LightScribe's technology burns customized labels directly onto specially treated DVDs and CDs. To use it, you must have a LightScribe-enabled disk burner. LightScribe Diagnostics Utility is a free tool that can check your system's LightScribe compatibility as well as its readiness to run the software without problems. It also scans for conflicts, suggesting changes that you can accept, reject, or modify. After you've checked out whether your system is ready to run LightScribe, you can uninstall the diagnostic tool or keep it in case you make any hardware or software changes. If you're not sure your … Read more
We've seen a lot of compact megazooms announced this year and, well, here's one more. The 16-megapixel Pentax Optio RZ18 packs an 18x f3.5-5.9 25-450mm lens in a body that's only 4.3 inches wide by 2.4 high inches by 1.4 inches thick. That's roughly the same dimensions as the Nikon S9100, which has a lens with the same specs. It's impressively small given the size of the lens.
Other key features include sensor-shift image stabilization; a high-resolution 3-inch LCD; fast burst shooting capturing up to 40, 5-megapixel photos at up … Read more
Installing and uninstalling programs, browsing the Web, and just everyday computer use can take its toll on your PC's performance. That's why it's important to find the right cleaning utility to keep your computer running on all cylinders. SlimCleaner 1.8 is a unique program in that it uses crowdsourcing to provide active feedback for the software installed on your computer. Its speedy scans and all-inclusive features make it a must-have system utility.
SlimCleaner opens with a professionally designed, intuitive interface. On the left side of the window you have seven maintenance options: Cleaner, Optimize, Uninstaller, Browsers, … Read more
While 17-inch desktop replacement laptops with decent gaming performance are easy to find, if not exactly common, to truly move into the realm of mobile home entertainment center, there's nothing like an even-larger 18-inch screen. We've recently seen both 18-inch multimedia laptops (the Acer Ethos 8951) and 17-inch hard-core gaming laptops (the Origin EON17-S), but the new Alienware M18x combines the best of both worlds into a powerhouse 18-incher with the muscle for serious gaming.
Of course, that kind of hybrid doesn't come cheap, and the M18x starts at $1,999, while our tricked-out review unit added … Read more
One thing we hate is a program that installs and replaces things on our computer without our permission. It's just plain rude. While FaceSmooch does indeed supply animated emoticons you can use in Facebook chat, its shady tactics prevent us from recommending it.
FaceSmooch overtakes your browser by adding a toolbar and replacing your default homepage without your permission. The homepage resembles the Google homepage, but with a suspicious-looking animated ad at the bottom. The toolbar includes a search field and buttons for YouTube, the weather, a radio, and games. But you can't actually access any of the … Read more
Keeping track of your bills is the foundation of a healthy financial life; not knowing when things are due can lead to late fees, increased interest rates, service interruption, and unneeded stress. R6 Bill Tracker is a basic program that can help you remember when things are due, provided that you remember to use it.
The program's interface is plain and easy to navigate, though it's not immediately clear how one is supposed to get started. It turns out that you have to go to the File menu and create a new file before you can do anything. … Read more
The high-end notebook graphics war is on for 2011. Nvidia was first to fire a shot a few weeks ago, unveiling the GeForce GTX 580M.
AMD has since counterpunched with the AMD Radeon HD 6990M, its new, most high-end laptop graphics card, which the company now claims, as Nvidia did weeks ago, is the "fastest notebook GPU." This time, the edge indeed seems to belong to AMD. The company boasts a 25 percent improvement over the next-fastest notebook GPU. According to slides from AMD showing head-to-head performance benchmarks versus the GeForce GTX 580M, that statement seems to hold … Read more
Today Nvidia unveiled its latest high-end laptop GPUs, the GTX 570M and 580M. That's not a huge surprise: the new GTX cards round out the "500 series" of GT and GTX graphics that have been available throughout the year. One feature Nvidia's particularly touting is the GTX 580's Optimus automatic switching, which should offer up "5 hours of battery life in Facebook," in case you measure your juice through social networking.
Nvidia promises that the GTX 580M is the fastest laptop graphics card anywhere, ever--the benchmark comparisons were leveled against the AMD Radeon … Read more
Google puts incredible amounts of information at our fingertips, and it usually does a pretty good job of producing results that are relevant to what we're looking for. Sometimes, however, the specific things we want to know are buried within lengthy Web pages and aren't immediately obvious. Google Quick Scroll is an extension for Chrome that aims to quickly identify relevant information within Google search results, saving users time and frustration. It's not perfect, but it works.
Like most Chrome extensions, Google Quick Scroll installs easily. Using it is simply a matter of using Google as you … Read more
Despite leaked product announcements dampening the impact of the streamed Webcast today, Alienware added to its product lineup with additional Alienwares at the extreme small and large ends of the laptop spectrum. The M11x, M14x, and M18x cover the size gamut. We've already reviewed the M14x: check out the hands-on video below for a look at the M14 close-up.
Last year, we loved the Alienware M11x, particularly for its combination of size and power. During today's Alienware Webcast, the successor was announced--and it's got the updated Sandy Bridge specs we expected.
The new Alienware M11x R3 starts … Read more