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AutoKrypt for Mac review

AutoKrypt for Mac continuously runs a script in the background, enabling you to automate various tasks such as document encryption and decryption, the moving and archiving of files, as well as monitoring directory activities. It also features several wizards, which automate commonly set-up rules. This premium software performs well, overall, but due to its multiplatform nature, doesn't completely fit in with the rest of the OS.

AutoKrypt for Mac features a cluttered main interface with nested tabs and two toolbars. It requires Java and automatically launches a second process for the scheduling service, placing an additional generic Java icon … Read more

Video Player review

Video Player doesn't offer much over Android's default player, let alone other advanced video players you can find. Its better features are marred by its overreliance on ads and how difficult it is to set up. That makes it hard to recommend in a world of fantastic free players like VLC and MX Player.

This app lets you play most video formats around, but you have to download a second app just to get it to play anything. Once you download that small add-on, the video player works fine, but it doesn't offer much more than a … Read more

Free Ico Converter review

Free Ico Converter accepts multiple image formats and converts them into files to be used in creating new icon images. You can design a new image with any icon tool and then use this program to convert the image into the proper format to use as an icon.

This app has an intuitive and straightforward interface, so it's no problem to find the files you want to convert and enter them into the program. Just browse your computer to select the file or switch into batch mode to convert multiple images at once. Free Ico Converter accepts images up … Read more

Review: Bubble Pic Frames creates a cool circular pic collage

Bubble Pic Frames lets you create fun and inventive bubble collages of your photos that you can share with friends and other users. There are all kinds of ways to fill in your bubbles and no end to the number of ways they can be arranged when you're done. And you can instantly export your collages to sites like Flipagram, Instagram, Retrica, and more.

As soon as you open Bubble Pic Frames, you're ready to start making collages. The interface is straightforward, and tapping the icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen brings up information about … Read more

Review: Picr - Everyday photo reminder - selfie journal/diary for your phone creates great photo journals

Picr helps you create photo journals of your everyday life, important events, or vacations by sending you reminders to take photos. You can set a reminder for literally anything, set it to repeat as often as you'd like, and take the photo directly from the app. Your photos are automatically saved to an album so it's easy to go back and browse through them or turn them into a short movie.

When you first open Picr, a short, useful tutorial will pop up to outline the general features of the app. Then you're ready to start setting … Read more

Review: SoX Wrap for Mac quickly converts audio files to one of over 40 formats

SoX Wrap for Mac offers straight-up conversion of audio files across 41 formats. Although outdated, the app's interface is usable and easy enough to understand. The conversion, itself, is speedy, but we ran into an issue where certain file types could not be read, even though they were supported. Overall, this can be a useful app, though it's by no means perfect.

SoX Wrap for Mac's menu features two groups of options: one for the input file and one for the output. You can add files via built-in file picker, or by dragging and dropping them from … Read more

Design of iPhone 6 'locked down,' claims analyst

A consensus of analyst speculation is building for an iPhone that's not quite 5 inches.

After a spate of recent speculation about Apple's next iPhone, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri has chimed in, claiming an iPhone 6 with a 4.8 inch display is locked down, as reported by AppleInsider.

That will also include higher-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

Updates to iOS may center on changes to iBeacon, Touch ID, and Passbook, as Apple pushes further into mobile payments, Arcuri said.

The screen size jibes, more or less, with that in an earlier research note from NPD DisplaySearch. … Read more

You bought a pair of audiophile headphones -- now what?

If you've laid down serious cash for a great pair of headphones but they're plugged into your phone or computer, you're missing out on a lot of the sound quality you paid for. Don't get me wrong, phones and tablets can sound acceptable, but their designers didn't focus on sound quality -- that's the last thing they worry about. The cure for so-so sound is straightforward: invest in a high-performance digital converter/headphone amp, like the Cypher Labs Theorem 720. It can be used with iPhones, Android phones, or computers via USB connection with … Read more

Review: Help your kids improve their basic math skills with Math Game for Smart Kids

Math Game for Smart Kids isn't terribly complex or interesting for adults, but it's a fine tutoring tool for younger kids. They may tire quickly of its repetitive style and low level of difficultly, but they will probably learn something on the way there. That will beat out other, less educational games in parents' eyes.

Math Game for Smart Kids shows off an adorable panda that asks a series of 25 math questions each round. Each set of questions involves basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) and scale from single to triple digit number problems. The game … Read more

That rumored 'iPad Pro' could be more than just a big iPad

If supply chain and analyst chatter is accurate, the rumored "iPad Pro" could marry the MacBook Air with the iPad.

That's what Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang thinks, according to a report at Barron's.

Arriving in fall '14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12" iPad. Powered by the A8 chip...this expands ARM's reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it.

Expect a 2-1 hybrid -- think iPad + MBA -- similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT's Surface.… Read more