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Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Dropbox for Mac review

Dropbox for Mac is a convenient cloud storage system that lets you access your files on any computer with an Internet connection. Installing the app is quick and easy, and you can set up a free account to try out the program to see if it's a good fit.

Pros

Smooth integration: This app integrates seamlessly with your Mac, and you can access it directly at any time through the icon on the top toolbar. You can also open any of the Dropbox files on your computer through your Mac's Finder feature. And when you want to save … Read more

Tempo Smart Calendar for Google Calendar, Exchange, and iCloud review

Tempo Smart Calendar for Google Calendar, Exchange, and iCloud lets you keep all of your important emails and dates in one place. Stay on top of everything you have to do when you link all of your accounts to this calendar program.

Pros

Nice navigation: This app features a smooth and intuitive interface that lets you swipe back and forth through days, and view the details of an event by tapping it on any screen. You can also view events in a list view organized by date, by week with blocks of time outlined, or by month with a split-screen … Read more

Cloud System Booster review

Cloud System Booster keeps your system running smoothly by removing junk files, optimizing system settings, and repairing all types of errors. With this comprehensive program, you can keep all unwanted files and broken items off your hard drive, so you can be sure you're always getting the most from your machine.

Pros

Speedy: This program works quickly no matter which type of scan you pick. Repairs are accomplished quickly too, and you can always see the status of all operations clearly as the program is working. And if you're really in a hurry, you can choose the Quick … Read more

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe review

CyberLink YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles Fun Webcam, Creative Camera App, Smart Work, and Easy Organization features into an all-in-one Webcam and camera utility. It edits photos and videos, adds special effects and filtering, creates video presentations with narration and desktop animation, and organizes videos and photos. Recent updates include HDR and Panorama photos and touch-friendly editing and effects. YouCam 6 Deluxe's free 30-day trial disables some filters and other features.

Pros

All-in-one: YouCam 6 Deluxe bundles a lot into one program, including fun-oriented filters and effects and other features that are all business.

Calendar view: The Calendar view organizes … Read more

RealPlayer Cloud 2 review

RealPlayer Cloud 2 is a complete solution for all of your media playing needs, and the cloud integration means you can sync across devices, as well. That means is easier than ever to watch iPhone videos on your Windows machine, or add YouTube videos to your library, and watch them on your mobile device when you're offline.

Pros

Facebook integration: When you log in to RealPlayer with your Facebook account, you can quickly share your favorite videos with all of your friends. And working in reverse, you can also view videos others have shared to Facebook straight through your … Read more

Panda Cloud Antivirus review

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a free antivirus program that uses the cloud to scan for malware and viruses on your computer.

Pros

Powerful scanner: Thanks to its cloud-powered scanner, Panda Cloud Antivirus can divert much of the heavy lifting to its servers. The antivirus program has consistently scored high marks in the AVComparatives protection tests, sitting in the top five with a 99.7 percent protection rate.

Lightweight: Panda is easy on the eyes and on the system consumption. There's very little to distract you, as there aren't many meaningful viral expositions for each scan result.

Cons

Bundling: … Read more

G Cloud Backup review

G Cloud Backup makes it easy for you to back up documents, media, contacts, SMS, call logs, and settings and then quickly restore them, whether to the original device or to another, thus protecting your data from theft or loss. It gets big thumbs-up for its smooth daily automated backups as well as for its Cloud Gallery, which allows you to browse and restore individual backed-up files within the app, without having to access an online interface or do a full restore.

Installing G Cloud Backup and registering a user account takes less than a minute. Afterward you're greeted … Read more

Adobe stock hits new peak as investors cheer subscriptions

Those who despised Adobe's shift to its Creative Cloud subscriptions predicted that customer defections would sink the company's stock price -- but so far, the opposite is happening.

Adobe Systems' stock hit an all-time high in after-hours trading when Adobe reported strong first-quarter financial results on Tuesday. It surpassed analyst expectations and increased Creative Cloud subscriptions by 405,000 from the previous quarter.

In after-hours trading, Adobe's stock rose 35 cents, or about 0.5 percent, to an all-time high of $68.52.

The company is in the midst of a sales transition with software titles like … Read more

Adobe reports strong Q1, 1.84M Creative Cloud subscriptions

Adobe's fiscal first-quarter earnings and revenue came in at the high end of the company's expectations as it continues to land cloud subscriptions.

The company on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $47.05 million, or 9 cents a share on revenue of $1 billion. Adjusted earnings were 30 cents a share, a nickel better than estimates.

The main takeaway from Adobe is that it added 405,000 Creative Cloud subscriptions from a year ago and has annualized recurring revenue approaching $1 billion for its Creative business.

In a presentation, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said the company's new … Read more