First Look video: Slacker Radio for iPhone

First Look video: Slacker Radio for iPhone

Slacker Radio for iPhone 1.0 (and iPod Touch) may be late to the party of streaming-music apps for the iPhone, but that's no reason to overlook it.

The excellent, free app offers up a sleek, dark display and a lot of visual goodness, from large album art to visual icons for your favorite and custom stations.

Sure, we've got a few complaints, too, but if you're deciding whether to add another music app into the mix, this First Look... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , streaming , Internet Radio

Windows desktop bling

Windows desktop bling

If you're glued to your computer, you should make it as inspiring as you can.

That was our goal back in September 2006 when we first put together a collection of top desktop enhancement apps.

Since then, Microsoft's spiced-up graphics have added a charm to Vista that XP out-and-out lacked, but is the blue look you, or can you still do better? We've picked out the best free and free-to-try downloads to give you a brightly colored taskbar, animated wallpaper,... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , search , Vista , desktop , XP

Worth the wait for IE 8 Release Candidate 1?

Worth the wait for IE 8 Release Candidate 1?

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 »

Tags: Internet Explorer , Windows software , browsers , release candidate

First Look video: Windows Live Search

First Look video: Windows Live Search

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 »

Tags: Windows Mobile , search

8hands social-network manager enters public beta

8hands social-network manager enters public beta

Over the weekend, 8hands announced the public beta release of its social networking aggregator for Windows (download).

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 »

Tags: Windows software , social networking

Partition like a pro, but for free

Partition like a pro, but for free

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 »

Tags: Windows software

iPhone apps of the week

iPhone apps of the week

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

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch

Insider Secrets: Dual boot Windows 7 beta

Insider Secrets: Dual boot Windows 7 beta

Inspired by CNET's Quick Tips and First Looks on Windows 7 beta, but not sure how to install it correctly? Never fear!

This video guide will help you create a dual-boot configuration, so you can run the preview of Microsoft's latest OS without destroying your older operating system.

... Read More »

Tags: beta , Windows software , Windows 7 , Insider Secrets , operating system

iPhone's Air Mouse 1.5: A universal PC, Mac remote

iPhone's Air Mouse 1.5: A universal PC, Mac remote

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

Tags: iPhone , Mac , iPod Touch , Windows software , Vista , XP

Tip: CCleaner sweeps up after Google Chrome

Tip: CCleaner sweeps up after Google Chrome

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 »

Tags: Google Chrome , CCleaner