Apparently Apple included an older version of Adobe's Flash Player plugin with the latest Mac OS X 10.6.4 update. The version Apple supplies is 10.0.45.2, whereas the latest version from Adobe is 10.1.53.64. While most people will not experience much difference in terms of performance, there could be some stability or compatibility differences that a few people may notice. More importantly, the version included with OS 10.6.4 is one that is subject to some recently uncovered (and subsequently patched) security vulnerabilities.… Read more
A number of people who use Apple's "Mail" email client have installed the WideMail plugin to give an alternate message layout with the message list and message body being side-by-side, which is more appealing for wide-screen displays. After updating to 10.6.4, some of these people have found a couple of problems associated with Mail. The first is that the plugin no longer seems to work, and secondly the Mail subject line is blank in the message browser.… Read more
If two data points make a trend, here's a new one: there will soon be two iPhone apps that promise to turn your humble mobile phone into a mobile electric-guitar rig, complete with multiple amps, effects, and microphones.
DJ and electronic music apps for the iPhone aren't much of a stretch--after all, a lot of electronic musicians have been using computers as their primary instrument since the 1990s, and the iPhone is as powerful as the highest-powered desktops from a decade ago.
But most guitarists are stubborn analog creatures, hunting vintage music shops and Craigslist for the perfect … Read more
Apple has released the much anticipated OS X 10.6.4 update. This update addresses a number of specific issues with the OS, including compatibility with Adobe CS3, SMB networking, VPN connections, and trackpad issues on MacBook systems.… Read more
Small businesses frequently must choose between "enterprise" (pronounced "expensive") solutions and personal software that just isn't up to the job. ITAZ Sohodox is a document management application specifically tailored for the small office, but it has many uses outside the workplace, since it creates a centralized, searchable, multiuser database of all your documents. Sohodox works with any TWAIN-compatible scanner and saves documents in a wide range of formats, including PDF and TIFF. It even has OCR capabilities.
Sohodox has single-user and client installation options; we tested the single-user installation. The interface resembles Microsoft's Outlook … Read more
If you're having trouble naming that tune, just fire up SoundHound to speak, sing, hum, type, or record a song for the music-identification service to identify. It will return a song, complete with artist bios, video links, and links to an online music store. SoundHound will also, crucially, pull in song lyrics where available or link you to a lyrics search where they're not. Trend charts show you how popular a song is vis a vis the publisher's online and mobile network, and you can see which songs other users have identified. A free version of SoundHound … Read more
If you believe in comparison shopping, do yourself a favor and download ShopSavvy. The free, ad-supported app seeks out prices for goods when you either scan the barcode with your Android camera or type in the product name. ShopSavvy then spools out online prices and local offerings at major brick and mortar stores. You can read other peoples' product reviews, and can save what you like to a wish list. When you select a Web entry, you can view it in the browser, e-mail the link to a friend, or broadcast your find on Facebook or Twitter. ShopSavvy's price … Read more
You think you know what a minefield is, but define it as Mozilla does. Each night, the Firefox team produces a series of tweaks that may one day become the next version of its popular Firefox browser. Numerous tiny iterations, even daily adjustments, aren't anything surprising in the software development world, until you remember that Firefox is an open-source Web browser which has daily progress anyone can track, and which nightly builds anyone can download.
Considering Firefox's now-widespread use, there is enough risk with instability that for even the die-hard enthusiasts in the Firefox development community, there's … Read more
Although BitTorrent technology has become increasingly popular over the last few years, there are still quite a few people who use comparatively old-fashioned peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, and there are plenty of clients for accessing these networks. aMule is one such program, a P2P client made to work with the eDonkey and Kad networks. Although nothing about aMule really blew us away, it seems to work just fine.
aMule and the popular eMule client share a heritage, and there's a definite family resemblance when it comes to the interface. Using aMule is a pretty straightforward experience, especially if you've … Read more