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Blurred review

Blurred is a basic app that lets you add a blur effect to your images. It's limited in scope; but if a blurring tool is what you need, Blurred delivers.

Pros

Easy to use: Apps really don't get much more straightforward than Blurred. Open an image (or use the in-app camera to take a new photo) adjust the sliders, and save your image. That's all there is to it. You can also share images using the iOS sharing feature from within the app.

Cons

Minimal explanation: Blurred allows you to blur images by adjusting two sliders: Radius … Read more

Protect your passwords with a free year of RoboForm Everywhere

In the wake of Heartbleed, netizens are scrambling to change their passwords. But then how do you handle the headache of remembering all those new passwords? RoboForm has the answer: one free year of RoboForm Everywhere, a $19.95 value.

A convenient password manager, form-filler, and bookmarking app, RoboForm Login eliminates the manual steps required to log in to online accounts. You keep your passwords and log-in info in RoboForm's encrypted cloud, and then you only have to remember one master password. RoboForm Everywhere applies the convenience of RoboForm Desktop to all your devices, even mobile ones. Compare the features below.… Read more

Star Apps: Lyndsey Scott

Model Lyndsey Scott is used to the limelight -- she was an in-demand high-fashion and lingerie model for Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria's Secret. In recent months, she has generated positive buzz in the tech world after developing three apps: Educate, a companion app for the Educate organization, which helps develop future leaders in Uganda; iPort, a stylish portfolio app for models, architects, and artists; and The Matchmaker, an innovative social-networking app. But there was a time, back in high school, when Scott wasn't so popular and faced bullying. Scott talked with me about that harassment, … Read more

Heartbleed: Two steps to protect your information

Heartbleed is a security flaw that's plaguing as much as two-thirds of the Internet, including many popular sites like Yahoo and GitHub. On sites affected by Heartbleed, user accounts are vulnerable -- your username, password, credit card number, and other private information may be exposed. Companies are scrambling to patch their sites.

But don't sit around waiting for a fix. Take these two defensive steps (and one more if you have an Android device):

1. Check whether your most-visited sites are vulnerable

CNET has already checked the top 100 sites to see if they have Heartbleed patches, so … Read more

CCleaner review

CCleaner is a free Registry and junk-clearing utility for keeping your system clean and optimized.

Pros

Basic UI: CCleaner's four main features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are clearly marked on a vertical tab menu. Initiating a scan and clean is straightforward.

Powerful: CCleaner includes most of the essentials for PC maintenance. It provides tools for clearing your temporary files, cleaning the Registry, and removing unused cookies from your browser. CCleaner also supports 64-bit systems, as well as updated support for popular applications.

Freeware: Upselling and bundling are minimal; CCleaner only offers the option to install Google … Read more

Whisper review

Whisper is a juicy little social app that lets you reveal anything -- private thoughts, sinful secrets, darkest desires -- anonymously, in a nonjudgmental environment. It's like a support group where nobody knows your name.

Pros

Awesome functionality: Whisper lets you create posts with the tap of a button. Then just type your post and let Whisper select an accompanying photo and font, which you can alter by searching for a picture, taking your own, and experimenting with included fonts. Whisper then adds the tags for you, but feel free to add or subtract some before posting.

Streamlined interface: … Read more

Star Apps: Christina Perri

In 2011 Christina Perri found success with her debut, "Lovestrong," and became iTunes' Breakthrough Pop Artist of the year. So when the singer/songwriter began work on her sophomore album, "Head or Heart," she knew she had two choices: write for an audience or write for herself. She chose the latter, and her new album is even more beautiful than the first and features top 20 hit "Human." Her voice is angelic; and the subject matter, raw and relatable. I chatted with Perri days before her North American tour about the inspiration behind her … Read more

Invoice Maker review

Invoice Maker works as advertised, enabling you to create invoices and save them as PDFs or e-mail them, but comes with a few annoying accessibility issues that make it clumsy, slow, and at times annoying. Although in theory it supports all countries, it really feels like it's made for US users only.

Pros

Comprehensive: With Invoice Maker you can add extensive company, client, product, and invoice information, everything from addresses to product descriptions. Editing existing invoices or adding subcategories to products is also possible, making this app handy for small businesses.

Easy to use: Even if you're not … Read more

IPL-2013 review

IPL-2013 acts as a mobile-friendly, stripped-down version of IPLT20.com, enabling you to keep track of the latest scores and news, and check the schedule of upcoming games of the Indian Cricket League. It may annoy you with its ads and unpolished interface, though.

Pros

Works as intended: On the home screen you can find the latest scores, news, videos, and the points table all in the same place. If you're an avid cricket fan, it will save you the trouble of having to open your browser and check the full Web site, which isn't at all optimized … Read more

Mobile Spy review

Mobile Spy runs surreptitiously in the background on the installed device and offers you several monitoring tools you can access through an online interface. You can view Web activity, apps installed, communication logs, and more. While the app essentially works, some of its key features are limited to iOS devices or to BlackBerry, while others require you to buy additional add-ons which we felt are way too expensive.

Pros

Works as advertised: Mobile Spy isn't a scam or malware like many other similar apps. It provides location information, Web site history, address book data, and more, so that you … Read more