When you think about it, Internet cookies are a lot like the snacks they're named for: Good, even necessary, in moderation, but bad for your system in abundance. So it's a good idea to keep a close eye on the various cookie jars scattered throughout your PC. NirSoft's FlashCookiesView is an extremely compact piece of portable freeware that monitors Local Shared Object (LSO) cookies created by Adobe Flash components in your Web browsers. Like transfats, LSOs are persistent and potentially unhealthy, raising privacy concerns and other issues. FlashCookiesView displays the contents of each LSO in readable form … Read more
Chrome TV lets you stream international TV stations to your desktop via a browser pop-up inside Google Chrome. It draws its listings from an online database, which means you can't add your own channels or make other changes. Chrome TV's selections are nothing if not diverse--linguistically and geographically, at least. The programming leans toward news, weather, and sports broadcasts as well as what might be called cultural affairs programming, though we did find some movies, classic cartoons, and other pleasant surprises.
Chrome TV is free and installs easily, but it might require the Windows Media Player browser plug-in, … Read more
One of the best things about shopping online is that you can comparison shop for as long as you like before making a decision. Superfish Window Shopper For Firefox is a browser extension that aims to simplify this process by showing you items that are similar to the one you're currently viewing on a wide variety of Web sites. If you can't rest until you've found the best deal, this extension might be just what you're looking for.
The extension is quite easy to use; it functions by simply adding a small button that says "… Read more
It's not uncommon for people to have multiple computers these days: home computer and work computer, or desktop and laptop. Although the ubiquity of computers is convenient, spreading our computer use over several different machines can make it difficult to keep up with our data. Fortunately, bookmarks are something that you can easily sync across machines or browsers thanks to Xmarks for Chrome. This simple extension keeps your bookmarks consistent across locations, ensuring that you always have access to the sites you need to remember.
Like most Chrome extensions, Xmarks installs easily. The extension then guides you through a … Read more
Screenshots are a great way to capture anything of interest on your computer, whether it's an error message that you need to send to tech support or a funny message-board comment. LightShot for Firefox is an easy-to-use browser extension that lets users take, edit, and upload screenshots. This versatile add-on could quickly become indispensable for users who have a frequent need to take screen captures.
LightShot installs easily and then appears as a small feather icon to the right of Firefox's address bar. Click the icon and the screen dims, letting you know that LightShot has been activated. … Read more
Volkswagen jumped on the plug-in bandwagon and will produce a range of plug-in hybrid vehicles starting in 2013. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn made the announcement at the Vienna Motor Symposium this week, but he didn't specify which vehicles will get the plug-in power-train.
"The plug-in hybrid offers precisely what many customers expect: unlimited internal combustion engine performance combined with attractive electric mobility ranges in everyday driving," Winterkorn said. The company acknowledges that electric vehicles will play a large role in the automotive future, but finds plug-ins to be a happy medium until infrastructure, technology, and consumers make … Read more
Google SSL Web Search is a free extension that lets you change Chrome's default search engine to Google SSL, or encrypted.google.com. Google SSL is a beta release that promises end-to-end Secure Socket Layer encryption between your PC and Google. Encrypted searching keeps your searches private and keeps third parties from observing your searches or corrupting the results. It doesn't guarantee private or anonymous browsing; it merely secures your data transactions with Google, much like your bank's Web site. Google SSL currently supports only Google Web Search, so other tools like Google Images and Google Maps … Read more
Motorola Mobility beat analyst estimates, saying it shipped over 250,000 tablets since the Xoom went on sale in February, as the company reported better-than-expected results today.
The Libertyville, Ill., company reported a first-quarter net loss of $81 million, or 27 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $212 million, or 72 cents a share, during the same period last year. Revenue grew 22 percent to $3.03 billion.
The company reported an adjusted net income loss of 8 cents a share. The analysts' consensus was for a loss of 11 cents a share on revenue of $2.… Read more
Developer Dave's Ultimate Football Results is a free Google Chrome extension that fetches results from the most popular soccer leagues from multiple BBC Sport pages and displays them in one page in Chrome. It's the fastest way to check the latest results for your team, league, or association.
Ultimate Football Results is compact and, like most Chrome extensions, installs almost instantaneously. It placed a soccer ball icon in Chrome's address bar; we clicked it to access the extension's setup options. This involved selecting feeds for four tabs, each with four separate frames containing a drop-down list … Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Facebook launches Facebook Deals in a few, select cities
Facebook also rolls out the Send button, which is similar to the Like button, only not so public
Sony plans this fall to launch two tablets that will run Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" and have access to PlayStation content.
Yahoo buys IntoNow, a social network for couch potatoes
The Barnes & Noble Nook Color gets an update that allows it to run apps
T-Mobile pulls the Bobsled app because it was confusing Facebook users