IE 8's more secure, interestingly innovative: video

IE 8's more secure, interestingly innovative: video

Internet Explorer 8 takes some long-needed strides to bring it up to speed with its competitors. It's more secure, with tab sandboxing and more aggressive malicious site warnings, and introduces some slick new features like Accelerators and Web slices.

Even with better support for Web standards, it's far from perfect. Check out what's hot and what's not in this First Look video.

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Tags: First Look , Internet Explorer , Windows software , browsers

More security patches for Thunderbird 2

More security patches for Thunderbird 2

Mozilla Messaging released four bug-fixing patches for Windows, Mac, and Linux editions of Thunderbird 2 last night.

Three of them are marked critical. Two of those deal with crashes caused by memory corruption, and the third plugs a memory leak in the PNG library. The fourth, noncritical fix secures a hole that allowed for XML data theft.

Full release notes are available here.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Thunderbird , Windows software

Installing Internet Explorer 8

Installing Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 is now ready to download. We installed the final build of Microsoft's latest browser, and captured the (looong) download process and our first impressions of some of the featured highlights in pictures.

If that's not enough (it never is,) CNET's Ina Fried has the full story of Microsoft's launch of IE 8 at Redmond's MIX 09 conference, and some details about a version of the browser for Windows 7. Also stay tuned to Download.com for our... Read More »

Tags: Microsoft , Windows software

WorldMate Live now plotting on Google Maps

WorldMate Live now plotting on Google Maps

If you use WorldMate Live on your BlackBerry, (hint: the free version comes pre-installed on some models, like the Bold) you may notice something different. On Tuesday, WorldMate Live, a traveler's resource that helps track itineraries, directions, local time, currency conversions, and flight status, made a tiny tweak to the mapping portion of its application for BlackBerry phones: it added Google Maps. Google Maps is now one of four options for plotting points of interest from the traveler's itinerary to... Read More »

Tags: BlackBerry

Look through Microsoft's Telescope on the Web

Look through Microsoft's Telescope on the Web

Last year, Microsoft introduced its answer to Google Earth's Sky mode, Stellarium, and other celestial mapping programs with WorldWide Telescope, and it's now making it available via any browser that's been bolstered by Silverlight. The basic features of the downloadable program have been ported to the Web, though some of the higher-end renderings didn't make the cut.

As in the desktop version, users can whip around the galaxy using their mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in and... Read More »

Tags: freeware , Microsoft , Windows software

Firefox's mobile precursor gets extension support

Firefox's mobile precursor gets extension support

In October, I took a look at Mozilla Fennec, the precursor to the mobile version of Firefox that is sure to make a huge splash in the mobile-browsing world, once it's released to the salivating crowds.

The graduation of Fennec from alpha to beta 1 means that Mozilla is a milestone closer to bringing its vision to the world. For now, however, Fennec remains in code mode, released as a mobile and desktop test version for developers, and for others... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , mobile , Windows software , Fennec

Set it and forget it in Avira AntiVir 9

Set it and forget it in Avira AntiVir 9

Avira AntiVir 9 introduces several new features including one-click threat removal, full antispyware and antiadware protection, a new heuristics detection engine, and enhanced program security.

Combined with its highly rated virus-killing abilities, AntiVir is one of the strongest free security programs around. Check out what you can expect in this First Look video.

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Tags: freeware , antivirus , Windows software , antimalware , Avira , antispyware

Taxi Magic's new iPhone payment powers

Taxi Magic's new iPhone payment powers

Last week I wrote about Taxi Magic (download), an iPhone app that, along with RideCharge--its cousin for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones--lets you order a cab to your present location, and track it as it wends its way toward you. Version 1.1, released on Wednesday, gives Taxi Magic the one main feature missing from its BlackBerry and Windows Mobile counterparts: the ability to pay your cab fare with a tap of the iPhone.

This mobile payment option works by associating... Read More »

Tags: iPhone

Gwabbit Outlook add-on is pwetty wame

Gwabbit Outlook add-on is pwetty wame

Gwabbit (covered here and here) is one of those programs I sincerely want to like. The Microsoft Outlook add-on that can populate an Outlook contact field in a click has a catchy name invoking all manner of iconic "wabbit" images, and a concept applicable to the breadth of office employees. However, it also has a finicky algorithm, at least in my case. It required too much manual labor to finish populating an incomplete contact record, and a $20... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Avira builds better free security in AntiVir 9

Avira builds better free security in AntiVir 9

Avira AntiVir started making waves a few years ago, scoring high on well-respected third-party antivirus detection and removal tests. Released today exclusively on Download.com, AntiVir 9 doesn't appear to have changed much--but that's only because the interface sports the slightest of what's new.

A refreshed banner logo tops the list of UI changes, but it's the long-awaited features in the free version of AntiVir that should pique most users' interest. Anti-spyware detection and removal is now available for the free... Read More »

Tags: freeware , antivirus , Windows software , antimalware , Avira , antispyware