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Review: Shop, schedule Genius Bar appointments, and more with Apple Store

Apple Store makes it easy to purchase new Apple products, make appointments at the Genius Bar, and more, all from your iPhone or iPod touch. This is a great way to access numerous Apple Store features from the palm of your hand.

As one would expect from an Apple app, Apple Store's interface is sleek and intuitive. Icons across the bottom give users access to featured items and services, products, a store locator, the Apple Store cart, and more. You can shop for and purchase Apple products and accessories, check to see if you're eligible for an iPhone … Read more

Review: Social for Mac unifies WordPress blogs with popular social networking sites

Social for Mac is a very handy plug-in for a WordPress Web site. It allows users to link WordPress blogs with social media, broadcast blog posts, and aggregate mentions, retweets, and replies, and republish them as WordPress comments. The plug-in performs flawlessly, and seamlessly links user-specified accounts without problems. However, this isn't an app for Mac OS X as its name suggests, but a plug-in for a WordPress Web site.

Social for Mac unzips and installs by uploading the content to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory or by using the plug-in uploader in the user's WordPress admin. panel. The … Read more

Review: PicShop Lite is a robust photo editor with a sleek design and interface

PicShop Photo Editor manages to avoid many of the mistakes commonly made by other photo editors to provide a robust, easy-to-use experience, perfect for the iPhone. Loaded with useful editing tools, a slick interface, and tons of tips along the way to ensure you get the most out of the app, PicShop Photo Editor will become a staple in your photo editing tool folder.

When you first open PicShop Photo Editor, the app will show you where to tap and how to find certain tools you will need for the editing process. Start by taking a new photo, loading one … Read more

Review: Enhance your Android video capabilities with mVideoPlayer

With its additional video playback options and easy-to-use interface, mVideoPlayer is an upgrade over native Android video players. Whether viewing movies from outside sources or those taken by your device, the program performs well and even allows for viewing subtitles, if available in the video.

The free program's small size allows it to download and start quickly. The main menu does have some advertisements along the bottom, but they are less conspicuous compared to other programs. Buttons along the top allow for displaying watched and unfinished videos, sorting by criteria, and scanning for more files, among other options. Each … Read more

Review: Launcher 8 captures Windows' Live Tiles perfectly

Launcher 8 includes all the fun colors and animations of Windows 8's home screen and gives you plenty of ways to customize it to boot. The only thing it's missing is Live Tile's ability to display real-time information from your social feeds. That's a decent trade-off for everything else it gives you.

When you first load this launcher, it gives you a bunch of preset icons and tiles. Some of these--like maps, messaging, and browser--are already attached to their appropriate app. Most aren't, which means you do have to spend some time setting things up. … Read more

Secure your Internet connection with Spotflux

Spotflux is a free encrypted VPN client that routes your Internet traffic through a series of secure servers that mask your actual IP and make it virtually impossible to trace the connection back to your computer. Unlike some VPN clients, Spotflux is easy enough for anyone to use.

Spotflux has a unique Setup wizard that offers more options than most installers, including extra software we declined to install. The first thing Spotflux did when it launched was to secure our Internet connection by changing our settings to conform to the secure network's servers. Our browser opened with our secure … Read more

Scan your PC for open ports with Free Port Scanner

Hackers are like unruly sailors on liberty when it comes to open ports: You can't keep them out, and they leave disaster in their wake. Protecting your ports is essential to keeping your system safe, and that starts with knowledge of your system's ports and whether they're Wide Open or Closed for the Duration. Free Port Scanner is just the tool for the job. This simple freeware from Network Security Audit Software (Nsasoft) thoroughly scans and tests your system's ports. It can reveal vulnerable access points so you can take action to close them to attackers.… Read more