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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

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

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

TextPad review

TextPad is a program that lets you create, open, and edit text files, so you can make any necessary changes and organize them thoroughly.

Pros

Streamlined navigation: This app boasts a clean and intuitive interface that lets you navigate through the different sections using the tabs across the top of the window. Whether you're creating a new text file or making some quick edits to an existing one, the tools you need are right where you want them.

Quick customization: There are some nice features in this app that let you make certain changes or additions quickly. For instance, … Read more

FileSearchy review

FileSearchy lets you search your entire hard drive at once, so you can access the files you're looking for more quickly than ever. Just enter the filename and any other information you want, and then let the app take care of the rest.

Pros

Multiple searches: Through this app's accessible and streamlined interface, you can run multiple searches just by opening new tabs. Each window will display results for the search you ran, including the number of items found and the total time the search took to complete.

Customizable searching: You can complete basic searches just by typing … Read more

Dearest Diary review

Dearest Diary gives you a place to record thoughts, ideas, and anything else that you want to save but don't want everyone to have access to. Even on a shared computer, you can keep private records with this password-protected program.

Pros

Good interface: Once you enter your username and password, you can access the main program interface. This is nicely designed and provides access to all app features. You can create new entries, search for old ones, and change the date and time to match the record you are entering.

Customizable: Just about any font and color is available … Read more

Calendar-7 review

Calendar-7 is an app designed to help you keep track of important dates, tasks, and appointments through a standard calendar interface. The app appears in the lower right-hand corner of your screen with a split interface featuring a month below and an image above, just like a wall calendar.

Pros

Multiple display options: You can customize the display of this app to show one, two, or 12 months at a time. You can also turn off the image displayed with each month, and the calendar shows both the current time and the year displayed in addition to the days of … Read more

AutoTypewriter review

AutoTypewriter lets you assign certain blocks of text to hot keys, so you can fill in items you type out often with just a few taps. Select your own hot keys, and type in custom lines of text, and then let the program do the rest.

Pros

Complete customization: This app gives you the power to select the keys you'd like to use for each often-used item of text. You can select from the drop-down menu, or just type in the key you want. Handy check boxes also let you determine whether you want to press "Alt," &… Read more

Bubble Shoot Legend review

Bubble Shoot Legend combines two of our favorite arcade game schemes, shooting stuff and popping bubbles, in one free Android game. Grouping three or more bubbles of the same color causes them to drop, and the bubbles behind them, too, which occasionally leads to a chain reaction and big score. If you don't drop enough bubbles before the descending mass hits bottom, you lose the round.

Pros

Fast and fun: You can shift the color of the shooting bubble; the quicker you recognize the color change, the quicker you can target bubbles.

Bank shots: You can (and sometimes must) … Read more

F-Secure Key for Mac review

An encrypted, password-protected manager, F-Secure Key for Mac helps you handle multiple log-in credentials, proving handy if you constantly forget your passwords. It works well, making a positive impression with its accessibility.

Pros

Useful online and offline password storage: With F-Secure Key for Mac, you don't have to worry about forgetting your passwords as long as you remember the master password you use for accessing the app. It securely stores your passwords online as well as offline, to make sure that you will still have access to them even when you can't connect to the Internet.

Automatic form … Read more