There was a lot of chatter about "Facebook Lite," a stripped-down version of the social network's profiles and home page, when it stumbled out of the gate last summer and was widely interpreted as a hit on Twitter. Facebook pitched it as a test for "countries where we are seeing lots of new users coming to Facebook for the first time and are looking to start off with a more simple experience."
For the casual eBay user, the options present within the eBay Web site itself are probably enough. More serious auction-addicts, however, need advanced tools for searching, monitoring auctions, and bidding. Prospector Lite supplies these tools in a well-designed, intuitive format.
Prospector Lite's interface is browserlike and intuitive, making it easy to navigate. Users can surf eBay just as they would in a regular Web browser, but Prospector Lite adds plenty of handy eBay-specific tools. Users can create complex searches that use a wide variety of different parameters; these searches are then saved in a handy tree format, allowing users … Read more
LAS VEGAS--AT&T execs said there is big opportunity in selling mid-range phones to consumers who think smartphones are too expensive and too complicated.
Executives talked about this new cell phone category they call "quick messaging devices" on Wednesday at an event at the CTIA tradeshow here.
What is a quick-messaging phone? Think the LG Neon and Samsung Propel. These are phones that don't have the processing power and functionality found in most smartphones, but they still offer data services, such as messaging, e-mail, and Web access. Most of these phones also have QWERTY keypads and/… Read more
With devices getting increasingly power-hungry, the last thing one would expect is batteries going lite. However, Sanyo's taking its eco-friendly but bacteria-combative eneloop dry cell down a peg and producing a version more suited to gadgets that sip energy.
Enter eneloop lite, which targets low energy guzzlers such as alarm clocks and remote controls.
The nickel-metal hydride rechargeable battery will sell in AA (780 yen or $8.60 for a pack of two) and AAA (640 yen or $7 for a pack of two) sizes. The batteries will yield up to 2,000 recharges and are ready to use … Read more
Some call it seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Others just call it the winter blues. But whatever you call it, if you happen to be one of the millions of poor schmucks who live in colder northern states, you may be aware that you're hitting the peak gloomy season, and it's not particularly fun.
One way to combat SAD is simply to get outside and absorb as much sunlight as you can during the daylight hours. However, sometimes it's just flat out too cold outside or that little thing called a job--if you're lucky enough to have one--keeps you in the office cave.
That's where something called light therapy comes in, and several companies sell small light boxes to combat the winter blues. The product I've been testing out in my windowless office in New York is called the GoLite Blu, which is made by Apollo Health but has the Philips brand on it (Philips Respironics bought Apollo in 2007).
The GoLite has been out for a while and uses something called Bluewave technology. Philips describes the glow the GoLite produces as a low-intensity blue light (470nm), but it's actually quite intense at the brightest setting. You're not supposed to look directly at the device, but instead shine it more at the side of your face for about 15-30 minutes a day (you can adjust the timer as well as the intensity of the light).
According to Philips, "using the right wavelength of light, you can trigger your active hormones naturally, boosting your mood and overcoming those down feelings, whatever the season."… Read more
Video technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, and it's no wonder that high-definition video is growing in popularity. The crystal-clear picture it provides is often stunningly life-like. Splash Lite is a sleek application that lets users view a variety of high-definition video formats that can't be handled by the average media player.
The program's interface is attractive and well-designed, with a menu that appears only when moused over. Using Splash Lite is as easy as using any other media player--the user simply opens the file they want to view, and Splash Lite plays it beautifully. The … Read more
There are a lot of calendar applications out there, and by this point we think that most people have settled on their favorites, whether they're devoted to Outlook, the online capabilities of Google Calendar, or something else. Most of the stand-alone calendar applications that we review don't particularly impress us, simply because they offer little in the way of features that could conceivably lure people away from other programs. VueMinder Calendar Lite, however, is an exception: this flexible calendar fills a niche that other calendar programs don't.
The application's interface is sleek and attractive, reminding us … Read more
Moyea FLV Editor Lite rips and edits Flash video on your computer. You can edit FLV and MP3 files with this program, too.
Moyea FLV Editor Lite has a fun, colorful interface that is easy to navigate. When you first open the program, a helpful tutorial describes the commands and functions. If you're unfamiliar with video and video editing, this tutorial will help you get up and running in no time. You can bring files into the program for editing several ways: you can import them from your personal media library or from your hard drive; you can import … Read more
Nero 9 Lite claims to be a full-service CD burning program. While it looks like a great tool for burning data and music disks, its trial limits kept us from truly finding out what it can do.
The program's interface features a professionally designed layout that flows well from one command to the next. It felt so natural that we weren't upset that Nero doesn't offer any sort of Help file or instructions. Unfortunately, we didn't get to fully experience this program much beyond admiring its layout. While it boasts many tools for burning and ripping … Read more
Easy Tracker Lite - Time Tracking & Managing is comprehensive business software for tracking the amount of time spent on specific tasks and projects. Although parts of it aren't particularly intuitive, overall it's an effective and useful tool.
Easy Tracker Lite's interface seems well organized and is somewhat reminiscent of Microsoft Outlook, with a wizard that simplifies the process of setting up projects and tasks. However, it wasn't too long before we ran into some features that were a bit of trouble to figure out. For example, one of the most attractive things about Easy Tracker … Read more