Handling images Google style

Do you want a different way to process images on your Mac? Google's Picasa provides a one-stop shop for managing your photo library and simple image editing tools including red-eye removal and cropping. When you're done touching up your work, you can turn your photos into movies, collages, slideshows, or you can upload your photos to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends and family.

Also this week, we have the latest version of Path Finder, the software that... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch For Mac

Postbox gets calendaring and pricing

Postbox gets calendaring and pricing

Postbox's latest update builds on the add-on functionality that was introduced in the previous beta, supporting Thunderbird's calendar plug-in Lightning, among others, and also comes with an announcement that the days of Postbox-for-free are coming to a end.

Postbox beta 14 for Windows and Mac has its own build of Lightning, which should allow users to communicate with both local and networked calendars. While Lightning works perfectly for me in Thunderbird, it wasn't able to talk to CNET's... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: beta , Thunderbird , calendar , Lightning

Slacker Radio goes on (BlackBerry) Tour

Slacker Radio goes on (BlackBerry) Tour

In mid-July, Verizon began automatically pushing Slacker Radio to BlackBerry Storm phones. Starting Tuesday, Verizon's partnership with Slacker Radio begins extending to BlackBerry Tour devices in its U.S. network as well.

As part of the agreement, Slacker Radio will hook into Verizon's V Cast store (which itself taps the Rhapsody catalog), giving BlackBerry Storm and Tour users the capability to purchase one of 4.5 million songs.

Slacker Radio's streaming music player competes heavily with similar Internet radio services, particularly Pandora.... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: Internet Radio

Skyfire halts BlackBerry browsing alpha

Skyfire halts BlackBerry browsing alpha

Updated July 28 at 9:45 a.m. PDT with more information about the leak.

On Monday afternoon, Skyfire announced it would put a temporary halt on its alpha program for BlackBerry. The makers of a popular alternative mobile browser for Symbian and Windows Mobile phones pulled the private testing program when they discovered earlier Monday that a nondisclosure agreement had been broken and the program's download link had been leaked.

Co-founder Nitin Bhandari wrote on Skyfire's blog, "During the... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , mobile browser , Skyfire

Microsoft kicks off Windows Mobile app store challenge

Microsoft kicks off Windows Mobile app store challenge

At long last, Microsoft is publicly getting its Windows Mobile application storefront under way. On Monday, Microsoft opened the door to submissions from developers in 29 countries. To sweeten the deal and to drum up excitement, Microsoft has also announced the Race to Market Challenge, a contest of superlatives that will end with Redmond doling out four touch-screen Microsoft Surface tables to four winning developers.

All applications, games, and widgets certified in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile before... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , App Store

Time.com brings news to BlackBerry

Time.com brings news to BlackBerry

Time.com news content has never been farther away on a BlackBerry phone than a good RSS reader like Viigo. On Monday, Time launched its own reader, for the brand's content alone. Time.com for BlackBerry is a free, ad-supported application that mimics Time.com's Web experience, albeit through a wisely pared-down interface.

The graphics-rich application shines in Time's signature carmine hue. Buttons along the top strip navigate to top stories, popular stories, lists (including 50 Essential Travel Tips and 10 Big... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Miro gets faster database, audio podcasts

Miro gets faster database, audio podcasts

Open-source and cross-platform media jukebox Miro upgrades to version 2.5, and the improvements bring drastic changes to performance and useful tweaks to the interface. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Miro 2.5 introduces a database overhaul so intensive that users with large collections of video and music might face a delay of more than 10 minutes when they first launch the new version. However, Miro states that the delay should be a one-time event.

Once you've installed... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , open-source , Miro

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone gets push-y

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone gets push-y

Although push notification has been out for weeks now, plenty of publishers are still integrating the technology into applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

Yahoo is one. Earlier this week, Yahoo updated its instant messenger application to version 1.21 (previous coverage). The update's content and form are identical, with the exception that it can now push an instant message alert and notification to you when the Messenger application is closed, so long as you're logged in. In addition... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Yahoo Messenger

Windows 7 RTM: First Take and video

Windows 7 RTM: First Take and video

Although the look of Windows 7 may seem to be nothing more than some polish and elbow grease applied liberally to the Vista Aero theme, make no mistake: this is a full replacement operating system, and more than just "Vista done right." From driver support to multitouch groundwork for the future, from better battery management to the most user-friendly interface Microsoft has ever had, Windows 7 is hardly half-baked.

Check out the CNET First Take on Windows 7,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: Windows 7

Paint with layers and defend the earth: iPhone apps of the week

Paint with layers and defend the earth: iPhone apps of the week

Before I get to this week's apps, the folks over at Public Radio Exchange let me know there's a new version of Public Radio Tuner (which I've featured here before). Now called Public Radio Player, this new version has been redesigned from the ground up with a new interface, added station schedule information, and new On Demand radio shows you can stream. Past episodes of This American Life, Fresh Air, and many other popular public radio shows can... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Design , Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , iphonappsweek , arcade , player , classic