iDisplay Desktop for Windows review

iDisplay Desktop for Windows lets you add your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch as an extension of your desktop display for more viewing space. With this app, you can declutter your desktop viewing area while still being able to see all windows you need.

Installing iDisplay is a little bit complicated and takes some time. Depending on what you already have installed on your computer, you'll have to install one or two additional programs, so that the app runs properly. The app will also have to scan your display for compatibility, which can take between five and ten minutes … Read more

Review: Batch File Rename for Mac lets you easily change filenames

Batch File Rename for Mac offers basic drag-and-drop functions that let you change filenames more quickly. If you have files that have default names from a device, like a camera, or just want to change names for later reference, this app is for you. It's easy to use and performs well.

A premium program, Batch File Rename for Mac features a free trial version that limits you to three renames at a time. All you have to do to use it is select the files you want to rename and drag them onto the program icon. This brings up … Read more

Review: Chat with friends on your Android gadget with basic Facebook Messenger

Clean, easy to use, and perfectly functional, Facebook Messenger is a slick application that effectively creates a centralized Facebook communications console. It's recommended that you have the official Facebook, as well, but it could be used as a standalone app. The two even share the same look and feel.

If you already have the Facebook application installed, the setup of Facebook Messenger goes completely automatic. If you've never used Facebook on your device, then you just need to enter your e-mail address and password. Your contacts will pop up instantly in a list, and a small profile picture … Read more

Create DVD menus using DVDStyler for Mac

Creating DVDs from video files requires creation of a menu and chapter list. DVDStyler for Mac gives users options for setting up custom menus, but its software bugs make it a questionable option.

Available as freeware with no purchase required, the download, while slightly longer than typical, completed without issues. DVDStyler for Mac did not contain any instructions, which, in light of the complicated menus and options, would have been helpful. There did appear to be support for program updates.

Buttons along the program's top row are easy to identify for disc creation and file selection. The other menus … Read more

Battle in your tank with BZFlag for Mac

The number of games for Mac has increased significantly in recent years. While simple, BZFlag for Mac is a fun yet challenging game for all but the most advanced gamers.

BZFlag for Mac comes in a zip file. Once set up, there are basic directions, but no known technical support. The game's interface is very basic and would have been more appropriate in the 1990s, but its overall look is functional. There is no option to try the game outside of a multiplayer battle, which leads to some awkward experimentation while others are trying to play a serious game. … Read more

Apple TV screen flickering after latest update

Along with the recent updates for Safari, Java, and iOS, Apple updated the software for Apple TV 2 devices to add more services and features, improve onscreen keyboard handling, and add more AV output options, including HDMI color modes, AirPlay, and Dolby Digital 5.1 for Netflix. While these features are convenient and welcome, a number of people after updating are now seeing a flickering output when the Apple TV 2 is connected to their televisions.

Apple Discussion board member "AppDad" wrote:

My ATV2 had been working great until I installed 4.3 today. Now every couple of … Read more

Simple DVD maker

Joboshare MPEG to DVD Converter is an easy-to-use program that lets you burn MPEG video files to DVDs. The program isn't fancy, but it's a great choice for quickly editing videos and burning them to DVDs.

The program's interface is quite sleek and intuitive, with all of its major features represented by attractive graphical buttons. A small preview window lets you view the videos you are working with, which is a very helpful feature, and you can also preview a variety of templates for the DVD's menu. To create a DVD, users simply add individual files … Read more