While e-books are steadily gaining in popularity with the reading public, an overabundance of devices and formats keeps the lid on. The market will probably sort out the competition the way it always does, but until then, your options are to limit your reading to titles available for your reader, or convert e-books into a format your reader supports. That's where Hamster Free Book Converter enters the story. This simple, free tool lets you drag and drop or add e-book titles in a wide range of formats and either choose your device or file type to automatically convert them … Read more
It's annoying to try to delete a file or folder, only to be told you can't because it's locked, usually because it's already open in another application. Most of the time, simply closing stuff and trying again does the job. When it doesn't, try a file unlocker, a simple tool that frees files and folders from whatever has them locked, even when you're not sure what's holding up the show. We tried IOBit's Unlocker, a free utility that unlocks files and folders so that you can delete or modify them.
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Cradle of Rome combines the popular tile-matching puzzle format with an empire-building element; the Roman Empire, of course. It's similar to plenty of other puzzle games we've seen, but the Roman twist gives this puzzle game a fun extra challenge.
To play Cradle of Rome, you must first download the Free Ride Games manager, which will then download the game--along with plenty of others, if you're not paying attention. The price of admission is steep for this free game; advertising appears both in the form of videos that delay and interrupt your game and as Flash-based banner … Read more
Flip Words 2 is an addictive word puzzle that's part seek-and-find, part Wheel of Fortune, and all fun. If you like the challenge of creating words out of random letters and solving riddles, you'll find Flip Words 2 to be totally addictive.
Like all games from Free Ride Games, you will first have to download the game manager, which will then download Flip Words 2. It will also download a variety of other games without your permission unless you stop it. There's plenty of advertising, too; there's a video ad you have to sit through before … Read more
Puzzle games: they're so simple, yet so addictive. If you find that you're a sucker for games that involve rearranging tiles to match them up and clear them from the board, try Atlantis Quest. This adventure-themed game takes players though ancient lands on a quest to find the lost continent of Atlantis. It's not unlike many other puzzle games in this genre, but there's a good reason for the popularity of this kind of game: it's fun!
Be aware that before downloading Atlantis Quest, you'll first have to download the Free Ride Games manager, … Read more
We have a love-hate relationship with desktop enhancements: when they work well, they can definitely change your computing experience for the better, but when they don't, they can be a tremendous pain in the rump. Unfortunately, Smart Desktop falls squarely in the "pain in the rump" camp, delivering potentially useful features in a totally unworkable package.
Smart Desktop is nothing if not ambitious, attempting to cram a tremendous number of tools onto the desktop, including the weather forecast, a slideshow of our images, three different search engines, a calendar, a notepad, information about system performance, and what … Read more
Sometimes we encounter desktop enhancements that change things that we never realized anyone could want or need to change. This is the case with Drive Icon Changer, which will change the icon associated with your various drives when you view them in My Computer.
We get the feeling that anyone who really wanted to do this could figure it out without the help of software, and it seems to us that the real purpose of Drive Icon Changer is to direct traffic to the creator's blog and Twitter account. But if you really do need a quick way to … Read more
Red-eye: In horror movies, it's usually a bad sign. It's a bad sign in your snapshots, too. Now that digital cameras are everywhere, so is red-eye. Fortunately, so are free tools to remove redeye from your digital snapshots. Like Free Red-eye Reduction Tool, which is both an accurate name and apt description for this simple photo editing app. LifeSniffer's free tool makes it supereasy to correct red-eye from portraits and groups, removing the (occasionally alarming) effect that can make family snapshots look like horror movie stills with just a few mouse clicks.
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Bikini Bottom's famed Coral Hills are wilting. You can help get them blooming again, if you stay away from stinging jellyfish and other perils (and your name happens to be SpongeBob). SpongeBob Square Pants Pyramid Peril is a free Softendo game in which you (you being SpongeBob SquarePants) hop about a coral reef, changing wilted squares to healthy blooming coral one by one without getting stung or falling off the reef. It's simple, silly undersea fun.
The game's installer offered to include a Super Mario-themed toolbar, which we declined. Pyramid Peril's start screen includes How to … Read more
Smart Address Bar is a free Web browser add-on that turns your address bar into a search tool. "My address bar is already a search tool," you say? Ours too, but we were a little surprised to find that Smart Address Bar made actual improvements. We tried Smart Address Bar for Firefox in Firefox 9x. While we were trying it, Firefox 10 came out, but Smart Address Bar handled the update fine.
As with other Firefox add-ons, activating Smart Address Bar requires restarting Firefox, which is easy enough to do without losing any open pages. Smart Address Bar'… Read more