First Look video: Quickpedia for Google Android

First Look video: Quickpedia for Google Android

Quickpedia isn't the only Wikipedia-scouring app for Google Android, but it's the best we've seen so far.

The free application makes it easy to search and browse Wikipedia for articles, throwing in a few tiny twists along the way to make navigating, reading, and learning interesting tidbits a breeze.

You can see it all unfold in this First Look video.

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Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android apps , Google Android , G1

Featured Freeware: SuperStorm

Featured Freeware: SuperStorm

Despite a cluttered interface, SuperStorm proved simple to use, letting you quickly and securely store data files in a password-protected form embedded within media files.

It may look confusing to some at first. Its interface is cluttered with buttons, a number of fields, and some amateurish graphics. The appearance is a bit deceptive, because what looks somewhat childishly designed actually works pretty well and is easy to use. Selecting a data file and a media file in which to embed... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware

Tags: freeware , Encryption

MySpace app for BlackBerry: Is RIM getting hip?

MySpace app for BlackBerry: Is RIM getting hip?

Article updated 11/13/08 at 11:15 am to include more details.

Two months ago, MySpace and Research In Motion announced a joint effort to create a rich native freeware app for MySpace on BlackBerry phones. On Thursday, RIM made MySpace for BlackBerry globally available. You can also download it from the BlackBerry browser when you point to www.blackberry.com/myspace.

Unsurprisingly, the functions and feel of this BlackBerry'd MySpace application have been modeled on RIM's Facebook app for BlackBerry, which has been... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: BlackBerry

Pixelmator: Image editing for the rest of us

Pixelmator: Image editing for the rest of us

Though Photoshop rules the roost when it comes to image-editing software, not everyone needs many of the more advanced functions Photoshop has to offer. Many casual digital camera users probably don't want to spend the money on higher-end software, either.

That's where Pixelmator comes in. With Pixelmator ($59) you get most of the tools, color-correction features, effects, and layer management options you would find in a program like Photoshop, but without the steep price tag. The recently released version 1.3... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Digital Photography , Design

Tags: photography , image , photo , editing

Bambuser takes on Qik's live mobile broadcasting

Bambuser takes on Qik's live mobile broadcasting

If Bambuser's mobile live broadcasting app sounds familiar, it's because it's trying to unseat Qik.

As one of the companies presenting at Wednesday's Under the Radar conference in Mountain View, CA, Bambuser is trying to convince investors and future partners to propel their business forward. Like Qik, Bambuser broadcasts the contents of your view finder from your mobile phone, which viewers can watch live online. Also like Qik, Bambuser viewers can chat with the filmmaker when the video is... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: video , mobile , streaming

DialPlus: Almost mobile caller ID on-the-fly

DialPlus: Almost mobile caller ID on-the-fly

DialPlus was one of more original start-ups presenting this morning at Under the Radar in Mountain View, Calif.

DialPlus is a native mobile app that pulls visual information from the Web before, during, or after a call to your Internet-ready mobile phone. When a friend calls you, for instance, you'll be able to see some social networking information. If you call a business, its Web site details should surface.

While it's not listed as a criterion, the app... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Windows Mobile

Featured Freeware: Titlebar Ticker

Featured Freeware: Titlebar Ticker

If you don't want to spend a lot of time checking your RSS newsreader for updated feeds, you can do it on the fly with this application, which places a headline ticker at the top of the currently active window in addition to offering the standard reader.

Titlebar Ticker places a relatively unobtrusive bar at the top of your active windows frame that clearly indicates when fresh content arrives. A neat mouseover feature opens a second tier with the news... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , RSS , Atom

Insider Secrets: Free up disk space on Vista

Insider Secrets: Free up disk space on Vista

If you're already starting to eye those pre-Black Friday deals on hard drives and you're running Windows Vista, you might want to step away from that credit card for just a moment. CNET TV Editor Brian Tong has some excellent hints on how to clear out clutter from your hard drive.

In the video, he recommends TreeSize for quickly analyzing the contents of your drive and subfolders. It's a good program, but if you're looking for something with a bit... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: Windows , Vista

CNET TV: Sneak a peek at Windows 7

CNET TV: Sneak a peek at Windows 7

Take a first look at Windows 7. Building on Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system isn't due until some time in 2009, most likely around the holidays.

However, this alpha build that we've gotten our hands on is surprisingly stable for what it is. CNET Editor Rob Vamosi shows you what Windows 7 can do, what it can't, and talks briefly about whether it's worth waiting to upgrade from XP.

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Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Microsoft , Windows 7 , operating system

Opera Mini 4.2 beta is a mini update

Opera Mini 4.2 beta is a mini update

With so much energy and progress in the mobile browser space these past two months (see here and here), you would expect the makers of the venerable Opera Mini browser to release an update that makes real progress on its free browser for Java phones.

Instead, on Tuesday, Norway-based Opera Software pushed a mini update (download) that tacks on one syncing function, an assortment of skins worthy of Apple's iPod bonanza, and a wobbly kluge for introducing video... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: Opera , mobile browser , Mini , Java