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Dinos and Trenches in '1916 - The War You Never Knew'

This week's batch of games take its inspiration from real life, but twists your expectations in weird and wonderful ways. Consider it an alchemical transformation that results in gaming gold. We're no history buffs, but we're fairly certain that World War I did not involve ferocious velociraptors stalking hapless soldiers through the trenches. (But who knows? Maybe we were absent the day it...

BlackBerry Bestows OS X Users With Seasonal Gift of Sync

RIM apparently feels overwhelmed with the spirit of the season, because a select group of (often neglected) users just received an eagerly awaited software gift. The company just blessed its BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac OS with significant 2.0 upgrades, and music lovers should definitely reap the awards. The software update provides official Wi-Fi music sync support. According to Engadget,...

Mac OS X Lion Unveiled with Mac App Store, Launchpad and Mission Control

Today in Cupertino, Apple shifted its focus from mobile devices back to the desktop. Steve Jobs teased the newest version of 10.7, OS X Lion, for the first time at the 'Back to the Mac' event. Jobs presented several features that worked especially well with the iOS system -- including multi-touch gestures, an App Store and home screens -- which will be showing up in Lion. The new OS is on track...

The Future of Touchscreens, RickRolling Slowed Down and Visualized

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In the future, as visualized by TATMobile, touchscreens will accompany us from the bedroom to the office, and apparently, the mouse lives on. Fortunately, this looks...

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...

Nasty OS X Malware Hitches a Ride With Free Software

Some serious OS X spyware has made it out into the wild, and past filters at software sites Softpedia, MacUpdate and VersionTracker. Security firm Intego noticed that the spyware had been hitching rides onto user's Macs via the MishInc FLV to MP3 utility and about 30 different screen-savers from a company called 7art. The piece of malware, called OSX/OpinionSpy, is either labeled as a "market...

Get Your E-Spring Cleaning Done With OnyX and CCleaner

We've got a double dose of Switched Downloads for you. Normally we try to cover cross platform apps so everyone can get in on the fun, but with the category of app we're covering today, that just isn't an option. CCleaner and OnyX are system cleaning and optimization tools for Windows and Mac respectively. We searched for a comparable product for Linux, but the closest we could find is the...

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Computer

OS When shopping for a PC, your first, and most important, decision lies in picking the operating system (OS) you intend to use. This determines the software and hardware available to you, and how much effort you'll have to put into securing and maintaining your PC. Windows 7 Windows is the dominant player in the computer world, and with good reason. It has the largest catalog of available...

Google E-mail Uploader Imports Your Mac Mail

Gmail is actually still the new kid on the block when it comes to e-mail. It launched in 2004, but has only been open to the public since 2007. By comparison Yahoo! and Hotmail have been offering electronic communication since 1997, and non-Web mail services predate that by almost two decades, so its safe to assume that you probably have e-mail sitting around in some other account that predates...

Save Space -- Make Your Mac Monolingual

Share By default, Macs come loaded to the gills with language files for the operating system, printer drivers and such, as well as all of the iApps (iTunes, iPhoto, Safari, iEtc). For multilingual types it's nice as it allows them to use their Mac in their native tongue with just a couple mouse clicks. For the rest of us though, it also means there are literally thousands of useless files...

Google Blesses OS X and Linux With Chrome (We Willingly Accept)

Ok, so it took a little over a year, but Google has finally brought its super speedy Chrome browser to Linux and OS X (To be fair, the cutting edge could install Chrome on their *nix-based machines for some time, but today it became official with the unveiling of beta). Like its Windows counterpart, the Linux and Mac versions of Chrome pass the Acid 3 Web standards test and have support for...

Windows 7 Performing Just Fine, Despite Haters

Apparently, some media outlets are so eager to see Microsoft fall flat on its face that they're already calling Windows 7 a failure -- less than two weeks after its debut. Electronista and CNN Money have already declared that, with Windows 7, Microsoft has blown its chance to stop the rise of Mac. According to Internet tracking firm Net Applications, Windows has seen its ninth drop in market...

Bug in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Deleting Users' Accounts

What is it that everyone says about Macs? "They just work?" Well, that might have been true pre-Snow Leopard... In addition to news of rampant compatibility problems and a quiet admission that even Macs are vulnerable to malware, there is now word that the 10.6 version of OS X was shipped with a bug so severe it could wipe out all of your data. If you upgraded to the latest version, and have...

Apple Quietly Admits Macs Get Viruses

If the 'I'm a Mac' ads are to be believed, one of the biggest selling points of the Apple computer is its supposed invulnerability to viruses, spyware, and other evil programs. Of course, those who follow these sorts of things know such a claim is misleading at best. OS X has seen a number of viruses and other nasties over the past several months, as the OS has gained popularity. And now Apple...

Microsoft Finally "Blessing" Macs With Outlook E-Mail

Microsoft is doing its part to heal the Mac / PC divide. The next version of Office for Mac will ditch Entourage (icon pictured above) and replace it with a proper version of the slightly less awful Outlook. Now PC and Mac users will be able to come together at the table and voice the same frustrations with Outlook's unreasonably slow search performance, convoluted interface, barely functioning...