Music, now lyrics

If you're never exactly sure which words a singer screams, mumbles, or sighs throughout a song's stanza, a brand-new add-on released this week was meant for you. TuneWiki (review), a free plug-in for Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows Media Player, can stream lyrics in time to songs you play from your local library. You'll also be able to spool lyrics for the YouTube music videos you initiate within TuneWiki, watching them appear in a pane below the player.

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Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: Download Dispatch , Windows Newsletter , Songbird

Minor update to Safari 4

Minor update to Safari 4

Apple has released a minor change to Safari 4 for Mac users.

Safari 4.0.1 addresses incompatibilities between the browser and certain features in iPhoto '09, including Places and Facebook publishing. No changes were made to the Windows version.

When the original version 4 was released last week, it surprised many observers with its new position as one of the faster browsers available, rendering JavaScript at speeds comparable or faster than Google Chrome.

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Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: Safari , update

AP Mobile pushes top news in iPhone 3.0

AP Mobile pushes top news in iPhone 3.0

Updated 6/18/09 at 8:15am: Push notification is now live.

The Associated Press was one company whose iPhone app was ready for Apple's software update to version 3.0 on Wednesday. AP Mobile 3.0 will now take advantage of the iPhone's new ability to push breaking news stories when the app is closed. When you boot it up for the first time, AP Mobile 3.0 asks if you'd like to activate push notification and then presents a list of feeds... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , news

Mozilla pushes Firefox 3.5 RC to beta testers

Mozilla pushes Firefox 3.5 RC to beta testers

If you've been using the Firefox 3.5 beta, you now get to upgrade to the release candidate for Firefox 3.5. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, The noticeable changes to the release candidate from beta 4 and the b99 pre-release version are not readily apparent. Generally, you can expect the release candidate to be more stable than its beta predecessors, although if you're using an add-on such as Nightly Tester Tools or MR Tech to force incompatible add-ons... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , beta , open-source , release candidate

Google Maps acquires Android voice search, transit

Google Maps acquires Android voice search, transit

This past weekend, Google introduced a new version of its glossy Maps application for Android phones. Version 3.1.0 brings with it several new features, including voice search to go with its text search field and transit and walking directions to go with step-by-step driving directions.

In tests, Google's voice search on Android was fairly consistent with other voice search apps we've tested. That is to say, a skosh inconsistent. Most searches for banal items of daily life like "shoe... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android , Google Maps

Opera tries to Unite users across browsers

Opera tries to Unite users across browsers

You wouldn't know it by eyeballing most of the latest browser news, but there is more to browsers than JavaScript speed. Mozilla introduced its add-on alternative called Jetpack, and on Tuesday Opera debuted Unite for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which turns your browser into a Web server and the Norwegian publisher hopes will "reinvent the Web."

That's fast become the browser equivalent of the cliched comic book tag, "In this issue: Everything Changes!"... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , File Sharing

Tags: freeware , beta , Opera 10

Inside 'Unite': Opera's browser-server

Inside 'Unite': Opera's browser-server

On Tuesday, Opera Software introduced a technical preview of Opera Unite, a component of its Opera 10 browser. Earlier this morning, I sat in on a Webcast where Opera's Chief Development Officer, Christen Krogh, ran through a demo and answered questions. Opera Unite, which uses your Opera ID to log in, is a Web server housed within the Opera browser. With it, you'll be able to host a Web site, and share files, music, video, notes, and chats with others.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: Opera 10

YouMail's visual voice mail comes calling on iPhone

YouMail's visual voice mail comes calling on iPhone

YouMail's visual voice mail app for iPhone may look less sexy than the sleek, crafted application interfaces we've grown used to, but in its first effort, functionality will be more important than form.

This last weekend, users of YouMail's freemium Visual Voicemail Plus service were able to start reading and responding to voice messages from iPhones. Like rival visual voice mail services, YouMail lets you manage voice messages like e-mail messages in exchange for making the service your default mobile... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone

Peggle for iPhone goes on sale

Peggle for iPhone goes on sale

Have you played Peggle? This iPhone game came out some time ago and was an immediate hit at the app store for its strange and extremely addictive gameplay. The game just went on sale for 99 cents, but it will only last until midnight Sunday, June 14.

The object of Peggle is to shoot balls from the top of the screen and hit all the orange pegs before you run out of balls. You can use the touch screen... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , games , 3G

New MediaMonkey doesn't go bananas

New MediaMonkey doesn't go bananas

The iTunes alternative music jukebox MediaMonkey's latest version jacks the volume, but only a little bit. It's an upgrade worth downloading simply for the improved performance that comes with support for multicore processing, and there are some other worthwhile feature enhancements as well.

One long-standing complaint about MediaMonkey has been that its search feature, while adequate, was far from robust. Version 3.1 changes that, and offers a helpful mouse-over tooltip that explains the Boolean-style searching. It's not true Boolean terminology,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , search