Prizefight: Sony Vaio Pro 13 vs. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air

The 13-inch ultrabook has defined itself as the sweet spot for ultrathin and compact laptops that help you do everything you need and more. So we're facing off the new Sony Vaio Pro 13 against Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air (2013).

The Sony brings one of the freshest designs we've seen to date, has a touch screen, and runs Windows 8.

The Apple keeps the same iconic look, but feels more and more dated. But it packs something special under the hood: 14-hour battery life.

It seems that laptops are still bringing innovation, even with the significant rise … Read more

Review: Alter your friends' faces with Fun Face Changer Extreme Free

Fun Face Changer Extreme Free allows the user to place virtual stickers over a photograph to decorate or alter it. The application does not allow the user to bend, melt, or warp images like most other face-changing applications do. Once the image has been altered to the desired finished product, the user can then save the photo or share it on social media sites such as Facebook. While this app can be fun to play with, it is plagued with problems. Incessant advertising, difficult controls, and stability issues are all common during the use of this application.

While the installation … Read more

Review: Take charge of your laptop battery with BatteryCare

For road warriors, depending on your laptop means you depend on its battery. BatteryCare is a free utility that helps you keep your laptop battery topped off and ready to roll. It's more accurate than the typical battery meter, for starters, measuring battery discharge cycles instead of stored energy. BatteryCare's documentation and Web site offer a lot of information about how laptop batteries work as well as how to get the most out of your device's battery. It's fascinating, but we'll cut to the chase and simply note that there's a lot you can … Read more

Review: GoldCamera provides numerous grids for framing and lining up subjects

GoldCamera is a photographer's (or math lover's) best friend, allowing you to change grids and line up your images in a number of ways, from a traditional 3x3 grid to the golden ratio. With centering tools, guides to help you find the centers, and numerous options, those who know how to use these grids (and those who want to take better pictures and are willing to learn) will love how accessible and quickly they load and work for your camera.

When you load GoldCamera there are up to 26 different mats to choose from, though some must be … Read more

Review: Obscurity for Mac hides your files but lacks security

A basic but neat utility, Obscurity for Mac hides your private files and folders from basic snooping, but doesn't really protect your files from a more advanced user determined to get in.

This application downloads with an instruction file explaining how to set it up properly. The setup, itself, is very easy. All you have to do is place the Obscurity folder, which looks like an ordinary folder, anywhere you like, right-click on it, and select "Show Package Contents." This will open the app and show another folder called "Contents" where you just need to … Read more

Review: BackTrack Safari Extension for Mac enables quick reverse image searches

BackTrack Safari Extension for Mac successfully integrates reverse image searching into Safari, enabling you to locate any image on the Web just by right-clicking it.

This extension installs like any other Safari Extension. Once installed, we noticed a new button on the left of the address bar. Hovering the mouse over the button showed a pop-up dialog announcing you can send the page to TinEye for backtracking. Clicking this button brought us to TinEye.com, the reverse image search engine, and the page was loaded with pictures from the previous site. From there, we were able to select which image … Read more

The 404 1304: Where there's no crying in baseball (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Justin Chavarria just won $250,000 in the MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge. What did you do today?

- Enter The 404's SuperWeakness Contest and meet Jeff in San Diego at Comic-Con 2013! Our official meetup is at Lou & Mickey's on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.!

- Follow Scott Stein on Twitter and tell him how cool his shorts are!… Read more

Review: Convert videos with the greatest of ease with Wise Video Converter

Few users will find fault with the easy-to-master approach WiseCleaner's Wise Video Converter takes to converting all kinds of videos to play on all kinds of devices (like your phone) since streamlined really is better, not to mention quicker.

WiseCleaner boils the video conversion process down to an almost effortless process with little to no knowledge required, other than knowing if you want to watch your videos on a PC, tablet, or mobile phone.

Wise Video Converter couldn't be easier to set up or use; It's elementary and free to try, though the trial version only converts … Read more

Review: AirMusic Free streamlines transfer of music between Dropbox and iPhone

AirMusic Free is designed to pull music from your Dropbox folders so that you can listen to it on your iPhone without having to be connected to iTunes or iTunes Match. The app, itself, works well enough, though there are numerous extra steps involved because Dropbox is not typically used as a music storage tool. That aside, if you do store music in Dropbox or if you are interested in avoiding iTunes and its pricy Match service, you can use this instead, with great effect.

After installing the app, you must set it up to access Dropbox. After approving access … Read more

Review: Crazy Cartoon Jungle Animals Adventure is a clever idea

Crazy Cartoon Jungle Animals Adventure tries to create a stripped-down, bare-bones game that in many ways doesn't quite work, most of all because of its lack of gameplay polish. The game is clunky, the animations blocky, and the design stripped down to such a level that it's never quite clear what you are doing or why you are doing it. The resulting game is entertaining in bursts, but doesn't have the staying power of other iOS games.

After starting the app, you can immediately start the tutorial, which works well to introduce the core concepts of the … Read more