For all their generic similarities, Linux-based Android isn't like Windows. But it's not like Linux, either, or other Linux-derived operating systems like ubuntu -- at least not out of the box. But that doesn't mean it can't be, and developers are turning out free, open source apps that add Windows-like features to the Android OS. OI File Manager from OpenIntents adds Explorer-like file navigation and management capabilities to your Android device. With it, you can open, rename, copy, save, edit, move, and delete files and folders. It adds Open and Save commands to other apps. A … Read more
If you think "Noonien Soong" when someone says "Android doc," you might be a Trekkie (and fiercely proud of it). But if you hear "Android dock" instead, maybe you're thinking of Next Launcher, an Android-based app dock and launcher. If you use Next Launcher, you'll certainly want to take a look at Next Task Manager Widget, a free 3D plug-in for Next Launcher from GO Launch Team. We tried Next Launcher with and without Next Task Manager Widget installed, and the plug-in definitely improved the docking app's 3D performance. Though Next … Read more
Those running small businesses need a way to track their accounts. Manager for Mac performs these basic functions well, although larger businesses may need software with additional capabilities.
Despite being a small program, Manager for Mac took longer than expected to download and install via a high-speed connection. In order to install the program, acceptance of a user agreement was required. During initial setup, the user must create an account with a name and e-mail address. Once through this step, a business name must be entered, which brings up the main screen. Instructions and support are available from the developer, … Read more
Finding outside storage to back up computer files is critical in the event of a technical problem. CrashPlan for Mac is a well-designed program and cloud service that performs its function as a data storage application.
CrashPlan for Mac is available as a free application, but the cloud backup service is free for 30 days. After that time, users must sign up for a subscription service based on the amount of storage needed and the number of computers they'd like to run the app on. The program's native installer quickly set up the program. The program's main … Read more
Incredibly useful, file managers allow Android users to move media files around and organize them, rename files, and create new folders. Apk Installer/File Manager functions properly and does everything one would expect from a file manager. It also provides the necessary software to install downloaded applications that did not originate from the Play Store.
Apk Installer/File Manager offers a rather quick and painless installation. There are no unnecessary advanced settings or registration required, and the application automatically accesses the file structure. The user interface is very clean and displays a traditional, tree-style file structure. It is both easy … Read more
Even the busiest people can use a little coaching now and then, but most of the time they're on their own. Task Coach is a free, open-source task and to-do list manager that can help you manage the most hectic schedule and just about any kind of task. For example, you can drag an e-mail message from Outlook, Thunderbird, and other e-mail clients and drop it right into Task Coach to view, attach a task or subtask, or create a new task or reminder. It can track time spent on tasks, export task data as CSV or HTML, and … Read more
Before I started using BlackBerry 10 I had already written off the Hub feature. The Hub basically consolidates your e-mail, text messaging, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, alerts phone calls, and voice mail into one central place. It allows you to quickly and easily read, compose, and manage all of your messages across multiple platforms and accounts.
Presenting a lot of information in once place can feel overwhelming -- if not chaotic. Thankfully, BlackBerry built in controls to manage which accounts show up in the Hub. If you'd rather not have every Facebook like and comment show up next to your … Read more
Sometimes you wish Microsoft would let customers decide when to delete a feature. Reader Dan Baechlin depends on Windows Explorer's ability to retain the selection of multiple files after changing the sort order. The feature has been removed from the version of Explorer in Windows 7 and 8. As Dan explains:My job requires the ability to highlight multiple files or folders in a directory, and to retain that highlighting while re-sorting them by different fields (modification dates, thematically-based titles, etc.) Windows provided that feature -- until version 7. My work unit indexes, manages, and compares policy documents that … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Electrosensitive community moving to a secluded town in Green Bank, Va.
- Facebook fixes comment threads for Pages and public figure.
- A promising 'Home' for the Facebook obsessed.
- Five ways to get more out of Facebook Home.
- Prepare a digital will for your Google accounts.
What happens to your Gmail account, Google Drive documents, Picasa photos, and the other data you have stored with Google when you head to that big cloud drive in the sky? Google introduced a feature today called Inactive Account Manager that lets you tell Google what to do with your data after you're gone, whether you want to share it with family and friends or delete it altogether.
The new Inactive Account Manager can be accessed from the Accounts page. You'll find a link to it under the Account Management section.
After reading the brief introduction to the … Read more