So you'd like to be able to illustrate your reports and documents with top-quality charts and diagrams. You've got MS Paint, or maybe something better. You open a new document and...yikes. It's not as easy as it looks, and you end up trying to draw straight lines with your mouse. Why not try creating diagrams in Pencil? This free, open-source diagramming and GUI prototyping tool has a huge range of stencils and preconfigured elements to drag and drop into an intuitive interface. Pencil works as a Firefox add-on or a standalone tool using XULRunner, which is … Read more
Cradle of Rome combines the popular tile-matching puzzle format with an empire-building element; the Roman Empire, of course. It's similar to plenty of other puzzle games we've seen, but the Roman twist gives this puzzle game a fun extra challenge.
To play Cradle of Rome, you must first download the Free Ride Games manager, which will then download the game--along with plenty of others, if you're not paying attention. The price of admission is steep for this free game; advertising appears both in the form of videos that delay and interrupt your game and as Flash-based banner … Read more
Flip Words 2 is an addictive word puzzle that's part seek-and-find, part Wheel of Fortune, and all fun. If you like the challenge of creating words out of random letters and solving riddles, you'll find Flip Words 2 to be totally addictive.
Like all games from Free Ride Games, you will first have to download the game manager, which will then download Flip Words 2. It will also download a variety of other games without your permission unless you stop it. There's plenty of advertising, too; there's a video ad you have to sit through before … Read more
If you happen to be a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 user, you can implement tweaks to system areas and applications such as Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player by using a single tool. Tweak Me from Wecode is a very easy-to-use, free tool that provides options for tweaking these areas and improving your computer's overall performance.
Tweak Me requires no installation, but it does require Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or higher. You simply run the program, choose your preferred language, go over the list of tweaks, and tick those that you want to apply. … Read more
One of the most popular Firefox extensions, with well over 10 million downloads to its name, has now been made available for Chrome users. FastestChrome by FastestFox is a simple free add-on that helps you browse faster by speeding up common tasks through predictive text input.
FastestChrome is easy to use and all its features are configurable via the options menu. It offers great functionality and is really quite simple to understand. One of our favorites, the Endless Pages feature, will automatically load the next page. No more waiting or unnecessary clicking of Next buttons there. It is simply and … Read more
On today's show, you'll learn how Apple is manipulating the naming devices of network technology to convince users they're getting "4G" speeds, the final sale of the original house in the "Home Alone" movies, and how something called "The QWERTY effect" can spot nuances in language.
We're also giving away five codes for the game Mighty Switch Force for the Nintendo 3DS. To enter, just add The 404, Jeff, and Justin on Twitter and tweet us your favorite 404 episode from 2012 with #4043DS. We'll select five winners at random on Monday!… Read more
Apple's new iOS 5.1 seems to be getting better grades at preserving battery life. But not everyone is happy.
A glance at Apple's Support Communities uncovered a few threads on the topic.
Some posters found an improvement in the battery charge. One recounted a full day of activity using the phone and said "I've had days of not doing anything and lost more charge than this." Another reported positive results with a "significant improvement." A third poster said that the "iOS update seems to have really helped my iPhone battery drain … Read more
You say eether and I say eyether. You say neether and I say nyther.
AT&T says 4G; I say 3G. Let's call the whole thing off.
The confusion around 4G wireless networks rages on as the network indicator on the iPhone 4S changes from "3G" to "4G" after its update to the new iOS 5.1 software from Apple. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I deal with two questions from readers who are confused about what the icon change means for their iPhone 4S's and their service plans.
4G or not … Read more
The new iPad's display is so avant-garde that Apple could have trouble keeping up with demand if it exceeds recent iPad 2 levels, according to a display analyst.
Cutting-edge tech: It's gratuitous at this point to say that the new iPad's 2,048x1,536 display is by any measure amazing--boasting a resolution typically found on large 24-inch class desktop displays.
Exactly how this is achieved is explained in a NPD DisplaySearch discussion about how Super High Aperture technology--by increasing aperture ratio--allows Apple to squeeze four times the number of pixels into the new display compared to the … Read more
One of the features in iOS 5 touted by Apple was the ability to quickly access the camera from the iPhone's lock screen. You would double-click the home button, a camera icon would appear next to the "slide to unlock" bar, and you would be taken straight to the camera.
This method was faster than unlocking your device, navigating to the Camera app, and launching it, but it could have been faster.