New Firefox hangs in limbo between beta and RC

New Firefox hangs in limbo between beta and RC

On the same day that Apple released the public version of Safari 4 for Windows and Mac, Mozilla published an update to its Firefox 3.5 beta. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, they're not calling this a beta version, but it's not a release candidate, either.

Within the next 24 hours, the Firefox 3.5 beta 4 will auto-update to what Mozilla is calling a "preview" version. Users can also force the update by going to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

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

Snow Leopard preview at WWDC

Snow Leopard preview at WWDC

Editor's note: This review has been updated from its original to include source information.

Among the news and announcements at the WWDC Keynote this morning, Apple previewed the next iteration of Mac OS X Leopard. Snow Leopard, as Mac OS X 10.6 is known, appears to pack a lot of new features and is slated for release in September, though no hard dates were announced during the Keynote.

The goal of Snow Leopard, according to Apple, was not to reinvent Mac... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Safari , Leopard , Mac OS X

Apple announces Safari 4, QuickTime 10

Apple announces Safari 4, QuickTime 10

Correction: QuickTime 10 is likely to be released with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in the fall, and won't be updated Monday.

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/Apple_announces_Safari_4_QuickTime_10_2';At WWDC Monday morning, Apple's Bertrand Serlet came out with guns blazing, not just in support of Snow Leopard, but of Safari and QuickTime, too. Announcing that Safari 4 would leave beta later Monday and that QuickTime would receive a massive overhaul, Serlet introduced new features while taking swipes at both Microsoft and Mozilla.

Safari 4... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Safari

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta: Not what we expected

Opera Mobile 9.7 beta: Not what we expected

We knew that Opera Mobile 9.7 beta was on its way (in fact, we expected it in May,) but the build released to Windows Mobile consumers on Monday morning isn't exactly what we had anticipated given certain hints in the business build that support for Flash video was on its way. We should say, the inclusion of Opera Turbo was dead on. What we hadn't expected was a separate widget gallery to replace the one built into Opera Mobile 9.5... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: mobile browser , Opera Mobile

A more streamlined Facebook for BlackBerry

A more streamlined Facebook for BlackBerry

It's only been about a month and a half since RIM released the last update to Facebook for Blackberry (and then a fix to that update just after that), and BlackBerry's maker has already come out with a more streamlined version of the popular social networking app it codeveloped with Facebook's help.

Facebook for BlackBerry 1.6 folds its status feed content, originally in its own screen, right onto the home page. The result is immediate access to view your friends'... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , Facebook

Gwab business contacts on BlackBerry: First Look

Gwab business contacts on BlackBerry: First Look

We were struck by Gwabbit for BlackBerry's utility for the business set. Few could fail to miss the significance on your typing fingers of a program that scans your incoming e-mail for new contacts and automatically adds them to your phone book.

So, now we're back with a video that shows off the handy contact manager in real life, including what to do those times when the application doesn't quite work as promised.

... Read More »

Topics: Utilities And Drivers , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Health and fitness tracker and an arcade shooter: iPhone apps of the week

Health and fitness tracker and an arcade shooter: iPhone apps of the week

As we gear up for the WWDC here in San Francisco, the rumors are flying as usual about what we might see during the keynote on Monday morning. Some people say Apple will announce new iPhones, others say we will get a precise release date for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. One thing is likely: We will probably all have the ability to download iPhone OS 3.0 sometime next week. I'm crossing my fingers.

I'll be at the keynote speech... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , iphonappsweek , WWDC

Apple's gift to Windows users

A conference dedicated to Apple developers is likely the last place a committed Windows user would look for new Windows products. But if you tuned into Apple's keynote at the World Wide Developer's Conference in San Francisco on Monday morning, you would have seen two software announcements that apply to Windows users, too.

The first is a new version of its cross-platform browser, Safari 4, which takes Apple deeper into Microsoft's territory. Apple claims that Safari 4's JavaScript engine (called... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: Download Dispatch , Windows Newsletter

Google Mobile App arrives on Nokia S60

Google Mobile App arrives on Nokia S60

Article updated 6/5/09 at 8:05am PSTwith more information about countries of availability.

Nokia S60 users can finally bypass the browser and start Google searches from the same application that most other smartphone users have been using for months. The free Google Mobile App has arrived on Nokia S60 phones.

As with CNET Editors' Choice winner Google Mobile App on BlackBerry, this Symbian build places a search bar at its heart. The search bar supports search suggestions, history, and edits to... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Nokia

Fring 3.40 merges overpopulated contacts list

Fring 3.40 merges overpopulated contacts list

Fring's latest update for Symbian phones introduces the option of a merged buddy list to its mobile VoIP communication app (download links below). Merging eliminates the duplicates you often find when a contact appears for the same friend on multiple IM accounts. When you view a friend's profile after merging, Fring shows you which service your friend is signed into at any given time.

This bit of space-saving housekeeping isn't automatic, however. After highlighting the buddy's name, you'll need to... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: Symbian , Fring