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

Windows 7 on your Intel Mac - for free!

Windows 7 on your Intel Mac - for free!

Most people who read The Download Blog are probably familiar with the coming release of Windows 7. For a full rundown of new features, check out Seth Rosenblatt's hands on post here, but there's plenty of Windows 7 content to pore over.

Judging from many of the comments, people who have used Windows 7 are saying it's the OS everyone hoped Vista would be. So when I read this week that you can easily setup and run Windows... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Windows , Mac , Microsoft , Windows 7 , release candidate

Reznor: NIN app in the works for BlackBerry

Reznor: NIN app in the works for BlackBerry

I'll say this for celebrity Twitter accounts: they sure can stir up some news.

Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor used it to good effect on Wednesday when he tweeted that a version of his band's iPhone application is in the works for BlackBerry. Reznor's camp hasn't yet let slip a release date, except the vague and taunting promise of "soon."

Presumably, Reznor and NIN fans won't have to worry about the delays to the software's release that dogged... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: BlackBerry

Guaranteed password security

If you've spent any time on the Web you've inevitably registered for various sites, signed up for e-mail accounts, and are probably doing your banking online. But how safe are your passwords? The problem is, a lot of people use the same passwords all the time. Needless to say, especially when banking and personal information are concerned, this can be a very real danger. If someone cracks your password, they'll have access to everything.

1Password, which just received a recent... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch For Mac

Give Windows Mobile looks and brains--video

Give Windows Mobile looks and brains--video

Few could claim that Windows Mobile phones are known for their captivating interfaces. In fact, some designs seem cramped and downright austere. A snappy and slick-looking user-interface replacement like the recently updated Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 can not only make your phone look like a million bucks, but it can also do it two ways while making the phone's other features easier to access and control. The built-in app launcher helps you get to settings, frequently used apps, and... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: First Look , Windows Mobile

Google Sky Map illuminates Android

Google Sky Map illuminates Android

It may not be Google Earth, but Google's latest application for its Android operating system is headed in the direction of at least one Earth's layers--up.

Google Sky Map uses your exact whereabouts, including the direction you're facing and the tilt of your handset, to show you the stars and planets all around. Because the Android phone is an extremely portable device, unlike your desktop or even laptop, Sky Map can heavily lean on the phone's built-in GPS and its... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android , Google

FeedDemon, Postbox bump up their betas

FeedDemon, Postbox bump up their betas

RSS aggregator FeedDemon and e-mail client Postbox both have released recent updates to their not-quite-ready for prime-time programs.

FeedDemon 3.0.0.20 beta 5a continues to build out the feature set of the popular RSS and Atom feed manager. FeedDemon 3 is shaping up to be a must-grab improvement on the last stable release, version 2.7.

FeedDemon 3 is able to synchronize feeds not only with FeedDemon's own Web site, NewsGator, for online news reading, but it can also talk... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , RSS , FeedDemon , NetNewsWire

Contrasting Windows: New feature comparison

Contrasting Windows: New feature comparison

Since 2002 when Microsoft introduced Windows XP, its signature operating system has proved to have more stamina than anybody would have originally thought. Despite missteps in Vista, that OS still managed to introduce useful new features, and set the stage for Windows 7.

This chart provides a rundown of some of the major features introduced in each Windows iteration, as well as a quick look at the minimum hardware requirements for XP, Vista, and 7. Keep in mind that Windows 7... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows , beta , Vista , release candidate , operating system , XP

Evernote hops onto BlackBerry phones

Evernote hops onto BlackBerry phones

A brand-new BlackBerry app joined the Evernote family on Monday. The multiplatform, multimedia note-taking service has already been uploading voice, text, images, and files from the desktop (Mac|Windows), Web, Windows Mobile phones, and the iPhone. The addition of BlackBerry rounds out Evernote's presence on major smartphone operating systems, though it's likely that if the Palm Pre takes off, the company will continue development for Palm's WebOS.

Like Evernote on other mobile platforms, Evernote for BlackBerry (download)... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , Evernote

Everything Windows 7 RC

In the week since Microsoft unleashed the release candidate of its Windows 7 operating system, we've had a chance to cut through the buzz to poke, prod, speculate, and evaluate from all angles.

We've walked through Windows 7 RC's more impressive attractions in a photo tour, like the more powerful Taskbar and streaming music to yourself from another PC. We've also created a video to point out changes to device management, search-term highlighting, and the virtual XP mode for... Read More »

Topics: The Download Dispatch

Tags: newsletter , Windows 7