Have you tried Trillian Astra's all-in-one IM?

Have you tried Trillian Astra's all-in-one IM?

The release of Yahoo's latest instant messenger for Windows (Yahoo Messenger 10 beta) got us revisiting two others that were updated in the more recent past: the all-in-one chat clients Trillian Astra and Digsby. We enumerated the program enhancements that went into Trillian Astra beta here, but after three years in the making (!), we were hoping to be wowed.

In terms of sexiness, that honor belongs to Digsby, which cuts a fine figure, but doesn't always... Read More »

Tags: First Look , Chat , IM , Windows software , Trillian

Corel Digital Studio 2010 opens up to consumers

Corel Digital Studio 2010 opens up to consumers

Multimedia tools are nothing new to Corel, a company now responsible for titles in the Ulead family and Video Studio Pro. But the particular combination of features in Corel Digital Studio 2010 (Windows) is something new. Or rather, a it's a fresh take on Corel's existing technology.

The software suite marries editing and project creation tools for photos and videos, giving the application interfaces a tinted look and rounded corners that share the philosophy of Apple's iPhoto and... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

A better path to files

For many Mac users, the Finder provides plenty of functionality. But if you're looking for more powerful control over your files and desktop, Path Finder can be an attractive alternative. This standalone file browser complements and improves on the Finder, with scores of useful integrated features to help you get to the files you want quickly and efficiently.

Also this week we have Dropbox, the program that lets you transfer files from computer to computer via a shared folder.... Read More »

Tags: newsletter , Mac Dispatch

Opera 10 browser is here

Opera 10 browser is here

The Opera 10 browser is now ready to download for Windows, and Mac, and Linux, three months after the beta first emerged (hands-on Opera 10 beta review).

If you've been keeping up with the beta updates, the final build of the cross-platform browser shouldn't surprise you. Opera Turbo, the browser's much-publicized compression engine for slow-poke connections, remains a feature highlight. Opera claims that Opera Turbo runs the browser up to eight times faster on suffering connections than... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , Windows software , Linux , Opera 10

Yahoo Messenger 10 beta: A legitimate Skype rival?

Yahoo Messenger 10 beta: A legitimate Skype rival?

It seems as if it were just yesterday that Yahoo's Messenger team rolled out version 9 (it was a little less than a year ago, in fact.) The upgrade was so dramatic and overdue that it's a little surprising Yahoo has already tweaked its chat client, now parading Yahoo Messenger 10 beta to testers and curious chatters. We're glad they did. Even though the changes may not please everyone uniformly, nor should they incite ire. The features build off... Read More »

Tags: Chat , IM , Windows software , Yahoo Messenger

Facebook for iPhone 3.0: First Look video

Facebook for iPhone 3.0: First Look video

Last week when it first updated, we related our first impressions of Facebook for iPhone 3.0. Now that's we've spent some more quality time with it over the weekend, we can confirm that the 3.0 update is huge. Sure, it takes up more room on your iPhone or iPod Touch, but that's not what we meant.

The real growth spurt comes from the pile of new and improved features that Facebook has poured into the app. They range from... Read More »

Tags: First Look

ZoneAlarm's 2010 suites include encryption

ZoneAlarm's 2010 suites include encryption

Best known for its ZoneAlarm firewall, Check Point Software has announced updates for ZoneAlarm's more full-featured security suites. Available in two versions, ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2010 gives users a robust firewall, antivirus and antispyware, and parental control package for $50, while ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2010 adds Web browsing protection, system tune-up tools, backup options, and anti-phishing technology for $70.

ZoneAlarm is claiming faster performance in its antivirus and antispyware scans because it has unified them, something that its competitors... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , Internet security , ZoneAlarm , 2010

Physics-based motocross and a zombie survival shooter: iPhone apps of the week

Physics-based motocross and a zombie survival shooter: iPhone apps of the week

Apple recently announced that September 9 will be the date of their 2009 iPod event. For the past four years, Apple has hosted these events in San Francisco to unveil its latest generation of iPods. This year, there has been much speculation at rumor sites that Apple will introduce camera capabilities to its iPod Nano and iPod Touch media players. Many sites are also posting that we will see iTunes 9 with rumored social networking features. As with all things... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

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

In Snow Leopard, chances are it works

In Snow Leopard, chances are it works

With the public release of Apple's Snow Leopard operating system upgrade today, there have been some concerns about legacy compatibility. Perhaps the biggest worry was with Adobe Photoshop CS3, which has proven to be a nonissue, but there have been others, too.

If you're curious about whether your current software will work on OS X 10.6, checking out this list is a good place to start. Comprehensive and alphabetized, it offers a simple red, yellow, or green... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Trend Micro's 2010 suite is sharp at the top

Trend Micro's 2010 suite is sharp at the top

Trend Micro released its 2010 security products earlier this week, with three programs offering varying levels of security and service. The comparatively barebones Trend Micro Antivirus + AntiSpyware clocks in at $40, with the basic suite Trend Micro Internet Security available for $10 more and $70 for the premium Trend Micro Internet Security Pro. They all come with a full-feature 30-day trial.

There's a lot that's new in the Pro version and some of that filters down to... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , Windows software , Trend Micro , 2010