Star Apps: Phantogram

Electronic rock duo Phantogram is named after an optical illusion that makes 2D images appear 3D, but the talents of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are plain to see and hear. I chatted with Carter about the twosome's most recent album, "Voices," the meanings behind some of their most heartfelt lyrics, keeping their almost 20-year friendship alive, and his favorite apps.

On both of your albums, the name Lucy keeps coming up. Who's Lucy? Lucy is an imaginary character that we made up. When I was writing "When I'm Small," there was a … Read more

Google Voice review

Google Voice is an innovative application that connects your Google account and mobile phone service. It presents viable alternatives to standard calling and text messaging, but Google Voice's advertised features do not always function as promised.


Good integration: Google Voice had no hang-ups when integrating with our test phone and performed well as the main voicemail service. Notifications regarding missed calls and texts were immediately received on our email, text, and Google Voice account.

Fine quality: The calling and text messaging experience was comparable to our standard carrier, and the software made no errors during tests. We were … Read more

Adobe Voice review

Adobe Voice is iPad-optimized presentation software that helps you create voice-driven slideshows.


Intuitive workflow: Adobe Voice has an intuitive flow and a tutorial that breaks down how to make a great, story-based presentation. Adobe Voice sparks inspiration with suggestions in subtle keyword rivers and free music categorized by mood.

Assets: Adobe Voice provides plenty of images and music tracks, plus you can use your own. The premade icons, themes, and typography reflect the company's expertise in the design world. You can not only search within Creative Commons-licensed photos, but also can grab assets from Adobe Creative Cloud or … Read more

Top 4 VoIP apps for Android

Today we lament the shutdown of Google Voice support for third-party apps. For businesses and products that rely heavily on the XMPP protocol, that cutoff has practically spelled doom.

However, this move by Google doesn't necessarily mean the end of Google Voice (which may soon get integrated into Hangouts) and certainly not the end of VoIP calling. Here are some of our favorite VoIP apps for Android.


Bolt is relatively new, has a modern design, and combines all your messaging and calling utilities into a single app. Bolt automatically switches your phone to VoIP mode when dialing other … Read more

MorphVOX Mac Voice Changer for Mac review

MorphVOX Mac Voice Changer for Mac lets you modify and disguise your voice through either a built-in microphone or headset. It integrates with online games and VoIP programs, or you can use it to create voice-over tracks for multimedia projects.


Good help: This program comes with an excellent Tutorial and complete Help documentation, as well. Even if you're familiar with this type of program, it's nice to have these resources to refer to if you're having trouble accessing one or another feature of the program. And for novice users, these Help options will be invaluable when … Read more

Skype for Mac review

Skype for Mac allows you to call your contacts and video chat with them, as well as make phone calls to landlines or cell phones. It's also capable of hosting conference calls and group video calls, and offers an accessible text messaging platform. Overall, this is one of the best and most appealing communication apps for OS X.


High quality: Skype for Mac's innovative VoIP technology provides high-quality audio and video communication. During our extensive use of Skype, with both local and international calls, we have consistently had positive experiences with the clear communication that this application … Read more

Tango Voice & Video Calls review

With its sleek interface and wealth of social features, Tango Voice & Video Calls looks like one of the most complete communication platforms for Android. It allows you to text, call, and video-chat through 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi with anyone anywhere so long as they have the app installed on their device. The good part is that it really works.


Smooth and gorgeous interface: Tango Voice & Video Calls impresses with its overall design, which proves to be not only gratifying visually, but also fluid, whether you're texting or voice or video calling. We love the search feature'… Read more

Android Voice Xtreme Free review

Comparable to Siri on iOS, Android Voice Xtreme Free brings you a virtual personal assistant who answers your voice commands promptly and accurately, enabling you to use your smartphone or tablet with your voice almost as easily as with your hands. The greatest strength of this app is its huge list of features, from Home/Work/Car Modes to full voice control over calling, texting, and emailing.

After a quick installation, Android Voice Xtreme Free's assistant asks for your name and recommends that you go through an informative but long tutorial. The graphics aren't great, but for an … Read more

Tango Text, Voice & Video review

Tango Text, Voice & Video is designed to help you keep in touch with the people however you prefer. There are tons of options for how you can communicate and who you share things with, so you can keep everyone important informed about your life as easily as possible.


Contact integration: Tango will import your Facebook friends, as well as all of your contacts from your phone, so you'll have everyone listed in the same place. This also makes it easy to invite your contacts to start using the app as well.

New friends: In addition to connecting … Read more

Twitter makes it easy to find first tweets

CNET Update is figuring out this Twitter thing:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the prices of Samsung's new Gear smartwatches, arriving April 11 with the Galaxy S5. (But perhaps you'll want to see what Motorola has in store for the Moto 360 before buying a Gear.)

- Launch your Android camera with the Google Search app and the magic words, "OK Google, take a photo."

- Take a peek at the latest design for Valve's Steam Machine video game controller.

- Make friends with someone that owns a PlayStation if you want to … Read more