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
I will admit right at the top here that the following how-to is more fun than practical. You should try it anyway.
There's never been a high-tech distraction this inexplicably amusing to me since the invention of kittens and laser pointers (they really should come bundled).
This year, instead of plugging your holiday lights into your old, reliable socket timer, why not drop $80 on an Internet-connected power strip that you can control with your phone? That's what I did, and the novelty has yet to wear off. In fact, I'm going to take a break right … Read more
An installation in Sydney, Australia's Pitt Street Mall consists of person-shaped, LED-filled sculptures that use proximity sensors to sing beautiful music when people pass by.
Called the Infinite Choir, it consists of two rows of abstract human-shaped sculptures with speakers instead of heads that sing when people walk by. But it's a far cry from the twee Christmas carols: each of the 16 "singers" (eight per row) is fitted with a pre-recorded voice that sings an angelic, wordless phrase. … Read more
It was an ordinary pint jar. Now it's a wintry scene fit for a Time Lord. How did it get from Point A to Point Geeky? Geek With Curves blogger Amy Ratcliffe explains how to Doctor up your home decor this holiday season with an easy "Doctor Who" diorama.
All you need to make it is a pint jar (really, any jar works); a Tardis toy or figure that can fit in the jar (in this case it's a monitor mate); Mod Podge; glue gun; hot glue; paintbrush; scissors, FloraCraft Diamond Dust glitter; miniature bottlebrush Christmas … Read more
Santa is like the NSA, FBI, and CIA all wrapped up in one jolly red package. He's slipperier than James Bond and more elusive than Big Foot. He might know when you're asleep and when you're awake, but does he know that you just dropped $6,500 on a stakeout kit to catch him?
OpticsPlanet has added the $6,500 Santa Stakeout Kit to its catalog just in time to gear up for the holidays. One of the kit's key pieces is an Opmod Ghillie Suit in Snow Camo, to help you blend in with your snowy surroundings and reduce the chance of Santa spotting you first.… Read more
Uber passengers may be getting a faint whiff of pine trees in their next ride. That's because the car service is kicking off a promotion to deliver Christmas trees to customers' doorsteps.
To promote its service, Uber has teamed up with The Home Depot to deliver on-demand Christmas trees in 10 US cities for one-day only. On Thursday, people will be able to open their Uber smartphone app, click on "UberTree," and have a freshly cut Christmas tree and stand at their home or office within minutes.
"Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree … Read more
Warm fire, check. Good company and good cheer, check. Now all you need is some good holiday music, which you can get in virtually unlimited quantities on your smartphone or tablet. And it won't cost you anything extra.
With the exception of iTunes Radio, which is available only for iOS devices, most of the services listed below are available for most mobile platforms.
Surprisingly, Apple's new streaming service has only one holiday-themed Featured Station, at least for the moment: the very good Rockin' Holiday. And if you search for "holidays," you get only a … Read more
Every year, high-end department store Neiman Marcus releases its Christmas Book, a gift guide for people with deep pockets. Within that book are a series of "fantasy gifts" reserved for people with the deepest pockets ever. The 2013 edition brings us a $1.5 million Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System with some unusual features.
You could buy a whole lot of gigantic flat-screen TVs for $1.5 million, so what's so special about this setup? For starters, the waterproof C Seed 201-inch LED screen is stored underground. At the push of a button it telescopes up for viewing. The massive screen is marketed as the world's largest outdoor TV.… Read more
Apple certainly enjoyed a jolly Christmas, at least to judge from its App Store downloads.
Data out yesterday from mobile analytics firm Distimo revealed an 87 percent jump in iPhone and iPad app downloads on Christmas Day as compared with the average for the month. Sales from all those downloads rose by 70 percent on December 25.
The iPad seemed to be an especially popular gift this season, according to Distimo. App downloads for Apple's tablet lineup grew by 140 percent on Christmas compared to the monthly average, while revenue for iPad apps shot up by 83 percent.
Among … Read more