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Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth

The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It's made by UK-based developer GForce Software. ...

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Fit Brains is a workout for your grey matter

I'm often amazed at what the little iPhone can do. It's the best computer I've ever owned, and now it's helping me get mentally sharper, thanks to Fit Brains from Rosetta Stone (universal, free with in-app purchases). This clever app presents...

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Pixelmator image editor coming soon to the iPad for $4.99

Popular OS X image editor Pixelmator is moving beyond its desktop roots and coming soon to the iPad. The iPad version was showcased today by Apple during its iPad Air 2 announcement, noting that the software is optimized to take advantage of the...

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Is Apple experiencing a problematic decline in software quality?

While any new major software release is bound to have its fair share of bugs, the number and severity of glitches that accompanied the rollout of iOS 8 were far greater than we've come to expect from Apple. Many early iOS 8 users were quick to...

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Animals vs. Mutants is cute, mutant-smashing fun

After just a few minutes of playing, my 9-year-old proclaimed Animals vs. Mutants (universal, free with in-app purchases) "awesome." So there you go. Animals vs. Mutants (or "AVM" as I'm calling it) is a cute combat game in which you and an...

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Explore the world with Wayfare for iPhone

As someone with a serious case of wanderlust, an iPhone and no budget for world travel, Wayfare (free) is a lot of fun. It hooks you up with a user across the globe, and the two of you spend a week sharing photos, comments and culture via fun,...

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Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can. Apps Now Free Mafia Rush [iOS...

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More iPhone apps ready for iOS 8

We've been keeping tabs on the latest iOS 8-ready apps, and here's one more roundup. Let's get to it. Twitterrific, the venerable Twitter client for iOS, has been updated to version 5.7.6. Changes include support for the iPassword extension in...

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iOS 8-ready: More apps are updated

iOS developers continue to update their apps to take advantage of iOS 8. Here's a list of a few more that you might want to check out. Wunderlist (our full review here) has been updated with a new "Today" widget for the iOS 8 Notification...

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Yahoo updates its weather app

Amid all the other software excitement this week, Yahoo has updated its popular Yahoo Weather App. The company says, "By using technology typically only experienced in video games, Yahoo is taking the award-winning experience for iPhone, iPad and...

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iOS 8 has arrived, and these apps are ready

Now that iOS 8 release day is here, developers are releasing updated versions of their apps that take advantage of its new features. I've collected several here for you to explore, and I'll be adding more throughout the day. Is there one that I...

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Fleksy is a snazzy alternative keyboard for iOS 8

iOS 8 is here and it's brought...third-party keyboards! Seriously, I believe this is going to be a big deal, and we'll have a look at several options as they start coming in. But first, I want to show you all Fleksy. Fleksy is recognized by the...

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Quotely for iPhone saves memories for new parents

"You're messing up my creation and it's going to be a disaster." -- William, age four. As almost any parent can tell you, children are masters of saying unintentionally hilarious things. Quotely for iPhone (free) lets parents and other caregivers...

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Mix by FiftyThree makes Paper collaborative

Mix by FiftyThree expands on the popular, award-winning drawing app Paper by making it collaborative. Now you can sketch, paint, draw and work on a project with a co-worker or friend, with Mix pushing updates to participating devices. And the best...

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iOS 8 Messages app feature: Video messages

Yesterday we showed you one of the fun new features of the iOS 8 Messages app -- Audio messages. But did you know that iOS 8 also brings you video messages? It's even more fun, and potentially more useful. To quickly send a fast video message to a...

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A new iOS 8 Messages app feature: Audio messages

One of the features you're going to love in iOS 8 will keep you from doing a lot of typing or dictation to get your messages across, and that's the new audio messages capability in the Messages app. After launching the new Messages app and tapping...

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