Do the blahs of winter get you down, and do warm, sandy, exotic locales sound appealing? Do you enjoy games that have a simple, fun premise? Games that involve skill-based competition and minimal rules instead of maze-like scenarios, heavy weaponry, and kegs of blood? How do you feel about bikini-clad athletes and Italian supermodels? If "all of the above" sounds familiar, you might be a Beach Volley Hot Sports fan and not even know it. It's a beach volleyball sim from Idoru that relies on accurate play based on the real sport's official rules instead of … Read more
Do you want to know the secret to success? Avoid Secrets of Success at all costs. This program isn't a program at all: it's a 52-page PDF that's full of grammatical errors and simpleminded advice.
This so-called program disappointed us right off the bat because you have to submit your name and e-mail address to register online and receive an activation code, which usually involves subsequent spammings. Once you've entered your code, you can open the PDF. Our eyes glazed over soon after reading the first paragraph, which is full of the worst sort of entrepreneurial … Read more
Like the love child of Barcode Scanner and Google Goggles, Google's new Shopper app for Android uses the smartphone's camera to list deals and steals. Unfortunately, underutilization of Google's vast resources keeps the app from helping you actually convert a listing into a purchase.
When you scan a barcode, or CD, DVD, book, or video game cover or speak or type a search, Google Shopper sources price comparisons (in U.S. currency only) from online stores and large chains like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target. The app lets you star favorites and share them online or via e-mail, … Read more
Complete Website Downloader sounds like a useful tool. It promises to download Web sites for offline viewing, which saves you money if you pay for Internet access by the minute. You can also use it to browse Web pages when traveling. Unfortunately, the program doesn't work too well.
The program's interface is plain and fairly intuitive, with large buttons for major features. It all seems simple enough: Select a Web site and click Start. The program downloads all of the files on the site. We weren't quite sure how well this would work with larger Web sites, … Read more
Mozilla's first Firefox browser for mobile touch-screen phones presents a likable design concept, an innovative approach to add-ons, and a better-than-fair browsing experience. However, there are a few snags for the Firefox team to work on as the browser develops on other mobile platforms.
We like the way that Firefox has downplayed the role of navigation on the screen by housing most of the navigation and settings on either side. Swipe your finger side to side to access favorites, navigation, and the settings menu.
The third-party add-ons in the Settings menu are Mozilla's big claim to fame, the … Read more
Polaris Free Video to MP3 Converter is an extremely easy-to-use program that allows users to convert a wide variety of video formats into MP3 audio files. It doesn't have much in the way of features, but for a lightweight file converter, we think it's a great choice.
The program's interface is plain and intuitive, with three large buttons that represent the program's features. Users simply select the video file or files that they want to convert, choose the desired output quality (there are 14 options, from 32k to 320k), and select an output folder. The program … Read more
ZeoOptimizer offers to help your computer run to its highest performance level. By seeking and destroying errors, this easy-to-use program is a great tool for improving your PC's speed, but its trial limitations left us wanting more.
The program's interface was delightfully simple to use, as its layout reminded us of some of the more basic virus-scan programs available. However, instead of seeking out viruses, this highly readable program is on the hunt for performance-killing errors. ZeoOptimizer searched an entire computer in only a matter of minutes, and it showcased its results on an easy-to-read list that allowed … Read more
Prism HUD provides an innovative way to monitor and visualize a computer's internal processes in real time. Its color coding and fast results make this a great program for those fascinated by their PC's innards, and it's free as well.
The program's interface was the first indication that this would be a terrific program. Its transparent look was always present and easy to read, but it never took our focus away from the computer screen. The program automatically handles all its duties. Various color-coded bars appeared in the upper right corner, displaying various elements of our … Read more
Innobate AntiVirus Free is a helpful tool in the fight against viruses and other online threats. With a simple setup and fast results, we felt secure in using and recommending this program.
Innobate's interface is broken down into easy-to-use tabs that give a feeling of being in complete control. We never needed to visit the program's Help file for instructions because the entire layout was so familiar and well organized. We were impressed at the speed at which Innobate scanned our computer for viruses, and with the smoothness of its operations too. The entire search took only about … Read more
Drewbuzz Radio provides an easy-to-use tool for listening to Malaysian Internet radio stations. With a simple layout and crystal-clear sound, this free program's only real flaw is its lack of descriptions like artist and genre that would make it easier to find tunes that suit your taste.
Drewbuzz Radio's interface is so incredibly easy to operate that we never cared that it lacked instructions. Its functions are broken down into a few simple commands that had us surfing for stations after only a few seconds. Drewbuzz Radio offers about a dozen stations that are identified by station names … Read more