First Look video: Slacker for BlackBerry

First Look video: Slacker for BlackBerry

Slacker Radio started 2009 with a burst, releasing a mobile version of Slacker's streaming-Internet radio app for BlackBerry (story|download) that takes unique advantage of its hardware and storage capabilities to add some truly useful features.

Check out this First Look video to watch these features play out on the BlackBerry Bold.

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Tags: First Look , BlackBerry , Internet Radio

iPhone apps of the week

iPhone apps of the week

When I was at Macworld a couple of weeks ago, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I had my eyes peeled for upcoming iPhone apps. Certainly the new 17-inch MacBook and the updates to iWork and iLife were at the top of my priority list, but once I started walking around the show floor, my mind quickly turned to iPhone apps.

There were several on display, but one game at the Freeverse booth from developer Strange Flavour caught my... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , apps , iPhoneappsweek

First Look video: Windows 7 beta

First Look video: Windows 7 beta

The beta of Windows 7 shows off Microsoft's most innovative operating system in years. Everything from the look to the guts has been overhauled. A completely revamped taskbar changes the way you'll interact with your programs for the better, and nobody will be complaining about the faster boot time, the faster program launch time, and the improved resource management.

In this First Look video, I'll give you a quick overview of what Windows 7 beta can do and how to... Read More »

Tags: First Look , Microsoft , Windows software , Windows 7 , operating system

First Look video: Watch Vringo in action

First Look video: Watch Vringo in action

In case you missed our news yesterday about the release of Vringo 2.0 Mobile Application, we created a little video to show you the app in action.

Vringo's free video-ringtone service lets you customize what your other Vringo-registered friends see on their screens when you call.

Although it's only available right now for Sony Ericsson handsets, all you other Java- and Symbian-phone owners will want to pay attention, because version 2.0 is said to be headed your way by... Read More »

Tags: First Look , video , Java

Photogene fills void in iPhone feature set

Photogene fills void in iPhone feature set

The iPhone has many great features, but its camera quality isn't one of them. However, Photogene for the iPhone and iPod Touch is an application that can give photos a little sparkle.

Photogene is an image manipulation tool that lets users crop images, correct color distribution, sharpen, rotate, and mirror images, as well as add special effects. (To view more Photogene features, check out our slide show.)

Apple didn't include image-editing features in its iPhone photo viewer software,... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch

Save tag searches in Thunderbird

Save tag searches in Thunderbird

Many moons ago when Mozilla introduced Thunderbird 2 (Windows and Mac), one of the neat new features was that the neat new feature of tagging could be combined with the neat new feature of Outlook-style saved searches. However, there was no documentation on how to do this, and it got pushed aside for more important things.

In other words, I forgot about it.

As soon as I remembered, I was surprised to find very little documentation about it.... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Thunderbird , Windows software , search

Vringo 2.0: Crisper video-ringtone quality, UI

Vringo 2.0: Crisper video-ringtone quality, UI

Vringo's video-ringtone service has been on our radar for well over a year, and the company's fun and unusual product is just getting better and better. The release of Vringo Mobile Application 2.0, with its full-featured client for Java phones, makes up for the slight disappointment of the online video-ringtone-creation studio.

Vringo capitalizes on the fever of personalized media by letting you create a video ringtone that others see when you call them--so long as they're Vringo users,... Read More »

Tags: video , Java

Fractal flair

Fractal flair

We all know what fractals are, even if we can't explain them very well (myself included). In simplest terms, fractals are geometric shapes that can be split into increasingly smaller, yet identical, fragments.

In 2002, Scott Draves created something called "fractal flares," which are a class of fractals that use nonlinear transformations and color in a way to create spectacular images. His work was put into a free, open-source fractal-flame called Apophysis.

I've been playing a bit with Apophysis this week, and be warned: once you get started,... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

How to cache Slacker stations on BlackBerry

How to cache Slacker stations on BlackBerry

Updated 5:40 p.m. PST with more information on storage capacity.

Caching radio stations to listen to later is, as far as I'm concerned, Slacker for BlackBerry's No. 1 feature.

While sound quality and speed are excellent as long as you're on a Wi-Fi connection, as soon as you stumble into 3G territory, quality takes a noticeable nosedive. It still sounds good, mind you, but buffering bumps and delays take their toll. Even worse is when you're cut off completely from... Read More »

Tags: BlackBerry , Internet Radio

Refreshed: Windows Live Search for Mobile

Refreshed: Windows Live Search for Mobile

On Tuesday, Microsoft released version 4.0 of Windows Live Search Mobile, its downloadable search and map app for Windows Mobile 5 and 6, which the company demoed last week at CES.

With this release, Microsoft is finally starting to catch up to other free clients doing mobile voice and text search on other platforms--Google Mobile App, Yahoo Go, and Vlingo among them.

Taking a page from Google's book, perhaps, the new Locate Me feature in Windows Live... Read More »

Tags: Windows Mobile , search