Lokibit's VSEncryptor has what we like to see in a free encryption utility. It can protect virtually any file or text with a password and strong encryption. It's easy enough for beginners to handle, but features such as customizable hot keys and context menu integration make it a flexible tool for advanced users, too. Other freeware offers similar features, but VSEncryptor stands out because of the huge range of encryption formats it accommodates, 21 in all, from AES-128 to GOST. Recent updates include an improved multithread engine. VSEncryptor has separate downloads (32-bit and 64-bit Windows). We tried VSEncryptor … Read more
Lokibit's free VSEncryptor is a capable, flexible, and easy-to-use file and text encryption tool that stands out from similar free (and pay) encryption tools by virtue of its extensive menu of encryption algorithms: 21 in all, from the familiar 128, 193, and 256-bit AES symmetric-key algorithms to lesser-known methods like SEED, SHACAL-2, and XTEA. You can designate a default algorithm and deselect unneeded ones and add VSEncryptor to Windows context menus to streamline VSEncryptor's operations, too. VSEncryptor is not only available in specific downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, but also portable versions, too. We tried VSEncryptor Portable (… Read more
A Qualcomm executive has been given a new role after making critical comments about Apple's 64-bit A7 chip.
"Anand Chandrasekher, is moving to a new role leading our exploration of certain enterprise related initiatives...Anand will continue to report to Steve Mollenkopf, COO and President of Qualcomm. This will be effective immediately," according to a statement Qualcomm sent to CNET.
And he no longer appears on the Qualcomm leadership page.
Chandrasekher said earlier this month that Apple's 64-bit A7 chip is a "gimmick".
"I know there's a lot of noise because Apple … Read more
The vast majority of vehicles are powered by what's known as an internal combustion engine.
It's a concept that's been around for a long time but a Belgian engineer, called Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, is credited with inventing and patenting the first viable internal combustion engine in 1860.
The internal combustion engine isn't as complicated as it might sound. As the name suggests, it burns a mixture of fuel and oxygen in an enclosed space called a combustion chamber.
As this mixture burns it becomes hot and expands rapidly, creating pressure. This pressure is applied to … Read more
Polyglot 3000 answers the question, "What language is that, anyway?" It can identify more than 400 different languages in a wide range of characters (including Unicode fonts) from text. That's this free tool's only job, but it's an important one. It's not only free but also small: At 2.7MB, you probably have snapshots larger than Polyglot 3000. We tried the 64-bit version of Polyglot in Windows 7. Polyglot 3000's standard (32-bit) edition runs in Windows 95 to 8.
Polyglot 3000 (x64) Automatic Language Recognizer's user interface is small and easy to … Read more
Tigzy's RogueKiller scans your PC for malicious processes and kills them on command so you can root them out. Although it deletes malicious Startup files, RogueKiller doesn't clean your system. Instead, it recommends Malwarebytes' AntiMalware freeware for the task. We agree. RogueKiller also packs tools to fix Host, Proxy, and DNS issues, as well as a Shortcuts cleaner. We tried RogueKiller 64+ for 64-bit Windows.
Quit all running processes before opening RogueKiller. The program's interface is fairly plain but nicely rendered. Tabs display and sort scan results for Processes, Registry, Hosts, Proxy, DNS, Driver, Files, MBR, and … Read more
Popular BitTorrent search engine Isohunt has been slated to shutter indefinitely. After years of court battles over copyright infringement with the Motion Picture Association of America, Isohunt has agreed to settle.
Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), which was issued on Thursday, Isohunt's founder Gary Fung has seven days to shut down the site, as well as close three other sites that redirect to Isohunt -- Podtropolis, TorrentBox, and Edtk-it.com. Fung has also agreed to pay $110 million in damages.
"It's sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I … Read more
Two Wall Street analysts over the last 24 hours have been offering their take on the rumored iPad Mini Retina, including availability and size as well as more thoughts on Apple's new 64-bit architecture.
Late Tuesday in a note to investors, RBC Capital Markets Amit Daryanani said he will be closely monitoring the Mini Retina for availability due to "production constraints." Daryanani had this to say about the Mini that may (or may not, depending on the analyst) be introduced at Apple's October 22 event, along with the iPad 5:
iPad Mini: The new iPad Mini … Read more
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich touted the merits of Intel's manufacturing process compared with that of Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip today after the company's earnings report.
During Intel's third-quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, an analyst questioned Intel about the advantages of going to a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, compared with Apple's 28-nanometer A7 chip.
"[Apple] has been able to show very impressive benchmarks on 28-nanometer silicon," the analyst stated.
Generally, the smaller the chip geometries, the more advanced the chip manufacturing process and thus the faster and/or more power efficient the chip … Read more