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  • My Film Kiosk is a video library management system for YouTube, MP4, DVDs and BluRays.

    My Film Kiosk is a video library management system for YouTube, MP4, DVDs and BluRays. Build up your library quickly and easily by downloading covers and video links from YouTube and our high quality cover database or by manually entering the information yourself. Then catalogue, group, filter and watch.

    Key features:

    • Store thousands of entries including name, description, genre, cover image, trailer and user-defined categories;
    • Our film database contains only original covers. Each film entry is manually checked by our staff to ensure excellent data quality;
    • You can download information about your favourite videos from YouTube, catalogue, organise and watch them.

    Please note that the best improvement idea for My Film Kiosk will be rewarded with a full program license with version 2 updates. Use Idea Informer widget to submit your feedback!

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  • Security software awards

    What's the best antivirus software, and how can you tell? When we review security software at Download.com, we do hands-on testing, looking at everything from user-friendliness to virus eradication, but we also look at test results from independent institutes like AV-Test and AV-Comparatives. These labs do not produce their own antivirus software and perform rigorous, objective tests on security suites from all major manufacturers. Here are the consumer security apps that recently won the labs' seal of approval:

    AV-Test awards

    Best protection against malware: Trend Micro Internet Security ($39.95)

    Best performance (speed): Kaspersky Internet Security ($79.95)

    Best usability: Avira Antivirus Pro ($44.99)

    Best Android security app: Qihoo 360 Security (free)

    Best cleanup tool: Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool (free)

    Best repair tool: ... [Read more]






  • First look: Vivaldi browser

    Vivaldi, a Web browser now in tech preview, caters to power users who expect more from their browsers, letting them interact with content in new and exciting ways. Created by former Opera developers, Vivaldi is built on Chromium, the same platform used for Google Chrome, Comodo Dragon, and, of course, Opera.

    On the surface, Vivaldi looks similar to other browsers, but a plethora of tools lie beneath that unassuming interface. Here are our six favorites.

    Speed Dial

    Customize your start page with Speed Dial, a popular feature started by Opera and the star attraction in Vivaldi. This iteration is incorporated into your bookmarks, where you manage it the same way you would sort Favorites. Speed Dial links are fully customizable and can be sorted into folders, allowing you to create separate workspaces for any occasion.

    Tab stacks

    Do you regularly have 20-plus browser tabs open? Vivaldi lets you stack tabs to organize your workspace -- just drag one tab on top of another. For example, you might want to stack similar pages to make them easier to locate. Hover your cursor over this stack, and you'll get a preview of each tab in that group.

    Page Actions

    ... [Read more]






  • Fitness apps to motivate your workouts

    How is your workout working out? Lots of apps provide routines and fitness tracking, but those are no use if you're not motivated to get off the couch and keep going. We've run through fitness apps and have picked seven that will get you into the gym or out for a long jog or a bike ride, because there's nothing like music, scenery, and friendly competition to energize you.

    RockMyRun (iOS, Android)

    Music is a great booster during a high-intensity cardio session. RockMyRun has thousands of music mixes, 45 minutes or less, to match your energy and tempo and keep you excited about your workout. With the Rockstar membership upgrade, you get longer mixes and no ads.

    Virtual Walk Treadmill (iOS, Android)

    If you feel like you're just walking in circles, get on Virtual Walk Treadmill or GPS. This app lets you experience the Appalachian Trail, a New York cultural tour, the National Mall in Washington, the Boston Marathon, or Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The high-quality pictures make you feel like a national traveler, and you'll learn about land... [Read more]






  • 7 apps for 7 daters

    Meeting people is easy, but meeting the right person is challenging. If you're finding too many Ms. or Mr. Wrongs, then you probably just haven't met the right app yet. We've screened dating apps and have picked our top 7, paired with personality profiles, so you can find your app match.

    Committed

    Match.com (iOS, Android)

    If you're looking for a lasting relationship, then Match.com is for you. Why else would you pay for a plan that runs from $21.99 to $129.99? This beautifully designed app features robust profiles, and if you pay extra in app for Top Spot, you rise to the top of the list to get noticed faster.

    Mathematical

    OKCupid Dating (iOS, Android)

    Using a trademark algorithm, OKCupid Dating targets appropriate matches based on criteria that are most important to you. The app also offers a lot of options, such as browsing nearby matches and the swiping Quickmatch feature that Tinder popularized. Most importantly, OKCupid profiles tell you more about your prospective mate, so you can s... [Read more]






  • 10 apps to make taxes less taxing

    We all dread tax time: hunting for receipts and statements, figuring out which forms we need, decrypting IRS instructions, and carving out time to go through it all. In tax preparation as in health matters, prevention is the best medicine, so we've compiled 10 apps to give you a jump-start on filing, helping you track finances year-round and get maximum refunds for minimum effort.

    Forecasting

    TaxCaster (iOS, Android)

    Get a head start on tax planning with TaxCaster, an Intuit app that helps you adjust your paycheck withholdings, so you either get your money back throughout the year or one big payout after filing. TaxCaster also approximates your refund -- if that isn't incentive to get your taxes done early, then we don't know what is.

