Shopworn expressions and trite phrases can spoil a piece of writing before it's finished, but even the best-turned phrase falls flat when it's overused. Bad Wolf's SmartEdit is a free tool that scans your writing to identify the words and phrases you've used and abused, not only giving you the chance to correct them but also pointing out your bad habits so that you can "nip them in the bud." It's not meant to replace your word processor but to help you in the editing and revision stages. It checks for common and … Read more
Of course you use antivirus software and maybe a firewall, too, but keeping your PC safe only starts there. One of the simplest yet smartest things you can do is disable Autorun in Windows. It's a convenience that runs programs automatically; for example, Autorun starts playing a CD as soon as you close the tray. It's even more convenient for the viruses and other malware that use autorun.exe to do everything from infiltrating your system to destroying it. One of the simplest ways to disable Autorun completely or selectively is with AutoRun Disable by Endpoint Protector. This … Read more
Your computer uses a standard known as Serial Presence Detect (SPD) to access information about its memory modules. PassMark's RAMMon is a free tool that can extract and display that information in a table view that you can save, print, and export. It can automatically search Amazon.com for your RAM manufacturer's name, if you need to find new modules. RAMMon displays critical data that overclockers depend on when they push their RAM to the limits of its capabilities.
RAMMon is available in separate releases for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, so be sure you download the … Read more
Google will launch a $199 tablet this week at its developers conference co-branded with Asus, Bloomberg is reporting.
This follows a series of reports that have been trickling out for months about a 7-inch Nexus tablet being developed with Asus. The tablet is slated to debut at the Google I/O conference that starts Wednesday.
The one feature garnering the most attention is price. At $199, the Google tablet is $200 less than Apple's $399 iPad 2.
Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the tablet deemed by many as the leading challenger to the iPad.
The ruling was handed down today by judge Lucy Koh for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, according to a Reuters report. Her order will take effect once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond to protect Samsung if the injunction is later found to have been unnecessary.
"Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, … Read more
Google is preparing a new +1 feature that will present users with other content recommendations when they hover over the +1 button with their mouse.
This could help deliver increased clicks for Web site as users will be presented with more content options similar to the content they just viewed. As an example, a visitor to Google's Chrome Web Store clicking the +1 on the Gmail app would see suggestions for apps like Offline Google Mail, Google Calendar, and Picasa:
"To keep these recommendations more relevant and on-topic, they will always refer to pages on the same domain … Read more
For months now we've been hearing about a possible Google-designed Nexus Android tablet, which could be unveiled as soon as tomorrow at the Google I/O keynote. There's been leaked images, specs and word that ASUS will be manufacturing the 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
We could soon finally learn how much of what we've heard is true, and here's my wish list of what I'd like to see in a Nexus tablet (Note: Although I'd love to see it happen so that Palm users may be avenged, I've stricken my desire to see a Nexus tablet running WebOS, because the idea is of course totally ridiculous -- but man, would that be hilarious.):… Read more
The Android version of the Google Play Store will get yet another makeover, according to details hitting the Internet this week. Italian Android site HDblog (translate) obtained an image, which appears to show a new look for the app store that borrows from previous versions yet still resembles its desktop counterpart.
Appearing cleaner and clutter-free, the Google Play Store experience appears to offer quick access to the various types of content such as games, music, and books. The color-coded icons across the bottom mimic those found on the desktop version and the top left has what looks to be a … Read more
With Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, fast approaching, it's time to once again predict some of the Android-related items that I expect out of the three-day event. As usual, there's no shortage of Android rumors to ponder, but this year seems to be just a little bit different. For the first time since Android was announced, we're expecting to see an Android device officially launch at the conference. Exciting? Sure, but there's much more. … Read more