Review: Batten down the hatches and man the.... railgun? in Leviathan Warships

Ian Harac , PCWorld

Leviathan: Warships is a game of classic warship tactics...or would be, if Admiral Nelson had railguns and lasers at his disposal. Victorian styling, World War I armored battleships, and far-future force fields and beam weapons combine to give Leviathan a unique style that works perfectly for a tactical game.

Leviathan alternates between tactical orders and seeing those orders played out.

Although this game evokes Gratuitous Space Battles, it has differences as well. You give orders, see them carried out for ten seconds, then give new orders. This allows you to adjust your tactics as the battle evolves, reacting to new ships or new objectives.

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Review: Nudge and tweak fate to pull off the perfect dinner in Save the Date

Alex Cocilova Assistant Editor, TechHive

Alex covers desktops, everything from fancy to practical. He's also an avid (addicted) gamer and loves following the industry.
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Let's go grab some burgers. Or maybe Thai food sounds good? If everything else is closed I'm sure we can go for some tacos. It's just important that we get some dinner and have a really good time—and you can certainly try in Save the Date.

Choose between burgers, tacos and Thai food. Burgers felt like a safe bet.

What starts as a silly dating simulator—the kind where you play as a school kid trying to score a date with the hottie in homeroom through different dialogue trees—quickly turns into a surprising, absurd, deep-thinking experience that I guarantee you weren't expecting.

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Review: Dashlane is a robust password manager with a gorgeous interface

Yaara Lancet Contributor, PCWorld

Yaara is a foodie, horse-lover, and biologist who enjoys being a geek as a full-time job.
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A password manager is a must. Unless you're using the same password for everything (not recommended) or have a truly phenomenal memory, your productivity can benefit from a place to store all your passwords and easily use them whenever necessary. There are several strong players in this field, such as LastPass and KeePass. Dashlane (free for basic version, $20/year for Premium) aims to take on both.

Dashlane is a robust password manager with additional room for your various IDs, credit cards and other payment methods, receipts, and notes. It comes with an auto-fill feature for online forms to which you can add different addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information you're tired of typing repeatedly. There are two features that make Dashlane stand out when compared to both LastPass and KeePass: Its beautiful and easy-to-use interface, and its optional cloud syncing.

The Security Dashboard analyzes your database, alerting you of weak, recurring, or breached passwords
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Review: Smideo HD 2013 makes smart-looking video slideshows

Liane Cassavoy , PCWorld

Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.
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Showing off your photos is easy enough. But showing off your photos and your videos together—including videos that you may have spread across different services—isn't always that easy, especially when you want to add custom audio files to the mix. Smideo HD 2013 can help: This (mostly) easy-to-use application allows you to create video slideshows that look polished and  professional.

Before you begin your first project, Smideo shows you how to get started.

Smideo's name comes from "Smart Video Creator," and it fits, as the application is smart. You can try it free for 30 days, but the trial version will not allow you to create HD videos. You have to pay a little over $26 to unlock that feature.

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Review: SocialSafe keeps your social data safe

Liane Cassavoy , PCWorld

Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.
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Chances are, you have tons of information stored in your various social media accounts. Everything from photos and videos to chats with friends, contact lists, and more. If your favorite social network goes offline or becomes unavailable for any reason, all of that data could disappear. But not if you've backed it up with SocialSafe, an easy-to-use PC and Mac tool that makes safeguarding your social data downright fun.

SocialSafe makes it easy to pick and choose which accounts you'd like it to back up.

SocialSafe is free to try for 60 days, but the free version is limited to syncing four social media accounts. After the trial is up, you have to spring for a 12-month license to keep syncing your social networks. It costs $7 for four social network accounts, $17 for ten accounts, and $28 GBP for up to 20 accounts. Any data you download will always be available to you via SocialSafe, even if you do not renew your license.

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CloudMagic offers fast, accurate searches

Liane Cassavoy , PCWorld

Liane Cassavoy is a veteran technology and business journalist. She contributes regularly to PCWorld and has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine and other publications. She is the author of two business start-up guides published by Entrepreneur Press.
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CloudMagic delivered speedy Gmail searches in the past, but only in the Firefox and Chrome browsers. Now the free tool is more impressive than ever, offering searches of everything from Facebook and Dropbox to Box and AOL, and in more browsers than before.

The best news is it does all of this without impacting its performance. CloudMagic still delivers the fastest, most relevant search results I've seen yet.

CloudMagic is available as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and as an add-on for Internet Explorer. It's also available as a mobile app for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

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ReadCube: An excellent all-in-one tool for organizing, finding, reading and annotating PDF articles

Yaara Lancet Contributor, PCWorld

Yaara is a foodie, horse-lover, and biologist who enjoys being a geek as a full-time job.
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PDF library organization is important if you’re a student or a scholar. Enter new kid on the block ReadCube, a free Adobe AIR app currently in public beta. ReadCube offers a comprehensive, all-in-one solution for organizing, finding and reading articles. It's a worthy competitor to Zotero and Mendeley.

Browse your entire PDF library, with abstracts conveniently appearing in the sidebar.

Once ReadCube and Adobe AIR are both installed, and an account is created, the only thing ReadCube requires are PDFs.

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