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.

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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

Does Opera outperform iPhone's Safari browser?

Does Opera outperform iPhone's Safari browser?

The problem with statistics is that it's too easy to jigger data down to numbers that prove in the end how quickly the exercise can resemble art as much as science. Take the latest stats regarding Opera's mobile performance, for instance. StatCounter's Tuesday graph showed proof of Opera's climb above the iPhone's Safari browser for the month of May.

Yet the claim that "Opera took 24.6 percent of the worldwide market compared to 22.3 percent for iPhone" is quickly... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Opera , Safari , mobile browser

McAfee's new family shield

McAfee's new family shield

Updated June 5 at 3:48 p.m. Pacific Time: Users can now download the trial of McAfee Family Protection.

Correction: The 30-day trial for McAfee Family Protection is not yet available for users. I will update this post when it does become available.

On the heels of Symantec's OnlineFamily.Norton, released earlier this year, security stalwart McAfee is jumping into the family protection game with a new home-oriented protection program. Called McAfee Family Protection, the program will offer many familiar... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

3 great ways to back up your Windows hard drive

3 great ways to back up your Windows hard drive

You've heard every mantra and cautionary tale a dozen times, but if you still haven't backed up that hard drive by now, the lessons haven't sunk in. It may not seem like a big deal if everything's humming along, but losing files or precious photos to malware, food spills, fire, or any other corrosive indignity brings on those twin sensations of panic and despair. This article takes you through some simple hardware and software solutions to save those files, then... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: backup

Speedy Opera 10 beta reconfigures as Web suite

Speedy Opera 10 beta reconfigures as Web suite

Opera 10 has entered beta with the unstated goal of becoming more than a mere browser. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Norwegian program hopes to become a speedy utility--Turbo-charged, in their words--that handles browsing, e-mail, RSS, and torrents with robust features.

The most obvious changes in Opera 10 are the new default skin, created by British designer Jon Hicks, and a revamped Tab bar. The skin, Opera says, will continue to evolve before Opera 10... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , beta , Opera 10

Screen sharing in Skype 4.1 beta: First Look

Screen sharing in Skype 4.1 beta: First Look

Last week, Skype rolled out a beta update to version 4.0 of its Windows VoIP application. Its pinnacle is the screen-sharing functionality that's new to Skype 4.1 beta.

Screen sharing in Skype is by no means a finished product, but it is an interesting addition that gives the desktop communications software extra dimension and definition today. In future releases, it could even help Skype compete against the other mobile communicators in the market that have incorporated voice calling of... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Tags: First Look , Skype