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Windows - DivX is a stylish video player and converter, with some of its features locked behind a paywall.

DivX isn't just a powerful video converter, but a stylish universal video player as well. It can convert and play just about any video file you want and gives you plenty of advanced control over your product. Though some of its features are locked behind a paywall, it is worthy enough to be your sole conversion program.

In addition to a custom browser toolbar, this program's installation has a search page and home page takeover attached to the download. It tries to force you to accept one or the other, which is annoying. The program includes a video … Read more

Create a giant screen for under $100

For the past five years I have been patiently waiting for the day when my son is mature enough to experience "Star Wars." Well, to be completely honest, I probably started the countdown when he was still in the womb.

The timing is critical. Too soon, and Darth Vader will inspire night terrors for years to come. Too late, and one of his blabbermouth friends at school will spill the beans on Luke's paternity test.

So we're working up to it, and with any luck someday soon his tiny brain will be imprinted with the opening … Read more

Video of angry woman using 'telekinetic' powers goes viral

Imagine trying to order a bagel on a normal New York day when an angry woman takes her fury out on a man by slamming him against a wall -- using nothing but her mental powers. You'd freak out, right?

Thanks to Laughing Squid, a promotional video for the forthcoming remake of "Carrie" shows just that and it's spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Video viewers are let in on the joke immediately by way of some "making of" footage, but those in the cafe who were not forewarned were probably quite right to … Read more

Will Ron Burgundy prove to tech firms that specs are boring?

Nerds love details. So much so that nerds can kiss them, live with them, and marry them. Yes, without divorcing.

Real people are slightly different. They sometimes find details overwhelming, confusing, or just plain dull.

Still, when it comes to advertising their wares, tech companies can't help wanting real people to know about the very fine motion sensor or the gesture-controlled gyroscope thingy.

Chrysler has decided to hold hands with Ron Burgundy, in an attempt to prove that details will never trump entertainment.

You might remember Burgundy. Played by Will Ferrell, he was the star of "Anchorman," … Read more

Does Samsung's new Galaxy Gear ad copy iPhone launch ad?

I know this subject never arises when Apple and Samsung are mentioned, but let's give it a tiny, experimental airing. Today's subject is copying.

Sunday, when Samsung launched two new ads celebrating its magical, revolutionary Galaxy Gear watch, some on Twitter felt an earthquake.

No, it wasn't the one centered in Oakland, Calif. (a 3.0, no worries). It was that the ad featuring Captain Kirk and Fred Flintstone talking to their watches had an alleged predecessor: the original iPhone launch teaser ad in 2007.

Should you have been pregnant with octuplets at the time, this ad also featured scenes from TV and moviesRead more

'Fast and Furious 6': It's a movie with cars in it. Sort of.

When one of the lead actors in your film is too muscly to fit into any car remotely fast or furious, you have to wonder whether the franchise may have strayed from what it originally stood for.

It was with some hesitation, although in retrospect not enough, that I sat down to watch "Fast and Furious 6," which is now available to Blu-ray and DVD. I was, and am, a fan of the first in the series: the story of an undercover cop embedded in the world of illegal street racing trying to get the bottom of a … Read more

Target joins crowded video-streaming scene

CNET Update is digitizing Post-Its:

In this episode of Update:

- Add another video streaming service to the list with Target Ticket.

- Access Target Ticket and dozens of other video services on the new lower-cost Roku boxes.

- Don't expect T-Mobile stores to carry many BlackBerry phones in stock anymore.

- Get emergency alerts from local, state and national agencies from Twitter Alerts. (See the full list of participating organizations.)

- Download the Evernote app update and have an easier time scanning sticky Post-Its into digital notes.

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Ayn Rand producers beg for help from others on Kickstarter

The works of Ayn Rand have their detractors.

In supporting the idea of Objectivism, Rand's works purport to describe how self-reliance is the only way to the experience the joys of self-worth, self-interest, and self-ishness.

These are, of course, the forerunners of the selfie.

Rand also was very keen to insist that man "exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself."

Some, therefore, have guffawed at the notion that her disciples have just started a Kickstarter campaign. They are out on the virtual streets, cap in hand.… Read more

Review: Thomas Analog Movie Camera offers numerous filters for video recording

Thomas Analog Movie Camera is an easy-to-use video camera for the iPhone with numerous filters, but it offers limited options in its free iteration. For recording basic, short movies, however, it performs well on many levels, offering a clean interface, push button recording feature, and numerous unlockable filters that you can pay for as you need them.

The app opens to a camera screen that instructs you to press and hold the screen to record. Release at any time and it stops recording, very similar to apps like Vine, but without the time restrictions. Once you record a video, it … Read more

Affleck laughs on Fallon about Batman haters

"I handle my s***."

This was the brave, superheroish stance taken by Ben Affleck after he'd been cast as Batman.

As he told Jimmy Fallon, studio executives had tried to prepare him for an Internet tongue-lash.

They had showed him the often vile Web reaction to previous casting choices.

He told Fallon: "But I thought: 'I'm a big boy. I can handle any snub. I can handle anything.' They said don't use the Internet for a few days."… Read more