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Farewell, Internet

Well, here we are. More than four years after launching, Switched and DownloadSquad are unfortunately being closed. I've been thrilled to work at these two sites that have expanded tech coverage beyond the usual gadgets and social networks to cooking, culture, design, art and more. It's been humbling to work with these incredibly dedicated and talented teams of writers, and it would have been...

Killer Deal: O'Reilly offers 60% discount on entire e-book catalog, today only

Here's one you really don't want to miss: O'Reilly is offering their entire e-book and video catalog for 60% off! This is a Cyber Monday sort of deal, so it's today only (Nov 29). If you've ever considered learning a programming language, honing your VIM skills or anything like that, now would be a great time to snatch a book about it. I don't know if their videos are up to par with Lynda.com,...

CCleaner 3.01 update makes it faster, nixes reboots, adds Adobe Reader X support

CCleaner just hit version 3.0 recently, but Piriform has already pushed an incremental update to the popular clean-up app. What's new in CCleaner 3.01? For starters, there's support for Adobe Reader X and Acronis True Image, better cookie detection for users of Firefox 4 beta 7, and improved handling of 7-zip, Chromium-based browsers like SRWare Iron, MMC, Silverlight local storage, and Adobe...

Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian is available and faster than ever

Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian has become available yesterday. After a period of public beta testing, the Norwegian browser has become faster than ever -- and is, right now, possibly the fastest browser available for Symbian. Making its debut in the stable 10.1 version is a just-in-time compiler for Opera's Carakan JavaScript engine, that makes its JavaScript rendering a whopping nine times...

Firesheep comes to webOS

It's not as fast or pretty as its desktop cousin, but an ambitious tinkerer has still managed to port Firesheep to webOS. Yes, all the Wi-Fi tomfoolery that made you shudder as a Firefox extension can run on your Palm Pre.The man who performed the shoehorning -- who happens to be called Sebastian but probably isn't our Sebastian-- has shared a YouTube video of his handiwork which you can check...

Skype hits 25 million concurrent users

This Monday was a big day for Skype, as it reached an important milestone: 25 million concurrent users. That means that 25 million users were, at some point during that day, connected to the Skype service at the same time. This only shows that Skype is, if anything, getting more and more popular by the day. In 2009, Skype saw 113 billion minutes used for Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls....

Diaspora alpha invite giveaway

The Download Squad, being the antisocial types that we are, don't have any friends to invite to Diaspora -- so we're inviting you instead! Erez, who reviewed Disapora earlier, thinks it stands a good chance against Facebook, especially as Facebook dissent grows. We have 10 invites to give away. Win an invite, and you'll become part of the private alpha process, and later the public beta. To...

Microsoft offers stability update for Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Microsoft has offered up the first Internet Explorer 9 patch via Windows Update. KB2448827 is all about improving reliability and stability, and you should be able to find it on your Update screen by clicking through to view optional updates (or by navigating to Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Update\Select updates to install in Explorer). It's a little odd to see Microsoft do this --...

TeamViewer 6 for Android now available

Just last week, the Teamviewer 6 beta arrived for Windows users. With the arrival of my first Android device in the mail, I had hoped it wouldn't be too long before the crew released a beta for Android -- and today my waiting as at an end. Teamviewer is now available for installation on your Android device, and it's a welcome addition to my remote support arsenal. Functionality is every bit as...

UberTwitter beta arrives on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

UberTwitter, the definitive BlackBerry Twitter app, has finally made the leap to iOS. The app bears the beta moniker, but Engadget seems to think that the final release will be as soon as December. UberTwitter, other than being a very polished app, only really has one unique feature: UberView (please forgive my continuing lack of umlauts). UberView, with a quick flick of the phone into...

Google Chrome to make your settings searchable

Updates to Chrome Canary tend to fly under the radar a lot of the time -- many of the changes are subtle, and Google doesn't blog about Canary the way it does Chrome's Dev, Beta, and Stable channels. One visible addition to Chrome Canary 9.0.591.0 is the arrival of a search box on the tabbed settings page. As Chrome continues its evolution from mere browser into a 'platform,' the settings...

Adobe releases single-file cumulative patch for Acrobat 9

Yes, Acrobat and Flash are two of the most-exploited pieces of software out there today, but Adobe has done a much better job of responding to security concerns in 2010. Patches are more frequent, and major improvements have been rolled out -- like the sandboxing which was added in Acrobat and Reader X. Still, there are always people who can't -- for one reason or another -- install an update...

HTML5 drag-and-drop upload comes to Google Docs

You've been able to do it for a while now in Gmail, and now drag-and-drop uploading has arrived in Google Docs. If you're running a compatible browser like Chrome, Firefox 3.6+, or Safari 5, adding new files to your Google Docs storage is as easy as sliding them over from your desktop file manager. To use the new drag-and-drop uploader you still need to click through to the Docs upload page....

Upstart Facebook challenger Diaspora now sending out private alpha invites

The Diaspora blog announced today that private alpha invites are now being sent out. The invites are being rolled out slowly, first to those who donated to the project through Kickstarter, followed by people who have requested them at joindiaspora.com, which is the main website for the operation. Diaspora.com, at the moment, is still an ad-ridden, cash-parked domain masquerading as a "luxury...

Future Ubuntu bumps could be a daily occurrence

We're getting used to software developers releasing early and iterating often. Web browsers are perhaps the best example, with Google, Mozilla, and Opera dropping bleeding-edge snapshots like so many quarters into a one-armed bandit. Operating systems, however, are another story. Canonical is looking to change that, and frontman Mark Shuttleworth thinks that you may see Ubuntu pushing things...