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Glary Utilities Pro review

Glary Utilities Pro combines multiple maintenance tools for your Windows desktop so you can measure, enhance, and adjust performance. This combination of tools may seem overwhelming to casual users, but for intermediate or power users, Glary offers a range of options for optimizing your machine in a clean, accessible interface.

Pros

Clean interface, accessible tools: Glary Utilities opens quickly and runs quietly in the background until you close it. The interface is clean and accessible, and there are plenty of options. The display is icon-based, which can make finding a specific menu hard at times, but it's generally easy … Read more

CCleaner review

CCleaner is a free Registry and junk-clearing utility for keeping your system clean and optimized.

Pros

Basic UI: CCleaner's four main features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are clearly marked on a vertical tab menu. Initiating a scan and clean is straightforward.

Powerful: CCleaner includes most of the essentials for PC maintenance. It provides tools for clearing your temporary files, cleaning the Registry, and removing unused cookies from your browser. CCleaner also supports 64-bit systems, as well as updated support for popular applications.

Freeware: Upselling and bundling are minimal; CCleaner only offers the option to install Google … Read more

Wise Registry Cleaner review

Wise Registry Cleaner scours your Windows Registry for invalid entries and system-slowing junk. It's safe, easy to use, and (best of all) free. The no-nonsense layout groups all the features you need right where you need them, including Registry Cleaner, System Tuneup, Registry Defrag, and Scheduler.

Pros

Cleans deeply: Wise Registry Cleaner has Normal, Safe, and Deep Scan modes. In our tests, it found and fixed issues that similar freeware missed.

Cleans safely: Wise Registry Cleaner passed the acid test: We did what inexperienced users do and just cleaned everything, but no ill effects ensued.

Lots of tweaks: The … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Welcome to the weekend! We're getting you caught up with all the hottest happenings this week in CNET video right here.

Earlier this week, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled its own virtual-reality PlayStation 4 headset, and for now it's called Project Morpheus. While the product is still in concept, Brian Tong was able to take this immersive reality headset for a test spin and runs down some of the early specs in our First Take.

In the latest episode of The Fix, we'll help you master the art of smartphone photography with … Read more

Simple smartphone photo tips

Today's smartphone cameras have become nearly as complex and feature-laden as the compact cameras they replaced. It's easy to get overwhelmed, but here are four simple tips for better photos that will work with virtually any modern smartphone.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Most smartphones now have an option called HDR, which is short for High Dynamic Range.

When you take an HDR photo, your camera actually shoots three photos at three different exposures: low, standard, and high. Then, your phone stacks all those photos to create one composite image that's super sharp and looks closer to what … Read more

Insider tips for smartphone photography

When we set out to tackle an episode all about photography, we knew one thing for sure: most of us leave our dedicated cameras at home in favor of our smartphones.

In honor of that tradition, this week's episode is all about getting more out of your phone's camera.

To kick things off, Eric explains exactly what makes smartphone cameras so advanced and tips you off on what to look for the next time you're shopping for a phone.

Then, Donald and I show you how to use some of the best (and lesser-known) built-in camera features, … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

It's Friddday! Which means it's time to roundup the best of the week in CNET video.

In our latest installment of our new How-To, DIY-tech series, The Fix, our resident how-to guru's offer up expert advice on building the ultimate home theater. They'll show you how to easily and affordably install a TV, give you tips on choosing the right screen size, as well as our top three ways to add audio to your home theater. You'll be your own home theater specialist by episode's end.

Earlier this week, Amazon revealed that it would … Read more

Easily mount your HDTV

When I moved into my new place, I left behind my ancient, embarrassingly small TV. I jumped up to a 47-inch HDTV, which is still modest by today's standards, but big enough where I had good reason to worry about it toppling over -- especially with a kid in the house.

I decided to wall-mount the TV, not just to protect my kid (and the TV) but because a beautifully mounted TV looks amazing. It's like it's just floating there, defying gravity.

After doing some research on wall mounting, three things became clear. First, mounts have become … Read more

Apple credits jailbreakers for iOS 7.1 security fixes

Apple may view iOS jailbreakers as a thorn in its side. But the company credits some of those same people for finding certain security holes now fixed in iOS 7.1.

In a page describing the security issues corrected in Monday's iOS 7.1, Apple gave the nod to evad3rs, the team responsible for the popular Evasi0n jailbreak. Specifically, the evad3rs were behind the discovery of four different security holes.

But jailbreakers aren't the only ones having all the fun. Several separate researchers and other individuals were also credited for digging into iOS to uncover security flaws.

Among … Read more

The Fix: Building the ideal home theater

By the end of this week's episode, you'll be able to call yourself a home theater specialist. (At least, to your family and friends.)

First, Eric Franklin offers his definitive guide to finding the perfect TV distance. A clever formula will help you figure out if you need to scooch the couch closer to the screen, or inch it further away. Then, Donald Bell deserves extra accolades this week as he single-handedly wall mounts a 47-inch TV. And you won't believe what it cost him. (Hint: It was really inexpensive.)

And finally, I help you solve one … Read more