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Star Apps: 3 Doors Down

In 3 Doors Down's 2002 mega-hit "Here Without You" -- the band's most listened-to single of all time on Spotify -- singer Brad Arnold laments the separation from his significant other. Currently on the four-month acoustic Songs From the Basement tour, Arnold is certainly missing his wife. I chatted with Arnold about the current tour, the new album, band member departures, how he handles extended separations from his wife, and his favorite apps.

What can you tell us about your acoustic show? I think the acoustic show is a great experience. We really don't approach … Read more

iTools (OS X) for Mac review

iTools (OS X) for Mac enhances PowerPC-based Macs with Apache Web servers, OpenSSL libraries, and a Perl interpreter, and also adds support for the webDAV and FTP protocols. One thing to note is that this freeware is written exclusively for PowerPCs and not Intel computers, meaning it will not run on modern hardware without some sort of an emulator like Rosetta.

Pros

Straightforward setup: Following an installation wizard that requires both an administrative password and a restart, iTools (OS X) for Mac asks you to provide a remote server URL, a username, and a password.

Easy log-in: The app integrates … Read more

Ghostery for Firefox review

The Ghostery add-on for Firefox enables you to block online tracking services from obtaining your browsing and purchasing habits. This small application blends seamlessly with Firefox and gives you a high amount of individual power.

Pros

Flawless performance: Ghostery listed a large array of trackers on each site that we visited. When blocked, we observed advertisements and social networking widgets did not function properly, since the service was now halted. Images and audio clips that are blocked could easily be accessed when clicked on.

Great customization: You are given the ability to block individual trackers based on its purpose and … Read more

Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android review

Dr.Fone by Wondershare is a superb application that makes retrieving missing data a breeze. Anyone can use this program because of its attractive and intuitive, step-by-step guide. Dr.Fone's free trial performance is outstanding, but like all free software, there are the occasional hiccups.

Pros

Great support: Wondershare Dr.Fone provides excellent directions for making the most of the software, including rooting your phone and managing debugging tools. Web site support is clear-cut and easy to follow.

Excellent operation: Although this application took approximately one hour and 20 minutes to retrieve all of our data, it performed better … Read more

Shoebox review

Ancestry.com's free Shoebox app uses edge detection and other image processing technologies to turn your Android device's camera into a portable photo and document scanner. You can save Shoebox images directly to your Ancestry.com family tree, tag photos, add captions, and share images via email as well as Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.

Pros

Pocket scanner: With Shoebox, you can capture scan-quality images of a huge range of photos, documents, and ephemera, especially documents too rare or fragile to scan or even handle.

Edgy: When you capture an old photo, Shoebox's perspective correction technology … Read more

mSecure for Mac review

mSecure for Mac serves as a protected repository for log-in details, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and other similar information that should be readily available but protected from unauthorized access. This standalone application comes with 256-bit Blowfish encryption.

Pros

Highly intuitive user interface: Since every function is presented neatly, using mSecure for Mac is a breeze. You can organize your information into groups and conveniently mark your "favorites," as well as use different icons to find entries more quickly.

Powerful search function: You don't need to go through folders or hierarchies to find your stored data.… Read more

NTFS-3G for Mac review

NTFS-3G for Mac adds drivers to your OS X installation that allow you to read and write to NTFS-formatted thumb and external hard drives as if you're using a Windows machine. The software comes free of charge and features several advanced options such as caching and filename normalization. Overall, it performs well, with speeds approaching those you would get in Windows.

Pros

Quick: We transferred a 700MB file in 45 seconds on a Mac, and the same file in 42 seconds using the Mac's Bootcamp installation of Windows.

Neat preference pane: NTFS-3G for Mac provides a clean and … Read more

Mail Act-On for Mac review

With Mail Act-On for Mac you can map customized email rules more easily, creating sophisticated email workflows that ditch the repetitive and tedious process of manual email organization. This app enhances Apple's Mail app.

Pros

Easy rule creation: What makes Mail Act-On really great is the way it shortens the process of using rules in Mail. Through a pop-up menu or by pressing a key or combination of keys, you can put rules to work and, since the pop-up menu has a search field that performs the search as you type, finding lengthy rules and using them turns out … Read more

SimpleMind Free review

SimpleMind Free mind-mapping app creates high-quality mind maps on your Android device. Mind maps organize information and topics around a central concept. They're very easy to make and read, though they can become amazingly complex, too. SimpleMind's tap-and-drag functionality may be the easiest method yet.

Pros

Terra cognita: With a few taps, SimpleMind's maps can help you conceptualize and organize everything from your physics dissertation to your sock drawer.

Topical islands: We could add, edit, and annotate Themes, Topics, Notes, and other elements, drag to reposition connections, change colors and styles, pinch to zoom, and do all … Read more

Free MP3 Cutter Joiner review

Free MP3 Cutter Joiner gives you the ability to merge audio files through its uncomplicated cutting and joining tools. The visual display and compact design are enjoyable and helpful, but you'll find yourself unhappy with the limited selection of supported formats.

Pros

Top-notch production: All MP3 files that we created with Free MP3 Cutter Joiner had the same quality as the original file. Producing new files was very fast, with most MP3s only taking less than 30 seconds to create.

Pleasant design: You will enjoy the plain, comfortable design of this program. There are only a handful of objects … Read more