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Friday Five

Thousands of apps and updates come out each week, but the five products that piqued our interest this week offer time-lapse videos, an iOS edition of a premium first-person shooter, 64-bit browsing, free photo editing, and 1TB of storage.

Instagram introduced another iOS app this week, Hyperlapse, a free and seriously easy way to shoot and share time-lapse videos. There's just one button, Record, and other than playback speed, there aren't lots of settings or filters to fuss with. Read our Hyperlapse review, and see CNET's simple how-to and some best practices for great videos.

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GO SMS Pro review

GO SMS Pro enables you to connect with friends through SMS texts via standard service or Internet connection. With tools not found in default messaging applications and a basic, streamlined design, GO SMS is a viable alternative and upgrade to your standard messaging application.

Pros

Plenty of tools: GO SMS Pro does more than basic messaging. You can lock the application for safety reasons and establish a privacy box to hide away secret messages. We found the SMS Blocker performed perfectly in our tests when blocking by keyword or phone number.

Good layout: The bright design and well-designed layout make … Read more

Photographer's Tools Pro review

Photographer's Tools Pro is a handy app that contains a variety of tools that help you get the best possible shots. If you've graduated from your phone's camera to something a little more serious and could use help with lighting and depth of field, Photographer's Tools Pro might be a good thing to have around.

Pros

Useful features: Photographer's Tools Pro contains a number of utilities that will benefit both serious and casual photographers, alike. There's a depth of field calculator, a neutral density exposure calculator, and a gray card. The app also helpfully … Read more

Hide It Pro review

Hide It Pro hides pictures, videos, apps, and even, itself, on your Android phone. What looks like an ordinary, fully functional Audio Manager is actually a disguise: Tap and hold the app's logo to open Hide It Pro's code entry or password screen (your choice) to access hidden items, settings, encryption, and more. Hide It Pro is free, too.

Pros

Vault: Hide It Pro's Vault accesses Pictures, Videos, Music, Messages, Notes, Browser, and more. It hides and locks apps, encrypts items, and accesses the Settings and Advanced Settings.

Master of disguise: Hide It Pro's Audio Manager … Read more

Sothink Video Converter Pro review

Sothink Video Converter Pro offers a comprehensive range of format and resolution options through an accessible interface. The encoding profiles are categorized to serve the needs of computers, streaming applications, smartphones, tablets, and game consoles, proving to be easy to use.

Pros

Very intuitive: We liked the Sothink Video Converter Pro interface because it's clean, ergonomic, and straightforward for novices. Everything is easily attainable: actions at the top, conversion options concentrated in five drop-down menus at the left, and file management in the main pane.

Batch processing: This is a lifesaver that boosts productivity, but we would like to … Read more

Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro review

Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro aspires to replace the basic Windows defragmenter, offering useful features like Disk Zone and Free Zone optimizations. It has a very informative interface with all the options you need and includes statistics, reports, and scheduling, but it isn't the fastest of utilities.

Pros

Very customizable: Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro does not only standard defrag operations, but also lets you choose from different types of advanced defragmentation, use task scheduling, and check before and after results. It can handle SSD drives, as well.

Disk Zone and Free Zone optimization modes: Of all the available defrag modes, … Read more

Wondershare PDF Editor Pro for Mac review

Wondershare PDF Editor Pro for Mac lets you review and edit PDF files on your Mac through its intuitive and attractive interface. With this program, you won't have to worry about converting files or only having limited editing tools at your disposal, and you can complete any actions necessary on one or multiple PDF files at a time.

Pros

Conversions and combinations: With this program, you can do more than just view and edit PDFs. In fact, you can convert any PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Text, and you can combine multiple PDFs into one or split one … Read more

Vegas Pro (32-bit) review

Vegas Pro is Sony Creative Software's professional HD video editing and production suite. It's pro-class in capabilities and it isn't cheap. But it's hardly the most expensive, making Vegas Pro a viable option for sophisticated amateurs, too. Vegas Pro 11 (Build 7) adds GPU acceleration for OpenCL-supported devices and some bug fixes. Vegas Pro comes in separate versions for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried the 32-bit version.

Pros

For pros: From its busy but efficient interface to features like stereoscopic 3D, integrated audio management, scripting, and multicamera support, Vegas Pro is squarely aimed at production … Read more

E*TRADE Mobile Pro review

E*TRADE Mobile Pro offers you all the trading and investing tools you need on a daily basis, but isn't the most optimized or accessible of apps. Overall, it's functional and valuable, but expect clumsy layouts, lags, crashes, errors, and minor interface problems.

Pros

Powerful tools for pros: Intended for financial experts, E*TRADE Mobile Pro packs a lot for a mobile app: markets overview, quotes, portfolios, transactions, orders, watch lists, check deposit, Briefing.com news, and just about any other financial tool you'd need to complete a trade. Note, though, that to enjoy its most powerful … Read more

MovieFORGE Pro for Mac review

MovieFORGE Pro for Mac identifies added movies using one of two Internet databases and then converts the media to be played on a device of your choice. This paid app comes with a demo mode and provides useful features like device profile management and wide format support. The conversion process, itself, is relatively speedy and provides good-quality results.

After startup, MovieFORGE Pro for Mac displays instructions and features a toolbar and a sidebar that lists loaded movies. We were pleased with the ability to add standalone files as well as multiple tracks from a single movie. Once added, the video … Read more