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Pandora gets alarm clock function

(iOS, Android)

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... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Freeware , Music And Audio

Tags: Android , iOS , streaming

Firefox for Android ups its game in version 26

On Tuesday, Mozilla launched an update to its flagship browser, Firefox, bringing some new graduates from the Beta channel. The latest addition to Firefox for Android adds the Home screen, which improves access to frequently visited sites through a swipeable menu. You can now swipe between Bookmark, History, and Reading List screens when you open a new tab -- as you already can with Opera and Chrome.

Tapping the upper-left corner now cues a slide-out menu that holds your... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Android Software

Tags: Firefox , Android

Star Apps: Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rapper, releases his next record, "Tetsuo and Youth," in early 2014. Fans are getting a taste of the new material on the Tetsuo and Youth preview tour this month.

From the road, the rapper best known for spitting such hits as "Superstar," "The Show Goes On," "Out of My Head," and "Battle Scars" chatted about the new album, the apps he uses on the road, his new health and wellness app, and his... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Music And Audio , Windows Phone Software , Networking , Apps , Android , Apps And Software , Apple , Games And Entertainment , Digital Music

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Adobe and Java vulnerabilities leave Windows open for exploitation

A recent report by the AV-Test Institute found that exploits in Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Java account for 66 percent of Windows systems affected by malware.

In a 10-year-plus study, AV-Test uncovered that one exploit for Adobe Reader had nearly 37,000 recorded variants that exploited user machines with high levels of precision. Users with outdated software or versions known to be susceptible stood virtually no chance of avoiding malware damage without some form of protective... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Security , Office And Productivity , Freeware

Tags: security , malware , Adobe , Flash , PDF , Java

Star Apps: Jacqueline M. Wood

Imagine spending the winter globetrotting to such exotic locales as Mykonos, St. Tropez, Marrakech, and Ibiza and partying with the likes of Stephanie Pratt from "The Hills," model Elisabetta Canalis, and rapper Tinie Tempah, among a host of local insiders.

This season your champagne wishes and Hvar dreams will finally be realized, guided by travel connoisseur and "Bold and the Beautiful" soap star Jacqueline M. Wood on new series "Party On," which showcases the most exclusive party destinations around the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Digital Photography , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Windows Phone Software , Digital Imaging , Cameras , Networking , Productivity And Business , Apps , Android , Productivity Software , Apps And Software

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10 shopping apps to add to your arsenal this holiday season

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... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Tools Utilities And Drivers , Shopping Dining And Lifestyle , Finance

Tags: Android , iOS , shopping

Getting Down

Bang bang, you're dead

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... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Freeware , Shopping Dining And Lifestyle

10 apps to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving or are an old [chef's] hat, entertaining on T-Day is often fraught with fires, both literal and figurative. What should you prepare? Which wine should you serve? How should you get the word out? What are some good conversation topics? Which games can you play to de-stress, and how can you keep tabs on the big games during the big feast?

OK, we sense your anxiety. But before you grab another Xanax and call... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Office And Productivity , Freeware , Shopping Dining And Lifestyle

Tags: apps

Star Apps: 'The Book Thief' cast

Growing up we didn't have to look far for horror stories. Why look to Hollywood when we had our own family histories?

Raised on terrifying tales from forebears who managed to survive the atrocities of the camps, I found films such as "Escape From Sobibor," "Europa Europa," "Schindler's List," "Life Is Beautiful," and "Bent" truly important but painful to watch. I often wondered why others who weren't familiar with let alone touched by the Holocaust would even view such films, and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Video And Screencasting , Windows Phone Software

Tags: Star Apps

Star Apps: Claude Kelly

From party anthems "Party in the U.S.A." and "Circus" to baby-makers "Pieces of Me" and "Beautiful Surprise" to tearjerkers "Grenade" and "Bittersweet," No. 1-selling, Grammy-nominated producer Claude Kelly can really create or enhance a mood through music. He does this by getting to know his artists and inspiring them in the studio with evocative movies.

The New York native and Berklee College of Music grad's career first skyrocketed after he worked with R&B heavyweight Akon. He has since... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Music And Audio , Windows Phone Software

Tags: Star Apps