Bambuser versus Qik: Mobile broadcaster showdown

Updated on 11/20/08 to correct details about Qik's social uploads.

Last week I learned of mobile video-broadcasting application Bambuser. Since then, I've compared it side-by-side with its direct competitor, Qik. The similarities between the two are more than skin deep: both turn the cell phone's camera into a live recorder and stream the video online, both allow viewers to chat with the videographer by flashing the message on the screen, and both are currently in development mode. They also both let... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , BlackBerry , video , Windows Mobile , mobile , Symbian

Featured Freeware: Rohos Mini Drive

USB drives are simple to carry, but easy to misplace, and that can be risky when it comes to sensitive information. Rohos Mini Drive is a freeware app that safeguards personal documents by creating a password-protected partition on your flash drive. The download actually installs two programs: one, Rohos Mini Drive, is the partition manager that self-installs as a portable app on the drive when you create the partition; the second, Rohos Disk Browser, is a portable file manager,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware , Encryption

Screamer Radio: Rock out while you work

Screamer Radio may not be the most feature-rich desktop app for streaming Internet Radio, but it is light, compact, and effective freeware that fits the way I like to listen to music while I work: without thinking too much about what's coming next.

To fulfill a set-it-and-forget-it listening experience, there's Screamer Radio's lengthy list of preset stations organized by global region, language, and genre. While many preset links work well, there are also many that don't, because the links point... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Audiomp3

Tags: streaming , radio

LogMeIn now rescuing distressed BlackBerrys

There's some good news for BlackBerry owners with broken or misbehaving phones on their hands: starting Monday, service providers and company IT departments using LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile to remotely cure mobile phones from whatever ails them can now support BlackBerry phones.

LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile is desktop software with a mobile component that lets technicians access the phone's entire file system from their remote dashboard (previous coverage). Prior to this release for BlackBerry OS 4.3+, the remote control software was compatible for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Office Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows , BlackBerry , Mac , Windows Mobile , mobile , Symbian

Featured Freeware: The Filter

The Filter is a multijukebox plug-in for Windows and Mac that uses artificial intelligence and the All Music Guide database to create custom iTunes, Winamp, and Windows Media Player playlists based on a variety of user inputs, such as a few songs of your choice, specific artists, or music genres. It also works for video, including movies, TV shows, and Web-only videos.

Upon start-up, The Filter scans your entire music library, which takes considerable time if you have more... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , iTunes , Winamp

Featured Freeware: Lockdown

Lockdown is a donation-ware application that can help you secure your Mac against physical tampering. It disables your Mac to would-be intruders by sounding an alarm whenever a variety of user-specified triggers is set off, including your Macs motion sensor. It also can lockdown the keyboard, mouse, and other external devices, or--for MacBooks--your lid, trackpad, or MagSafe adapter.

Lockdown sounds a loud alarm and prevents your Mac from being put to sleep or muted, and it can also take and... Read More »

Topics: Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware , Mac Software

Tags: freeware

Featured Freeware: Baku

Remove the detritus of Windows with this very helpful freeware. Baku's interface is a lesson in clean, efficient design, and cleaning up your computer is easily completed using the three wizards to remove unwanted files, invalid Registry keys, and Most Recently Used lists.

This flexible program lets you search for specific junk file types and easily exclude folders or drives from the scan. Results can be sorted a number of ways, with buttons to select (or deselect) all items for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware

iPhone apps of the week

One of the first criticisms people had about the iPhone was that it was too hard to type effectively using the touch screen. It was all over the tech news sites and even here at CNET. Of course, as time went on and anyone who had the iPhone for a while figured out, you eventually got used it. Now, I can rattle off text messages and e-mails faster than I ever could using a regular mobile phone. But there are... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , screen

Making the Internet safe for kids, one vid at a time

When you first look at it, KidZui seems a bit like a kiddified Flock, a Web browser with social networking rolled in. Children using Windows or Macs can find their favorite YouTube videos, rate content using tags, and share opinions, all from a colorful interface with big buttons and clear, clean labeling.

Billing itself as "the Internet for kids," it turns out that KidZui is anything but a standard kids' browser, and what makes it so unique... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Weather Channel's iPhone app hails videocasts

Weather apps have been a fixture on the iPhone and iPod touch since Day 1, but it wasn't until this week that it gained a full-featured contribution from The Weather Channel.

The free Weather Channel Interactive Interactive makes use of tabs to cram in localized weather, extended forecasts, and video. There's a tab for severe weather advisories and an e-mail function to send a weather notice to a friend in your address book.

The Weather Channel is making much ado about... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPod Touch , free