Mac Software

Calibre: iTunes for e-books?

Calibre is a cross-platform, open-source library for your e-books that can also sync them to your e-book reader. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, it offers a massive range of individual book customizations, as well as format conversion and newspaper-style RSS feed grabbing, but lacks a slick interface that would go a long way toward convincing skeptics that it's a powerful tool.

The number of things that Calibre can do for your digital book collection is stunning.... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , comics

Bandwidth meter and a handheld arcade classic: iPhone apps of the week

The big news in the world of iPhone was Apple's sneak preview for the iPhone 3.0 software on Tuesday. Available this summer, iPhone 3.0 will bring many features people have asked for and some that will make things easier for developers of iPhone apps. The two major ones on my list were finally added: MMS (sending photos and other media) and the ability to cut, copy, and paste text. There are a ton of changes coming, so check out our coverage... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , 3G , Windows software , iPhone apps

More security patches for Thunderbird 2

Mozilla Messaging released four bug-fixing patches for Windows, Mac, and Linux editions of Thunderbird 2 last night.

Three of them are marked critical. Two of those deal with crashes caused by memory corruption, and the third plugs a memory leak in the PNG library. The fourth, noncritical fix secures a hole that allowed for XML data theft.

Full release notes are available here.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Thunderbird , Windows software

Firefox's mobile precursor gets extension support

In October, I took a look at Mozilla Fennec, the precursor to the mobile version of Firefox that is sure to make a huge splash in the mobile-browsing world, once it's released to the salivating crowds.

The graduation of Fennec from alpha to beta 1 means that Mozilla is a milestone closer to bringing its vision to the world. For now, however, Fennec remains in code mode, released as a mobile and desktop test version for developers, and for others... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , mobile , Windows software , Fennec

Bargain apps and zombies attack: iPhone apps of the week

It's happened to just about everyone who has bought an iPhone application at the iTunes Store: At some point the application you paid $7.99 for goes on sale for $1.99--sometimes it's even free the next day. I've had this happen to me many times, but only because it's part of the job to get applications when they're hot off the presses. Fortunately, as part of the job, I don't have to (personally) pay for the applications I review. Most people... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , iPod Touch , 3G

Songbird adds art, watch folders, MTP devices

Music and Web surfing mashup Songbird is out with an impressive number of features that were missing from the last major update. For Windows, Mac, and Linux, version 1.1.1 introduces album art downloading, MTP device support, watch folders, improved sorting, and numerous other performance enhancements and bug fixes.

This version continues to push the more iTunes-esque feel of the jukebox/browser, but that's a change users will just have to get used to. Grabbing context-menu album art worked quickly,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Firefox , iPod , music , Windows software , MP3 , jukebox , Songbird , player

Cloud computing and shoot-'em-up bliss: iPhone apps of the week

Last month there was a fair amount of buzz about how iPhone apps don't have much of a shelf life. According to a recent article at TechCrunch, the average free iPhone app is used for less than 30 days before it sits inactive on the desktop or is deleted by the user.

I guess I fit in with the average iPhone user to a certain extent. I have deleted apps that I thought were pretty cool in the beginning,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPhoneappsweek , Windows software , iPhone apps , Cloud , file sharing

Multiwinia released for Mac

Last week I wrote a post about a great deal from Ambrosia Software, which has now sadly lapsed. But the the silver lining to that cloud is that with the end of the sale comes the release of an all-new Mac game: Multiwinia!!

Multiwinia is a ferociously fun real-time strategy game with cool stylistic graphics and challenging gameplay. Those of you who have played Darwinia, also from Ambrosia, will recognize the scenery at once, but that's where the similarity... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , 3D , strategy

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

Skype announces voice-to-text messaging

VoIP provider Skype plans to announce Tuesday that it will be working with SpinVox to provide its users with voice-to-SMS messaging in four languages.

This adds another option to Skype's messaging notifications for both Windows and Mac, and it includes a free e-mail notification or a simple SMS notification when a contact leaves a message.

Converting the messages from voice to text won't be cheap, however. Users will pay 25 cents per message, not including the standard... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Skype , Windows software