Microsoft is still trying to woo users away from newsletters.Microsoft and XP; Apple's next iPhone has a sapphire screen, and the phone after that may have a smart lock; and Google is killing apps and bad site certificates. Read on for more of the week's software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," set a decade after humanity and its power supply are nearly decimated, portrays the difficulty of rebuilding civilization without software. How would one navigate without Google Maps, see at night without Flashlight, or speak to intelligent life without FaceTime? Virtual city building via Minecraft or Civilization is also off the menu. But what if there was a way to get power from a hydroelectric dam? The only obstacle is a nation of spiteful super apes. That's the predicament for surviving humans in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.&… Read more
Brandon Jay McLaren ("The Killing" and "Falling Skies") plays tough immigration agent Dale "DJ" Jakes on "Graceland" (Wednesdays on USA). Acting in the action-packed series about the exploits of DEA, FBI, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has given him a newfound respect for their courage. I chatted with McLaren about Season 2 of "Graceland," what he's learned from playing an ICE agent, how athletics have empowered him as an actor, and his favorite apps.
What can you tell us about the upcoming season of "Graceland"? … Read more
Don't miss out on your favorite music, TV shows, movies, or viral videos, when you can play them at your own leisure with VSO Downloader. With VSO Downloader, there's no need to change your surfing habits; just visit your favorite streaming sites, and the software will automatically download any music or video directly to your PC. For a limited time you can get this quick and easy-to-use downloader for only $14.99 -- half off the original $29.99 price.
Why VSO stands out
Unlike other media grabbers that require you to enter a URL, install an extension, … Read more
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck may seem like odd bedfellows. ZZ Top is all-American; Jeff Beck is British. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th anniversary, while Jeff Beck's groups -- the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group -- were comparatively fleeting. But these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are two branches of the same blues roots -- in fact, ZZ Top counts Beck as a major influence. After playing a couple one-offs together, the Texas trio invited the legendary guitarist out on a five-week summer tour, which starts August 8. I chatted with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons … Read more
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 is an all-in-one security suite with improved design, faster scan times, and protection for online activity.Pros
Fantastic redesign: Kaspersky Internet Security's new look and feel are stunning. The four primary tools (Scan, Update, Safe Money, and Parental Controls) are now in a cleaner, more palatable two-by-two grid. When you mouse over a module, it lights up with a subtle color and pops up as you hover. The changes aren't just skin deep; Kaspersky has polished the entire flow down to the most granular options. This elegant new experience builds on Kaspersky's already … Read more
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete is the fully unlocked SecureAnywhere experience. Besides offering virus scanning and password management, it features secure delete and online storage.Pros
Informative design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red.
Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up only 1MB. AntiVirus doesn't take a very noticeable toll on your system, even for full scans: A … Read more
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith keep the rock flag flying high. This month the band kicks off the Let Rock Rule tour, with openers Slash and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. I chatted with Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton about the tour, the stories behind his most famous contributions, surviving cancer, the importance of staying up-to-date on Twitter and Logic X.
What can you tell us about the Let Rock Rule tour? Having Slash with us has created a synergy where instead of two rock bands, it's gonna be something bigger than that. We feel that it's … Read more
Webroot SecureAnywhere is a blazing-fast malware scanner that offers protection from phishing attacks, software hijacks, and more.Pros
Excellent design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red, making it difficult for others to hijack and disable the antivirus software unnoticed.
Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up around 1MB of space. The AntiVirus version doesn't take a very noticeable … Read more
Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac builds a line of defense against viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware online and offline, having the capability to do both on-demand and scheduled scanning. Overall, it's a potent antivirus, but not the most accessible.Pros
Minimalistic and intuitive interface: Intego VirusBarrier X8 takes out the difficulty of configuring and using a malware protection software -- you can just drag and drop folders you want to scan to the left side panel of the application's main interface. All the essential settings for real-time scanning and scheduled scanning are available at the bottom … Read more