Software maker Nero is known for its media tools. Nero Move It is a multimedia utility that can share, synch, and transfer image, music, and video files between more than 200 mobile devices. It also automatically converts media files into compatible types for each supported device, which greatly simplifies transferring files to several different devices. It works with cell phones, MP3 players, Apple iPhones and iPods, PDAs and Blackberries, digital cameras, and many other gizmos. It's fully optimized for Nvidia GPU video acceleration, which greatly improves performance and reduces the drain on system resources, especially for high-definition content, if … Read more
Computers use checksums to check for data transmission errors; basically, they count the bits in a block of data and compare the number to a previously generated sum. If the two match, all is well; if not, something's gone wrong and it's time to look for data errors. Checksum verifiers are handy utilities that can scan software to verify its integrity. Marxio File Checksum Verifier calculates and verifies the checksums of programs downloaded from the Internet. It's free, compact, and portable, making it especially useful to system administrators and others who manage more than one machine.
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Nebula Business Suite provides an impressive collection of tools for operating a small business office. While overwhelming at first, the program's results are worth the effort.
We felt the program's packed interface was its weakest element, though not for lack of direction. The various commands and options took a few minutes to sort out, but with guidance from the Help file we found a wealth of tools for monitoring expenses, creating quotes, writing checks, creating an invoice, and managing inventory. Creating these items was no more difficult than filling out an online order form. The longer we tinkered … 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
Eufony is a multifeatured media player that allows users to play, record, and convert audio files. It's not the most attractive program we've ever seen, but it works well enough and offers features that aren't always found together.
The program's interface is plain and utilitarian, with a tree-style directory that allows users to easily access audio files stored anywhere on their computers. It's fairly easy to figure out, although not all of its features are as intuitive as they should be. We had to consult the online Help file to figure out how to add … Read more
Late last year, Bowers & Wilkins was quietly showing off its fancy new P5 headphones and MM-1 multimedia speakers. Well, we got word that those products should be available for purchase in the next month or so, with the P5s priced at $299 and the MM-1s at $499.
With the distinct and stylish P5s, B&W's touting their natural sound, which allows you to wear them for longer without experience listening fatigue. The company claims these guys have "some of the most advanced technology ever to be put into a set of headphones," including specially developed … Read more
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA, pronounced "you-a-fa") is Europe's pro soccer governing body. It coordinates national leagues and international tournaments and championships, among other activities. The UEFA Informer is a free Windows Gadget that tracks UEFA football teams, matches, scores, fixtures, standings, and leagues in real time and delivers them to a customizable display that sits in the Windows desktop sidebar. It tracks all UEFA competitions and national leagues for some 51 countries, including Europe's "major leagues," the English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian domestic leagues.
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I'm a big proponent of stereo home theater, but I'd quickly concede that most home theater buyers are looking for multichannel systems. Of all the available multichannel options--11.1, 9.1, 7.1, 6.1, and 5.1 --that last one is the most popular, but that hasn't stopped most manufacturers from only offering 7.1-channel models. Budget-priced models are the only 5.1 receivers you can buy.
Fresh out the gate, Meebo is one of the better free iPhone apps for multinetwork instant messaging, but that's only half a compliment. Not that there isn't a lot to like about it. Its buddy lists show a search bar (though it should remain static as you scroll), it has thumbnail profile pictures, and an icon of the IM network your pal is on. There's also a chat screen to help manage open conversations. If the keyboard is locked away, you can swipe to jump among your open chats. Meebo's support of emoticon is marred only … Read more
Problem: You've just been handed a stack of papers that needs to be signed and returned, and there's no fax machine in sight. You have a pocketful of receipts you're tired of carrying around, and no place to file them. You need to convert a printed document into a PDF.
The solution for all these predicaments is Scanner Pro, which turns your iPhone into a mobile scanner that connects to everything from Dropbox to Evernote to MobileMe. Find the most well-lit setting you possibly can, run the app, then point your iPhone's camera at a document. … Read more