The are good programs and bad programs, and then there are the horror shows. Every three months or so, we take a playful look at some of the least impressive software programs to come down the pike.
From Canadian Rock Radio to telepathic communication with aliens, there's a lot not to like about this oddball crew. Just in time for Halloween, CNET TV's Tom Merritt counts down the five scariest downloads of fall 2008.... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
In tough economic times like these, good freeware becomes worth its weight in gold. Professionals who squeeze every feature out of their top-shelf software will likely appreciate the investment, but those of us with more modest goals can still do just about anything for free.
Updated on 10/21/08 with more detail.
Starting Friday, Americans won't be the only ones able to test drive the newly opened beta for Skyfire's mobile browser.
Now Canadians can, too, after one or two tweaks to Skyfire's registration process gives northern numbers the green light.
While Canada may be the first country outside of the U.S. with a chance to download the mobile browsing alternative, it won't be the only one for long--Skyfire won't announce particulars, but did say that it expects to... Read More »
A few days ago we featured gMote, an excellent utility for creating mouse gestures. Some people aren't into them, and would prefer to keep their hands on their keyboards as much as possible. Heck, I'm one of them. HotKeyz does for those essential multikey combinations what gMote does for mouse gestures: it's a powerful utility that makes it easy to create and manage hot keys that open programs, shut down your computer, and control media applications.
HotKeyz's intuitive interface... Read More »
You thought you had the browser face-off signed and sealed until Google introduced its fleet-footed Chrome browser. Has it been enough to change the game?
With help from CNET Download.com's Seth Rosenblatt and Webware.com's Josh Lowensohn, CNET's Brian Tong takes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome through a rigorous four-round contest--to determine which contender makes all-around champ.
Sorry, Opera, looks like you're sitting this one out.... Read More »
Topics: Browsers And Extensions
This low-cost graphics app makes creating Web buttons, banners, and stylized text easy. With tons of premade templates and samples to get you started, Art Text lets you spend your time fine-tuning your work instead of starting from scratch. When you're done, you can export your work in several formats, letting you put the final touches on your design in your favorite graphics or image-editing program.
Still not convinced? Then check out this First Look video of Art Text for Mac... Read More »
Given that TuneWiki was one of the 10 top winners in Google's Android Challenge, it's no surprise we're taken by its originality and ambition.
The free music application for Google Android not only plays your media, but it also helps build your library with songs and YouTube music videos. An additional search for streaming lyrics attempts to get you singing the right words at the right time.
TuneWiki doesn't ace everything it sets out to do, but if you're willing to give... Read More »
Looking for a simple-to-use, quick-performing RSS feed reader? This pared-down freebie may fit the bill.
RiverGate RSS Reader isn't fancy and lacks extras that, admittedly, some of its free competitors offer. So why bother with it? For one, using it is as smooth and zippy as other readers can be sluggish. It offers the basics in the familiar three-pane e-mail client interface that so many feed readers rely on. It comes preloaded with a variety of security-related feeds, plus one... Read More »
We last took a look at the iTunes plug-in The Filter way back in 2006, so it's high time to see what this alternative to the Genius playlist is up to. Of course, when it first came out there was no Genius playlist, nor a Mac version--now that there's both, does it hold up?
Certainly the most obvious benefit is that although you do need to register to use the playlist, you don't need to hand over your... Read More »
If desktop eye candy never gets too sweet for your tastes, you may already know about CursorFX.
The free cursor-enhancing tool that used to be known as CursorXP keeps polishing its cursor choices and effects to bring interest to your screen. CNET Executive Editor Molly Wood talks you through CursorFX in this Quick Tip video.
P.S. It also glorifies plain pointers for Windows XP.... Read More »