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Data-saving Opera Max for Android enters public beta

Opera's data compression app for Android is now available to anyone in the U.S. that wants to try it, but you may have to wait to start using it.


Review: WinZip 18 stays light on its feet with new Express add-ons

WinZip 18 comes with optional add-ons that may mean most users never see the main application window.

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5 free compression tools zip your files just dandy

You can't go wrong with paid compression programs WinZip or WinRAR...but if you'd rather hang on to your $30, check out these free alternatives. Each of them can get basic file zipping and unzipping done without making you unzip your wallet.

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Review: ZipItFree compresses files tightly, doesn't make you tighten your belt

ZipItFree's file compression is very efficient, and its unobtrusive interface is good to work with. This free utility is well worth a spot on your PC.

Review: Hamster Free Zip Archiver 2.0 compresses files in a snap

Hamster Free Zip Archiver compresses files quickly, and it has a cheerful, easy-to-use interface. For tech support, might as well ask your hamster.

Hamster Free Zip Archiver

Supports all compression formats, totally free, multilanguages, easy interface

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Review: Universal Extractor opens almost any archive

Universal Extractor is a dab hand at opening arcane archives, but it can't actually do its own compression. Support is nonexistent, leaving you on your own.

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: WinZip for Windows 8 is what you'd expect from a Modern app

WinZip for Windows 8 finds itself in the uncomfortable position of being shoehorned the Modern interface, and the result isn't pretty.

Review: WinZip 17 stays fresh with cloud storage and social sharing features

WinZip 17 lets you archive, encrypt, convert, and share your files across multiple services. New integration with cloud storage services and social networks keep this venerable compression utility relevant.