App and Software News

Stealth Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo Messenger is a great, free tool for keeping in touch with your friends, but what if you only want a few of your contacts to know you're available to chat? Tom Merritt has your fix with a Quick Tip about Stealth Settings in Yahoo Messenger.

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Tags: Chat , IM , Windows software , Privacy , Yahoo Messenger

Gaim evolves into Pidgin 2.0

Gaim evolves into Pidgin 2.0

The free instant-messaging client Gaim (GDK+ AOL Instant Messenger) has become popular in recent years because of its ability to connect with a wide range of IM networks (Yahoo, MSN, IRC, Jabber/Google Talk/XMPP, AIM, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, and others) and its extensibility in the form of user-created plug-ins.

The name Gaim came about due to complaints from AOL about the name GDK+ AOL Instant Messenger. However, as AOL Instant Messenger became more popular, AOL trademarked the acronym "AIM," leading to further legal... Read More »

Tags: Chat , IM , Windows software , Pidgin

First-class file recovery

First-class file recovery

Recently, when Power Downloader got hit with a nasty virus while out in the field, several folders of important data were lost. Though many of the files would be available to him when he returned to the Power Lair, some files were crucial to his current case. Many miles from home, Power had only one option: recovery software.

Thinking quickly, Power Downloader searched Download.com for a software savior. After only a few clicks of his mouse, he was able to locate... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , utilities , Power Downloader

T-Mobile users: Get yer free Windows Mobile upgrade

It's freebie Friday for T-Mobile Dash or MDA users running Windows Mobile 5 from their handsets. The carrier is offering free downloads of the Windows Mobile 6 platform from its Web site, and all you have to do to get them is enter your 10-digit phone number.

The updated mobile platform officially launched in February at the 3GSM conference in Barcelona, Spain, unwrapping improvements to search, security, and Windows Live support services. Visit CNET News.com for full coverage of the new... Read More »

Tags: Microsoft , Windows software , mobile software

Mysteries of Software: VLC Media Player full-screen controls

Mysteries of Software: VLC Media Player full-screen controls

Here's an answer to a question that no one has ever asked me: "What are the full-screen keyboard controls for the open-source video software VLC Media Player?"

Boy, I'm glad you never asked me that fantastic question, because VLC Media Player (for Windows or Mac) is excellent free software that has gone on to inspire other open-source projects like Songbird.

The answer to the question is indeed out there in the wild tubes of the Internet, but it's pretty tricky to find,... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Make research easier with the Googalyzer for Mac

Make research easier with the Googalyzer for Mac

What's your method for research on the Web? If I'm involved with a project that requires searching a lot of sites, I'll probably have a couple of programs running on my Mac, including a browser and some sort of word processing program or text editor.

If I need an outline, I might open another window in my word processing program and set it up there. Taking notes would probably involve opening yet another window for cutting and pasting and adding my... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac

One IM to rule them all?

One IM to rule them all?

Editor's note: This is Part One of a two-part series on multinetwork IM clients. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about all-in-one Web and mobile chatting.

There's a lot to chat about in the multiprotocol IM universe. Pidgin just debuted as a full-fledged version 2.0, replacing the much-loved Gaim. Trillian is gearing up to wow us all with its gleaming browser-based Astra version, and every day more and more plug-ins pop up to make this breed of protocol-bridging IM clients more... Read More »

Tags: Chat , IM , Windows software , Trillian , Pidgin

Bring on the Mac-versus-PC spoofs!

What's more fun than a little competitive rivalry? Spoofs of competitive rivalry, that's what!

Apple's "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads (watch them at Apple) have stirred up the international cultural imagination, spawning spoofs of the newly classic campaign.

Here are two new favorites to add to your collection. Wired points us to this South Park-style gem. True to the cartoon's saucy style, neither OS avoids taking heat.

Then CNET UK holds a joust--literally--with Mac OS X and Windows Vista. CNET is a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software

Improve your life while you work

Improve your life while you work

At this very moment, I'm utilizing breakthrough psychological software to make me feel happier and less stressed. Or at least that's supposedly what I'm doing, according to developer Ded Pyhto, the publisher of the self-improvement tool Subliminal Flash.

The concept is simple. You select as many of the 33 areas of self-improvement, such as Happiness, Self-Esteem, Improved Memory, or Better Skin, as you want the program to include, and the software will present you with subliminal affirmations that improve those areas... Read More »

Tags: Windows software

Extend the wings of Mozilla Thunderbird

Extend the wings of Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is chock full of potential. Though it's as extensible as Mozilla's more famous browser, Firefox, Thunderbird lacks the same fanatical user support. A year from now, Thunderbird could be the emerging standard for e-mail software or just another fringe e-mail client.

Part of Thunderbird's eventual success will depend on the quality of third-party add-ons that enhance features and allow users more functionality and customization options. Though there's not nearly as many add-ons for Thunderbird as there are for Firefox,... Read More »

Tags: Thunderbird , Lightning , plug-ins