TuneWiki's Windows Media Player plug-in is part licensed lyrics spooler for your own songs and for streaming YouTube videos, and part social project. TuneWiki's interface reskins Windows Media Player's "Now Playing" window. As the music from your library plays, TuneWiki checks its online wiki database for song lyrics--which members mostly contribute, Wikipedia-style--and plays them in time with the music. If you search for YouTube videos through TuneWiki's plug-in, it will similarly serve lyrics, if available. The lyrics tools include support for language translations, the ability to manually scroll through lyrics rather than stream them, … Read more
Competition in the smartphone market is heating up this summer as one new hot smartphone after another hits the street. The latest is T-Mobile's next Google Android device, called the MyTouch 3G.
T-Mobile will announce the new smartphone Monday. It is the second smartphone the carrier has introduced that uses Google's open-source mobile operating system, Android. T-Mobile introduced the world's first Google Android phone, called the G1, last fall. And so far the company claims it has sold over 1 million devices.
The MyTouch 3G is manufactured by HTC and is essentially the same hardware design as the Google Ion, which is also known as the HTC Magic. The device was introduced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February and is now being sold by Vodafone in various markets around the world.
The Google Ion/HTC Magic has been described as thinner than the G1 and slightly smaller than Apple's iPhone.… Read more
MB Brain Teasers provides users with three simple tests to gain a better picture of how the mind works. While these tests prove to be fun, their questionable accuracy is only matched by the iffy graphics.
This program's interface is incredibly simple, thanks in part to the basic display. Looking like something designed several decades ago, or even a cheap pop-up ad, this primitive display is nothing much to look at. Fortunately, navigating through the brain tests is incredibly simple and requires no trip to the online Help file, though one is available. The program's tests (one to … Read more
Its emphasis on getting screen captures and screencasts shot and shared makes the freemium application Jing extremely quick and easy to use for Mac and Windows users. I use its big brother, the professional capture app Snagit, at work (we take a lot of screenshots in these parts,) but I've often installed Jing on laptops and on other peoples' computers when I need something light and free.
The one irony for Windows users is that if you don't have the .NET framework installed, it adds a few more minutes of set-up time and a heftier footprint. The benefit … Read more
Desktop Earth is a wallpaper program that will appeal to people who are curious about what the Earth looks like from space. Operating on a simple premise, this is a fun and interesting way to spice up your desktop.
This free program, which embeds its icon in your desktop tray, displays a photograph of Earth from space that takes up the full desktop background. The continents appear clearly and most views provide a glimpse of the northern and southern hemispheres and slightly less than half of the entire globe from east to west. The photo updates itself to reflect the … Read more
Easy Shift Scheduler offers users a program to help keep the dizzying statistics of the workweek in check. This Excel Spreadsheet appears to offer everything an employer could want, but the trial version makes it hard to know for certain.
The program is a colorfully designed spreadsheet with a large number of tabs across the bottom to provide you with all the different angles needed to manage employees' time cards. With 11 screens dedicated to employees, scheduling, shifts, and total hours, users can manually fill in the upcoming schedules of up to 25 employees. We imagine the most useful tab … Read more
I cringe every time I hear the phrase "iPhone killer." And in a month like this, when we've reviewed the Palm Pre, the iPhone 3G S, and the next Google Android phone that is expected to land at T-Mobile, I've heard it way too many times.
My biggest issue with the phrase is not that's it's overused--though that's part of it--it's that it implies that the iPhone needs to be killed. Calling the latest touch-screen phone an "iPhone killer" automatically elevates the iPhone to a place that it doesn't … Read more