LAS VEGAS--HDMI had a rocky start, but overall it's been a boon for home theater fans, simplifying bundles of AV cables into one easy cable. While HDMI has drastically reduced cable clutter, Monster seeks to take that idea to the extreme with its recently announced SuperThin HDMI cables. With the cable measuring only 3.5mm thick, Monster claims the SuperThin cables are 65 percent thinner than a normal HDMI cable, making them easier to carry with portable gadgets like cameras and camcorders. And while the cables aren't HDMI 1.4 compatible, they do support HDMI 1.4'… Read more
In addition to the features announced on Tuesday at the Google press conference, the Nexus One will be getting even more functionality down the road, specifically Flash Player 10.1. In the video above, Adrian Ludwig of Adobe shows off the some of the work the company has been doing to bring Flash player to mobile devices. He demos several sites with various Flash elements, such as games, video, advertisements--all smoothly running on the Nexus One.
Flash Player 10.1 is said to be coming to the Nexus One in the first half of 2010, but Ludwig said there's … Read more
Caffeine keeps a computer from locking up or falling asleep by regularly simulating keystrokes. Like a strong cup of coffee, the program prevents your screensaver from kicking in without your having to disable the screensaver itself. It's handy for times when you don't want a screensaver but also don't want to change your desktop settings.
We enjoyed this program's interface, because it didn't try to overextend itself. Caffeine basically has only an on/off switch. It's pretty much impossible to be confused with such a simple layout. The program's description claims it simulated … Read more
YouRecorder provides a simple set of controls for recording all desktop action on a computer. With its incredibly simple controls and impressive results, this is a great tool for documenting your work.
YouRecorder's iPhone-mimicking interface is easy to operate and understand from the start. We never felt lost or confused since its commands are so intuitive. The program provides four distinct functions, all of which operate in basically the same manner. Whether you want to record your entire desktop, part of the screen, a small window, a video game, or a Webcam, the controls are a simple RECORD and … Read more
Simple Clicker claims to offer users an easier way to click though programs. While it does perform its auto-clicking task, we found this program virtually pointless and, worse, completely unhelpful, even disastrously so.
Its interface, while simple to operate, provides no onscreen navigation and was not particularly intuitive. Its Help file was equally sparse and actually left the program's main functionality undefined. Simple Clicker's interface only features a START and STOP button and a speed slider bar. After some experimenting, we realized this program imitates a user constantly clicking a mouse so that whatever the cursor is over … Read more
SystemUp Eraser 2009 is an exciting tool for removing data from a computer. With a professional design and thorough deletion methods, this program provides great security enhancement.
SystemUp Eraser has a professional-looking interface with an efficient design. Not only were all processes simplified, but also the graphics gave us the impression that a great deal of care had been taken in making this an easy-to-use program. We were able to select files, folders, or entire drives to erase. The program let us choose the level of complexity we wanted to apply to erasing. Each level did a masterful job of … Read more
If you're looking for a simple and precise tool for recording a computer's every movement, 7 Cove DemoRec provides the solution. The videos it creates are perfect for presentations, tutorials, and more, thanks to its easy operation and fast results.
The program's interface feels a little clinical but is simple enough to operate, and we never needed to consult the Help file. The program's primary function works like a VCR remote: you simply press Record, and 7 Cove records all your actions until you press Stop. The results are a perfect facsimile of everything that happens … Read more
Portable Movie Maker is a simple program that allows users to edit video clips together into one movie. Although we like the interface and a lot of the features, certain parts of the program didn't work quite as well as they should have.
The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, making the potentially complicated process of editing a movie quite simple. The Collections tabs allows users to view all of the clips that they'll be working with, while the Tasks tabs includes such items as capturing video and editing and finishing the movie. Putting the clips together … Read more
Comodo System Cleaner collects three free and useful cleaning utilities: Registry Cleaner, Disk Cleaner, and Privacy Cleaner. Running these utilities will rid your computer of duplicate, harmful, or otherwise unnecessary files.
The interface of this program is colorful and easy to navigate and use. Before it runs a cleaning task, it creates a backup of your system to prevent any accidental loss of data, which is a great benefit. Day-to-day computing inevitably causes stray files and other debris to build up in your system, and it's often difficult to find and delete it all. We ran each of Comodo … Read more
Loaris Trojan Remover scans and removes Trojans and other harmful spyware from your computer. It can do a quick scan of critical files or a deep and thorough scan of your whole computer.
This program's interface is clean and simple to use. Those familiar with virus protection software will find the program's layout similar to many popular programs. For users new to antivirus software, Loaris offers a good Help file that will get you up and running. To test the program, we had it do a quick scan of a target computer, which it accomplished with no problems. … Read more