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SimpleMind Free review

SimpleMind Free mind-mapping app creates high-quality mind maps on your Android device. Mind maps organize information and topics around a central concept. They're very easy to make and read, though they can become amazingly complex, too. SimpleMind's tap-and-drag functionality may be the easiest method yet.

Pros

Terra cognita: With a few taps, SimpleMind's maps can help you conceptualize and organize everything from your physics dissertation to your sock drawer.

Topical islands: We could add, edit, and annotate Themes, Topics, Notes, and other elements, drag to reposition connections, change colors and styles, pinch to zoom, and do all … Read more

SimpleMind for iPhone review

SimpleMind for iPhone is a program to help you map out all kinds of projects and ideas efficiently, so you can stay organized. It features multiple customization options and many tools to make the mind mapping process as smooth as possible.

Pros

Sync with desktop: When you sync this app with the desktop version, you can work on your mind maps in both locations whenever it's convenient for you. This is also a nice option because the larger screen of the desktop will let you zoom out and see the big picture, while the mobile app means you can … Read more

SimpleMind+ review

SimpleMind+ is a mind-mapping tool that offers a nice set of options to help you organize your thoughts and flesh out your ideas. Its clean interface offers a large, blank canvas for you to use as you see fit, and there are few limitations to how you can organize info in this space.

Pros

Theme options: This app features 11 different options for the style of the mind map you create, meaning that you can make your project look exactly the way you want it to. Some styles include Colors on Black, Gray Scale, Golden Colors, Soft Colors, and Pastel … Read more

FreeMind for Mac review

FreeMind for Mac is a flexible mind map creation program that lets you record and organize your ideas in whatever way works best for you. The controls are intuitive, and everything you need to create a good working mind map is right at your fingertips as you navigate the program.

Pros

Straightforward interface: As soon as you open this app, you're ready to start mapping out your thoughts. Just enter a word or phrase in the parent node, and then click the light bulb to create a child node. There are also options for adding sibling nodes, adding a … Read more

DropMind Lite review

DropMind Lite is an app that lets users create mind maps, flowcharts, and other diagrams. It's a powerful way to organize information, but its many options make it somewhat difficult to get the hang of.

Pros

Full of Features: DropMind Lite gives you a wide variety of tools for creating diagrams. As expected, you can create topics and subtopics, but you can also include notes, links, images, photos, icons, and more. The app provides a variety of shapes and ways to create relationships between topics; and tags make it easy to organize maps by topic.

Sample Map: DropMind Lite'… Read more

Star Apps: Gary Numan

Gary Numan is well aware that most Americans know him only for his "Cars" single. It's his only US hit, charting at No. 9 back in 1980. But when people call the electro pioneer a one-hit wonder, it drives me crazy. If "Down in the Park," "Are 'Friends' Electric?" "Me! I Disconnect From You," and "You Are in My Vision" (with Tubeway Army), "I Die: You Die," and "We Take Mystery (To Bed)" didn't chart in the US, it's not for lack of … Read more

The 404 1,414: Where a podcast is just a story we tell ourselves (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M.

- Here's how you can vastly increase the number of shows and movies viewable to you on Netflix.

- And who says eSports competitions aren't heated?

- The velociraptor cage from "Jurassic Park" is for sale on eBay.… Read more

Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive

CNET Update has its head in the cloud:

Bridget is back in this episode of CNET Update. Many thanks to Jeff Bakalar and Shara Tibken for being fantastic guest hosts for the past few days. In today's tech-news roundup:

- Learn why Microsoft changed the name of its online storage service.

- Score free online storage from Pogoplug if you're a Sprint customer.

- Tap into Sprint's faster 4G LTE speeds in more areas and learn about the Spark service.

- Discover how Google is growing its artificial intelligence talent with the acquisition of DeepMind.

- See … Read more

Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M

Google is expanding its ambitions in artificial intelligence with the acquisition of AI company DeepMind for a reported $400 million.

DeepMind's Web site describes the London-based company as "cutting edge" and specializing in combining "the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms." The site says the company's initial commercial applications are simulations, e-commerce, and games.

The deal, which was first reported by Recode, was confirmed to CNET by a Google representative who declined to discuss the terms of the deal. Google CEO Larry Page spearheaded the deal … Read more

Buddhify 2 brings mindfulness meditation to iOS

Buddhify 2 for iOS is an app that teaches mindfulness-based meditation through a series of guided lessons.

Meditation? Please. I'm not a hippie or a Buddhist, or a Whole Foods customer.

That was more or less my sentiment until a few weeks ago, when a friend recommended a book about mindfulness -- a state of awareness best achieved through, you guessed it, meditation. There's a large and growing body of evidence to suggest that mindfulness can improve both mental and physical health.

In fact, it's great for lowering stress, and I've discovered I'm a lot more stressed than I ever thought.… Read more