Apple pushes out OS X 10.7.4 with new Safari in tow

Apple today released 10.7.4, the fourth minor update to Lion, and one that squashes a number of bugs and patches a security hole.

Among the fixes is one for Apple's FileVault data encryption technology, which cropped up in an earlier update. That issue kept user passwords in a log file that was stored in plain text if a user had upgraded from past versions of OS X.

Other notable changes include a new version of Safari (version 5.1.6), which... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Safari , updates , Mac OS X

WordPress 2.1 for Android kills bugs, adds Autosave

The newest version of WordPress for Android (download) has just dropped, and in addition to all the bug fixes and performance tweaks, it brings with it a few big features that should please longtime users.

With WordPress 2.1, users can now edit comments. Thanks to a new Edit button that brings up fields for changing name, e-mail, URL, comment text, and status, the process is just as easy as on the full WordPress site.

Next, the app is... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android , apps

Cocoon sheathes iOS browsing in privacy layer

Cocoon has expanded its privacy-enhancement browsing tools to iPhones and iPads today with a new iOS browser called GetCocoon. The Safari alternative, which like the iOS default browser is based on WebKit, creates a buffer around your browsing habits.

GetCocoon uses Cocoon's privacy tech from its desktop browser plug-in to anonymize your browsing. In GetCocoon, as with Cocoon's add-ons, your site requests are run through Cocoon's secure servers, stripped of your identifying details.

The browser supports desktop Cocoon features such as... Read More »

Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Mobile Software

Tags: iPhone , apps , iOS , iPad , browser

Socialcam for Android is a bust

While Socialcam appears to be one of the better video-sharing apps on iPhone, I certainly can't say the same about its sibling on the Android platform. See, after taking some time to review Socialcam for Android, I realized that the app is wrought with problems and in dire need of some attention from its developers.

The first problem I encountered was that Socialcam on Android only offers you the option to log in using Facebook, and much... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android , apps , video , Facebook , sharing , social

Freeware Friday: Finished with work? Let's blow some stuff up!

Ever fantasized about being Godzilla so you could go out and knock over some buildings? Maybe you wish you could blow up an army of tanks and alien invaders. Well, the Freeware Crew is here to make all these dreams come true.

This week's top free titles let you unleash havoc and destruction (in a legal and physically harmless fashion, of course) upon urban environments as a giant boxing 'Zilla, a super fighting robot, and as a gangster in a game... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Zombie Lane is FarmVille meets 'The Walking Dead'

I don't know about you, but I love games that let me build and maintain some type of empire. Whether it's a farm, island, city, resort, or even a simple restaurant, I take pleasure in starting an enterprise from scratch, growing it, unlocking items, and completing missions. But as much as I've enjoyed playing these types of games over the years, I've always felt there was one element missing: zombies. Until now, that is.

Meet Zombie Lane for Android (download),... Read More »

Topics: Mobile Software

Tags: Android , apps , games

Amazon Cloud Drive apps for Windows and Mac (hands-on)

Amazon announced today that its Cloud Drive storage apps (Windows | Mac) are available for download, so I went ahead and downloaded the apps on both my desktop machines to check them out. The service was already available at the Amazon Cloud Drive Web site, but with a dedicated app you get easy access for storing just about any type of file on the fly.

After a fairly easy setup (requiring my Amazon account log-in info), a cloud-shaped... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Utilities And Drivers , Mac Software , File Sharing

Tags: apps , Cloud , free , software , download , Amazon

New ZoneAlarm antivirus-firewall combo competes for free

ZoneAlarm is making an aggressive move to attract new people to its line of security programs with what may be a first: a free antivirus program pre-packaged with a free firewall.

Available exclusively from Download.com today, ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 2013 (download) could very well make big waves in the free security-suite space. It's the same free firewall that ZoneAlarm has produced for years, but with basic antivirus and anti-malware tools included. It's basically ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus+Firewall from last year,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

Tags: antivirus , anti-malware , free , firewall , ZoneAlarm

Lookout adds SD card monitoring

The free and paid versions of Lookout Mobile Security (download) have added two new features today that work together to protect you against malicious apps, especially those installed by side-loading or from third-party marketplaces.

While Lookout scans apps installed from Google Play by default, it now asks you if you want it to scan apps from other sources with Install Monitoring. This is for people who have changed their Android settings to allow non-marketplace apps on their phones. Side-loading is... Read More »

Topics: Security And Spyware , Mobile Software

Tags: malware

Firefox Aurora slightly tightens security

Following the release of Firefox 12 earlier this week, Mozilla's latest browser build for developers shows off some new security tweaks and implements some game-centric APIs.

Firefox 14 Aurora (download for Windows, for the Mac, and for Linux) also brings native full-screen support to Macs, and the location bar can finally autocomplete URLs.

The security tweaks involve some minor interface adjustments. The Site Identity Manager, which is the block of color on the left of the location bar, has... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Browsers And Extensions , Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Aurora