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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.

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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

Company Name Generator review

Company Name Generator creates names for your new company or product using combinations of letters that have not been used yet. When you use this tool, you'll wind up with a name that is available as a URL with at least one of the three most popular domain suffixes without having to spend all of your time searching through possibilities and checking them, individually.

This app is accessible through a super streamlined interface, with large, clear buttons labeled "Generate" and "Save." Just above those buttons are three smaller ones for .com, .net, and .org, which … Read more

Rocksteady Studios to complete Batman: Arkham series on next-gen consoles

Rocksteady Studios, the development house responsible for Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is deep into production on what it's calling the finale to the Arkham series. Just announced as a reveal of Game Informer's April issue cover story, Batman: Arkham Knight will take place one year after the events of CNET's 2011 game of the year, Batman: Arkham City.

Arkham Knight will hit next-generation consoles and the PC later this year. You'll recall last year's underwhelming effort Batman: Arkham Origins, which was instead developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. News of … Read more

Second-gen YotaPhone makes e-ink backing bigger, all-touch (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- You haven't heard the last of the YotaPhone, the unusual Android handset with an e-ink display on its back. Although the smartphone has only been on the market for a few months, its manufacturer is already showing off the next generation. This second act is rounder, a bit svelter, and incrementally smarter. We were lucky enough to wrap our paws around a prototype of the new YotaPhone at MWC 2014 And though it's clear this updated gadget isn't quite ready for prime time, we can see it makes the most impressive case yet for … Read more

World's largest solar thermal plant is on the grid

While the East Coast feels the brunt of yet another winter storm, Southern California's abundant sunshine is getting put to good use. On Thursday, the world's largest solar thermal plant began delivering electricity to customers.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System -- jointly owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrightSource Energy -- can produce 392 megawatts of solar power at full capacity. According to NRG Energy, that's enough "electricity to provide 140,000 California homes with clean energy and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off … Read more

Charge your gadgets on the go

PowerPot V is a thermoelectric generator you can use on a ton of different heating sources to charge your various gadgets. Its Kickstarter campaign concluded in May 2012 and now Power Practical is selling its crowd-sourced product in kits starting at $149 through various major retailers, including Amazon, Cabelas, and Eastern Mountain Sports.

PowerPot strays a bit from the typical stuff we cover, but it's an appliance at its core: part generator, part cookware. It's as comfortable on a stove in your kitchen as it is over a fire at a campsite. And it isn't just useful … Read more

Ask the Experts, Episode 7: Xbox One vs. PS4: Which one should you get?

So you've tuned in to Ask the Experts and you've learned all about the features (or lack thereof) inside these next-generation consoles. But what about choosing the machine that's right for you? In this season finale, Jeff and Peter discuss the pros and cons of owning the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to help you make a more educated decision for yourself.

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Ask the Experts, Episode 6: Upgrading a PS4 hard drive

So you've got your shiny, brand-new PS4 and you're thinking about swapping out the system's built-in 500GB hard drive. Is it worth putting in a larger-capacity drive? How about a solid-state drive? Find out if it's really worth tweaking in this episode of Ask the Experts.

The first round of Ask the Experts wraps up tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!

Ask the Experts, Episode 5: Motion and sound control

How well do the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 work when it comes to voice recognition? How about motion control? If these details have you on the fence about a next-generation console purchase, you won't want to miss this episode of Ask the Experts.

Watch as Jeff and Peter compare the Xbox One's Kinect and the PlayStation 4's camera to find out which device does a better job at seeing and hearing you.

Ask the Experts, Episode 4: Next-gen incompatibility

What kind of support do the Xbox One and PS4 have for various media formats? It might not be what you expect. Find out if the new generation will leave you missing some key features of the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Last-generation consoles spoiled gamers with a versatile set of playback functionality. Those who upgrade to an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be surprised to find out that these consoles don't necessarily support the same robustness as their predecessors. Tune into this latest episode of Ask the Experts, where Jeff and Peter break down the incompatibilities and what … Read more