View your video where you want

hd_video_converter_factory_proWith HD Video Converter Factory Pro!

Putting multimedia on the device that you want to view it on isn’t always easy. Depending on the device that you’re using, and depending on the sync tools you have, getting specific video and other content there can be a challenge. I like having options; and this is why I like applications like HD Video Converter Factory Pro. This cool conversion app for Windows can help you get your video where you want it.

HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an advanced High-Definition (HD) video conversion app. It can help you convert videos from Standard-Definition (SD) to High-Definition (HD), and can reverse the process (HD to SD) if space and size are an issue. With support for over 100 different video formats, you can convert to and from any format for which you might have a need. The app also supports converting content from HD Camcorders to formats that can be viewed on your iDevice, PSP, Android or any other popular mobile device.

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Once you get your video taken or identified, the app really starts to shine. HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports Multi-CPU and Hyper Threading, so it offers up to 50X real time conversion speeds. Moving from one format to another is really fast, and you’ll really like that, especially if you have a large HD video you’ve taken on an HD camcorder that you want to post to Facebook, for example. Getting a large video from your computer to a social network can take a lot of time. With HD Video Converter Factory Pro, you can shrink that time thanks to its HD to SD conversion capabilities.

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HD Video Converter Factory Pro is one of those apps that you really need to have if you take, share, or watch a lot of video. On top of its conversion capabilities, it allows has a built-in, online video downloader. You can easily download online video files and then transfer them to any of your portable devices.

The app is a bit pricey, but if you can catch Wonderfox’s promotion, you may be able to get it at a highly discounted rate. They also have discount packs that provide you a couple different options at discounted prices.

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Should Windows 9 be Free?

I’ve seen a couple opinions, and I’ve decided to weigh in…

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Like its predecessor, Windows Blue, Windows Threshold is in the process of entering its full development cycle. As with Blue, many people are excited about Threshold and for a couple of key reasons.  Briefly, they are:

  1. Consumers don’t think much of Windows 8
    There are a lot of diehard Windows users that really are NOT happy with Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 is a step in the right direction with the ability to boot directly to the desktop and the return of the Start BUTTON.  However, many people will tell you that the improvements seen in Windows 8.1 are a start (no pun intended) and not a destination.  Microsoft still has a long way to go before they regain the public trust and earns their forgiveness.And they’ve earned this disdain, too. Microsoft mucked with, and moved everyone’s cheese and really brought productivity way low, and killed many IT upgrade plans. Windows 8.x really takes too long for office workers to figure out how to use. Its ModernUI (unofficially called MetroUI) confuses a lot of people, even on Microsoft’s own Surface line of ultrabooks. If Microsoft can’t sell the new interface on their OWN devices, relying on partner devices to do it, doesn’t look to be a winning strategy. This older business model is proving to be part of Microsoft’s downfall, and they seem to know it. Their July 2013 reorg definitely identifies the older management structure and mode of doing business as something that needs to change.In short, MS needs to get its revised vision on as many Windows 8.x devices as it can in order to help generate positive press so it can “turn that frown upside down,” and reverse what appears to be the start of a steep decline.
  2. Microsoft and Windows 8 have no place to go but up
    Windows 8.x adoption sucks.  Windows 7 adoption rates are on the rise. Microsoft desktop OS sales aren’t too horrible, but when it look at it in a Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.x perspective, it’s clear that the public doesn’t like the OS or the devices that it comes on.Prior to the Christmas Shopping Season, Microsoft was still feeling the effects of its $900M Surface RT write-off. Sales of Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro weren’t strong at all.  However, something happened over the 2013 Holidays that directed many users to not only look long and hard at Surface 2/Pro, but had the devices moving off the shelves as well.Microsoft needs to do whatever it needs to do to continue this positive trend.  If they don’t, the company is going to have some serious work to do regarding not only Windows, but the rest of its product offerings.

Given that they have work to do, AND given that most Linux distributions have been free for years, and that Apple gave Mavericks away (and it runs on Macs that are at LEAST 5 years old); Microsoft needs to do the same thing with Windows Threshold.  They need to give it away, and it needs to run on any computer that can push Windows 7. This accomplishes a couple things:

