40 years ago, on May 25, 1977, in places near and far, far away, George Lucas's epic sci-fi soap opera Star Wars was released. The film about a young hero named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who enlists a team, including Hans Solo (Harrison Ford), to help rescue a kidnapped Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Darth Vader's Evil Empire soon sparked a slew of hugely successful sequels and prequels, along with animated series, comic books, trading cards, action... Read More »
Child safety is critical, yet most parents can't monitor their children 24 hours a day. In those moments when children are out of sight or earshot, connected or smart devices can step in to play the role of guardian. At this week's Internet of Things World 2017, we found three revolutionary products that can help you protect your children, even when they're out of reach.Owlet Baby Care (iOS, Android)
The fear... Read More »
Glass Animals' singer Dave Bayley enjoys easily discovering new tunes on streaming sites, such as Spotify (iOS, Android), Apple Music (iOS, Android), and Amazon Music (iOS, Android). But, like most audiophiles, today, the psych pop frontman misses the context provided by the album artwork, band photos, and lyric sheets that historically accompanied record, cassette, and CD releases.
To give listeners insight into the characters who inspired Glass Animals' recent... Read More »
Google I/O 2017 demonstrates how Google is doubling down on artificial intelligence to give its products an edge over the competition.Announcing Google Lens
Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O by announcing Google Lens, which will work as an extension of Google Assistant and Google Photos (Android, iOS) (with integration in other apps planned for the near future). It takes the input from your phone's camera and attempts to tell you more about it -- people, places,... Read More »
Siri and the Google App demonstrate that using your voice can be the fastest way to get an answer to something, from driving directions to the middle name of the 21st President of the United States ("Alan"). Amazon's popular Echo devices can work this magic as well, with a built-in AI the company calls Alexa. In May 2017, Amazon added free messaging and voice calling to the Alexa app and all Echos. The people on both ends of the conversation... Read More »
Sure, moms say that they just want to see their kids on Mother's Day, but that's hardly payment enough for all that your devoted matriarch has done for you over the years. Is the guilt working?
Repay her for her TLC, this Mother's Day, by taking on the mothering for the day. Here are some of the ways you can show your appreciation, and you... Read More »
With so many drink delivery apps vying for your disposable income, how does Thirstie set itself apart?Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margarita
Thirstie offers on-demand delivery of beer, wine, and liquor (an hour or less) in 10-plus cities -- Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and the Hamptons (soon) -- but also ships within three days to 35 states without bottle markups. What sets Thirstie... Read More »
Cinco de Mayo may be a big drinking holiday in the U.S. (much grander than in Mexico, in fact). But why do we clink margarita glasses every May 5?Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margaritaWhat we are celebrating
The fifth of May marks the day the Mexican Army defeated their French invaders at the Battle of Puebla, back in 1862. No, it's not, as some think, Mexican Independence Day, which actually takes place on September 16. It's... Read More »
Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »
With so many face transformation apps flooding the App Store today, do we really need another one?
Yes, say FaceApp's developers. Available for iPhones and Android devices, FaceApp lets you transform your standard selfies into something far more exciting -- or weird or creepy. Why go with basic when you can age yourself 40 years or even change sex?
This is how you do it:
Start by snapping your own selfie or importing an existing headshot from... Read More »