5 Christmas apps to help the festive season go smoothly

It’s less than a month now and we can’t help feel a glimmer of excitement that Christmas is on its way. Each year we say to ourselves, “I’m going to start planning Christmas earlier this year,” but before we know it, it’s mid-December and we’ve not even bought one present. With the advances in technology … Continue reading 5 Christmas apps to help the festive season go smoothly

Parallels Access Turns Your Windows / Mac Programs Into iPad Apps

Being able to get at your computer from your tablet is nothing new — apps like TeamViewer and LogMeIn already to a great job, and a free for non-commercial use — but Parallels Access offers something a little different. It optimises the programs running on your computer so that they mimic iPad apps, supporting the … Continue reading Parallels Access Turns Your Windows / Mac Programs Into iPad Apps

The Exciting World Of No Cost Electronica

These days, if you’ve got a PC or a Mac, a little hard disk space and an internet connection you’ve already got everything you need to produce music. No, you don’t need to buy any more hardware and you don’t need to spend any money on software. None at all! So, getting started is simple. … Continue reading The Exciting World Of No Cost Electronica

A KALQ-ulated Gamble: the KALQ Keyboard

Despite its intentionally obtuse layout, the QWERTY keyboard has been a part of our lives since it debuted on a typewriter in the 1880s. However, the increasingly thumb-driven nature of smartphone and tablet typing has revealed previously unseen flaws in the QWERTY layout. The time is right for a new arrangement of alphabetic characters on … Continue reading A KALQ-ulated Gamble: the KALQ Keyboard

Carrot Car Insurance: Driving Costs Down for Kids

First timer drivers face a Herculean task when it comes to getting insured on their first car. At the moment the Bank of Mum and Dad is the easiest way to get a son or daughter insured on a reasonable car without paying a fortune on insurance premiums – but this also means Mum and … Continue reading Carrot Car Insurance: Driving Costs Down for Kids

Windows 8 review of reviews: Fireman’s poles, tiles and hyperbole?

Let’s for one minute, strip away the hysteria and PR hyperbole that accompanies every Windows release and get down to the brass tacks of this latest release. Is it really the best thing Microsoft has produced since the dawn of time as it would lead us to believe? Microsoft is saying it’s the biggest upgrade … Continue reading Windows 8 review of reviews: Fireman’s poles, tiles and hyperbole?

The Changing Face of Software

The days of floppy disks and CD-ROMS are well an truly over. Not only can we download most of our software online now, but the growth of the open-source market means we can usually find free alternatives to popular tools. These don’t always have the same features and functionality as their costly counterparts, nor are … Continue reading The Changing Face of Software

CyberLink PhotoDirector 3 review: Lightroom streamlined

CyberLink PhotoDirector 3 is out, and we’ve decided to put it through its paces. Not just by reviewing it, but by putting it up against the number one PC photo management and editing tool – Adobe Lightroom 3. Can it topple the editing giant? Yes – if you’re a beginner There’s a lot to like … Continue reading CyberLink PhotoDirector 3 review: Lightroom streamlined