Star Apps: Blancmange's Neil Arthur

If the goal of UK card game Happy Families was to unite clans based on similar professions, then the objective of Blancmange's "Happy Families" album was to join seemingly disparate elements of Western electronics and Eastern sounds. Thirty-two years later, the breakthrough album continues to inspire electronic artists like La Roux, Hot Chip, and Metronomy. Blancmange recently re-recorded the classic album as "Happy Families Too," adding new track "Running Thin" and remixes from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and Erasure founder Vince Clarke, as well as legendary UK DJs Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye. I … Read more

iFamily for Leopard for Mac review

iFamily for Leopard for Mac is an innovative genealogy program that lets you enter and view family connections in new and interesting ways. Whether you've just become interested in piecing together your family tree, or you've been working on it for many years, this app lets you record your family's history and important events, so that you can pass on your knowledge to future generations.

Because this program has so many features, the interface can appear quite cluttered. Once you poke around a bit, though, you'll find that the controls are highly intuitive. But because the … Read more

How does Verizon's 'More Everything' stack up to competitors' offers?

It's a good time to be shopping for mobile service in the US.

T-Mobile's '"UnCarrier" strategy, which launched last year, has ignited a battle in the wireless market as large carriers finally start competing on prices. Even Verizon Wireless, the company with the best network reputation and the highest prices, has reacted. This week the company introduced its new "More Everything" plan, which offers subscribers more data and a few other perks for the same price. And it also tweaked its early upgrade and device financing program to make it more attractive to consumers. … Read more

AT&T goes on the offensive with cheaper family plans

AT&T is showing it can get aggressive with pricing too.

The Dallas-based telecommunications company unveiled a new series of family plans designed to entice new users and keep existing ones on its service. The savings -- which come only to customers who sign up for monthly installment program Next; bring their own device; or purchase it outright -- escalate as more members join in. The plan launches Sunday.

It's likely the latest sign of the competitive pressures on AT&T. The fourth quarter has seen both AT&T and Verizon post slowing growth as T-Mobile … Read more

Verizon introduces cheaper Share Everything plan for $60, 250MB

Verizon's Share Everything family data plan is getting a little more affordable.

The carrier said that starting Tuesday, Verizon customers will be able to sign up for a $60 Share Everything plan, $20 less than the current cheapest plan. Customers will only get half as much data -- 250 megabytes vs. the $80, 500 MB plan.

Verizon said that this offer will only be available for a limited time.

The lower end plan is ideal for basic phone customers who don't use a lot of data, as many normal customers would chew through 250 MB in a few … Read more

Ad leak hints T-Mobile will pay full family's early termination fees

T-Mobile, trying to snatch customers away from other US carriers, appears likely to announce an offer Wednesday to pay a whole family's early termination fees they'd otherwise have to pay themselves to cancel mobile phone contracts.

Droid Life spotted a T-Mobile ad on tech sites that promises: "We'll pay your family's termination fees when you trade in your devices." Such a move would counter AT&T's new offer to pay up to $450 to attract T-Mobile customers.

As part of its "UnCarrier" effort, T-Mobile already promised to "unshackle the family from those other guys"Read more

Teen, upset at not getting iPhone for Xmas, allegedly pulls knife on dad

Christmas is a time when happy families get together to express just how happy they are.

Parents spend their last dime to buy their way into kids' graces, while the kids are only happy if they can show off the fruits of their loving labors to their friends.

Things don't always work out harmoniously, however.

In the Brockton, Mass., home of the Torres family, there was allegedly some familial strife.

As The Enterprise reports, police say that 18-year-old Alexander Torres didn't feel like Alexander the Great. The reason? He didn't get an iPhone for Christmas.

In previous … Read more

Xbox One, you're not making my family life easier

My Xbox One may not stay connected to my cable box very long.

In a year's time, the Xbox One might be the ultimate TV-connected entertainment box on the planet. But at the moment, it's sitting awkwardly between my cable DVR and my TV -- where it's causing some tension among the TV viewers in my household.

There are a lot of good ideas lurking within the potential of what Microsoft's newest Xbox can be: a smart home hub, an entertainment do-everything machine. But they're mixed with unfortunate downsides. And, at the moment, from what … Read more

Review: Discover and store your family history with MacFamilyTree for Mac

MacFamilyTree for Mac helps you research and record your family history information and turn it into charts, reports, or an amazing 3D Virtual Tree. Its visually appealing interface and Web search integration differentiates it from other similar apps, making it a good choice for any genealogy enthusiast. The standard GEDCOM format is supported for both import and export of data.

MacFamilyTree's sleek, streamlined interface will help you get started in no time, and if you ever need assistance, the comprehensive Help file will provide it. You begin by creating a new family tree and adding relatives and their photos … Read more

Review: Create family and ancestor trees with My Family Tree

My Family Tree's attractive user interface and drag-and-drop capability make it easy to create and update your personal family tree. You can attach photos, videos, sound clips, and more to individual records, including your own narratives. It has a full range of genealogical tools, such as relationship calculators, timelines, statistics, and even genetic data, and can also import GEDCOM data. The latest release, v3.0.5, adds support for KMZ files in reports and generally-improved performance. My Family Tree is freeware with separate downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP to 8. We tried the 64-bit version … Read more