Independence Day downloads

Independence Day downloads

Red, white, and blue flags flapping in the breeze, smoking grills, and blazing sunshine. There's no better time to celebrate America's 233rd birthday. And what better way to wish Uncle Sam (and ourselves) many happy returns than a schmaltzy screensaver for your desktop? Show off your patriotism and passion for dazzling explosives with this collection of Independence Day downloads.

Liberty Shines Screensaver See an entire Fourth of July day from the water, looking onto Manhattan's shoreline. Lady Liberty and New York... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Postbox gets extensions

Postbox gets extensions

Considering that it's based on Mozilla Thunderbird, it was a bit of a surprise that add-ons weren't available for Postbox when it debuted. That's now been remedied in Postbox beta 13 for Windows and Mac. Given Postbox's emphasis on social-networking technology and Mozilla's own success with add-ons, this move puts the e-mail client in an excellent position to attract more users.

A Webware 100 winner, the list of supported extensions isn't long at the moment, and... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: extensions , Thunderbird , add-ons , calendar , Lightning , tabs

Firefox 3.5 in pictures

Firefox 3.5 in pictures

Firefox 3.5 (for Windows, Windows Portable, Mac, or Linux) forges ahead with strong developer support, but most improvements for casual users will probably strike them as minor. See what's new for the second-most popular browser in this slideshow.

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Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware

Skype updates for Windows and iPhone

Skype updates for Windows and iPhone

Updated on July 2, 2009, at 9:02 a.m. PT with more from Skype regarding push notification for the iPhone/iPod Touch app.

Skype is certainly on a roll this week. Just yesterday it converted the latest beta of its Windows Mobile phone software into a full-fledged release. On Tuesday, the VoIP company did it again for Skype 4.1 for Windows. In addition, Apple green-lighted Skype 1.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which you can download now.

Skype 4.1 for... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mobile Software

Tags: Skype

Add cool audio clips to podcasts

Certainly most people have heard radio shows that include push button sound effects and music. Popular morning shows often have audio clips thrown in to add excitement and humor to the broadcast. There are several soundboards online that usually revolve around a specific theme or pop culture character (my personal favorite). However, building a custom soundboard for use in your own broadcast takes more technical savvy then most computer users have.

Fortunately, the folks over at Ambrosia Software just... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch For Mac

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

Firefox 3.5 brings the world's second-most popular browser up to speed with current browsing technology and trends, and perhaps nudges it just a bit ahead of the competition. However, it is by no means the leap ahead that its predecessor Firefox 3 was, and it's clear that the competition isn't going away anytime soon.

Available for Windows, Windows Portable, Mac, or Linux, Firefox 3.5 nevertheless represents the best Firefox we've yet seen from Mozilla. This comes... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware

Firefox add-ons: Which work in 3.5?

Firefox add-ons: Which work in 3.5?

Editors' note: Updated June 30, 2009, at 5:55 p.m. with more extensions details. Updated at 12:42 p.m. with more add-on details and a statement about Google Gears.

Like you, we've been hotly anticipating the launch of Firefox 3.5 for Windows and Mac. Yet every time a browser receives a major update, it ghosts out a good chunk of those favorite, ingenious, and time-saving extensions we've come to rely on. That is, until the lagging publishers update their add-ons... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: extensions , add-ons

Mozilla finally pushes Firefox 3.5 (video)

Mozilla finally pushes Firefox 3.5 (video)

Four betas, three release candidates, and one version number change later, Mozilla finally gave Firefox 3.5 the kick out the door that the general public has been waiting for. If you're not convinced that it's worth upgrading, watch what's new in this First Look video, and download it for your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer.

Die-hard fans probably already know this, but this is the fastest version of Firefox yet. Even though some of its competitors can load... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , First Look

No more beta: Skype 3.0 for Windows phones

No more beta: Skype 3.0 for Windows phones

Skype shucked the beta tag on Monday to reveal version 3.0 of its VoIP application for Windows Mobile phones. Skype 3.0 for Windows Mobile (download CAB) is nearly identical to the beta build that preceded it, but mobile Skype users graduating to it from version 2.5 will notice some major feature additions--notably the capability to transfer files and to send SMS messages.

File transferring and SMS are carryover features from desktop Skype and are initiated via relatively small... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , Skype , VoIP

'Firefox Mobile' updates for Windows Mobile

'Firefox Mobile' updates for Windows Mobile

We've been eagerly awaiting developments to Fennec, the project name assigned to Mozilla's mobile version of its Firefox browser. We took a look when Fennec Alpha 1 came out for Windows Mobile phones. Late last week Mozilla released updates for Fennec on both its available platforms: Fennec 1.0 Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile and Fennec 1.0 Beta 2 for Maemo, the platform used on the Nokia N810 and N800 Internet tablets.

With the exception of some work on the interface theme... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Firefox , Firefox Mobile , Fennec