This Week’s Top Downloads [Download Roundup]

January 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm (Uncategorized)

  • WineBottler Turns Windows Programs into Standalone OS X Applications (Mac)
    Mac only: Wine has always been popular among Linux users for running Windows programs, but Wine is available for Mac, too-and now, free utility WineBottler can “bottle” Windows programs into separate application bundles that run as standalone Mac apps.
  • Driver Magician Free Today Only, Normally $30 (Windows)
    Windows: Keeping all your data backed up is a smart move, but what about the device drivers that are sometimes hard to pin down after a re-install? Driver Magician, a free download today, backs up and restores your Windows drivers.
  • Boxee Beta Officially Available for All Platforms (Windows/Mac/Linux/Apple TV)
    Windows/Mac/Linux/Apple TV: Boxee-the XBMC media center spin-off that took web video by storm-has just released its first public beta into the wild. The new release comes with a new look, improved features, and a few new tricks up its sleeve.
  • Sleep Cycle Analyzes Your Sleep Patterns for a Better Wake-Up (iPhone/iPod touch)
    iPhone only: Getting jolted awake by your alarm in the middle of a great dream is a drag. The Sleep Cycle app watches your slumbers and wakes you when you’re lightly dozing, instead of right before you win the lottery.
  • Enna is an Attractive Linux Media Center Application (Linux)
    Linux only: Previously mentioned media center GeeXboX has finally released a stable version of their new interface, called Enna. Used with GeeXboX or as a standalone application, it handles all your music, photos, videos, and even ebooks-with style.
  • Digital Janitor Automatically Tidies Up Your Windows Folders (Windows)
    Windows only: Organizing the eleventy-billion files you’ve got stuffed into folders on your hard drive is about as much fun as watching cheese go moldy. Freeware utility Digital Janitor automatically sorts your files by type and puts them where you want them.
  • Firefox 3.5.7 Update Addresses Stability Issue, Tweaks How Updates Work (Windows/Mac/Linux)
    Firefox users, expect your browser to prompt you with a minor update sometime in the next day or so; Mozilla has just released Firefox 3.5.7, a tiny update addressing a common stability issue and changing the way major updates are presented to users.
  • Skype 4.2 Beta Makes HD-Quality Video Calls (Windows)
    For some head-scratching reason, Skype didn’t mention a major upgrade to its recent Windows beta when it dropped in early December. That would be the ability to make 720p, HD-quality video calls if your video hardware supports it.
  • Chrome Dev Channel Updates for All Platforms, Adds Extension Support for Macs (Windows/Mac/Linux)
    Windows/Mac/Linux: If you’re living life on the bleeding edge of Google’s Chrome browser, good news: Google just pushed out an update to the dev channel, improving HTML5 audio and video for all platforms, bringing extension and bookmark sync to Macs, and more.
  • Facebook for iPhone Gets Push Notifications, Contact Sync (iPhone/iPod touch)
    iPhone: If you’re a Facebook user who also happens to own an iPhone, the social network’s iPhone app is one of the best out there, and today it got a little better, adding push notifications and contact syncing to your Address Book.

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