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CCleaner review

CCleaner is a free Registry and junk-clearing utility for keeping your system clean and optimized.

Pros

Basic UI: CCleaner's four main features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are clearly marked on a vertical tab menu. Initiating a scan and clean is straightforward.

Powerful: CCleaner includes most of the essentials for PC maintenance. It provides tools for clearing your temporary files, cleaning the Registry, and removing unused cookies from your browser. CCleaner also supports 64-bit systems, as well as updated support for popular applications.

Freeware: Upselling and bundling are minimal; CCleaner only offers the option to install Google … Read more

How to list daily events in iOS 7.1 Calendar app

When Apple released iOS 7 late last year, the overhauled user interface included tweaks and changes throughout the entire operating system.

One such change was the removal of the ability to view your daily agenda from the month view in the Calendar app. As it was in iOS 7's month view, you simply saw a dot on each day where something was scheduled. To view the agenda, you had to tap on the day, opening another screen. This lead to a lot of tapping and navigating just to view your agenda for multiple days within a given month.

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Google Fiber copycat to deliver 1Gbps broadband in Mississippi

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Google should be very flattered by the efforts of a regional wireless provider to bring a 1Gbps fiber network to Mississippi.

C Spire is using the Google Fiber business plan that the search giant has employed in building 1 Gpbs fiber networks in Kansas City; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. C Spire is using the plan as a blueprint for building its own fiber-to-the-home network that the company hopes will eventually blanket Mississippi.

For a state such as Mississippi, an ultra high-speed fiber optic network, could … Read more

Watch what's in store for Android Wear

CNET Update talks to the wrist:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's Android Wear, the operating system for smartwatches and other wearable technology. Motorola will use Android Wear for its upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360.

- Say adieu to the iPad 2. Apple killed off the iPad 2 model and is now selling the fourth-gen iPad with Retina Display instead.

- A new, less expensive iPhone 5C with half the storage went on sale overseas. But it's not worth getting a phone with only 8 GB of storage.

- Trade-in your video games for Walmart store credit, … Read more

Why an 8GB iPhone 5C just isn't a good deal

Please, please, please, don't buy the 8GB iPhone 5C.

Apple on Tuesday introduced a version of its new, brightly colored iPhone that comes with half the storage of the former cheapest model but also a smaller price tag. In the UK, for example, the 8GB iPhone 5C costs £429 ($712) versus £469 ($779) for the 16GB model. For now, the 8GB iPhone 5C is available only in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China. US customers will have to settle for the 16GB version or choose another iPhone model like the (non-4G) 4S.

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Cheaper new 8GB iPhone 5C goes on sale

A new lower-capacity iPhone 5C has gone on sale across Europe, with the UK Apple Store charging £429 ($712) for the unlocked smartphone.

French and German iPhone fans can get their hands on one for 559 euros ($779), while Australian Apple aficionados can spend A$679 ($616) on the new mobile. Interestingly, it's also available in China, for 4,088 yuan ($660).

The new model has 8GB of storage, or half the amount of the former cheapest model, which remains at £469 in the UK. The iPhone 4S is still available, for £349, but the new … Read more

Apple rumored to launch 8GB iPhone 5C

Apple may aim to shake up the smartphone market with an 8GB iPhone 5C, according to several new reports.

Citing information from two German blog sites and its own tipsters, MacRumors said on Monday that the 8GB phone will reportedly hit the market this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. Available in the full gamut of 5C colors, the 8GB version would be the new entry-level iPhone model, said MacRumors. Apple currently offers the 5C in 16GB and 32GB variations.

One source throwing out this claim is German blog site Caschys Blog, which caught wind of an alleged note sent by German carrier O2 to retailers. … Read more

iPhone 5C sales stall in China, report says

Apple's iPhone 5C is in some deep trouble in China, it appears.

Unlike the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, which have watched sales soar since their launch last year, the iPhone 5C has had trouble getting off the ground, new data from China-based analytics company Umeng shows. The iPhone 5 is actually the most popular Apple smartphone in China at the moment, accounting for about 15 percent of Umeng's network. The iPhone 5S comes in at 12 percent, while the iPhone 5C can only muster 2 percent.

According to South China Morning Post, which earlier reported on the … Read more

How to completely turn off parallax wallpapers on iOS 7.1

Apple's iOS 7 launched with a revamped design and new features galore. Not all features were welcomed, with some users pleading for the ability to revert back to iOS 6 or turn off some of the more "annoying" features. One such feature was the motion found throughout iOS 7, including the motion found on wallpaper images across all home screens.

Apple did provide a method for reducing the motion effect, but not a way to disable it across the board. With the release of iOS 7.1, the ability to turn off what Apple calls "Perspective … Read more

Lego Sandcrawler rolls through 'Star Wars' universe

When I saw "Star Wars" the first time, on opening day in 1977, I had to wait in line for more than an hour to get in. Which meant that by the time I entered the theater -- San Francisco's famous Coronet -- the first thing I saw on screen was the Jawas' Sandcrawler, rolling across the desert sand.

For people who have such memories of that giant transporter, and even those who don't, Lego has something worth getting excited about: a new Lego Sandcrawler set, just the latest in a long and successful partnership between … Read more