WOT for IE applies the Web of Trust's user-based ratings systems to Internet Explorer. When you browse to a questionable site, WOT for IE's toolbar icon changes from green to yellow to red, based on the site's reputation. That reputation is based on feedback by actual visitors and shared through the Web of Trust, a free, community-based online rating service. It does for Web sites what Angie's List does for plumbers; sort the trustworthy from the unreliable, the incompetent, and the scammers. WOT's social features let you read feedback shared by other users and contribute … Read more
If some events deserve a constant reminder, Holiline Reminder places birthday countdowns, special holidays, and upcoming weddings in a banner that will stay at the top or bottom of your screen. It doesn't offer anything fancy, but it's easy to set up and it worked exactly as promised in our tests.
You'll need to unzip a folder to find Holiline Reminder's install file, but the process is quick and painless. The first time you launch the program, onscreen guidance tells you to right-click to create an event. There's a lack of punctuation and the oddly … Read more
In this week's must-see rundown, we offer up an in-depth look at all of the new features in Google's latest mobile OS, Android KitKat. If you're one of the lucky users to already have it, you'll also want to check out our very handy tips for extending your phone's battery on KitKat.
Twitter officially went public earlier this week. In our latest Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and senior writer Daniel Terdiman discuss the social media giant's initial public offering, what they learned from Facebook, and how they plan to turn a profit. … Read more
PDFpenPro resolves one of the biggest issues users have with PDF documents -- their intractability when edits are needed. Rather than requiring expensive first-party software for edits or a source file, PDFpenPro allows you to quickly and easily edit the documents, changing text, highlighting segments, and adjusting on-page elements. It's not as powerful as the full Acrobat suite, but it's close and it's a lot more accessible.
When you open PDFpenPro, you're asked to register for ease of updates and file saving, but it's not required. You can then immediately start opening and editing files. … Read more
SizeUp for Mac makes up for one of the few features Mac users often miss from Windows -- the ability to quickly and easily size and resize windows by dragging them to different parts of the screen. The app allows you to do that and much more, identifying numerous custom sizing options, attaching them to hot keys, and running them whenever the app is open.
When you open SizeUp for Mac, you will need to give it access to your accessibility options which it does walk you through, and you can define all of your resizing options. From there, you … Read more
Mellel looks no different from other word processors on Mac OS X at first glance, but offers a robust array of tools designed specifically for its target audience. Buried beneath the surface are numerous tools for crafting live bibliographies, formatting documents actively, and managing an outline of your document as you develop it -- all perfect for scholars, technical writers, and others with heavy citation and annotation needs.
Mellel is a big file so it takes some time to download, install, and open for the first time. Once it does, however, it runs smoothly. Everything looks sleek and modern, and … Read more
Sound Studio for Mac offers a number of useful audio editing tools in a clean, accessible interface for creating spoken word tracks or converting existing music tracks to new formats. It isn't overwhelming to look at, nor is it lacking in any of the features that you need for those basic audio tasks, making it a good investment for anyone that needs a solid, well-executed audio editing tool for their Mac.
When you install Sound Studio, it boots up fast and you can start editing audio immediately. You can record or you can drag and drop or import audio … Read more
Super Mario Bros 2 plays just like you would expect it to, but it's loaded with ads that try to take over your mobile device. They'll hit you when you open the game and try to inject ads into your browser and search bar; but if you're clever you can avoid them and enjoy a fun emulator. If ads don't daunt you, you should definitely try this game.
An emulator of the classic game originally made for the NES, Super Mario Bros 2, features exactly the same levels, music, and graphics as the classic. Not everything … Read more
The family estate car (or station wagon) has to be a multi-faceted tool. It has to transport parents to work and social events; it needs to be good looking so its owners don't have a metal monolith on the drive reminding them that their choice of car is dull; its boot needs to swallow plenty of 'things' so children and dogs won't get bored; and it really should be a giggle to drive.
Most people will probably look at the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes for their estate kicks and, somewhat predictably (in Europe at least), end … Read more
There's a new use in town for helium besides supercooling electromagnets at the Large Hadron Collider and making your voice sound freakishly high-pitched: improving the capacity and efficiency of hard drives.
Western Digital on Monday announced that its HGST subsidiary has begun shipping the new 6-terabyte Ultrastar He6 hard drive, a model that seals the spinning disk platters inside a hermetic chamber filled with helium instead of air.
Because helium has just one-seventh the density of air, using it reduces the turbulence caused by spinning disks and the heads that constantly move above them to read and write data. … Read more