The system image tool in Windows might not be the tool that Microsoft prefers you use for backups, but it's still a good tool for migrations and disaster recovery. As CNET's Rick Broida found out painfully, Windows will behave unexpectedly every now and then, particularly after OS upgrades. This is where having a system image can be a big help.
Nexus 5 owners hoping to snap better pictures will get some help from Android 4.4.1.
Due to launch in the next few days, the latest Android update is geared toward fixing and enhancing the Nexus 5's picture-taking ability, The Verge said on Thursday. Speaking with Google's Director of Engineering Dave Burke, The Verge learned that the changes fall into different categories.
The Nexus camera's autofocus, exposure, and white balance have been improved, reducing the motion blur that often cropped up in photos under certain conditions. The camera app is a second quicker, giving Nexus 5 … Read more
FormulaCalculator for Mac offers users numerous advanced calculator features, including tools for finance, geometry, and unit conversions. It's not the most intuitive program we've ever used, but it's not a bad choice if you're looking for features beyond the offerings of Apple's native Calculator app.
FormulaCalculator's interface is fairly straightforward, with a number pad on the right and algebraic and trigonometric functions on the left. A drop-down menu lets users select the finance, geometry, or unit conversion libraries; once one of these is selected, an additional drawer slides out to the right displaying additional … Read more
CarrierEditor for Mac lets users with iOS devices change the icon that's displayed for their wireless carrier. The app is easy to use, but unfortunately, it didn't work for us.
We're not ones to really fiddle around much with our iPhone 5's display, so we were a little nervous about trying CarrierEditor for Mac. It ended up being incredibly easy to use, with a wizard-style interface that walked us through each step of the process. We were first instructed to select a new icon to use in place of our phone's existing carrier logo. A … Read more
Sleep No More for Mac allows users to specify the amount of time that passes before their Mac goes to sleep. This is nothing that you can't accomplish with Apple's Energy Saver preferences, but it's quite handy to be able to easily control this setting from the menu bar.
Clicking on Sleep No More's menu bar icon reveals an attractive dial-style interface that's divided into ten-minute increments; users can adjust the delay from ten minutes up to one day. Just select the time you want and then click the Postpone Sleep Mode button. As promised, … Read more
Broomstick for Mac offers a solution for users who find their menu bars crowded with the icons of apps they have installed. By allowing users to hide icons -- at least some of them -- Broomstick promises a tidier menu bar. However, Broomstick is kind of a pain to use, and we're not sure it's really worth the hassle.
Getting started with Broomstick for Mac is easy enough; opening the application reveals a straightforward menu with options to hide an app, show an app, customize the order of the menu bar icons, check for updates, or submit an … Read more
Jewish Calendar for Mac is a no-frills app that shows Jewish months, holidays, parshiot, and more. It's nothing fancy, but it's a great way to keep track of and print these important days and events.
Jewish Calendar for Mac's interface is plain and not especially attractive, but its simplicity makes it easy to navigate. Users can choose between Gregorian and Julian calendars, and each day is labeled with the current Jewish month. Users can also opt to have the calendar display parsha, Omer, and Chol Hamoed, and can switch between diaspora and Israeli calendars. There's no … Read more
Tetris for Mac is a pretty standard rendition of the classic Tetris puzzle game. Since Tetris is so popular and there are so many different iterations of it available, it's hard to have much tolerance for versions that aren't perfect. And this version, while playable, has a couple of problems that make it difficult to recommend.
The first issue we had with Tetris for Mac was that it was too long to display properly on our 13-inch MacBook Pro's screen, and there was no way to resize it. Once we started playing, we couldn't see the … Read more
Leko's TextCutie adds adorable cuteness to your Android text messages. This free app lets you customize messages with backgrounds, fonts, and effects that are easy to apply, and it works with practically any social media or messaging app, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Regular new releases include themes for holiday greetings. TextCutie 1.6.1 runs on most Android devices (2.2 and up) and is supported by ads.
TextCutie opened with a lace-trimmed pink text field above buttons labeled "Cutify" and "Store" and a four-leaf clover we could tap to randomize … Read more
TwitterTicker for Mac is a screensaver that promises to display content from your Twitter feed. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to get it to run properly. We really like the idea of this screensaver; but in its current incarnation, we can't recommend it.
Our first issue with TwitterTicker was that once it was installed, we couldn't figure out how to get it to connect with our Twitter account. In the Screen Saver Options menu there was a place for us to select our Twitter account from a drop-down menu, but our Twitter account wasn't … Read more