Skyfire inching toward first full release

Skyfire inching toward first full release

Skyfire (coverage), the plucky mobile browser that could, inches closer to a full-version release on Thursday with version 0.9 beta for Symbian and Windows Mobile phones. Despite some rocky loading issues with our preview version, Skyfire's significant additions to its feature set leave much to be admired.

Many of the changes are technical, such as support for all screen resolutions on Windows Mobile phones and a Symbian client that has lost over 50 percent of its kilobyte bulk.... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , Symbian , mobile browser , Skyfire

Why desktop tax prep beats online tax prep

Why desktop tax prep beats online tax prep

Preparing your taxes online offers some advantages over doing them on the desktop--you don't have to wait around for installations and updates, for one--but for taxpayers like me, there are certain rewards to desktop tax apps like TaxCut (review) and TurboTax (review). As part of CNET's tax coverage this year, we wanted to compare not just TaxCut and TurboTax, but also the benefits of filing taxes online versus filing with desktop software.

The benefit of desktop tax software boils down... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: desktop

Using Mozilla code, Postbox rivals Thunderbird

Using Mozilla code, Postbox rivals Thunderbird

There aren't a lot of Microsoft Outlook competitors out there, but Mozilla's open-source Thunderbird is one of the best. Postbox for Windows and Mac, and built on Thunderbird code the way that Flock is based on Firefox, is a new face on the e-mail field.

Still in beta, Postbox takes desktop e-mail hard toward Web 2.0, with fast links to upload contacts to Facebook and pictures to Picasa. Click on an e-mail, and the preview pane... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: Thunderbird , calendar , Lightning , tabs

Miro 2.0: Stable and strong

Miro 2.0: Stable and strong

When open-source video jukebox Miro was in beta and known as the Democracy Player, the biggest problem it had was stability. Graduating from beta fixed most of the problems, but not even a name change could erase the feeling that this Webware 100 winning program wasn't firing on all cylinders.

In version 2.0 for Windows and Mac, all that's changed. At the top of the list of changes is a serious attempt to improve the usability. At... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , open-source , torrent , Miro

Vringo 2.0 expands to Symbian, more Java phones

Vringo 2.0 expands to Symbian, more Java phones

Last month we took a look at Vringo Mobile Application 2.0, a downloadable application that lets you choose your own signature video ringtone for other Vringo users to see when you call them. Back then, it was severely limited to Sony Ericsson phones. On Tuesday, Vringo let it be known that Vringo 2.0 will also now also available for Java-enabled handsets, and for a wider variety of Symbian phones.

Among the most significant changes to Vringo's made-over mobile application are... Read More »

Tags: video , Symbian , Java

Yahoo's OneSearch app for mobile gets new tricks

Yahoo's OneSearch app for mobile gets new tricks

Article edited at 2/10/09 at 8:00 PM to clarify the history of OneSearch for mobile.

Yahoo on Monday released an update to its voice-activated mobile search app, Yahoo OneSearch, that gets a handful of new capabilities for both its full-fledged app and OneSearch shortcut, plus new support for the Windows Mobile operating system. The OneSearch shortcut is a plug-in that lets you search by typing or speaking search terms into a search bar located on the home screen of your... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , Windows Mobile , Nokia , Yahoo

First Look video: DAP 9

First Look video: DAP 9

Download Accelerator Plus 9 sticks a nitrous feed in your download habit. Grab files of all sizes quickly--sometimes 45 percent faster.

This First Look video will show how to satiate your need for download speed, but watch out for an inelegant design weighed down with excessive and disquieting advertisements.

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Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: download

How to throw your own tax party

How to throw your own tax party

"Taxes" and "fun" clearly don't belong in the same sentence--unless you have a little imagination and a sense of humor as warped as ours (here's a hint: deductible bingo).

From tech tips on how to set up a room for massive tax filing to the perfect stress-relieving games and yummy tax-themed snacks, our party guide will help you make the most out of the necessary evil of preparing your yearly tax return.

See also: Photos: TaxCut versus TurboTax TaxCut in-depth review TurboTax in-depth review

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

First Look video: TurboTax vs. TaxCut

First Look video: TurboTax vs. TaxCut

Finding your way to the right tax-prep program is almost as complicated as doing the taxes themselves.

In this First Look video, we'll walk you through the pros and cons of the superpopular tax-prep programs TaxCut (by H&R Block) and TurboTax (by Intuit.) The differences between them add up to more than just looks and cost.

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: First Look

iPhone apps of the week

iPhone apps of the week

One of the most popular iPhone apps of 2008 wasn't a game or productivity app, or even a random sound maker. Surely many iPhone users reading this post have downloaded the app called Koi Pond, or have at least seen it on a friend's iPhone. It's one of the first programs I start up whenever I'm showing off my iPhone because it combines excellent ambient sound, crisp graphics, and you can make waves and "feed the fish" by swiping... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G