Like it or loathe it, there's no doubt that Windows Media Center does a pretty good job of tying your diverse media together in one interface. If your system doesn't have Windows Media Center, you can try Got All Media, which is similar to Media Center in features and looks. Like Media Center, Got All Media can play videos, music, DVDs, and CDs, streaming media like Net radio and free online TV, recorded TV, and broadcast, cable, and other commercial TV via TV capture card, if your system has one. It can also browse the Internet. Got All … Read more
For those users who have multiple disks with hundreds of files, organizing them may be a challenge. DiskCatalogMaker for Mac works well to organize these files, but most users will not find the limited features useful.
DiskCatalogMaker is available as a free trial version; the full purchase price is $29.99. Download and installation completed quickly, despite the lack of a native installer. Unfortunately, there were no obvious instructions to DiskCatalogMaker, but there are updates available. The program started quickly, but the interface was poorly designed. Instructions would have been helpful for all but the most sophisticated users. There are … Read more
This secret is out. Sometimes, girls like to play with He-Man action figures and boys like to nurture dolls. A Swedish toy catalog is getting a lot of attention for swapping out traditional gender roles by depicting a boy playing with a dollhouse and a girl blasting an imaginary foe with a Nerf gun.
Top Toy created the holiday catalog for toy chains BR and Toys"R"Us. The catalog was released in both Denmark and Sweden, but the Swedish version features some Photoshopped changes. Perhaps most notably, a boy wielding a toy gun in the Danish catalog was replaced by a girl, while a boy appears on another page playing with a very pink dollhouse.… Read more
ACDSee Pro 6 is the photo editing software of choice for many professional photographers. It offers powerful image editing and cataloging tools with secure online storage capabilities that let you store and access massive RAW images for editing and processing wherever and whenever you want or need them. ACDSee is oriented toward maximizing your workflow, too. The fully featured ACDSee Pro 6 is free to try for 30 days. It's not cheap, but it's hardly expensive as image editing software goes. It's well within the budget of sophisticated amateurs, and the price includes online storage space.
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Ikea has already introduced its catalog for mobile devices, but now the Swedish furniture giant is going a little more in-depth with the 2013 edition. There are more than 40 bits of extended content sprinkled throughout the catalog.
The 2013 physical catalog pairs with a special Ikea catalog app to unlock more than meets the eye on the printed page. Unlike the Moosejaw X-ray catalog peep show, expect to see furniture rather than statuesque Scandinavian models.… Read more
With no official Pinterest app yet available for Android, there are swathes of users itching to pin their much-loved items while on the go. Enter Fancy, an Android app for another visual cataloging site, TheFancy.com.
Just like the popular Pinterest service, Fancy is about saving pictures of the people, places, and things you love. Rather than pinning items to pinboards, however, Fancy lets you "Fancy" items and save them to a list (or multiple lists). You can search for items, scroll through recently Fancy'd items, or look through the lists of users you follow. It's … Read more
On the eve of what many expect to be the unveiling of the next iteration of the iPad, Apple has quietly added a Catalogs category to the iTunes preview section in its App Store.
Because deployment seems incomplete, the purpose of the new category is a bit of a mystery. And unfortunately, Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, AppleInsider theorizes that since the company is expected to unveil an iPad tomorrow that features a Retina Display, it is getting ready to offer high-resolution, interactive catalogs be delivered to the iPad via the App Store. … Read more
Sony's sad security song isn't finished yet.
Hackers have reportedly broken into the music label's servers and downloaded Michael Jackson's entire 50,000-track catalog, including many songs that have never been released, according to a report in Britain's Sunday Times (behind paywall). Sony purchased the catalog in 2010 from Jackson's estate for $250 million--billed as the biggest recording deal in history.
"Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised," a source told the newspaper. "It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a … Read more
Because of Apple's partnership with search comparison engine Wolfram Alpha, Siri now has the ability to search the entire Best Buy catalog, a feature added to Wolfram Alpha today.
Best Buy has public APIs that have allowed Wolfram Alpha to leverage the data from more than 35,000 products that Best Buy sells. Because Wolfram Alpha was built on a natural-language interface, as Siri is, the ability to get accurate and informative results using voice recognition is that much more impressive.
Siri, using Wolfram Alpha's access to Best Buy's APIs, has access to pricing information, tech specs, … Read more