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Burner Delivers on Phone Privacy Once You Get It Lit
June 28, 2013
If you've ever hesitated when giving out your phone number to someone, Burner may be for you. The app provides disposable, short-term phone numbers that you can use if you feel the need for some number privacy and don't want your real number known. Use the temporary number, or "burner," for as long as necessary and then "burn" it when you're done to eliminate excessive interruptions in your life.
SolydXK: New Kid on the Linux Block Delivers Rock-Solid Performance
June 26, 2013
SolydXK is a Debian-based Linux distribution that offers a choice of two desktops: Xfce and KDE. It is a very new Linux OS, but do not push this new kid aside assuming stability and performance need a lot of maturing. In fact, SolydXK is already a solid and very impressive distro. It has more polish and smoother performance than many older Linux OS counterparts.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Apps for the Work Day
June 26, 2013
There's no shortage of apps out there for relaxation and entertainment, but sometimes, it's just time to get some work done. This week, All Things Appy is looking at the top five free, must-have work-day apps in the Chrome Web environment. Some of the best are Google products, as you might expect -- Chrome is a Google product, after all, and that's reflected here.
Boxfish Hatches a Hot Idea for Searchable TV
June 21, 2013
Here's an app that re-invents the TV guide -- and yet is about as far from the newspaper TV listings of old as you can get. Boxfish, available at no charge in the Google Play store, shows what's trending on TV by indexing every spoken word on TV -- live. The idea behind the app is that you should be able to find out what's happening on television live and then choose what to watch.
Debian 7: A So-So Distro Not Worth Switching For
June 19, 2013
After a hiatus of more than two years, the developers of Debian last month released a major upgrade. That surely came as good news to fans of this granddaddy Linux OS, but the new Debian 7 "Wheezy" may not be worth the wait if you are happily using more popular Linux options. I feel somewhat like a turncoat for saying that about Debian Linux -- I should be revering its 20-year-long lineage.
WhatsApp Is Killing the SMS Messenger
June 14, 2013
What happens when an industry gouges its customers for years, and then technology comes along that allows consumers to circumvent the gouger? Customers leave in droves is what happens, and it's WhatsApp and its ilk that are enabling the exodus. If you're unfamiliar with WhatsApp Messenger and its brethren, they're text message alternatives that don't rely on mobile-to-mobile SMS technology.
Acer's Android Smart Display Pushes Desktop Boundaries
June 13, 2013
Acer's Smart Display DA220HQL is a 21.5-inch all-in-one touchscreen released earlier this year that runs the Android operating system with a wireless keyboard and mouse and has the potential to change your desktop computing habits. The more I use it, the more adept I get at working in a touch and swipe computing environment that I am not holding in my hands.
Great Little Radio Player Tunes In Simplicity
June 12, 2013
The Great Little Radio Player is a perfect example of how great things can come in small packages. This robust Internet radio station streamer does not burden system resources and packs a powerhouse of listening pleasure immediately after installing it. It's so fine-tuned that it needs no configuring to use it, but you can still tweak a few pleasantries to make it feel more at home on your PC.
Plume Earns Its Perch With the Best Twitter Apps
June 07, 2013
If there's one app that has been synonymous with an innovative, high-quality Twitter experience in the Android environment, it's Joaquim Verges' paid Falcon Pro. One of the killer features in Falcon Pro is its ability to live-stream a Twitter timeline. With a 2-minute synchronize refresh rate, Falcon will live-stream your timeline in real-time when you're using WiFi.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Android Fashion and Beauty Apps
June 05, 2013
The fashion and beauty industry is fast-moving, and apps are a good way to keep track of developments, because app content lead time can be significantly shorter than for print magazines. This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the must-have apps in this genre for the Android platform, including apps to buy the gear, track trends, and social network with like-minded fashionistas.
Mozillux: A Nice Linux Distro With a Unique Software Set
June 05, 2013
As Linux distros go, French Mozillux looks a lot like LXDE-based Lubuntu. But don't be fooled. This year-old OS, which targets both beginners and intermediate users, offers a surprisingly comprehensive selection of installed software for users with a wide range of interests. It's easily as flexible and usable as Puppy and Knoppix, yet leaner and more family-oriented than most young distros.
Runtastic Turns Workouts Into Enjoyable Data-Crunching Exercises
May 31, 2013
If you've used any of the free tracking apps -- like Google's My Tracks, which records your path, speed, distance and elevation change while you exercise and then maps the route, charts elevation and speed, and tots it all up in a set of statistics -- you'll understand the concept behind Runtastic Pro. Runtastic Pro additionally promises to help you reach goals and track health improvements.
Exaile Makes Playing Music Simple and Stress-Free
May 29, 2013
The Linux desktop has an impressive list of good music playing apps, so choosing a favorite title is a difficult task. The decision almost always comes down to personal taste rather than feature sets or GUI. Exaile ranks high on my player list for what it does not have. It spares me having to traipse through a bigger-than-needed set of features. I can be intimidated by too many tweaking options.
All Things Appy: 5 Best Chrome Real Estate Tools
May 29, 2013
The days of reliance on real estate agents to tell us which homes are available are long gone. The same raw data that the agents used to have an exclusive on is now fed to anyone who wants it. Now all you have to do is choose your source. Here's a look at the top five real estate apps in the Chrome environment. This app also lets you compare mortgages -- including rates, rate trends and lenders.
Google's All Access Music Service Starts on the Right Note
May 24, 2013
Google has refreshed its music app. It's a big deal, because Google has introduced custom radio and an a la carte music streaming service, All Access, for an introductory price that's $2.00 cheaper than a la carte streaming leader Spotify. You can try the service free for 30 days, and if you start a trial by June 30, it will then cost $7.99 a month to continue.
All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Social Networking Tools
May 22, 2013
This week we take a look at the top five must-have social networking tools for the Mozilla Firefox desktop environment. Social networks have taken mobile by storm, but the PC is still a player -- particularly based on its copious screen real estate. Aggregation across social networks, one-click helpers, easy search, sharing, and detailed image viewing present themselves well in this field.
Midnight Commander Will Whip Your Files Into Shape
May 22, 2013
Midnight Commander is one of those original computing tools that keeps getting better with age. It may be old school, but its file managing capabilities keep it at the head of its class. Midnight Commander is a text-mode file manager that runs in a terminal. It uses a two-panel interface and a subshell for command execution. It is reminiscent of the Norton Commander file manager.
MX Player Pro Lets You Bypass the Fiddling and Enjoy the Movie
May 17, 2013
I often run into issues playing video media on mobile devices. It's haunted me since the days of Windows Mobile on the Palm Treo -- remember those early smartphones? Believe it or not, it's still an issue years later with current tablets and smartphones. The problems that I've encountered have generally manifested themselves as either the file not playing or audio and video being out of sync.
Cut Yourself a Tasty Slice of Gnome-Pie App Launcher
May 15, 2013
Gnome-Pie could be one of the best user interfaces for accessing menus on any Linux desktop. It is a radial visual application that keeps your hands on the keyboard or the mouse to quickly launch any application. Launching frequently used programs could not be easier or more fun. Gnome-Pie brings functional eye candy to the menu interface.
GrooVeIP's a Great Backup for Minute-Slurping Calls
May 10, 2013
My first question to the desk clerk at a hotel in a strange country is no longer, "What time does the restaurant close?" It's more often, "Where I can get a SIM card?" $2-a-minute voice and $10-a-megabyte Internet roaming in many parts of the world make acquiring a local card a must. I recently had a pleasant first morning in an Egyptian town center haggling for a data-only 3.75G SIM card.

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