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Nero MediaHome review

Nero MediaHome is a neatly organized media manager that quickly retrieves and plays many forms of audio and video. The friendly design and reliable support make using this application easy and enjoyable. Many interesting features are available with this software, but the price of some add-ons may not be worth it.

Pros

Great interface: Nero MediaHome has a very neat and orderly layout that is quite intuitive. Regardless of your skill level, you will easily find what you're looking for because of the organization tabs and clean interface. Customizable themes are also available for free, which gives you the … Read more

Adobe Flash Player for Mac review

Adobe Flash Player for Mac lets you access Flash content in Web sites when using browsers like OS X's Safari. The plug-in integrates seamlessly and through a preference pane, gives you control over the type of access each Web site has to your system. The only downside to using it is that it suffers from performance issues.

Pros

Configurable: The plug-in adds a new preference pane in System Preferences where you will be able to adjust your local storage, camera, mic and peer-assisted networking settings to either allow the feature for all Web sites, on a per-request basis, or … Read more

BlazeDVD review

BlazeDVD lets you play DVDs on your computer anytime you want, and it offers a full set of controls to enhance your viewing experience. With the app's streamlined navigation, all you have to do is pop in your movie and press play. It also lets you save and convert your DVDs into a format compatible with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or PSP.

Pros

High-quality playback: The image that this program produces is great, and to go along with it, you also get 7.1 audio channels and picture in picture. Of course, the viewing experience will only be as … Read more

Google Play Movies & TV review

Google Movies & TV is a top-notch application that combines all the best features of notable movie rental and streaming services. Fully integrated with other Google products, this app is engaging, responsive, and easy to use.

Pros

Superb functionality: All videos streamed immediately when clicked, and quality remained brilliant throughout the duration of our tests. Purchases can be made with Google Wallet as well as other payment services for on-demand movie and television access.

Appealing design: Google Movies & TV has an excellent layout that draws attention to the large thumbnails that advertise the latest movies and shows available. Organizational … Read more

Sony PlayMemories Home Free review

Sony's proposition for backing up and viewing photos and videos, Sony PlayMemories Home Free lets you transfer files from your camera or hard disk to an online cloud to which you can then easily connect from a PC, camera, Sony Bravia TV, PS3, or Android/iOS device. It works well enough.

Pros

To the point: Sony PlayMemories Home Free and its online service do not pretend to be everything to everybody but target casual users who want to avoid backup headaches. The software is strictly limited to photos and videos and includes extremely basic editing functions.

Device integration: We … Read more

What's Playing review

What's Playing is a guessing game that gives you an animated clue, and blank spaces to fill in below it when you know the word. Use the letters below the spaces to make your guess, and move on to more and more challenging clues as you work your way through the hundreds of levels in the game.

This app has a fun and intuitive interface, with options on the main screen for starting the game, turning the sound on and off, and seeing if any of your Facebook friends are playing. When you start a game, you'll go … Read more

Twitter makes it easy to find first tweets

CNET Update is figuring out this Twitter thing:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the prices of Samsung's new Gear smartwatches, arriving April 11 with the Galaxy S5. (But perhaps you'll want to see what Motorola has in store for the Moto 360 before buying a Gear.)

- Launch your Android camera with the Google Search app and the magic words, "OK Google, take a photo."

- Take a peek at the latest design for Valve's Steam Machine video game controller.

- Make friends with someone that owns a PlayStation if you want to … Read more

Sony's Project Morpheus makes big bet on body tracking

There's one pivotal difference right now between the two most promising, best developed virtual reality headset prototypes, forming a simultaneously technical and philosophical barrier.

Oculus VR, while exclusively focused on smooth tracking and optics, has made an open-source darling out of its Oculus Rift headset, turning a radical crowdfunding idea into the face of an emerging industry. Its openness has spawned a movement with a wide breadth of third-party spinoffs, from the Virtuix Omni to countless motion-tracking suits and handsets. Its final, relatively affordable development kit -- announced Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco ahead of … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

- Leave a tip for your baristaRead more