Your in-laws are criticizing your carving skills, Grandma Edith's guzzling the port, and the tree's catching fire. Yes, Christmas can feel so predictable. Take a break from the melodrama with Download's favorite festive music apps.Bjork: Solstice ( iOS) Bjork is far out, and that's why we love her. Based on the track "Solstice" from the Icelandic singer's "Biophilia" album, this free app allows you to pull rays out of a sun to create harp strings that are then plucked by orbiting planets. With a tilting motion, your creation morphs into a … Read more
It'll be more of a blue Christmas than a holly jolly holiday if you're stuck suffering through the same old songs that your parents have been playing on the gramophone for as long as you can remember. So spice up your next holiday get-together with Download.com's list of our 10 all-time favorite holiday hits from the last 40 years.
Some of our picks, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Three Kings," are perennial classics that have been reinvented in interesting ways by some of our favorite artists. Others, like "Christmas … Read more
The Amiga 500 lives again -- in Google's browser.
Google developer Christian Stefansen on Thursday resurrected a version of the venerable computer system from the 1980s in the form of a Web app that runs in Chrome. Forty-year-olds who want to relive their childhoods or younger people who want to see just how hard their elders had it can visit the Amiga 500 emulator for Chrome online, boot the machine, and play some games.
Chrome emulates the old operating system by a Chrome-specific version of the Open Source Universal Amiga Emulator. Stefansen brought its 400,000 lines of code, … Read more
Adobe Systems released Lightroom 5.3 on Thursday, extending its support to two Nikon full-frame SLRs, the enthusiast-oriented D610 and the retro Nikon Df, and one of the two first mobile phones that can produce raw photos, the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Nokia just released the Lumia 1520 phablet, making it the first phone that can produce raw images -- those that record the unprocessed sensor data before conversion into more convenient but less flexible formats like JPEG. For Adobe, though, it's the more mainstream Lumia 1020 that got the first Lightroom support, although its software won't be updated … Read more
Heads up, bookworms: the Google Play Books app for Android has received a noteworthy update.
An enhanced version of Google's official e-reader app has started rolling out this week, bringing some nifty new features.
Key among the changes is the capability to upload files directly from a phone or tablet. As some know, this was previously only available for the desktop Play Books experience. It's worth noting, however, that uploading only applies to EPUB and PDF files.
Additionally, the app now lets readers open up any e-book in landscape mode. This is surely welcome news to tablet owners … Read more
If you're tired of paying for pricey office suites, but find that free word processors lack the tools to get real work done, Kingsoft can meet you in the middle with just the right balance of price and utility. Kingsoft Office Suite Pro is a reliable word and data processor that can help people work effectively. With a smaller system requirement, the suite is guaranteed to be compatible with almost any platform, from the older but still popular Windows XP to the modern touch-enabled Windows 8.
The latest 2013 edition presents a redesigned UI that is clean and responsive. … Read more
It looks like Adobe Systems' Photoshop-Lightroom promotion attracted some new customers to the Creative Cloud subscription business.
In a survey with CNET and analyst firm Jefferies, 48 percent of Creative Cloud subscribers who signed up for the Photoshop Photography Program weren't Creative Cloud subscribers before.
Some of the 92 respondents who are Creative Cloud subscribers just changed subscriptions to the Photoshop Photography Program: 17 percent moved from a Photoshop-only subscription and 9 percent moved from the full Creative Cloud subscription, which costs $50 per month but offers Adobe's entire array of software.
"I like the more targeted … Read more
Lupe Fiasco, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling rapper, releases his next record, "Tetsuo and Youth," in early 2014. Fans are getting a taste of the new material on the Tetsuo and Youth preview tour this month.
From the road, the rapper best known for spitting such hits as "Superstar," "The Show Goes On," "Out of My Head," and "Battle Scars" chatted about the new album, the apps he uses on the road, his new health and wellness app, and his top five faves.
While on tour, which apps do you use to … Read more
A recent report by the AV-Test Institute found that exploits in Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Java account for 66 percent of Windows systems affected by malware.
In a 10-year-plus study, AV-Test uncovered that one exploit for Adobe Reader had nearly 37,000 recorded variants that exploited user machines with high levels of precision. Users with outdated software or versions known to be susceptible stood virtually no chance of avoiding malware damage without some form of protective software.
The biggest offender? Java, which had a whopping 82,000 attacks spread across different versions, making it one of the most vulnerable … Read more
Following in the footsteps of Vine and Instagram, another well-liked Android and iOS app has made the leap to Windows Phone. This time it's Mint, which makes its debut on both Window Phone 8 and Windows 8 today.
If you're not familiar, Mint is an online service that pulls in transaction data from your bank accounts, credit cards, and loans to help you keep track of your spending and create financial goals, such as paying down debt or saving for a new home.