Facebook Home, BitTorrent Sync, and Twitter Music: The Week in Downloads

BitTorrent Sync releases a public alpha; Facebook Home wants to own your Android phone; and Twitter thinks it can make a music app.

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Top News and Features

New Top-Rated Reviews

  • Smideo (4 stars) for Windows lets you mix and mash your family photos with YouTube video and MP3s
  • Avocado Scanner (5 stars) for iOS offers free faxing with flat-bed quality scanning
  • Temple Run 2 (4 stars) continues the same speedy formula as its hugely popular predecessor
  • Notepad2 (5 stars) hangs strong as a top-notch replacement for the standard Windows Notepad

Notable New Products

  • Mailplane 3 gives OS X users a proper standalone Gmail app
  • Twitter Music harnesses the musical power of the microblogging service on iPhone, iPad, and Web
  • Google Earth updates for Windows to add the ability to create rich, annotated images from print and save.

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About Peter Butler

Peter has been working at Download.com since 2003, when trialware was shareware and toolbars were those large metal rods for smashing car windows. Currently, he wrangles the reviews, videos, newsletter, blog, and special collections for Download.com, as well as managing the program data throughout the software directory.