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Internet Explorer 11 review

Internet Explorer 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's default browser. It provides all standard features that you'd want in a Web browser, while giving excellent integration with other Microsoft programs; but you won't find the same customization options here as you'd see in other Web browsers.

Pros

Fast loading: Web sites, videos, and images loaded at a comparable speed to any other Web browser on the market. This is a great improvement from the previous versions of Internet Explorer.

Detailed support: Internet Explorer 11 comes with detailed tutorials, forums, FAQ pages, and direct support. The … Read more

File Manager (Explorer) review

Apart from essential file management operations, File Manager (Explorer) supports cloud storage services and remote file systems, enabling you to play streaming media from LAN or FTP without the need to download files. Overall, the app proves a viable solution for organizing your files, but while using it you may run into minor but annoying interface issues.

Pros

Supports local as well as remote file management: File Manager (Explorer) stands out from other similar apps in that it makes the management of LAN, FTP, WebDAV, and Cloud files (including Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive) almost effortless. The ability to stream … Read more

RoboForm review

RoboForm is far more than a form-filling and password-managing browser add-on; this inexpensive shareware is one of the most useful browser enhancements we've encountered. RoboForm saves and enters log-in data and passwords, as well as your address, contact data, or any form fields you're always entering the hard way in Web sites and Windows programs. It also manages bookmarks, downloads, notes, and much more. RoboForm costs just under $10 with a free 30-day trial.

Pros

Everywhere or Desktop: You can install RoboForm to save data only on your main PC, or you can create an online account that … Read more

Major security flaw in Internet Explorer opens PCs to hijacking

Update: On May 1, Microsoft released a fix for Internet Explorer -- all affected versions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Surprisingly, that includes versions that run on Windows XP -- though Microsoft no longer supports XP, the severity of this security flaw prompted the company to patch XP-compatible versions. Your system should download the patch automatically; if it doesn't, enable automatic Windows Update.

This weekend Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer, warning that hackers can exploit a vulnerability that lets them run commands on remote computers. In other words, hackers exploiting this flaw can hijack … Read more

Field Trip review

Field Trip sends you notifications whenever you're near something of interest, whether you're wandering around your hometown or exploring a new city. If you're interested in the history of an area or just want to find a great local restaurant, this app has the information you're looking for.

Pros

Multiple sources: This app uses multiple and varied sources to provide you with information about everything from historical sites to restaurants and entertainment. You can read Zagat reviews of area restaurants, or learn about the architecture of the buildings in your neighborhood from multiple industry Web sites.… Read more

Adobe issues emergency patch -- again

Adobe Systems and Microsoft on Thursday issued patches with emergency measures for critical vulnerabilities in Flash and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft, which usually fixes security problems once a month on Tuesdays, distributed the off-calendar repair for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 because of the severity of the exploit. The fix is highly recommended for people who use those versions of IE since Microsoft described the previously unknown vulnerability in its security bulletin as actively being used in "limited, targeted attacks."

However, people who use those browsers must apply the fix manually with the FixIt shim tool. A permanent fix … Read more

Mars 'jelly doughnut' mystery finally solved

A mystery rock which seemed to appear out of nowhere on Mars last month stirred up much speculation among alien enthusiasts, but it appears the mystery is solved. The answer is more simple than sci-fi.

NASA said Friday that the mysterious rock, which resembled a jelly doughnut, is actually just a piece of a larger rock that the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity drove over in January. … Read more

Adobe issues emergency Flash update for Windows and Mac

Adobe is recommending that users update their Flash Players immediately -- especially those who frequent Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. The company released an emergency security bulletin on Tuesday that addresses vulnerabilities in Flash, which could be exploited by hackers.

"This vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system," Adobe wrote in a blog post. "Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users apply the updates referenced in the security bulletin."

Adobe assigned a Priority 1 rating to the vulnerabilities being … Read more

Foursquare makes it easy to find what you'll love

With its latest update, Foursquare has evolved beyond its roots of checking in to businesses and unlocking badges and special offers from those businesses. Now the app lets you explore your local area based on data culled from other Foursquare users while still retaining the gamelike features of its roots.

While the original app was always well-designed, the new features make it even more useful. Recommendations for smaller towns can be sparse, and the settings can be somewhat overwhelming, but it remains an essential download for avid Foursquare users.

The basics When you first launch Foursquare, you'll need to … Read more

The best place to find apps to sideload on Google Glass

The official list of apps, or Glassware, as Google refers to it, on the Glass Web site offers a decent list of services. But it doesn't go far enough for those Glass Explorers who want to get the most out of Glass, especially with apps starting to show up that are built with the official GDK to take advantage of some of the core features in Glass.

Explorers can browse through the Glass Community forums looking for developers who want feedback on beta versions of apps, or they can turn to a shared Google Drive spreadsheet, which lists over … Read more