Download's merriest music apps

Download's merriest music apps

Your in-laws are criticizing your carving skills, Grandma Edith's guzzling the port, and the tree's catching fire. Yes, Christmas can feel so predictable. Take a break from the melodrama with Download's favorite festive music apps.

Bjork: Solstice (iOS)

Bjork is far out, and that's why we love her. Based on the track "Solstice" from the Icelandic singer's "Biophilia" album, this free app allows you to pull rays out of a sun to create harp strings that are then plucked... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , Windows software

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

The 10 best Christmas songs of the last 40 years

It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with Download.com's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.

Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: music , iTunes , Windows software , Amazon

Wake up to Pandora and smell the free Spotify

Wake up to Pandora and smell the free Spotify

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: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS , streaming

Firefox for Android ups its game in version 26

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: Android Software

Tags: Firefox , Android

Star Apps: Lupe Fiasco

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: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apps And Software , Android , Star Apps , Windows software

Adobe and Java vulnerabilities leave Windows open for exploitation

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 »

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

Star Apps: Jacqueline M. Wood

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: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apps And Software , Android , Star Apps , Windows software

10 shopping apps to add to your arsenal this holiday season

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: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS , shopping

Getting Down

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: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Windows software

10 apps to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

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: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: apps , Windows software