Multiwinia released for Mac

Multiwinia released for Mac

Last week I wrote a post about a great deal from Ambrosia Software, which has now sadly lapsed. But the the silver lining to that cloud is that with the end of the sale comes the release of an all-new Mac game: Multiwinia!!

Multiwinia is a ferociously fun real-time strategy game with cool stylistic graphics and challenging gameplay. Those of you who have played Darwinia, also from Ambrosia, will recognize the scenery at once, but that's where the similarity... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , 3D , strategy

First Look video: Kindle for iPhone

First Look video: Kindle for iPhone

If you don't feel like spending more than $300 on the Kindle 2, Amazon's free Kindle ebook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch may be a much more affordable, if imperfect, solution.

We compared the Kindle 2 and the Kindle application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and came to the conclusion that the Kindle iPhone application is great for reading short passages, but the Kindle 2 is better for longer reading.

Also, you can't get subscriptions on the... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , Amazon

Convert PDFs, other files for your Kindle

Convert PDFs, other files for your Kindle

Kindle users know they can e-mail documents as attachments to their Kindle account and Amazon will convert and upload them to the e-book reader for a 10-cent fee. Windows users aren't tied to the e-mail option, though, thanks to the Auto Kindle eBook Converter.

Compatible with PDF, HTML, LIT, PDB, and CHM files, the program opens to a Windows file browser. Choose the file you want to convert, hit Open, and then choose your destination folder. The converter goes to... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware , conversion

Skype announces voice-to-text messaging

Skype announces voice-to-text messaging

VoIP provider Skype plans to announce Tuesday that it will be working with SpinVox to provide its users with voice-to-SMS messaging in four languages.

This adds another option to Skype's messaging notifications for both Windows and Mac, and it includes a free e-mail notification or a simple SMS notification when a contact leaves a message.

Converting the messages from voice to text won't be cheap, however. Users will pay 25 cents per message, not including the standard... Read More »

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

Tags: Skype

Race Jet Skis and play a unique word game: iPhone apps of the week

Race Jet Skis and play a unique word game: iPhone apps of the week

Every week, I try to pick a game and some other useful utility for my iPhone apps post, but this week I can't help but write about two games. What can I say? They keep coming out with great games! The two games are from completely different genres so if you like games at all, I'm guessing at least one of them will find their way onto your iPhone.

This week's apps include a well-designed Jet Ski racing game and a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , 3G , iPhone apps

IrfanView: Remember why you liked it

IrfanView: Remember why you liked it

If you have to ask yourself why out of the teems of top-notch freeware image editors at your disposal, folks consistently choose IrfanView, then you don't know IrfanView.

It may not be the slickest-looking app by a long shot, or even the most complex. But its combination of simplicity and strength make the classic image viewer and editor a middleweight favorite. It doesn't hurt that the feature set has some unique extras in addition to the regular touch-up tools.... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Digital Photography

Tags: First Look , image editor

Cover Flow won't show in Safari 4 sans DirectX

Cover Flow won't show in Safari 4 sans DirectX

As those of you with older PCs may have noticed the hard way, some of the new features in Apple's Safari 4 beta for Windows require a graphics card with at least 64MB of on-board RAM that supports at least DirectX 9. This makes it the first browser I've heard of with an explicit graphics card requirement, but is this really a big deal?

DirectX 9 has been around since 2004, and you can pick up a card for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Apple , beta , Safari

Second Thunderbird 3 beta holds off on Lightning

Second Thunderbird 3 beta holds off on Lightning

Mozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 3 beta 2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Thursday.

This test version includes numerous back-end improvements that users will probably notice only as performance enhancements, but there are two new major features worth noting.

There's a new activity manager that records all interactions between your e-mail provider and Thunderbird, making it far simpler to track down errors when you send or receive mail. There's also an entirely new system for archiving messages based on... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: Mozilla , beta , Thunderbird

Have your way with Windows

Have your way with Windows

Often, asking Windows do your bidding is like disciplining a two-year-old child. You'll get your way in the end, but only after some resistance.

These six top-rated Windows applications optimize XP and Vista--everything from managing the programs that launch on start-up to freeing up your RAM cycles, to plucking out broken links in your Registry.

... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

iVerse brings comic books to iPhone, Android

iVerse brings comic books to iPhone, Android

There's no question that comic books and magazines will eventually have a portable platform suited to them, just as the iPod took nearly four years to reach a saturation level as the de facto portable music player.

The Kindle 2 might have been that device, had Amazon found color e-ink to be cost-effective. For now, though, we're stuck with struggling innovations, and iVerse Media has made a big push to get theirs out.

Earlier this month, just in time... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: comics