Happy Friday! Just in time for a beautiful weekend here in San Francisco, we are giving away free copies of Cyberlink PhotoDirector 4 that normally MSRPs for $99.99. You all know by now that I take gazillion photos of my baby everyday, but you should also know that I sometimes have to take fifty photos to get one awesome photo, especially when she's constantly on the move like she is now. So, having a great photo editing and sharing tools are important to me, so I can easily put together a collage or do a quick edit before … Read more
While the general public appears to still be making up its mind about Google Glass and the idea of wearing a face computer, in some fields of work the wearable could be a helpful asset.
One such field is medicine. By using Glass, doctors won't have to use their hands to dig through files, search computers, or look up facts on a tablet. With a simple nod of the head or blink of the eye, they could get all of the real-time information they need without having to leave a patient.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has … Read more
TaxACT 2013 Free Federal Edition guides you step-by-step through the process of filing your 2013 federal tax return for hassle-free filing. Just answer the questions presented on each page, and watch your refund grow as you work your way through the program.
Each time you open TaxACT, you'll have the option of reopening a return you've already started or starting a new one. To start a return, you only need to create an account by entering your e-mail, a preferred username, a password, and a security question and answer. Once you're into the program, itself, you'll … Read more
The Arab Spring has all but disappeared from daily news headlines, but the uncertainty lingers concerning the fate of a missing computer engineer who was detained by the Syrian government two years ago.
On March 15, 2012, Syrian authorities detained Bassel Khartabil, a free-software activist who had used cell phone videos to document the first massive protests breaking out against the Assad regime, and who shared the videos with international news outlets. He has not been released.
Now as the anniversary of his disappearance nears, Fosfor, a digital publisher, has released "Bassel: Behind the Screens of the Syrian Revolution,&… Read more
Free YouTube to MP3 Converter Studio is a quick music downloader with just enough features to make the grade. It will let you easily fill your hard drive with tunes you find on YouTube, but it would be nice if it let you grab the video with the audio. If you don't need that from your YouTube downloader, this app will fit most needs.
This program lets you grab videos right from YouTube and download them to your computer. Since it only grabs the audio from the videos, it works remarkably quickly; no download took more than a minute … Read more
Free WMA to MP3 is a fine converter, if all you need is to change over your WMA files. Sadly, most people will want a converter with more format support, and those aren't terribly difficult to find. This app does make up for that obvious lack of support with quality performance, though.
This app takes WMAs -- and only WMAs -- and turns them into MP3s or WAV files. You can't input any other file type, meaning you have to keep the original handy if you ever want the file to go back to its original format. There … Read more
Free RAR Extractor is fine at unpacking compressed files, but it doesn't do anything to help you compress new batches of files. So, if you spend all of your time opening zipped files, you may prefer this widget over a more complex compression option. Otherwise, stick to the big names in zipping like 7zip and PeaZip.
This program unzips compressed files you receive, so you can access all of the individual files inside. Though it name-drops RAR, it supports just about every compression style you can think of, including the popular alternatives to RAR like ZIP. It never took … Read more
Free Business Desktop Icons has plenty of options, but none of the icons it presents are real home runs. There are too many retreads and repeats that limit your choices. While you'll probably be able to get some use out of these, you'll be downloading a lot of stuff you'll never use to do it.
This is a collection of animated icons that you could use to decorate a business card, Web site, letterhead, or other official business document. Though there are dozens upon dozens of options, there are only nine designs that are made in multiple … Read more
Text Tones for iOS 7 Free provides dozens of new ringtones that you can add to your phone and then set as your default for any alerts. This app gives you the tools to get new ringtones onto your phone via syncing with iTunes so you can have ringtones that set you apart from all the other iPhone users out there.
Opening Text Tones for iOS 7 Free takes you to a list of recommended ringtones. You can also switch to the list of all ringtones by touching the tab at the top of the screen. No matter which list … Read more