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Any Video Converter review

Any Video Converter takes videos from your computer or downloaded from the Internet and converts them into just about any format you'd like. Just import the video, pick your preferred format, and hit convert, and you're ready to transfer that video to your mobile device.

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Tons of options: You're almost guaranteed to find the right format in this app's long list of options. The formats are also organized by device, so you can quickly find the format you're looking for whether you have an iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Samsung Phone, Roku, or just … Read more

EasyCrop for Mac review

EasyCrop for Mac lets you make basic image edits like cropping and rotating, and then use the resulting image without the need to save it. This premium application comes with a free trial and accepts graphics stored in a file as well as embedded in a Web site. A great feature is the destination drawer, which allows you to export your newly created image to up to five other apps.

The main interface for EasyCrop for Mac feels somewhat uninspired, but it's not hard to get around it; there are two main sections for the source and final image, … Read more

Review: OsiriX analyzes medical scans and displays it in 2D, 3D, 4D, and 5D

OsiriX for Mac displays data obtained from medical equipment such as PET, CT, and MRI scans in up to five dimensions. The trial edition, which serves as a base for the certified version, is equipped with everything a medical professional needs to look at scans and interpret them. There is even a patient database for keeping track of multiple individuals.

Even though OsiriX for Mac will run on pretty much any hardware, having a multiprocessor machine will produce better results, especially when working in three or more dimensions and using advanced features like 3D tissue rendering. When adding patient records, … Read more

Review: Skip Easy SpaceGuard for down-to-earth and up-to-date system cleaners

Free tools that clean browsing and Windows tracks can protect your privacy and security, especially if they're intuitive, easy to use, and up-to-date. Unfortunately, EasynetSoft's Easy SpaceGuard is none of those. Its interface is crowded, poorly designed, and stuck in a time warp (Netscape, anyone?) and the program doesn't seem to have been updated significantly in years: we can't be sure since neither the program's Web site nor online tutorial would load.

We nixed a Tic Tac Toe game offered with Easy SpaceGuard's download. Easy SpaceGuard asks if you want it to run immediately … Read more

Review: Twitter's official iOS app is easy to use and effective

Twitter is the self-named official app for everyone's favorite micro-blogging service, and it works very well to manage any number of accounts on the go. Considering Twitter was conceived as a mobile-friendly social network, it needs an app like this to facilitate quick responses, on-the-go tweets, and image sharing. The result is a mostly-good, but slightly-flawed interface that has some performance issues but generally offers everything you want and expect from a Twitter client.

After installing Twitter, you must enter at least one account. You can create a new one from the app, though because of the mobile limitations … Read more

Review: Log keystrokes and all PC activity with stealthy iSafe Free Keylogger

If you pay the Internet bill, you should take a look at iSafe Free Keylogger. This free tool stealthily records all keystrokes, mouse clicks, items saved, Internet activity, e-mail sent and received, Webcams, FTPs, and microphones: In short, just about all activity on a monitored PC. It even takes screenshots so you can see what users saw and when they saw it. Yes, it's extremely intrusive; and, yes, users don't know they're being monitored and recorded unless you tell them. That's the point: If you're a business owner or an administrator who provides Internet access … Read more

Convert video formats with Any Video Converter Professional

Any Video Converter Professional makes it very easy to convert video files one by one or in batches, to and from just about any video format you can play. With one of the largest and most diverse Profiles menus we've seen, chances are good that this premium video conversion utility has a profile just for your device. It's a simple matter of choosing the files you want to convert, selecting the device you want to play them on, and letting Any Video Converter do the rest. Any Video Converter also extracts audio from video files, which is something … Read more

Windows 8 touch-screen Acer laptop, desktop up for sale

An Acer touch-screen Windows 8 laptop has popped up on the Home Shopping Network, along with other systems.

Brace yourself: touch-screen laptops will not be cheap.

Most of the specs are pretty underwhelming: a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U "Ivy Bridge" processor, 750GB hard disk drive, DVD drive, a thickness of over an inch (that's considered plump in the age of the ultrabook), and a weight of 5.4 pounds.

But one hardware feature sets it apart from the Windows 7 rabble: a 15.6-inch touch screen to go with Windows 8's touch-centric interface.

And that … Read more

Free video conversion

The Free Convert to Divx AVI WMV MP4 MPEG Converter is an application for converting your video files into another supported format.

The features of this application are pretty simple. All you need to do is click Add to select a video and then click Convert to start the process. The time varies, depending on the file size. Also, the Format and Profile options that you choose will influence the conversion time. AVI video format seems to take longer (10 to 15 minutes for a 15-minute video), but MPEG-4 video is done in about 2 minutes for the same video … Read more

Robot runway

V-REP Player is a free tool that can run robotic simulations on any compatible Windows PC. It's based on V-REP, the Virtual Robot Experimentation Platform, a sophisticated tool for simulating the function and behavior of various robotics systems in a 3D environment. It's based on a distributed control architecture, and it lets users run control programs simultaneously in threaded or non-threaded fashion. You can't use V-REP Player to create simulations, only play them. However, it has many potential uses, such as remote monitoring, hardware control, fast prototyping, safety systems, factory automation simulations, and as a teaching tool. … Read more