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ABBYY FineReader Professional review

ABBYY FineReader Professional is a powerful program that lets you convert your scanned documents and image files into Word, PDF, or other formats. Scan items directly, or use files you already have saved on your computer, and once the program has done its work, you'll be able to search and edit them with ease.

Pros

Excellent interface: This app features a smooth and streamlined interface that makes its features accessible to users of all experience levels. Large buttons denote the various actions you can carry out, including Scan to Word, Scan to PDF, Image to PDF, and Quick Open, … Read more

LinkedIn Pulse review

LinkedIn Pulse offers a streamlined UI and smooth reading experience that make it one of the mobile world's favorite news reading apps, but you will need to create a LinkedIn account in order to save and share articles and comment on them.

Pros

Looks and feels fantastic: LinkedIn Pulse sports an elegant interface that features gorgeous icons and responds to intuitive swiping and scrolling controls. News is categorized by channels, under which you'll find hot headlines displayed as attractive image thumbnails that you can effortlessly swipe through.

Highly customizable: You can select every channel and news source you … Read more

Flipboard: Your News Magazine review

Flipboard: Your News Magazine compiles news, social updates, and all your favorite topics into a gorgeous, easy-to-flip-through magazine. This hugely popular app can change the way you read your favorite content, as well as encourage you to read more.

Pros

Fantastic design: Flipboard: Your News Magazine smartly arranges content into a stylish magazine-style format, so that using it feels like you're reading a sleek virtual magazine. You'll love the image-based front cover, the great flipping effect, and the effortless left-and-right swiping gestures for quick navigation.

Great reading experience: Enjoying your favorite sites and feeds through this beautiful, magazine-themed … Read more

Feedly review

A lightweight and elegant RSS news reader, Feedly does a good job at aggregating content from your favorite Web sites and presenting it in a mobile-optimized format, saving you the trouble of having to switch between browser tabs. You'll love its good looks and intuitive controls, but expect to run into problems when trying to watch videos.

Pros

Streamlined interface: Feedly provides a scrollable feed view, which displays article headlines and previews -- tap on a headline and you enter an ad-free article view mode where you can read the content without the distraction of a sidebar. You'll … Read more

Feedly Reader review

Feedly Reader is an RSS reader for your iPhone or iPad that lets you collect all of the blogs you like to read in one, easy-to-browse place. Just add your favorite sites, or browse by category to find some new ones to add, and then flip through all of the latest posts with just a few swipes whenever you need something to read.

Pros

Convenient search and browse: When you're looking for fun sites to add to your feed, the app makes it easy by breaking things down into categories and then suggesting related topics. You can also choose … Read more

Adobe Reader for Mac review

Reliable and useful, Adobe Reader for Mac proves to be an essential application for reading, printing, and commenting on PDF files.

Pros

Good functionality: With Adobe Reader for Mac, you can do more than just view PDF files -- you can edit them as well, adding text and placing check marks and initials. It also lets you submit forms created with fillable form fields. This is especially helpful since nowadays many forms that you download from the Internet require you to use it to fill in the blanks.

Supports signatures: With this app you can add your signature onto files. … Read more

BaconReader for Reddit review

BaconReader for Reddit brings the complete Reddit experience to your smartphone or tablet; using it is in many ways more appealing than accessing the popular bulletin board-styled news and social Web site through your Web browser. To really enjoy this app, however, you may have to pay to remove the distracting ads.

Pros

Great functionality: BaconReader for Reddit enables you not only to read Reddit content, but also to comment, scroll and expand comments, view posted slideshows, vote submissions up or down, and easily save or share favorites. We especially like the subreddit sidebar for quick navigation and the full … Read more

QR Code Reader and Scanner review

QR Code Reader and Scanner scans and translates any barcode or QR code, keeps track of the items you've scanned, and lets you create your own. No matter where you are or what you're trying to scan, this handy app will quickly recognize the code, capture it, and provide all relevant data associated with it.

When you open the app, you'll see a toolbar across the bottom of the screen that provides access to the various app features. To scan an item, just tap the QR code icon in the middle of this toolbar, and the camera … Read more

ePub Reader for Windows review

ePub Reader for Windows can open any ePub file you have on your computer, and it provides an adjustable window for you to view the document. With this app, you don't have to have a special device for reading these types of files and publications.

Pros

Quick conversions: In addition to opening and displaying ePub files, this app also gives you the ability to convert them to PDF or JPG format. This is handy, especially if you want to send the file in an email or download it to another device.

Nice interface:The main window for this app … Read more

3 Spritz-like speed-reading apps for Android

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced, details emerged about Spritz -- a speed-reading feature that comes built-in to some apps on the phone. Spritz uses rapid serial visual presentation, or RSVP, to display words one after another using a single focal point. The company calls this point the optimal recognition point, or ORP.

The technology isn't exactly new -- it dates back to the 1970s -- and it was even used in software for last decade's phones. In 2005 CNET covered a demo version of BuddyBuzz, mobile software that could display one word at a time on … Read more