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

Gmail's iPhone, Android labels come with a catch

Gmail's iPhone, Android labels come with a catch

It's no secret that Google's mobile team has been slowly rolling out features from its desktop Web mail to the mobile version of its e-mail site. A few weeks ago, visitors to Gmail.com from the iPhone or Android G1 began seeing an option to "mute" a conversation thread, which blocks further messages in the thread from crowding your in-box. Now, another secondary feature has joined muting. On Monday, Google pushed mobile message labeling.

As with muting, being able to... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Gmail

'Firefox Mobile' alpha hits Windows Mobile 6

'Firefox Mobile' alpha hits Windows Mobile 6

For months, Mozilla's mobile version of its Firefox browser has been in first alpha, then beta modes on two Maemo-run Nokia Internet Tablets that few possessed. On Friday, Fennec (as it's been code-named) has arrived on a platform that many more testers will be able to sink their fingers into: Windows Mobile 6.

As with Fennec beta 1 for the Nokia N810 and N800, Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 (download the CAB file) has been tailor-made for the... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , Firefox Mobile , Fennec

IM tools for the chattering class

IM tools for the chattering class

Even though it's been around almost as long as the modern Web, instant messaging is still a great way to send short communication bursts without tying your ear to a telephone. But with great utility comes buckets of options: Do you use Yahoo IM? AOL IM? MSN? Google Talk? ICQ? What do you do if your parents are on one service, but everybody at your office uses a second, and your friends are all on a third?

Nobody wants to... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Tags: freeware , Pidgin , instant message

Up your IM game

There's a terribly messy line I recall from a movie preview, in which Drew Barrymore vents to her friend the frustrations of communicating with a potential date. "I had this guy leave me a voice mail at work, so I called him at home, and then he e-mailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies,"... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: newsletter , Windows Dispatch

E-mail while you walk and the new Star Trek game: iPhone apps of the week

E-mail while you walk and the new Star Trek game: iPhone apps of the week

The new "Star Trek" movie hit theaters last weekend and by the time the numbers rolled in Monday, it's become clear that apparently being a Trekkie isn't as nerdy as we thought. Though I'm not a costume-wearing, conference-going "Star Trek" devotee, I've been a fan since I was kid and watched all the movies and most of the TV shows surrounding the "Star Trek" universe.

This week, I decided to check out the Star Trek game for the iPhone, thinking it... Read More »

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

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , iphonappsweek , e-mail

Skydeck mobile in-box mashes in Google Voice

Skydeck mobile in-box mashes in Google Voice

In the tech world, if you can't beat 'em, you can always join 'em, or at least integrate their service into yours. This is the approach that mobile phone manager Skydeck is taking with Google Voice, and it's a good one.

When we demoed Skydeck in April, it struck us as a useful service for managing your contacts, calls, and voicemail online as you would your e-mail. Never mind that its online interface isn't as slick or easy to... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: Android , BlackBerry , Windows Mobile , Google Voice

CrossLoop now offers Mac version

CrossLoop now offers Mac version

CrossLoop is a smooth, free, and lightweight screen- and file-sharing program, formerly available only for Windows users. Earlier this month, a Mac beta version debuted offering the same features. Besides extending the feature set to Macs, the PC and Mac versions can talk to each other and share across platforms.

For those unfamiliar with the program, which uses 128-bit encryption, you're given a unique and random 12-digit access code each time you start the program. You can then... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements , Mac Software , File Sharing

Tags: freeware

OpenOffice gets anti-aliasing, better commenting

OpenOffice gets anti-aliasing, better commenting

OpenOffice 3.1 for Windows, Mac, and Linux introduces several new improvements that should make the programs within the open-source suite function a bit better.

The biggest change is that graphics viewed in OpenOffice are now anti-aliased, meaning graphics will appear smoother, especially when you place one shape over another. It's kind of surprising that OpenOffice hasn't supported this until now. File-locking has been improved, so if you're using the suite for cross-platform document sharing you should notice... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Office Software , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , OpenOffice.org

Wield your BlackBerry with your voice--video

Wield your BlackBerry with your voice--video

Sure, you can already dial contacts on the BlackBerry with a voice prompt, but can you also search the Web, compose a text message, or update your Facebook status? For that you'll need an app like Vlingo. Version Vlingo 3.0 for BlackBerry does all that and more, plus it has a new feature to read your activity back to you. There are a few drawbacks, however, and we take a look at the two new premium services Vlingo has... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry