Software

Synergy offers Pro version with SSL encryption

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. …

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LogMeIn remote control software is no longer free, but TeamViewer is!

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 …

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Filter Forge 4.0 Photoshop plugin review

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 …

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Photoshop CC plus Lightroom 5, $9.99 a month, for life?

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 …

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Keep your Windows PC running at top condition with Jumpshot

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 …

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Let VIPRE do the work to keep your PC and data safe

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 …

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Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Review

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 …

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Defend Your Computer with Bitdefender Total Security Software

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 …

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Let TextGenie Tranlate Texts into Plain English for You

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 …

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Protect Your PC with VIPRE Antivirus Software – Win a Copy with VIPRE and The Gadgeteer

This post brought to you by GFI. All opinions are 100% mine. If you have a PC, you have to protect yourself from viruses that you can pick up from surfing the internet or even just opening a seemingly innocent email.  There are a lot of anti-virus products out there.  Some don’t really protect your …

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Hijakker bootable USB Drive with Xubuntu Review

I really don’t understand this device.  Someone at Hijakker took a $20 16GB USB drive and added an open source bootable version of Xubuntu and then they sell it for $60.  Their marketing then states “Have your own portable Windows on a USB Flash Drive!”, but they forget to mention that you will have to supply …

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An Affordable Computer for Kids from Kid Computers

My daughter recently spilled water on her computer and killed it.  She was devastated because she didn’t know how she could do her schoolwork without a computer.  Luckily, hers was repairable, but we could have been facing a considerable expense if we had to replace it.  Kid Computers understand how important computers are to education, …

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Immediately Speak Another Language With the SpeechTrans Ultimate iOS App

You won’t have to worry about knowing the language when you travel with the SpeechTrans Ultimate Powered by Nuance translator app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.  This app will translate text or you can speak into the microphone and have a spoken translation in seconds in your choice of a male or female …

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