Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' sixth release, "Wig Out at Jagbags," was worked out "on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment" in Berlin and a studio in rural Belgium, but it sounds as casual, lived in, and American as a vintage Polo sweater. Grab the album (iTunes/Amazon) on January 7, and get tickets (Live Nation, StubHub, eSeats) for their upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off February 12 in Denver.
Download.com caught up with the indie rockfather, following his return to the U.S., while he was out … Read more
Editors' note: This review was updated on February 28, 2014, to cover new features added in the latest version of the app.
Lovely (Android|iOS) is a sleek apartment-hunting app that streamlines the process of finding a new place to rent. It grabs classifieds from rental sites, property management firms, and its own rental database, giving you a wide variety of places to choose from, which helps up the chances you'll find your dream abode.
Startup Basis Science says it will bring better sleep tracking to its advanced fitness monitor, the Basis Band. No doubt in an effort to get the jump on other wearable tech companies traveling to CES 2014 next week, the company says its device will soon flaunt light and deep sleep tracking, plus notice when you drop into the mentally restorative REM dream state.… Read more
Need a little extra incentive to stick to your New Year's resolution? You know, the one about eating less and exercising more?
Perhaps you've heard of GymPact, an app that rewards you for hitting the gym on a regular basis and charges you a fee if you don't. Just in time for the new year, GymPact is now Pact, and it now applies its payment/penalty system to dietary goals as well.
Hundreds of thousands of people make resolutions to start the new year off right. Given today's society, which puts a lot of emphasis on appearance and self-image, the most popular resolution deals with losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle. Every January the treadmills and ellipticals are filled with eager gym-goers. Like clockwork, however, after a couple of weeks the gym returns to its normal state of isolation.
Lose weight, stop smoking, save for a new house, organize your life: Your resolutions are set, and you have every intention of keeping them -- at least until life gets in the way. Don't give up on your goals before February, instead download a few apps that can nudge you in the right direction and coach you to stay on track.
I've rounded up five apps that can help you keep your resolutions, from quitting smoking to whipping your budget or body into shape. Share your favorite goal-oriented apps in the comments below.
Mint (Free) For managing your … Read more
You can now find out how much data is used by certain mobile apps before you download them.
Served up by CTIA - The Wireless Association, a Web site dubbed KnowMyApp.org tells you how many megabytes -- or gigabytes, even -- are chewed up by key mobile apps during a typical month of use. The site calculates its figures by measuring someone using the app three times a day under certain scenarios.
For example, a person using Facebook would post five comments, like five posts, view one embedded video, view three embedded photos, scroll through the Timeline, check-in once, … Read more
Apple is sprinkling a little fairy dust for the second day of its 12 Days of Gifts app.
The app offers a new free digital gift every day from December 26 to January 6. Launching it today grants you the pilot episode to the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." Just open the app, tap on the button to View Gift, and then select the pilot episode to download it on your iPhone or iPad.