more popular tools in the App Store for finding forecasts, has made its way to Apple's iPad.

Yahoo announced the change on Monday, noting that the application comes with the same design and feel as the iPhone version but has been optimized to work on the iPad's larger screen.

Yahoo's Weather app comes with high-resolution images behind its forecast data, making it a bit more visually friendly than other services. In addition, the app lists forecast data, current temperatures, and animations when scrolling through forecasts.

In addition to announcing its iPad app, … Read more

Upload PDF and EPUB files to Google Books on Android

Upload PDF and EPUB files to Google Books on Android

Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.

Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more

Download's merriest music apps

Download's merriest music apps

Your in-laws are criticizing your carving skills, Grandma Edith's guzzling the port, and the tree's catching fire. Yes, Christmas can feel so predictable. Take a break from the melodrama with Download's favorite festive music apps.

Bjork: Solstice ( iOS)

Bjork is far out, and that's why we love her. Based on the track "Solstice" from the Icelandic singer's "Biophilia" album, this free app allows you to pull rays out of a sun to create harp strings that are then plucked by orbiting planets. With a tilting motion, your creation morphs into a … Read more

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with Download.com's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.

Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented in interesting ways by some of our favorite artists. Others, like "Christmas … Read more

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga storms onto iOS

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga storms onto iOS

Lego's marriage with Star Wars for years has set the average geek's heart aflutter. And now, they have something else to get excited about.

Warner Bros. on Thursday launched, in Apple's App Store, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The game, which is designed for both iPhone and iPad, combines Legos with Star Wars to create a new way for players to interact with the famed franchise's environment.

Interestingly, the "Complete Saga" moniker doesn't necessarily tell the whole story. After downloading the free game, iOS users will find that they can play Episode … Read more