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How-to: Disable Chrome's built-in Flash to use a Flash beta release

As a quick follow-up article to the Adobe Flash 10.2 beta announcement, we thought we'd show you how to disable Google Chrome's built-in Flash plug-in so that you can use a pre-release build like the 10.2 beta. It's a quick and simple process, but please remember that once you've disabled Chrome's built-in Flash you won't get the benefit of Chrome's internal Flash updates. 1. Download the Flash...

Ubuntu 11 alpha now available, features new Unity desktop, Firefox 4

The first alpha release of Ubuntu 11, dubbed Natty Narwhal, has just been released. It is classed as a "developer snapshot," and is provided more as a sneak preview of what's to come in Ubuntu 11. Regular users of Ubuntu 10 should not upgrade. Along with the usual package updates and an updated kernel (2.6.37), Ubuntu 11 will also ship with Firefox 4. The alpha build includes Firefox 4 beta 7,...

LastPass buys Xmarks, saves cross-platform multibrowser bookmark sync

Xmarks, the cross-platform multi-browser sync solution that was on the verge of shut down, has been saved from oblivion by a purchase by fellow browser add-on company, LastPass. For those who haven't heard of LastPass before, it's like the Xmarks of passwords, with secure password sync and storage across multiple platforms and browsers, which currently operates a freemium model, something...

aDeskbar is an all-in-one dock and menu panel for Linux

aDeskbar is a slick menu and dock app for Linux systems which offers a wide range of customization options. In addition to the familiar menu-based app launcher, aDeskbar also includes nice features like drawers (similar to OS X stacks) and widgets for quick actions like invoking a terminal, logging off, or shutting down your system. Visual options abound, too -- opacity, position, hover effects,...

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 beta brings greater hardware acceleration

Adobe's pushing hard with hardware acceleration and for good reason: using the GPU takes a serious load off the CPU, which Flash is pretty hard on at the best of times, especially on Mac OS X. Adobe hopes to address those concerns with today's release of Flash 10.2 beta and the arrival of a new feature called Stage Video. The idea behind Stage Video is that it'll enable hardware acceleration...

Root your Nook Color to make a DIY 7-inch Android tablet

Got a Nook Color? Want to use it as a tablet as well as a color LCD reader? Well now you can thanks to nookDevs and a bit of Android rooting action. With a 800MHz ARM chip powering a modified Android ROM, it was fairly obvious from the get-go that the Color could make for a decent, cheap, DIY tablet, and now that dream has been realized. Of course the actual process of rooting the Nook Color is...

Ubuntu One client for Windows goes beta

One knock against Canonical's Ubuntu One sync service is the fact that clients for other operating systems aren't available. That gives Dropbox a pretty big edge at the moment -- though Canonical has taken one huge step toward leveling the playing field with the release of a beta Ubuntu One app for Windows. OMG! Ubuntu has gotten beta access already and shared a handful of screenshots....

Flock 3.5 upgrades to Chromium 7 even on Mac OS X

Clearly threatened by the recent competition put up by RockMelt, Flock has brought in both speed and security updates with a new Chromium 7 core. Even the maligned Mac OS X version of Flock has been blessed with a move from the old Gecko engine to the speedier WebKit-based Chromium. In the social stakes, Flock touts a 'one of a kind' sidebar full of networking and sharing goodness, with Facebook,...

Linux.fm is an online radio station that broadcasts the Linux kernel

Linux Radio (found at Linux.fm) is an online station that randomly broadcasts source files from the Linux kernel. Each time you visit the site, a new file is read to you by a virtual speaker. As if this project wasn't geeky enough, the virtual speaker that you hear is materialized through the open source (of course) speech synthesizer known as eSpeak. Oh, and Linux Radio is dedicated to Dr....

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...

7-Zip version 9.20 released, still the best tool for compressed files

7-Zip, one of the most active and mature open source projects, has just reached version 9.20. Work on Version 9 only begun last year, in 2009, but it's already far ahead of the old version (4.65) in terms of speed and functionality. If you've never used 7-Zip before, now's the time to start. In one fell swoop it removes any need for other compressed file managers. It's faster and slimmer than...

Adobe Reader X now available for Android and desktop OSes

For better or worse, Adobe's latest iteration of Reader is now available for both Android and desktop OSes. From the sandboxed Reader 'protected-mode', to the new multimedia implementations, there's quite a bit in the new Acrobat X suite of software. Adobe Reader for Android brings quite a few changes with one of the highlights being text search, an invaluable tool for anyone reading any sort of...

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,...

TeamViewer Beta 6 is now out, remote control freaks rejoice

Let me just come right out and say it: TeamViewer is the best remote control application for Windows PCs today. I've tried numerous apps, and nothing comes close to TeamViewer's performance on a WAN. For LAN situations, Windows Remote Desktop rocks. But when you've got the whole wide Internet between you and the computer you'd like to control, nothing beats TeamViewer. I use it several times per...

Sleek, user-friendly Linux Mint 10 released

Ubuntu certainly gets the lion's share of attention when it comes to Linux distributions, but Linux Mint has been offering a sleek, simplified Ubuntu/Debian experience for years. With the release of Linux Mint 10, a boatload of new features and a shiny new default theme make it well worth checking out if you've been searching for a new distro to try. Like Ubuntu 10.10, Mint now makes it easy...