Rotate Gear GO Locker Theme review

Rotate Gear GO Locker Theme looks nice and integrates the main features of the GO Locker well, but it can lag at times; and besides, it drains the battery. Still, if you're after a stylish tech theme for your lock screen, this one might prove to be the right one. In terms of design, it's a clear improvement over the default Android lock screen.

Rotate Gear GO Locker Theme installs in a breeze, but to run it you need to have GO Locker on your device, preferably the last edition. Once you activate it, a well-designed, mechanically-inspired lock … Read more

Review: Novisso Desktop Wallpaper Rotator provides fresh images for your desktop

Novisso Desktop Wallpaper Rotator provides a wide variety of background images to keep your desktop fresh and inspiring. Choose one image or let the program automatically cycle through a few different scenes so you'll never be bored looking at your computer. There are also a lot of different options for the theme of the images, including everything from seasonally appropriate landscapes and sci-fi inspired designs. You can also upload and share your own images with other users.

The interface for this app is basic, yet intuitive and functional. It allows you to choose the image or set of images … Read more

This Shark takes a bite out of the competition

The $199 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum cleaner really had a lot to prove at the outset of this review. It claims to "clean carpets better than the Dyson DC41" on the box. So I tested it against the $649 DC41 (and the $499 DC50 for good measure). To diversify a bit more, I also compared it to the $399 Oreck Touch and the $309 Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean.

The $200 Shark is the least expensive of the five models and makes pretty lofty performance claims. So, is it really better than a Dyson? Well, yes and no. … Read more

Google Doodle swings to honor Foucault pendulum inventor

Google users can take a spin with the latest Google Doodle celebrating the man who crafted the Foucault pendulum.

Born on September 19, 1819, Leon Foucault created the pendulum that bears his name as a way to demonstrate the rotation of our planet. A basic pendulum shows how a weighted, hanging object freely travels back and forth due to the effects of gravity and inertia. The Foucault pendulum took that concept further by showing an object that changed the direction of its swing every so often, thus providing a way to mimic the rotation of the earth.

Foucault first unveiled his pendulum in a public demonstration in February 1851Read more

Review: Flip videos like JPEGS with Free Video Flip and Rotate

Flipping images is almost as easy as flipping burgers, but DVDVideoSoft's Free Video Flip and Rotate tackles a harder job, flipping and rotating videos in every axis: left, right, vertical, horizontal, 180, counterclockwise, and so on. It can change the orientation of video clips or restore the correct orientation of videos that have been altered. Of course it's free, or it probably would be named something else besides Free Video Flip and Rotate! It's ready for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

Free Video Flip and Rotate is totally easy to use. The user interface looks like … Read more

Enhance your Mac PPC desktop with PicCube for Mac

If you're not too fond of your iTunes Visualizer you can now choose to display the artwork of your songs or any other photos while listening to your music in a fancier way. PicCube for Mac displays a rotating cube in front of your opened windows or in the background.

Available as free to try, this app will display six specific photos on the sides of its cube, or you can set up a folder with as many photos as you want. PicCube for Mac will sequentially show, in order or randomly, all the photos from that folder. If … Read more

The photo editor that's already a hit on Android has made its way to iPhone

PicsArt Photo Studio is a popular, feature-rich photo editor that was formerly for Android phones only, but it's now available for iPhone.

There are several apps that let you add effects and edit your photos, but PicsArt Photo Studio does those things and quite a lot more. In fact this app has so many features it can get a little overwhelming -- particularly with the number of interface elements on the screen.

Like most photo effects apps, you can snap a new picture or pull one from your photo library. With an image onscreen, you can use the buttons … Read more

Create multimedia photo collages with Microsoft Photo Story 3

Microsoft's Photo Story is a free Windows program that lets you create audiovisual presentations out of your photos and images. You can quickly crop, rotate, and edit your pictures; personalize them with captions and titles; and add sound effects, narration, and background music. Photo Story saves your presentations as WMV files you can play on your PC or convert using a third-party video converter. Finished files can be small enough to send by email, too. Many Windows users already have it; those who don't can download and install it or repair their current installation, if necessary. We looked … Read more

Edit images quickly with PixelSwapper

In graphics software, sometimes less is more, and what you really need is a simple, fast, lightweight tool that can do the most common jobs quickly and neatly. Zeta Centauri's PixelSwapper is just such an app. With basic commands like Rotate, Resize, Crop, and Grayscale, it can manipulate your images in less time than it takes to learn which menu to use on those feature-packed Photoshop clones. PixelSwapper can also convert images between several image formats.

PixelSwapper has one of the simplest user interfaces we've seen for any kind of tool, let alone a graphics editor -- even … Read more

Leap second: June 30 to be longer than other days

Oh good, I can get one second more sleep the night of June 30. In an effort to keep our extremely accurate atomic clocks in line with the more arbitrary nature of the way the world wobbles, we're getting a leap second this weekend.

Sure, it's not as dramatic as what happens during a leap year, but it's still exciting for clock aficionados, science geeks, and time lords. The leap second will be added to Coordinated Universal Time at the end of the day on June 30.… Read more