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Yahoo to enable Google and Facebook sign-in on all its Web properties (Download Squad)

Jan 19th 2011 8:27AM I can't tell if this is good or bad for Yahoo. Either this is a very clever ploy to increase their user base, or it's a gigantic shot in the foot by abdicating their unique - and large - user base. Sadly, given their latest business decisions, I'm afraid for the latter.

Time will tell. I just hope Yahoo will continue providing its great services well into the future.

Facebook overtakes Yahoo! to become 3rd-most-visited Web property (Download Squad)

Dec 27th 2010 5:16PM I don't get all this Yahoo-bashing, or talk that Yahoo is irrelevant. Just by this survey, it is the 4th most visited web service around with a stable user base. That's no small feat. Admittedly,Yahoo's not as revolutionary and cutting-edge as it once was, but it is still a very relevant service provider.

I, for one, still use Yahoo Mail daily, my news aggregator is My Yahoo, I use Flickr, and I even do some searching with Yahoo Search (although admittedly Google does a better job at search).

Facebook is a good service that has been executed marvelously. But it's still young; I've been using Yahoo since '94. Where will Facebook be in ten years?

Yahoo's usage is growing at a slower pace than it should and they are right to be concerned, but they are by no means out of the game.

Prey for Android is an open-source anti-theft service (Download Squad)

Oct 28th 2010 4:55PM OK Sebastian, that last tidbit about automatically activating when the SIM's changed piqued my curiosity. I'm installing it right now!

Too bad that it doesn't support geolocation via GSM. I think that would be a perfect feature, especially for the case when you lose your phone.

Prey for Android is an open-source anti-theft service (Download Squad)

Oct 28th 2010 4:20PM Neat app. There seems to be an ever increasing amount of these type of apps that are showing up, and the only limitation I kept running into is that determining phone location works only with GPS or wifi. So you need to have these services always on if you plan on losing your phone. (Unless I missed something in Prey's capabilities)

Also, seeing as I would expect that the first thing a thief does would be to throw away the SIM card, it seems unlikely (and unfortunately) that you'd get the chance to activate Prey.

It would be nice to have a capability in which the app's service is always on and periodically checks in with its servers, independent of user controlled activation. Oh, and uninstall should be difficult if not impossible. That way, if your phone gets stolen, the service will find it for you eventually. What you do afterwards is the tricky part.

Wave Secure that McAfee just purchased tries to go along those lines, but I've yet to try it to be able to fully comment.

I think that there's tons of potential in this area and little by little we'll see apps with continuously increasing functionality.

PS Is Android the official Download Squad phone OS? I absolutely LOVE the coincidence that I buy an Android phone and you guys dedicate a section about android apps!

Town stops using Google Earth to spy on people's pools (Download Squad)

Sep 9th 2010 4:23PM I know this is a a non-download topic, but it brought a flashback to an article in the NY Times about a similar story. In Athens, Greece there are 324 pools registered. Actual number observed through Google Earth: 16,974.

I don't see what's so bad about doing something like that. Maybe to play nice officials could just ask for the permit fees instead of handing out fines.

Boot Snooze combines the goodness of hibernation and rebooting (Download Squad)

Feb 5th 2010 3:12AM First, I'd like to say that this is not a bad idea at all. I just have two points:

1. What about login? Won't the restart just take you to the login screen? I find that most time is wasted by all the startup programs loading and not Windows.

2. I found this on the website: "Note: For hibernation to work, your computer must have "Enable hibernation" already checked under your Control Panel, Power Options, Hibernate tab. Otherwise your computer will probably just go into standby mode."

That "probably" doesn't exactly inspire confidence about the hibernation function. I personally just use standby, so it's not an issue for me, but it did give me pause.

All in all, this is a great find Brad!

The New York Times prepares to lose, I mean charge, its online readers (Download Squad)

Jan 18th 2010 10:57AM I'm a nytimes registered user and naturally I'd like to keep having access to the Times for free, but seeing as newspapers all over the country are dropping like fruitflies, I think this is a necessary evil. The online advertisement model has proven an unviable income flow for traditional print media, even as their print sales continue to drop. Money has to come from somewhere if they are to continue providing a quality news product.

The New York Times just happens to be one of those institutions fortunate enough to have enough prestige and reader base to maybe pull this off; I doubt if every newspaper, e.g. LA Times, could successfully implement a pay model.

I just personally hope that the cost is not too high!

Vistalizator changes your display language on Windows 7 and Vista (Download Squad)

Oct 22nd 2009 4:34PM This is awesome! Lack of localization is one of my biggest pet peeves with Microsoft products. Is there any product that can do this with MS Office?

Now I can do something about the German version of Vista that is mocking me in my wife's laptop.