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Kids Web Menu, an 'Internet' portal for tots

Kids Web Menu, an 'Internet' portal for tots

Tense, nervy parents, it's time to relax. Kids Web Menu is a new, free solution for letting young kids surf the 'Net, chaperon-free.

How is that possible with all the dangers! And predators! And viruses out there!? By strictly limiting the tykes to 40 preapproved partner sites, that's how. Kids Web Menu takes the sandbox approach in an icon-rich app that lets parents approve content, and password-protect their choices. What's left for children is an interactive layout of either slowly rotating... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Power Downloader manages a superhero-size music collection

Power Downloader manages a superhero-size music collection

Aside from his storied history of mastering downloadable software and ensnaring cyber-ne'er-do-wells around the globe, Power Downloader is also a longtime music collector. Since the very first 78rpm record he received as a young boy on Christmas Day untold years ago, Power has combed the stacks of record stores everywhere he travels. From Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, and the Stooges to Arcade Fire, R. Kelly, and The White Stripes, Power Downloader has acquired a gigantic music collection that now... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , MP3 , audio , Power Downloader

iPhone showdown: Picasa versus Photobucket

iPhone showdown: Picasa versus Photobucket

Photo-sharing and -storage sites Picasa Web (click for Picasa's PC download) and Photobucket announced new mobile interfaces this week. While m.photobucket.com and picasaweb.google.com/mobile (or via Google's new mobile interface: mobile.google.com) grant access to online albums from any mobile browser, the interface on iPhone's full Safari browser is still a special case. iPhone's large, sharp screen is ideal for viewing slide shows, but bars users from directly uploading iPhone photos to Web sites.

While this essentially leaves Picasa handcuffed as a mobile... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , photo , Picasa

Better your Gmail, again

Better your Gmail, again

Better Gmail 2 is a Firefox extension that collects a bunch of Gmail customization scripts from Greasemonkey under one control panel. The latest update, to Version 0.3, brings Better Gmail 2 mostly up to speed with features that were in the original Better Gmail, but had to be abandoned when Google rewrote Gmail's code last November.

The biggest of the latest additions include a revamped insertion of Google Reader into the Gmail user interface. This is not merely a rehash of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Google , extensions , Windows software , Gmail , plug-ins , Google Reader

Three for Thursday: Opera, Orb, LogMeIn updates

Three for Thursday: Opera, Orb, LogMeIn updates

Three programs with big names have recently released some minor updates. Take a look at what's changed in the Opera Web browser, the remote access app LogMeIn, and Orb, which gives you the power to stream your music just about anywhere.

Don't confuse house music progenitors The Orb with Orb the program. This Orb melds module-based personal portals with your hard drive's media content and lets you stream it to almost any Internet-connected device, including handhelds. This means that any Pocket... Read More »

Tags: freeware , video , music , Opera , Windows software , streaming , remote access , updates

Miro improves search and torrenting

Miro improves search and torrenting

The open-source, DRM-free video platform called Miro (download for Windows and Mac) has just released an upgrade with two small but useful improvements. A new search feature lets you search all available sites simultaneously, and torrent support has been greatly improved.

The new torrent support is instantly noticeable. It doesn't compete quite on the same level as torrent-only clients like uTorrent and Azureus, but then, it does a lot more. Miro's like a torrent client, RSS reader, video player, and video... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: video , Windows software , RSS , Miro

Top 5 download updates from Macworld

Top 5 download updates from Macworld

With Macworld in full swing, throngs of people are flooding the streets of San Francisco to check out the latest offerings from Apple and all the other vendors exhibiting their wares at the expo. But some Mac-related stuff is only indirectly related to what's happening on the showroom floor or how thin the new MacBook Air is.

One thing I've noticed as a Mac software editor is how, when Apple has its biggest show of the year, the majority of... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iTunes , Miro

Do you have a license to drive that browser?

Do you have a license to drive that browser?

Published by Al, Port Alberni, Canada

I'm a 57-year-old retired truck driver with three stepdaughters, two of whom don't think the old man knows a thing about computers. Little do they know that I have a BA in computer science and can run circles around all of their friends. One time, the oldest girl's computer got so clogged up it would freeze, and the only way out was to hard-boot it. I cleaned it up, but there was so much... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , malware , spyware , virus , Spyware Horror Story

How-to: Use WinAmp with NewsGator to manage podcasts

How-to: Use WinAmp with NewsGator to manage podcasts

The newly free NewsGator suite has a remarkably powerful set of tools for managing RSS feeds, and without a doubt one of the program's best features is its FeedStation podcast catcher. Fully synchronizable with the Webware version of NewsGator, the Windows version, FeedDemon, comes bundled with FeedStation and preset integration settings for iTunes and Windows Media Player, but not WinAmp.

Laugh all you want at the llama, but the latest WinAmp has an impressive feature set, and is far... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , FeedDemon , Winamp

First Look from Macworld: iTunes 7.6

First Look from Macworld: iTunes 7.6

Of the major announcements blasting out of Macworld (see coverage), the release of iTunes 7.6 for Windows and Mac touches more users most immediately. Unlike the ultrathin MacBook Air, you can get the iTunes update right now. Stick with us as CNET editor Donald Bell cruises through the new video rental features in this video shot from the show floor.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , video , iTunes , Windows software