Our favorite things for 2015

A few of our favorite things for 2015 | Favorite Mac apps | Favorite Android apps | Favorite iOS apps

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December 23, 2015

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A few of our favorite things for 2015


No offense to whiskers on kittens and warm woollen mittens, but they aren’t what gets us through the day. Today we honor not necessarily the best or most important apps of 2015 but our personal favorites, the ones our computer mice often scurry to and the ones with the biggest smudges on our phones’ home screens. Windows editor Tom’s favorite apps and services helped him find the sweet spot on convenience and cost-effectiveness. Read on to see Cliff’s picks for Mac and Android and Josh and Tuong’s top iOS apps. And check back next week for our top software trends of 2015. Happy holidays! Read more »


Julie Wildhaber

Managing Editor


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Favorite Mac apps


Cliff would rather invest in pie ingredients than Photoshop, which is why he likes affordable photo editor Acorn. See his other Mac picks for 2015.

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Favorite Android apps


Reality is overrated. Try a little virtual reality with Google’s Cardboard Camera, and check out five more fun and useful apps.

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Favorite iOS apps


Let’s face it, you spend most of your phone time taking photos (and texting). So we have three picks for better pics and one app for investing money, so you can afford that iPhone 7 next year.

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Software Deals


Adobe Creative Cloud


Download.com and Adobe invite you to become a Creative Cloud Photography plan member today and save up to 20% on your first year!

Sale Price: $7.99

Driver Booster 3 Pro with 2015 Gift Pack


Get your PC running like new. More speed, longer batter life, and less crashing. Now 40% off for fall!

Sale Price: $17.97

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Windows Downloads


Recent Reviews


New Releases

Bitdefender Total Security 2016

Bitdefender’s antimalware suite is firing on all cylinders but could use some more gauges on the instrument panel.

Trend Micro Maximum Security

The flagship antimalware suite is updated for 2015.

Panda Internet Security

Panda Internet Security 2016 is a highly respectable antimalware suite with useful frills.

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Internet Cyclone

Optimize Windows settings and boost Internet connection speed.


Play a classic Pong game with different difficulty settings.


Trim parts of video while keeping the original video quality.

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Mac Downloads


Recent Reviews


New Releases

Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus guards against malware without putting a strain on your Mac.

Parallels Desktop for Mac

Parallels Desktop for Mac lets you run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac, shoulder to shoulder with OS X.

Microsoft Word

With the 2016 version of Word for Mac, Microsoft offers a solid and long-awaited update to an essential OS X application.

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Boot Runner

Complete startup control for dual boot Macs.

Business Card Shop

Make impressive business cards.

Adobe FrameMaker

Create and publish long WYSIWYG documents.

See all new releases for Mac »

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