Generally each account on an OS X system is protected with a password; however, the security of a system can be compromised by the use of an insecure password. For example, common passwords like "12345," "password," or "letmein," or short passwords may be easily guessed. Sometimes account holders on a multiuser system may even use a blank password, which can easily let anyone into their accounts. By default OS X will warn users of such practices and recommend strong passwords be used, but ultimately does not prevent users from setting whatever password they want.… Read more
More likely than not, at some point in your ownership of an Apple device, you've wanted to load a file directly to it, either for storage or to access it in some capacity - a PDF, a video or a folder of tools. While you can load images through iPhoto, and music, videos and documents in iTunes, the interface is limited and you can't create folders or other storage tools to keep your files organized. USB & Wi-Fi Flash Drive Free solves that problem by turning your iOS device into an on-the-go flash drive alternative that you can … Read more
Lytro, a Silicon Valley startup making an unusual new light-field camera, said today Jason Rosenthal will take over as chief executive on April 15.
He'll replace interim CEO Charles Chi, who took over when founder Ren Ng stepped aside as CEO in 2012. Ng will remain executive chairman, the company said.
Lytro's light-field camera allows photographers to focus an image after the fact, but also reduces resolution and makes sharing photos less convenient than … Read more
Android is the go-to for gearheads because of all the custom ROMs you can put on your phone. ROM Manager makes it even easier by taking the guesswork out of installing the Clockwork Mod, one of the more popular custom ROMs, on your phone. It lets you back up your installations, search for new updates, and more.
ROM Manager only works with the Clockwork Mod, so you have to have that installed for this to work. This app won't even let you do anything without already having rooted your phone. While it won't hold your hand through the … Read more
By the end of the workday, my Internet research and wanderings leave me with dozens upon dozens of open tabs. This trail of tabs is confusing to navigate and leaves my laptop feeling sluggish. If you use tabs as temporary bookmarks as I do and use Chrome, I suggest you give OneTab a whirl. This Chrome extension lets you convert all of your open tabs into a list, which lets you reopen each tab individually, restore all at once, or share all as a Web page. Managing a multitude of tabs via OneTab's lists is easier than juggling the … Read more
Today the data contained on mobile devices can be priceless. No one knows this better than someone who has lost or destroyed their phone together with all contacts, media files, and important documents. Android Sync Manager Wi-Fi handles this problem with ease by backing up selected files wirelessly from your Android device to your home PC.
Setup of Android Sync Manager Wi-Fi consist of two parts. The installation is only the first part of the process and is pretty quick and easy. The second step is to download the desktop software from the Web. The PC software is significantly more … Read more
Tired of having all those undesired applications start up automatically after booting your smartphone or tablet? Can't find a way to add an application you want to your system startup simply because this option is not supported in the settings? Startup Manager Free for Android does a good job of dealing with these issues. However, for this app to function properly your phone needs to be rooted.
Because smartphones don't tend to be restarted very often, this app will be more useful for tablet owners because they usually shut the device down after every use. Startup Manager Free … Read more
Commercial MP3s and other digital music files provide a wealth of information about the songs in addition to the audio-playback itself. This metadata makes it easy to display the track name, artist, album, and other facts about the songs in your playback device or program.
When you use an application such as the free Audacity audio-editing utility to convert music from LPs, cassettes, or another analog source, the only metadata accompanying the tracks is whatever information you provide when you create the digital file. There's the rub.
In July 2011 I described how to use Audacity to convert LPs and audio cassettes to digital. … Read more
AnVir Task Manager Free Portable bundles together some powerful system maintenance tools in one portable package controlled by a single interface. It replaces Windows Task Manager, managing your startup menu, scanning for and removing viruses and malware, and even tweaking Windows settings by disabling unneeded processes and regularly cleaning up unnecessary files. Recent updates include improved traffic monitoring.
AnVir Task Manager is a substantial bundle with a 271MB download, which nevertheless would fit easily on nearly every portable storage device in use. Clicking the program's extracted executable file produced a dialog box offering two options, Run As Administrator (recommended) … Read more
PDFs are critical to businesses and just as important to many individuals, yet big-box PDF programs are often priced beyond reach. Fortunately, most of what you need to do with PDFs can be done just as well by individual applications, many of them freeware. For example, there's SkySof's PDF Bookmarks. It can create, edit, and delete bookmarks in PDF files. Its wizard-based operation is simple enough for the most tech-averse user. And, yes, it's free.
PDF Bookmarks opens with a simple, tabbed dialog box that basically walks new users through each step. There's nothing to memorize; … Read more