GeekSoft's File Expert HD tweaks its already worthy file manager with display, video, and interface enhancements designed for the latest Android phones and tablets. It does stuff other file managers do, like organizing and searching files, apps, and settings in one easy-to-access app. But with File Expert HD, your phone or tablet becomes your primary Internet device. It integrates with your own cloud service as well as its own GCloud. It can send files using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. It can access FTP, SFTP, and FTPS servers, too, and even accept files as a mobile Web or FTP server. … Read more
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
Netflix is still the Goliath, and YouTube is only getting bigger.
In general, video and audio streaming continues to eat up the greatest traffic of any category on virtually every network reviewed by Sandvine, which runs fixed and mobile data networks worldwide and reports on what is taking place on them.
In North America, Netflix and YouTube are the main traffic culprits, according to its twice yearly Global Internet Phenomena Report. Combined, they account for 50.31 percent of the downstream traffic during the peak part of the day.
By comparison, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu garnered just 1.61 … Read more
With busy schedules these days, who has the time to figure out complicated converters and their myriad options? WiseCleaner understands your frustration and that's why they've created Wise Video Converter. Whenever you just want your videos to work -- on a phone, tablet, or PC -- Wise Video Converter is the hassle-free solution.
Garnering 4/5 stars, Wise Video Converter is a favorite with our editors for its clean user interface and ease of use. The program boils down the conversion process to just a few quick steps. Just drag and drop your video into one of the … Read more
NCH's Switch Sound File Converter v4.47 has a lot going for it, including the ability to configure encoders and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats. It's a fast, no-nonsense, pro-level tool that extracts audio from CDs, videos, and other files, individually or in batches. It can normalize audio levels, adjust bit and sample rates, and convert audio streams.
Switch is a compact program that downloads and installs quickly. We could also download some extra tools with it, including WavePad, which we've used before and that the publisher recommends. A businesslike user interface makes Switch … Read more
WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. … Read more
JPEG <-> PNG Image File Format Converter will change any image on your device into either a JPEG or a PNG image. The process is very straightforward, but the app lacks any directions, or added functions, like export or editing of those images. The result is a one-trick app that, while useful in limited situations, will likely not be needed often.
When you open this app for the first time, you can load any image on your device for conversion. Once it loads, you can choose either JPEG or PNG for saving and it will process the image … Read more
When Mark Zuckerberg speaks, everyone listens. Not just because he happens to run the world's largest social network, but also because he has a tendency to let slip some of his personal philosophy on privacy, connection, and sharing at an ever-increasing pace.
That's why scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are listening to and recording everything he says and archiving it in The Zuckerberg Files, an online repository of the Facebook CEO's every public utterance.
The site has an academic purpose, but it's also concerned with playing the watchdog. "By gaining a better understanding of … Read more
The future of secure, private e-mail doesn't lie in Silicon Valley, or Silicon Alley, or even in the Northern Hemisphere, but in New Zealand.
At least, that's what Mega.co.nz Chief Executive Vikram Kumar wants to turn into a reality.
After Kim Dotcom's Mega shook up the secure storage world, offering a mind-boggling, industry-leading 50GB of encrypted free space, the company startled the world again by announcing that it would be building an encrypted e-mail service -- but only after the unexpected closure of Ladar Levinson's Lavabit.
In the wake of the unexpected secure e-mail … Read more