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InstaSave review

Fast and straightforward, InstaSave makes it easy for you to save your Instagram photos to your device to back them up, as well as to recover them if you've lost or changed your smartphone or tablet. While fully functional and useful, the free version of the app suffers from ads that pop up every time you save an image, making it annoying at times. Other than that, however, this stable, well-designed app makes a good impression.

Installing and setting up InstaSave takes only a few taps -- once you launch the app, you only have to log in to … Read more

Level Money for Android review

Level Money is a budgeting app that streamlines your savings plan and tells you how much you're allowed to spend.

Pros

Easy to follow: Level Money calculates your allowed spending through a rudimentary equation: Income - bills - savings = spendable money. It's a clear, distraction-free tool for common financial situations.

Short setup: Level Money's friendly guide and (mostly) easy setup process quickly integrates your financial information from various accounts. However, there may be extra steps, depending on your financial institution. Level's account-removal process is also accessible.

Visually intuitive: Level Money does a fantastic job of communicating … Read more

YouTube Saved review

Guppy's YouTube Saved is a very basic free YouTube downloader and file converter. Although it's free, extremely compact, and not difficult to use, it offers few of the conversion formats and options found in nearly every other YouTube downloader these days, free or not. Worse, it's buggy and crash-prone.

YouTube Saved's installer required us to decline more "extras" than we're used to seeing, so be careful as you install this one. The super-basic user interface describes the program's four steps: 1) Copy and paste a YouTube URL; 2) Select your device from … Read more

Esurance Twitter contest goes viral but ties company to offensive tweets

There are a million stories in the naked city, and all of them are using the hashtag #EsuranceSave30. And boy, are some of them offensive.

Sunday night just after the Super Bowl ended, the insurance company Esurance announced a contest in which it would give away $1.5 million to one lucky Twitter user who included that hashtag in a tweet. The contest quickly went viral, making it (and Esurance) the biggest social media winner of the evening -- and likely this year's Oreo.

The hashtag was a reference to the fact that the contest was announced in the … Read more

How to switch to energy-saving mode on the Xbox One

Powering on the Xbox One by voice command is a pretty cool feature, though you might feel a little silly doing so at first. Responding to the "Xbox on" command is one of the features of instant-on power mode. Instant-on power mode starts up the Xbox One in just 2 seconds and also lets automatic updates occur. For those who frequently play games, watch videos via Netflix and Amazon, or have live TV set up, instant-on will probably be the preferred power mode. For all others, the energy-saving mode may be the better choice.

The Xbox One's … Read more

Review: Save.me gives you a place to save and organize all of your projects and DOCs

Save.me is a convenient program that lets you save all types of files and documents in one place. The clipboard stores all of the items you choose to save and you can easily look through them or rearrange them to improve organization and facilitate quick access.

You can view the files you've saved in the default, list view, or you can switch to the logbook format to find them based on the time and date you were working on them. The program allows you to set the types of files you do and do not want to save … Read more

Excellent iOS apps for Black Friday

For better or worse, the biggest shopping day of the year is finally upon us. Whether you're the type that's planning to brave the long lines or just want to get the best deals online, Black Friday is the day to do it.

Fortunately, with your iPhone in hand and the right apps, you have an excellent resource for both planning what you're going to buy and finding the best possible deals -- even when you're in the stores.

For everyone who's looking for the biggest discounts, I've put together a collection of apps … Read more

Google's Moto G is contract-free

CNET Update ditches the contract:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's new cheap Motorola phone, the Moto G. The phone's $180 price targets emerging markets, but it also makes it easy for customers to drop the traditional two-year contract. Google also made it affordable to avoid carrier contracts with the feature-packed $350 Nexus 5 smartphone.

- See if the new Jawbone Up24 can help motivate you to get healthy. (Spoiler: It won't if you have Android.)

- Don't expect to walk into a store to buy an iPad Mini Retina. There are reports of limited supply. … Read more

Flipp app delivers store flyers to your phone or tablet

You already know your phone or tablet can take the place of physical books, magazines, newspapers, boarding passes, Starbucks cards, and so on. Now there's one more printed item getting the virtual treatment: weekly circulars.

You know the kind: they used to come in your Sunday paper, back when you got a Sunday paper. I'm talking ads for Best Buy, Kohl's, Meijer, Target, Walmart, and other big chains, all of which are especially intriguing this time of year as Black Friday approaches.

Flipp is a free app that aggregates all the weekly shopping circulars for your area. … Read more

iOS 7 users report daylight saving time glitch

iOS 7 seems to have trouble telling the time following the end of daylight saving time in some countries.

Several readers of AppleInsider told the blog site that the line indicating the current time is off by an hour in the Calendar app. As an example, people for whom the current time is 6:00 a.m. will see 7:00 a.m. marked instead.

The bug seems to affect only the current time display. The time is correct in the system notification bar and other locations. Alarms for calender appointments also chime in at the right time.

In the … Read more