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.

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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

Your most popular screensavers

Your most popular screensavers

Though computer monitor technology has long since passed the days when you truly needed to "save your screen," screensavers are still a lot of fun and a great way to personalize your desktop when you're away from the computer. This collection features screensavers that are most popular with our users.

Free Fire Screensaver sets your icons and windows ablaze. Watch as each item slowly catches fire and begins to smoke on your desktop. Crackling and popping sounds and a musical... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: 3D , free

TweakXPlorer skins Windows Explorer, but why?

TweakXPlorer skins Windows Explorer, but why?

If you're a demanding aesthete who insists on stamping your imprimatur all over your computer's interface, TweakXPlorer might be just what you've been looking for. If you're looking for a serious Explorer performance-enhancing drug, you're probably going to want to look elsewhere.

TweakXPlorer is a simple utility that lets you slap an image in Explorer's background, change font colors, and adjust background settings for the Explorer toolbar. Simple buttons with clean icons will help you navigate through the three main... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: images , Windows Explorer

Mac gamers: Great deal on Ambrosia games

Mac gamers: Great deal on Ambrosia games

Mac gamers: our friends over at Ambrosia Software just announced a great deal that will last until March 4. Three of the company's hit games--"DEFCON," "Darwinia," and "Uplink"--are all part of Ambrosia's Insurrection Collection; a package deal for just $19. To buy each of the games separately, you would spend $79, so this is definitely a deal worth looking into.

The Insurrection Collection is all part of the lead-up to the release of "Multiwinia" for Mac,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software