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Mozilla Thunderbird review

Mozilla Thunderbird offers a range of options for PC users without access to robust paid software like Microsoft Outlook. Allowing you to integrate multiple mailboxes with SMTP or POP protocols, Thunderbird is a lightweight, responsive piece of software that works well.

Pros

Open source and customizable: Because Thunderbird is developed by Mozilla, the group behind Firefox, it is more customizable than Outlook, a closed tool developed by Microsoft. At the same time, it offers all of the basics you need right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about highly complicated technical setup if you're … Read more

Apache OpenOffice review

OpenOffice has come a long way after racing to improve its compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you're looking for Microsoft-caliber applications for free, OpenOffice has alternatives to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more.

Pros

Free: The most significant feature of OpenOffice is that it's free -- no subscription fee, no lump sum, no upsell to a pro version. If your business needs don't include complex word-processing or database-management features, then OpenOffice is a bargain.

Compatibility: OpenOffice supports the same file formats as rival programs like Word and Excel. Those coming from Microsoft will be pleased to hear … Read more

HyperDock for Mac review

HyperDock for Mac lets you take a quick look at the windows you have open in each program when you hover over icons in the Dock. See thumbnails of both open and minimized windows in the same place, and quickly access the programs you need with one click through this app's intuitive and convenient interface.

When you install HyperDock, it will run from the System Preferences menu. To customize your user experience, you can set Preferences for Enabling Window Previews and Activation Delay Time in milliseconds. It's also possible to select whether or not you want to include … Read more

Apache OpenOffice for Mac review

Apache OpenOffice is a free office-suite alternative to Microsoft Office or Apple's iWork Suite. With open-source development, features constantly change and improve, which makes OpenOffice in some ways more flexible than its paid counterparts. While bugs are bound to be an issue, this is an all-around powerful, accessible tool set for anyone who needs productivity software.

Pros

Near-complete tool set: Apache OpenOffice's biggest selling point is that it can almost completely replace Microsoft Office. OpenOffice can open all of its counterpart's file formats and runs a smaller module. While it may not have the same sleek, modern … Read more

6 security tips for using public Wi-Fi

Don't expose yourself in public. We all do it: switch on a phone, laptop, or tablet and hop on to a Wi-Fi hotspot in airports, coffee shops, trains, hotels, and other public places. The problem is, those networks are open -- even if they require a login and password, you may be sharing your files or leaving doors open to data thieves. You can't secure the network, but you can raise siege walls between your private information and the barbarians. Follow these six tips to network more safely.

1. Lock down your security settings.

Go to the security … Read more

Protect your passwords with a free year of RoboForm Everywhere

In the wake of Heartbleed, netizens are scrambling to change their passwords. But then how do you handle the headache of remembering all those new passwords? RoboForm has the answer: one free year of RoboForm Everywhere, a $19.95 value.

A convenient password manager, form-filler, and bookmarking app, RoboForm Login eliminates the manual steps required to log in to online accounts. You keep your passwords and log-in info in RoboForm's encrypted cloud, and then you only have to remember one master password. RoboForm Everywhere applies the convenience of RoboForm Desktop to all your devices, even mobile ones. Compare the features below.… Read more

Khronos finishes WebCL 1.0 to let Web apps tap into GPU

WebGL has been a strong success, bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser. Now the standards group behind it hopes to let Web apps get even more use out of the graphics chip by releasing version 1.0 of an interface called WebCL.

At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Khronos Group standards body announced the ratification and release of WebCL 1.0. WebCL lets programmers run general-purpose tasks on a device's graphics processing unit (GPU) or on a multicore central processing unit (CPU), the main brain in computers and mobile devices.

Just as WebGL … Read more

The 404 1,447: Where we put on our party hats (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Seven people around the world collectively possess a set of keys that can dismantle the Web.

- Turn your Instagram pics into real photos with the Lifeprint.

- Skirmos system levels up laser tag with open-source Arduino microcomputer.

- Almost time to panic: 95 percent of the ATMs in the world run on Windows XP.… Read more

2014's battle for dashboard supremacy: Apple's CarPlay vs. Google's OAA vs. MirrorLink

There's a battle ahead, one that many may not have seen coming. Perhaps because it's starting for an odd reason. You see, the auto industry has, more or less, ceased making bad cars. These days they're all pretty good. They'll start on a cold morning, idle happily in traffic on a hot afternoon, protect you in a crash, and look pretty good while doing it. Sure, that last point is always debatable, and certainly some cars are better suited for different tasks than others, but the key is that it's genuinely hard to buy a &… Read more

Trusted open-source apps for Windows

Open-source apps must maintain accountability when it comes to security. They have an active community of developers and users who help discover vulnerabilities, peer-review code, and perform routine audits on a mass scale. Security holes are patched at a rate that discourages programmers from placing back-door malicious codes. Though not every open-source app is secure, the ones that are benefit from the community in a way that closed-source programs and applications can rarely duplicate.

Many of the apps listed here have been so widely distributed and scrutinized that even RSA Conference attendees trust and recommend them.

Gpg4Win

Gpg4Win is a … Read more