Amazon's Silk browser: Now EFF approved. Really!

The Silk browser was only one of many revelations at Amazon's Kindle event last month, but it was a doozy. Expected to ship initially only on the Kindle Fire in November, Silk promises to learn how you browse and to predict where you're going to surf to next.

That kind of stickiness with your personal data left many security experts and some lawmakers uncomfortable. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation now says it believes Amazon will provide... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Privacy , Amazon

Music wars: Google vs. Amazon vs. Apple

Apple has finally entered the music-in-the-cloud arena with the introduction of iTunes on iCloud, making it a competitor to Google's Music Beta and's Cloud Player. Here, we compare all three services. We'll update and amend the chart below as we get more information.

table.geekbox th{background-color:#E6ECEF;text-align:left;font-weight:bold;} table.geekbox tr.even{background-color:#CCCCCC;} .ratingGood{color:#093;} .ratingAverage{color:#666;} .ratingBad{color:#C00;} Music Beta by Google Amazon Cloud Player iTunes on iCloud Storage capacity 20,000 songs. All songs need to be uploaded to Google's servers. Unlimited for Amazon purchases. For songs that weren't bought from Amazon,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Amazon

Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player (review)

There's been a lot of talk about storing our media in "the cloud" over the past few years, but not a lot of action.

We've seen start-ups such as mSpot and MP3tunes tackle the music locker idea while options like SugarSync and Dropbox lure users looking for more general file backup solutions. Still, no one yet has been able to push a cloud storage service into the mainstream. With Cloud Drive, is hoping to change that.

The... Read More &raquo

Tags: MP3 , Cloud , Amazon

Black Friday shopping: iPhone apps of the week

This week's post is a special edition of the iPhone apps of the week. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and though I can't help you beat the lines or navigate through the crowds, I've rounded up a couple of apps that might make your holiday shopping a bit easier. These apps are made for price-checking on the go, so you can make sure you're getting the lowest price for the item in front of you.

Amazon... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , shopping , Amazon

Get more control over S3 through CloudBerry

For users of Amazon's S3 service, freeware CloudBerry Explorer is a utility that connects you with your account and makes managing the files you've stored online as easy as dragging and dropping.

The interface is set up in FTP-style, with a split screen allowing file navigation on your computer and in your S3 account. Modeled as breadcrumbs and not absolute file locations, users can quickly jump between sub-folders and their parent directories. A pane on the bottom shows the file... Read More &raquo

Tags: freeware , Windows software , Amazon

First Look video: Kindle for iPhone

If you don't feel like spending more than $300 on the Kindle 2, Amazon's free Kindle ebook application for the iPhone and iPod Touch may be a much more affordable, if imperfect, solution.

We compared the Kindle 2 and the Kindle application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, and came to the conclusion that the Kindle iPhone application is great for reading short passages, but the Kindle 2 is better for longer reading.

Also, you can't get subscriptions on the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , Amazon

Featured Freeware: PicLens

Cross-platform, cross-browser, and proud of it, browser plug-in PicLens is to Web surfing as an IMAX screen is to a 13-inch laptop monitor. In theory, it takes the images it finds on a Web site, expands them to super-extra-large size, and then lets you surf through them in a classy scaling interface that we think we last saw in Iron Man. Or maybe it was The Dark Knight.

Installing it places a button on the Toolbar. When you're on... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , add-on , extension , plug-in , Windows software , YouTube , Amazon

PicLens adds YouTube, Amazon

The fun browser add-on PicLens has incorporated YouTube and into the short but hopefully soon-to-grow list of supported Web sites. Compatible with Firefox on Windows and Mac, Internet Explorer, and Safari, PicLens recreates your surfing experience with a futuristic graphical display.

As Rafe talked about in February, PicLens highlights the image content of a site and allows you to whip back and forth using mouse gestures instead of conventional static browsing. If you're familiar... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Internet Explorer , plug-in , Windows software , Safari , YouTube , Amazon