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OmniGraffle for Mac review

Considered by many Mac users a classic diagramming application, OmniGraffle for Mac helps you visually represent ideas, tasks, activities, and other things. The new 6.0.5 version introduces a revamped interface that addresses the dated look of its predecessor while improving on functionality and intuitiveness.

Pros

Great new interface: An approach similar to how Microsoft made the Office ribbon tidier might have been preferable, but Omni Group's revamping of the OmniGraffle interface isn't bad -- the UI now sports dynamic sidebars that appear when needed and disappear when not in use.

Free syncing with OmniPresence: Your projects … Read more

XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

XCOM: Enemy Unknown places you in command of an elite group of soldiers tasked with stopping alien invaders before they destroy Earth. In this move-based strategy game, you'll have to learn about the alien technology and come up with a way to defeat your enemy while simultaneously responding to attacks in multiple locations around the globe.

Pros

Amazing graphics: The graphics in this game are really spectacular. You might feel more like you're watching a movie than playing a video game at times. And because images are so crisp and detailed, you can play quite easily, even on … Read more

Clumsy Ninja review

Clumsy Ninja charges you with training a hapless ninja and helping to guide him on his quest to rescue his kidnapped friend. With a fully interactive interface, this game gives you full control of your ninja's body and actions, so you can train him just the way you want to, and have plenty of fun along the way.

Pros

Cool controls: To control your ninja, you just have to move the part of his body that you want wherever you want it to go. You can even pick him up, dangle him upside down, tie balloons to his arms … Read more

Wondershare Video Editor review

Geared to the first-time non-linear video editor, Wondershare Video Editor provides all the freedom you need to arrange clips and music with a wealth of available filters and transitions. This is a beautiful and capable piece of software.

Pros

Effects, transitions, PIP: Wondershare Video Editor features a wide array of effects that become beautifully visible in the timeline. The results we achieved were tasteful, and we would be hard pressed to distinguish them from those of editing software that costs many times more.

Everything in view: You will like the fresh-looking black and purple interface with its well-indicated functions and … Read more

Java Runtime Environment (JRE) review

Java Standard Edition (SE) is a free software bundle that provides the Java Runtime Environment and the libraries and components you need to display a wide range of programs and Web content on 32-bit Windows PCs. It includes the Java plug-in for Web browsers and Java Web Start for deploying standalone apps written in Java over the Internet or other networks. Java SE Version 7 Update 55 addresses 37 security vulnerabilities.

Pros

You probably need it: Lots of Web sites and programs depend on Java to run. Up-to-date Java libraries and components keep your content fresh.

Now with JavaFX: Java … Read more

Snapchat review

Snapchat lets you send picture and video messages to your friends that are viewable for between one and ten seconds, so you can be sure that whoever you sent it to will be the only person to see it.

Pros

Interesting idea: This is a fun twist on other types of social and chat apps. Depending on what you use the app for and who you communicate with through it, the timer feature may just be a novelty, or it may serve a real security purpose. Either way, it's a fun tool to play around with.

Intuitive interface: One … Read more

FileStream Image Broadway review

Although it's billed as a photo editor, FileStream's Image Broadway does a lot more than touch up your photos. A recent (and steep) price cut makes Image Broadway a more affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop Elements, but it does have a few drawbacks. You can try Image Broadway (with limits) for free.

Pros

Lots of tools: Image Broadway isn't just a photo retoucher; it's a full-featured graphics editor with drawing, painting, filters, effects, layers, paths, and more.

Familiar face: Like most graphics editors, Image Broadway's layout and tools resemble Photoshop's but with its … Read more

McAfee Site Advisor review

McAfee Site Advisor is a rare helpful browser add-on that will tell you exactly what to expect from a Web site. It fits in seamlessly with most browsers and is constantly updated with new information on top Web sites. While it may make you second guess some of your browsing behavior, it's still a worthwhile add-on to have.

This program puts a small icon in your browser's URL bar that will help you gauge whether or not a site can be trusted. The icon changes colors -- green, yellow, and red -- based on how much of your … Read more

Review: MoneyControl - Income and Expense Tracker is a budgeting tool for iOS

MoneyControl - Income and Expense Tracker lets you enter in your income and expenses to easily track your budget and plan for the future. The app displays your financial information in several handy and easy-to-read formats including graphs and calendar format; so no matter how you like to look at this type of data, you should find this app useful.

As soon as you install MoneyControl, you're ready to start budgeting. The interface is very intuitive and clear. Just enter in an expense and income and the app automatically adjusts your balance and projections. You can easily set both … Read more

Review: Titanium Backup Root offers a good, basic backup package for rooted gadgets

Titanium Backup Root is a decent backup app with plenty of speed, but it only works on rooted Androids. The app doesn't even let you test its backup if your phone isn't rooted. However, if your device is rooted, you might enjoy this app's straightforwardness and all of the features it offers if you opt for the Pro version.

This app backs up all of that data on your phone and SD card, including your app data. It can even back up system apps and move them to your SD card to save space. The only catch … Read more