Ziibii: iPhone RSS with a twist

Ziibii: iPhone RSS with a twist

It isn't so much the technology behind Zumobi's free app Ziibii that refreshes RSS on the iPhone and iPod touch as it is its presentation. Ziibii, which means 'river' in Algonquin*, extends the metaphor to depict posts from your various RSS feeds as rafts floating along a stream of information.

Watching posts float by is fun concept--for a few minutes at least--and one that's heightened by the fact that stories, photos, and friends' status updates appear in random order as... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , Twitter , RSS

Featured Freeware: Click&Clean

Featured Freeware: Click&Clean

Firefox and Internet Explorer extension Click&Clean is aimed at those who prefer the history-sweeping CCleaner to Firefox's built-in browsing tracks sterilizer. Click&Clean takes the same number of mouse clicks or keyboard strokes to activate as the native cleaner, opening a CCleaner window preconfigured for cleaning Firefox. Obviously, you must download CCleaner for Click&Clean to work.

Click&Clean adds only a single button to your Firefox toolbar, so it won't clutter your browser window. Clicking it opened the CCleaner interface... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , Firefox , Internet Explorer , CCleaner , IE

MySpace app for BlackBerry a RIM record-breaker

MySpace app for BlackBerry a RIM record-breaker

Remember that little old BlackBerry app for MySpace that premiered last week? Apparently it struck a chord with users because RIM reported just after midnight on Friday (EST), that it hosted more downloads for the product's first week than it has for any other app.

While 400,000 downloads in one week for the BlackBerry-compatible MySpace software is a drop in the bucket compared to Firefox 3's 1 million downloads in 24 hours, it did beat out the initial release of... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Google drops Picasa's 'beta' (and pigs fly)

Google drops Picasa's 'beta' (and pigs fly)

Only two and a half months after announcing Picasa 3 beta, Google has done the uncharacteristic and on Thursday has issued Picasa 3.

Here's the clincher:Picasa 3 is the exact same desktop organizer and editor it has been under the beta flag. (This is a good wagon for the Gmail team to climb aboard--Google's e-mail service has been in beta since 2004 and its latest releases have been earthshaking themes and emoticons.)

Although Version 3 beta users won't see... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Digital Photography

Tags: Google , photography , photo , editor , Picasa

Iris mobile browser, just for kicks

Iris mobile browser, just for kicks

Here's a fairly new, fairly stealth specimen for all you mobile browser buffs. The Iris Browser is a beta-only offering produced by Torch Mobile, a start-up that presented at last week's Under the Radar conference.

While the beta for Windows Mobile phones 5+ is publicly available, consumers won't likely be able to download it themselves in its full incarnation. The company will convert beta testers' feedback into a more robust product to sell to manufacturers, who will brand the... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile , browser , mobile

Featured Freeware: InternetScrap

Featured Freeware: InternetScrap

This free IE add-on captures JPEG images of bookmarked sites in the event that the tagged site changes or disappears. InternetScrap introduces a toolbar to your Internet Explorer window that contains only two buttons--not a great use of space, but the feature is pretty neat.

The first button on the toolbar lets you manage bookmarked Web pages, which the plug-in calls "scraps." The settings menu lets you opt to scrap an entire Web page or just the visible area. A... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , image

First Look video: 'Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile'

First Look video: 'Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile'

What's better than jamming along to guitar rock on Guitar Hero Mobile? Smashing some drums and battling other players to climb the charts of mobile stardom on the latest in the mobile franchise, Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile (review).

The handheld version of Activision's Guitar Hero World Tour console game is making its way around the carriers; at the time of writing, it's already available on AT&T and Sprint (Verizon is expected on November 28.)

Before you subscribe or buy, check... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Featured Freeware: Laptop Alarm

Featured Freeware: Laptop Alarm

This simple program will sound an alarm through your laptop's speakers when certain activities occur, helping to thwart laptop theft. Laptop Alarm's four-check-box interface takes seconds to set. An option pop-up is as easily set to control mouse sensitivity and set a program password.

Operating Laptop Alarm is a snap. Users merely run the executable and set the alarm to sound if the laptop loses power the system is shut down or logged off, if the USB mouse is... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware

Tags: security

Bambuser versus Qik: Mobile broadcaster showdown

Bambuser versus Qik: Mobile broadcaster showdown

Updated on 11/20/08 to correct details about Qik's social uploads.

Last week I learned of mobile video-broadcasting application Bambuser. Since then, I've compared it side-by-side with its direct competitor, Qik. The similarities between the two are more than skin deep: both turn the cell phone's camera into a live recorder and stream the video online, both allow viewers to chat with the videographer by flashing the message on the screen, and both are currently in development mode. They also both let... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , BlackBerry , video , Windows Mobile , mobile , Symbian

Featured Freeware: Rohos Mini Drive

Featured Freeware: Rohos Mini Drive

USB drives are simple to carry, but easy to misplace, and that can be risky when it comes to sensitive information. Rohos Mini Drive is a freeware app that safeguards personal documents by creating a password-protected partition on your flash drive. The download actually installs two programs: one, Rohos Mini Drive, is the partition manager that self-installs as a portable app on the drive when you create the partition; the second, Rohos Disk Browser, is a portable file manager,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware , Encryption