Let's face it. Unless you're rocking a touch-screen BlackBerry, you just don't have the real estate for the gargantuan app you would need to really appreciate Facebook. If you've ever seen Facebook on an iPhone, you'd see where you'd miss out with a hugely interactive interface, smooth swiping, pinch and zoom photos, and so on. Yet Facebook and RIM have made the best of it with this app. The newsfeed includes a status bar for your immediate updates, and tiny thumbnail photos smaller than your fingernail. You can sort the feed by news, updates, … Read more
We had high hopes for AZ JPEG to PDF Converter. We liked the interface and felt that the program definitely had an edge over some similar programs we've seen. Unfortunately, the converter's error messages and crashes undermine what could otherwise be a very good program.
The application's interface is well designed and intuitive, with large graphical buttons that represent its major features. We liked that the program made it easy to select both individual images and entire directories for conversion, and we thought that the drag-and-drop feature was an especially nice touch. Unfortunately, as we were selecting … Read more
MB Astrology Nithya Yoga offers to show us how our birthday and location are significant to yoga astrological beliefs. The program just barely misses the mark by not providing enough information.
The program's interface was a breeze for us to operate, though understanding it took a trip to the online Help file. Its brief explanation gave an understanding of the overall aim of the program, but the technical language of the program's results continued to confuse us. We only had to provide our birthday and time, along with the latitude and longitude of our birthplace (the program smartly … Read more
Beginners and advanced users alike will appreciate the simplicity of Primitive File Size Chart, a utility that analyzes how much space files and folders are taking up on your computer.
The tool scans a specific disk or folder and lists the largest files and folders within. (By default, the program lists the 50 largest in each category, but you can increase or decrease this number.) The clean user interface displays the path, name, and size of each file and the name and size of each folder in sortable columns. The utility offers no Help file, although it arguably needs none. … Read more
Advanced Batch PDF Splitter is a simple program that allows users to split PDF documents into multiple pieces. The program doesn't have a lot of features, but it works well, with an intuitive interface that makes it very quick and easy to use.
The program's interface is quite plain, but it's obvious what users are to do; each step is even helpfully numbered. Users simply select the PDF they want to work with, choose the pages that they want to extract, and select whether they want the pages extracted into one or multiple other documents. The program … Read more
Ready for a 250-watt notebook? Intel is helping its OEMs to design such extremes.
A presentation at the Intel Developer Forum last week discussed how to build notebooks around the Core i7-920XM Extreme Edition mobile processor, code-named Clarksfield XE.
It turns out that when I estimated the maximum power consumption of a 920XM-based laptop at 80 watts to 100 watts, I was way off! (A typical notebook, by the way, averages somewhere between 40 and 90 watts.)
My estimate was reasonable for the kind of typical 920XM laptop I had in mind, but Intel showed how to go so far beyond "typical" that the resulting machine could need a 250-watt power brick.
I looked around, and the biggest power adapter I could find belongs to the Dell Alienware M17x, which needs a 210-watt brick. (I trust someone will tell me if there's a bigger one out there somewhere...Just leave a comment below.)
Motorola has recently launched the Motorola H17 Bluetooth headset.
It's a tiny little thing and has a small flip boom mic similar in style to the Motorola H15's. It promises CrystalTalk noise-cancellation, voice prompts, several ear bud options, multipoint technology, up to five hours of talk time, and the capability to toggle the power by flipping the boom. No word on pricing yet, but it'll probably be available soon.
Shazam, like other iPhone music apps, can identify the name, album, and artist of a song just by hearing it over your iPhone's microphone. You'll have to hold the iPhone mic close to the speaker for a few seconds as a song plays--on the radio, in a coffeeshop, or at a party. More often than not, Shazam will accurately report back with the song's name, and (if available) the album art, artist bio, related YouTube videos, and iTunes purchasing links. Also, it had some problems linking to the right YouTube video at times.
Shazam is gratifyingly fast … Read more
That's a pretty jaw-dropping price, but there are a couple caveats. First, the out-the-door price is $399.95; you'll have to wait 8 weeks or so on a $50 mail-in rebate [PDF].
Second, this is a refurbished system, so the warranty expires after 90 days. You can extend it to one year for $60, but at that point you might be better off with a new model.
Finally, I don'… Read more