System

Windows 8 vs. OS X Mountain Lion: The debate begins

The Mountain Lion Developer Preview came out just a couple of weeks ago, and today's announcement for Windows 8 Consumer Preview now puts both of the major next-generation operating systems on display for all to see. CNET editors Seth Rosenblatt and Jason Parker went through and answered some key questions at this very early stage of the game. While neither operating system is close to finished, we put up some of the known features and examined reasons people might be... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Windows , Microsoft , Windows software , system

Mountain Lion features you might have missed

The Mountain Lion Developer Preview was released last week and Apple was particularly excited to show off 10 of the bigger new features in OS X. Check out our First Take of the Mountain Lion Developer Preview here. But what else is under the hood in Apple's latest OS?

Poking around in Mountain Lion, I came across a lot of smaller changes to the UI and some feature fixes that users of earlier Mac operating systems will appreciate.

UI and System... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , iOS , Mac , sharing , desktop , system

JetBoost and JetClean clear for takeoff

BlueSprig, one of the newer PC utility developers on the block, is today pushing out full versions of its JetBoost and JetClean apps, both of which launched in beta earlier this year.

Tipping the scales at around 3MB each, JetBoost and JetClean are meant to be lightweight, easy-to-use utilities that can speed up and clean out your computer with minimal input.

At a click, JetBoost scans your PC and selectively halts active processes and services in order to boost your... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , Windows software , utilities , utility , system , registry , optimize

Gaze at the stars and play the arcade classics: iPhone apps of the week

In a CNET News story yesterday, our very own Josh Lowensohn explored Apple's recent patent application for an interesting touch-screen concept. The patent details separate smaller displays outside of the regular iPhone touch screen. According to the patent filing, these separate displays could be used in tandem with the main iPhone touch screen or used by developers to show added information in apps and games. Josh is careful to point out that patent applications don't necessarily mean a company... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , iPad , Windows software , arcade , system , classic

First Look Video: Mac OS X Lion

We got our hands on a prerelease version of Apple's latest big cat, Mac OS X Lion, and we're definitely excited about what we've seen so far. The new Mac OS isn't slated for release until this summer, but the early prerelease shows off many of the latest bells and whistles that Apple hopes will help you be more efficient on your Mac.

Several of the new features make navigating your system and software easier. The new Launchpad, accessed from an... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , video , system

Downloads Exclusive: 50 percent off Glary Utilities Pro

Hello, I'm Peggy Yu, senior manager of business development at Download.com. Just like promotions posted in this space by Catherine Hwang, I'm here today to help bring Download.com users the best software deals available. Today we have a particularly good deal for popular maintenance suite Glary Utilities Pro. For the next 24 hours, we have an exclusive offer of 50 percent off Glary Utilities Pro.

Why would you want Glary Utilities Pro? Glary Utilities Pro offers a simple, but... Read More &raquo

Tags: spyware , Windows software , utilities , system , optimize

Hands-on with iOS 4

Apple's iOS 4 was released today ahead of the launch of the iPhone 4, which becomes available June 24. iPhone users can update to the latest OS via iTunes, but some features will not be available for the iPhone 3G and the update is not available at all for the original iPhone. iOS 4 will not be available on the iPad until this fall.

Apple says there are more than 100 new features in iOS 4, but the most notable tweaks... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , iPod , Touch , 3G , Windows software , update , system

Angry birds and a tour of our solar system: iPhone apps of the week

Did you know you could get a refund for your purchase of an iPhone app? I didn't until I watched a new CNET TV How-to with Brian Tong. In the video, Brian details the process for getting a refund on an app he wanted to buy for the iPad, but chose the iPhone version by mistake. It's a bit complicated to explain the process here, so you'll want to check out the video linked above to get a detailed... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , iPad , Windows software , 3D , system

VMware Fusion hits version 3.0

Want to run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X on your Intel Mac? VMware Fusion just released a major update putting the software at version 3.0 and there's a lot of fixes and changes that make it worthy of checking out.

Those who have used VMware Fusion in the past know that it has had its share of hiccups with earlier versions, but most seem to have been ironed out in the latest release. Along with fixes, version 3.0 includes... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Windows 7 , system

Review: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Finally, the wait for the next iteration of Apple's flagship operating system is over. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will officially become available for wide release August 28. Apple has refined just about everything in the latest OS, from new and useful interface enhancements to core technologies that make your Mac run more smoothly.

We got a chance to explore everything Snow Leopard has to offer and we think there's plenty for Mac fans to be excited about. For the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Safari , Leopard , system , Mac OS X