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Adobe Flash Player for Mac review

Adobe Flash Player for Mac lets you access Flash content in Web sites when using browsers like OS X's Safari. The plug-in integrates seamlessly and through a preference pane, gives you control over the type of access each Web site has to your system. The only downside to using it is that it suffers from performance issues.

Pros

Configurable: The plug-in adds a new preference pane in System Preferences where you will be able to adjust your local storage, camera, mic and peer-assisted networking settings to either allow the feature for all Web sites, on a per-request basis, or … Read more

Free YouTube Downloader review

Free YouTube Downloader is a small but effective application that quickly downloads videos without any hiccups. While the design is quite plain, and there aren't many features, this application gives you exactly what you want when you want it.

Pros

Fast downloads: We used Free YouTube downloader to grab an array of videos and never once experienced any delays. All downloads, regardless of output format, preserved the quality of the original video.

Easy to use: This application is very straightforward, especially with its uncomplicated design. The large URL window and limited amount of buttons make downloading videos an easy … Read more

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe review

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe takes your photos, videos, and audio tracks and transforms them into DVD presentations. It offers hundreds of transitions, effects, and clipart graphics with which you can create a compelling slideshow that you can then turn into a DVD or export as a file or YouTube video format.

Pros

Ideal for inexperienced users: Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe does not require any intensive user input, just the basic importing of photos, videos, and audio. The application guides you all the way to DVD burning and file exporting.

Wide personalization options: The personalization stage is the application'… 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

Super Mario Bros 3 Mario Forever Flash review

Super Mario Bros 3 Mario Forever Flash gives you the chance to play this classic Nintendo game right on your desktop. You can control Mario with either your keyboard or a joypad, and even if you never played this game in its original form, you'll quickly get hooked on the fun and adventure.

Pros

Intuitive controls: The game comes with preset controls for the keyboard that are just what you'd expect. You can use the arrow keys to move left, right, up, or down, and the space bar makes your character jump. You can view a list of … Read more

Cook outside the box with these creative kitchen appliances

Innovative kitchen gadgets are nothing new, and as anyone who's seen an infomercial can attest, these kinds of small appliances often come with bold promises of revolutionizing the way we cook. However, with the occasional exception (I'm looking at you, Crock-Pot), that kind of ubiquity never quite seems to arrive.

But if you aren't getting a revolution, what are you getting? That all depends on the specific product, but more and more, we're seeing intriguing options that actually live up to their performance claims. Whether they're introducing powerful new cooking methods like steam baking and … Read more

Transcend curries 4K favor with faster SD cards

Memory card maker Transcend announced higher-speed SD cards on Friday that are geared for videographers shooting high-resolution 4K video.

Transcend's new SDHC and SDXC cards are graded UHS-1 Class 3 and come in two varieties. The "Extreme" models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 85MBps, respectively.

The non-extreme models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 60MBps, respectively.

The newer UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Class 3 specification requires sustained write performance of 30MBps.

Yes, SD card categorization is a bottomless pit of acronyms. Here are two more: SDHC and SDXC, which govern maximum capacity. … Read more

Soft4Boost Video to Flash review

Soft4Boost Video to Flash takes your video files and converts them into Flash video format for ease of use on your blog or Web site. With this program, you'll have no trouble embedding your videos, and you can protect them from unauthorized reuse by watermarking them, as well.

During the installation process for this app, you'll be able to choose your preferred language from a list that includes English, French, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, French, and more. When the program is in place, you can customize its look further by selecting the skin that best suits your style. Options … Read more

SanDisk, Toshiba sue SK Hynix in trade secrets cases

Toshiba and SanDisk are seeking damages from SK Hynix in separately filed lawsuits, both of which allege that the company profited from the theft of data surrounding NAND flash memory technology.

Toshiba and SanDisk have partnered for years to produce the flash memory chip technology used in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Toshiba is currently the second-largest manufacturer of NAND memory chips in the world by revenue and market share.

On Thursday, Tokyo police arrested a former SanDisk engineer under suspicion of providing NAND flash memory technical data to Hynix in 2008. The engineer once worked at a joint … 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