Simplify Photo for iPhone: Remote photo-viewing

Simplify Photo for iPhone: Remote photo-viewing

When you want to listen to music from your computer or your friends' collections on your iPhone, Simplify Music is one solution. On Wednesday, Simplify Media introduced a similar iPhone application called Simplify Photo that provides the same service for pictures rather than songs.

After logging in, Simplify Photo for iPhone ($0.99) talks to the Simplify Media application on your desktop (download for Windows | Mac | Ubuntu). So long as you have the newest version installed... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

FeedDemon 3 crawls closer to the finish line

FeedDemon 3 crawls closer to the finish line

RSS and Atom feed catcher NewsGator has published a pre-release version of their long-awaited and controversial FeedDemon 3.0. The update to one of the most popular desktop feed readers is abandoning the NewsGator proprietary synchronization site at newsgator.com in favor of syncing with Google Reader, and the transition--along with the forced obsolescence of several features that aren't available from Google.

Overall, FeedDemon 3.0.0.27 offers the smoothest synchronization experience yet, but it's still rife with problems. Because of a Google... Read More »

Tags: beta , Windows software , FeedDemon , Google Reader

BlackBerry's App World comes of age online

BlackBerry's App World comes of age online

No matter how much you enjoy perusing BlackBerry apps with your device in-hand, it's a likely bet you'd rather browse on the big screen when you're sitting in front of your computer. RIM, following Apple's iTunes App Store model, has created an online "Web store" for its applications.

Launched on Tuesday, the online version of RIM's BlackBerry App World mirrors the software catalog found in the mobile app, plus a few extras.

There's a spotlight on featured items, a... Read More »

The easy way to surf securely

Whether it's a social networking site, your banking site, or just a forum, you always have login information to remember when you surf the Web. Most people start to use the same login names and passwords for everything, but clearly this is not a secure practice. Fortunately there are programs that remember your login information for you. This week we have the latest update to 1Password, possibly the best in its class for the Mac. Download this app to... Read More »

Tags: Mac Dispatch

Kaspersky updates security suite for 2010

Kaspersky updates security suite for 2010

UPDATED: Benchmarks provided by CNET Labs were added on Monday, August 24.

A new season of security suites is upon us, and Kaspersky has made improvements to its Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Anti-Virus programs that include changes indicative of where security software as an industry is leaning. Three new features along with expected upgrades to its antivirus engine keep Kaspersky competitive.

The full-feature suite Kaspersky Internet Security offers a complete and competitive range of security options. The... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , malware , Windows software , Trojan , 2010 , Kaspersky

Trillian Astra is ready to fly

Trillian Astra is ready to fly

Trillian Astra has finally, officially replaced Trillian 3. Users who experienced the Astra beta will find the final version to be similar, with the biggest change being the features that are limited to the paid Pro version. If you're new to Trillian Astra, this update makes the multi-protocol chat client competitive again.

The differences between the two versions are enumerated here; the short of it is that the extras are nice--but they're merely extras. You'll still get... Read More »

Tags: IM , Windows software , Trillian , instant messaging

Barbecue companion and a NFL football game: iPhone apps of the week

Barbecue companion and a NFL football game: iPhone apps of the week

Before I get to the iPhone apps of the week, I want to share with you an interesting tidbit I read over at AppleInsider regarding the long-awaited Mac tablet. It's one of those cloak-and-dagger-type stories, where an unnamed, (possibly) credible source made a mysterious phone call to an editor about new hardware from Apple. It all sounds kind of fishy to me, but the source apparently described how he had been at a meeting with Apple and had handled... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , Windows software , iphonappsweek , Football

Vlingo voice app lands on BlackBerry Tour, Curve

Vlingo voice app lands on BlackBerry Tour, Curve

This week, Vlingo, makers of a freemium mobile voice prompt application for BlackBerry and iPhone, released versions of its Vlingo software for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and Tour.

With it, Curve and Tour owners can join their BlackBerry brethren in searching the Web, launching applications, and dialing with their voice. Voice dialing on the BlackBerry already exists, but Vlingo's ability to begin Web searches and open applications expands those native capabilities.

The most recent version of Vlingo, unveiled in May, introduced... Read More »

Tags: BlackBerry

Why it's time to ditch Digsby

Why it's time to ditch Digsby

Updated Friday at 3:17 p.m. PDT with comments from Digsby.

When it comes to program installation, I'm a strong believer in caveat emptor. If a software publisher warns you during the installation process that it will install the Yahoo search bar or a Firefox extension along with its program, and makes it clear that you can opt out of it, then so be it. Nobody's forcing a gun to your head, and it's important to read each of the installation screens... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , Digsby , instant messaging

Hands on: Google Voice versus 3jam

Hands on: Google Voice versus 3jam

At the end of July, a small start-up called 3jam introduced a virtual phone service that takes on Google Voice. While each is a beta-phase call-forwarding service, it became clear after dozens of calls, text messages, and voice mails, that there are important differences between the two, both on paper and in real-world testing.

First, 3jam's public beta is broadly available to all takers. Google's, on the other hand, is in invitation-only closed beta. 3jam's costs an extra $5... Read More »

Tags: Google Voice