First Look video: Yahoo OneConnect for iPhone

Instant-messaging fiends awaiting Yahoo's first IM solution for iPhone are getting more than they bargained for with Yahoo OneConnect (download and rate). Whether you love or hate the new social-networking and address book features, Yahoo OneConnect does offer some innovations in iPhone chatting. See our pros and cons in this First Look video or read our full Yahoo OneConnect review.

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Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , First Look , Chat , IM , Yahoo , instant messenger

Featured Freeware: Core FTP Lite

Core FTP Lite is a top-notch FTP client with a wide, uncluttered layout to keep things organized. Easy to use and lacking only the most advanced of features--like multisite connections--Core FTP is a must-have.

Major functions, such as Site Manager for maintaining connection information, Quick Reconnect, and mode switching, are given big buttons on the toolbar. When you're connected to a site, though, the file-management pane also replicates buttons for most of these functions so you don't have to mouse... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

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Featured Freeware: Maxthon

Maxthon and Maxthon Classic are Earth-2, alternate-reality versions of the Internet Explorer engine, topped with customization features that more closely resemble Firefox. Especially popular in China, it's one of the most popular browsers around. It renders pages fast and comes loaded with features--as if Firefox came with 90 percent of its most popular plug-ins.

The differences between the two versions are not readily apparent. Maxthon 2 features loads more customization ability, but sacrifices a bit of stability for... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , add-on , extension , plug-in

Featured Freeware: Craigslist Reader Pro

If you've ever hunted for a job, housing, furniture, or love on Craigslist.com, you'll appreciate the focus that Craigslist Reader Pro brings to your search. The desktop reader isn't pretty to look at, but it quickly lets you hone your search in Craigslist's key cities and categories, even displaying negative search terms and appropriate variables, such as images, price ranges, and--for housing--the allowance of pets.

For each search, Craigslist Reader Pro took a few seconds to load results into the... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

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Three Firefox extensions engage Google, Opera, and Microsoft

There's a bit of chatter about Google Chrome overtaking Firefox in coming months, after it fulfills more than a few wish lists (like this one). Yet, independent Firefox developers have a record for quickly countering features that crop up in rival browsers with a well-placed extension.

Take Fast Dial, for instance, one answer of many to Opera browser's speed dial feature, and another potential challenge to Chrome. Like Opera browser, Fast Dial displays thumbnail clips of your... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions

Tags: Firefox , extensions , Google Chrome

Featured Freeware: One Click App Killer

This tiny app quickly closes frozen programs, but clicking too fast or in the wrong spot could cause problems. One Click App Killer doesn't have a standard interface, as it simply turns your mouse pointer into a bull's-eye. Click anywhere on the frozen application's interface to quickly eliminate it from your screen and memory.

It is possible to click too fast and eliminate the wrong program, so proceed with a bit of caution. Also, clicking outside the frozen program's interface... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

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Stay synced with FolderShare

Undoubtedly one of the best apps to come out of Redmond, Windows Live's freeware FolderShare is a fantastic tool for keeping folders synchronized across multiple computers and multiple platforms. Although we're just getting around to the product review now, for people who don't know what the program can do I figured this would be a good time to highlight some of the more useful and interesting features.

Also important: FolderShare is still in beta, but sported none of the bugginess that... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , File Sharing

Tags: freeware , sync

First Look video: Google's new BlackBerry app

If you missed last week's news about Google's feature-honing update for its native BlackBerry app, here's your chance to see it in action.

As part of a few well-appointed changes, the new Google Mobile App for BlackBerry does away with its predecessor's penchant for hogging space on the home screen and has rearranged its resources to pack a greater wallop with search. Tune into the video to see what we mean.

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Topics: Chat And Email , Mobile Software

Tags: First Look , BlackBerry , Gmail , Google Maps

Featured Freeware: CinemaForge

This combination video-conversion and creation tool boasts good speed and a nice set of features. CinemaForge's polished interface is both handsome and rather simple to understand, the Tom Cruise of software if he weren't into Scientology.

As a video converter, the application supports all expected formats. You also can choose to accompany any video with audio files of your choice rather than the original sound. When you click the digital-camera icon next to the File Input box, you'll be able... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware

Tags: freeware , editing

Don't shoot Microsoft's new Messenger

If you're an avid Windows Live Messenger user, now's the time to convince your friends to make the switch to the new Windows Live Messenger beta. If they don't, you'll be wondering what the hubbub is about.

Unveiled on Wednesday, the new beta offers a bundle of fun, fresh features, the best of which can be taken advantage of only when you're chatting with another beta user. As a beta, there are a few known bugs, and probably more to... Read More »

Topics: Chat And Email , Windows Software

Tags: Chat , IM , instant messenger