Vringo 2.0: Crisper video-ringtone quality, UI

Vringo 2.0: Crisper video-ringtone quality, UI

Vringo's video-ringtone service has been on our radar for well over a year, and the company's fun and unusual product is just getting better and better. The release of Vringo Mobile Application 2.0, with its full-featured client for Java phones, makes up for the slight disappointment of the online video-ringtone-creation studio.

Vringo capitalizes on the fever of personalized media by letting you create a video ringtone that others see when you call them--so long as they're Vringo users,... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: video , Java

Fractal flair

Fractal flair

We all know what fractals are, even if we can't explain them very well (myself included). In simplest terms, fractals are geometric shapes that can be split into increasingly smaller, yet identical, fragments.

In 2002, Scott Draves created something called "fractal flares," which are a class of fractals that use nonlinear transformations and color in a way to create spectacular images. His work was put into a free, open-source fractal-flame called Apophysis.

I've been playing a bit with Apophysis this week, and be warned: once you get started,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements , Design

Tags: Windows software

How to cache Slacker stations on BlackBerry

How to cache Slacker stations on BlackBerry

Updated 5:40 p.m. PST with more information on storage capacity.

Caching radio stations to listen to later is, as far as I'm concerned, Slacker for BlackBerry's No. 1 feature.

While sound quality and speed are excellent as long as you're on a Wi-Fi connection, as soon as you stumble into 3G territory, quality takes a noticeable nosedive. It still sounds good, mind you, but buffering bumps and delays take their toll. Even worse is when you're cut off completely from... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , Internet Radio

Refreshed: Windows Live Search for Mobile

Refreshed: Windows Live Search for Mobile

On Tuesday, Microsoft released version 4.0 of Windows Live Search Mobile, its downloadable search and map app for Windows Mobile 5 and 6, which the company demoed last week at CES.

With this release, Microsoft is finally starting to catch up to other free clients doing mobile voice and text search on other platforms--Google Mobile App, Yahoo Go, and Vlingo among them.

Taking a page from Google's book, perhaps, the new Locate Me feature in Windows Live... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , search

Slacker Radio slides onto the iPhone

Slacker Radio slides onto the iPhone

Updated 1/14/08 at 12:16 a.m. with U.S.-only service details.

Leave it to Apple to make Slacker look like a...you know.

Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, streaming Internet radio company Slacker Radio released Slacker Radio for BlackBerry (download), and announced that an iPhone cousin was coming out as soon as Apple approved it.

Announced on Tuesday, Slacker Radio for the iPhone and iPod Touch is just as lip-smacking good as anticipated, and is primed to... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software , Audiomp3

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Internet Radio

iPhone apps of the week

iPhone apps of the week

I hope everyone had a great holiday! Coming back after the break has been a whirlwind for all of us at CNET. With the one-two punch of Macworld here in San Francisco and the simultaneous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we've been working around the clock to bring you the latest news and announcements from both trade shows.

I was lucky enough to walk the show floor at Macworld and although it wasn't as exciting as previous years, there... Read More »

Topics: Office Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , App Store

Photos: The software of CES 2009

Photos: The software of CES 2009

The characteristically frenetic Consumer Electronics Show may have slowed its pace in response to tech's economic dip, but there are still a few stunners claiming the spotlight at the Vegas show. And some of them aren't even gadgets.

Meet some of the software on the show floor.

... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Identity Finder's new free privacy application

Identity Finder's new free privacy application

Identity Finder released a free version of its Windows privacy application that's aimed at in-betweeners who worry enough about identity fraud to seek a privacy application, but not enough to trade vigilance for cash.

Of course, that's only one way to look at Identity Finder Free, introduced Thursday. Another is its role to attract spenders to a product family they may not otherwise be aware of or interested in. And why not? All's fair in business promotions during acute economic... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

Tags: security , privacy

FileMaker Pro 10 released

FileMaker Pro 10 released

Probably the most popular pro-level database maker for the Mac, FileMaker Pro has just released a major update to coincide with Macworld 2009. Offering a sleek new interface that's as nice to look at as it is intuitive, FileMaker Pro's new Status Toolbar puts commonly used features right where you need them. Even if you're not happy with the default layout of the new toolbar, you can easily customize the available icons to improve the work flow for specific... Read More »

Topics: Utilities And Drivers , Office Software , Mac Software

Tags: update

Googlepedia for Firefox brings Wikipedia to you

Googlepedia for Firefox brings Wikipedia to you

If you're one whose search results lead you to a Wikipedia page nine times out of ten, you would do well to install the Googlepedia extension for Firefox.

This free, terrifically easy add-on pulls the Wikipedia article most closely associated with your search term into the right half of a Google search results page. Modest controls let you expand, shrink, or hide the article.

Here's the best part: clicking a link within the article feeds the term back into... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Firefox , Google