Beauty Guide Lite is a free tool that lets you practice applying makeup to images of faces, even your own. It's basically a slimmed-down graphics editor with brushes and palettes optimized for cosmetics. You can undo, save, and print; sample and alter colors; smudge, lighten, and darken; and flip and rotate images. The software supplies faces to practice on, but you can upload your own images, too, and not just pictures of your own face but also friends, family members, even celebrities and historical figures. It's great for teaching young people how to apply makeup, and it gives … Read more
Facebook is everywhere these days, we hear, but it really only exists inside your browser. If that browser happens to be Google Chrome, you're in luck: BuildAGadget's Facebook Dashboard Extension makes it easier than ever to access the world's largest and most popular social networking site. You can instantly check messages, update your status, and post likes and comments, even while you're doing other things.
After downloading and installing this extension, we were prompted to sign in to Facebook via the extension's Chrome page, with an option to stay signed in. When we'd logged … Read more
A home theater isn't really a home theater unless it has speakers, preferably of the 5.1-channel surround variety. Of course, you can't just plug them directly into your TV; you need a receiver to act as the hub and amplify the audio.
Receivers can cost a small fortune, but here's your chance to score a killer deal: Newegg has the Yamaha RX-V367 5.1-channel digital home theater receiver for $149.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCKFJH22 at checkout. (Note: you must be a Newegg newsletter subscriber to use the code.)
The RX-V367 is … Read more
"They've got a man up there. It's Gagarin."
With those fictionalized words (see video below), spoken by actor Jeff Goldblum in Philip Kaufman's terrific 1983 screen adaptation of Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff," millions of viewers were ushered into the era of manned space flight.
Goldblum's harried alert to a roomful of top American policymakers represents just a little of the reaction in the United States to what happened 50 years ago today, on April 12, 1961, when 27-year-old Flight Major Yuri Gagarin, who was born on a collective farm west of Moscow … Read more
Launchr's developers describe the free Google Chrome extension as a sort of "speed dial" for Web services and tech blogs. It lets you quickly access a variety of popular sites such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter instantly with a single click. Unfortunately, you can't change the default selections.
Like most Chrome extensions, Launchr installs quickly. It placed an "L" icon in Chrome's address bar. Clicking it opened up a panel containing 3D icons linking to the following sites: Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Picasa, Delicious, LinkedIn, Orkut, Blogger, Flickr, WordPress, MySpace, StumbleUpon, YouTube, Digg, … Read more
Wikitup is a free desktop reference tool with extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Wikitup uses open-source data from sites like Wikipedia, Wikitionary, and Wikiquote to deliver search results quickly to your desktop via a system tray icon. It can translate selections in more than 700 languages as well as find photos and videos and present them in a Cooliris 3D Wall display.
To access Wikitup, we clicked the W icon in our Windows notification area, also known as the system tray. We right-clicked the icon and selected Settings, which let us select languages, data sources, hot keys, … Read more
Notekeeping software offers two substantial advantages over paper notes: first, handwriting recognition expertise is not required; and second, you have a better place to keep your notes than your monitor's frame. Efficient Sticky Notes Portable offers all the features of the typical e-notekeeper, with some advantages. It's free, for instance, and it's totally portable, meaning it can go with you on a thumbdrive, smartphone, or other portable device and run on any Windows PC.
Efficient Sticky Notes Portable's layout takes the familiar Explorer-style route, with a left-hand navigation panel and a main view split horizontally between … Read more
Regis Gaughan's Facebook Photo Zoom is a free Google Chrome extension that does a simple but useful thing: it automatically displays the full version of Facebook photos when you hover your cursor over them. It saves a lot of time over opening each image separately, especially if you're low on bandwidth, and it makes it easier to recognize friends and other familiar faces.
Google Chrome extensions generally download and install in a flash, and you don't need to restart your browser to start using them. Facebook Photo Zoom is managed from the Extensions page on the Tools … Read more
Google Chrome's structure makes it especially easy for developers to build extensions and add them to Chrome. Developers have responded with an incredible diversity of free add-ons, such as AstroCamp's MyKundali. It brings Indian astrology to Chrome's address bar via an icon that you click to access your personalized astrological charts and readings.
Like most Chrome extensions, MyKundali is easy to install. Clicking the program icon opens a startup dialog, in which we entered a variety of personal details such as birth date. We also had to enter our (fairly) precise location in the world in longitude … Read more
When you lock a keychain in OS X, the system will make a brief sound like a latch closing, which indicates that the keychain has been locked. In most systems this will not regularly happen, but if you have created alternate keychains or have modified your login keychain to automatically lock, then this sound is a convenient indicator that you will need to reauthenticate to use your keychain. A number of people have found that after upgrading to OS X 10.6.7 they hear this keychain lock sound occur rather frequently.
This problem is likely happening mostly for people … Read more