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Banshee music player now works in Windows, supports Amazon MP3 downloads

A few moments ago, version 2 of the Banshee music player for Linux was released, bringing with it a whole slew of new features, and the addition of an official -- but alpha-quality -- Windows build. The Mac OS X build of version 2 is due later today. The most notable new feature is support for the Amazon MP3 store -- you can buy and download music from within Banshee -- but unfortunately it'...

CrossOver Games for Mac and Linux updated, fixes Rift, improves WoW and Star Trek Online

CrossOver Games, a commercial implementation of Windows emulator Wine, has been updated to version 10.1, bringing support for the new (and seemingly popular) Rift MMORPG to Linux and Mac PCs. Beyond other bug and stability fixes, CrossOver 10.1 finally lets you install World of Warcraft with the Blizzard Downloader, and support for Star Trek Online's launcher has been improved a bit (but the...

GNU Project begins work on totally free Skype alternative

The GNU Project has begun laying the groundwork for another piece of "Free as in Freedom" software. This time, the group has its sights set on developing a Skype alternative which rivals the original in ease of use and functionality. Dubbed GNU Free Call, the program will rely on a "self-aware, meshed calling network" to deliver secure, anonymous VoIP. The GNU SIP Witch server will provide the ...

SoftMaker Office coming to Android

SoftMaker Office has been a popular cross-platform and mobile productivity suite for quite some time, and it's likely going to get a whole lot more popular thanks the the impending release of an Android app. The company hasn't shared many details at this point. In a blog post, SoftMaker does offer a peek at how the app's toolbars function. "You will be amazed how fast you can work with [the ...

Ask DLS: Cross-platform multiplayer games that work on Android and iOS

Here's one for our knowledgeable commenters: I recently bought my girlfriend an iPad. I, on the other hand, own an Android device. And now we're looking for games we can play using both devices. There's no dearth of multiplayer games either for Android or for iOS. But finding multiplayer games that can cross the platform boundary is an entirely different matter. Jay recently posted Words ...

Unity Android released, enables rapid porting from iOS, Web and PC

Unity -- the popular 3D game development tool -- has announced that its Unity Android and Unity Android Pro tools are now available for download. So what's the big deal? The tool allows developers who have used Unity to create games for other platforms -- including iOS -- to port them to Android with "one click." Loads of popular games have been created using Unity, and some have already bee...

Creepy app uses Twitter and Flickr data to track anyone on a map

When you post a photo online -- especially from a phone with a built-in camera -- you're likely sharing more than the picture itself. The same is true for updates you post on Twitter. Location data is commonly included, and crafty types can do all kinds of creepy things with that information. A good example of what's possible is Creepy, a desktop app which lets you track a Flickr or Twitter ...

OpenFeint announces OpenFeint Connect cross-platform gaming API

Before Apple introduced Game Center, iOS gamers got their scores and rankings fix from OpenFeint. Don't count OpenFeint out, though: the company now boasts 65 million users, and it's about to launch a cross-platform service called OpenFeint Connect that will let gamers on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, OS X and Windows compare scores. Even Facebook games could potentially connect to OpenFeint. Th...

NeverNote is a full-featured Evernote app for Linux, Mac, and Windows

Windows and Mac users have a first-party Evernote app, but Linux users have been limited to running Evernote in WINE or using the Web interface. NeverNote, however, offers a full-featured desktop app which runs natively on 32- and 64-bit Linux distros. In addition to covering the basics, NeverNote offers a number of features you won't find in Evernote's desktop app. Multiple databases are supp...

TorChat, anonymous and secure messaging and file transfers

Using the Tor network of virtual tunnels, TorChat is a small, portable and open-source IM client that allows for completely anonymous and secure communications and file sharing. It works on both Windows and Linux. If you're on Windows, all you have to do is download, unzip, and run torchat.exe. It will automatically connect to the Tor network -- which will take a few minutes -- but then it oper...

With Ubuntu's shift to Qt in 11.10, an attack on the mobile sector must be imminent

Qt, come the end of 2011, is to become a standard component of Ubuntu 11.10. Ubuntu currently, and in the upcoming 11.04 Natty Narwhal distribution, uses Gtk+, a competing toolkit maintained by the GNOME Foundation. When Canonical announced Ubuntu's shift away from the GNOME desktop manager in 11.04, the switch to Qt was almost a foregone conclusion; GNOME requires Gtk+, but Unity doesn't -- s...

Facebook Desktop brings every notification to Windows and Mac and Linux!

Created by a computer scientist at Adobe, Facebook Desktop does exactly what it says on the tin, for both Windows and Mac PCs. It links into your Facebook account and notifies you of every change to your account -- pokes, messages, friend requests, event invites, etc. -- with a little pop-up toast window on your desktop. The notifications appear in the bottom right of your screen whether you like ...

Wine 1.3.11 released, improves JavaScript performance and localization, fixes MS Hearts bug

The development version of Wine 1.3 has just been released, bringing with it a ton of bug fixes, improved JavaScript performance, and -- at long last -- GNU gettext support, making localization and translation a whole lot easier. For many Linux users, though, Wine 1.3.11 will be known as the build that finally fixed MS Hearts, which has been broken under Wine since 2006. Of course, there is a H...

BleachBit privacy app gets a big upgrade, offers nice alternative to CCleaner

BleachBit -- the open source system clean-up utility for Windows and Linux -- has added several new features to its latest version that make it an even better tool for removing unneeded files files from your computer. Support for Google Chrome and Chromium has been greatly improved: BleachBit can now remove everything from DNS prefetch data, to autofill history and DOM storage. Support for HTML5 ...

Handbrake video conversion tool adds Blu-ray support, more device presets

Popular cross-platform video conversion app Handbrake has updated to version 0.9.5 and added some very important new features. Handbrake now supports Blu-ray ripping -- but you will, of course, still need a decryption app like DVDFab. The new version also adds more device presets, batch scanning, and the ability to edit entries in your conversion queue. Adding files on Windows has gotten easier, ...