Featured Freeware: StumbleUpon

Featured Freeware: StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon wears a lot of hats: random Web site surfer, social networker, social bookmarker, site reviewer. It's a powerful little add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer.

One click is all it takes to get going with this toolbar, which encourages random discovery on the Internet based on your interests. The "Stumble!" logo whips you around the Net, but at the your pace, based on categories you choose during installation. Hundreds of topics are available and can be... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: freeware

iPhone app promo codes trickle out

iPhone app promo codes trickle out

On Tuesday, the first promotional codes that will make iPhone apps free to some users began trickling out of the App Store.

Apple is finally bequeathing apps developers with a way to let some media testers review an app at no expense and reward or attract a few lucky users. (The first invite has already floated into my in-box.)

This is Apple, so there are limits. Fifty promotional codes per product, to be exact.

Also, as wonderful as it is... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: App Store , iPhone apps

Featured Freeware: Advanced System Protector Personal

Featured Freeware: Advanced System Protector Personal

This spyware remover looks good and offers security fundamentals, but its efficacy is hard to judge on a clean or already-secure system. Advanced System Protector aims to rid your machine of spyware and malicious software, and it's generally a pretty thing to watch. The interface has a classy bar of tabs across the top, although the central pane feels a bit cluttered by deviating from the design scheme with a big, green Start Scan Now button.

Below that, there... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Security And Spyware

Tags: freeware , security , malware , spyware

Music and browsing take flight in Songbird

Music and browsing take flight in Songbird

Music and browsing mashup Songbird has kicked the remnants of its shell to the curb. With the release of version 1.0.0 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the program's main emphasis as a music browser couldn't be more clear.

If you looked at some of the earlier beta versions, Songbird's interface borrowed heavily from Firefox. More recent versions took their cue from iTunes, with Web browsing occurring in a second tab. Although toggling between your music library and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software , Audiomp3

Tags: freeware , Firefox , iPod , music , MP3 , jukebox , Songbird , player

Zagat on iPhone: 'A disappointment' die-hards will still 'love'

Zagat on iPhone: 'A disappointment' die-hards will still 'love'

Despite being a fan of Zagat's restaurant surveys, I've never been overly impressed with the mobile applications for Windows Mobile Smartphone and PocketPC, BlackBerry, and Palm.

Regrettably, Zagat To Go '09 for the iPhone and iPod Touch ($9.99 per year) isn't markedly different.

The components to a great mobile app are all there--venerable content, click-to-call, a Web site link, OpenTable reservations for some restaurants, and search and sorting filters--but the whole is somehow less than the... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Featured Freeware: FileMenu Tools

Featured Freeware: FileMenu Tools

Nothing less than a boon for users looking to manage their file menus, freeware utility FileMenu Tools focuses on function with a simple interface. Most users should have no problem quickly learning to use FileMenu Tools to bend Windows to their will, but a detailed Help file is available for novices.

Operating FileMenu Tools merely means manipulating select pull-downs and function icons. Users choose a menu and use the Actions function list to add commands, submenus, or separators. Deleting and... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware , Windows Explorer

FARR goes the distance

FARR goes the distance

Find and Run Robot keeps your hands right where you want them, if you're a keyboard addict. This launcher seems to have been designed for people who want to keep their digits pounding the plastic, so every step of the program has been keyed for those with quick fingers.

Hit the Pause/Break key to bring up the launching window, and as you type FARR narrows down your choices. Search results are numbered and automatically sorted using built-in scoring systems unique... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware , search , utility , desktop

Featured Freeware: Portable FeedReader

Featured Freeware: Portable FeedReader

The world is full of feed readers. Portable FeedReader's claim to fame is its portability, obviously, but there's more to like than just being able to cram it on your USB drive with room to spare.

The program offers a standard RSS feed-reading interface with three vertical panes. One lists the feeds, the second shows the titles of the selected feeds stories, and the third serves as a viewer. Although the panes' width can be changed by clicking and dragging,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Browsers And Extensions

Tags: freeware , RSS , Atom

Featured Freeware: WinFlog

Featured Freeware: WinFlog

This handy pair of executables adds muscle to the monitor's power-off function. WinFlog's small multitabbed interface offers four easily invoked functions. WinFlogTurnOff's executable needs no interface as the application simply and immediately turns off the monitor.

Operating WinFlog is very easy, especially for XP users. The program's primary tab lists two options to add a Turn Off Monitor option to the My Computer Icon right-click menu and to the desktop right-click menu. The functions are just as easily removed from... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Desktop Enhancements

Tags: freeware

Featured Freeware: SmartClose

Featured Freeware: SmartClose

It's deceptively simple, but this application quickly and cleanly closes all programs, and just as easily restores them. SmartClose's five-icon interface smartly uses tooltips to quickly and adequately explain program operation. Intermediate to advanced users should be able to install and use the program with no further instruction.

SmartClose's primary function leads the user through a wizard to close all programs except for critical Windows functions. Listed options are well-explained as the program advances. Before closing anything, the application takes... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Featured Freeware , Utilities And Drivers

Tags: freeware