Download's holiday tech gifts

For the techie friends on your holiday shopping list, you can drive to the grocery store and grab gift cards. But without much more effort, you can find a present they'll really use -- and something that says you put more than 60 panicked seconds into the selection.

Music and video

A subscription to a music or video service is the gift that keeps giving. And you can send one without leaving your house.

An Amazon Prime subscription gives your giftee... Read More »

Topics: Streaming Audio Software , Video Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android

Tags: Media

AirCast Beta lets you play your videos on your Chromecast

Chromecast may not currently support streaming of local media content on your Android device, but that's not stopping developer and hacker Koushik Dutta from making it happen. AirCast is Dutta's take on letting users play their media on Google's little dongle-that-could Chromecast.

Though the current version is still in beta, you can actually go ahead and grab the APK file yourself to try it out. Just be warned: this app will self-destruct in 48 hours, which Dutta says will most... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , Google , Chrome , Windows software , Media

VLC Beta hits Android

The good news is, VLC Beta was released today, giving Android users a long-awaited taste of do-it-all media player VLC. The bad news is, VLC's developers say the app is meant only for power users and hackers, meaning most of us should probably wait on downloading it.

Just like its bigger brothers on Mac and Windows, VLC is a free and open-source multimedia player that can open just about any media file out there. It offers an audio... Read More »

Tags: Android , apps , video , audio , Media , player

Slacker Radio now streaming lifestyle advice

Popular streaming radio service Slacker Radio today launched a new category of stations that offers a different sort of listening experience to its users: lifestyle. Debuting as part of a partnership between Slacker and ABC Radio, the new stations offer curated talk radio content that includes advice and other stories dealing with the lifestyle interests of both men and women.

Related stories Slacker Radio announces live ESPN streams and more at CES Slacker brings back the slow jams Slacker Radio app... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Android , apps , iOS , iPad , music , streaming , audio , radio , Media

VLC Media Player gets face-lift, new features

The Open Source VLC Media Player has been a longtime favorite here at, and a recent update gives the Mac app a complete overhaul to the interface.

VLC Media Player (Mac or Windows) made a name for itself as the open-source alternative to default players from both of today's major operating systems. On Windows users would grab VLC to play files not supported by Windows Media Player and for Mac users, it was often the only way to... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Windows , video , Mac , Windows software , audio , Media , player , Files

VLC 2.0 brings Blu-ray playback, sleek new UI, more to Mac OS X

VLC (download), everyone's favorite Swiss-Army-like media player for Mac, is about to make the jump to version 2.0, and oh what a big jump it appears to be.

Apparently being rewritten from the ground up, the new and improved application is set to offer features like native full-screen mode in Mac OS X Lion and experimental Blu-ray playback support. It's also worth noting that the change log mentioned porting to Android and iOS platforms to be in the works... Read More »

Tags: video , Mac , Media , player , multimedia

Slacker brings back the slow jams

Streaming radio site Slacker Radio has a brand-new station that might get its more softhearted listeners in the mood for some love-making.

The new DJ-curated "Old School R&B" station takes you back in time with some of the silkiest hits from artists like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Etta James. But '80s babies (like me), don't fret, because the station also extends into our golden era with more-contemporary, yet still decidedly old-school, crooners like Mint Condition, Boyz... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: apps , music , Windows software , streaming , radio , Media