FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It's a free, open source standard for compressing audio files. It's popular because it's lossless: Storing your tunes as FLAC files preserves their quality better than more "lossy" standards, including MP3s. While many media players handle FLAC files, plenty of portable devices don't. If you store digital music as FLAC files but your portable player doesn't play them, you'll need to convert them to MP3s first. For that job, you'll need a tool like PolySoft's Free FLAC to MP3 Converter. It's totally … Read more
WatApp, at least according to the publisher, provides your work and travel itinerary at your fingertips on your phone. We don't speak Bulgarian, the language featured with this app, but bad design is bad design, and we don't think you need an interpreter to recognize it. And WatApp is a victim of bad design and overall bad performance.
The main screen of WatApp contains three large icons: News, WAT about, and My Profile. We tapped the News icon once, twice, three times and nothing happened. A fourth time introduced a news page that was all in Bulgarian, and … Read more
Apple's attempt at creating its own mapping app didn't start out on the right foot and could certainly use a bit more tweaking, but, thankfully, Google has stepped in to provide frustrated users with an iPhone version of its popular mapping service.
Google Maps for iOS first asks you to sign in to save your favorite places and to access past searches. You can opt to skip that step, however. The main screen is stripped down so that you can get a full view of the map. A search bar resides at the top, and you can tap … Read more
A lot of people don't realize that browsing the Web on your smartphone can be just as dangerous as browsing the Web on your PC. Your phone is just as susceptible to malware as your computer. GetCocoon is a browser for your phone that offers you a layer of protection. However, we found its performance spotty, and the lack of privacy options for unpaid members left a lot to be desired.
When getting started, you have the option of logging in with a username and password, or selecting the Browse Without Logging In option. We selected the latter option, … Read more
Doing a one-time search for a particular video through the popular online video search sites offering billions of videos sounds like a great time saver. Vuclip Mobile Video Search for Android is looking to be your guide in this process, but it should really start by searching for the videos you want it to find first. When it does find them, it's tough to even get them to work.
This app offers a beautiful and well-thought-out interface but it doesn't completely deliver when it comes to its options. Even though the official site for this app aggregates results … Read more
IP cameras are one of the most viable solutions offered to security-conscious small businesses and homeowners. You can access them from any computer with an Internet connection. SuperLivePro lets you watch some cameras from your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. However, you might not be able to tap into all of your camera's features with this app.
SuperLivePro app offers a neat interface, but it doesn't come with any support or documentation that tells you which camera models it works with. That means you'll have to download it and hope it works with your cameras. It touts support … Read more
For all their processor-stressing, battery-draining drawbacks, live wallpapers are still lovely to watch. This one animates the rainbow-esque screen that comes stock on Nexus gadgets and has become associated with Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich LWP will let you watch those swirls and bubbles in the wallpaper dance around.
The installation of this app goes smoothly. Most of the knocks against this wallpaper are the same as for any live wallpaper. It sucks your battery charge very quickly and it pushes your phone's RAM more than a wallpaper really should. It's clear that this particular live wallpaper … Read more
What's brown, lumpish, and a bit messy? Not to mention cute, funny, and fun to play with? If you said Pou, you're right on all counts. Pou is an alien pet that you must feed and take care of. He's very hungry and is likely to get the shakes if you don't feed him regularly -- and he's not the neatest of diners, so you have to bathe and groom him, just like taking care of a real pet. That's Pou's not-so-dirty secret: as with other virtual pets, taking care of Pou teaches … Read more
In this free game, it's the end of the world and you play the title role of The Last Driver. The only aim is to keep the life bar full, which means constantly handling new challenges. The Last Driver, with its clean intuitive interface, offers a good gaming experience for both advanced and casual users.
Users will be put behind the wheel of a Mad Max-like Muscle Car, while they try to endure diverse challenges at a time when zombies are everywhere and the world is literally falling apart. Unlike some games with the goal of saving the world, … Read more
Stanza for Mac is an e-book reader for Mac OS and iOS devices. Available from the App Store, the basic Stanza for Mac is free for a trial period, then must be updated to unlock all the features. Stanza for Mac installs easily.
The Stanza for Mac interface is clean. A list of your downloaded content appears when it's launched (and can be sorted several ways), and clicking on a book opens a clean reader interface. Downloadable content can be accessed from almost every source. Whether you're reading a book, magazine, or other digital publication, Stanza for Mac … Read more