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Windows 8 to feature adaptive Aero colorization, get it now on Windows 7

While we've still yet to see anything truly Earth-shattering, the tandem of Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott continues to churn out insight about interesting new features they've discovered in Windows 8 milestone 3. The latest discovery is that Aero in Windows 8 will be able to automatically adapt itself to match your current wallpaper image. It's a bit like what Windows 7 already does with your...

Desktoday for Mac neatly unclutters your desktop

Desktoday is a Mac OS X utility that lets you quickly unclutter your desktop. It removes all the files and folders that are on the desktop, and puts them in a special folder with today's date. Desktoday is easily accessible at any time via an icon placed in the system menu bar in the top right corner of the screen. Here's how it works. You start it up, and, the first time, select where you...

Skype rolling out ads in desktop app

Skype has announced a new change to its desktop app, but this particular feature addition isn't about functionality, it's about monetization. Yes, advertisements are coming to Skype. On the upside, they'll only appear on the Skype Home tab -- so they won't get in the way of your actual chat sessions. The blog post also states that only the U.S., U.K., and Germany will be seeing ads...

Real Networks demos Unifi cloud media platform at CES

It's still not quite ready for beta testers to try out, but Real Networks was more than happy to give CES 2011 attendees a look at their upcoming Unifi service. Unifi will allow users to stream digital content stored on their desktop to computers to a variety of devices -- including your favorite smartphone. Unlike some desktop-to-mobile streaming apps, Unifi will also let you send content back...

Apple Mac App Store hands-on tour

Apple's new Mac App Store has finally arrived! With plenty of well-known Mac apps, desktop versions of favorite iPhone and iPad apps, and even some brand new offerings, it's already looking like every Mac user's dream. We're here to walk you through the Mac App Store and show you how it compares to the iOS App Store or the experience of purchasing OS X apps on the web. First things first,...

Metro Home brings a little Windows Phone 7 style to your desktop

HTC Home is a nice desktop implementation of HTC's shiny Android homescreen widgets. Suppose, however, you prefer the typographical simplicity of Windows Phone 7's Metro UI. Well, you're in luck: HTC Home's developer has just released Metro Home for Windows. Metro Home is a portable, customizable desktop widget (remixed from HTC Home) which can display the date and time, local weather...

5 ways to recycle or revitalize your old computer

Christmas is coming, and you're about to have a ton of time off. Some of that time will be spent energetically tearing apart beautifully-wrapped gifts, and eating food is certainly next on the list of priorities. Obviously you have to play with your new gifts (or put on your new socks), but after that... after the postprandial sofa-surfing grunts and burps and farts... well, there isn't a whole...

HTC Home alpha 2 brings more sexy widgets to your Windows desktop

Not everyone is a fan of desktop widgets -- if that's you, then HTC Home is not a download you'll be interested in. If, however, you're like me and you have a second (or third or fourth) monitor and you don't mind giving up a little real estate to some snazzy desktop app candy, HTC Home might be right up your alley. Previously the app only included the trademark weather widget, but HTC Home's...

FaceTime video chat to hit Windows and OS X desktops soon?

FaceTime, Apple's video chatting protocol, is currently still limited to the newest iOS devices. That might change soon, though, with the next version of Apple's iLife suite of apps. French Apple site Mac4Ever is spreading the rumor that FaceTime will hit the desktop as part of iChat on OS X and as its own Windows app. FaceTime could catch on big time once it's untethered from iOS devices, but...

StandAlone Pack offers 10 sexy Aero Glass gadgets for Windows 7 and Vista

It seems like just about any time we post a Windows Gadget here at Download Squad a number of commenters lament the fact that Aero Glass isn't supported. Well, this one's for you! DeviantArt user dncube has put together a nice collection of glassed-out gadgets. All the basics are included: clock, calendar, performance meters, Wi-Fi signal strength, RSS feed reader, and weather. The pack also...

TweetDeck Desktop -- not the User Streams beta -- gets an update

It might not be as sexy as the upcoming User Streams version of TweetDeck, but TweetDeck Desktop just got an update with bug fixes and several small-but-useful new features. Here's what's new in version 0.35: If you care about Trending Topics, you'll be glad to know that those are included, filtered by country, and armed with trend explanations from WhatTheTrend.com. Users who cross-post to...

TweetDeck User Streams preview brings real time Twitter to everyone

If you've been waiting to check out the latest version of TweetDeck, which displays Twitter streams in real time, now's your chance. Although the first sneak-peek was only available to a handful of people, the TweetDeck User Streams preview has now opened to everyone. Twitter has apparently decided that the new Users Streams API is stable enough and the Twitter servers are ready to handle the...

Desktop Earth turns your desktop into a beautiful, real-time globe

OK, maybe it's my inner explorer, scientist and photographer speaking when I say this, but: DESKTOP EARTH IS AWESOME. It's so simple, yet so damn beautiful. All the developer has done is grab a bunch of images from NASA and compiled them into a program that changes your wallpaper depending on the time of day and the season. Look at the picture above -- click it for a larger view if you like. ...

No Google Voice desktop app? No worries, it'll be coming to your browser soon enough

Over at TechCrunch, Mike Arrington is hoping Google changes its mind about releasing the Google Voice desktop app they've been dogfooding for some time. The program likely began taking shape after Google acquired VOIP software company Gizmo5 last year. Things looked even better following Google's acquisition of Global IP Solutions -- a company which specializes in media-over-IP technology. ...

DoubleTwist continues quest to be iTunes for Android, adds Android market browsing

DoubleTwist may have begun its life as capable iTunes replacement for owners of Apple handhelds, but it's now well on its way to becoming iTunes for Android. In a recent update, DoubleTwist has added a sidebar option to browse the Android Market. The DoubleTwist setup also has one important advantage over Google's web version: a search box. It still seems odd to me that a company who made...