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Ben the Bodyguard iPhone app is gorgeous, but security functionality may disappoint

Ben the Bodyguard, a security app for iPhone that's slated to launch in January, has one of the best websites in recent memory. It's a scrollable, animated, HTML5-powered visual bonanza starring the titular bodyguard. Ben's a French tough guy, modeled after The Professional star Jean Reno, but a new piece from Fast Company suggests that users will be more impressed with Ben the character than...

Instant Previews now available on Google search results

Last month, Google began beta testing instant search previews -- a la Bing or Ask. The feature, now dubbed Instant Previews, shows you a preview of what the search result looks like. Today, Google has announced that previews have been officially turned on and are now rolling out across the globe. Initial impressions of the feature were mixed here at Download Squad, with many users preferring...

Make Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6 look like IE9 Beta

As with earlier previews of Internet Explorer 9, the latest release is totally chromeless (there's no shiny user interface, just a floating window). That can make it a little tricky to test things, but fortunately Ars Technica has posted a simple guide on how to turn on the IE9 GUI in Platform Preview 6. First, you'll need to download and install both the Internet Explorer 9 Beta and Platform...

Google Chrome's in-tab print preview feature begins taking shape

Google Chrome is a great browser, but it still has a few shortcomings -- one of which is the lack of a print preview screen. The plumbing for such a feature has existed in Chrome for a while now, and Print Preview even appears as an option in about:flags. Right now, enabling Preview has no effect on functionality. Flipping the switch does, however, provide a partial glimpse of how the feature...

Google tests further Bingification, adds site previews to search results

Bing has rather quietly been developing into a competitive Google alternative. It's got some very nice features -- even Google thinks so. At least, we can assume they do, since they're testing another Bingesque feature right now. As The Next Web reports, Google is playing with the idea of displaying website previews when a user hovers over a search result. Bing, of course, limits its previews...

Chrome Web Store preview adds Google Checkout payments, recommendations

Google will be throwing open the doors to the Chrome Web Store some time in the coming months, and they're currently preparing for a whirlwind global tour to sing the praises of HTML5 and Chrome. On the tour, the Web Store will be a frequent topic of discussion and they've recently announced a couple important additions to the Store's developer preview. Google Checkout payments are now...

Firefox 4 preview builds with JägerMonkey JavaScript engine now available for download

If you've been waiting to take Mozilla's JägerMonkey JavaScript engine for a test drive, now's your chance! The Firefox crew has finally released a preview build which is now available for download. I've got the Windows version installed, and I'll admit that I'm not gobsmacked at the moment. The build feels fast, but not noticeably faster than the nightly builds I've used up until this...

See what Google Chrome extensions are up to before you install them

There are a lot of great extensions in the Chrome Gallery. However, as the Chrome APIs round out and extensions have increased access to things like your history, cookies, and file system you may want to take a closer look at what a particular extension can do before you install it. Fortunately there's a new extension which can do just that. What?! An extension to peek under the hood of...

IE9 preview 3: better performance, HTML5 video and canvas, more awesome demos

Before you ask: no, the third developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 doesn't have any window chrome yet. It's still the same skeleton you've seen in the two previous releases. That said, it's clear that Microsoft is serious about delivering a competitive browser. IE9 preview 3 has turned in better SunSpider and Acid3 results, and its hardware acceleration features really shine. The new...

IE9 developer preview downloaded more than 1 million times

After getting a few early glimpses at what's coming in Internet Explorer 9, a few things are obvious. It's going to be faster. It's going to be more standards-compliant. The boost from hardware acceleration should be impressive. ...And users are clearly curious about what Microsoft is doing. According to a post at Softpedia, the Internet Explorer 9 developer preview has already been downloaded...

Microsoft releases second IE9 developer preview -- now where's that UI?

Hold your horses, though...while there have been some big updates internally, the one thing you're probably most curious about IE9 is still M.I.A. IE9 Developer Preview 2 is here about two weeks ahead of schedule, but its user interface is not. Still, the second version has progressed nicely. The fledgling browser's Sunspider benchmark result has been dropped by nearly 120ms (on my test rig...

Blog search service Regator 2.0 starts private beta - get your invite here!

Download Squad loves Regator. Maybe it's because we're a blog and they're a blog search engine (can I make it any more obvious?), or maybe it's because we interviewed them at SXSW, but we think Regator is the bee's knees. We've just caught a sneak preview of version 2.0, which is in private beta right now, and it adds some neat features that are missing from the current version of Regator. ...

GMail Labs adds nested labels, better message previewing

Hopefully you've checked out GMail labs before. It's packed with slick additional functionality that you can bolt on to your Web mail client like these 10 useful options. Two new features have been made available that are definitely worth enabling: Message Sneak Peek and Nested Labels. With Sneak Peek turned on, you can right-click a message in your inbox and a snapshot will appear above your...

Apple's in-browser iTunes Preview feature now works with App Store links

Links to the iTunes Store have been a major annoyance since they first started popping up. You click one and - surprise! - your browser window loses focus and you're switched over to iTunes. Doh! Well, Apple fixed part of the problem late last year by introducing iTunes Preview, which shows song info and previews in-browser when you click an iTunes music link. Now they've gone the rest of the way...

Box.net adds a versatile web-based file viewer

Box.net, a very useful online storage provider, just got a heck of a lot more useful. Box is introducing a Flash-based viewer that will allow you to preview media files hosted on the service. It's not just mp3s and photos, although those are included, too. You'll be able to view Photoshop PSD files, code snippets, Flash videos, Microsoft Office files and more. Box scored this new viewer from...