Facebook for BlackBerry 1.5: Update and video

Facebook for BlackBerry 1.5: Update and video

The latest version of Facebook for BlackBerry released earlier this week with a handful of practical, if not flashy, feature enhancements to partially merge your Facebook profile pictures with your BlackBerry address book, and to add your Facebook events to your native BlackBerry calendar.

Turns out, many users experienced calendar screw-ups that caused Facebook's calendar to cannibalize the native one. In addition, the contact-syncing feature, while handy, irritatingly was sending a phone number request to those Facebook buddies you have... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: First Look , BlackBerry , Facebook

Yahoo Messenger 9 'status' tweak: Sharing is caring

Yahoo Messenger 9 'status' tweak: Sharing is caring

On Friday, Yahoo let it be known they added a small tweak to Yahoo Messenger 9 for Windows.

When the latest version of Yahoo's chat application launched, it broadcast as secondary status messages certain activities within the Yahoo network, like refreshing your avatar. Now the service has expanded to record your doings on roughly twenty networks outside of Yahoo--like Twitter, Last.fm, YouTube, Pandora, and Yelp--as well as tracking your whereabouts more thoroughly within Yahoo's network, like the sports, movies,... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Leaked: Skyfire browser's BlackBerry alpha photos

Leaked: Skyfire browser's BlackBerry alpha photos

It seems that the fellas over at The Boy Genius Report got their hands on leaked screenshots of an alpha version of Skyfire's mobile browser for BlackBerry. Their source has proclaimed it "already being the best BlackBerry browser ever."

Wow, that's some potentially overblown praise, especially as Opera's mobile browser has been the alternative of choice for many BlackBerry users. It's also not the first time that the free Skyfire browser has been overhyped. No disrespect meant to... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , mobile browser , Skyfire

10 days of IMing with Trillian Astra beta

10 days of IMing with Trillian Astra beta

Article updated at 8:30 a.m. PT with a correction about Trillian Astra's highlighting capabilities and more opinions.

Leaning on the simple journalistic knowledge that one's impression of a product changes after a week of constant use, I attempted to empty my head of first-impression snap judgments and give Trillian's Astra (screenshots), now in (seemingly open) private beta a fair, unprejudiced shot as my primary chat application. Ten days later I like the free, multinetwork instant messenger better than I... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Tags: Chat , IM , Trillian

Glide OS connects across devices, desktops

Glide OS connects across devices, desktops

There are few, if any, horizontal platforms that offer users the capability to e-mail, create, and edit documents and pictures, and collaborate across all three major desktop computing platforms as well as almost every major smartphone platform. Glide 3.0 has just updated, introducing changes aimed at parental control and creating a child-friendly environment.

The new e-mail filter lets parents intercept all messages sent to a child's in-box. Parents can then approve or deny the e-mails so children can only... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Office Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: freeware

Norton Online Family to leave beta, remain free

Norton Online Family to leave beta, remain free

Editors' note: In the original version of this blog, we used the beta name for this product. The official name is OnlineFamily.Norton.

Back in February, Symantec debuted a new security program that sought to help parents talk to their kids about how they use the Internet. OnlineFamily.Norton has been a free beta since then, but this Monday at midnight, the program will leave beta and remain free at least until the end of 2009. The program was originally called... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Mac Software

Tags: Symantec

Top text editors

Top text editors

Every computer user needs a basic text editor for Readme files and simple note taking capabilities--that's why Windows comes with Notepad. But if you want added features like a tabbed interface, search and replace functionality, or extras that help you with coding projects, you need to look for the more full-featured alternatives. The best editors come with numerous features and work great for editing code for Web sites, but also for simply writing quick notes, and pasting excerpts from the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Office Software , Developer Software

Tags: notes , editor

23 downloads win CNET Editors' Choice

23 downloads win CNET Editors' Choice

If you read CNET's hardware reviews, you've probably seen the CNET Editors' Choice award appear from time to time. The badge has always denoted our editors' favorite products--best-of-breed technology that stands apart from the competition.

Today, we're pleased to extend the CNET Editors' Choice badge to software listed on CNET Download.com.

We're introducing the award on 23 products, each a clear leader in its category. We determine award winners on a case-by-case basis, and we always mark the award with the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , Download Site News

Postbox beta 11 boosts performance

Postbox beta 11 boosts performance

If you've been playing around with the Postbox e-mail client for Windows and Mac, beta 11 has been unleashed upon the world.

Unlike March's beta 10, though, this update includes more performance issue fixes than anything else. Still, it's probably a good idea to upgrade.

Most notably, memory and CPU usage have decreased. Postbox claims that indexing is three times faster in this version, compared to beta 10, and that indexing uses about 75 percent to 80 percent... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: Thunderbird , social networking , calendar , Lightning , tabs

Brightkite app for Windows Mobile in the works

Brightkite app for Windows Mobile in the works

Three hundred eighty-five development hours, 3.5 median hours of sleep per night, 265 pounds of food, and roughly 4,000 cups of coffee. That's what it took for five teams to compete in last week's Microsoft's Mobile Incubation Week, an intense five-day hustle to create the best Windows Mobile application, from concept to finished product.

In the dark auditorium at Microsoft's modest Mountain View, Calif., offices last Friday, the breakneck development rate showed. Two bleary-eyed developers stepped onto a dark... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software