Software

We are in the middle of a popular photo explosion, in case you've been hiding under a rock for the past decade. Not since the introduction of the Brownie camera in 1900 has there been such interest in photography by the general public. For $1 (about $30 in today's money), normal everyday people could make… Read More

Apple has finally rolled out Night Shift on the newest update to macOS Sierra. Night Shift is a program that gradually removes the blue light of your display to help relieve eye strain and help you sleep better. A similar program, f.lux, has been available cross-platform for a while now, but Apple decided to include a… Read More

Whatsapp, one of the most popular cross-platform mobile messaging services, has finally released a companion desktop application for OSX and Windows. To use it, Whatsapp must already be set up through your phone. After installing on your desktop, simply scan the QR code through the mobile app and setup is done. You can view your… Read More

As a systems engineer, I know that I.T. and remote control software go hand in hand.  I appreciate good support tools, so I had to grab the chance to review the premium version of TeamViewer, since I'm a fan of using the free version at home with friends and family. Note: Images can be clicked on to… Read More

Even after all these years, I'm still a novice when it comes to video editing. I know just enough to be able to create small videos when I need them for the reviews I write, but my skills are limited to joining and trimming multiple clips, inserting basic transitions and adding very simple titles. I'm… Read More

In the past, I had so many Chrome bookmarks that when I went to search for a particular bookmarked web page at a later date, I had great difficulty finding it again and would sometimes have to perform another Google search. My bookmark chaos was so frustrating that it drove me to hunt for a… Read More

Synergy, a mouse and keyboard sharing utility, recently released a new version of its software – Synergy Pro. The Pro version offers turn-key SSL encryption, which helps keep sensitive data safe on public networks, as well as upgraded technical support. Synergy lets you use one mouse and keyboard combination on two or more different computers… Read More

Earlier this week it was announced that LogMeIn, a popular software application that allows remote control of computers, would no longer be free. I've been using the free version of this software off and on for several years, so I was a little bummed with the news. I regularly need access to my home computer… Read More

I owe Julie a long overdue review. OK, OK, two long overdue reviews and one that I can probably still call "on time" at this point. I am going to start with my review of something from one of my favorite product categories -- Photoshop plugins. I really can't seem to get enough of these… Read More

Adobe has received a huge backlash of negative comments from current users of Photoshop CS about expensive Creative Cloud pricing.  In an effort to make numerous frugal photographers happy, actually let’s say less upset, Adobe is throwing current users a "bone-us". During a recent Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe announced a significant drop… Read More

It's a fact of life that PCs are vulnerable to malicious programs that can be picked up from simply visiting a seemingly harmless website or by opening an email.  There's also usually a bunch unwanted programs that manufacturers seem to load up on their computers that waste your valuable disk space.  Both of these problems… Read More

This post brought to you by Vipre. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyday is open season on your PC, and it's scarily easy to get viruses, tracking cookies, and other malicious files.  You don't want the security of your files and your personal information compromised, so you need to use good, up-to-date anti-virus software to… Read More

The other day a friend of mine showed me their new cellphone.  I couldn't tell a difference between their old one and the new one. The new version looked exactly like the old one.  This has happened to me before with various things, like software programs for example. Sometimes the new version simply doesn't provide… Read More

This post brought to you by Bitdefender. All opinions are 100% mine. My daily-use computer is a MacBook Air, but I also have a Windows computer that I use for my part-time tech-editing job. Because that computer is important for my work and because Windows computers are still more vulnerable to viruses and malware, I… Read More

If you receive text messages full of words like "ilbl8" or "wdymbt",  you probably feel like you need a translator.  (They mean "I'll be late" and "what do you mean by that".)  TextGenie is an Android app that can translate messages as you receive them, using the built-in dictionary of 1500 texting terms.  You'll be… Read More