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
There several ways to find files in OS X, the most popular of which are GUI-based routines such as the Spotlight menu and the Finder search, both of which offer quick access to the system's metadata search index. However, there are other options for accessing this index and otherwise finding files you might be interested in locating.
Of course besides Apple's GUI options there are some third-party searching tools available; however, without these the other option in OS X is to use the Terminal, which can benefit both Terminal and GUI-based routines.
The first option in the Terminal … Read more
The Yeti, Bigfoot's cold-climate cousin, is back in the limelight. There's no mysterious giant footprint or shaky video footage, but there is a well-regarded British geneticist at the center of it all. Bryan Sykes, a professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, is featured in an upcoming documentary called "Bigfoot Files" on Channel 4 in the UK.
Ahead of the show's October 20 debut, Channel 4 released the news that Sykes conducted DNA research on hair samples purported to be from Yetis. What he claims to have found is a genetic match for an ancient polar bear.… Read more
Don't rely on Windows to delete your files; use a secure deletion tool like NITBits Free File Shredder instead. Free File Shredder's three levels all delete files and folders more securely than Windows does. It empties the Recycle Bin securely, too. Free File Shredder deletes batches of files and records its actions (including any messages) in a log file you can save. Although Free File Shredder is extremely easy to use, it includes a full Help file with tutorials. Free File Shredder runs in most Windows systems, from 2000 to 8; we ran the latest release, v5.4.… Read more
Lots of productivity tools promise to help you look after your folders, but few go as far as Folder Marker Pro, or in such a basic yet effective way. Folder Marker Pro lets you change any folder's icon or color to indicate its contents, priority, hierarchy, or even loyalty (team colors, anyone?). Color-coding looks great and works great, too. It's much easier to learn than any other "personal organizer" or folder manager, because it's your own scheme.
Such a basic and intuitive idea deserves a basic and intuitive interface, and Folder Marker Pro follows through … Read more
When you create a user account in OS X, the system will create default share points for the account, so if you enable file sharing you can access your data with little additional effort, if any. Most of these shared locations, such as the home folder, are specific for the user itself; however, in addition to these the system will make the user's Public folder and its enclosed "Drop Box" folder more openly available to other users on the system.
While access to these folders is limited to the users on the system by default, if you … Read more
Erasing a lot of text by shaking an iOS device to undo typing has been around as long as I can remember in iOS. You can even shake a device to redo any text you accidentally erased.
When it comes to iOS 7, it seems Apple decided to give the shake gesture one more use by implementing it in the Mail app.
With iOS 7 on your device, you can shake to undo the archiving, filing, and deletion of e-mails in the Mail app.
Here's how it works:
Shortly after filing an e-mail, archiving, or deleting an e-mail in … Read more