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Glary Utilities Pro review

Glary Utilities Pro combines multiple maintenance tools for your Windows desktop so you can measure, enhance, and adjust performance. This combination of tools may seem overwhelming to casual users, but for intermediate or power users, Glary offers a range of options for optimizing your machine in a clean, accessible interface.

Pros

Clean interface, accessible tools: Glary Utilities opens quickly and runs quietly in the background until you close it. The interface is clean and accessible, and there are plenty of options. The display is icon-based, which can make finding a specific menu hard at times, but it's generally easy … Read more

MacBooster review

MacBooster helps you increase the processing speed of your Mac by identifying duplicate files, finding and removing malware, and making it easier for you to uninstall unwanted applications. It's a useful but somewhat pricey solution.

Pros

Intuitive design: MacBooster features a clear layout and menus that are easy to navigate. The information buttons and help guide offer valuable assistance.

Useful uninstaller and startup optimizer: Two of the features we were especially impressed with were the app uninstaller, which lets you search for applications that you haven't used for a certain number of days, and the startup optimizer, which … Read more

Auslogics BoostSpeed review

Auslogics BoostSpeed provides a nice set of features that let you keep your computer free of harmful programs and running smoothly. You can monitor your system's health from this app's intuitive interface, and you'll quickly see where problems are.

Pros

Reversible changes: Any changes you make with this app can be reversed, so you don't have to worry too much about accidentally deleting something important. If you discover a problem running one of your programs after you've completed some repairs, just undo the last set of changes and start over.

Multiple areas: This app offers … Read more

Speed Upp for Mac review

An adaptive and programmable metronome for musicians, Speed Upp for Mac can help you improve your training speed and precision. It works by facilitating scale exercises and chromatic drills as you practice with your musical instruments.

Pros

Highly customizable: Speed Upp for Mac makes it easy for you to set tempo changes. As such, the 34-column graph (with up to 600 clicks per column) can be preset with tempo markings, so you can continuously use your hands on your instrument as you train with tempo changes indicated on the onscreen graph. You can also draw your own drills on the … 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

Add speed reading to Chrome, Firefox

Speed reading is about to have another popularity spike -- one likely fueled by the recent announced of Spritz on the Galaxy S5. The speed reading feature will come included with some apps, and uses a single focal point in words, along with rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP for short) to display words one-by-one at speeds up to 1000 words per minute.

This technology is not only useful on smartphones or tablets, it's also great for tackling longer written works online in less time. If you search for what the average reading speed is, you'll come up with … Read more

Internet Speed Test review

Internet Speed Test is an OK way to test your Internet speed, but only if you can get past the ads. That's often tough to do, sadly, as they come at you from every corner. It doesn't help that this app is competing with several already established apps in the Google Play store.

This app offers to give you your current Internet upload, download, and latency speeds whether you're on 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi. It tracks all of your speed test scores with dates and times, so you have an idea of when your speeds are at … Read more

Opera for Mac review

With its long history, Opera for Mac stands as one of the most popular Web browsers in the world. Despite its age, this free product has been constantly updated and optimized to run smoothly and keep feature parity with the rest of the competition. What set the app apart from other browsers are the handy mouse gestures, the Off Road mode that uses less traffic, and the handy news aggregator.

When opened, Opera for Mac presents you with its Speed Dial interface where you can pin your most used sites, set the number of columns, and group sites in folders. … Read more

The Fix: Optimize your smartphone

Welcome to the second episode of The Fix! This is CNET's newest show, and each episode revolves around ways to make the most of the technology in your daily life.

This episode will change how you use your smartphone. They've become an indispensable part of our lives, and when they underperform or run out of power, it's enough to make you scream. To help you out, we've got some simple advice that can make your phone faster and its battery last longer.

First off, to see if your phone's browser is slowing you down, Eric … Read more

FCC expands mobile-broadband speed test to include iOS users

With the launch of a new app Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission expanded the scope of its research on US mobile-broadband speeds to include iOS users.

The FCC Speed Test for iOS app, released to Apple's App Store today, is designed to collect information about the performance of participating smartphone users' mobile-broadband services nationwide. The agency's hope is that the data collected will help it generate an accurate comparison of wireless carriers' mobile broadband speeds.

"The iOS release is the latest step in the Commission's efforts to crowdsource mobile-broadband performance data for the mobile Measuring Broadband … Read more