Clumsy Ninja review

Clumsy Ninja charges you with training a hapless ninja and helping to guide him on his quest to rescue his kidnapped friend. With a fully interactive interface, this game gives you full control of your ninja's body and actions, so you can train him just the way you want to, and have plenty of fun along the way.

Pros

Cool controls: To control your ninja, you just have to move the part of his body that you want wherever you want it to go. You can even pick him up, dangle him upside down, tie balloons to his arms … Read more

Star Apps: Kiss

Kiss has never been known for its humility. But there's no need for false modesty when you're one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Kiss has released 44 albums and sold 100 million of them over a 40-year career, and the band has an army of fans like no other. To mark its ruby anniversary, Kiss will hit the road with Def Leppard for a 40-plus-city tour that promises to be bigger and better than any Kiss concert before. I chatted with singer Paul Stanley about the summer tour, being inducted into the Rock and Roll … Read more

Software week in review, July 3

It was a slow week for software news, so today we present just the five app announcements that made us shake our heads. Also, check out our beach and barbecue apps to help you pledge allegiance to the flagon and the ignited steaks of America, and don't miss fireworks apps for better gunpowder appreciation. To get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Black limos not swag enough for you? Uber (iOS, Android) has partnered with Blade (iOS, Android) to offer helicopter rides from New York to the Hamptons today … Read more

Perfect Diet Tracker for Mac review

Perfect Diet Tracker for Mac facilitates safe and consistent weight reduction. It features a growing database of food items, a food diary, and the ability to create a personal diet plan.

Pros

Intuitive interface: Filling out all of Perfect Diet Tracker's fields (food diary, diet plan, and food database) and configuring things can be a little tedious, but it's certainly not difficult. The straightforward main screen presents the food diary and provides quick buttons for viewing and updating results, adjusting diet plan targets, and editing settings.

Informative food database: The food database offers a host of useful information … Read more

Toast Titanium for Mac review

More than just a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray-burning application, Toast Titanium for Mac includes functions like online media capture, media format conversion, and the ability to directly share your videos on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Vimeo. It's a powerful -- albeit expensive -- application.

Pros

Snappy operation: Toast Titanium for Mac proves to be speedy. The interface is divided into Tutorials, Data, Audio, Video, Copy, and Convert tabs, and you can hop quickly between tabs and use the different functions without delay.

Built-in tutorials: If you don't find the interface easy enough to learn, you'll be glad to … Read more

GarageSale for Mac review

GarageSale for Mac provides a familiar Mac-like interface for editing and managing eBay auctions. It complements eBay's own tools for hosting online auctions and can really help you sell more.

Pros

Creates appealing listings: With GarageSale for Mac, you can develop attractive eBay listings through a clean interface that offers you 130 free templates, plus the ability to create custom templates. This WYSIWYG app ensures that everything you write and edit is the same as what appears on your eBay page.

One click to relist: All templates you create are saved so that you can quickly relist them. This … Read more

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus review

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is a blazing-fast malware scanner that offers protection from phishing attacks, software hijacks, and more.

Pros

Informative design: Webroot uses color shades to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up only 1MB. AntiVirus doesn't take a very noticeable toll on your system, even for full scans. A complete scan took less … Read more

Star Apps: Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins of 'Hellion'

The Wilsons are the family Norman Rockwell forgot to paint. Hollis (Aaron Paul) is an alcohol-addicted, emotionally withdrawn widower. His delinquent son, Jacob (newcomer Josh Wiggins), is on a collision course with the law. Younger son Wes (Deke Garner), who is following in his brother's missteps, is ordered by Child Protective Services to live with his aunt Pam (Juliette Lewis). Writer-director Kat Candler doesn't shy away from this dissolving Texas family's struggles in her gripping new film, "Hellion." I chatted with Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins about this edgy indie and their favorite apps.

Kat … Read more

Protect your family with Bitdefender

The last time we offered Bitdefender Total Security, it was one of our most popular deals. Regularly rated as the best security suite with one of the lowest performance impacts on your system (and that's not just our opinion), Bitdefender offers the most flexible protection plans capable of covering all of your devices. Family Pack protects all aspects of your digital life, including PC, Mac, and Android tablets and phones. You can get one year of Bitdefender Family Pack (covering three to five family members) for $39.98. That's less than half the regular price of $99.95.… Read more

9 apps for the 4th of July

We celebrate the Fourth of July with backyard BBQ and "Independence Day" reruns. But the holiday's about honoring America's fiercely independent spirit and the patriots who fought for our enduring political freedoms. Nothing symbolizes the spirit of independence better than fireworks, which have been part of Fourth of July festivities since 1777. To find, photograph, or even play with fireworks, check out our picks for the best fireworks-themed apps.

Eventful

Not sure where to go for the best view of the fireworks? Eventful (iOS) is like Yelp for local activities. Get alerts and search for nearby … Read more