"Today we're revolutionizing pricing," said Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, right before announcing that the company would be giving away OS X Mavericks, Apple's new flagship Mac operating system. On the screen behind him, the word "Free" appeared from behind a glimmer of light, one of the hokey slide animations … Read more
When consumers said "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," they sure weren't talking about apps. With far fewer applications at their fingertips than iOS, Android, and Windows phone users, BlackBerry aficionados, who just can't do away with the much-prized keyboard, are missing out on much of the latest and greatest in mobile software. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist -- currently with Walking Papers -- Duff McKagan is one of the loyalists who's unwilling to give his device its walking papers.
Speaking of Walking Papers, the rock quartet's self-titled debut … Read more
Apple showed off revamped versions of its iLife and iWork apps Tuesday at its event in San Francisco. Both suites of apps, which include GarageBand, iPhoto, and Pages, are now free with any Mac computer or iOS device purchase.
Apple is calling this the biggest update to iWork ever, though some of the changes are subtle. The most notable change is a brand-new sharing feature that marries iWork on your Mac or iOS devices with the iWork for iCloud beta, Apple's office apps for the Web. You can now start a document or project on one device and pick … Read more
Hints at what Apple has up its sleeve briefly appeared online Sunday, two days before the company's set to hold its news event in San Francisco.
An information page detailing software Apple includes with its iPhone 5S showed off an updated look for the icons of Apple's iLife and iWork -- something that cropped up earlier this week -- along with a note that Apple's making GarageBand for iOS free. The information was removed shortly after its discovery.
GarageBand was initially left out of the list of iLife apps for iOS that Apple said it would begin to give away to new iOS device buyers last month. … Read more
These days, the smartphone sector revolves around the competition among Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Those three companies wrested power from the likes of Motorola, Nokia, and BlackBerry (then RIM) -- but there was also another group sidelined in the rise of the smartphone, even as its members profited immensely from the uprising: mobile operators.
Especially in the US, carriers still serve as a vital gateway to phone purchases; their stores are the most popular way that consumers buy smartphones. And how they stock, price, and merchandise new smartphones can make a big difference in how well those phones do.
Once … Read more
What do a dark, claustrophobic maze, an animated 3D thrill ride, and a corpse-laden haunted house have in common? They're all part of horror maestro Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. Taking place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 10 to November 2, at Pomona, California's Fearplex, this Halloween extravaganza combines state-of-the-art scares with outdoor horror movie screenings and a much-anticipated music festival, including a last-night headlining performance by Zombie himself.
As Halloween lurks around the corner, Download.com crept up on horror maestro Rob Zombie to chat about Great American Nightmare, his new album, his … Read more
I'm not sure what's cooler about RingMeMaybe: the name or what it does.
It's a toss-up. RingMeMaybe generates disposable phone numbers right on your iPhone, the idea being to protect your privacy while still making yourself available by phone.
Let's say you're selling something on Craigslist, which, as we all know, can bring out the nutjobs. Ideally, you'd rather not give out your real home or mobile number. Same goes for the guy you just met at the bar.
A temporary number allows for phone contact without making your real number public.
You can … Read more
The launch of Windows 8.1 has ushered in several updated applications, led by Facebook.
The social network on Thursday released its official app for Windows 8.1. The application comes with many of the features users would expect, including the ability to see friend activity in the News Feed and Notifications. Users can also receive Facebook updates automatically on the Start Screen. The app is available for free in the Windows Store.
In addition, several other applications have been updated to work with Windows 8.1, including the following:Mail, Calendar, and People have all been updated to work … Read more
LinkedIn has continued its mobile push by unleashing two new mobile apps on Wednesday. The apps, Recruiter Mobile and Mobile Work With Us, are aimed specifically at recruiters and employers.
Mobile Work With Us lets employers stick job openings at the top of employees' profiles and Recruiter Mobile is designed to help recruiters interact more easily with job seekers.
Recruiters "have a hard time interacting with you when they're away from their desks, which is frustrating for everyone," LinkedIn's senior director of product Parker Barille wrote in a blog post. "But thanks to Recruiter Mobile, … Read more