Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
RescueTime's new interface is prettier and easier to use, but the service remains tricky to use right.
Delightfully tiny utility LICEcap lets you create GIFs showing on-screen action, to quickly communicate software features and issues.
This front end for the latest audio codecs lets you convert and rip audio from video with ease.
Screenshots are invaluable in daily office life, whether they're for shiny product pages or just to better explain a technical issue you've stumbled on. Here are six excellent (and mostly free) screenshot tools.
Wondershare MobileTrans easily copies data from your old phone to a newer one--everything from contacts and call logs to texts, photos, videos, and music. It's not cheap, but it works well.
VirtualBox 4.3 now supports touch in its virtual machines, bringing the venerable application up to date technology-wise. Mostly.
Staring into a monitor late at night can make it hard to fall asleep later. There's a solution, and it's free.
WinZip 18 comes with optional add-ons that may mean most users never see the main application window.
When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.
The OS upgrade fixes a lot of things, but the classic pop-up Start menu isn’t one of them. These utilities—four of them, free—can fill the gap. Whether you prefer a plain Start menu, a customizable one, or loads of extras, one of these programs can give you the Windows 8.1 you wanted in the first place.
Classic Shell adds the features back into Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that Microsoft took out. It also adds many useful enhancements to the Windows Explorer.
Games are better with friends (or at least when you're proving your chops to admiring strangers). These tools let you broadcast your gaming prowess. Now go out on the Net and get your game on.
BootRacer is a simple, free download that will time and record your PC's startup time. If you need to actually speed up the boot...well, that's on you.