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Firefox 4 Finally Lands, Ready to Challenge Chrome and IE

Firefox 4 hit beta all the way back in July of 2010. After a series of delays (which largely appear to have arisen from playing catch-up with the quickly evolving Chrome), the latest version of the pioneering, open-source browser is finally here. It's faster and sleeker than previous versions, and features the incredible Panorama tab-organizer. Download it now for free....

Prey Turns Laptop and Phone Thieves Into the Hunted, For Free

It may not be top-secret or espionage-worthy, but the information we keep on laptops and smartphones is still something we all would like protected. Saved passwords, addresses, bank balances, friends' contact info -- all sorts of information could have potentially devastating effects in the hands of a crook. Large companies have long had the technology to remotely lock-down and wipe mobile...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your PC Gets Compromised

Symptoms: There are a range of telltale signs that your PC has been infiltrated by a binary ne'er-do-well, but, counterintuitively, the worst case scenario is when there are no obvious symptoms at all. For starters, you may have an infection if your PC or Internet throughput has become consistently sluggish, and a restart doesn't cure it. Frequent, random pop-up windows with ads or system...

'Beacon' Is a Platformer Lost in Space

For gamers, getting lost isn't something to fear, as the thrill of discovering and escaping from unknown lands is integral to some of our most cherished gaming experiences. ('Myst,' anyone?) This week, we'll lose ourselves in five games that delve fearlessly into the unfamiliar. Rock-solid platformer 'Beacon' is perfect for speed running, and manages to capture both the excitement and...

Putin Orders Government to Go Open Source

Vladimir Putin is throwing his weight behind the free and open-source software movement. The Russian prime minister has apparently signed an order to move the government to an infrastructure built on freely available, open-source software by the third quarter of 2014. The plan would see all major government systems transition to Linux starting in the second quarter of 2012. The move to open-source...

Adblock Plus for Chrome Lands, One Less Reason to Stick With Firefox

Adblock Plus, one of our favorite extensions, is finally available for Chrome. It was only announced recently that the beloved extension would be coming to the Google browser -- but, to speed up the process, the Adblock Plus crew teamed up with the guys behind AdThwart, an ad-blocking add-on already available for Chrome. They changed the name to the more familiar Adblock Plus, and the two...

Simplenote Finally Makes Digital Note-Taking Convenient

In our quest to digitize every last bit of our lives, one thing has escaped us: a streamlined system for taking and managing our notes. We've looked at Evernote, which is an impressive service with some top-notch software, but it had one major flaw in that we couldn't get it to stick; it just never worked for jotting down quick notes. Simplenote is the ideological opposite of Evernote. It lacks...

Firesheep Snatches Your Cookies to Break Into Your Facebook Account

It's no great secret that public and open Wi-Fi networks are not particularly secure. But developer Eric Butler's alarming new proof of concept, called Firesheep, shows just how simple it is to steal log-in credentials, and how many popular websites leave their users exposed. Many sites offer a secure log-in feature, but then rely on an unencrypted cookie to identify your session and keep you...

Get Your Likes Out of My Browser! 'Facebook Disconnect' Blocks the 'Book

Facebook has been extending its blue and white tentacles across the Web, embedding its "Connect" widgets and "Like" boxes anywhere with a empty bit of white space. But maybe you don't care about Facebook, or maybe you're worried about potential privacy problems. Maybe you just like your Internet uncluttered by ads, buttons and widgets. There are plenty of reasons for wanting to banish the...

Booki.sh: An HTML5-Powered E-Reader for Everybody

The new HTML5-powered 'Booki.sh' e-reading app is entirely Web-based and, unlike Kindle, Nook or even Blio, can be viewed in any modern browser, regardless of platform. This means that PCs, Macs, Linux, Android, iOS and BlackBerry can all view content through Booki.sh. The app takes advantage of HTML5's rarely used offline storage to let you read without a wireless connection. As you can see in...

Briss Trims and Repaginates PDFs for Better E-Reading

PDFs viewing on an e-reader is a must-have feature. But there is a problem; many PDFs you'll find, whether passed out by professors or downloaded from free e-book sites like Project Gutenberg or Google Books, are poorly formatted for reading on the devices. There are often errant page headers and page numbers that end up in seemingly random spots of the text. You might occasionally encounter...

'Ubuntu One Music' App Streams Your Music Collection to Android

Reviewing the latest version of Ubuntu back in May, we mentioned that the Ubuntu One syncing service was integrated with a music store, allowing you to sync your song library across Ubuntu PCs and access it from the Web. In advance of Ubuntu 10.10, code-named Maverick Meerkat, Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) has launched Ubuntu One Music for Android. The app allows streaming playback of any...

Granola Power App Helps You Save the Environment and Your Wallet

If you want to shave a few bucks off your electric bill and save a couple trees, the most common methods involve buying all new appliances and just turning everything off all the time. But you can actually trim your bills and reduce your carbon footprint with a simple piece of software called Granola. This little applet sits in the system tray of your Linux or Windows PC, monitors how much energy...

Best Screen Capture Apps for OS X, Windows and Linux

There are a number of tools that we simply can't live without. For instance, we'd be lost without the ability to quickly take, manipulate and share screenshots with each other. A good screen capture app is essential for adding images to blog posts, sharing ideas and mocking the occasional typo. But you don't need to be a blogger to make good use of such a tool; they're great for capturing images...

Indian Engineers Produce $35 Tablet, No Word on Flash Capability

In today's new world economic order, China's supposed to be the one providing us with cheap products, and India's supposed to be the guy we call when said cheap products break down. Now, though, the mighty subcontinent has decided to throw its hat into the low-cost manufacturing ring with the release of a new $35 tablet. According to Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, the...