Despite its name, letter-grade scoring, and nostalgic background of college-ruled paper, Dictionary.com insists Miss Spell's Class is aimed at their core demographic of high school and university students, and business professionals. The application is straightforward and holds some appeal, we'll give it that. In one short session, typically under a minute, you quickly decide which of the 20 words in the round are spelled correctly or incorrectly. Points are knocked off for inaccuracy, with 10 seconds for each error added to your total time. If it takes you forty seconds to go through the list, but you … Read more
Though this privacy tool successfully cleaned our browsing history and unwanted files, it was marred by an unintuitive user interface.
Upon installing File Secret, you will have to create a username and password. The user interface is a little on the cluttered site. Large menu buttons run across the top of the window, and each menu's options are displayed in the panel below. The Home menu features tools for cleaning your browsing history, temporary files, cookies, and the like. We selected all of the cleaning options and the program quickly and successfully wiped our computer clean. The other menu … Read more
Play With Pictures takes one of the most essential image editing features and expands it into an entire program. It is not a photo editor, at least not in the mold of Photoshop. Play With Pictures takes the cut-and-paste feature and simplifies the process while building out supplementary features for creating online avatars, greetings cards, and other projects that require image mash-ups.
The interface presents a re-imagining of the image editing toolset, gearing users towards projects instead of stand-alone edits. The left nav toolbar even notes the steps needed to take a user from start to finish. Tools are categorized … Read more
Cryptomax WipeData lets users safely and permanently remove files. Because of its trial limitation, we weren't able to try every feature, but it proved to be a capable tool.
The program has a very easy-to-use interface, and a wizard walks you through the deletion process, so you likely won't need any help. Which is good, because none is offered. If you aren't ready to pay for the program, you're only choice is the Normal wipe. The Advanced method has more rewrite options, but requires payment first. With just a few clicks, files and folders were quickly … Read more
This simple encryption tool worked, but if privacy is what you're looking for, you won't find it since the program isn't password-protected.
Crypturn's user interface is very straightforward. Simply browse for the file, enter and verify your key, and click OK to encrypt or decrypt the file. The program doesn't offer a Help file, only a vague three-step guide. It also doesn't offer users the choice of encryption options. When we put it to the test, it quickly and easily encrypting and decrypting files. But we found that the program itself isn't password-protected, … Read more
An iPhone is many things, but a massage therapist it is not. However, if you're in a pinch, the lightweight app Massager may sooth you until your next appointment. The app takes advantage of the iPhone's vibrating motor to create four patterns based on Swedish, Shiatsu, deep muscle, and relaxation massage. Starting and stopping the massage are easy enough to accomplish by tapping and untapping the button. While you can manually increase the intensity by putting some muscle behind the iPhone's flat face, it doesn't even come close to what a pronged massager can do. Yet … Read more
Of the handful of voice-transcription iPhone apps to search the Web or place a call, Vlingo's is the best. Speaking into the phone searches the Web using Google or Yahoo, dials contacts, finds a place on a map, and updates your status on Twitter and Facebook without ever touching a keyboard.
Vlingo lacks the terrific, but iPhone SDK-violating feature to raise the handset to your head to begin a search, but makes up for it by creating a voice recognition profile for your phone book and by letting you preview Twitter and Facebook text before it updates your status.… Read more
If you're looking for a recipe or meal idea, BigOven for iPhone is a satisfactory mobile representation of what the Internet database and desktop recipe finder can do. The search bar, favorite button, and glossary are clearly defined, as are buttons to jump forward and back, to flag a recipe for later, and one to return you to the Home screen. The recipes render perfectly in portrait mode, but don't expect to view any horizontally; you'll be disappointed. You should also know that you can save and tag recipes only after you've logged in to a … Read more