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Firefox 18 delivers a jolt of speed to Web apps and games

Performance is now up to 25 percent faster thanks to a new JavaScript compiler, Mozilla says.

on pcworld.com

Hype 1.6 makes HTML5 animation creation even easier

Tumult on Monday unveiled Hype 1.6, with new actions, new timeline features, Retina display support, and more.

Domestic calls through Gmail to remain free in 2013

Google says that Gmail users in the U.S. and Canada will still be able to place voice calls through the web-based email service for free through 2013.

on pcworld.com

Facebook messaging changes could let paid advertisements into users' inboxes

Facebook today announced a trial that could let paid advertisers directly message users' in-boxes, which have traditionally been held for messages from friends.

on techhive.com

Adobe updates Photoshop, boosts Creative Cloud services

Adobe used its Creative Live event to spotlight updates to a range of its creative products and services.

on techhive.com

Apple to kill Messages beta for OS X Lion next month

Apple has told Mac owners running OS X Lion that the beta of Messages, its replacement for both the older iChat instant messaging service and SMS (short message service) texting, will expire Dec. 14.

iMessage, FaceTime out of commission on Sunday

Apple confirms that both iMessage and FaceTime are not working for some users. The company says service will be restored as soon as possible.

Apple updates Aperture, iPhoto, Safari

Apple released minor updates to iPhoto, Aperture, and Safari on Friday, joining the company's earlier release of iOS 6.0.1.

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop sheds beta tag, adds new features

Google peeled off the beta tag from Chrome Remote Desktop, a free Chrome browser-add on that gives you full access to another desktop PC running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

on pcworld.com

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Skype 6 with improved social integration now available

New versions of Skype for Windows and OS X were released Wednesday by Microsoft. These latest versions add support for signing in through Facebook and Microsoft accounts.

Apple rolls out online versions of Notes, Reminders

Apple has added Web versions of Notes and Reminders to its iCloud site, along with the ability to receive notifications while using the Web interface.

iCloud outage strikes discordant tone with professional musician

An unexplained iCloud mail outage hit thousands of users earlier this week; Glenn Fleishman talks with one of many affected, professional musician Roseanne Cash.

Verizon will allow FaceTime on its network; will others follow?

Verizon Wireless will let iPhone customers use the FaceTime video chat application over its cellular network, the company said Wednesday. The company joins Sprint in allowing the application.

Clipperz helps manage passwords for free

Stuart Gripman takes a look at this online password manager that helps organize your login information.

Apple confirms iCloud mail outage for some users

An update on Apple's iCloud system status page says that 1.1 percent of subscribers are unable to access their iCloud mail on Tuesday.