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SeaMonkey, Mozilla's all-in-one Internet suite, releases new beta

The SeaMonkey Project has released SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 3, a version that makes a lot of new functionality available to a wide audience for the first time. A lot of stuff has been added and tweaked since SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 2 hit the streets back in February, and we're now one step closer to the final release of version 2.1 of the integrated Internet app suite. SeaMonkey 2.1 Beta 3 lets you ent...

GroupMe group messaging service launches beta BlackBerry app

GroupMe, the group texting and call conferencing service that made its name by relying on SMS to send group messages, has launched an application for BlackBerry smartphones. The app is still in beta stage, and it doesn't seem to incorporate the most recent changes to the company's iOS and Android apps, which now also let you use your data connection to send messages. GroupMe beta for Black...

WhisperCore Beta for Android encrypts your data for free, only works on the Nexus S for now

WhisperCore is a new app for Android that lets you encrypt your system disk and/or SD card. It's free for personal use, and pricing for commercial use varies according to the size of deployment. WhisperCore uses 256 bit AES encryption, a popular choice in the encryption space, also seen in tools such as TrueCrypt and Linux Unified Key Setup. Once you install the app, you set a passphrase t...

Internet Explorer 9 users get a free month of Hulu Plus

In a bit of Microsoft/Hulu cross-promotion, Hulu is offering a free month of its premium Hulu Plus streaming video service to users of Internet Explorer 9. To qualify, you just have to download IE9 and use the new taskbar pinning feature to pin Hulu.com to your Windows Taskbar. If you pin Hulu, you'll see the free Hulu Plus offer appear in your IE9 jump list starting on March 28th. Hulu is c...

Adobe Lightroom 3.4 RC now available at Adobe Labs (get Lightroom for free)

It's always a pleasure when Adobe posts something to their Labs page for users to try, but it's even better when it's a release-candidate for one of their best pieces of software. Today it's version 3.4 RC of Lightroom, which is code for a completely free copy of the latest Adobe Lightroom. The RC, which is available at Adobe Labs right now, is mainly a giant bug-fix for the still-young Li...

Microsoft Office Web Apps now available everywhere

The number of countries where Microsoft's Office Web Apps are available has continually grown since the apps' first preview back in September of 2009. Recently, Office Web Apps have become available in 15 additional territories, and then in 150 more last month. That was also when Microsoft promised that its Web-based Office suite would finally achieve worldwide availability this month. It ha...

App Hunter finds Android apps on sale

Even at 99¢ or $1.99, it's easy to run up a pretty big tab on mobile app and game purchases. Fortunately, there's usually an app floating around your store of choice which helps you find items which are currently on sale. If you're an Android user, App Hunter is worth checking it. It's compatible with Android 1.6 or better and offers three tabs -- on sale, hot free, and new free -- ...

Rhapsody offers 60 days of free music ahead of Spotify's U.S. launch

As the blogosphere continues murmuring about the impending (but repeatedly delayed) arrival of Spotify on U.S. soil, Rhapsody is taking advantage of the extra time by doubling down on free music. New users can now enjoy a full 60 days of free tunes on their computers and mobile devices. The hope, obviously, is that users will like Rhapsody enough to become paying customers and stick around. ...

BufferZone Pro sandboxing software now a totally free download

Trustware's BufferZone was an early entrant into the desktop sandboxing arena. Sandboxing, of course, is the security-by-isolation system which has since been built into apps like Google Chrome and Adobe Reader X. Recently, Trustware launched a promotion and gave away BufferZone Pro for free -- and now the company is making the discount permanent. From now on, BufferZone Pro will be freeware. ...

SXSW 2011 torrent lets you download 4.5 gigs of free music

Each year in the months leading up to the SXSW music festival, a massive collection of songs from participating performers gets assembled. The collection gets rolled up into a jumbo-sized torrent, and then given to the masses for free. The 2011 SXSW torrent packs almost four and a half gigs of musical goodness -- nearly 800 songs! The best part is that this is all guilt-free, legal-to-download-an...

Read The Daily iPad-exclusive digital newspaper online for free

Depending which posts you read about The Daily -- News Corp's new iPad-exclusive digital "newspaper" -- it's either the most amazing thing to happen to print media in a long time, or just another ho-hum e-publication. Either way, there's good content to read -- and you can now do that for free, whether you own an iPad or not. Waxy.org's Andy Baio built The Daily Indexed, a Tumblr blog that pul...

Runkeeper Pro fitness app now free for life

When Runkeeper Pro was made free for a limited time earlier this month, downloads of the app went through the roof. If you were worried that you missed your opportunity to grab one of the most popular mobile fitness apps ever at no charge, we've got good news. Yes, Runkeeper Pro is going to remain a free download. According to the official announcement, there are other big things coming in 2011...

Auspex is a free text replacement app for Windows with tons of potential

Finding a really good free text replacement/expander app for Windows isn't an easy task. Yes, AutoHotKey is an excellent program, but it's not a good fit for people who don't enjoy hacking plain text configuration files. Breevy is an extremely nice GUI app, but it's shareware. Auspex -- developed as part of NANY 2011 at Donationcoder -- might be the free program we've been waiting for. The Aus...

Wikimedia reaches its $16 million goal, Wikipedia to remain ad-free

The foundation behind Wikipedia, Wikimedia, has reached its goal of $16 million in donations, more than doubling the $7.5 million raised in 2009. Over half a million people donated for an average donation of around $22. The donations are for one purpose: to keep Wikipedia ad-free, and having reached its goal, Wikipedia remains the only top-10 site on the Web that is free of ads and funded enti...

Free games for your new Windows computer

Right now, Steam is running all kinds of crazy year-end deals and there are loads of games you can buy at crazy low prices. But maybe you're all tapped out right now -- and you'd like to get your hands on some fun games without having to shell out your remaining hard-earned cash? No worries! We just pointed out 20 great free programs to install on your new system, and it's just as easy to find...