LAS VEGAS--What are the odds that you pour red wine on your laptop causing it to lose data? Quite likely; I've seen it happen. Now, what are the odds that your hard drive gets run over by a 35,000-pound excavator after it has endured heat of thousands of degrees for about 10 minutes and then been hosed down by cold water? Very unlikely, really.
However, that's exactly how far ioSafe, the company that makes disaster-proof storage devices, was willing to go to show how its new Solo SSD external hard drive can withstand even the most destructive … Read more
Chances are, right now you have something on your computer that you would rather other people not see. Financial information, a diary, photographic evidence of a night of debauchery--you know what we're talking about. Fortunately for you, SafeHouse Explorer USB Flash Drive Encryption makes it easy to keep your private stuff private, on a flash drive or on your computer.
In our adventures as software reviewers, we see a lot of amateurish software, so it was a breath of fresh air when we opened SafeHouse Explorer and found a well-designed and well-explained program. The application walks first-time users through … Read more
KeePass Password Safe Professional provides a helpful directory for remembering passwords and keeping them secure. While its layout was slightly confusing, its excellent results made us very happy, and to top it off, it's free.
The program's interface has a stark, directionless layout that initially turned us off. However, a visit to the Help file's instructions and some experimenting quickly opened this program up, and it actually proved to be easy to use. The program's functionality is quite simple: Follow an onscreen menu to enter a Web site's information and its corresponding user name and … Read more
Maurice Tuff, an electrical engineer from Newfoundland, is the brainpower behind a technology that will deter teenagers from reckless driving. Root Four Imagination, Inc. will be showcasing the Safe Driving Monitor, a device that monitors a driver's speed, distance traveled, and braking habits.
The company recently received $25,000 from the Provincial Government of Canada to better their marketing through an e-commerce enabled website, promotional materials, and possibly attending CES 2010.
Safe Driving monitor consists of two simple parts: a sensor that plugs into the car's diagnostic port (easily accessed underneath the steering wheel), and a keychain sensor … Read more
Web of Trust (WOT) for Firefox provides users with a simple meter for gauging a Web site's danger level. With easy to read warnings, this program only leaves one thing to chance with your safety.
The program does not have anything to offer on your computer's desktop because it embeds itself into your Firefox browser for quick access. Depending on the Web site you visit, the program's icon turns red, yellow, or green to illustrate the danger level. Clicking on the icon displays a chart showcasing Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Safety. The warnings are intuitive … Read more
Google has long made it possible for parents to restrict kids to "SafeSearch," but until now it was extremely easy to turn that off. With SafeSearch lock, Google makes it harder but far from impossible for kids to get around the restrictions. Google's Scott Rubin explains the new SafeSearch locks to Larry Magid.
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Google has long allowed parents a SafeSearch filtering setting that keeps kids from using the search engine to find inappropriate sites like those with explicit sexual images or text.
The problem was that kids could easily change those settings.
Starting Wednesday, however, the company is allowing parents to lock those settings to make it harder (though not impossible) for kids to bypass the settings.
To change the settings, the parent will have to log into his or her Google account and enter a password. Once the settings have been changed, the Google search engine will change in appearance to indicate … Read more
Old MacDonald (by Duck Duck Moose, the makers of Wheels on the Bus) is an interactive storybook for preschoolers based on the time-honored song of the same name. Kids navigate forward and back through the book's 12 "pages" using touch-screen arrows, and every page offers multiple opportunities for interaction with a simple slide or "poke." The song plays in several languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German) or with just instrumental accompaniment (piano, cello, violin, or kazoo)--or best of all, with a do-it-yourself recorded sing-along, which the app walks you through using karaoke-style subtitles.… Read more
Every now and again, a free utility or application stands out from the crowd. CodySafe from Codyssey is just such a tool. It's a portable application that is a menu utility for other portable applications. From CodySafe, you can download, launch, and manage a wide range of portable applications, everything from simple multimedia players and editors to a comprehensive "Swiss Army" suite of system management tools that would be perfect for on-call techs and others who have to fix things on the fly. Codyssey claims you can use it to turn a USB flash drive into a &… Read more