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New review: 'Hordes of Orcs' for Mac

New review: 'Hordes of Orcs' for Mac

It's extremely rare for me to talk about games two weeks in a row for the Mac Daily Download, but a recent release from our friends at Freeverse Software is too good to pass up. When I heard the makers of great Mac games like Kill Monty, WingNuts 2, and Burning Monkey Solitaire were making a new twist on the online hit Desktop Tower Defense, I was immediately interested. As with most everything that comes from the folks at Freeverse,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: strategy

Toolbar tussle for Internet Explorer

Toolbar tussle for Internet Explorer

Browser wars? Check. Operating system battles? We got those, too. Web mail skirmishes? Search engine sorties? Nothing new there, except for a slightly drawn-out metaphor. We can also add to the list of hotly contested software the Internet Explorer toolbar. Having sort of fallen by the wayside in the past few years as Web-based widgets have replaced browser-based ones, the somewhat-ignored toolbar is seeing a resurgence, thanks to Google and Yahoo.

Google has just released Google Toolbar for IE version... Read More »

Tags: Google , spyware , Internet Explorer , Windows software , search , Yahoo , email

Insider Secrets: Free Photoshop alternatives

Insider Secrets: Free Photoshop alternatives

Molly Wood and CNET TV's Insider Secrets takes you through a tripartite of free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although Photoshop's a great program, for some users it provides way too much editing power and it's way too expensive. Try one of these freeware substitutes, and also check out our series on building your own Adobe Creative Suite using top-notch freeware applications. Part One; Part Two

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Tags: freeware , video , Windows software , Adobe , Photoshop , GIMP , Paint.NET

Killer Download: Top file compression alternatives

Killer Download: Top file compression alternatives

Every computer user needs a solid file compression program. Not only are they mandatory for opening downloaded software, they offer several other useful features for tasks like creating e-mail attachments, performing backups, and saving space on your hard drive. Most people use WinZip because it comes pre-installed on a lot of Windows PCs, but WinZip isn't the only program available for file compression.

There's certainly nothing wrong with WinZip, but some programs offer better file compression or features that... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , Killer Download

3D chat gallery: The wild world of IMVU

3D chat gallery: The wild world of IMVU

This summer, Nielsen Net Ratings released a study of the fastest-growing instant-messaging clients from August 2006 to June 2007. The big winner was Meebo--the Web-based cross-platform chat app that lets AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, and Meebo's own users talk amongst themselves anywhere they've got a Web browser and an Internet connection.

The second-fastest growing chat client was more of a surprise. IMVU--which gained 154 percent more users over the year studied--is a 3D chat client that allows you... Read More »

Tags: Chat , Windows software , 3D

Free games to play on your iPhone

Free games to play on your iPhone

Not all games have been optimized for the iPhone equally. In fact, I found quite a few clunkers that seemed to exist only to take your cash, advertise dubious services, or bombard you with cut-rate graphics. Shudder. These five games, added just this month, test your strategy and timing while offering above-average graphics.

Don't forget to review the games on CNET Download.com, or serve up your own favorites in the comments below.

501 Darts is a two-player strategy game that pits... Read More »

Tags: iPhone apps

Put CNET videos on your own site

Put CNET videos on your own site

As part of its Open Content Platform, CNET Networks has created a variety of HTML widgets from five of its Web properties--CNET, GameSpot, Chow, BNET, and TV.com--that anyone can stick on his or her own Web site. After completing a short registration form, publishers can get CNET technology videos (widget), GameSpot game reviews (widget), TV.com interviews and features (widget), business-oriented arcticles and videos from BNET (widget), and food-oriented features from Chow (widget).

The HTML widgets come in a variety of... Read More »

Tags: video

Power Downloader discovers RocketDock

Power Downloader discovers RocketDock

Power Downloader is a lifelong Windows PC user, but he has a lot of respect for those who use other operating systems. Power knows that it's not as important what kind of computer you use as it is the software you choose to run on it. He has even admitted to Kitty Kilobyte in the past that both Mac and Linux operating systems are as attractive as they are functional.

That's why Power Downloader was pleased with an e-mail he received... Read More »

Tags: Mac OS X

Test Firefox 3 risk-free

Test Firefox 3 risk-free

Mozilla has released a version of the Firefox 3 beta 1 for PortableApps. For those hardcore Firefox 3 fans, this means that you never have to leave home without it. If you're curious about the beta, though, and you don't want to risk your Firefox 2 settings, the Firefox 3 beta 1 portable gives us all an easy and safe way to play around with the browser as it's in development.

As with the other programs in the PortableApps suite, this... Read More »

Tags: Mozilla , beta , Windows software , browsers , Firefox 3

Spyware Horror Story: Dying on dial-up

Spyware Horror Story: Dying on dial-up

It's amazing to think there are people out there still using dial-up, and that anyone hit with dial-up disabling spyware would, to be blunt, care. Though he has high-speed Internet, Jonathan does care, and reminds us that plenty of users out there have their own reasons for sticking with telephone-ordered Internet. For many folks, a dial-up disaster is an Internet disaster.

Read Jonathan's tale of spyware aggravation, or scroll through all Spyware Horror Stories.

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Tags: malware , spyware , virus , Spyware Horror Story