Songbird adds art, watch folders, MTP devices

Music and Web surfing mashup Songbird is out with an impressive number of features that were missing from the last major update. For Windows, Mac, and Linux, version 1.1.1 introduces album art downloading, MTP device support, watch folders, improved sorting, and numerous other performance enhancements and bug fixes.

This version continues to push the more iTunes-esque feel of the jukebox/browser, but that's a change users will just have to get used to. Grabbing context-menu album art worked quickly,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , Firefox , iPod , music , MP3 , jukebox , Songbird , player

Free up items in the Taskbar

I use both Windows and Mac machines at my desk for testing and reviewing software for each platform. While both platforms have their advantages and disadvantages, I recently found a simple program that fixes one of my pet peeves about Windows.

One small Windows XP and Vista interface quirk that has always bothered me is the inability to move items in the taskbar. Though it might not bother other people, I always like having my programs set up in a certain... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: productivity

CBS Sports gets a March Madness iPhone app

On Thursday, CBS Sports Mobile released a March Madness On Demand application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Tracking the NCAA's college basketball tournament, March Madness, CBS Sports' iPhone app will stream videos of the games live over Wi-Fi, and will stream audio commentary if you've got a 3G or EDGE connection.

In addition to video or audio streaming, the March Madness On Demand app will show updated scores of ongoing games, news stories, bracket information, team stats, preview segments,... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

9 best one-trick applications for Windows

Sometimes computing feels like a dog and pony show, a long parade of glitzy apps with glossy coats, that do it all. However, the time and place for that level of pedigree is balanced by moments that call for the sometimes scruffy, often free, one-trick ponies of the app world that perform a single function very well. We rounded up nine no-frills applications that consistently perform. If your favorite single-minded apps aren't on this list, feel free to shout... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Pageonce: Bring your bank, Netflix accounts to you

If you wanted to check your bank balance, Netflix queue, and eBay purchases from your BlackBerry or iPhone, which would you start with first? If you answered "all three," take a look at Pageonce, which we've spotlighted in this First Look video.

After logging in on your phone, you'll be able to view what is essentially a stylized RSS feed of your financial, social-networking, travel, and shopping accounts, the details of which are secured from prying eyes in a number... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , BlackBerry , productivity

iTriage targets iPhone-toting hypochondriacs

If you regularly find yourself on WebMD or Wikipedia in an attempt to diagnose an itchy spot, chronic cough, or other mystery ailment, a new medical reference app for the iPhone and iPod Touch could save you some steps.

iTriage ($0.99) lets you search and browse hundreds of symptoms, diseases, and procedures in a logically, possibly overly designed app, that's intuitive to navigate. In addition to useful descriptions of the condition, treatments, and medical tests, the app also offers a... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Copernic Mobile: View PC files from your phone

Applications that let you access the files on your desktop from anywhere else are wonderful things, but the traditional remote-desktop app has one annoying flaw--you must browser for an e-mail, photo, or document in often tall, brambly file trees. Copernic Mobile (see slide show), in a sturdy prerelease build for Windows XP and Vista, offers the thorough indexing of a remote-access tool, but with a search component that makes finding those individuals files as simple as using... Read More »

Topics: Desktop Enhancements , Mobile Software

Tags: remote access

New music player for YouTube

Correction: Muziic creator David Nelson's age was mistakely listed as 14. David is 15 years old. Apologies, David.

Most of us are likely very familiar with YouTube, the online video hosting and sharing service that lets anyone upload videos for a global audience. The site hosts a wide range of video content--from major motion-picture trailers to that guy down the street who films his own puppet shows.

Among YouTube's massive catalog lies a myriad of music videos, live musical performances, and other... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: YouTube

Another stage for American Idols--the iPhone

If you can't get enough of "American Idol," the producers behind the hit celebrity-making reality show are giving fans from the rabid to shyly closeted an official app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The release of the $1.99 app, called (verbosely) American Idol Season 8 Exclusive Videos, is opportune, just in time for the season's final 13 contestants to really battle it out as more Idols get axed.

Each week, the app will stream exclusive videos, many of them confessional,... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Cloud computing and shoot-'em-up bliss: iPhone apps of the week

Last month there was a fair amount of buzz about how iPhone apps don't have much of a shelf life. According to a recent article at TechCrunch, the average free iPhone app is used for less than 30 days before it sits inactive on the desktop or is deleted by the user.

I guess I fit in with the average iPhone user to a certain extent. I have deleted apps that I thought were pretty cool in the beginning,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , File Sharing , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , iPhone apps , Cloud , file sharing