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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...

Windows 8 wallpaper available to download, Jupiter and Twin UI spotted

With Windows 8 milestone 3 now up for grabs for select Microsoft Connect partners, it's inevitable that leaked bits and pieces will start popping up around the Web. In fact, the first "official" wallpaper image from the still-brewing OS is already making the rounds. As you can see, it's got a similar feel to the good ol' Windows 7 default background, but features a more subdued smattering of...

Windows 8 tablet demo scheduled for June?

Citing a "source at Microsoft," Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that Microsoft plans on showing off Windows 8 in just a few short months. Insider's Matt Rosoff notes that Microsoft's fiscal year wraps up in June, so it just might make sense to demo the upcoming OS on a tablet to whet investor appetites for the coming year. As WinRumors points out, that's also right around the time of the All...

Chrome OS "panels" and Google Talk Chrome Web app go cross-platform

Back when we had the chance to play with some more mature builds of Chromium OS, one feature we particularly liked was its slick, panelized Google Talk funcationality. It later disappeared, replaced by a Gtalk app in the Chrome Web Store -- but while Google talks about 'the same platform everywhere,' the Gtalk Web app only worked on Chrome and Chromium OS. What about all us Windows, Mac,...

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK now available for all

Right now's a pretty exciting time for Android users, but even more so for tablet-lovers. Google's finally released Android 3.0 Honeycomb's SDK, which means that not only will we soon see a whole new round of slab-centric apps make their way to the Android Market, but also that the toolset used by Android developers and enthusiasts alike has been updated with a few goodies and improvements as...

New Google navigation bar rolling out, social features on the way?

Google has begun rolling out a new version of its cross-site navigation bar. Google's search tools still get top billing, with Gmail sliding in just before the more menu -- which is where you'll have to go to find your Reader link. Elements have a bit more padding now as well, which will make them more finger-friendly on your Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet (or other touchscreen device). Another...

Firefox 5 UI mock-ups from Mozilla: pinned sites, slicker search bar, and more

Over the last few days, Mozilla's lovely Are We Pretty Yet? has been steadily accumulating Firefox 5 interface mock-ups. If you haven't visited AWPY before, its primary purpose is for listing and fixing bugs in the Firefox 4 UI -- but it seems it will now also be used to showcase potential interfaces for Firefox 5. The mock-ups include concepts for 'desktop apps', which are Firefox's answer to...

Firefox Home Dash experiment offers a radical new UI for your Mozilla browser

It's a little hard to describe what Firefox Home Dash is -- beyond the basics, anyway. It's an experimental add-on born from Mozilla's Prospector project which replaces (or removes) nearly all of the Firefox UI. You're left with a title bar, scrollbar, the big orange button, and not much else. The goal is to get the browser out of the way and just give you the Web. Hover over the Firefox logo...

Internet Explorer 9 RC to have "show tabs below address bar" option

Microsoft knows who uses Internet Explorer -- and understands that those people aren't always keen on big changes. Internet Explorer 9's updated interface could come as quite a shock to some users, with its compact address bar and in-line tabs. It seems, however, that Microsoft will add in an optional switch to impart a more IE8-style appearance. The Internet Explorer 9 RC build is set to...

Google Chrome's tabbed options page now enabled by default

When Google made the decision to introduce an in-tab bookmark manager for Chrome, it only made sense that other personal pages -- like your settings -- would move to tabs as well. A tabbed options page for Chrome began taking shape in July 2010, when we shared a video of the feature working in Chromium. Now, it's become the default in Chrome Canary. It's just as easy to get around in the...

Mozy online backup now offers improved restore features

Mozy is an easy, inexpensive way to back up your important data to the cloud -- and that component of the service has always been quite good. Restoring data, however, has been a little bit more of a chore. Thankfully, Mozy has been working hard to improve the restore experience, and the updated interface is now live. Apart from an improved UI, Mozy now offers one-click downloading of all your...

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...

SurfCube browser for Windows Phone 7 sports a slick 3D cube interface

At $1.99 in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, SurfCube is hard to pass up. The app takes the stock WP7 browser and builds a 3D cube interface around it. The main browser window is front and center and you can shake or flick to rotate the cube and display SurfCube's other screens -- like settings, tabs, and favorites. SurfCube can also be set to run under your lockscreen, which makes it easier to...

Firefox 4 may be getting tabs in title bar option

So much for Firefox 4 already being feature-frozen! It now looks as though several additional changes may land before the final release of Firefox 4 lands in early 2011. Among them: tabs in the title bar. As with Google Chrome, your tabs will only move to the topmost area of the window when maximized. The feature has yet to be delivered to the Firefox 4 nightly builds, but you can download...

KinEmote controls Boxee or XBMC via your Kinect

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming, and we'll probably be seeing even more cool apps released now that first-party drivers are available for download. Today, we've got a glimpse at a new open source project called KinEmote in action. It's designed to take advantage of your Kinect in its natural habitat: the living room. KinEmote is a -- you guessed it -- remote control app which...