New Chrome is more than polish

New Chrome is more than polish

Yesterday's introduction of Chrome version 2.0.172.28 was touted by Google as being up to 30 percent faster for handling JavaScript. After using the update to the stable release extensively for the past day and running it through two JavaScript tests on two computers, it's conclusively faster than the previous stable version of Chrome.

The two computers I used were a Windows Vista Service Pack 1 desktop with a Pentium 4 processor running at 3.00 GHz and 2 GB of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Google , Chrome , JavaScript

Robot synthesizer and touch-screen hack and slash: iPhone apps of the week

Robot synthesizer and touch-screen hack and slash: iPhone apps of the week

I read about a new term today for iPhone application fans that hits a little too close to home. The term is "Appnoxious," and describes iPhone owners who are always whipping out their iPhone to show their friends, family, or coworkers their favorite new app. Ahem.

I apologize to everyone, but I believe I might be just that: Appnoxious. In my defense, it's my job to seek out and find new iPhone apps, so I'm hoping at least some of the... Read More »

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

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , music , 3G , iphonappsweek , rpg

Root out hidden infections with HijackThis

Root out hidden infections with HijackThis

Editors' note: This article was first published on February 27, 2008, and was titled, "Clean your PC with Trend Micro HijackThis." It was updated on May 21, 2009.

Malware has gotten more sophisticated at hiding its tracks compared with a few years ago. Adware, it seems, with its pop-ups and unwanted browser toolbars, has taken a backseat to the sly, ever-dangerous, and much more lucrative realm of the botnet, also known as that class of malware that conscripts your computer into... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: Windows , malware , spyware , Trend Micro , howto-security

Top RSS readers

Top RSS readers

Have you ever used an RSS newsreader? Though you can surf to your favorite sites using your Web browser of choice, RSS readers bring all the news to you in a simple format that's conducive to getting more information quickly. The best RSS readers make it easy to add your favorite sites so you can quickly sift through headlines. When you find something of interest, you can often expand the story in an RSS reader or go directly to the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: RSS , news , FeedDemon

A faster Google Chrome means what?

A faster Google Chrome means what?

A browser upstart like Google's Chrome must have some cleaving edge if it's to hack its way into the marketshare predominated by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and to a far lesser extent, Firefox. Since Google Chrome doesn't yet have the add-on capabilities that have earned Mozilla's browser rabid support from open-source circles as well as from the browsing community as a whole, Chrome must best it in some other skill. Google's browser is certainly headed towards supporting add-ons, but... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: newsletter , Windows Dispatch

Free alternatives to freeware utilities

Free alternatives to freeware utilities

Many of my favorite freeware tools have more-than-adequate competitors out there, but you can never have too much of a good thing. Here are four utilities that you may not have heard of to help you back up your files, take screen captures, uninstall programs, and test your download speeds.

MyUninstaller replaces the default Windows Add/Remove Programs utility, and is a strong alternative to Revo Uninstaller. They both uninstall programs, and that's just about where their similarities end.

MyUninstaller feels... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware , backup , screen capture

Yahoo's iPhone app gets spoken search

Yahoo's iPhone app gets spoken search

On Tuesday, we reported that Yahoo pulled the plug on the Java version of its revamped mobile application, with the assurance that it would continue to develop for iPhone and other mobile platforms.

On Wednesday, Yahoo proved that with an update to its iPhone app. Yahoo Mobile 1.1 for iPhone and iPod Touch enables voice searches everywhere that the search bar is located in the app. You'll press the oneSearch field and see the large gray button prompting you... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Back up your data easily

Back up your data easily

Everyone knows they should back up their data, but a surprisingly small percentage of people actually do. Unfortunately, when the big crash finally comes or you experience a hard-drive failure, that's usually the time you realize you should have been backing up all along. There are a number of programs that make it easier to regularly back up your hard drive, but in my experience, many require several steps to get the job done.

Nero's BackItUp and Burn ($39.99), released... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: sync , backup , Cloud , Encryption , Files

TuneUp your iTunes music library

TuneUp your iTunes music library

If you are an iTunes fan with a large library of music, chances are you have several songs with missing tags and cover art. Most people get their music from a number of sources, making it inevitable that some of your music doesn't have the right tags. While you could go in and fill in the genre, album name, and artist fields by hand, a huge library would take a long time to get through--not to mention all the time... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: music , iTunes , media

Yahoo drops its smartphone app

Yahoo drops its smartphone app

Things were looking promising for Yahoo's mobile repositioning. By April 1, Yahoo had a redesigned mobile Web site, a richer but similarly-featured iPhone app, and plans for a Java phone edition, of which we got to take a sneak peek. However, that final Java app is no longer going to materialize, at least not in its originally planned form. Yahoo recently released a message to beta testers explaining that the company "has decided to cease development of the... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Java