There's no question that some notifications are very useful. However, on some occasions you will find that your inbox is being swamped with too much information about your social networks. For instance, if you have Google+ installed on your mobile device, not only will you receive a push notification there, but you'll also receive an e-mail telling you about the notification. And after a while, this process starts to sound too similar to the Xzibit meme that circled the Interwebs for quite some time. (Except this would read more like: "yo dawg we heard you like notifications, … Read more
We find to-do lists to be one of the easiest ways to increase our productivity and ensure that everything gets done. We typically go for a notepad and pen, but there are definite advantages to using software instead: it's easier to reorder and prioritize tasks and keep the list looking neat and clean. TodoPlus is a simple program that really only does one thing -- creates to-do lists -- and does it well. We think it's a great choice if you're looking for a straightforward way to organize your tasks.
TodoPlus has a plain and intuitive interface, … Read more
Seagate today launched a new family of external hard drives that's a continuation of its popular GoFlex line-up but now with a completely different name: the Seagate Backup Plus family.
While the GoFlex name is now in the past, the flexibility remains with the external hard drives. The new Seagate Backup drives come in both a portable version, called Seagate Backup Plus, and a desktop version, called Seagate Backup Plus Desk. The former are bus-powered drives that are compact and don't require an external power adapter. The latter are larger drives, both in terms of physical size and … Read more
Notepad++ is a popular text editor and Notepad replacement with many useful features. One of its best features is its support for plug-ins. NppCrypt is a Notepad++ plug-in that lets you encrypt selected text or entire text files. If you don't want to use BitLocker in Windows 7 or TrueCrypt, here's how you can use Notepad++ to encrypt your text files.Install Notepad++ and NppCrypt plug-in
Step 1: Download and install Notepad++.
Step 2: Launch the plug-in manager by going to Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager.
Step 3: Select NppCrypt from the plug-in list, then … Read more
The act of downloading files online has been around for so many years that even I forget sometimes that there are apps out there to help me download faster. Even though our internet connections are so much faster these days, you know they can always be a little faster. For bigger files and updates, especially with MMORPGs, I often have to leave them on all-night, so the download is completed by the time I wake up.
I am sure you all have your own type of files you like to download online (hopefully nothing you aren't supposed to be … Read more
SocialPlus is a free Google Chrome extension that promises to add new features to your Facebook account, but many of your efforts will go unappreciated by anyone else unless they add the extension as well.
Once you add the extension to your browser, you'll see the SocialPlus menu in the upper-right-hand corner of the page the next time you log in to Facebook. You'll find options to select your settings, add filters, choose skins, and invite friends to use the extension. With simple check boxes for most options, setup is fairly simple. Under settings, you can opt out … Read more
Get ready to get your game on. E3 has begun:
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, called E3 for short, has kicked off. It's the big video game conference of the year, and even though the show has just begun, it looks like this is the year of the second screen. Both the Wii U and the Xbox 360 are showing off ways to tie tablet screen interaction with what's on the television, creating a richer game and entertainment experience. You can catch all our continuing coverage of the show at cnet.com/e3.
Nintendo's press conference isn't … Read more
There's no reason that desktops can't be both nice to look at and well organized. Art Plus ePix Wallpaper Calendar lets users have both, providing attractive background images and useful productivity tools. High-quality images and flexible configuration possibilities make Art Plus ePix Wallpaper Calendar a great addition to any desktop.
The program was easy to set up, letting us choose the frequency with which it changes our desktop wallpaper in increments ranging from 5 minutes to once a month. You can create a directory of your own images to use for this purpose, but we were quite impressed … Read more
Summer is a great time to catch up on the shows you weren't able to watch during the regular TV season -- or weren't sure would survive the year.
For example, Mrs. Cheapskate and I are planning to check out "Revenge," "Scandal," "Once Upon a Time," and perhaps "Grimm." Unfortunately, these freshman series have yet to show up on Netflix, so the only viable option for watching them on the cheap is Hulu Plus.
And for my money, there's no better way to pair Hulu Plus with your TV … Read more
It seems all of Facebook's fears regarding Google's "Search Plus Your World" have been confirmed...maybe.
New stats on referral traffic to Facebook from Google were recently released by a Facebook analytics company called PageLever. The news site Search Engine Land first reported this data. The numbers show that ever since "Search Plus Your World" launched in January, Facebook's traffic has taken a nosedive.
What's strange, however, is that referral traffic from Bing is also down -- and obviously Bing doesn't use "Search Plus Your World."
Google rolled out &… Read more