InstaSize review

InstaSize instantly resizes digital images so they can be posted without cropping on Instagram, but it does a lot more than that, like creating photo collages, applying filters, and adding layers, text, and borders. The latest release of Munkee's free app, InstaSize 2.3.1, runs in Android 2.2 and up.


Neat & clean: InstaSize's crisply rendered layout reflects Instagram's style and gives quick and easy access to features and settings.

Camera-ready: Taking pictures with your camera through InstaSize automatically resizes them, so they're ready to post with the fewest possible steps, or you … Read more

Wide-open sound: AKG K812 headphones

Even before I listened to the AKG K812 headphones I knew they were pretty special. First, they're so incredibly comfortable that after a few minutes it was easy to forget I was wearing a world-class headphone. One reason for that is with the K812, you never feel like you're cut off from the outside world -- you can hear everything around you. Once I started listening to tunes, that spacious quality remained and stereo imaging was wider and more outside my head than what I get from other headphones. Closed-back designs are always 100 percent closed, but open-backs … Read more

Folder Size (64-bit) review

Folder Size (64-bit) is a tool that displays the total folder size for all of your folders both in Windows Explorer and in a separate list. This makes it easy to see how big your folders are, as well as what the largest and smallest folders are, without having to sort through individual documents and files to get an idea.

When you install Folder Size, it runs from your taskbar in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, and it automatically adds a column for folder size to the Windows Explorer details view displaying your file details. If you want, … Read more

What headphone buyers need to know, Part 2

There are many types of headphones, and if you understand the pros and cons of each before you go shopping, you'll make a more informed buying decision. Closed- and open-back headphones sound very different and serve different needs. To learn more about how they differ I spoke with two engineers, Sennheiser's Axel Grell and AKG's Philipp Schuster, and thanks go out to them. Today I'll look at open- and closed-back headphones; I covered on- and over-the-ear headphones in yesterday's blog item.… Read more

Back to the future: Koss Pro4AA headphones

The Koss Pro4AA has been around for ages, and when you listen you'll know why. Koss got the sound right the first time. And while contemporary headphones have more features and are lighter and more comfortable, they're nowhere as ruggedly built as the Pro4AA. This headphone will shrug off more than a few mishaps that would shatter to pieces a lot of 2013 designs.

So if you're rough on headphones, you might want to pick up a pair. And since they're covered by a lifetime warranty, Koss will keep repairing or replacing them forever. The warranty … Read more

Review: SizeUp for Mac offers a range of window resizing options for your Mac

SizeUp for Mac makes up for one of the few features Mac users often miss from Windows -- the ability to quickly and easily size and resize windows by dragging them to different parts of the screen. The app allows you to do that and much more, identifying numerous custom sizing options, attaching them to hot keys, and running them whenever the app is open.

When you open SizeUp for Mac, you will need to give it access to your accessibility options which it does walk you through, and you can define all of your resizing options. From there, you … Read more

Vivid sound: Phiaton MS 430 headphones

Bass-emphasized headphones are now the norm, so much so that when I get to listen to more accurate headphones they really stand out. Not that I have anything against bass, readers of this blog who crave feel-it-in-your-bones bass had their turn with the JBL Synchros S700 headphones, so now it's time to go for a higher-resolution/clarity model with the new Phiaton Fusion MS 430 M-Series headphones ($179).

The earcups' carbon fiber inserts are a sleek styling touch, but the ear cushion's comfort levels are good, not great. While the headband padding may be a little lean for … Read more

iPhone 6 will raise screen size close to 5 inches, says analyst

Apple's iPhone 6 will jump in screen size to almost 5 inches from the current 4 inches. At least, that's the claim from Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White.

After meeting recently with an Apple supplier, White expressed confidence that a new big-screen iPhone will emerge next year, as reported by Boy Genius Report.

"Our meeting with a tech supply chain vendor highlighted a bigger iPhone is in the works, and our contact expects a launch in the 2Q:14/3Q:14 time frame," White said in an investors note released on Thursday. "Nearly a year … Read more

JBL Synchros S700: A bass lover's headphone par excellence

If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that most people like bass, and they like more bass even more. I suppose JBL engineers know the same thing, and they made sure the new Synchros S700 over-the ear, closed-back headphones deliver incredibly deep bass.

Designwise, JBL avoided the slick, plastic look of Beats and other fashion-oriented 'phones. The Synchros S700's precision die-cast aluminum earcups look like they mean business, and the headband is steel-reinforced, so the headphones feel really solid. One other reason for that is the headband isn't hinged, so while it … Read more

Review: Big Font Pro(change font size) delivers on its name

Big Font Pro lets you make your font bigger or smaller and gives you more options than Android's default choices. Sadly, it only works with the fonts already on your Android and doesn't give you any bonus fonts or add-ons. It will give you a bigger font with more size increments than your Android's settings menu, though.

This app lets you control your font size with a sliding scale, ranging from 0 to 200 percent. We were pleased to find that if you use Android's Small, Normal, Big, or Really Big options, Big Font Pro adjusts … Read more