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Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate review

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate converts videos between a multitude of formats and exports them to chosen devices. Version 7.0 corrects bugs related to Web downloading errors and adds support for a large number of smartphones and tablets.

Pros

One-stop video solution: Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate can edit, download, convert, and burn your videos, as well as handle well-thought-out transfers between Web, hard disks, and optical media. It packages everything in an uncomplicated, flexible, and original interface.

Speedy conversions: We managed to convert five minutes of SD MP4 files in just 15 seconds, while a feature DVD film was ripped … Read more

Review: Desk UnPDF Converter for Mac converts your PDF files into other formats

Desk UnPDF Converter for Mac is designed to solve the longstanding problem of editing PDF files in a native word processor. By stripping out PDF formatting and converting the text into RTF for Windows 97+ or Open Office, this app allows you to then open and edit those files more easily. While there are certainly some limitations in terms of the formatting, layout, and style of the finished document, it works well.

When you open UnPDF, you can start converting documents right away. Just load any PDF into the software and then select how you want it exported. You can … Read more

Review: Convert many different audio formats with the free version of Switch

NCH's Switch Sound File Converter v4.47 has a lot going for it, including the ability to configure encoders and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats. It's a fast, no-nonsense, pro-level tool that extracts audio from CDs, videos, and other files, individually or in batches. It can normalize audio levels, adjust bit and sample rates, and convert audio streams.

Switch is a compact program that downloads and installs quickly. We could also download some extra tools with it, including WavePad, which we've used before and that the publisher recommends. A businesslike user interface makes Switch … Read more

Yahoo Mail gets a welcome face-lift for iOS 7

Yahoo Mail for iOS received a face-lift for iOS 7 in the latest version, and with new themes and conversation views, it's a must have for anyone whose primary e-mail account is with Yahoo.

Improved look and layout Following the new simplified design schemes of the main Yahoo app and Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Mail now has a new look to fit with iOS 7. But in Yahoo Mail, you have the ability to change the theme by selecting a premade background. Most of the themes are photos and patterns that show up in the background, and your inbox takes … Read more

Foursquare's new app forgoes check-ins

CNET Update follows the blue line:

In this episode of Update:

- Prepare for the day when you never need to open the Foursquare app to get push alerts and tips about your location.

- Follow conversations on Twitter with the new blue line (which has some users seeing red.)

- Quickly flag abuse on Twitter with the updated report button.

- Video chat with friends in 720p HD on Google Hangouts.

- Set up the Chromecast streaming stick with an iOS app, not just from the Web or Android app.

- Update the Flickr iOS app for new filters and free editing features. … Read more

Code red? Twitter's blue line brings out the bile

What's not to love about something intended to make sense of the nonsensical? A lot, apparently.

Wednesday, Twitter updated its Web, iOS, and Android applications with a conversation feature that groups together strings of tweets in chronological order, with a vertical line, in members' timelines.

The change, a radical departure from a seven-year practice of showing tweets in reverse chronological fashion, is meant to disentangle the discussions behind seemingly errant replies. It's the kind of thing perfect for newcomers who would otherwise be confused by the language of Twitter, so the logic goes.

But Twitter's new "… Read more

Review: Skip the fuss with Axara Audio Converter

If you simply want to convert a funny WAV clip or a cool song in OGG into an MP3 that you can play on a smartphone or similar device as well as share with friends, Axara Audio Converter belongs on your short list, especially since you can try it free for 30 days, though the trial version only converts 30 percent of a file.

Axara Audio Converter's attractive, cleanly-rendered user interface takes its styling cues from Microsoft's Office suite, with a Start button menu and Ribbon-style toolbar that has four background color options. As Axara's documentation describes, … Read more

Review: Gmail for iPhone is a near-perfect mail app for iOS

Gmail for iPhone offers a self-contained alternative to the Mail app built into every iOS device, and for those with Gmail accounts, it is a very good experience, all but eliminating connection issues and delays. While the core functionality is roughly the same between Gmail and Mail, the added features that have been part of Gmail for the better part of a decade are on full display here and they make Gmail for iPhone one of the best all-around mail apps on the App Store.

Gmail for iPhone is a self-contained app that doesn't require integration with any of … Read more

Review: Supiki English offers fun, game-style English language training

Supiki English Conversation is a smartly-designed and expertly-crafted app that combines game-like elements with the conversational tools of the iPhone to teach English. The app works very well in many situations, but is often limited by the steep price of upgrades and the lack of control over which lessons you can use. For those that fully invest in Supiki, it offers many fun surprises that dabblers may not have the chance to experience.

When you start using Supiki, you can access a handful of lessons for free. Other lessons will unlock as you complete the initial ones, but because of … Read more

Google Search brings nutrition data to more than 1,000 foods

Ever wondered how many calories are in a burrito? How about grams of fat in a donut? Or, carbs in a potato?

All of these food and nutrition stats, and more, can now be found on Google Search. The Web giant announced Thursday that it was introducing detailed nutrition information for more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats, and meals in both its desktop and mobile search.

"From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, 'How much protein is in a banana?' or 'How many calories are … Read more