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Skinnyo helps you lose weight using peer pressure and challenges

For many people, the holidays mean food. Nom nom nom, chomp chomp chomp, and suddenly you've gained a few extra pounds. Skinnyo is a social website that tries to help you stage a preemptive strike in your struggle against chubbiness. At the core of the site is the weight graph, somewhat similar to the graph used on FitDay. Once you create an account, you can join all sorts of "challenges," or you...

Find My iPhone (or iPad, or iPod touch) is now free

Buried in Apple's press release regarding the availability of iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was the fact that the Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch service is now free and no longer requires a MobileMe subscription. To use the service, you have to have an iPhone 4, an iPad or a fourth-generation iPod touch running iOS 4.2. If you do, you'll be able to locate your device on a map,...

TopWinPrio gives a priority boost to your focused application window

TopWinPrio's function is mashed right into its name. Once you launch the app, it hides in your system tray and automatically bumps the process priority of your foreground window. If you're focused on an app and working in it, it might as well have dibs on available CPU time, right? Head to the options window, and you can set TopWinPrio to run at startup, boost Explorer processes, and change...

Aethyr lets you download shared iTunes libraries

Windows users, rejoice! You can now steal music from shared iTunes libraries -- or move music between two of your own computers, of course. Simply install Aethyr, connect to a library in iTunes, then switch to Aethyr and download some songs. Library sharing in iTunes acts like a local-area network radio: you can stream music from computer to computer (from Mac to Windows!), but downloading is...

Xbench performance benchmarking for Macs

Computer benchmarking applications abound for Windows machines, but what if you want to judge the capabilities of your current Mac against one you're considering buying? Though I'm in that situation far less often than I'd prefer, when I do need to measure the relative performance of two different Macs, I turn to Xbench. Xbench is a free performance benchmarking utility that measures the following...

Online Egg Timer is another slick, stylish timer

Along with pornography, it seems that online egg timers are a driving force for change and innovation on the Internet. I'm not sure there's any other way to explain the proliferation of egg timers. Granted, people may be using these timers for more than just eggs, but this burgeoning market segment never ceases to amaze and surprise me. My latest find is simply called Online Egg Timer, which is a...

Oneword.com helps get your creative juices flowing

Writer's block is a drag. You just sit there staring at the full-screen, distraction-free editor that you spent forever tweaking so it would be just right. You're all set up to write, and ... nothing comes. Blank. The cursor blinks, the clock ticks by, and everything you can think of just seems trite and boring, like a stereotype of a story rather than the story you wish you could write. Of...

eBay Mobile 2.0 for iPhone adds RedLaser barcode scanning

The holiday season is almost upon us, so there's never been a better time to arm your pocket pal with price comparison tools, to prepare yourself for that moment when you must step forth into the cold night air, battle the hordes, and attempt to find presents for your nearest and dearest. In that vein, eBay has just let fly an update for its iPhone app, which now includes barcode scanning courtesy...

AirPrint on Mac OS X with Printopia and FingerPrint

With Apple pulling AirPrint support just before the release of Mac OS 10.6.5, an opportunity has opened up for developers to one-up Apple with third-party tools that can share your printers over Wi-Fi for your iOS 4.2 devices. Our Apple-crazed brothers and sisters over at TUAW have put two offerings, Printopia and FingerPrint, through their paces. They found that both products essentially...

CrossLoop brings remote desktop control to Android

If you use CrossLoop to remotely access your desktop computer -- or assist friends, family, and clients -- you've now got one more way to get connected. Those of you who also own an Android device can beta test CrossLoop's new app, which brings a good bit of the desktop app's functionality to your smartphone (or tablet). New users will need to create a CrossLoop account to try out the app, and...

Clean your Market search and browsing history on Android with History Eraser

It's never a bad idea to clean up history files on your devices -- especially your smartphone. As Lifehacker points out, you might have friends constantly wanting to check out your sexy new Android phone, and they don't need to know how many Hotel Mario videos you've been watching on YouTube. Enter HistoryEraser, which cleans more than just your browsing tracks. This handy little app can also...

Free Partition Master from Easeus now works on 64-bit Windows, too!

Easeus Partition Master has always been a great little app. It's a powerful yet easy-to-use disk partitioning tool that makes managing your hard disks a breeze. Better still, it runs right in Windows -- handy for people like me who always miss the 'Press F11 for boot menu' prompt. There was one big downside to the free version, however: it didn't support 64-bit versions of Windows. That's all...

YouTube Social lets you watch videos with friends online

Let's say you have a girlfriend. And let's say that girlfriend is in a faraway land, and the only thing keeping you connected is that tangle of wires we fondly call "the Internet." Or maybe you've got a bunch of nerdy friends, each ensconced in his own basement, or perhaps in distant parts of the country. These are just two situations where something like YouTube Social could come in very handy....

Mozilla Labs Rainbow updated to version 0.2 -- now works with Windows and Linux as well as Mac OS X

Rainbow, Mozilla Lab's audio and video recording plug-in for Firefox 4, has just been updated to version 0.2. Recording to open formats, Rainbow now supports both audio and video recording on Windows, and audio recording on Linux, meaning it's not just Mac users that can get in on the action. The update also brings with it numerous bug fixes and the ability to specify custom recording resolutions,...

Microsoft Lync 2010 replaces Microsoft Office Communications Server for workplace collaboration

Microsoft's workplace collaboration tool, Office Communications Server, just got a big upgrade and a new, less stuffy name: Microsoft Lync 2010. Like OCS, Lync connects the various Microsoft services in a workplace, including Office, Exchange email and Sharepoint storage. It's also a hub for instant messenging, voice calls and video calls. The major new stuff in Lync 2010 includes enterprise...