Hola Better Internet review

Hola Better Internet is the Android app for Hola, the free multiplatform VPN service that lets users watch geoblocked videos in their countries. It comprises two utilities: the Unblocker, which changes the IP that identifies your geographic location, and the Accelerator, which smoothes out media streaming and playback and can even reduce data consumption.

Hola is unusually easy to use for a VPN service, and Hola Better Internet continues the theme. The main screen has only three toggles for Hola, the Unblocker, and the Accelerator. But tap "Help" and then "FAQ," and you'll find an … Read more

Star Apps: Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is best known for playing Angela on Tyler Perry's TV series, "For Better or Worse" (OWN), as well as for her work in Perry's box-office hits "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Why Did I Get Married, Too?" She has certainly played the reactive woman onscreen, but the actress, acting teacher, and entertainment manager takes umbrage at the "angry black woman" stereotype often perpetuated by reality TV shows. Soon you can see Smith -- who has conquered addiction herself -- in feature film "Addicted."

What can … Read more

God's Daily Boost For A Better Life review

God's Daily Boost for a Better Life lets you access quotes from the Bible that are particularly relevant to the challenges you're facing. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, fear, stress, or any of the other pressures we feel on a daily basis, this app has some reassuring words to help put things into perspective.

The main menu of God's Daily Boost for a Better Life features three main categories including "When scared," "Verses for peace," and "Verses for staying strong." These are additionally broken down into three or four sub-categories … Read more

iBetterCharge monitors your iOS device battery level from a Mac

Forgetting to charge your smartphone or tablet, only to realize the battery is almost dead when you're heading out the door is a bummer. If only there were some way for your Mac to alert you when your device's battery was getting low. Wait, there is.

As reported by 9to5Mac, a free OS X app called iBetterCharge will monitor your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch battery level for you.

After downloading and installing the app, you'll need to ensure that you have iTunes Wi-Fi sync enabled for the specific device(s) you want to monitor. After that, … Read more

Review: BetterZip for Mac lets you explore archives without having to unzip them

BetterZip for Mac allows you to view, modify, add, and remove files directly from archives without the need to unzip them. This app also features its own implementation of a keychain but unfortunately does not integrate with OS X's keychain and thus cannot be synced over iCloud. Another potential drawback is the lack of Finder integration.

After a straightforward installation, BetterZip for Mac displays a clean and easy-to-understand interface that lets you quickly reveal the contents of archives without having to unzip them first. The transfer speed for files won't disappoint you: it took us a little less … Read more

PS4 vs. Xbox One: Round 1 to Sony

The products are out, the reviews are in, so we now ask, who's the winner?

Well, here at CNET, the answer today is the PlayStation 4, though not by much. Both products received 3.5 stars from our reviewer Jeff Bakalar. However, the PS4 received the higher overall score, beating the Xbox One 7.5 to 7.0 in our expanded ratings system (if you didn't know we had an expanded ratings system, roll your cursor over the stars and you'll see what I mean).

That 3.5 stars is a pretty good score -- and we … Read more

Better than Kittens: A true Internet test of your work's value

You pour your heart and soul into your art or design work. When you put your portfolio online, you're competing for recognition with the masses on DeviantArt and the untold number of artists and designers on the Web. You're also competing with cats. Cute, fuzzy, adorable, attention-sucking, Internet-dominating cats.

If your work is truly outstanding, it will attract more attention than a gratuitous photo of a kitten curled up, nibbling on its toes. If you think you're up for the challenge, then you can submit your portfolio to Better than Kittens, a new polling site that throws down a daunting gauntlet of kittens as the competition.… Read more

Review: BetterDesktopTool integrates hot key commands to enhance your desktop

BetterDesktopTool integrates a tool sorely lacking from Windows--the ability to instantly move, adjust, and compartmentalize desktops on your computer. While there is similar functionality in Windows 8, BetterDesktopTool makes it more intuitive and easier to manage than Microsoft's default controls--much closer to what you can do in OS X. The result is a powerful background application that can improve productivity and control, while working.

After installing BetterDesktopTool it immediately goes to your tray to run in the background. Despite this, it uses only a small amount of memory--a fraction of what your Web browser does. Open the menu and … Read more

Electric car startup Better Place liquidating after $850 million investment

Better Place wanted to make the world a better place by replacing gas stations with battery switching stations that would remove the driving mileage limitations from electric cars and eventually rid the world of fossil-fuel burning vehicles. But after six years and burning through $850 million, the company is filing for liquidation in an Israeli court.

As reported by the Associated Press, Better Place's Board of Directors issued a written statement Sunday announcing that the company was winding down.

"This is a very sad day for all of us. We stand by the original vision as formulated by … Read more

Split Pic 2.0 Review

Split Pic 2.0 - Clone Yourself, Better is a neat little app that lets you snap three different pictures to create a fun effect. The problem, however, is that the app is so full of ads that it ruins the user experience.

As soon as you run Split Pic 2.0, you're bombarded with ad after ad, and we very nearly tapped each one by accident. Once you can bypass them, you're greeted with the main menu, which has yet another banner ad slapped on the lower half of the screen. From there, you can select between … Read more