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CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

Video editing has made great leaps in recent years, thanks to more powerful personal computers. No longer the domain of studios, professional-quality video creation is now accessible to all.

That is why, for this weekend only, CyberLink is offering free licenses to its widely-praised PowerDirector 11. A robust video and audio editor, PowerDirector offers the tools you need to create professional quality movies in full HD. Get this special free edition of PowerDirector now by signing up on the Giveaway Page with your email, using the code PDR4CNET.

PowerDirector 11 Special Edition's highlights:

Free to use: Completely free video … Read more

7 back-to-school apps to help you make the grade

7 back-to-school apps to help you make the grade

You're already dreading the early wake-up times and the terrifying tests and term papers that are par for the coursework. While we can't excuse you from that 8 a.m. class or from the pop quiz that you're so not prepared for, we can recommend seven educational apps to ease and enrich the coming school year.

iProcrastinate ( Mac, iOS) In Intro to Psychology, you may have learned that procrastination is a sure sign of not wanting to do something. We get it. Few students are dying to write that term paper or prepare for that final. iProcrastinate … Read more

Star Apps: Steve-O

Star Apps: Steve-O

"Jackass" alum Steve-O is best known as the notorious MTV stunt show's enfant terrible, entertaining audiences with hilarious exploits such as stapling his testicles together and jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Off camera, the comedian born Stephen Glover had a life that was no laughing matter, as he struggled through substance abuse and depression. Today a sober Steve-O engages viewers with his own YouTube show. I chatted with the prankster about stunts, sobriety, the secret that never made it into his autobiography, and his favorite software.

You got your role on "Jackass" … Read more

Software week in review for August 1

Software week in review for August 1

Apple's getting closer to releasing its new OS, iOS, and iPhone. Microsoft needs to convince users to kick out the old Windows. Facebook has a new Bolt and updated Slingshot, but Messenger's on its own and there are no more Gifts. Read on for our recap of the software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Apple

Apple hasn't announced the iPhone 6, let alone given it a release date, but speculation says it will launch on October 14. In the meantime, iPhone owners … Read more

Star Apps: Toto

Star Apps: Toto

Between their own releases and session work on other artists' records, Toto members can be heard on an astounding 5,000 albums. Keyboardist David Paich is featured on Boz Scaggs' "Silk Degrees," Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and USA for Africa's "We Are the World." Paich met blue-eyed-soul vocalist Michael McDonald in 1977, when working on a Doobie Brothers album. Toto-McDonald collaborations continued on McDonald's 1982 solo debut, "If That's What It Takes," and Toto's 1986 release, "Farenheit." The artists are reuniting for a summer co-headlining tour.… Read more

Star Apps: Cabaret Voltaire

Star Apps: Cabaret Voltaire

When electropunk trio Cabaret Voltaire performed its first show in Sheffield in 1975, Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson were assaulted by the mostly antagonistic crowd. The band fared better between 1978 and 1985, when they signed a deal with Virgin and developed a more commercial, club-friendly "pop" sound. Now down to single member, Richard H. Kirk, Cabaret Voltaire pays tribute to its golden, major-label era with the new 18-track compilation "#7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985)," featuring boundary-pushing electronic gems "Nag Nag Nag," "Do the Mussolini (Headkick)," "Sensoria," &… Read more

8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

You prefer subtitles to big Hollywood titles, Japanese anime to American animation, and Gérard Depardieu to Gerard Butler. If you hunger for more international programming but don't want to rely on pricey cable add-ons or out-of-the-way art-house theaters, then check out our software picks for streaming the best foreign cinema and TV.

1. Netflix ( iOS/ Android)

Video-streaming giant Netflix boasts an extensive catalog of foreign shows and movies. Netflix sections off its library by region, but with an easy-to-configure VPN like Hola (Android), you can check out programming that might not be available in the US.

Price: $… Read more

Star Apps: Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Star Apps: Chicago and REO Speedwagon

Before iHeart Radio, TuneIn, Songza, Pandora, and Rdio, there was FM radio. Chicago and REO Speedwagon were two of the rock bands dominating FM airwaves in the '70s and '80s. With 34 top 20 hits and numerous gold and platinum records between them, these Illinois icons are hitting the road for a 27-date tour this summer. I chatted with Chicago vocalist/keyboardist Robert Lamm and trumpeter Lee Loughnane and REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin about the tour, making music in the digital age, their advice to new artists, and their favorite apps.

Why has it taken so long for both … Read more

Software week in review, July 25

Software week in review, July 25

This week we're hoping to recruit William Shatner, who decided to boldly go into software reviews, evaluating Facebook Pages on his new Tumblr. In other news, Apple's next OS is now in public beta, Microsoft wants one Windows to rule them all, and everyone's talking Tor. To get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Security and privacy

Black Hat and Def Con are a little over a week away, so it's not surprising that Tor is on the minds of many. This week a Black Hat talkRead more

Star Apps: Michael Pitt

Star Apps: Michael Pitt

Actor Michael Pitt is best known for playing a gangster on "Boardwalk Empire," a murderous psychopath in "Funny Games," and a drugged-out grunge rocker in "Last Days." With "I Origins," he demonstrates range with his credible portrayal of Dr. Ian Gray, a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, who makes a discovery that challenges all his deep-held scientific theories and spiritual beliefs.

This role seems like a definite departure from your previous work. What drew you to playing a scientist? Maybe that. One of the things I was really interested … Read more