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1Password for Mac review

1Password for Mac lets you keep all of your log-ins in one place, so you'll never have to worry about forgetting passwords again. And all of the information you enter into this app is protected by a master password, which means you won't have to worry about unauthorized access, either.

Pros

Browser integration: When you install the browser extensions that work with this app, you can store your log-in information as you enter it into each new site. You can also access stored credit card information and profiles to facilitate completing online forms.

Master password recovery: This program … Read more

KeePass Password Safe Professional review

KeePass Password Safe Professional is a convenient utility that lets you create a database to store all of your log-in information for various sites. Once you've entered all of your information into this program, you can access Web sites and even have the app log you in with just a few clicks.

Pros

Random password generator: If you're happy with your current passwords, you're perfectly welcome to keep them. But if you'd like to create some that are more secure, this app offers a convenient generator that lets you specify the length and types of characters … Read more

LastPass Password Manager review

LastPass Password Manager is a convenient program to help you keep all of your log-in information secure without having to memorize all of it. You can use LastPass to automatically log in to any site once you've entered the information once, so you'll never have to worry about forgetting your password again.

Pros

Browser integration: LastPass integrates with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and more, so you can continue to use your favorite browser and still get all of the benefits from this app. You can choose to install only plug-ins for specific browsers, or you can use … Read more

Southwest (finally) rolling out mobile boarding passes

AUSTIN, Texas--Hallelujah!

Southwest Airlines is starting to roll out mobile boarding passes, and for anyone who flies as much as I have over the last few years, this is very welcome news.

I've been here at South by Southwest for the last week, and this afternoon, checking in for my flight home on Tuesday, I was surprised -- and very, very delighted -- to be offered a mobile boarding pass.

I'd not heard of this before, so I did a quick Google check and it turns out that (at least some) passengers in Dallas have had this option … Read more

Pass Labs unveils next generation amplifiers at CES 2014

Nelson Pass is one of America's leading amplifier designers, but he doesn't change his products all that often, the last time was in 2006, so when he does it's a big deal.

I was knocked out by one of Pass' earliest designs way back in the late 1970s, and over the decades he's always made some of the best sounding high-end amplifiers on the scene. His latest series of X.8 amps come in a variety of power ratings and configurations, but all share the same refinement and purity of sound that Pass Labs amps are … Read more

Xbox Music taps into Gracenote to tag your tunes

Xbox Music users now can identify their music and listen to it across different PCs and mobile devices courtesy of Gracenote.

Buying a $10-per-month Xbox Music Pass entitles you to tap into the new service, which can identify albums and songs you already own and unlock your music online. All of your music can be unlocked, including songs bought through Amazon or Apple as well as those ripped from your CDs.

Gracenote, which is owned by Sony, also lets you edit the metadata for your Xbox Music collection and add missing album art. Finally, you can stream your tunes to … Read more

Rumor Has It: Watch out Spotify, YouTube is coming for you

Samsung rumors run rampant in this week's episode.

First, insiders are predicting that a "lite" version of the giant Note 3 could be released early next year. And, not even a year after the Samsung Galaxy S4 dropped, Sammy could already be gearing up to release the Galaxy S5. And this time, it might have a more-premium feel.

The biggest news this week, though, is the rumor that YouTube is working on a subscription-based service called "Music Pass." Imagine ad-free YouTubing. Sounds good to me.

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YouTube's music service said to be delayed until next year

Music fans will apparently have to wait until next year to finally give YouTube's much-rumored streaming music service a spin.

Originally expected to debut this past summer, the launch of the subscription service was reportedly pushed back to the end of the year. Now it appears the service won't appear until the first quarter of 2014, people described as familiar with the company's plans tell AllThingsD.

Although not yet officially announced by Google, the music service is said to resemble the platform employed by Spotify but with videos. And, like Pandora, it's said to have both … Read more

Review: PassPhoto is a relatively basic photo app with no added features

PassPhoto is another free photo editing application for iOS users, offering nothing new or innovative to the field. Like most other free photo apps, the program provides no value of its own. Instead, it uses the photo editing features of Aviary, a photo editing development tool, and doesn't do anything to set itself apart. While Aviary works well -- a good reason for its inclusion in dozens of other free apps -- PassPhoto needs something else to stand out and here it falls short.

PassPhoto offers no instructional tools like most photo editing applications do, but regular iPhone users … Read more

Review: Access secure passwords with KeePass Password Safe Professional Portable

KeePass Password Safe Professional Portable stores secure (i.e., long) passwords and cryptographic keys in a secure database and recalls them with a single master password or key-disk (such as a USB drive). With KeePass, you no longer need to memorize long alphanumeric passwords, or, worse, keep using the same unsecure, easy-to-remember passwords. KeePass Portable is just like the installed version, only it runs from a thumb drive or similar device without installation. It's a great way to back up your KeePass Pro installation since you can open and view your password database on any compatible PC (Windows 98 … Read more