Review: Wise PC 1stAid solves some of the most common PC problems

Wise PC 1stAid is an efficient, intelligent troubleshooting tool that helps users find solutions to some common computer problems. That includes errors related to desktop icons, the task manager, the registry editor, Web pages, and a host of other issues.

Wise PC 1stAid opens to a picturesque interface divided into two sections. The main section contains links to all of the main problems it solves, while the section to the right contains a link to the contact form through which users can contact the tech support forum in case their problem has not been solved. Clicking on each "problem&… Read more

Review: Monthly Budget Planner offers budget tracking tools with few extras

Monthly Budget Planner is supposed to help you track your expenses, budget, and income, but it lacks many of the tools needed to do so efficiently. While there are plenty of categories and options here to set up your expenses and income levels, the lack of a clean interface, no clear instructions, and a single input method limits who can use this app and how effective it will be in streamlining your recordkeeping.

The home screen for Monthly Budget Planner lists your Budget, Expenses, and Cash Withdrawals. You can add a new budget, edit your expenses, or change your cash … Read more

Review: FatBits eases creating icons with touch screen display of single pixels

Fat Bits is a fun, cleverly-made app that allows you to create and edit icons pixel by pixel with great effect. The resulting images and icons you create are unique in a number of ways, but most importantly, you can make them with a few basic taps of the screen. There are no pallets or overly-complicated tools needed. Just tap and drag and pixels change colors at your whim.

The interface for FatBits is where it really shines the most. Onscreen is a selection of icons to choose from, a canvas on which to edit what you've selected, and … Read more

Review: Pic Collage is a well-designed, easy-to-use photo collage creator

Pic Collage is one of the better collage creation tools we have seen on the App Store in some time, loaded with features, easy to use, and fun to play with. The app teaches you how to get the most out of it, loads fast, and runs seamlessly, even with dozens of pictures onscreen at once. The result is what feels like a desktop app on your iPhone's small but very capable screen.

When you first load Pic Collage you'll be given a quick run-through of the app's capabilities. This tutorial is very helpful in a lot … Read more

Review: Capture screen video and audio with oCam

OhSoft's oCam is a freeware screen capture utility that packs its own codecs, including hi-fi audio codecs from the open-source LAME project, for real-time recording of onscreen video and system sounds. As with similar tools, oCam also takes screenshots, including full-screen, windows, or selected areas. It captures cursor motion and other onscreen activity, too, and it supports large recordings of up to 4GB. Among other upgrades, the latest release of oCam, v13, adds Flash video codecs, improved scheduling of recordings, and better real-time audio encoding. It's compatible with Windows versions XP to 8, including Server 2008.

With a … Read more

Review: Locate hidden and system files on Mac OS X with DeepInside for Mac

A well-designed and comprehensive search tool, DeepInside for Mac easily locates any hidden and system files and folders on Mac OS X. Its interface, which is intuitive, and ability to comprehensively search a computer are a step above other, similar applications.

The program's well-designed installer walks the user through the process, with little input needed. The program's interface is similarly well-rendered, making it easy to use for those familiar with Search and Finder windows. A sidebar on the left displays the available disks and large folders. Selecting them brings up a menu in the middle where the contents … Read more

Samsung to release a 12-inch tablet, says Korea report

Samsung will buck the trend toward small tablets with a 12-incher, according to the Korea Economic Daily.

The Daily speculates that it will be released in October sometime, citing industry sources.

The brief report adds that Samsung Electronics is still "engaged in development" of the device. The largest screen size on a Samsung tablet to date is 11.6 inches.

The report comes after series of rumors dating back to early in the year. One more recent July report claimed it packs a 12.2-inch display and may not necessarily be branded as a Galaxy Tab.

That same … Read more

Review: A stylish, fun shooter, Angel Slash harkens back to 90s arcade classics

An exciting side-scrolling shooter for mobile devices, Angel Slash comes with nifty graphics, nearly endless gameplay, and very few drawbacks. It's a great tribute to the old arcade top-scrolling shooter many gamers grew up with. Its snappy performance and controls are wonderful, but the repetitive levels do get a little old after a while.

This game lets you control an angel with the job of shooting down all sorts of nasty-looking demons. As you kill enemies, your weapons get more and more powerful. If things get extra hairy, you can use a special attack to destroy the entire screen. … Read more

Review: Challenge yourself with addictive yet entertaining Hardest Game Ever 2

Hardest Game Ever 2 features colorful, entertaining characters and easy-to-use controls packed in a well-designed and fun-to-play action game. Each level is a different challenge that requires the user to think fast and tap the screen with accuracy and speed. Most users will find this game quite addictive.

The setup for Hardest Game Ever 2 goes easy but since the app is over 20MB it might be best to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network before attempting to download it. The user interface is very intuitive and offers helpful hints along the way. This is particularly useful because each … Read more

Review: AppMenu Magic replaces text with icons on your menu bar

AppMenu Magic is less of an app than a script that changes the way the name of each app displays in the menu bar. It does this very well, however, actively changing on the fly the name of every app you have open to the icon for that app in the menu bar. Installation takes a moment as key system settings are revised, but afterwards, it runs seamlessly in the background whenever you start a new app.

After downloading the DMG from the developer you must install the script, which requires a handful of steps through a traditional installation screen. … Read more