Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Kingston's MobileLite Wireless streams multimedia and charges mobile devices, too

This lightweight device wirelessly shares multimedia content on the road. Though it lacks internal storage, it can host SD/SDHC cards and USB drives.

Review: Start Menu Reviver gives Windows 8 a modern UI-style Start Menu

This free start menu for Windows 8 melds the old functionality with the new look. If you want to ease into Windows 8, Start Menu Reviver is a good helper.

Review: Peazip 5 decompresses everything

Peazip is a compress/decompress utility that handles all the major formats and a ton of more obscure ones. It won't create proprietary format archives like RAR, but it will read and extract files from them.

Review: JPEGmini compresses your pictures dramatically with little loss of detail

JPEGmini lets you easily compress your JPEG pictures to save room on your hard drive—without any significant loss in detail.

Samsung's 840 EVO SSD family: Fast, large, and in charge

Samsung's new 840 EVO SSD ups the capacity and performance ante with drives from 120GB to 1TB

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SanDisk outs a pair of portable, streaming-ready Wi-Fi drives

Sandisk announces two new portable, flash-based Wi-Fi drives for sharing data and streaming multimedia

OCR makes short work of digitizing your docs

These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.

Review: Brother's HL-3170CDW color laser-class printer is inexpensive, but graphics are mediocre

The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.

Review: Convert video to many formats with Sorenson Squeeze 9

Sorenson Squeeze 9 is expensive, but it's also a best-of-breed video transcoding app that's multi-threaded fast and produces sterling output.

Review: OmniPage 18 Standard has great OCR and page reconstruction

OmniPage 18 Standard is a flexible program that will more than satisfy basic OCR needs.

Review: Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional Edition does clean OCR and is easy to use

Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.

Review: Buffalo’s DriveStation DDR caches for superfast write performance

This external USB 3.0 hard drive boasts write performance rivaling that of an external SSD.

Review: FreeOCR extracts text ably

For straight text extraction, you can't beat this competent freebie. You won't find advanced output options, but there's no price tag, either.

Review: Free-OCR performs adequately on text docs

If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.

Review: HP's Envy 120 e-All-in-One is a motorized luxury inkjet multifunction printer

The HP Envy 120 is for those who do only a little printing and a little scanning, but who want to do it in style.