iPhone apps of the week

Last week I asked readers if they had the same iPhone app update problem I have, and it's good to hear I'm not the only one. I found one method in the comments that seems to work, but it forces you to make a tough decision. Of course, you should only try this if all other update attempts through the usual methods have been unsuccessful.

To get rid of a stubborn program's update notification, you need to delete the app from... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPhone apps , strategy

Firefox for Mobile: What you need to know

Updated on 10/19/08 to clarify the role of the search bar.

How would you like to be among the first to get touchy-feely with the next mobile browser everyone's talking about? Mozilla's release of the Firefox for Mobile alpha code, codenamed Fennec, grants that wish to users of the Nokia N810 and N800 Internet tablet (installation details here).

For the rest of us, the anxiety-filled wait continues.

Even though most of us can't play with Firefox Mobile firsthand, here's what we... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Firefox , Windows Mobile , browser , Fennec

Insider Secrets: Secure your e-mail

In this how-to video from CNET TV Editor Tom Merritt, you'll learn about the importance of PGP, why you don't have to pay for it, and how to go about setting it up. He also uses the must-have Mozilla Thunderbird extension Enigmail to get you there. You can download Thunderbird for Windows and Mac, although Tom demonstrates on a Mac.

You know I'm using it. Well, you probably don't know I'm using it, since by using it my... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software , Security And Spyware , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Thunderbird , Encryption

Featured Freeware: Stanza

Stanza is a free application that lets you read electronic books on your iPhone. It's an excellent value, albeit with a no-frills approach that stops short of handling DRM-protected content and docs with heavy formatting or images.

Stanza provides a comfortable, customizable reading experience. You can quickly change text size via a slider in the settings, or using pinch and reverse pinch, adjust line and margin spacing, and choose from many different fonts. You can even pick your own text... Read More »

Topics: Featured Freeware , Office Software , Mobile Software

Tags: freeware , iPhone

Face-off: All-in-one mobile messengers

Article updated 10/17/08 at 8:45 am PT to include more services.

Like most of you, I prefer to instant message with friends on all my networks for free. However, in a time when the instant-messaging applications preloaded on mobile phones are more about dividing and conquering than coming together, three IM-only add-on programs make a strong case for shelling out a few dollars. Stick around to read up on totally free chatting with two apps primarily targeted to VoIP users--Fring... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , Windows Mobile , Chat , IM , instant messenger , Palm

Pageonce productivity app coming to BlackBerry

Updated 10/20/08 with a product download link.

I just demoed the prerelease version of Pageonce for BlackBerry, an app that will help track your personal finance and other online accounts.

For those of you unfamiliar with the product of which I speak, Pageonce (covered here and here) is a one stop shop for accessing all your online accounts from your mobile phone (as of today that's just the iPhone).

You sign up for an account online and begin filing the details... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry , productivity

Featured Freeware: SlimBrowser

If you're in the market for a remix of Internet Explorer--perhaps you need it to work on an internal office network--an interesting alternative is SlimBrowser, whose name belies its feature set. SlimBrowser's tabbed interface allows you to look at multiple Web sites all at once. It looks and feels more or less like its more popular competitors, so the learning curve isn't as steep as you might think.

The basics are all present and accounted for: effective pop-up blocker,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , Internet Explorer

New Gadu-Gadu chat beta gets VoIP

Popular Polish chat client Gadu-Gadu announced on Wednesday a new beta version of its instant messenger. The beta version boasts the same VoIP protocol that hosts Yahoo and AOL's free voice chats over the Internet. While Windows Live Messenger and Skype have also long enjoyed Internet telephony integrated with chat, these VoIP services will be a welcome addition for Gadu-Gadu's 6 million users.

This latest beta release also adds new skins, including two throwbacks to Gadu-Gadu's classic messenger, and... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: Chat , IM , instant messenger

Featured Freeware: System Explorer

This robust freeware displays system activity with more detail than many expensive programs. System Explorer's tight multitabbed interface logically arranges and displays more information than most experienced users would need. The program could use a Help manual, but at least there's expert user knowledge online.

Operating System Explorer is primarily a point-and-click affair. The application loads all the information it collects when you start it. Fourteen tabs logically spread the information into manageable portions. With a click, users can monitor... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware

New Firefox beta even faster than FF3

Mozilla fans can now play with the anticipated speedier JavaScript engine in the first beta for Firefox 3.1, as well as explore improvements to the Smart Location Bar and a slick interface for hotkey tab switching. Now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users, the new JavaScript engine, called TraceMonkey, is not turned on by default.

To activate it, type "about:config" into the Smart Bar, then type "javascript.options.jit.content" into the filter. Double-click on the preference listed to change... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Firefox , beta