Dictionary.com on iPhone, slightly abridged

Dictionary.com on iPhone, slightly abridged

You use it online, and beginning on Wednesday, you'll be able to use the popular Dictionary.com reference service on your iPhones and iPod Touches.

The free Dictionary.com for iPhone is straightforward, but attractive, and has one or two highlights that give it some interest. It isn't the only dictionary application for iPhone by a long shot, but it is a solid effort that has brand name appeal for Internet vocabulary geeks--plus, it's got those helpful tidbits we mentioned. For instance,... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

BumpTop: Software toy or useful desktop replacement?

BumpTop: Software toy or useful desktop replacement?

Nearly three years ago, a video demo of a new desktop user interface, the BumpTop, captivated YouTube viewers. A year later the creator, Anand Agarawala, was called to the august TED conference to present. Now the BumpTop software is here, ready for you and your Windows PC. I gave it a spin.

It's certainly very cool. In many ways it is a better desktop than the one that comes with Windows (even Windows 7) or OS X. But... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Yahoo Messenger gets its own iPhone app

Yahoo Messenger gets its own iPhone app

On Monday we noted in a First Look video that the Yahoo Messenger feature in the new Yahoo Mobile chat application for iPhone wasn't as strong as we'd like. On Tuesday, Yahoo released a distinct Yahoo Messenger for iPhone application that's free through the iTunes App Store, and tailor-made for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone has many of the same core chatting features you'll find on Yahoo Messenger for the desktop: sending IM and SMS... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Yahoo Messenger

Bolt mobile browser beta: First Look

Bolt mobile browser beta: First Look

Mobile browsing was one hot trend at CTIA 2009, and will continue to gain both attention and momentum as the technology develops. In this First Look video, take a peek at Bolt mobile browser, a beta application we recently reviewed. While Bolt may not have the add-on power of Firefox's mobile-browsing prototype, what it does have is workable video, crisp text, and rendering that's surprisingly free of flakiness.

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Tags: First Look , mobile browser , Java

Yahoo Mobile for iPhone--video

Yahoo Mobile for iPhone--video

When Yahoo released its Yahoo Mobile app for iPhone last week at CTIA 2009, it represented the first union of the services for the iPhone that Yahoo had, until now, been developing as separate applications. The unified result is a cohesive, rich-looking amalgamation of your social RSS and news stories--from Yahoo and other services as well, including Facebook and Gmail. It isn't a cure-all, but it's a worthy download for those looking for a one-stop Internet shop.

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Tags: iPhone

Make sure your antivirus software is legit

Make sure your antivirus software is legit

"How do you tell the rogue antivirus Web sites from the good sites?" asks one Download.com reader.

Its answer is poised to help many people outsmart the rogue antivirus spyware that is trying to outsmart them. CNET TV's Molly Wood shares our suggestions in this Quick Tip video.

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Tags: antivirus , security , Windows software , Quick Tip

HD video rentals now in iTunes

HD video rentals now in iTunes

iTunes 8.1.1 for Windows and Mac introduces HD video rentals to the iTunes Store, but almost more importantly also fixes some synchronization problems that the program had been having. Apple says that the improvements fix problems with VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader for the visually impaired, and lingering issues with syncing the iPhone and iPod Touch to iTunes.

Full changelogs can be read at the following links, for Windows and Mac.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , iPod Touch , iTunes , Windows software , update

Eye chart can help diagnose Conficker

Eye chart can help diagnose Conficker

UPDATED on Thursday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m.: The original link to the eye chart broke, but a new, working one has replaced it.

April Fools' Day passed with much angst over and little action from the Conficker worm, but that doesn't mean it's not a threat.

Joe Stewart from SecureWorks has put together an effective "eye chart" that sources its graphics from sites that Conficker would block. Click here to test the eye chart.... Read More »

Tags: virus , Windows software

Free calls and air traffic control: iPhone apps of the week

Free calls and air traffic control: iPhone apps of the week

Do you have an app that you wish was on the iPhone, but hasn't been developed or ported over yet? Certainly we all have our wish lists when it comes to apps, but one that I've been waiting for since the beginning is the chat and VoIP program, Skype (Mac or Windows). Fortunately, the folks over at Skype have finally put together a great app for iPhone, and if you've never used Skype, I'm here to tell you... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , Skype , Windows software , iphonappsweek

Student Pad needs more schoolin'

Student Pad needs more schoolin'

This alternative browser looks to be built on Internet Explorer, combining a robust notepad with diminished Web browsing. Freeware Student Pad splits the browser and notepad horizontally, so that the top half of window is for taking notes and the bottom half is for surfing the web. It sounds like an interesting project, but the execution of it as it is now shows that there's room for improvement. There's also no documentation on the browser's source, although it... Read More »

Tags: freeware , browser , Windows software , notes , notepad