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False positive by Norton forces some Firefox users to reinstall after 3.6.6 update

False positives aren't all that uncommon -- with so many different antivirus and antimalware products out there, so many threats, and so much untested software, it's to be expected that detection mishaps are going to happen. Mishaps like that little McAfee situation earlier this year... Today's offender is Symantec, whose Antivirus and Internet Security products decided to push the panic...

Adobe gets into advertising biz, teams up with Gigya

After Adobe's recent acquisition of analytics giant Omniture for $1.8 billion, there was a lot of speculation that Adobe was beginning a foray into the advertising. Now we've got some more clues, since Adobe's partnering with Gigya, a company that distributes widgets and advertising. Now, Adobe's got its fingers in every part of the process, from content creation to ads to analytics. Adobe's new...

7 Talk Like a Pirate Day Timewasters

[Creative Commons licensed image removed at the request of the rights-holder] Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye filthy barnacles! In the spirit of the day, we've put together a few fun, Pirate-themed timewasters. We've got trading games, tower defense, hack-and-slash (and cannonfire), and other saber-rattling goodness. It's all in the gallery after the break -- so crank up the Alestorm, grab...

Stupid Windows 7 trick: get a functional recycle bin icon on your taskbar

For a while now, I've been hiding my desktop icons and using a taskbar toolbar instead. It's a lot tidier, and one somewhat useful benefit is having the recycle bin always close at hand -- without having to windows + D. The only downside to using the desktop as a taskbar toolbar is that the recycle bin won't move in front of Libraries or your user folder. If you want the bin in full view, you're...

Fugly Friday: Cybertown

Do you tire of your humdrum, meatspace world? Does Sony's PlayStation Home look too real? Are there too many flying penises in Second Life for your taste? Well, strap on your hippie goggles and head over to Cybertown, where VRML never really went out of style, it just got better textures. I remember stumbling into Cybertown around the turn of this century and being plenty impressed. Back then,...

Hi, I'm keeps all your social profiles in one place

With all the social networking sites out there, it can be tedious to share all of your usernames with a new acquaintance. Hi, I'm is a "nametag on the Internet" that you can show people so that they can read - or click through to - your postings on all of your different social sites. Right now, it supports around a dozen networks, including Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and...

Yelp for iPhone shows off an augmented reality easter egg

Download Squad has covered augmented reality apps before, both on Android and on the iPhone, but we speculated that it would be a while before AR became commonplace in apps people actually use. We might have been wrong about that, thanks to a surprise in the latest version of Yelp for iPhone. Shaking your phone a few times unlocks a hidden augmented reality mode called Monocle, that shows reviews...

s4ve.as offers simple 24-hour file hosting

There are plenty of places that will host your files for free. Many of them, however, have bandwidth limits or size restrictions, or are just too darn complicated to bother with. s4ve.as offers the basics I want from a free host and is dead simple to use. As Jay mentioned to me, it's kind of like a beefed-up Senduit. While Senduit offers customizable time-before-self-destruct, it's got a 100Mb...

Translate before you tweet, using Twinslator

As Twitter's worldwide growth continues, non-English-speakers are adopting it in larger numbers. And when we don't all speak the same language, it might sometimes be necessary to translate a tweet into something other than your native tongue. Twinslator makes that very easy, by providing what's essentially a mashup of Twitter and Google Translate. It's a translator you can tweet from. If you...

Short URL saga continues: major services form 301works coalition

In the aftermath of the quick shutdown and restart of popular URL shortening service Tr.im, several important players in the short URL market have joined an effort to archive short links in case other services shut down. The coalition is called 301works, and it will be run by Gnip. Other participants include Adjix, awe.sm, betaworks, Cligs, URLizer, and urlShort, and the most popular service...

Mobile Minute: SugarSync now available for Android

Need to sync files across machines? Need to access those files on your mobile devices? SugarSync to the rescue. There are currently SugarSync clients for WinMo, BlackBerry, iPhone, Mac and Windows, and starting today, Android phones (Android netbooks too, if they ever appear). The apps are free, but you pay for storage, starting at $4.99 a month. You can try it free for 30 days, or keep it free...

WizeHive: Collaboration tool for busy people

Because I work almost exclusively in remote-based teams, I'm always looking for new tools and services that can help me manage my daily tasks and effectively collaborate with my team members. One of the biggest problems I have with some collaboration systems is that they require everyone to login and collaborate using the web app itself. This is great if you are always in one place or in a...

DLS 101 - Bookmarklets aka favelets

"Daddy, what's a bookmarklet?" A childish question, perhaps, but not a question a child might ask. The kid might also call them favelets if he was raised on a diet of Internet Explorer. A bookmarklet, or favelet comes from "bookmarks" and "favorites" that you would save in your browser. Bookmarklets are Javascript applications in the form of URLs, and wherever you can store a URL, you can store a...