When you hear about the music industry these days, there are often figures claiming that digital music downloads--led by new initiatives from the likes of Amazon, Nokia, MySpace, and, of course, Apple--are up year over year by more than 25 percent, and now account for about 20 percent of overall music sales. But let's get the numbers straight. Despite some bright spots, the vast majority of digital downloads are unauthorized and cost nothing.
When you hear about the music industry these days, there are often figures claiming that digital music downloads--led by new initiatives from the likes of Amazon, Nokia, MySpace, and, of course, Apple--are up year-over-year by more than 25 percent, and now account for about 20 percent of overall music sales. But let's get the numbers straight. Despite some bright spots, the vast majority of digital downloads are unauthorized and cost nothing. In fact, a recent report by IFPI, a body that promotes and "safeguards" digital music, says that in 2008 a whopping 95 percent of all music … Read more
If you install and uninstall lots of programs like we do, sometimes you're left with context menu options that are no longer valid. This program lets you manage your context menu, but make sure you read the Help file before getting started.
1-abc.net Right Click Configurator has a very clean user interface that is pretty easy to understand. All of your context menu options are listed in a large window and are grouped together by availability. For example, certain entries, such as file encryption, are only available by right-clicking on a file, while others are only available by … Read more
Thanks to this free utility's well-designed user interface, managing our Vista settings was as simple as checking and unchecking our selections.
VistaTweaker uses tabs to organize all of Vista's settings. They are broken down into System, Windows UI, Internet Explorer, Software, Network, Performance, and Miscellaneous. The contents of each tab are broken down further into subcategories. Despite all of the settings options, we were never overwhelmed. From the interface, there are also options for checking or unchecking all of the options in one fell swoop. During our tests, we randomly made selections, from disabling notifications for new programs … Read more
Don't let its name fool you; this little utility comes with a wide range of options for not only shutting down, but also for hibernating and restarting your computer at times specified by you.
Easy ShutDown has a very basic user interface. We were disappointed to find that it didn't include a Help feature, but we were able to navigate the program very easily. Using either the menu options or toolbar commands, you can add multiple shutdown actions. When adding a new action, you can opt to activate the action after a certain amount of time, at a … Read more
If something on your system is running amok, or you think you might have a spy in your midst, or you're simply curious (or obsessive) about the inner workings of your network, give this simple program a look. TCPView presents you with a very simple interface that is appropriate to its purpose and relatively easy to use. You get a list of the TCP/UDP connections on your system, and the ability to interact with specific connections or the process that created them.
The list auto-updates as connections are created or destroyed, so you can see your network activity … Read more
Helio, the "virtual" wireless operator that was bought by Virgin Mobile USA last year, is about to launch the next rendition of its flagship smartphone called the Ocean 2, Silicon Alley Insider reported Friday.
The Web site cited a company representative who said that the new phone could go on sale as early as next month.
Several blogs mentioned the existence of the new phone back in May. At the time, Engadget reported the devicewould have a 3-megapixel camera, a dual-slider design like the first Ocean, 1GB internal storage, Flash support in the browser, 30fps video recording, a touch-sensitive pad, a microSD card slot, plus PC sync capability. … Read more