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
Writer for Text Documents is a note-taking application that can save notes in TXT format that can then be opened on a desktop PC later. Though the application is a little too visually complex, given its limited features, the functionality still appears useful for those that need to create TXT files on the fly.
When you open the application, you'll see numerous folders, options for Microsoft Word documents, and more. But these are misleading, as they are not available without a paid upgrade. The application only allows you to create new text documents, to be saved as TXT. Like … Read more
Newly declassified documents are on everyone's mind these days, as are inadequate safeguards on national-security programs. But the latest secret doc to see daylight makes the NSA's surveillance missteps look rather like child's play -- at least in comparison to nuking your own country.
That's right, the Guardian reports that the US nearly took out a nice chunk of the Eastern seaboard in 1961 when a B-52 bomber broke apart in midair over North Carolina and dropped two hydrogen bombs -- one of which came one electrical switch away from detonating.
Another shoe has dropped in the National Security Agency's covert mass surveillance program.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has provided The Guardian with a document that outlines the NSA's widespread sharing of "US persons" cellular and e-mail metadata with Israel. According to The Guardian, "US persons" include US citizens, permanent residents, and anyone located in the US at the time of data interception.
The classified document, called the "Memorandum of Understanding," shows that the NSA has been providing Israeli intelligence agencies with reams of raw intelligence data, such as transcripts, phone records, and digital network information, … Read more
Johns Hopkins University is now aiming to prove it made a mistake in trying to censor a professor's blog post about the National Security Agency. After a back-and-forth on Monday, the dean of the university's Whiting School of Engineering wrote an apologetic letter to the professor.
"I write to apologize for any difficulty I caused you yesterday over the post on your blog. I realize now that I acted too quickly, on the basis of inadequate and -- as it turns out -- incorrect information," Dean Andrew Douglas wrote. "I requested that you take down … Read more
Documents 2 Free File Manager is a very well-made, feature-rich document creation, management, and sharing tool for the iOS platform. It is easily one of the most useful currently on the App Store. Using a proprietary file format to ensure speed and accuracy, Documents 2 uses the power of the iOS devices on which it runs to provide exceptional value at every step. Whether you are creating new documents filled with notes during a meeting or need to edit an important report while on the go, this is an app you should have on your phone and tablet.
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DocWallet document lock box uses hybrid encryption and SSL secure connection to securely transfer and sync your files between devices while allowing you easy access from any location. The app achieves additional security with its password protection option.
DocWallet downloads directly to your iTunes, and requires you to authorize your device. Since this is an app for iPad you will need to download an additional application for your Mac from the official Web site. Once installed on your Mac, the app opens to a well-designed interface offering smooth transitions between windows and options. You will have options to link with … Read more
Documents declassified on Wednesday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper describe the National Security Agency's data snooping, aka "Bulk Collection Program," carried out under the Patriot Act.
A 2009 document confirms the controversial program under which the NSA has the authority to collect from telecom providers such information as the date, time, and length of a call.
The document says that the actual call content is not collected, while any information gathered is not protected by the Fourth Amendment. The court orders served to telecom companies require them to turn over the records for any call … Read more
Mangofile offers an all-in-one file management system that can turn a long and painful process of searching through tons of paperwork into a breeze. Even though the program is on the large side, the installation was easy.
The installation wizard takes the user quickly through the setup process. The user is first asked to choose a directory location where Mangofile will store files. Another window prompts the user to set up the administrative account by choosing the username and password. After the user logs in, they can set an additional security question and answer. Although the program is free, you'… Read more
Yahoo is continuing its fight to show that it was not involved in handing over consumer information to the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program.
The company has petitioned a court to unseal documents from a classified 2008 case, which apparently shows that Yahoo "objected strenuously" to providing the government with customer data, according to the Mercury News.
"Release of this Court's decision and the parties' briefing is necessary to inform the growing public debate about how this Court considers and examines the Government's use of directives," Yahoo attorneys Marc Zwillinger and Jacob … Read more