First Look video: Google Earth 5

Google Earth 5's big new features include the other final frontier, the 20th century, and the Red Planet.

For Windows and Mac, Google Earth 5 maps the ocean, explores the past with historical maps, and shows you there's more to Mars than red dust. Check it all out in this First Look video.

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Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Desktop Enhancements , Mac Software

Tags: 3D , Google Earth , maps

Slideshow: TurboTax versus TaxCut

Taxes: we don't love 'em, but we do them anyway. To do them right, you need good tax-prep software that won't stub your brain on accounting jargon, but will still find all possible deductions. Since Intuit's TurboTax and H&R Block's TaxCut (Windows|Mac|Online) are the two brands eating the biggest market share, we've pulled together screenshots of the features that could help you lean toward TurboTax, or TaxCut.

Keep in mind that there's also the much... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Quick Tip: Find anything from your desktop

There's no shame in being too lazy to browse for files on your desktop if you've got a fast desktop search app like Copernic Desktop Search or Google Desktop.

Both free apps install a small search bar on your desktop, and both are good at rooting around in your enormously crowded file trees to pluck the fruit of your very minimal labor.

But there are differences between the Google and Copernic's search apps. Tune in to this Quick Tip... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Quick Tip

Floola, the portable iTunes replacement

There are a lot of music jukeboxes out there that aren't iTunes but still work with iPods. Freeware Floola for Windows, Mac, and Linux is one of the few, if only, portable music players that not only works with your iPod, it will work from your iPod, too. The program's fully compatible with your desktop iTunes installation, but can be run from the iPod itself.

The features it offers are comprehensive and robust, including music, video, note-taking,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: iPod , iTunes , jukebox

iPhone racer gets a big update

My favorite game so far for the iPhone just got even better and it's definitely worthy of its own Download blog post. To be clear, this is not my iPhone apps of the week post which will appear on Friday as usual. It's just an update I think all players of this game should know about.

SlotZ Racer ($2.99) just received a free major update and it is definitely a must have for fans of this slot-racing simulator. The game... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , iPod Touch , racing

First Look video: Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition

For Ad-Aware's 10th anniversary, Lavasoft has given us an update that includes dramatically faster boot and scan times, as well as an interface refresh and an overhaul of its real-time defenses.

Check out what's new and what's returning in this First Look video from CNET TV.

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Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

Tags: freeware , security , malware , Ad-aware

Slacker Radio blows onto BlackBerry Storm

When Slacker Radio first introduced its streaming Internet radio app for the BlackBerry, it only worked on standard BlackBerrys running version 4.3 and above. Starting Wednesday, the free app gets touchy-feely with a brand new version for the BlackBerry's touch-screen Storm.

Slacker Radio for the Storm brings with it everything we loved on the Curve and Bold, including its best feature ever, caching a song to play offline later. It also throws in some touch-screen specials, like support for landscape mode.

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Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: BlackBerry , Internet Radio

YouMail gets real with a BlackBerry app

Since its inception, YouMail, a visual voicemail service for mobile phones, has had one big problem. You could view and play your mobile phone's voicemail messages online, or--beginning lat June--by pointing the mobile browser to, but messages weren't stored on the device itself.

Starting Wednesday, YouMail has begun to change that with a native YouMail in-box for BlackBerry phones. Visual Voicemail Plus is a free downloadable app that stores your incoming voice messages along with the caller's name,... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , voice

Skype 4.0 for Windows delivers truer video, sound

Skype 4.0 (download) became available for free on Tuesday to Windows users. The free desktop VoIP communicator is a worthy final version that brings some key enhancements with video and audio bandwidth, though it leaves behind some of the extra adornments of version 3.8, the last stable build.

Those who have been following the triple release of betas since the summer won't see more than a few changes. If 4.0 is new to you, however, the developments are more... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Tags: Windows , Skype , VoIP

Pageonce 2.0: More say for BlackBerry finance-watchers

If you're already using Pageonce on your BlackBerry, get ready for version 2.0.

On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley company is releasing an upgrade to its productivity application.

Instead of getting a fresh lick of paint or a slew of new features, Pageonce 2.0--which lets you view status feeds for your social networks, e-mail, flights, and finances from a centralized app--will simply, importantly, give you full managerial control over the app's basic functions. Starting Wednesday, you'll be able to register,... Read More »

Topics: Office Software , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , productivity