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Wide Sky review

Wide Sky is a fun and engrossing game that gives you the opportunity to train your hedgehog and accomplish missions together. Using ropes and assorted special powers, your hedgehog can ascend to the highest levels in the Wide Sky as long as you can master the techniques for controlling him.

To begin playing this game, you'll have to pick how you'd like to control your hedgehog, either by touching the screen or by tilting the device you're playing on. The game tells you that the touch option is best for beginners, but we found it easier to … Read more

Towpix review

Towpix is a social photo app that lets you enter your pictures into a weekly themed contest and vote on the photos you like best. You can like as many entries as you want, and the one with the most likes at the end of the week wins a prize. So invite your friends and check back every week to see what the new theme for the contest will be.

To begin using Towpix, you can either sign up for a free account, or log in with Facebook. Once you're in, you'll see the main feed screen with … Read more

Think 3D Free review

Think 3D Free lets you create projects using a variety of 3D shapes that you can add to, rotate and manipulate in space, and save images of. Choose from 11 different types of projects, and build structures with vibrant colors that are fun to experiment with and observe.

This app opens with two sample projects already created for you to play with and add to if you choose. Tap a project to get started, or choose to create your own new one by tapping the "+" icon in the upper left-hand corner of the interface. This will bring up … Read more

Hola Better Internet review

Hola Better Internet is the Android app for Hola, the free multiplatform VPN service that lets users watch geoblocked videos in their countries. It comprises two utilities: the Unblocker, which changes the IP that identifies your geographic location, and the Accelerator, which smoothes out media streaming and playback and can even reduce data consumption.

Hola is unusually easy to use for a VPN service, and Hola Better Internet continues the theme. The main screen has only three toggles for Hola, the Unblocker, and the Accelerator. But tap "Help" and then "FAQ," and you'll find an … Read more

Digital Deal: Up to 50 percent off EA/Origin games

From 4/17 through 11:59p.m. PST on 4/23 Origin is running its Gigabytes of Deals promotion with most games and expansions up to 50 percent off. Selected titles are available for both PC and Mac -- Origin client required. You can get Battlefield 4 for half off and discount pricing on a BF4 Premium Membership Bundle and Titanfall Digital Deluxe.

Popular Titles:

Titanfall -- $47.99 Titanfall Digital Deluxe -- $67.99 Battlefield 4 -- $24.99 Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe -- $29.99 Battlefield 4 and Premium Membership Bundle -- $72.98 Need for Speed Rivals … Read more

Star Apps: Adult

Adult first exploded onto the electronic scene back in 2002 with the single "Contagious" from debut album "Resuscitation." Last year's "The Way Things Fall" demonstrates that the electro-punk duo has only improved with age. Adult will soon be mixing tracks from this latest LP into a career-spanning set at Moogfest 2014 (April 23-27).

What can you tell us about your upcoming Moogfest performance? We use the same principles for songwriting that we use for playing live. We try to write songs we would like to hear, and we try to put together a … Read more

NXPowerLite Desktop for Mac review

NXPowerLite Desktop allows you to easily lower the size of your larger JPEG and PDF files, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. Optimized files keep the same format while their size is significantly reduced, making them easier to manage and send via e-mail.

Pros

Easy to use: Click the Add Files button to quickly group multiple files that you want to shrink, or drag and drop them into the main app window. NXPowerLite Desktop also sends optimized files via e-mail with just the click of a button, which is located in the main menu.

Advanced save, file naming, and backup … Read more

6 security tips for using public Wi-Fi

Don't expose yourself in public. We all do it: switch on a phone, laptop, or tablet and hop on to a Wi-Fi hotspot in airports, coffee shops, trains, hotels, and other public places. The problem is, those networks are open -- even if they require a login and password, you may be sharing your files or leaving doors open to data thieves. You can't secure the network, but you can raise siege walls between your private information and the barbarians. Follow these six tips to network more safely.

1. Lock down your security settings.

Go to the security … Read more

Get Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 free for 40 days -- at 30 percent off

Clean out your PC just in time for spring with the new Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11. Try it out for free with full support for 40 days (details below) or just purchase it now for $27.99, at 30 percent off the regular price.

Consistently one of our users' favorites in the optimization category, WinOptimizer 11 is the Pro version of the free WinOptimizer 2013 with some great additional features:

A comprehensive User Right Manager module, giving you more control of Windows operations. Game Booster to free up resources for those intensive applications. Detailed System Information to give you the scoop … Read more

Perfect Launcher review

Perfect Launcher gives you the ability to open many of your favorite Web pages and other programs with just a few clicks. From the app's dashboard, you can launch a browser and specify the page it opens all at once, making it easier than ever to find what you're looking for.

Pros

Intuitive interface: This app sports an attractive and streamlined interface that lets you access tons of popular sites quickly. Tabs take you from one category of pages and programs to another, and you can also search quickly for sites not listed through the Search box above … Read more