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Star Apps: Amy Acker

On CBS series "Person of Interest," Amy Acker plays Root, a hacker and assassin. In real life, the actress -- who has also played Fred/Illyria on "Angel" and Kelly Peyton on "Alias" -- jokes that her grade-school-age son is more tech savvy than she is. I chatted with Amy Acker about Season 4 of "Person of Interest," her most memorable fan encounters, and her favorite mobile apps.

What's Root's defining characteristic? Probably loyalty. She looks out for all the team and does anything the machine asks and never questions … Read more

Star Apps: Paul Haggis

After overhearing erroneous reactions at recent screenings of "Third Person," the film's screenwriter and director, Paul Haggis, is nervous about whether viewers will follow his three interlocking love stories. But Haggis aims to challenge audiences, as his heroes François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pier Paolo Pasolini challenged him, so he is OK with viewer uncertainty. "You have to have an emotional, visceral reaction to a movie...but you don't necessarily have to understand everything right away," he said during our recent interview. We also chatted about the laziness of today's audiences, … Read more

Things for Mac review

Things for Mac is a convenient program for organizing the important things in your life, whether work-related or personal in nature. You can add tags to each task to make it easier to find them later on, and you can find a list of archived tasks in your Logbook.

Pros

Great interface: This app features a smooth and streamlined interface that makes adding and managing your tasks as straightforward as possible. There is a Quick-Add button on every screen, so you don't have to stop what you're doing to jot down another note. And you can archive completed … Read more

MSD Organizer Freeware review

MSD Organizer Freeware is a versatile, expandable, and feature-packed personal information manager. It organizes notes, contacts, appointments, important events, tasks, and much, much more with a free app that can grow with your needs. New in version 11.6 is the ability to save data to three separate folders at once, including cloud-based folders.

MSD Organizer opened with a floating time gadget and an extensive Help file with a Quick Tour and Introduction. The user interface is busy but efficient and attractive, with a day planner in the main window and a calendar sidebar. Customizable toolbars give a familiar browser-like … Read more

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

Dropbox to bring personal and work account toggling in April

Dropbox is said to soon be enabling an upcoming feature that lets users create distinct work and personal accounts without having to log in and out, according to The Verge.

The tech news source got its hands on an email that Dropbox recently sent to its business users that said the company plans to launch the feature on April 9. The company originally announced the feature last November, but it's been unclear when it would roll out.

Dropbox has increasingly geared its cloud storage service toward business customers. Last April, it launched Dropbox for Business, which allowed for a … Read more

Pay more for Amazon Prime, less for Office 365

CNET Update takes the sting out of it:

In this episode of Update:

- Pay $20 more for Amazon Prime starting on April 17. At $99, it still is a good deal, if you use the perks of free shipping, video streaming and Kindle book rentals. If you only care about the service to save on shipping, look back on how much you spent last year to see if Prime is worth it. Amazon says standard shipping for most items is around $4 to $5.

- Avoid the price-hike pain for one more year by gifting yourself Prime, and "… Read more

PC shipments to keep falling through 2018 -- report

The PC market will face an increasingly rougher patch over the next few years, says research firm IDC.

In its latest Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report released Tuesday, IDC said it lowered its PC shipment forecast for 2014 by 2 percent and its longer-term estimate by just under 1 percent. Global PC shipments are now expected to decline from 315.1 million last year to 295.9 million this year and 291.7 million in 2018.

PC shipments across the world fell by 9.8 percent last year, a bit better than IDC's projection of a 10.1 percent … Read more

Review: Protect your PC with ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.

To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more

Leahy's perennial data privacy bill gets another shot

Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Sen. Patrick Leahy's data privacy protections standards.

Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced his data privacy protection bill to Congress on Wednesday, for the fourth time since 2005. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would create a national standard for how businesses would have to notify customers of data breaches, and mandate customer data protection standards for businesses that collect sensitive personal information.

It would also update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that attempted computer hacking and conspiracy to commit computer hacking would be punishable by the same criminal penalties … Read more