Futzing with features: Firefox add-ons in 2008

Futzing with features: Firefox add-ons in 2008

As performance reasserts its prominence and features become less of the driving force behind browsers, I find myself looking at the list of inactive extensions in Firefox with jaundiced eyes. It's been months since I've added a new extension, but the ones I still have I use regularly, and several are actually new to me for this year.

Part of the problem with add-ons is that they're such a personal, subjective thing. What do you need? Why do you need... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , extensions , Windows software , add-ons , plug-ins

Mac Starter Kit

Mac Starter Kit

Now that your new Mac is set up and you have the Internet hooked up, how about some software? Out of the box, your Mac is loaded with cool apps to get you started on stuff like uploading and organizing your digital images, creating a music library, making your own movies, and surfing the Web. But it doesn't come with everything.

New Macs come with a ton of goodies already, but there are several cool apps Mac users count on every... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac

Starter Kit: Essential apps for your BlackBerry

Starter Kit: Essential apps for your BlackBerry

So you've got a new BlackBerry? The good news is it comes with great features right out of the box. The better news is that there are hundreds of fun and functional third-party applications to power up your fresh hardware. In our BlackBerry Starter Kit, we've rounded up a few of the most essential ones to get you started.

Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.

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Tags: apps , BlackBerry , software

Windows Starter Kit: Must-have PC apps

Windows Starter Kit: Must-have PC apps

You must have treated somebody well this year, because you've got a new computer to start 2009 off right. In this edition of the Download.com Windows Starter Kit, we've expanded our collection to include both the recommended free programs you've come to expect from us, and suitable alternatives if our choice doesn't make your grade.

This year's categories include Web browsers, e-mail clients, office and productivity tools, parenting, image editors, music jukeboxes, video jukeboxes and players, file compressors, chatware, torrent... Read More »

Tags: Chat , Windows software , jukebox , audio , utilities , Office , image editor , email

Best in iPhone entertainment 2008

Best in iPhone entertainment 2008

If you've read my iPhone Apps of the Week posts, you know that I mostly download games and entertainment applications. I also like to check out music apps, because I play a few instruments and am continually interested in what developers are able to come up with musically for the iPhone. Since my coworker, Jessica Dolcourt, wrote the iPhone Starter Kit based around must-have apps of the practical variety, I can really get down to business--the business of fun iPhone apps!

So, what makes a great game... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , apps , iPod Touch

iPhone Starter Kit: Practical apps to get you going

iPhone Starter Kit: Practical apps to get you going

The iTunes AppStore cracked open a whole universe of awesome native iPhone apps--and a few that were terrifically inane.

Here are our picks for the most useful, informative, social, and media-friendly of the bunch to get you started with your new iPhone or iPod Touch.

If you're craving more after loading up on these start-up essentials, be sure to check out our collection of the most entertaining iPhone apps of 2008 as well.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , apps , iPod Touch

Top 10 download videos of the year

Top 10 download videos of the year

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes here at CNET Download.com, and that includes the videos we editors create for the products we find most worthy--or the ones you keep coming back to time and again.

In that vein, we've stuffed this glorious playlist with the the top 10 software videos you watched on our site in 2008. Take a look--you may wind up with a new app you never knew you needed!

(Hint: Click the word "Playlist"... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , Firefox 3 , Paint.NET

Keep your PC secure in 2009

Keep your PC secure in 2009

Just because everybody is talking about "change" doesn't mean that your security problems will. With a new year comes new computers, and that means it's time to refresh the Download.com Security Starter Kit.

Viruses, spyware, rootkits, hackers--a fresh machine can be susceptible to the most insidious of plots. We've devised a list of essential and free security programs to protect the honor of your computer and ensure that your sanity will last longer than your resolutions.

We round up the... Read More »

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software

Christmas screensavers for a merry mood

Christmas screensavers for a merry mood

How do you know that the Christmas season is officially underway? People are more generous, the air is a little lighter, and that evergreen tree is decorated to the hilt with ornaments and lights.

Now, how about your Windows PC? Drop that tiny tinsel and put down that computer-top angel. This flashy collection of Christmas screensavers will put you and your rig into a happier holiday mood as you count down the days to yuletide.

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Tags: Windows software , download

Voice, video chat coming to Mac Messenger

Voice, video chat coming to Mac Messenger

In some great news from Mac Mojo, the Office for Mac team blog, it looks like Windows Live Messenger for Mac will receive a major update sometime early next year. The biggest new feature update will be AV support for the personal client, which means users will be able to participate in cross-platform audio and video chat using the personal version of Microsoft Messenger for Mac. They are also working on additional features for the personal Windows... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , video , Mac , Microsoft