File Expert is the basic version of GeekSoft's excellent file manager for Android, but it doesn't give up much to its sibling, File Expert HD. It's a better fit for older devices or those not running Android 4.0 or better. You can get a Pro upgrade that adds advanced features such as root access if you need it, but most users will find File Expert's combination of an intuitive interface and extras like unzipping files and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FTP connectivity pretty close to what they've been looking for in an Android file manager. … Read more
Pixatel's File Manager is a lightweight Android file manager. At 448KB, it's smaller than many images and dwarfed by the megabyte competition. File Manager isn't as stylish or feature-laden as the heavy hitters, but it's easy to use, fast, and uses fewer resources. It's free but displays banner ads.
As we noted, Pixatel's File Manager lacks the pizzazz of heftier apps, though stylish themes won't make your stuff any easier to access when you need it. File Manager's scrolling list view of folders and files could hardly be easier, and an equally … Read more
Intel is trying to give a much-needed boost to Windows 8.1 tablets with a new holiday "Buying Guide."
Front and center are tablets (PDF) like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, HP Omni 10, and Lenovo Miix 2.
All of the tablets in the guide use new Intel Atom Z3000 quad-core "Bay Trail" processors.
The 8-inch Dell Venue (see CNET's hands-on here) is one of the highest profile Windows 8.1 tablets to date because it boasts decent specs with a small price tag of $299 -- at least for a full-blown Windows 8.1 … Read more
DownIMG for Mac allows you to quickly save your favorite Web site images, while at the same time giving you multiple conversion options, including PNG, JPG, and GIF. Unfortunately, the app's interface is far from perfect and can be a challenge to use.
DownIMG for Mac installs quickly and opens to a Lilliputian interface that lets you enter a photo or Web site URL to download a specific image or all images from a Web site. The problem with the interface is that it's so small and yet so colorful that it makes the user experience quite frustrating, … Read more
PhoneView for Mac gives you instant access to your iOS device, enabling you to back up and explore any type of content stored on it, including media files, call logs, text messages, contacts, and more. Since it features iTunes-like backup functionality, it's capable of completely replacing iTunes as a device manager. You'll like its streamlined design and drag-and-drop functions.
PhoneView for Mac installs quickly and sports a bland but intuitive interface. Both the trial and full versions of the app can display the contents of iOS devices, but the trial version limits the number of items shown. Out … Read more
Class Bingo for Mac helps you create basic Bingo games that you can play with your class. However, its rather plain design, lack of features, and clumsy interface make it less appealing than it could have been. The absence of a feature for creating questions is a drawback, but one that does not render the app entirely useless.
Class Bingo for Mac allows you to choose the class size for your next Bingo game and then to quickly scramble the numbers to match the game size. Its basic interface, though somewhat dull, is streamlined, making it approachable even if you'… Read more
While PowerBlock for Mac does stop the computer from displaying a shutting down window when you quickly press the power button, it doesn't impede the shutdown function triggered by holding down the shutdown button -- making it an app of limited use.
Upon first starting PowerBlock for Mac, a pop-up box warns you that the program could cause your system to fail -- keep that in mind. The app's main feature is to ignore quick presses of the power button and, if selected, run an AppleScript. This can be useful if you use a MacBook and happen to … Read more
Speakapedia for Mac enables you to convert Wikipedia pages into podcasts with no hassle so that you can listen to them on your smartphone, tablet, or eBook reader. While the voice playback is robotic, the speed of the app and its ability to import files directly into iTunes make it worthwhile. This app is great for students.
Speakapedia for Mac greets you with an accessible interface that loads the Wikipedia homepage. You can use basic navigation buttons to find a specific page, or press the "Random" button to load a random page. Once you find a page you … Read more
With SplashCase for Mac you can create custom slideshows fairly easily. While not the most advanced slideshow app out there, it is a good choice for amateur photographers, as it has an easy-to-use interface and nice functionality. Be ready to invest in the paid version of the app, though.
SplashCase for Mac installs as a free trial version with a nasty limitation: a large, conspicuous watermark across your slideshow. Therefore, to use this app properly you have to upgrade to the paid license. Clicking on the "Create Slideshow Settings" button will launch the app's setup wizard that … Read more
Viivo for Mac ensures your Dropbox files are encrypted prior to sharing them over the Web, adding an extra layer of security to your important documents. This app is easy to use and requires little to no user interaction. If you share a lot of files over the Internet using Dropbox, you will want to check it out.
After a quick and straightforward installation process, you have to create a free account to use Viivo for Mac. If the app doesn't detect Dropbox on your computer, you'll be asked to download and configure it. Just like Dropbox, Viivo … Read more