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The Silicon Valley of 'Betas'

Amazon's second original show drops the audience in the middle of the country's tech hub. Here's what the makers got right (hoodies, they're everywhere) and wrong (physical Bitcoins, not so much).

By Nov. 23, 2013


Firefox betas pull the shades per-tab on 'porn mode'

The latest versions of Firefox Beta and Firefox Beta for Android come with the ability to browse privately on a per-window and per-tab basis, among other improvements.

By Feb. 25, 2013


Latest Skype betas offer integration with Live Messenger

Slowly but surely, Skype is becoming more integrated with other Microsoft properties such as Live Messenger, Hotmail, Xbox and Outlook.com.

By Sep. 14, 2012


Firefox 19 betas: Built-in PDF viewing, broader Android reach

The desktop version of Mozilla's browser beta is shunting Adobe's PDF plug-in aside, and the Android version works on 15 million more smartphones.

By Jan. 11, 2013


OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud betas suggest impending release

Apple has released new developer builds of OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud, which suggests the updates will be available to the public sooner rather than later.

By Sep. 2, 2011


Symantec unveils 2011 betas of security software

Improvements to Norton Internet Security suite and Norton AntiVirus include faster scan times and the need for less memory, company says.

By Apr. 19, 2010


Release the betas

At WinHEC, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls the releases a "milestone," the first time all three products have been at the same stage of development.

Nov. 1, 2007


Adobe releases new Flash, AIR betas

Flash Player 10.1 gets a hardware video boost, and AIR 2 gets tighter integration with desktop computing resources such as USB drives and multitouch interfaces.

By Nov. 16, 2009


The velvet rope: 10 exclusive tech betas

Remember when the private beta was something special? We do. Here are 10 sites that brought it back in the past two years.

By Jun. 10, 2009


New & Noteworthy: Cythera bug fix; Acrobat Reader betas; more

New & Noteworthy: Cythera bug fix; Acrobat Reader betas; more

By Sep. 1, 1999