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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...

Mozilla F1 adds support for multiple Twitter, email accounts

Mozilla's F1 sharing add-on for Firefox has finally gained support for multiple accounts. The latest update to F1 allows users to set up additional profiles for as many Twitter, Gmail, and other supported services as needed. The update also addresses some performance issues, and you should find that F1 now appears much more quickly when you click the button on your toolbar. Mozilla also ...

AV-Test year-end report shows exponential growth of malware

Now, we don't need fancy graphs to tell us that malware is all over the place -- but it's certainly eye-opening to see just how bad the problem has gotten. Unique samples gathered by AV-Test Labs this year nearly doubled in 2010 -- to almost 20 million, up from 12 million in 2009. That's no doubt due to the ever-morphing horde of rogue applications, which now include bogus system tune-up software...

Gmail Labs adds unread message count icon in browser tabs

Gmail already has an unread message count in its page title, but what if you got too many tabs open to see the title, or you're using Chrome's tiny, favicon-only Pin Tab feature? A new Labs feature called "Unread message icon" takes care of the problem for you by placing your unread count in Gmail's favicon. That way, you'll know your unread count any time you've got a Gmail tab open. To enabl...

Gmail Labs features get easier to find with Instant-like search

Gmail Labs features are great, but with more than four dozen to choose from, it's gotten a bit tedious scrolling through and trying to figure out which to enable. You could use your Web browser's built-in find feature to locate a specific term on the page, but that's just not very Google. Which is precisely why a pair of Google engineers decided it was time to add a fancy search option on the ...

Microsoft's new HTML5 Labs lets developers experiment with emerging Web standards

Microsoft just launched a new site/developer playground called HTML5 Labs. It's a service letting developers experiment with parts of the HTML5 standard that are still emerging – things like WebSockets, a standard draft allowing bi-directional communication over a single TCP socket. Rather than another shiny HTML5 showcase ready for general consumption, this is aimed at hard-core develop...

Gmail launches new Labs feature: Auto advance to next message

Usually, when you hit Archive (or Delete) while reading a Gmail message, you find yourself back in the message list of whatever label you were reading (the Inbox, for most). However, once you're there, you usually just click the next message to keep on reading and handling your email. So... why not just move on to the next message automatically? That's just what the Gmail guys thought, and hence ...

Cloud Print now available in Chromium's about:labs

It's been a little while since we last heard anything significant about Cloud Print -- Google's effort to modernize and webify print queues. We know that HP has plans to deliver compatible printers and that bits of Cloud Print were visible in Chromium back in August, but there haven't been many visible changes since. Until last night -- when the Cloud Print Proxy service appeared as an option ...

Google Chrome gets outdated plug-in blocking

Firefox added built-in checking for outdated plug-ins a while back, and it was announced back in June that Google Chrome would soon add the feature. After all, surfing with older, unpatched versions of Flash, Java, or QuickTime poses a security risk, and browser security is a vital part of Chrome's core. Following the update to 7.0.542.0 in Chrome's bleeding-edge Canary build, Windows users ca...

Google Calendar gets Chrome desktop notifications, tempts Outlook users to switch

Google Chrome. Google Calendar. They're two great tastes that now taste even better together, with the addition of Google Calendar desktop notifications for Chrome. Notifications are still in Labs, but you can turn them on right now to get Outlook-like alerts for your calendar events. Just make sure desktop notifications are on in your Chrome settings, and then enable the "Gentle Reminders" item i...

About:labs lands in Google Chrome -- brings tab overview to Mac, side tabs to Windows

Chromium -- Google Chrome's open source cousin -- recently debuted the new about:labs page which brings easier access to bleeding-edge features. The Labs page provides a simpler, GUI-based system for enabling things like side tabs which you previously had to activate via command line switches. In the latest Chrome Canary update, Labs has arrived. That means Mac users can now enable tab overvie...

Google Chrome to get Gmail Labs-like experimental features

Many of our readers have been frustrated by having to add command line switches to Google Chrome in order to try out a new feature. In truth, it's really not a difficult procedure (though Windows and Linux users have it far easier than those on Mac) -- but wouldn't it be cool if you could just click something to turn them on? Starting soon, you just might be able to do that. Google OS spotted ...

Gmail's undo send feature finally gets multiple delay options

Undo send is one Gmail Labs feature I don't think I'd ever disable. The brief delay has never caused me any grief, and I can't recall how many times I've noticed something that really needed changing after I'd already clicked the send button. The only downside: you're locked into Google's time delay. At least, you were. Head to your Gmail settings tab and you can now choose 5,10, 20, or 30 sec...

Mozilla Labs' Contacts add-on for Thunderbird is a social networking superstar

I'm not a fan of desktop email clients. I haven't been for some time, and I'm not shy about extolling the benefits of a Web-based email app. Mozilla, however, decided to put together a slick new add-on for Thunderbird that has me seriously thinking about switching back. Like the project they launched earlier this year for Firefox, Contacts for Thunderbird is all about connecting with your frie...

What are DownloadSquad's favorite Gmail Labs features?

Most DownloadSquad writers and editors are avid Gmail users (well, Gmail or Google Apps email, which is essentially the same thing only with your domain). And since DownloadSquad is composed of such hard-core nerds, I was absolutely positive nobody would leave their Gmail completely stock-standard -- so I set out to discover what Gmail Labs features our guys use. And here are the results: Sebasti...