The holiday season at the end of the year will soon be upon us. Enjoy your last free weekends without the need to shop for gifts or attend family gatherings by trying some Fresh Apps.

Use CrashPlan for access to your files while out and about, try ChannelCaster for a new take on the news, play Stardash for some retro fun, and duke it out in Asteroid Defense 2 for the future of planetary defense.

How about a fresh twist on the tower defense game genre? Here there’s no maze and your towers aren’t locked in a stationary box. The enemy comes in the form of an asteroid storm – with rocks of all shapes and sizes – and your defense position arrives in the form a space station that you build up and upgrade in real time to keep the asteroids from destroying it.

Add blaster guns, lasers, flamethrowers, freeze cannons for defense; solar panels for more energy, and shields to protect from the on-going maelstrom. The ship moves in space so the action is exciting. Campaign mode comes in easy, normal, and hard modes to fit your skill level.