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Google Maps review

Google Maps brings you a wealth of features that can help you find your way in more than 220 countries, including Street View, voice search, and turn-by-turn navigation, which makes it a valuable addition to your smartphone no matter how you're traveling.

Pros

Comprehensive yet accessible: Google Maps' greatest virtue is that it remains easy to use, despite providing complete mapping features for most places in the world, with an excellent amount of detail that often goes beyond mere street names to include images and essential information about places. It recognizes your location and allows you to effortlessly search … Read more

SanDisk Air Cruzer review

SanDisk Air Cruzer makes it easy to manage your wireless Flash drive from any smartphone or tablet. Moving saved files to and from any supported gadget works just like it would on a computer. It's an excellent download if you already have one of SanDisk's gadgets and is pleasant enough to use that it may be worth buying one if you don't.

This program lets you access any SanDisk Connect wireless Flash drive from your Android smartphone or tablet. As long as the two gadgets are on the same network, you can move files to and from … Read more

Folder2Drive review

A neat little app, Folder2Drive lets you map your folders as virtual drives, allowing another entire new level of organization on your computer. While most computers only use letters C, D, E, and F for your drives, this app takes advantage of the remaining 22 unused letters, allowing you to link unused drives to folders on your computer.

Pros

Pleasing, customizable interface: Folder2Drive features a basic but easy-to-use interface -- all the features are easily accessible and framed in an attractive sky blue border. If blue isn't your favorite color, this app gives you a skin feature that lets … Read more

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 review

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its … Read more

How to use Google Drive as a backup tool

Now that Google Drive storage is stupid-cheap (e.g., two bucks per month for 100GB), you might be wondering about its viability as a backup tool.

It's viable. Though you can't use it to clone an entire hard drive (not a good idea with any cloud-storage service), you can use it for the next best thing: preserving your important data.

All you need is Google's desktop sync utility, which, not unlike Dropbox, adds a special folder to your hard drive that acts as a two-way conduit. Any files or folders you put there will get synced to … Read more

Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier

If there was any question that the cloud storage business is a high stakes game, Google erased all doubt this week. The search giant shook up the consumer cloud world by drastically slashing its paid plans. Fifteen gigabytes of storage are still free, but 100GB are now $1.99 per month, down from $4.99. Even more impressive is the fact that you can get an entire terabyte of space for $9.99 a month, which used to be $49.99.

The move signals a clear, ruthless investment by Google. And when a giant like Google makes a push like … Read more

Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)

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Pay more for Amazon Prime, less for Office 365

CNET Update takes the sting out of it:

In this episode of Update:

- Pay $20 more for Amazon Prime starting on April 17. At $99, it still is a good deal, if you use the perks of free shipping, video streaming and Kindle book rentals. If you only care about the service to save on shipping, look back on how much you spent last year to see if Prime is worth it. Amazon says standard shipping for most items is around $4 to $5.

- Avoid the price-hike pain for one more year by gifting yourself Prime, and "… Read more

Synology flagship DSM 5.0 NAS operating system now live

Two months after the beta was announced, Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 is now live.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+.

The new upgrade brings in a totally revamped user experience. The interface has been overhauled with lots of improvement with a Control Panel that incorporates a new ease of use collectively found in other native operation system, such as Windows, Mac OS, and even iOS. It … Read more