Foxit Reader is one of the best free PDF tools available. It's a full-featured PDF solution that can open, edit, print, sign, and, yes, create fully compatible PDFs. It's fast, light, secure, and easy on system resources; yet it leaves nothing out. It integrates with context menus in Windows (XP to 8) as your default PDF tool, but Foxit Reader works alongside other PDF software, including Adobe Reader. But Foxit is no Adobe clone; in fact, many users prefer it to Adobe and other PDF programs, free or not. Recent updates to Foxit Reader 6 include improved support … Read more
TouchCopy for Mac lets you transfer all your favorite media, such as music and playlists, videos, podcasts, album art, and more, from an iOS device to your Mac, quickly and painlessly. The app is small in size, so you'll have it up and running on your Mac in no time. You'll appreciate its smooth performance even more.
As soon as you launch TouchCopy for Mac, you will be notified that you're running the Demo version, which allows you to copy 100 files for free to your iTunes library. To import more files, or to back up and … Read more
dupeGuru for Mac locates and removes duplicate photos, documents, programs, and other files from your computer so you don't have to do it, manually. You'll find this app especially useful if you have several hard disks and store a lot of files on them.
After installing dupeGuru for Mac, you are greeted by a menu describing it as "fairware," a licensing concept that basically means that you can enjoy all the features of the app without paying for it, but that you can only delete 10 duplicate files without a full license. The app sports a … Read more
In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.
Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. Google acquired Widevine in 2010; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.
DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central … Read more
CopyTrans TuneTastic scans your iTunes library and finds duplicates, orphan tracks, and missing tracks. While the program also claims to look for albums without artwork, this option wasn't available in our tests.
The download took less than a minute since CopyTrans TuneTastic is only 6MB in size. There's no installation needed since this is a portable application. Upon startup the user can choose to click on the links to the user guide page, short YouTube video guide, or FAQ page. The links for user guide and FAQ actually lead to the same Web page. To use this app, … Read more
As Dropbox hosted its first developer conference on Tuesday, conjuring up images of a future without hard drives and announcing its plans for cloud domination, some users still aren't happy.
Despite people being more or less satisfied with the actual service, many users complain about Dropbox's pricing. It's just too expensive, they say.
CNET performed a cost comparison with Dropbox and some of its main competitors to find out if the cloud storage and synching service is pricier than what else is out there.
CNET looked at similar plans for Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive, Apple's … Read more
Your Web browser can save complete Web pages, but Cyotek WebCopy saves entire Web sites to your hard drive for offline viewing. Some Web sites are huge, so WebCopy's filtering rules and other options help keep things manageable. Recent updates include Windows 8 compatibility and improved options for setting the Accept and Accept-Language headers. WebCopy is freeware.
WebCopy's user interface isn't large or complex, and the tool itself isn't difficult to pick up and use without consulting the Help menu's plentiful resources. But the Rules box next to the Forms and Passwords box and the … Read more
Rich text formatting, be gone!
Two questions: Do you use a Mac? Do you find yourself copying and pasting text throughout the workday? If you answered "yes" to both questions, I would recommend spending $2.99 in the Mac App Store on Get Plain Text.
Once installed and running, Get Plain Text places an icon in your Mac's menu bar. Click on it and from the drop-down menu, choose "Automatically clear formatting." Now when you copy and paste text, you'll grab only the text and none of its formatting. You can easily turn this … Read more
The days of physical media are slowly but surely drawing to a close. Of the last 10 movies I rented, eight came from Amazon Instant Video and one from iTunes. There wasn't a shiny silver platter in sight.
That said, lots of folks have giant DVD libraries, and with good reason. DVDs are cheap. They work great in minivans that have DVD players. And, um, oh, what was that third one again? I can't...sorry. Oops.
Microsoft's ownership of Skype has placed it in the crosshairs of a patent lawsuit.
CopyTele, a company that calls itself "specialists in patent monetization and patent assertion," launched its suit today, alleging that some of the technology used in Skype violates patents owned by its subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corp.
In its complaint, CopyTele is asserting the infringement of two U.S patents -- "Method and apparatus for securing e-mail attachments" and "Portable telecommunication security device," both granted in 2005.
Both patents concern secure Web-based peer-to-peer communications, such as those used by Skype. … Read more