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Ubuntu Software Center to offer install-free application test drives

Sure, installing and removing applications in Ubuntu is a breeze -- tools like Synaptic, apt-get, and the Ubuntu Software Center are all very easy to use. Canonical thinks there's room for improvement, however, and it's delivering an interesting new feature to the Software Center: application test drives. Find a program you'd like to try out -- but don't necessarily want to install just yet...

20+ essential programs for your new Windows computer

Our regular readers can probably rattle off a list of their 20 favorite apps without breaking a sweat -- as the comments on this post will no doubt prove. But for our less in-the-know friends, family, and co-workers, it can be challenging to figure out where to download high quality programs that actually do what they need them to do. We've put together an assortment that will help you hit the...

Comodo releases free Programs Manager utility

Comodo used to be a one-trick pony, but their firewall software was (and still is) an excellent piece of software. In the last couple of years, however, they've begun branching out -- releasing a handful of other applications like a Chromium-based Web browser, free antivirus, and several system utilities. Their most recent offering is Comodo Programs Manager -- a kind of kicked-up version of...

Lee's 10 favorite free Windows programs of 2009

It's amazing how many apps we review over the course of a year. There's no way I could count the number of times I've run appwiz.cpl (add/remove programs) on my desktop and laptop in the past twelve months. Certain apps, however, stand the test of time. The ten I've listed after the jump are permanent fixtures on my Window systems - some old, some new, but all awesome....

Sloth loves Chunk, and we love Sloth for Mac

One of the only features some of us here like about Windows is that you can alt-ctrl-del and look at the open tasks and programs running at any given time. It's nice to know what's sucking up all of your memory (pr0n) and what's bogging down your processor (DVD burning). Sloth for Mac OS X shows us exactly what's running, Windows style. You can see which application is running which process,...

The MGM lion is roaring on iTunes

Fire up the popcorn popper, and get ready to settle into your comfy chair with your iTunes. iTunes has brought some award winning films from the MGM studios to the iTunes store that are available for purchase and download. These new film additions from the largest film library in the world include Dances with Wolves, Mad Max, The Great Train Robbery, Rocky, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ronin, and...

BBC iPlayer program downloads

Look out for some BBC shows like Doctor Who to be available for download through BBC on demand. This new program will also users to watch or download popular television shows on their computers through a special application. The shows will be available up to a week after their initial airing. After this initial launch, the BBC will be releasing a desktop application called iPlayer which allows...

Counterfeit software dealers beware, Microsoft is on your tail

Today Microsoft said that it had 55 legal cases started with dealers that have been accused of selling counterfeit software online. Microsoft said that this is the highest number of shakedowns to date, hitting the US, Germany, Netherlands, France, Britain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Korea, Mexico and Poland. Online sellers of the counterfeit Microsoft materials have been using eBay and...

OSSwin chronicles Windows OSS software

Unless you have a really great memory, or consider yourself a walking Windows Open Source Software directory, complete with URLs, you'll want to bookmark this site, The OSSwin project is a good listing of OSS software for Windows (list hosted by Sourceforge.net). Consider this contraband headquarters, a site dedicated to slowly taking over your PC with non-Microsoft software. Closed-source...