Opera Mini 4: First Look

Now here's a browser that puts more thought into mobile functionality than your everyday cell phone browser: Opera Mini 4. Rather than limply recreate a pared-down version of the desktop browser, Opera has explored eye-expanding ways to get at mobile content. Full or modified screen view? Landscape mode? Hot keys for scrolling? Yes, yes, and yes! See Opera Mini 4's features here in the First Look video below.

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Tags: First Look , mobile browser

Hands-on: WorldMate Live for BlackBerry

Hands-on: WorldMate Live for BlackBerry

I liked previous iterations of WorldMate, a travel organizer best suited for power business travelers, at least in theory. The app grouped valuable travel information in one place, but pricing made it impractical for most casual users. WorldMate Live for BlackBerry is an app I can get behind, with its clean, friendly interface; fully synchronized Internet maps and alerts; and a more congenial pricing model that assumes basic, free usage and provides frequent, but never obnoxious, opportunities to upgrade.

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Tags: BlackBerry

Killer Download: Fill out forms and generate secure passwords

Killer Download: Fill out forms and generate secure passwords

As an Internet worker, I surf hundreds of different Web sites daily. A good portion of those--including online e-mail services, Web-based work tools, and members-only message boards--require a log-in information before I can gain access. In addition to sites and services that require only a login and password, I also occasionally need to fill out forms when I register for software, sign-up for a new service, or buy something online.

You might think it's not a huge amount of trouble to... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , Killer Download

Miro leaves beta, stability issues behind

The Participatory Culture Foundation's universal video player has finally left the development world with its first non-beta release, Miro 1.0 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are very few changes to distinguish this version from the previous beta versions that have come out in the past two months. Beside the fact that you can now delete a video while it's playing with impunity, all the changes are minor bug fixes to sort out stability concerns and other small tweaks.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: video , Windows software , streaming , Miro

ZoneAlarm: Anti-spyware free for a day

ZoneAlarm is offering its CNET Editors' Choice-rated Anti-spyware program for free today, until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The $20 program battles spyware from a different approach than most other antimalware apps. Using its extensive knowledge of firewalls, ZoneAlarm Anti-spyware uses firewalls as a basis for providing protection. Unlike most popular antispyware software, ZoneAlarm scans commonly affected system areas rather than your entire computer.

While this method scans faster than other options and is mostly effective for catching intruders, I find... Read More »

Tags: malware , virus , Windows software , free , ZoneAlarm , antispyware

Mac vs. PC: CNET TV Top 5

Now that Mac OS X Leopard has arrived, and Microsoft's Windows Vista slowly gains more acceptance, it's time for another battle of the heavyweight operating systems. Tom Merritt counts down the five biggest differences between Mac and Windows in another edition of CNET TV Top 5.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , Windows software , Vista , Leopard

Filemaker serves snack-size database for Leopard

Filemaker is betting that its new database software, Bento, will please Mac users seeking a multipurpose personal information manager. The application will ship in January 2008 for $49, or $99 for a family pack. A free test drive is available on the Web site of Filemaker, which is owned by Apple.

Like the Japanese lunch box for which it's named, Bento appears to be a tidy organizer. Sorting and searching options look elegant. The software could serve a variety of purposes,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , Leopard

Google's Android springs to life, spewing $10 million

Google's Android springs to life, spewing $10 million

Today, as promised, the first preview version of the Android Development Kit (download it for Windows or Mac) surfaced on the Google Code site. Last week, Google made big news by announcing Android, an open, cell-phone platform being developed in conjunction with the more than 30 companies that compose the Open Handset Alliance.

If you're a developer of mobile-phone software, you'll likely want to dive right into the documentation for Android. If you're not, you likely won't read about Android again... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Android , Google , mobile , Windows software

Nexus Radio: Play, record, and edit Internet tunes

Lovers of streaming Internet radio should check out Nexus Radio, an all-in-one app users can rely on to discover interesting stations from around the world. Better than that, Nexus Radio has some built-in tools for saving clips as MP3s, building playlists, and editing clips (warning: this is cursory, but serviceable feature.) Nexus Radio also plays fetch--create a filter and it will capture songs or artists according to your keyword choice. That spells "free music discovery" to me. Get a peek... Read More »

Tags: First Look , Internet Radio

Gmail upgrade breaks Firefox-based plug-ins

As much as I love using Gmail, the Greasemonkey script-based Better Gmail plug-in made my favorite e-mail client, well, better. Integration with Google Reader, colored labels, built-in TinyURLing, and other features really made Gmail that much more useful. Since Google's recreated and upgraded most of Gmail's back-end, those scripts and most other Gmail plug-ins have broken.

To confuse matters, Google is slow in rolling out the new features, so not everybody is using the new interface. If you do have... Read More »

Tags: Firefox , Google , add-on , extension , plug-in , Windows software