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Sothink Web Video Downloader review

Sothink Web Video Downloader is a versatile and customizable program that gives you the ability to download your favorite videos with ease. Through browser integration, this program provides a quick-download option that makes downloading videos as convenient as possible.

Pros

Highly customizable: This app provides multiple options for choosing which browsers you want it to monitor and which types of files you'd like to download. That means that you don't have to deal with the download buttons when you don't want to, and you can adjust these settings at any time.

Cons

Failure to capture: During testing, … Read more

Oyster for Android review

Touted as the Netflix of books, Oyster is an online service that serves up a buffet of books. For a monthly fee, you get access to Oyster's entire library of half a million books.

Pros

An expanding library: Over the course of a year, Oyster has quadrupled the amount of books in its library and, as of this review, has 500,000 titles. There's something for everybody, from lesser-known works to books from popular authors such as Orwell, Fitzgerald, and Tolkien.

Read anywhere: Now that the service has expanded support to Android, people with multiple gadgets can rejoice. … Read more

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac review

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac enables you to securely browse the Web while hiding your identity, proving to be an accessible, feature-rich option. Because of its dependency on the Tor network, however, it may feel sluggish at times.

Pros

Quick and easy install: Using Tor Browser Bundle for Mac turns out to be easier than running the separate client version. You just have to download an archive, extract the file, launch it, and that's it.

Tried and tested Tor network: This browser uses the Tor network, which, although not the fastest anonymity solution available, does work well. This app … Read more

Ragnarok Online: Valkyrie Uprising review

As the mobile version of a game that has over 40 million players worldwide, Ragnarok Online: Valkyrie Uprising stands out as one of the most sophisticated MMORPGs currently available on Android. The graphics are a letdown, as is the occasional broken English of the game menus, but the intricacy of the gameplay, the large number of items available, and the character development options make this game worthwhile for RPG fans. Just be ready to put a lot of time into it to develop your character and interact with other players.

After a quick install, Ragnarok Online: Valkyrie Uprising requires you … Read more

Free Online Radio review

Free Online Radio lets you stream programs from radio stations that originate in 48 European countries and the U.S. Whether you're anxious to hear a station that you used to listen to when you lived somewhere else, or you just want to see what options are out there, this app opens the door to all sorts of listening possibilities.

With an intuitive and streamlined interface, Free Online Radio is a snap to use. Just select a country from the list of 49 options, and then browse through the list of available stations from that country. Tap a station … Read more

Free Online Photo Editor for Mac review

With its beautiful Aviary effects and filters, stickers, frames, and touch-up tools, Free Online Photo Editor for Mac proves to be a great tool for photo editing and enhancement. It works best with smaller images, though.

Pros

Comprehensive editing tools: Free Online Photo Editor for Mac offers a good number of editing tools including the ability to resize, change the orientation, set focus, adjust color temperature, and touch up portraits.

Nice photo effects: There are 25 effects available, on par with what most other photo editors offer.

Cons

Slow Web-based editing: This Web-based image editing tool won't work smoothly … Read more

Not tonight, darling, I'm online shopping

I know that Nancy Reagan always encouraged us to "just say no."

But it's not easy, is it? Some people can be terribly insistent, nagging even. Some can sulk or get aggressive.

Thankfully, it seems that Americans have found a new way to tell their significant others that they don't have a significant mood for sex: they say they're busy online shopping.

You might think I'm making it up. And I might think that people who create these surveys are making it up too.

All I can tell you is that the cashback rewards … Read more

Man, mad at Internet seller, texts him Shakespeare (all of it)

Getting mad occasionally results in getting even, but often only in getting madder.

Ultimately, the whole point of revenge isn't even to get even at all. It's to feel that you have.

Edd Joseph needed to feel better about an internet transaction. As the Bristol Post declaims it, he bought a PS3 online for 80 British pounds (around $132) on the Gumtree site and the transaction went perfectly.

Except for the tiny detail that he didn't receive his PS3.

This he deemed an arrow of outrageous fortune. So he mulled and cogitated and pondered and thought therefore … Read more

Top apps and services for filing taxes

One of the smartest men ever claimed that "the hardest thing to understand in the world is income taxes." Einstein may have lost some hair filling out his tax forms, but you don't have to. Here are free tools to reduce the stress and get the most back from your income-tax filings.

Tax-preparation software

Need help preparing your taxes? Try one of these free apps:

TaxAct TaxAct Free Federal Edition supports most basic tax returns, including the 1040EZ, but also just about any IRS e-filing form. Like TurboTax and H&R Block, TaxACT promises maximum return … Read more

See 'True Detective' finale crash HBO Go in one chart

HBO Go has long been viewed as a trailblazer in traditional television's move to offer premium video online, but Sunday night it got tripped up just as badly as the other guys.

A week after ABC and Aereo's separate live streams of the Oscars were plagued by buffering and errors, demand for the finale of HBO's "True Detective" series grew so heavy that HBO Go began to fail.

The recurring problems for online viewers trying to access the hottest online video when it's "live" raises eyebrows about whether the Internet and media … Read more