I lived in New York City during the late 1990s and early Aughts, which is to say I lived in New York City at a time that predated the iPhone. I returned to New York last week and could not believe how different the city felt as the majority of pedestrians were walking around staring at or tapping on their phones. Eye contact was never something found in abundance in New York, but last week I felt as though I were surrounded by the (briskly) walking dead while ambling about the city, except instead of coming after my brains, these … Read more
MyCalendar TopSecrete is not a calendar app at all but a way to hide your personal images, videos, and more on your iPhone. The app uses a calendar overlay and a clever password system to lock out those images and "hide" them behind a facade that most people won't see through, over a casual glance. The setup process can be a bit confusing, but it generally works quite well.
When you open the app for the first time, there is no indication of what you're supposed to do. There is a blank calendar onscreen with no … Read more
Zappos has released its Windows 8 shopping app just in time for the holidays. Though the app can be used on any system that runs Windows 8, it's tailor-made for the touch screen, which should benefit users with devices like the Microsoft Surface or the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
The entire catalog of products is available for purchase with the Zappos app. To encourage Windows 8 users to place orders with the app, Zappos is offering free next-business-day shipping through the end of the year (US customers only).
Zappos already offers free standard shipping, but next-day shipping normally costs … Read more
Jedi Masters answer their cell phones with gesture. Now Androids can, too, and without help from the Force, if they have Necta's Air Call-Accept (free). Air Call-Accept lets you answer your Android smartphone with a wave of your hand. It uses your phone's built-in motion sensor to detect when you pass your hand over the phone or place it near your ear when it's ringing and answers the call. It's great for drivers or anyone who uses a Bluetooth headset (or the phone's speaker). Air Call-Accept (free) is a freeware version of a premium app … Read more
FreeText lets you save nearly any type of information in one place without having to take the time to create and save a file. FreeText doesn't even have a Save As option; you just open it and start typing or adding content. While it's easy to use, and there are benefits to an easily accessible tool to capture ideas on the fly, we weren't all that impressed with its organizational capabilities.
The program installs easily and opens to a small, clean interface that looks more like Notepad than Word, although in addition to the File menu above … Read more
There are so many slideshow creators out there that it doesn't make sense to settle for one that doesn't fully meet your needs. We're pleased to report that Photostage Slidehow Producer Free for Mac ranks among the better slideshow programs we've tried. It's fairly intuitive and has plenty of features, and we loved how easy it was to combine different types of media into one seamless presentation. We think it's a great choice for anyone needing a no-hassle way to create high-quality presentations.
Photostage Slideshow Producer's interface is relatively straightforward; it's not … Read more
Do you have a computer that seems to run slower than usual? Not sure if you are experiencing a registry overload, a virus or spyware? Whatever the issue might be, we have a solution that might help resolve your slow PC problem. In partnership with Lavasoft for one week only, we are giving away a free copy of Lavasoft Registry Tuner when you download and install the brand new Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11, exclusively from Download.com.
Just a few weeks ago, Lavasoft released a brand new version of Ad-Aware that has received high marks from the editors, earning itself … Read more
Solo Launcher Free is a light, customizable home screen launcher that can mold and fit itself to your needs. In addition to offering plenty of apps that fit right into its theme, it is flexible enough to look like it works with all of your favorite apps. That, combined with how easily it can open and move through your apps, makes it a real winner.
Solo Launcher Free takes over your home screen, giving you another way to organize widgets and apps, as well as move from one app to another. When you first use this launcher, it offers to … Read more
WavePad offers one of the more robust, easy-to-use free audio editing tools for the Mac and it does so with the same powerful tools that the developers offer in some of their paid software. The result is a decent app that, while somewhat dated in terms of layout and interface, works as advertised and sometimes a bit better. If you are looking for a more powerful free editor, this may be it.
Installation of WavePad only takes a few seconds because of the small size of the file. It downloads and installs fast and once installed you can start editing … Read more
Zombie Photo Booth Free offers hundreds of spooky stickers, but you need to sift through far too many ads to get to them. You'll have to put up with about four to six different ads before you can even use the app for the first time. If you have the saint-like patience to put up with that, there is enough to like about this app.
Zombie Photo Booth Free lets you "zombify" any picture already on your phone with bloody wounds, scary teeth, and other gory goodies. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a built-in camera, so you … Read more