My HDD Speed monitors all your hard drives in real time and displays read and write activity in a compact desktop window. My HDD Speed not only monitors mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), but also the newer solid-state drives (SSDs). SSDs have ultra-fast read and write speeds, so if you've upgraded to an SSD-based system, My HDD Speed can tell you just how fast your new hardware is. Newer SSDs are even faster than the earlier generation, and My SSD Speed can show you the difference. My HDD Speed v2 has an upgraded installer and Windows 8 compatibility. We … Read more
Created by a company that programs artificial intelligence systems and purported to be a "smart" editing system, 1Checker successfully helps the user with spell checking and English grammar. The interface is easy to use, although it froze and needed to be restarted with our first usage.
In a side-by-side comparison, MS Word and 1Checker found approximately the same errors. The program does make suggestions by giving you alternative word choices throughout your writing to help you polish your language. However, when tested on typical academic writing, this application is not perfect. Grammar mistakes identified were either wrong or … Read more
MP3 Amplifier lets you seriously boost you music's audio, but it does take a little while to work. Since the app doesn't sacrifice the quality of the audio when it amplifies it, it's definitely worth the wait. It even has a very attractive layout, making it a good app to have if your smartphone or tablet's speakers don't sound fantastic.
This app lets you pick how loud you want your song to be with a basic sliding scale. It goes from one to ten, but pushing it further than seven isn't recommended. The app … Read more
Mortgage Payoff Track makes it easy to see with the swipe of a finger how much money you owe on your mortgage, how an extra payment will affect payoff deadlines, and more. Considering how complicated mortgage math can get, this is a very useful tool and one that is handy to have on hand whenever you do your taxes, review your budget, or analyze your investment or moving options.
While your mortgage lender almost certainly sends you a detailed statement on a regular basis, it's not always complete. Digging up information like how much interest you've paid, the … Read more
SayClip is a video messaging tool that uses the contact system on your iPhone to send fun, short videos to specific people. While there are issues in the setup phase and some performance issues when it comes time to render edited videos and send them, the app generally works quite well.
Setup takes some time and requires you to integrate with Facebook, which is admittedly an unnecessary requirement for an app that then relies on your phone's contact list. But despite this Facebook reliance, the app rarely accesses or interacts with that data, staying largely phone-bound. You will have … Read more
Angry Gran Run incorporates the popular features of the top running games, with quirky characters and fantastic scenes, while delivering high-speed action and adventure. This running game puts the player in the shoes of an escaped grandmother who must run through the streets while dodging various comical obstacles.
If you've ever played a running game, then you should have no problem with Angry Gran Run. It uses all the same intuitive controls as the other running games. The setup is quick, allowing the player to get right into the action. Users will find the interface quite easy to navigate … Read more
Solitaire is an OK port of the classic game, but the ads and lack of options stop it from being great. The game loses all of its replay value by only giving you a deck of cards to play the Klondike variation of the game. Other apps let you do that while giving you literally dozens of other options.
The game's layout very interestingly mimics the Vegas table layout. It looks neat, but the app gets the most annoying part of Vegas--the incessant advertising--in there, too. The persistent banner ad isn't just annoying; it actually gets in the … Read more
Book Hunter for Mac's excellent interface and helpful tutorial make it a good application for sorting and organizing a book collection. As users read more and more on their computers, smartphones, tablets, and with physical books at home, this type of application is becoming more useful.
After downloading and starting up, the free application brings the user into a tutorial, which links to the developer's Web page for more information. This help is not really needed since Book Hunter for Mac is easy to use. The main interface includes noticeable buttons for entering book information and creating separate … Read more
DVD Hunter for Mac offers basic functionality for creating a database of your DVD collection. Even though this application mostly works, adding titles can be a bear and some features are implemented rather poorly.
On first launch, DVD Hunter for Mac asks the user to import their Contacts, which may seem a bit odd at first since this is a DVD cataloging app, but after getting to know all the options offered later on, this made sense. After the application completes importing contacts, the user is given the option of reading a Getting Started guide. The app's interface seems … Read more
Game Hunter for Mac, like its sister application DVD Hunter for Mac, offers users a way to comprehensively catalog and keep track of their large video game collections. The level of detail this app offers might be a bit overwhelming, though.
Installation was performed quickly and easily, and we were adding games to our newly created catalog within minutes. The intuitive interface meant little hassle in adding titles and populating the various fields of data. We typed a few words into the title field and clicked "Auto complete" to retrieve the rest of the information from Amazon's … Read more