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The new version of OS X also includes an update to the operating system's built-in chat client. Lion's implementation may be the best version of iChat yet, but Lex Friedman thinks there are still shortcomings when compared to third-party instant messengers.
Social Clipboard is a sort of super clipboard that allows you to post copied text, photos and HTML code to Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox.
Spotify has come to the U.S. Christopher Breen takes a first look at the subscription music service.
ClouldPull is a utility for users of Google services, such as Docs and Calendar. The software helps retrieve that data from the cloud.
With Firefox 5, Mozilla shifts to a faster release schedule, emulating the lightning pace at which Google’s Chrome gains version numbers. Version 5 debuts mere months after Firefox 4, and Mozilla promises that future editions will arrive with similar speed.
Weblock unlocks your ability to restrict access to files shared on Mac OS X's built-in Apache server. This allows you to put an authentication dialog on any directory being shared through your Web server or filter based on IP address.
Like Automator, Fake gives AppleScript's powerful tools a user-friendly graphical interface. But where Automator controls the workings of Mac OS X, Fake lets you script just about anything you do on the Web.
Flagit is a simple add-on to Apple Mail that performs the needed task of differentiating between types of flagged items. Flagit deploys a creative flagging method, aided by flexible and extensible flagging tools, that's both attractive and utilitarian.
These days, any number of FTP clients for the Mac make it as easy as interacting with the documents on your own computer. Among them, Cyberduck is an excellent option.
Most Web sites track your activity; many provide that information to advertisers and other companies. Ghostery not only lets you track the trackers, but also lets you selectively block that tracking.
MailTabs for Mail.app, currently in beta, brings Web-browser-like tabs to OS X's Mail app.
This online storage service works fine for informal use, but its relative paucity of storage and inability to retain earlier versions of files makes it less attractive for groups.
From tabbed browsing to the ability to download files, this mobile browser offers features that improve upon what you get from the mobile version of Safari.
Firefox 4 isn't the fastest browser, and its interface still leans more toward wonkishness than elegance. But when loading and browsing, it feels far fleeter than the increasingly sluggish Safari. Firefox 4 offers fast, fun, full-featured browsing with few compromises, and it's well worth a try.
Online storage service syncs Google Docs with computers, the cloud.