5 apps for iTunes backup and recovery

If your system crashes and your entire iTunes library vanishes, you may think that your music, videos, and photos are gone for good. But before you excavate your CDs and photos from storage to re-rip and re-scan, check out these top five apps for restoring your files with just one click.

Sharepod (Windows, Mac)

TouchCopy lets you transfer music, videos, photos, games, apps, messages, notes, calendars, and contacts from your iPod, iPhone, and iPad to your hard... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPod , iTunes , Windows software

Apple announces 4 updates for iOS 8

Today Apple announced iOS 8, which will be available in the fall, and demonstrated its new features to developers at WWDC 2014. Like iOS 7, iOS 8 has a flattened and streamlined design, but its many updates point toward a more consistent experience across the mobile OS and OS X. Below are four of the most important features.

Notifications and widgets: Rumors about Apple bringing widgets to iOS have been confirmed...kind of. Rather than widgets appearing on the home screen, as... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPod

Giveaway: Move to iTransfer and give iTunes its swan song

As a Windows-centric user and part-time Apple lover, I really enjoy iTunes, at least on the Mac. But I will always be disdainful of its Windows counterpart. Windows iTunes is sluggish, crashes randomly for no reason, and with the latest update (ver. 11), it's not, overall, the most intuitive experience when there are multiple iDevices synced to one computer.

Leawo iTransfer has always been a popular iTunes (for Windows) replacement in our catalog. Using iTransfer is... Read More &raquo

Tags: iPhone , Apple , Windows , iPod , iPad , iTunes , Windows software

Next-level platformers on iOS

If you haven't guessed already, I'm a big fan of platform games. Maybe it's my background of playing games from both the Mario and Sonic franchises or the sheer number of solid platformers in the iTunes App Store, but I simply can't get enough of them. There's just something charming to me about exploring a level, making all the right jumps, and trying to collect all the items to go on to next level.

There have been several popular platform games... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , arcade , classic , platform

Do more than add photo effects on iOS

I've written about several iOS apps here that add effects to your photos, but most are just for adding a retro look, tuning your images, or making a photo look hip for social networking sites. I've found some great ones like PhotoToaster, Photogene2, and SnapSeed, but there's another genre of apps that make even more drastic changes to your images.

This week's collection of iOS apps is about taking your photos to the extreme. The first turns your... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , photography , image , photo

Midway Arcade brings a classic gaming arcade to your iPhone

One of the great things about having grown up with video games and then writing about iOS apps is that all my favorites seem to eventually be playable on my phone. I wrote about Atari's Greatest Hits some time ago, but even though I liked seeing some of the old classics on my phone, the controls were flawed. Though they were playable, most of the games didn't really live up to my memory of them.

Yes, I know... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , Touch , Windows software , arcade , classic

Great games for iOS to get you through the long weekend

Here at CNET we're about to start a three-day weekend thanks to Presidents Day on Monday. If you're lucky enough to have an extra day this weekend, what better way to waste a little time than with a solid new game? There have been a lot of great game releases lately, and this week I've picked games from various genres in the hope that you can find something you like.

This week's iOS app collection is all about new games to... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , music , games , Windows software , arcade , shooter , platform

Advanced task managers on iOS

There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of to-do-list management apps in the iTunes App Store, but which one should you choose?

I found a couple of new task management apps recently that add something extra to the category. But using them made me realize that an old favorite of mine still stood up to the test of time and remains a great choice for lists and tasks.

It's no secret that many people like to use lists to get through... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , rpg

Games for football lovers on iPhone and Android

The big game is this weekend and most American's will tell you it's a lot more than just a football game.

Many people make an event out of the game with parties, barbecues, and betting pools, even if their favorite team isn't in the running. Even the commercials shown during the game are an event in themselves with advertisers spending huge amounts of money for 30-second and 1-minute spots.

While you wait for the Sunday's festivities to kick off, I've put... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , Android , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , Football

Reckless Racing 2 power-slides into the iTunes App Store

The sequel to one of our favorite iOS racing games is out today, and new game modes, customization options, and car upgrades make Reckless Racing 2 the best in its genre at the iTunes App Store.

When the original Reckless Racing came out, it was a revelation of what a savvy developer could do on an iOS device. With great-looking graphics, ultra-realistic physics, and a retro edge, Reckless Racing demonstrated a new breed of racing game on iOS.

Reckless Racing 2... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , Touch , iPad , Windows software , arcade , racing