Attention Samsung BlackJack owners, starting today at 2 p.m., PST, you'll finally be able to get upgrade your current device to Windows Mobile 6. The update will be available as a free desktop download from Samsung's Web site and brings such enhancements as the full Microsoft Office Mobile Suite for viewing and editing documents, more robust calendaring, and support for HTML e-mail. You'll also get added capability for AT&T Video Share, the carrier's video-calling service.
I'm a big fan of using keyboard shortcuts to get more work done in less time. But there are only so many Ctrl and Alt key combinations available for creating your own shortcuts. Also, the ones I don't use regularly are difficult to remember without using a cheat sheet, and the time spent looking up the ones I can't remember on my own negates the productivity boost I'm shooting for.
That's why I find myself relying increasingly on Windows' Run dialog and command line to open programs. Vista puts a pseudo-command line one click away: … Read more
Windows taskbars are notorious for being unfriendly, chaotic, and occasionally unresponsive. They also have poor social skills, but I'm not here to pass judgment. Instead, I'm going to show you three great freeware ways to lasso that unruly taskbar of yours and tame it right down, with Taskbar Shuffle, RocketDock, and Launchy.
Article updated and corrected on January 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm PST.
Zumobi's downloadable app (available now for Windows Mobile 5 and 6) offers an interface of 16 tiles to help users access key content quickly. Each tile is a widget that's entirely programmed by developers and partners--like Amazon.com, Flickr, and AP Sports--and which is subject to advertising banners. Zumobi's big innovation is the navigation that zooms into tiles … Read more
Apple released the first patches for 2008 to the QuickTime media player as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch on January 15.
The updates to QuickTime 7.4 for Windows and Mac users are designed to prevent a system from being hijacked when malicious movie files are opened.
Memory corruption issues in QuickTime's handling of Sorenson 3 video, Macintosh Resource Records, and Image Descriptor atoms … Read more
Officially, Microsoft has very little to say about Windows 7.
But since nature abhors a vacuum, and tech enthusiasts like them even less, the rumor mills are starting to crank into high gear.
Postings in the last week suggest that Windows 7 may arrive in 2009, not 2010, as had become the conventional wisdom. Meanwhile, a poster at enthusiast site Neowin, claims to have played with an early development build of the software.
I've long been skeptical of the notion that Microsoft would wait until 2010 to try to update Vista. It just doesn't fit well with CEO … Read more
Ahh, would that Microsoft really were adding an easy button to its Windows Mobile software. But alas, Microsoft is only announcing that it has hired one of the marketing executives behind Staples "easy button" campaign.
Todd Peters, who has also worked at Intel, joined Microsoft on Monday as corporate vice president for Windows Mobile Marketing, reporting to mobile-business head Peter Knook. Peters fills the spot created after Suzan Del Bene left last August.
"Microsoft is gaining a real foothold with its mobile products and services in the consumer world," Peters said in a statement. "I … Read more
There's no magic in this flawed system cleaning tool except for the way it makes files disappear before your eyes. Ashampoo Magical Optimizer's very basic interface contains quick buttons to the program's options. Users can choose either the Automatic Optimization or the slightly safer Manual Optimization.
There are dozens of programs that clean the Windows Registry, browser cache folders, and system temp folders. Before deleting files, the best will back up the Registry first and allow you to select which files you want to delete. Ashampoo Magical Optimizer offers neither of those options. The Automatic Optimization flies … Read more
I wrote about the benefits of using multiple monitors in 2004 (see Secrets to My Excess), and I haven't wavered from my position: If you use a single monitor--unless it's a giant 30-inch model--you are missing out on one of the easiest ways to increase your productivity. Yes, I know this isn't really a Webware story, but the tools I'm about to describe have made using Web apps (all apps, really) much easier for me.
It's dead easy to add a second monitor to either a desktop or a laptop computer. The operating systems handle … Read more
Have you ever dreamed about turning on your Windows-based computer and having it instantly ready to work? A Silicon Valley start-up, Device VM, has developed software called Splashtop that, when prompted, will circumvent Windows and allow you to start watching a DVD in as little as five seconds. The Linux-based Splashtop is already available on Asus computers.
Read the full story on MIT Technology Review: "Instant bootup ".