Zynga's Matching with Friends for iOS is likely to be a hit

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Zynga's Matching with Friends for iOS is likely to be a hit

Zynga's Matching with Friends for iOS is likely to be a hit

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 04:37 PM PDT

At the beginning of a game your job is to match up your colored tiles (bottom) with those on the board.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Matching with Friends (2.99, full version - Free, ad-supported version) is another in a long line of Zynga apps that let you play turn-based games with a friend on mobile devices. But instead of playing word games loosely based on Hangman, Scrabble, or Boggle, this time you'll be strategically placing matching colored blocks on a gameboard, then sending your move to a friend.

Like other Zynga games, Matching with Friends makes getting connected with your friends easy. Upon launch you'll be asked to sign in through either your Facebook or Twitter account. Once logged in, you can search for other players from your friends list or get automatically matched with a random player.

I started up a game with a random player right away, and fortunately for the sake of this review my opponent was active in completing her turns. While playing, I found the colors vibrant, the controls easy to understand, and bonus alerts self-explanatory. The only thing difficult about Matching with Friends is how to describe the gameplay.

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Divide for Android integrates Box with version 1.7

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 11:13 AM PDT

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If you find yourself carrying around two separate mobile devices (one for work, the other for personal use), then you probably haven't heard of Enterproid's Divide app for Android.

Known as a solution to the growing BYOD (bring your own device) trend that plagues many a corporate IT department, Divide creates a separate, fully encrypted and password-protected work environment right on your Android device. This means you can securely access your work e-mail, contacts, calendars, and corporate applications, all while keeping your personal life out of the your employer's reach.

Today, Enterproid updates Divide for Android to version 1.7, adding a couple of tools to make the work-home switch a little more seamless.

First is a new feature called Divide Files, which takes advantage of Enterproid's partnership with Box to let you access your work files from the cloud. With an active data connection, you'll be able to view, download, or upload these cloud-based files, right from within your Divide work profile. And, of course, if you have a Box account of your own, you can still access it from your device's personal profile as well.

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Adobe adds Lightroom to Creative Cloud subscription

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 09:58 AM PDT

Adobe Systems fulfilled a promise, adding its Lightroom software for editing and cataloging photos to its Creative Cloud subscription.

Adobe launched the Creative Cloud in May, a $50-per-month subscription that grants access to Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Creative Suite 6 software along with online services and other perks. Adobe pledged to add Lightroom to the mix, and last night it announced its availability.

"We'll be adding even more great stuff to Creative Cloud over time; Lightroom is just the beginning," Jeffrey Tranberry, chief customer advocate for Adobe's Digital Imaging group, said in a blog post announcing the move.

Lightroom competes chiefly with Apple's Aperture, version 3.3 of which arrived this month. It brought support for the newest MacBook Pro models with the high-resolution Retina display; Lightroom currently lacks that support. Lightroom 4.1 arrived in May with its own collection... [Read more]

New look, faster browsing as Firefox returns to Android

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 06:55 AM PDT

Firefox for Android changes course, goes native

The first major update to Firefox for Android (download) since January has arrived, and it brings with it a new interface, some new features, and a new approach to Android for Mozilla.

The company released the first stable version of Firefox for Android at the same time that it overhauled Firefox for PCs, back in March 2011. Barely six months after that, the company decided that the original Firefox for Android just wasn't good enough. With a responsiveness rarely seen by large organizations, Mozilla changed course and began to work on a different Android browser.

"In the fall of last year, we realized [the original Firefox for Android] was not good enough, not performing the way we wanted it to," Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla's director of Firefox engineering, explained over the phone yesterday. "So we made the call in October to rewrite it."

The new version of Firefox for Android continues the version numbering scheme that Mozilla has been pursuing since March 2011's debut of the rapid release cycle -- it's listed as version 14 -- but Nightingale confessed that it's really a new 1.0. More went into the browser, he said, than just building the interface on native code.

"Re-writing the native UI we knew would take three to four months, which gave us the instant... [Read more]

Slacker Radio now streaming lifestyle advice

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 05:30 AM PDT

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Popular streaming radio service Slacker Radio today launched a new category of stations that offers a different sort of listening experience to its users: lifestyle. Debuting as part of a partnership between Slacker and ABC Radio, the new stations offer curated talk radio content that includes advice and other stories dealing with the lifestyle interests of both men and women.

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For now, Slacker's new lifestyle stations come in two flavors: Men's Life and Women's Life, with much of the content coming from sources like Esquire, Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, Popular Mechanics, Complex Magazine, and GQ. The Men's Life channel covers categories including Health & Fitness, Games & Gadgets, Tech, Style & Fashion, and many more. Meanwhile, Women's Life features stories about Food & Drink, Entertainment, Hair & Beauty, Home Living, and more.

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Bitdefender builds a safer browser

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Bitdefender's line of 2013 suites launches today with a new secure browser for performing financial transactions in the browser equivalent of a safe room.

You can download Bitdefender Total Security 2013, Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 , and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 exclusively from Download.com today.

The company's Safepay browser is the keystone new feature in this year's edition. The browser takes existing sandboxing technology and closes off the rest of your operating system as it creates a safe space for you to browse the Web. The focus here is on virtualization, not speed or features.

You can set it to launch when you open a specific bookmark, or jump directly into it. It offers a virtual keyboard and Wi-Fi hot spot protection, as well.

Last year's Total Security earned an Editor's Choice award, and while we're waiting for the competition to weigh in, the 2013 version appears to be equally solid. There's new remote control for managing virus definitions, adding social network protection, and accessing your secure cloud storage. Parental controls have been beefed up, the Safebox cloud storage now allows file sharing, the interface is more custo... [Read more]


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