Hawkscope gets the drop on your files

Hawkscope is a cross-platform, open-source project that provides alternative navigation through your files for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Still in beta, it's also extensible, so not only can you jump folders in a zippy, context menu-style tree, but you can search Google, check your Gmail, and post to your Twitter account from the Hawkscope interface.

Hawkscope appears as a hawk icon just next to your clock, so that's the system tray for Windows and the menu bar... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Twitter , Gmail

Easter screensavers for all ages

Easter is alive on your desktop with these seven holiday-themed downloads for all ages. From the sublimely sweet slideshow screensavers of fluffy chicks and gorgeous wildflowers to a clever Easter bunny caper involving a skateboard and Easter egg ammo, this festive collection of applications has something for everyone.

Everything Easter Everything iconic about Easter resides in this free screensaver slideshow. In one scene, five fluffy chicks sit irresistibly atop eggs in a woven, ribboned basket. In another, a pure white rabbit... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: game

VoxOx offers points deal to CNET readers

Update: VoxOx has extended the deal from Thursday, April 9, at 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT. Also, $5 normally buys 500 VoxOx points, not 250 as previously stated.

Multiprotocol chat client VoxOx is offering a deal to CNET readers until 2:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9. If you buy $5 worth of VoxPoints, instead of the usual 500 points, CNET readers will get 1,500 points. This is triple the number of points VoxOx is offering readers who sign... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: freeware , Chat , IM , VoIP

Google Mobile App for BlackBerry: First Look

Google's Mobile App for BlackBerry picks up two new features in version 3.3 that are all but guaranteed to make your search results more reliable. Also, see what the voice search app has in store for our British friends over the pond. Check it out in this First Look video.

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Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Dictionary.com on iPhone, slightly abridged

You use it online, and beginning on Wednesday, you'll be able to use the popular Dictionary.com reference service on your iPhones and iPod Touches.

The free Dictionary.com for iPhone is straightforward, but attractive, and has one or two highlights that give it some interest. It isn't the only dictionary application for iPhone by a long shot, but it is a solid effort that has brand name appeal for Internet vocabulary geeks--plus, it's got those helpful tidbits we mentioned. For instance,... Read More »

Topics: Office Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

BumpTop: Software toy or useful desktop replacement?

Nearly three years ago, a video demo of a new desktop user interface, the BumpTop, captivated YouTube viewers. A year later the creator, Anand Agarawala, was called to the august TED conference to present. Now the BumpTop software is here, ready for you and your Windows PC. I gave it a spin.

It's certainly very cool. In many ways it is a better desktop than the one that comes with Windows (even Windows 7) or OS X. But... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Yahoo Messenger gets its own iPhone app

On Monday we noted in a First Look video that the Yahoo Messenger feature in the new Yahoo Mobile chat application for iPhone wasn't as strong as we'd like. On Tuesday, Yahoo released a distinct Yahoo Messenger for iPhone application that's free through the iTunes App Store, and tailor-made for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone has many of the same core chatting features you'll find on Yahoo Messenger for the desktop: sending IM and SMS... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Yahoo Messenger

Bolt mobile browser beta: First Look

Mobile browsing was one hot trend at CTIA 2009, and will continue to gain both attention and momentum as the technology develops. In this First Look video, take a peek at Bolt mobile browser, a beta application we recently reviewed. While Bolt may not have the add-on power of Firefox's mobile-browsing prototype, what it does have is workable video, crisp text, and rendering that's surprisingly free of flakiness.

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Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: First Look , mobile browser , Java

Yahoo Mobile for iPhone--video

When Yahoo released its Yahoo Mobile app for iPhone last week at CTIA 2009, it represented the first union of the services for the iPhone that Yahoo had, until now, been developing as separate applications. The unified result is a cohesive, rich-looking amalgamation of your social RSS and news stories--from Yahoo and other services as well, including Facebook and Gmail. It isn't a cure-all, but it's a worthy download for those looking for a one-stop Internet shop.

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Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone

Make sure your antivirus software is legit

"How do you tell the rogue antivirus Web sites from the good sites?" asks one Download.com reader.

Its answer is poised to help many people outsmart the rogue antivirus spyware that is trying to outsmart them. CNET TV's Molly Wood shares our suggestions in this Quick Tip video.

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Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

Tags: antivirus , security , Quick Tip