Star Apps: Tommy Savas

Tommy Savas costars on NBC series "State of Affairs," which follows a CIA briefing team that analyzes the most vital security issues facing the nation. I chatted with Savas about working opposite Katherine Heigl, his time on "The Sopranos," and his favorite apps.

You're working with an amazing cast on "State of Affairs." How would you describe Katherine Heigl? Katherine is an unbelievable person. She's amazing. I've never worked on a new show before where one... Read More »

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7 apps to beat your bad habits

Each new year brings new opportunities to quit vices like smoking and binge drinking and to cut back on indulgences like excessive carb intake, online shopping sprees, and food deliveries. Begin a journey toward better health and wealth in 2015 with these seven apps.

Quit smoking

QuitNow (iOS, Android) Smoking causes one in five US deaths, according to the American Heart Association. The good news is that quitting is possible. Ease withdrawal with QuitNow, a highly personalized... Read More »

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Downloads of the Year 2014

You, Download.com nation, got more than 630 million apps from our site in 2014. To put the number in perspective, that's more than dollars spent seeing "Guardians of the Galaxy" ($332 million gross), Netflix subscribers (53 million), World Series game 7 watchers (23.5 million), Apparently Kid viewers (18 million), and US buyers of Taylor Swift's "1989" (3.3 million).

So, what had you downloading in droves? In a word, security -- and no surprise, since this year brought Heartbleed and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Security

Star Apps: Dee Snider

In the eyes of Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider made offensive music that needed a warning label. To fans, he was a rock 'n' roll icon who made it OK for teens to rat their hair, wear makeup, and rock out. Now the singer is pushing his cuddlier side, narrating the self-penned musical "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale." I chatted with Snider about the show,... Read More »

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10 apps to swap

After the holidays, you may spend Boxing Day exchanging gifts you don't want for ones you do. Consider trading in some mobile apps, too. If you've downloaded an app that left you cold, you can delete it, request a refund (iOS, Android), and find a more suitable option. Here are 10 apps that I decided to exchange.

Photos Camera+ (iOS) → VSCO Cam (iOS, Android)

Camera+ is an award-winning app with plenty of... Read More »

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Tags: Android , iOS

Best security options

This year has given us plenty of reasons to question the efficacy of our Internet security: Heartbleed vulnerabilities, Target and Home Depot customer data leaks, celebrity iCloud photo hacks, attacks on Sony. While companies batten down their Web servers, you can protect your computer and phone with a security app -- but with so many options, how do you choose? We've reviewed all of this year's major antivirus and security updates, and now here are our recommendations for the apps... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Security , Android Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , security

Star Apps: 'Selma'

Fifty years after the Selma to Montgomery marches, celebrated civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered through memorials, museums, and a national holiday. But a biopic, which has been in the works for years, is only now seeing the light of day. Actor David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. King, talks about the incredible resistance to "Selma," the continuing struggle of African-Americans in Hollywood, and his favorite apps.

The film seems to focus more... Read More »

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Star Apps: Chelsea Handler

Comedian Chelsea Handler spent seven years questioning celebrities about their latest projects on "Chelsea Lately." Now the retired talk show host is partnering with Netflix to create comedy special "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live" and four mockumentaries in which she gets answers to some of life's mysteries, like where apps come from.

What makes Uganda an untapped resource for good comedy material? Well, I always figure anywhere I travel is an untapped resource for material. I always... Read More »

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Star Apps: Michael Franti

Singer and musician Michael Franti's activism is a mainstay. What's changed over his almost 30-year career is his perspective on how best to effect change. "As I've grown, I want to be part of the solution, and I want to be not just pointing the finger at things that are wrong but saying how we can be part of fixing it," he says. I chatted with Franti about his tour, how he creates change at home,... Read More »

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6 browsers to change the way you surf the Web

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari are the most popular gateways to the Internet, but if you find these mainstream browsers lacking, we have six feature-rich alternatives worth checking out.

Chrome alternative

Opera (Windows, Mac)

Opera is best known for innovating browser features that become essential, such as tabs and Speed Dial (a visual grid displaying bookmarks and favorite sites). Since Opera adopted WebKit and began taking code from the Chromium Project, it has become a great Google Chrome alternative. Opera... Read More »

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Tags: Firefox , Chrome , Internet Explorer , browsers , Safari