Featured Freeware: AirRadar

AirRadar is a free utility that can help you scan for, track information on, and join wireless networks. Like similar apps, AirRadar provides much more information than you'd otherwise get through the Mac OS Airport status menu.

Whether you're testing your signal strength at home or trying to find free Wi-Fi on the road, AirRadar will list all open and closed networks in range, along with information such as signal strength (current, average, and max), type of encryption, MAC address,... Read More »

Topics: Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , wi-fi

iPhone apps of the week

You may have noticed a trend in my iPhone apps of the week posts: I mostly download games. To offer a little balance to my posts, this week I have a couple of useful iPhone apps that aren't just for when you want to waste some time. Both are free so you can take advantage of these useful tools right away.

Free Translator is a language translator that lets you send e-mails in different languages. The concept is fairly simple:... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhone apps

CNET TV: Top 5 worst downloads

The are good programs and bad programs, and then there are the horror shows. Every three months or so, we take a playful look at some of the least impressive software programs to come down the pike.

From Canadian Rock Radio to telepathic communication with aliens, there's a lot not to like about this oddball crew. Just in time for Halloween, CNET TV's Tom Merritt counts down the five scariest downloads of fall 2008.

... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows software

Best Windows software for a hard-hit economy

In tough economic times like these, good freeware becomes worth its weight in gold. Professionals who squeeze every feature out of their top-shelf software will likely appreciate the investment, but those of us with more modest goals can still do just about anything for free.

Assuming you can put up with a homlier appearance and a few minor character flaws, we've got some tools to help you save your hard-earned dough. This list is by no means exhaustive, so... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Utilities And Drivers , Office Software , Digital Photography , Design , File Sharing , Audiomp3 , Developer Software

Tags: freeware

Skyfire now browsing north of the border

Updated on 10/21/08 with more detail.

Starting Friday, Americans won't be the only ones able to test drive the newly opened beta for Skyfire's mobile browser.

Now Canadians can, too, after one or two tweaks to Skyfire's registration process gives northern numbers the green light.

While Canada may be the first country outside of the U.S. with a chance to download the mobile browsing alternative, it won't be the only one for long--Skyfire won't announce particulars, but did say that it expects to... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , Symbian , mobile browser , Skyfire

Featured Freeware: HotKeyz

A few days ago we featured gMote, an excellent utility for creating mouse gestures. Some people aren't into them, and would prefer to keep their hands on their keyboards as much as possible. Heck, I'm one of them. HotKeyz does for those essential multikey combinations what gMote does for mouse gestures: it's a powerful utility that makes it easy to create and manage hot keys that open programs, shut down your computer, and control media applications.

HotKeyz's intuitive interface... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware

Prizefight: Battle of the browsers

You thought you had the browser face-off signed and sealed until Google introduced its fleet-footed Chrome browser. Has it been enough to change the game?

With help from CNET Download.com's Seth Rosenblatt and Webware.com's Josh Lowensohn, CNET's Brian Tong takes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome through a rigorous four-round contest--to determine which contender makes all-around champ.

Sorry, Opera, looks like you're sitting this one out.

... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Firefox , Chrome , browser , Internet Explorer , Safari

First Look video: Art Text

This low-cost graphics app makes creating Web buttons, banners, and stylized text easy. With tons of premade templates and samples to get you started, Art Text lets you spend your time fine-tuning your work instead of starting from scratch. When you're done, you can export your work in several formats, letting you put the final touches on your design in your favorite graphics or image-editing program.

Still not convinced? Then check out this First Look video of Art Text for Mac... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Design

Tags: First Look , video , design

First Look video: TuneWiki for Google Android

Given that TuneWiki was one of the 10 top winners in Google's Android Challenge, it's no surprise we're taken by its originality and ambition.

The free music application for Google Android not only plays your media, but it also helps build your library with songs and YouTube music videos. An additional search for streaming lyrics attempts to get you singing the right words at the right time.

TuneWiki doesn't ace everything it sets out to do, but if you're willing to give... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: video , music , Android apps , Google Android , G1

Featured Freeware: RiverGate RSS Reader

Looking for a simple-to-use, quick-performing RSS feed reader? This pared-down freebie may fit the bill.

RiverGate RSS Reader isn't fancy and lacks extras that, admittedly, some of its free competitors offer. So why bother with it? For one, using it is as smooth and zippy as other readers can be sluggish. It offers the basics in the familiar three-pane e-mail client interface that so many feed readers rely on. It comes preloaded with a variety of security-related feeds, plus one... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Featured Freeware

Tags: freeware , RSS , Atom