It's been four long years since Semi Precious Weapons released "You Love You" (2010), the follow-up to its debut, "We Love You" (2008). The LA-based quartet is best known for supporting artists such as Lady Gaga and Kesha, and now it's back with "Aviation," whose kick-off single, "Aviation High," is in heavy rotation on alternative rock radio. The 12-track disc, produced by Grammy-winning, multiplatinum producer Tricky Stewart (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Frank Ocean) finds the band flying from its rock roots into more R&B and pop territory. Semi Precious … Read more
FileZilla is a powerful, free file management tool for FTP access to your Web site's server. Containing numerous tools to help upload and download files between your local machine and the server on which your site is hosted, this is a reliable, intuitive tool for anyone in the Web development field.Pros
Reliable and fast: FileZilla may be free, but it's a very stable program and offers reliable, accessible tools for anyone who needs to manage files via remote FTP connection. With your username and password you can quickly log in to the FTP server, move files, upload … Read more
Photo Pos Pro gives you access to a wide variety of tools that you can use to edit images, add effects, or convert them to different formats. This program delivers everything you'd expect from a photo editing suite, and it comes with a convenient Help file to get you acquainted with its features.Pros
Tips with links: The first time you open the app, you'll be greeted by a pop-up window containing Tips on how to use various features of the app. You can browse through them, and if you find something you'd like to know more … Read more
PDF to Word Converter is a quality utility for converting PDFs into several other file formats to facilitate editing, saving, and sharing. Through its straightforward interface, you can quickly start loading and converting files with just a few clicks.Pros
Multiple output formats: When you begin the conversion process, you have multiple options for what you want the new document to look like. For starters, you can choose between DOCX, DOC, RTF, and XML file formats. You'll also be able to decide how you want the program to handle page breaks, tables, columns, and other aspects of the original … Read more
The free version of Bitdefender's Mobile Security app keeps your Android device safe with a Malware Scanner, Application Audit, and Remote Geolocation. It shares an interface and basic features with a Premium version that adds a secure Web browser and additional privacy and anti-theft measures. The free app downloads with the Premium app's features activated during a trial period. However, we tried only those features available in the free version. Bitdefender Mobile Security's free app runs in Android 2.2 and above; we ran it in Android 4.3.
Bitdefender Mobile Security installed quickly and easily. We … Read more
Clean Master reclaims Android device resources by cleaning caches, closing apps and processes, and deleting junk files, leftovers, and other unnecessary items. Kingsoft's app enhances your security and privacy by scanning for malware, cleaning logs and other records, and enabling real-time protection and safe browsing. Its App Manager can back up and uninstall applications. It does all that and then some for free.
Clean Master scanned our system when we opened it and displayed our free storage and RAM space on its home screen above four tools: Junk Files, Memory Boost, Security & Privacy, and App Manager. We opened … Read more
McAfee Antivirus & Security brings a new level of security and features to Android device protection. In addition to basic antivirus, privacy, and Web security, McAfee can also back up your device as well as lock or unlock it or even wipe data remotely. It helps you find your device if it's lost or stolen with geo-location and CaptureCam, which e-mails the administrator (that's you) photos of whoever was holding your phone and a map of their location.Pros
Easy to use: Help, tutorials, and support draw on McAfee's long experience in cyber-security. It scanned our phone … Read more
Linkin Park is always looking for innovative ways to deliver visuals to fans, whether through apps, online gaming, or Facebook Kinect video. The musicians -- who are also avid gamers -- met software developers Team Dakota at E3 and learned about Project Spark, a game-maker video game (for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8). Linkin Park saw the potential for a unique collaboration, and the result is the first fully interactive, remixable music video within a video game for the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same."
Now the band is inviting fans to put their … Read more
Mastermind Board Game for Android is more challenging than its basic premise suggests. You have eight tries to deduce the order of four colored dots out of six choices to complete the puzzle. Color and position matches are indicated but not correlated, so you must use your noodle to figure out the correct order. Mastermind Board Game is free but ad-supported with a paid upgrade option.Pros
It's hard: Too many Android games require more from your finger than your brain, but Mastermind Board Game needs more RAM and processing power from you than your Android gizmo.
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Style-7's Memory Puzzle-7 challenges players to fit four basic shapes, each made of four squares, into a grid of cells. You can rotate pieces, move them around, and remove them from the field, as long as you haven't added another piece. Memory Puzzle-7 is free with ads, though a Pro upgrade is available, too.Pros
Two game types: Puzzle mode is a traditional shape puzzle, while Memory mode briefly displays a finished puzzle and gives you a minute to restore all the pieces.
Four levels: Four levels of difficulty -- For children, Very easy, Easy, and Normal -- … Read more