If you've played around with the previous beta versions of Internet Explorer 8, there's not much new in today's IE 8 Release Candidate 1. The feature improvements from IE 7 haven't changed: Web slices, InPrivate browsing, and Microsoft's new add-on system known as Accelerators remain the big-ticket items. Security enhancements include the SmartScreen Filter, which warns you in advance if other users have reported an URL as suspicious.
What has been improved in the RC is stability. Users who experienced... Read More »
Microsoft has been lagging in rolling out map-and-search software that matches the robustness of Google Maps and Vlingo, but with Windows Live Search 4.0 for Windows Mobile phones, the mobile search app is starting to exert itself.
We generally like what we see, including the new GPS workaround to locate you on a map, and some fancier tricks with the search field. There's also a new view mode for looking at landmarks. Preview them all in this First Look... Read More »
The application--sort of a FriendFeed meets Outlook add-on Xobni--is part RSS and social-network notifier and part organizer. Sign on to a handful of profiles and RSS feeds, and 8hands will suck in comments, messages, videos, news stories, and friend requests, plus prioritize your friends by who you contact most. It also spits out statistics of your social-networking activities, and... Read More »
One of the best new tools that Windows Vista came out with was a built-in partition manager. Last fall, one company began offering a freeware remedy for Windows XP users. Easeus Partition Manager brings a robust and diverse set of drive management tools to users of both operating systems, and is poised to compete with Partition Magic and other pay-for-play programs' most basic features.
Unlike the excellent, but CD-based, Gparted, Easeus Partition Manager can run from your current XP or... Read More »
I've been on the phone with several iPhone application developers this week and the common thread has been that all are excited about the success of the iPhone App Store. But one of the developers wanted to point out that one of his applications that's been around since the beginning, but hadn't seen much exposure yet. After checking it out, I decided to include it in this weeks post.
This week's applications include a free photo-driven social-networking application and a game... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
Forget the iTunes Remote. The newly released Air Mouse 1.5 ($5.99) makes a mean universal remote out of the iPhone and iPod Touch. With it, you'll be able to control almost any program on your Mac or Windows computer.
I was always a big fan of this app, which works with the help of a Windows and Mac servers to establish a local network between the computer and the iPhone. It then gives you two modes for controlling... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
At first they tried Google's Chrome browser out of curiosity. Now, the growing ranks of those who have switched to Chrome (or vacillate, like CNET's own Stephen Shankland) will be looking for browser support services and add-ons to complete the transition.
The latest version of the free, solid Internet privacy application CCleaner is one app to oblige. In late December, it added Chrome to its list of supported browsers, along with Internet Explorer, Mozilla/Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
CCleaner actually... Read More »
At the end of December, my colleague Seth Rosenblatt put together a thoughtful and in-depth Windows Starter Kit that collects the best-of-breed freeware applications for all categories. But what if your new Windows computer can be balanced on the palm of your hand and contains only a whiff of RAM?
Take, for instance, the tiny Acer AspireOne laptop that my mother purchased on little more than a whim and a phenomenal deal. Not for kitchen lookups of recipes or way... Read More »
Sure, you're all jazzed about Barack Obama and looking forward to a brighter 2009, but what about the catastrophes of 2008? I'm not talking about the financial meltdown, Sarah Palin, or The Love Guru, I'm talking about the worst downloads of the year.
Every three months, Tom Merritt (of CNET TV renown) and I collaborate on a lighthearted tribute to the software failures that stick out among the many excellent programs on Download.com worse than John McCain supporters at the... Read More »