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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

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

Inmotion R1EX rolls out a budget Segway-like transporter

LAS VEGAS -- "One foot first," the Inmotion rep tells me. I step up on the tread of the machine and a blue light turns on next to my foot. My other foot follows. I'm riding the Inmotion SCV R1EX, the closest I will probably ever get to a Segway. I didn't need any training drills, I just got on and went.

The racing-yellow color and small size of the machine make me feel agile and sporty. Perhaps best of all, it's easy to use. Lean forward, lean backward. Shift the steering column from side to side to make swooping or tight turns. I already have a desire to go zipping around my neighborhood (at a maximum of 9 miles per hour) on this thing.… Read more

Nope, Yahoo isn't building a Siri rival -- at least one we know of

Ever since Chief Executive Marissa Mayer arrived at Yahoo, the company has been saying it's going to emphasize personalization in its products. And with the former Google executive at the helm, Yahoo also has been toiling away on its search efforts.

But as far as we know, those efforts aren't culminating in a personal assistant app. A video circulating around the Internet on Wednesday that showed what looked like a Yahoo-branded personal assistant app isn't directly connected to Yahoo, according to a source familiar with the company's projects.

Web site Android Police reported that the Sunnyvale, … Read more

Yahoo's streaming video service lets users follow channels

Yahoo on Monday announced some updates to its streaming video service Yahoo Screen, letting users follow and unfollow channels.

Viewers can also reorder how the channels appear on their screen, and save videos to watch later if they are pressed for time.

The updates are small and incremental. (YouTube has let you follow different channels for some time now.) But the changes do illustrate what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said is one of the company's strategies going forward: personalization. Her bet is that the company's user interface chops will allow Yahoo to create experiences users can't … Read more

The mouse that roared, and launched a PC revolution

Forty-five years ago today, a group of techies sat in a room in San Francisco, eagerly awaiting what would become known to some as "the mother of all demos."

The occasion was the demonstration by Douglas Engelbart, director of Stanford Research Institute's Augmentation Research Center, of, among other things, the world's first computer mouse. Many have since credited that December 9, 1968, presentation with helping to launch the personal-computing revolution.

The demo was actually of a number of projects that Engelbart and his colleagues at SRI were working on. But it's the mouse that won … Read more