    Deductions

    Scanbot (iOS, Android)

    Beautifully designed Scanbot enables you to turn space-wasting documents, such as invoices and receipts, into high-quality JPEGs and PDFs. You can email this data, upload it to the cloud, or print it if necessary. You can even scan your tax documents as backup be... [Read more]






  • 6 apps for your repetitive tasks

    Every February, Punxsatawney Phil forecasts whether spring is coming (this week's verdict: more winter). But for most of us, Groundhog Day is about the movie, with Bill Murray's weatherman suffering the same day over and over again -- 12,403 times by one super-fan's estimate -- because we can relate to the frustration of doing the same things day after day. We have yet to see an app that will free you from a time loop, but these six picks will relieve the tedium of repetitive tasks. And if you can't get "I Got You Babe" out of your head, displace that earworm with Unhearit.

    Task management

    GoTasks (iOS, Android)

    GoTasks is a task manager for iPhone and iPad that enables you to add, edit, rearrange, and check off your most repetitive tasks -- online and offline. Manage tasks and sync them with Google apps for backup and use across devices.

    Radar (iOS)

    Plenty of apps help you calendar appointments, but Radar helps you manage tasks you do on a regular basis, such as talking to your brother once a week or cleaning your apartment every two weeks. Tasks are sorted by timeliness, and you can swipe aside c... [Read more]






  • 12 apps for Super Bowl Sunday

    Don't let Deflategate take the air out of your Super Bowl. On February 1, eight-time Super Bowl contenders the New England Patriots and returning champions the Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl XLIX. If you're looking for breaking news and scores, party tips, or free swag, these apps can amplify your Super Bowl Sunday.

    NBC Sports Live Extra (iOS)

    If you have a high-speed connection and a participating TV provider, then you can watch the Super Bowl on the NBC Sports Live Extra app on your iPad. You also get on-demand clips, full event replays, and alerts for upcoming games. However, if you want to watch on your phone, only Verizon customers with a More Everything plan can stream the game, via the NFL Mobile app.

    NFL Mobile (iOS, Android)

    The National Football League's official app offers breaking news, game highlights and scores, and more. Verizon customers who upgrade to the More Everything plan get exclusive phone access to the Super Bowl.

    WatchESPN (Windows, iOS, ... [Read more]






  • Windows 10: Microsoft aims for Windows everywhere

    Windows Insiders have been trying the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a few months, but today Microsoft announced what everyone can look forward to in 2015. This ambitious OS overhaul wants to make all your Windows devices -- PC, phone, tablet, Xbox -- work better together via universal apps, Continuum, the Spartan browser, and Xbox apps. Here's what you need to know about today's announcements.

    Windows 10 is coming in 2015, and it will be free

    That's right, Microsoft has shifted its strategy and will offer Windows 10 absolutely free for current Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users for the first year after release. Windows 10 is slated for consumer release later this year -- Microsoft has offered no pricing or a firm date, but fall is likely. In the meantime, Windows Insiders should see a new preview build of Windows 10 in the coming week and Windows Phone 10 in February.

    Continuum will bridge tablet and desktop experiences

    Microsoft promises you'll switch seamlessly from PC to tablet, mouse to touchscreen, with Windows 10's Continuum. Continuum will even support touch gestures for old-school Win32 applications. Noti... [Read more]






  • Star Apps: Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears' chart-topping, career-defining "Songs From the Big Chair" turns 30 this year. To mark the pearl anniversary of the album that spawned "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Shout," and "Head Over Heels " the band is releasing a rebooted super deluxe version, as well as a six-disc box set featuring remixes, B-sides, and nine previously unreleased tracks. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal, who are currently working on a new album due later this year, talked to me about "Songs From the Big Chair," their breakup and makeup, the importance of social media, and their favorite apps.

    Tears for Fears circa 1985.

    What are your thoughts on "Songs From the Big Chair" today? Curt Smith: I guess the first thing I'm thankful for is that it still holds up. If "Songs From the Big Chair" was recorded now, it would sound much the same. The production stands up in a big way that's gratifying all these years later. I don't think there's anything I would change about it.

    What's the story behind "Shout"? Roland Orzabal: The record company saw the potential there. I was just trying to write songs. "Shout" was just a chorus when I wrote it. Only when I sang it they thought it was a hit. They made it sound so big. It just went on like that.

    Psychology was always a part of your work. Orzabal: We ... [Read more]






  • 9 moviemaking apps

    Do you picture yourself as an iPhone filmmaker, an Android auteur? In awards season, we sit back and critique other people's films, and if those Golden Globes and Oscar nominees have inspired or irritated you -- or if you simply want to level up from shooting home videos -- take a shot at making your own movie. We've scouted nine affordable, time-saving, feature-rich apps to help you script, storyboard, shoot, and edit.

    Writing

    A good movie starts with a good script. Celtx Script (iOS, Android) is a great alternative to pricier Final Draft. The app enables you to produce and mark up formatted scripts, collaborate with partners, and back up all your work, so you can focus on what's truly important: action and dialogue.

    Word processing and scriptwriting apps are marvelously flexible and functional, but manual typewriters offer a lack of Internet distraction and a rhythmic clatter that some believe increase energy levels and productivity. Get the best of both worlds with Hanx Writer, a typewriter app developed by actor Tom Hanks, which also lets you email, print, and share your magnum opus.

    Storyb... [Read more]







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