Turn your status updates into a story

Turn your status updates into a story

It seems like just about everyone has a Twitter or Facebook account these days and I find myself checking the so called "status updates" for my friends and family more than I'd like to admit. I never thought when these services launched that a status update could become anything more than a simple yawn-worthy report of personal activity. But as we've seen with these services' growing popularity, and the recent explosion of activity during the aftermath of Iran's... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , Facebook , 3G , Twitter , Windows software , photos

Give Mac OS X a tuneup

Most of the time Macs run smoothly; however, once in awhile the computer might experience sluggishness or something else out of the ordinary. To rule out system problems, check out OnyX. OnyX lets you verify your Mac's Startup Disk and the structure of System files, and it offers several configuration tools to let you tweak the Finder, Dock, and other native applications. If you're a do-it-yourself type of person, or would just like a way to tweak some settings,... Read More »

Microsoft Security Essentials not quite a must-have

Microsoft Security Essentials not quite a must-have

Updated June 25 at 12:50 p.m. PDT: Several commenters pointed out a secondary scanning process that runs while a scan is running. While Microsoft Security Essentials uses little memory when not scanning, during a second round of tests it used 60MB to 70MB of RAM, while consuming around 200MB of Virtual Memory.

Updated June 24 at 11:30 a.m. PDT: The 75,000 available slots for testing Security Essentials have been taken. There is no word at the moment whether Microsoft will... Read More »

Tags: freeware , antivirus , spyware , Windows software

TuneWiki: Stream song lyrics from Windows Media Player

TuneWiki: Stream song lyrics from Windows Media Player

TuneWiki is one of the most ambitious social music projects we've seen. It is part licensed lyrics spooler for your own songs and for streaming YouTube videos, and part network--you can see where else in the world other TuneWiki users are playing your track. What began as an Android app created for Google's Android Developer Challenge (and finished as one of 10 winners) grew into a Web site and is, as of Monday, a Windows Media Player plug-in.

TuneWiki for Windows Media Player... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Pidgin, Adium update to fix Yahoo IM

Pidgin, Adium update to fix Yahoo IM

UPDATED 11:45 a.m., June 24, 2009: As I just found out via Twitter, what worked yesterday won't work today. If you've updated your client with the new version, but used the IP address below to fix Yahoo IM in the previous version, you must delete that IP from the Pager Server in Pidgin or the Login Server in Adium and restart the client.

Instant-messaging stalwarts Pidgin for Windows and Adium for Mac have updated to correct a Yahoo... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Yahoo , Pidgin

Firefox 3.5 almost here

Firefox 3.5 almost here

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/software/Firefox_3_5_Almost_Here';Fans of Firefox's beta builds can now download Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latest build contains bug fixes although, according to Mozilla's Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner, these were minor stability issues corrected after the release of the first release candidate.

Belzner also addressed some confusion among the 800,000 or so beta users about Firefox's beta-naming conventions. When the beta moves into release candidate mode, he said, it... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

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

Serve up a slice of Opera Unite

Serve up a slice of Opera Unite

Opera's newest feature turns your browser into an app-extendable Web server. That's right: Opera Unite, the latest out of Norway for Windows, Mac, and Linux, runs counter to the cloud-based direction that most other programs are heading toward.

But is client-based serving a recipe for the future, or a return to the past? And is Unite truly client-based? See what the latest Opera 10 beta build can do in this First Look video.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , beta , Windows software , Opera 10

Capture, record the screen with Jing 2.1: First Look

Capture, record the screen with Jing 2.1: First Look

Its emphasis on getting screen captures and screencasts shot and shared makes the freemium application Jing extremely quick and easy to use for Mac and Windows users. I use its big brother, the professional capture app Snagit, at work (we take a lot of screenshots in these parts,) but I've often installed Jing on laptops and on other peoples' computers when I need something light and free.

The one irony for Windows users is that if you... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , Windows software

Digital postcards and an online flight sim: iPhone apps of the week

Digital postcards and an online flight sim: iPhone apps of the week

Of all the great enhancements, fixes, and goodies in iPhone OS 3.0 (video overview here), I quickly realized there was one glaring omission. With the useful addition of a Voice Memos app, an old problem reared its ugly head. The update put the Voice Memos app icon on the home page, pushing whatever lone app icon that sat in the lower right of the homepage onto its own screen on the next page. This meant that in order to... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , Windows software , iphonappsweek

Songbird 1.2 debuts new features

Songbird 1.2 debuts new features

Browser and jukebox freeware mashup Songbird brings onstage four new features to help manage songs, communicate better with iTunes, customize volume, and expose more information from Last.fm.

Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Songbird 1.2's biggest new feature is the ability to automatically organize files across multiple folders according to each track's metadata. This can be especially useful both if your music is scattered across disparate folders, as well as forcing naming conventions on inconsistent files.

There's also the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows software , Songbird