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Microsoft disables active links in Messenger 09 to halt spread of worm

The Inside Windows Live blog has announced that Microsoft has temporarily disabled active links for Windows Live Messenger (WLM) 2009 users. Its motivation: to prevent the spread of a malicious worm plaguing users of the instant messaging program. An infected user who is chatting with someone else could unknowingly send a poisoned link to other users -- who then click the link and download its...

Jay's 10 favorite iPhone apps of 2009

After I put together my list of 10 awesome free Mac apps for 2009, a lot of folks asked me when the iPhone list was coming out. How about right now? Get ready, because I'm about to tell you how to spend those iTunes gift cards you got for Christmas. I've selected an eclectic little group of apps that includes games, productivity tools, chat and more, and it makes a great starter kit for anyone...

What apps have changed the way you work this year?

As a tech blogger, I install dozens, possibly hundreds of apps on my PC every year. Many of them are pretty cool, but I still end up uninstalling most of these programs because the truth is I just don't need them. But every year a few apps earn a permanent space on my computer and change the way I work and play. Looking back over 2009, I can honestly say there weren't a lot of apps that made...

Seb's 10 greatest, geekiest and most awesome things of 2009

As you can probably tell, I'm not as savvy when it comes to software -- sure, I know my way around a computer, but it's nothing like the prowess that Lee and Jay display here on Download Squad. You see... I'm a geek. Not a Mac nerd like Jay, or a security-Linux-OMG-netbook dweeb like Lee -- I'm a geek. I get excited about the things people do with computers. A virus-free computer is cool but...

Seb's 10 greatest, geekiest and most awesome things of 2009 (continued)

6. Windows 7 Yeah, sue me -- while I'm by no means a Microsoft cheerleader, I am a huge Windows fan. 2009 saw the release of, dare I say, the best operating system ever made. Sales figures of both the bundled-with-new-PCs and boxed standalone versions have been massive, blowing all other competitors out of the water. Software support is great, the Superbar is awesome... I'm hard-pushed to...

Jay's 10 favorite free Mac apps of 2009

After Lee posted his excellent list of 10 favorite free Windows apps, I figured I'd jump in on the Mac side of things. 2009 has brought a lot of great new software to the Mac, especially with the introduction of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. We've seen everything from hot new browsers to productivity apps to essential system utilities, and they're all well worth a download. Since Lee included some old...

Festive Firefox Friday: 2009 review

As I write this, you're probably tucking into your Christmas dinner. Actually... if you're reading this, you're probably peeling back the plastic of your microwave turkey and uncrispy 'roast' potatoes. Of course, the other option is, in this day and age, that you simply don't celebrate Christmas. Here at Download Squad we want to cater for everyone, Christmassers, loners, nerds, Twitterers:...