Amidst the settling dust of the Google+ release and the announced awesomeness of Facebook, last week we saw a bit of drama in the world of social networking. After a social-savvy developer released a Chrome plugin that automatically exports Facebook friends, Facebook promptly blocked its use. Then, like a bit of deja vu, Open-Xchange, a maker of open-source e-mail and collaboration software, last week launched its own similar tool, which was also just as swiftly blocked. Apparently Facebook wants to make it as difficult as possible for you to rebuild your network on Google+, and considering the stakes, we can'… Read more
As we return from the long holiday weekend, presumably sunburned and slightly plumper, let's take a look at some of the biggest stories to hit the Download shores over the past week.
Office 365, Microsoft's answer to Google Docs, hit the market, and professionals and small businesses can use it to work from anywhere using familiar-feeling Web-enabled applications. Sure, we all like the idea of cloud-enabled collaboration, but are the subscription pricing tiers just a tad too high? You tell us.
Evernote for Mac is just one part of an excellent, access-from-anywhere note-taking system. In addition to the Evernote desktop client, you can create and get to your notes from a variety of mobile devices (including apps for the iPhone and iPad) and any Web browser on any computer. A free Evernote account links all your notes together. This means that whether you're taking notes or saving images and other media, you'll be able to access them from any device.
Over the past week or so, CNET's own Seth Rosenblatt has been traveling the globe, relaying to us in-depth coverage of some of the most popular security software companies out there. At his first stop in Brno, Czech Republic, Seth took us into AVG's virus lab and showed us a bit about how these good guys fight the malware. Next, he hopped over to Prague where he visited AVG's rival, Avast and got the scoop on some big news. Needless to say, it takes a lot to keep the PCs of ordinary folks like us secure. We … Read more
Default Folder X is a system preference pane that can save you a lot of time finding and flipping through folders, especially when opening and saving files. The primary interface pops up with every Open and Save dialog box, across all your applications, giving you faster access to multiple folders and commands. This latest version fixes minor issues to give you a smoother overall experience.
Also this week we have the latest version of Skitch, the tool that lets you quickly convey your ideas with screen grabs, using arrows and other useful graphics to highlight specific areas. Our game this … Read more
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This week, we saw a major update in browsing as Google pushed Chrome 12 out to its stable browser channel. While Chrome 12 doesn't contain any surprises from its beta release a month ago, it does bring more hardware acceleration support and better browsing security. It also marks the end of public support for Google Gears, the offline Web app tool.
You'll find plenty of keyboard-shortcut launchers floating around for Mac OS X, but Quicksilver's stylish interface, small footprint, and many customization options set it ahead of the pack. You activate this open-source program via a user-assignable hot key that spawns a small text field for entering abbreviations to locate applications, documents, or anything else. Want to get to files and folders quickly? Quicksilver is the answer.
The successor to Windows 7 debuted this past week at the D9 conference, and so far it appears to be Windows Phone 7's interface and tile-style app management bolted on top of Windows 7. Code-named "Windows 8" by Microsoft, the next-generation OS is also expected to be a touch-friendly environment that works seamlessly on tablets, desktops, and laptops.
This week, we also learned that Microsoft is now restricting the number of Windows Phone apps that it will approve from a single developer to 20 per day. Microsoft says the new restriction is aimed at cutting down on &… Read more
On Monday, Steve Jobs opened the 2011 World Wide Developer Conference with his keynote speech unveiling Apple's plans for Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the new iCloud service. If you missed the latest news from Apple, we were there in the audience at the keynote, live blogging the event as it happened. Check out our live blog of the keynote here.
Of course, even with all the exciting Apple news, other developers were still turning out software updates today. This week, we have the latest version of VLC Media Player, adding important fixes for security issues and … Read more