Mac Software

Race Jet Skis and play a unique word game: iPhone apps of the week

Every week, I try to pick a game and some other useful utility for my iPhone apps post, but this week I can't help but write about two games. What can I say? They keep coming out with great games! The two games are from completely different genres so if you like games at all, I'm guessing at least one of them will find their way onto your iPhone.

This week's apps include a well-designed Jet Ski racing game and a... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , iPod Touch , 3G , iPhone apps

Second Thunderbird 3 beta holds off on Lightning

Mozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 3 beta 2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Thursday.

This test version includes numerous back-end improvements that users will probably notice only as performance enhancements, but there are two new major features worth noting.

There's a new activity manager that records all interactions between your e-mail provider and Thunderbird, making it far simpler to track down errors when you send or receive mail. There's also an entirely new system for archiving messages based on... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mozilla , beta , Thunderbird , Windows software

Mac gamers: Great deal on Ambrosia games

Mac gamers: our friends over at Ambrosia Software just announced a great deal that will last until March 4. Three of the company's hit games--"DEFCON," "Darwinia," and "Uplink"--are all part of Ambrosia's Insurrection Collection; a package deal for just $19. To buy each of the games separately, you would spend $79, so this is definitely a deal worth looking into.

The Insurrection Collection is all part of the lead-up to the release of "Multiwinia" for Mac,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

What CL Desktop has on Craigslist (and what it doesn't)

If you checked into Oscar night this year, you may have caught host Hugh Jackman's brief but hilarious quip about finding the backup dancers for his opening number on Craigslist--dubbed 'Craigslist Dancers' in his ditty. Though Jackman's dance troupe was likely anything but discount, the utility of Craigslist listings is, for many, no ruse. And the more important a service is, the more developers will create companion services to enhance the basics (take Twitter, to wit).

CL Desktop... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

First Look video: Safari 4 Public Beta

Apple's Safari was already the most used Web browser on the Mac, but other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Camino have been quickly gaining on (and in some cases surpassing) the browser that comes preloaded on all Macs. The new version comes packed with interface enhancements and new features to once again set the bar a little higher for the competition. But is it enough?

Check out this First Look video to find out more about... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Firefox , beta , Opera , browsers , Safari , Web

iPhone apps of the week

I've now crossed into my eighth page of apps on the iPhone. Frankly, the time is quickly approaching when I'm going to have to delete good apps from my iPhone just so I can download more. To make matters worse, the apps keep on coming at the iTunes Store, as more developers figure out ways to utilize this unique platform--and they keep getting better! I haven't deleted an app that I've paid for yet, but I believe that the time... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

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

AccuWeather floats a new weather widget for AIR

Just in time for Groundhog Day, I pulled together a small collection of desktop weather applications for checking everything from current weather conditions to 15-day forecasts and detailed readings on wind and clouds. For those with modest forecast needs, Yahoo and Google both offer a small, attractive widget that shows the temperature at a glance. The only problem is, you have to have already installed a much larger desktop application in order to get the tiny widget.

On Friday, AccuWeather released... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

LimeWire strives for relevancy by tapping Web 2.0

Despite intense popularity of the BitTorrent system, Gnutella clients aren't dead yet. LimeWire 5 for Windows, Mac, and Linux keeps its hand in the file-sharing pot by borrowing your Google contacts to create a friend network and a snazzy redesign that surfaces the most important information first.

If you're not a fan of the Gnutella file-sharing protocols, I doubt this will be enough to grab your eye. Torrents run faster, depending on the number of seeders, and torrent... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , Gmail

WireTap Studio taps into audio

Playing with sound files is something not all of us aspire to do in any greater detail than clicking "Buy Now" in iTunes. But this is one of those cool Mac niches that is filled with possibilities you might not have thought about before.

For instance, have you ever wished you could easily record a phone call for a job interview? How about automatically record your favorite radio program from the Internet, even if it's on in the middle of the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: audio , editing

Get out of the Gmail loop

A recent update to a popular Firefox plug-in breaks Gmail, but fortunately the fix is simple.

Gmail Manager creates a toolbar icon that can notify you of unread mail in multiple Gmail accounts and show you mail snippets. Last week's update to v0.5.7 created what Firefox labeled a "redirection limit for this URL exceeded" error when trying to access Gmail. Other Google Web programs like Calendar and Docs are unaffected.

Although frustrating, to correct the bug update the plug-in to the... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Windows software