Does this movie have a bonus scene after the credits? This app knows

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Does this movie have a bonus scene after the credits? This app knows

Does this movie have a bonus scene after the credits? This app knows

Posted: 29 May 2013 09:05 AM PDT

Anything After answers the age-old question: Should I sit through the credits?

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If you've seen "Iron Man 3," you know there's a quick bonus scene -- a "stinger" -- at the tail end of the credits. A pretty good one, too.

That's par for the course with Marvel superhero movies, which started the tradition following the first "Iron Man," but what about other films? Is there anything at the end of "Star Trek Into Darkness" worth waiting for? Or "Fast & Furious 6"? Does "Before Midnight" tease the inevitable "Before Nursing Home" post-credits?

Instead of waiting 5 to 10 minutes to find out, fire up Anything After (Android | iOS). Temporarily on sale for 99 cents, this clever app relies on crowd-sourcing to answer the question of what happens after the credits roll.

The movie listings are separated into three categories: Opening Soon, In Theaters, and Older Titles. Older Titles doesn't go back very far -- maybe a year or so -- which is fine given that you probably wouldn't be seeing them in a theater anyway. (When you're streaming or watching... [Read more]


New Gmail look blings up your inbox with tabs

Posted: 29 May 2013 09:00 AM PDT

Gmail's new look and labels on the Web.

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Google continues to revamp the appearance of many of its services, this time turning its redecorating eye on Gmail.

The company unveiled on Wednesday the new look and automatic labels for Gmail on the Web, as well as in Gmail's Android and iOS apps.

Gmail's new look and labels on Android.

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The new default categories, based on Gmail's existing Label system, are Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums. They appear as large tabs on the Gmail site, easy to use for touch screens and fully customizable. You can also drag-and-drop messages between them, and Google will automatically "learn" how you want them filtered.

It's not quite the "Card"-ification of Gmail, as Google has gone to great lengths to make as many of its services as possible take their visual cues from the popular "Card" layout of Google Now. However, it's definitely more touch-friendly and designed to make it easier to organize e-mail.

Whether it helps you achieve that elusive "inbox zero" remains to be seen, but it should go some distance to help keep the Gmail faithful from straying to more mobile-friendly mail clients like ... [Read more]


As Adobe customers howl, Corel offers education discount

Posted: 29 May 2013 07:55 AM PDT

As Adobe Systems tries to ride out a storm of customer criticism over its move to subscription-only pricing, rival Corel is swooping in with discounted pricing for customers at schools and universities.

The company said the education discount plan was already in planning before Adobe changed its sales approach. But the company clearly is trying to capitalize on its rival's woes: last week, it announced Corel software discounts of up to 60 percent for Adobe customers making the switch.

The education discount covers all Corel's graphics-related software, including the CorelDraw Graphics Suite, PaintShop Pro, VideoStudio, AfterShot Pro, MotionStudio, and CorelCAD.

Educational discounts are common as companies seek a foothold in the up-and-coming generation of computer users.

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How to encrypt one volume on a drive in OS X

Posted: 24 May 2013 03:31 PM PDT

Encrypting data is a convenient method for keeping your data secure, especially when using external hard drives and thumbdrives that may be stolen or lost. While it might be easiest to encrypt an entire drive, sometimes doing so may be a touch inconvenient, especially if the drive is used for more than one purpose.

For instance, if you keep sensitive files on your drive, you may wish to keep it encrypted; however, this prevents you from sharing the drive with others. Therefore, if you want to use the drive to transfer files to another system, you will have to authenticate on the new system, after which you may have to monitor its use, since the drive will be unlocked.

Select the sizing and encryption options from these settings when creating the disk image.

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Alternatively, you can set up such drives to serve both as an encrypted volume as well as one that can be accessed for everyday work, so when you share it with others you can keep your files secured.

There are two approaches for doing this. The first is to set the drive up with a single partition, but then use Disk Utility to create an encrypted disk image to contain your sensitive files on the drive. To do t... [Read more]



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