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FREE Private Incognito Browser review

FREE Private Incognito Browser lets you browse the Web from your mobile device without having to worry about your information being stored. This app works just like any other browser, except that it doesn't store your log-ins, and all history and cookies are discarded each time you close it.

This app has an intuitive interface that looks like most other Web browsers. When you open it, there's a large search box in the middle of the screen, and you can also type a URL or search term into the box at the top of the screen. The browser … Read more

Hotspot Shield review

Hotspot Shield is a free tool and service that lets you connect to the Internet via Virtual Private Network (VPN). Hotspot Shield is mainly geared toward those who want a more secure connection when accessing the Internet from public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Pros

Value: Hotspot Shield is one of the largest free VPN services in the world. Though the free version is ad-supported, the paid Elite tier comes at an affordable price, with cross-platform support.

Customizable: Hotspot Shield allows you to connect from other countries. This not only helps to shield your connection origins, but it also potentially lets you access … Read more

The quickest way to close all open Safari tabs in iOS 7

When iOS 7 launched with a redesigned Safari tab interface, we showed you how to manage open tabs. But one thing we missed that should have been obvious was a workaround to closing every open tab at the same time. Have you ever tried swiping away 10 or 15 tabs? It's an exercise in frustration, to say the least.

Thanks to a tip posted on Mac OS X Hints, the process of closing all tabs can be done in just a few taps.

Launch Safari and view your currently opened tabs. Instead of swiping each open tab away on … Read more

Confide app erases your text messages after they're read

Want to make sure that private text message you sent about your new job interview doesn't get seen by your boss? A new iOS app promises to bump it off in the nick of time.

Popping up in the App Store on Wednesday, Confide is a free message-deleting IM app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. You can send text messages to any e-mail address, either by choosing someone from your contact list or manually entering the address.

To read your message, however, your recipient must also sign up for a Confide account and download the app. Viewing … Read more

Review: Private Camera offers a slick interface for saving personal photos to iOS

Private Camera offers a number of unique features and a slick, iOS 7-inspired interface to protect your personal photos and videos on your iPhone. From the layout of the app to the smooth transitions and seamless performance, Private Camera offers fast and effective security for your personal photos and videos on the go, with the added features you need to share or move those files.

When you set up the app for the first time, you can choose to set a standard PIN-style password or a drawn password. The password can be changed later, but it's important that you … Read more

Three privacy-focused browsers compared

Which is the safest browser? In terms of privacy, the answer may be Internet Explorer. According to NSS Labs' 2013 Browser Security Comparative Analysis: Privacy (PDF), Internet Explorer tops Firefox and Chrome by blocking most third-party cookies by default and offering a built-in tracking protection list.

In terms of security, the answer may be Firefox. When Mark Stockley of the Sophos Naked Security blog polled readers last September about which browser they considered the most secure, Firefox was the big winner, gleaning more than 50 percent of the votes, followed by Chrome with just under 27 percent and IE with … Read more

Instagram gets intimate with private photos

CNET Update has no filter:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Send photos privately on Instagram with a new direct messaging feature. Twitter also added the ability to send photos in a direct message. Sending messages with apps instead of SMS is a hot trend right now with a younger crowd, especially with apps like Kik, Line and Snapchat.

- See all images in Gmail by default on the desktop. The feature will roll out to apps next year.

- Prepare for the coming of the first Steam Machines. The console for PC games is releasing 300 units to beta testers. … Read more

An easy-to-use, but sluggish, Blu-ray player

You can get a lot of Blu-ray player for under $100 these days, including built-in Wi-Fi and a full suite of streaming-media services to supplement your disc-playing needs.

If you're looking for a player that offers a reasonable selection of apps and does a good job with most discs, the LG BP530 is a decent choice. While neither the best performer nor the fastest player available this year, it also doesn't have any deal-breaking flaws. Sure, the interface is unnecessarily cluttered, there's a minor issue with some film content, and the Private Listening feature isn't as … Read more

As BlackBerry looks for fresh start, its fate still looks grim

It keeps getting more and more grim for BlackBerry.

The embattled smartphone manufacturer on Monday disclosed that the deal to take the company private was dead, and that it would instead seek $1 billion in convertible debt financing. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, meanwhile, will step down, to be replaced on an interim basis by former Sybase CEO John Chen.

The overhaul has the makings of another attempt at a fresh start for BlackBerry. The additional financing gives the company a little headroom to operate, adding to its existing cash position. Chen is a respected technology veteran well versed in the … Read more

Dell begins Nasdaq delisting as bid to go private finalized

Dell's founder and chief executive Michael Dell has completed his bid to take the company private.

In conjunction with financial backing from investment firm Silver Lake Partners, the company has begun the process to delist its common shares from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.

Dell shares will no longer be traded on the stock exchange by market close today. The company's stock ($DELL) is, at the time of publication, up 0.2 percent in late-morning trading.

Under the terms of the deal, valued at approximately $24.9 billion, Dell shareholders will receive $13.75 … Read more