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
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'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
Earlier this year, Pandora added the Sleep Timer function to its mobile app so that Pandora listeners can fall asleep to their favorite stations. Now users can wake up to their beloved tunes with the new Pandora Alarm Clock. Music lovers no longer have to settle for the stock alarm clock's limited sound selections (thanks to iOS, quacking ducks now enrage me to no end). This long-awaited and much-welcome feature comes with the standard alarm clock features, such as timer and snooze, and Alarm Clock even ties in with the Sleep Timer. … Read more
Rovio, the mobile developer behind the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has launched a Mario Kart-like racing game for iOS.
The title, dubbed Angry Birds Go, puts some of the franchise's characters into soapbox cars, allowing gamers to kart-race around different tracks. The game is somewhat of a milestone for the franchise. All previous titles have been 2D. Angry Birds Go is the first 3D world for the franchise.
According to Rovio, gamers can play as either pigs or the birds, and the title includes everything from racetracks to stunt roads to air courses. Some special powers have been … Read more
Apple's iBeacon will find its way to Apple Store customers on Friday.
Apple will start using the iBeacon feature built into iOS 7 to be a personal shopper for customers on Friday at its 254 stores across the US. As long as you have Apple's official Store app installed and allow the program to track your location, iBeacon can tell you about the products you're near in the store, and provide order updates that can be shared with sales staff on the floor.
One of the more interesting tools Apple has built into iBeacon is the ability … Read more
Apple's App Store has a new set of pirates.
Game maker Ubisoft has released Assassin's Creed: Pirates for iOS. The game is essentially a pirate simulator, allowing gamers to engage in naval combat, build up their pirate ship, and explore the Caribbean. Gamers play as Alonzo Batilla.
The Assassin's Creed franchise has been extremely popular on consoles. The latest launch, Black Flag, is also set on the open seas and features pirates. Black Flag is available on consoles, but not on iOS.
Assassin's Creed: Pirates is available in Apple's App Store for $4.99. It … Read more
Think about how you process your daily snail mail. If you're anything like me, you separate the important items -- bills, letters, cards, and so on -- into one pile and the fliers, catalogs, magazines, and other stuff into another.
Free iOS app Cannonball applies that same concept to managing e-mail on your iPad, automatically separating the wheat messages from the chaff messages and presenting them in a visually appealing format. It also incorporates a few handy elements from popular e-mail client Mailbox.
The app supports Gmail, iCloud, Outlook.com, and Yahoo, and offers a unified inbox for users … Read more
As Turkey Day approaches, so does the the much-dreaded shopping season with its onslaught of store "deals" and half-sales competing to pry you away from your hard-earned cash. But if you're anything like me, then you probably haven't gotten your Christmas shopping strategy together yet. That means venturing off into the unknown and hoping that you won't get ripped off too badly.
But this year I made a commitment to get my act together and shop sensibly. Armed with my trusty iPhone 4S, I compiled a list of apps to find the best deals on … Read more
As you may already know, Bang With Friends was forced to change its name this past summer, following a trademark infringement suit won by gaming giant and "With Friends" franchise developers Zynga, best known for titles such as Words With Friends (iOS, Android) and Scramble With Friends (iOS, Android).Up for the Down stroke But trust, in the end, it was to Bang With Friends' benefit. In early November, the popular Facebook game relaunched as the Down ( iOS, Android) app. After testing the iOS beta version, I am already convinced that it's … Read more