Mac Software

VoxOx offers points deal to CNET readers

Update: VoxOx has extended the deal from Thursday, April 9, at 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT. Also, $5 normally buys 500 VoxOx points, not 250 as previously stated.

Multiprotocol chat client VoxOx is offering a deal to CNET readers until 2:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9. If you buy $5 worth of VoxPoints, instead of the usual 500 points, CNET readers will get 1,500 points. This is triple the number of points VoxOx is offering readers who sign... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Chat , IM , Windows software , VoIP

HD video rentals now in iTunes

iTunes 8.1.1 for Windows and Mac introduces HD video rentals to the iTunes Store, but almost more importantly also fixes some synchronization problems that the program had been having. Apple says that the improvements fix problems with VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader for the visually impaired, and lingering issues with syncing the iPhone and iPod Touch to iTunes.

Full changelogs can be read at the following links, for Windows and Mac.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , iPod Touch , iTunes , Windows software , update

Free calls and air traffic control: iPhone apps of the week

Do you have an app that you wish was on the iPhone, but hasn't been developed or ported over yet? Certainly we all have our wish lists when it comes to apps, but one that I've been waiting for since the beginning is the chat and VoIP program, Skype (Mac or Windows). Fortunately, the folks over at Skype have finally put together a great app for iPhone, and if you've never used Skype, I'm here to tell you... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , Skype , Windows software , iphonappsweek

KidZui 4 looks the same, but has back-end changes

KidZui's closed-system browser for children upgrades to version 4, but fans of the program won't notice many changes initially. Available for Windows and Mac and as a Firefox extension, the update encompasses a range of changes, including optimization for Netbooks, client- and server-side caching, simplified animations, and a number of bug fixes. Most importantly, the program is supposed to run faster, although that was hard to judge from 10 minutes of use. It's not slower, though.

The... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

Postbox continues to fill out features

The open-source and cross-platform e-mail client Postbox rolls out another beta and has been quickly adding muscle to its abilities.

Based on Mozilla Thunderbird and currently available for Windows and Mac, Postbox beta 10--the third update since I checked out the program for in the beginning of February--introduces several small changes worth noting.

Since then, Postbox has seen Hotmail support, Flickr integration in the Compose window, and a host of bug-fixes including two Firefox security updates. In the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Thunderbird , Windows software , social networking , calendar , Lightning , tabs

Two security holes patched in Firefox 3.0.8

Correction and update:This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. with a corrected headline (the word "patched" was missing) and additional and winnowed information on the security holes.)

Mozilla published a critical security upgrade for Firefox Friday evening. Version 3.0.8 for Windows, Mac, and Linux fixes two security holes listed as "critical."

One patched an arbitrary code execution hole through an XUL element, and the other corrected an XSL stylesheet exploit. Both fixes patch crash-based security holes in... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , security , Windows software , patch

Conquer the world or conquer the universe: iPhone apps of the week

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) was in San Francisco's Moscone Center this week, and I got a chance to walk the show floor in search of new iPhone games and sample gaming technologies on the horizon for other platforms. As I walked the floor, I was lucky enough to be able to talk to a couple of iPhone game developers, including the guys from Subatomic Studios, developers of Field Runners ($2.99), as well as Phil Hassey who created Galcon,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod Touch , 3G , iphonappsweek , strategy

MacHeist 3 brings back the great software deals

For the past two years, several independent Mac software developers have teamed up to put together a bundle of award-winning Mac apps at a vastly reduced price--with 25 percent of the purchase price donated to the charity of your choice (chosen from a list). The whole thing takes place at a very well-designed site called and over the past two years, thousands of Mac users have snapped up the limited time offer--it's really a great deal! The fun... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Pirate Bay to offer cheap, unlogged VPN

Back in July 2008, torrent tracker The Pirate Bay announced plans to encrypt the Internet. That hasn't happened yet, but they plan to offer a VPN tunneling service to the public starting April 1.

Dubbing the service IPREDator after the controversial Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that takes effect the same day. IPRED's main goal is to make it easier for copyright holders to acquire the personal data of suspected illegal file sharers.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , VPN

Vuze update auto-converts video torrents

Continuing to stake out a different approach to torrents, the latest version of Vuze integrates an auto-conversion feature for both portable screens and your television. Available for Windows and Mac, Vuze 4.2 offers a device drag-and-drop feature that automatically converts a video torrent from its native format to an appropriate one for iTunes, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and then pushes it to your device.

Still in beta, the new Devices tab on the left nav will ask you... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , video , Windows software , torrent , BitTorrent , conversion