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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 review

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its … Read more

Wise Disk Cleaner review

Wise Disk Cleaner scans, repairs, and defragments your computer to keep it running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. No matter how many problem files you have hiding on your hard drive, this handy utility will find and remove or repair them and get you back on track.

Pros

Fast: Both scanning and fixing took less than a minute during testing, making this one of the more efficient disk cleaners out there. That way you won't have to wait long to begin enjoying a speedier PC experience.

Scheduling and customization: There are multiple options for scheduling regular scans and … Read more

Cook outside the box with these creative kitchen appliances

Innovative kitchen gadgets are nothing new, and as anyone who's seen an infomercial can attest, these kinds of small appliances often come with bold promises of revolutionizing the way we cook. However, with the occasional exception (I'm looking at you, Crock-Pot), that kind of ubiquity never quite seems to arrive.

But if you aren't getting a revolution, what are you getting? That all depends on the specific product, but more and more, we're seeing intriguing options that actually live up to their performance claims. Whether they're introducing powerful new cooking methods like steam baking and … Read more

Adobe stock hits new peak as investors cheer subscriptions

Those who despised Adobe's shift to its Creative Cloud subscriptions predicted that customer defections would sink the company's stock price -- but so far, the opposite is happening.

Adobe Systems' stock hit an all-time high in after-hours trading when Adobe reported strong first-quarter financial results on Tuesday. It surpassed analyst expectations and increased Creative Cloud subscriptions by 405,000 from the previous quarter.

In after-hours trading, Adobe's stock rose 35 cents, or about 0.5 percent, to an all-time high of $68.52.

The company is in the midst of a sales transition with software titles like … Read more

Samsung serves Milk Music, does a Galaxy good

CNET Update is Grade-A tech news:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Samsung's Milk Music, a free streaming radio service only available for some Galaxy smartphones.

- Keep it classy on Vine, now that the video-sharing network prohibits porn.

- See what carbonated competition is bubbling up for Sodastream and Keurig.

- Cool a room quietly with Dyson's latest fancy fan, the Air Multiplier.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Sparkling Drink Systems bids to take the fizz out of Keurig Cold

Earlier this year Coca-Cola and Keurig announced a partnership for Keurig Cold, a CO2 cartridge-free carbonated drink maker expected in stores later this year. Around the same time, a company called Sparkling Drinks Systems - Innovation Center (SDS-IC) said it has been developing its own at-home carbonated beverage tech since November 2007, one that also doesn't require CO2 cartridges. With backing from Paris-based company Initiative & Finance SDS-IC plans to unveil six products related to DIY carbonated drinks in the second half of 2014.

SDS-IC's home page is emblazoned with the words, "Sorry Coke and Keurig, we … Read more

CNET survey: Will you renew your Creative Cloud subscription?

Ten months ago, Adobe announced that if you want to use the latest version of Photoshop, Illustrator, and all its other software for creative pros, the Creative Cloud subscription is the only way to get them. Hundreds of thousands of people signed up -- and now we want to know if you think it's worth it.

CNET and analyst firm Jefferies have conducted a series of surveys about Adobe, its Creative Cloud subscription, and the Creative Suite products it replaces. Now we have a new survey on Adobe we invite you to fill out to see what you think … Read more

Reenact Samuel L. Jackson's 'Jurassic Park' hacking scene

You may not be aware, but up until now your life has been sadly incomplete because you have not yet role-played as Samuel L. Jackson's cigarette-munching character from "Jurassic Park" as he desperately tries to hack into the park's computer system. Make up for lost time by heading over to the Jurassic Systems site, an HTML5/Javascript version of the Irix and Mac screens from the movie.

The look of the screens perfectly mirrors what was seen in the film. You're given a command-line prompt to work with. Jackson's character Ray Arnold didn't get very far when he tried to use the system. You can try your own luck at a hack attack.… Read more

Oily Bits: The Intake System

The intake manifold bolts to the cylinder head and channels fresh air and fuel to the engine's intake ports. Intake manifolds usually feature a series of tubes, called runners, which travel from the intake ports to a larger tube or box called a plenum. This helps balance the flow of air.

Intake manifolds sometimes contain components that supply fuel to the engine, like fuel injectors, as well as sensors that are used to monitor how the engine is running and how much fuel it needs.

Controlling the flow of air in to the engine, and consequently its speed, is … Read more

Storm-tracking NOAA satellite system gets a technology boost

A three-satellite storm-tracking system run by the U.S. government is getting some updates that will support a complete technological refresh.

Raytheon said today that it has booked $185 million in new business for the Joint Polar Satellite System's Common Ground System. The JPSS, a collaborative system between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, is a polar-orbiting environmental system designed to both track storms and other weather events and take and send back to Earth imagery showing changes in the planet's environment over time.

Currently, the contract for the JPSS ground control system is worth $1.… Read more