Nenad Hrg's OnlyStopWatch has what we need in a desktop stopwatch, plus a few extras. For starters, it's portable freeware, so you can take it with you on a USB thumb drive. It can time to the millisecond, so it's precise enough for nearly any use. It counts down, too; and you can start the Stopwatch feature from a preset time point. A fullscreen view and high-contrast color options make for good visibility at a distance or outdoors. And you can start and stop the timer with a mouse click, which means any device that can activate … Read more
With MultiBit for Mac you can view your current Bitcoin holdings and perform basic transactions like sending and receiving Bitcoins. It works smoothly and is fairly easy to use, making it a helpful app for Bitcoin traders.
MultiBit for Mac features an intuitive user interface that displays your Bitcoin balance and wallet, as well as the current Bitcoin exchange rate in U.S. dollars. There's also a helpful section devoted to transaction history. Nice features include password protection, wallet management, and useful Help resources, all of them available through the main application menu. MultiBit is quite fast -- you … Read more
The aftermath of the NSA spying revelations has people and companies scrambling for ways to create more secure communications, which has led BitTorrent to build a instant-message chat client that follows the torrenting principle of decentralized data transfer.
The first release of BitTorrent Chat is a private alpha, meaning you have to go to the BitTorrent Chat sign-up page to get an invite, which will take you to a download.
The client uses the concept of decentralized technology that's at the heart of torrents to run instant messages between people, but BitTorrent was cagey about confirming details about the … Read more
One of the ways that Google deals with sites that infringe on music, movies, video games, and software copyrights is to block them from showing up in its search engine's auto-complete suggestions.
Although BitTorrent claims never to have dealt in piracy, it is one such site that has been blocked for years. Now, it appears that Google has quietly allowed BitTorrent back into the fold.
Previously, when users typed "bitt" into Google's search box, a list of words came up that didn't include "BitTorrent." Now, when "bitt" is typed in, "… Read more
So, here's the question: what do these mean about the next iPads?
We know there will be new iPads. We expect they'll be released very soon -- October, most likely. And just like the new iPhones, expect two models: a new iPad Mini and a new 9.7-inch iPad. This is nothing new; the iPad line split last October. But, the fourth-gen Retina iPad felt like an afterthought compared with the iPad Mini. This year, … Read more
The partially gated system of torrenting built into BitTorrent Bundle has entered a semiprivate alpha, as it continues its march toward viability.
The BitTorrent Bundle is, in the words of BitTorrent's Justin Knoll, "a publishing platform designed to address the issues of distribution, reach, and virality that every independent creator is up against."
The Bundle creates a system by which a limited amount of content is available as it normally would be in a torrent, but the rest is behind a "gate." So far, to open the gate all you've had to do is … Read more
Is Apple simply engaging in PR puffery when it talks about its "desktop" A7 chip? Not so fast.
Apple's claims for the first 64-bit "desktop class architecture" in a smartphone does sound like hype at first. A 64-bit design doesn't make any difference to most people, so it's marketing tripe -- so goes the argument.
Indeed, the repetitive PR-speak used in the A7 discussion in Apple's formal announcement of the iPhone 5S is a little off-putting. The A7's desktop-class design is the single most prominent feature that Apple mentions in the … Read more
iOS developers, start your 64-bit engines.
The iPhone 5S and its Apple A7 chip mark the beginning of the mobile industry's transition to a new processor architecture. Even though the vast catalog of older 32-bit apps will still work, the 64-bit move means that sooner or later programmers will have to take the plunge.
So how do they feel about that? CNET heard from many iOS app developers, and some themes emerged:
Some are excited by the 64-bit nature of the A7, but more are eager to sink their teeth into other improvements that come along with ARM Holdings' … Read more
Smartphones with quad-core processors are the future, right? Well, not so fast.
Apple's spanking-new 64-bit A7 is dual-core, according to Anandtech, a widely-read chip review site.
It's seems that Apple is bucking a trend here.
"The tools that count cores query the [operating system] and the OS returns the number of logical CPUs and they only returned two," said Anand in a brief phone interview, referring to the central processing unit.
And he contends that there are more ways to skin the performance cat. "The quad-core card was kind of forced," Anand said. "… Read more
Likasoft's Archivarius 3000 is an enterprise-class data indexing search tool that's affordable enough for busy home users. Archivarius 3000 searches documents and e-mail on your PC, LAN, and removable drives. It can find, extract, and save information about particular documents, even archived documents. Archivarius 3000 is available in specific (but basically identical) versions for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried the 64-bit edition in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1. Recent updates include support for RAR5 (RAR) archive files.
Archivarius 3000 presents a clean, efficient, and easy-to-manage user interface. The program opened with a What Is New splash followed … Read more