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EasyNoter Pro review

EasyNoter Pro is closer to an actual handheld diary or daybook than any full-featured personal information manager we've seen, but now you can use it for free, too. An attractive widget opens like an eBook to reveal a Diary, Notes, Address book, and Reminders. The unique and highly functional 3D layout also combines cyber and paper concepts in unexpectedly productive ways. EasyNoter Pro is free with a registration key that requires your name and e-mail address, or you can buy a permanent license for less than $10.

Pros

Cool covers: The supplied skin, Tribute to Cosmos, is one of … Read more

Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note phablet for $130

Putting its faith in the future of phablets, Xiaomi is releasing the Redmi Note. The tablet/smartphone hybrid houses an octa-core processor and flaunts an attractively affordable price.

The 5.5-incher ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, dons a 1,280x720-pixel resolution IPS display, and will be available in a variety of colors. It only has 8GB of internal memory, but it includes a microSD card slot that's expandable up to 32GB.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note also comes with two different sets of internal specs; one packs a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor with Mali 450 GPU … Read more

Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

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Microsoft OneNote arrives as Mac, Windows freebie

A week ago, word leaked that Microsoft was preparing to release free versions of OneNote for Mac and for the Windows desktop. On March 17, Microsoft delivered both versions of its electronic note-taking and organizational application.

Microsoft is broadening OneNote's platform support so as to better compete with rivals, especially Evernote, on the note-taking/organizational front.

OneNote for Mac is available for download from the Mac App Store as of today. It's the first time OneNote has been available for the Mac. Previously, OneNote was available for Windows, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, Android phones, … Read more

Large iPad ditched? Not dead yet, says analyst

A large Apple tablet isn't out of the question this year, an analyst told CNET, in the wake of a report today saying the device is "shelved."

"The problem so far is that the use-case hasn't been made for a large tablet yet," said Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology.

That sentiment was echoed in a CNET review of the large Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, which said interface and performance issues hold it back from being a laptop replacement.

A report today from Digitimes claimed that shipments … Read more

LeBron James, Samsung rep, tweets rage at his Galaxy

When you get mad, you get mad.

When you're a famous person, it's your duty to share your madness. And if you want the immediacy of sharing just how mad you are, you go to Twitter.

Quite naturally, this is what LeBron James chose to do on Wednesday when his phone phlegmed out and erased everything he had on it.

As Business Insider reports, the Miami Heat forward told his 12 million followers: "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've had in my life!!!"

Sympathy … Read more

Microsoft to offer OneNote for Mac for free

Microsoft is continuing to bang the OneNote note-taking drum.

The company is preparing to release a free, full-fledged OneNote for Mac application "soon," according to my sources. The Verge's Tom Warren is hearing the same.

I'm hearing OneNote also will be released as a free app for desktop Windows, as well. Right now, it's part of the paid suite of Office applications (though the OneNote Web App and the Metro-Style Windows 8 versions are free.)

Microsoft already offers versions of its OneNote app for the iPad and iPhone, as well as for Android phones, but … Read more

Android KitKat arrives for Samsung GS4, Note 3 in Britain

Kit's coming home, Kit's coming, KitKat's coming home! The Android 4.4 update has begun for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in Great Britain, where the four-fingered tasty treat was born.

The KitKat chocolate bar as we know it was invented in Britain in 1935, and now British owners of unlocked S4 and Note 3 devices can enjoy the chocolatey, wafer-y goodness of Google's very latest software, Android 4.4.2.

Owners of the S4 flagship phone and Note 3 phablet are reporting the 4.4 update is available to download over-the-air. If … Read more

Make use of the iCloud keychain

Apple's keychain feature in OS X saves your passwords, keys, and certificates for seamless authentication to various system and Web services. In addition to storing keys, one of the features of the keychain is secure notes, where you can save important information like registration codes and product serial numbers, or authentication information for services that do not interface with the keychain. These notes will be securely encrypted along with your standard passwords, certificates, Safari credit card entries, and other information.

To make a secure note, you simply open the Keychain Access utility and choose "New Secure Note" … Read more

Emotional crisis! Ditching my iPhone for a new gadget love

When I got my first smartphone five years ago -- a shiny new iPhone 3GS -- I was like a proud papa. I bragged about it everywhere I went, saying it had been the one piece of technology I'd wanted since I was a little kid lusting after Captain Kirk and Co.'s tricorders.

It played the soundtrack to sweaty walks in Singapore, kept me company with US podcasts in Prague, and helped me pass the time in many a passport control line with ease (thank you, TowerMadness). For five years it was my second brain, my boom box, and yes, I'd even go so far as to say, my friend.

Half a decade might seem an eternity to hold onto a smartphone, but personal economics dictate that I can't toss out a perfectly solid gadget for no good reason. When my trusty iPhone wouldn't make calls if I switched to 3G mode, however, and pretty much every new app I wanted couldn't run on the phone's aging innards, I knew it was finally time for us to part ways. After some research, I placed an order for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 about a week ago. … Read more