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Wondershare AllMyTube review

Wondershare AllMyTube lets you download videos from a wide variety of Web sites and convert them to play on other devices. While there are many programs that facilitate downloading, it's the extra features this app provides that really set it apart from the rest of the pack.

Pros

Great interface: This app has a great interface that clearly presents all of the tools you need to take full advantage of this program. Along the side of the screen, you can always see how many videos are currently downloading, how many have finished, and how many are currently being converted.… Read more

Advanced Uninstaller Pro review

Advanced Uninstaller Pro has been protecting the files of Windows PC users for more than 15 years. This powerful free tool provides a range of options for permanently deleting sensitive files, cleaning your Registry, optimizing and backing up your Registry and Windows core files, and removing unwanted software from your machine. When a program just refuses to leave, this is the software to get rid of it.

Pros

A plethora of free tools: Advanced Uninstaller Pro has dozens of powerful tools that you can use for free with your personal license. The General Tools menu features Startup and Services Manager … 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

The Web at 25: Dot-com bubble bursts and breaks me, too

Part 1 of The Web at 25, my look back at the first quarter-century of all things www, left off with both the Web and myself at the peak of an awkward adolescence in early 1995.

This is where things start to get really interesting.

Data nerds who shunned the Web when Tim Berners-Lee first demonstrated it in the United States in 1991 could no longer ignore it mid-decade. After the pioneering Mosaic Web browser launched, the Web saw an annual growth rate in service traffic of 341,634 percent, according to author and early Internet evangelist Robert H. Zakon.

In the span of about two years, Mosaic transitioned from a university-based project to a publicly traded company named Netscape that saw the price of its shares close at more than twice the opening price on their first day of trading in August of 1995. Companies grow up so fast these days, don't they?

From that point, the dot-com bubble began inhaling all the air (and capital) in the room and didn't stop until it left us all with economic Bubble Yum stuck to our faces.

There are millions of stories told about this epic boom, bubble, and bust period. This is mine. … Read more

Google Maps Gallery debuts as Web's interactive digital atlas

Ever wanted to know the best escape route out of a city in case of an emergency? How about which of the world's coral reefs are in the greatest danger? Or, the exact route of the Lewis and Clark Trail in 1814?

All of these maps are now far easier to find because of a feature Google launched on Thursday called Google Maps Gallery. This gallery is full of interactive digital maps from a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations, such as National Geographic, World Bank Group, and the US Geological Survey.

The topics covered in the maps … Read more

Who needs 100-foot scuba limits with this 1,000-foot exosuit?

As anyone who's ever been a recreational scuba diver knows, diving beyond a depth of 100 feet requires special training. So imagine being able to go down to 1,000 feet and stay there for hours.

That's the goal of the deep-diving "exosuit," a "next-generation atmospheric diving system" that will be on display at the American Museum of Natural History through March 5.

The 6.5-foot-tall, 530-pound, hard-metal suit is designed to let a diver reach depths of 1,000 feet, where water pressure is 30 times that of the surface, and to conduct … Read more

7-foot-tall hedgehog piques 'Natural Curiosities'

If Sonic is the first name that pops into your head when hearing the word "hedgehog," British naturalist Sir David Attenborough wants to change your perceptions about the prickly creature.

A life-like hedgehog statue, measuring 7 feet tall and 12 feet long, covered in coconut fiber and over 2,000 wood spikes, was unveiled on Clapham Common in London to launch Attenborough's new nature series, "Natural Curiosities" on UKTV this week.

"Natural Curiosities is a really unusual series so we thought the best way to mark it was by doing something quite surprising," … Read more

Behold Google Street View's Taj Mahal imagery

It's said that roughly 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal in India every year. Now, tourists don't need to get a plane ticket to witness the wonders of the ancient white marbled mausoleum.

Google Street View just unleashed its latest mapping project, which covers not only the Taj Mahal but also 29 other Indian landmarks. Armchair explorers can wander the grounds of Humayun's Tomb, gaze at the intricate details of Red Fort's sandstone walls, or trek around the ancient temples at Muvar Koil.

"These Indian heritage sites have historically been admired by those lucky … Read more

Quickly retrieve past messages in Messages for OS X

Apple's iMessage is the company's alternative texting service, and is the default service for anyone using an Apple devices. As with any messaging service, when using it you may want to quickly access a message or two that you've sent, either to send it again, or to copy it for use elsewhere.

One approach is to scroll through your message history, and manually select and copy the contents of a desired message from the previous bubble.

This approach is doable, and is perhaps easiest for retrieving a message when browsing far back through your history. However, if … Read more

Take a trip down memory lane to Google's first data center

Before Urs Hölzle became Google's first chief engineer, he took a tour of the company's server room at the Exodus data center in Santa Clara, Calif. Not yet a Google employee, Hölzle was taken there by Google co-founder Larry Page on February 1, 1999, on possibly the shortest Google data center tour of all time.

"You couldn't really 'set foot' in the first Google cage because it was tiny," Hölzle said via Google+ on Tuesday, almost 15 years to the day since that tour. Hölzle continues to … Read more