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Star Apps: Dean Cain

Dean Cain plays secret-ridden basketball coach Pete Davenport on VH1's hit series "Hit the Floor." Best known for playing Clark Kent/Superman on "Lois and Clark," Cain is no stranger to playing a man with a secret. I chatted with Cain about the season finale of "Hit the Floor," "Lois and Clark," hitting baseballs with Charlie Sheen, and his favorite apps.

With the "Hit the Floor" season finale coming up, what can fans expect? The truth is that we as actors don't know the answers. They film several … Read more

Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac review

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

Live for Mac review

Live for Mac stands out as an excellent audio production and recording software that packs all the essential features you'd expect from an application of its kind and comes with a multitude of instruments, sound effects, kits, and loops.

Pros

Arrangement and Session views: These two ways to work with Live for Mac offer noticeable convenience: The Arrangement view for recording and mixing music has the usual look and controls of other music production software, while the Session view is great for playing live music or doing improvisations. Shortcut keys enable you to easily access the different functions available.… Read more

Battery Defender review

By disabling your Wi-Fi or data networks when you're not using your phone, Battery Defender keeps your Android device's battery charged longer. Maintaining a network connection uses more power than it needs to, so temporarily disabling connections while you sleep or when your screen goes blank reduces battery drain without impacting your phone service. You can customize how and when Battery Defender goes into action. Infolife's Battery Defender is free with ads.

Pros

Stay in charge: There's no mystery about Battery Defender: Turning off Wi-Fi or data when your phone or tablet is idle reduces the … Read more

DoNotTrackMe review

DoNotTrackMe's free Android app protects you from security breaches and data theft by blocking Web sites' ability to track your device and location. It also creates masked email addresses that let you send and receive emails without disclosing your actual address. You need to create an account to use DoNotTrackMe, but that's free, too, and only asks for your email address and a password.

Pros

Getting Started, FAQs, and Support: A handy intro and a variety of tutorials help files and other resources explain how to use DoNotTrackMe and help you customize it to your needs.

Masked device: … Read more

Earthquake -- American Red Cross review

Learn about earthquake disasters and how to prepare for them with the free Earthquake app for Android by the American Red Cross. It helps you plan and prepare not just for earthquakes but the other disasters that follow them, too. Alerts and notifications keep you informed before, during, and after earthquake events. You can also learn all about earthquakes and their history and then quiz yourself on the knowledge.

Pros

Be prepared: If you live in an earthquake-prone area, get this app. If you're not sure if you live in an earthquake-prone zone, get this app.

Shelters: This app … Read more

Flood -- American Red Cross review

Floods are among nature's most destructive disasters, but you can be prepared in advance with the free Flood app for Android by the American Red Cross. This free app teaches (and quizzes) you about floods, how to prepare for them, and what to do when flooding occurs. It delivers flood alerts and disaster notifications, finds shelters, and even helps you notify worried family members that you're safe.

Pros

Flood warning: Customizable Alerts and Notifications let you know when it's time to head for high ground.

Educational: Learn about what causes floods, famous historical floods, and other flood-related … Read more

DesktopLyrics for Mac review

A light iTunes utility, DesktopLyrics for Mac makes it easy for you to sing along with the lines of songs you listen to on iTunes. It's not quite a karaoke machine replacement, but it's a good little app that can help you memorize lyrics and avoid the embarrassment of singing misheard lines.

Pros

Customizable lyrics and song information: With DesktopLyrics for Mac you can adjust the font size, color, and shadows of the lyrics. You can also display the album art as well as details about the currently playing track.

Multiple page display: If you have lyrics that … Read more

Indian TV Pro review

Watch TV, movies, and sports from India anywhere in the world your Android device can go with the Indian TV Pro app. At least that's the promise. Many of the video streams require MX Player, but even then it was hit or miss to find actual programming.

Pros

Indian TV: You don't have to be an expat to enjoy Indian TV programming, but it's a slice of home for millions who are.

News and sports: We had the best luck accessing Indian TV news and sports, especially cricket. Some channels only become active before matches, apparently.

Movies … Read more

Ghostery for Safari review

The Ghostery add-on for Safari is a small, well-built application that gives you personal control of your Internet privacy. You will find the interface to be self explanatory and the performance to be of the best quality.

Pros

Ideal operation: Ghostery provides you with a list of all trackers on a given Web site, and you decide which services will be blocked. We noticed that once a tracker was blocked, no remnant of the service remained on the current Web page, as well as any other Web site that we visited.

Helpful layout: The layout is straightforward, and the design … Read more