  1. If it’s free, it’s for me – Low to no cost upgrade fees
    “If it’s free, it’s for me!” I knew a guy in college who had that printed on his checks; and it’s pretty much a way of life for many people.  If they can figure out an  easy way to get something for free, you can bet that they’ll bust their behinds to make that happen.Much of the computing public still sees a great deal of value in the Windows brand. If they can get that level of value on their existing PC, for free, with all future platform updates and upgrades also coming in at no cost, then the platform has a better chance of actually getting on legacy machines than not. I may be in the minority opinion, but I really think that if Microsoft wants to remain competitive, as well as make a successful transition to a devices and services organization, it’s going to need to give the platform that powers those devices and drives those services, away.
  2. Increase <Latest Version > Adoption Rates
    Recent Windows 7 adoption rates have surged past Windows 8.x adoption rates. This means that people who are actually buying Windows compatible PC’s aren’t buying them with Windows 8.x on them, they’re buying them with (or downgrading to) Windows 7.  Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 7 to turn into the 2010’s version of the 2000’s Windows XP.  The last thing that Microsoft wants to do with Windows 8.x is have it be the “next Vista” where everyone sticks with the older version.  They undid much of the damage to the Windows brand with the release of Windows 7, but shot themselves in the foot with Windows 8 (and have effectively gone backwards).The company has a new strategic direction. What better way to foster that, than to give the platform away to end users?
  3. Continues and fosters its new direction as a Devices and Services organization
    The old guard organization where both Office and Windows are cash cows that provide years, if not decades, of revenue is over. As I stated recently, the old Microsoft has died and most of the management team from that regime has been moved to other areas or has left the company.  Microsoft’s new organizational focus, its new product portfolio is the whole Windows experience and not Windows itself. That means that it has to sell the devices and it has to sell the services that make the Windows platform a value-add. That’s where MS will make its money going forward. The best way to insure that is to give the platform away, making adoption for many an autonomic option.

Microsoft is in full transition mode. They’ve reorged the company and most of the old management team is gone. They are getting a new CEO in early 2014. They are changing not only how the company does business, but they’re changing their product portfolio as well.  They need to embrace the change and “unlearn what they have learned” over the past 25+ years of computing success. If they don’t, Microsoft’s relevancy as well as profit margins will decline as PC adoption rates decline.  The best way Microsoft can move forward is to give away not only Windows, but Office as well.  They need to start doing that with Windows Threshold.  How they figure out the best way to do it with Office – if at all – is something they will have to figure out as the release date for the next version of Office starts to appear on the horizon.

What do you think? Do you think Microsoft should give the next version of Windows away?  Why don’t join us in the discussion area, below and tell us what YOU think?

 

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Change the sound of your voice with AV Voice Changer

AV-Voice-Changer-Software-Diamond-Edition.png 1384961237I like playing with audio. Changing, warping and morphing sounds, effects and voices can be pretty cool and can be a lot of fun, if you have the right app to push the activity. This is one of the reasons why applications like AV Voice Changer Software Diamond is pretty cool. It’s a cool audio app for Windows, and its really a lot of fun.

AV Voice Changer Software Diamond is an app that does voice changing and voice manipulation. You can make your voice sound more feminine, more masculine, more childish, younger or older, or even make yourself sound like a famous celebrity. AV Voice Changer Software Diamond is an all-in-one program for as voice-over and voice dubbing in audio or video clips, narrations, or presentations. You can change, mix or remove a voice in a song, in E-greeting cards, voice mails, or from any other file with audio in it, or that can use audio. You can imitate the voice of any person or even create non-human sounds.

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The app is pretty amazing. It will let you control timbre and pitch levels, as well as adjust other important qualities of the human voice, such as threshold, base pitch, format, etc. With ready-to-use nick-voices, you can mix and match effects and make yourself sound crazy. Its advanced, specialized, voice morphing settings help you produce the most natural sounding output. The app has a huge library of vivid sound and background effects for creating unique audio results.

Use a microphone to record a voice chat conversation, internet radio, or any sound you can hear. Capture online audio streams from various applications. Reduce, add echo or apply robotic effects, in real-time, to make your output voice sound completely different, instantly, even while chatting. Includes a vocal comparator.

AV Voice Changer Software Diamond is a pretty cool application. You can use it to change your voice or any audio file on your PC with added effects and filters. If you have an app like Skype or other VoIP client, you can use it to disguise your voice and prank your friends, or just to add a bit of fun and spice to your calls. With its 50 specialized nick-voices, you can combine them and a number of other settings to produce some unique, never heard before effects that will have you laughing for hours on end

Apps like this can be a lot of fun, but unless you’re a professional voice actor or someone doing some level of professional or semi-professional audio or video production, the novelty may wear off quickly.

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Windows Phone 8 Devices will get Windows Phone 8.1

 

Windows Phone 8 Devices will get Windows Phone 8.1

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I know this made a lot of Windows Phone users happy…

Back in the day of the Palm Pilot and the Compaq iPAQ, getting a ROM upgrade for your device was pretty much a foregone conclusion.  They got update support for about 18 months after they were released. It was really a decent experience, as it made you feel as though you were getting a lot for your money.  Having a company support the devices they release is always a post-sales selling point. While devices were really nothing more than electronic phone and datebooks, the practice has all but ceased.

Today, except for Apple and the iPhone, updates for ANY smartphone are not a foregone conclusion.  Even Google’s Nexus line – the pure Android experience that’s supposed to get updates from Google for at LEAST a year – doesn’t always get them, or get them as long as you might think they should.This usually happens because device makers want you to buy the newest device, if you want the latest OS and/or software updates.  Providing an OS update to an already released device doesn’t provide any additional revenue. Apple does it for the iPhone.  Google does it for (at least the latest) Nexus device.  Every other device maker or provider usually doesn’t.  This includes Microsoft, but thankfully, Windows Phone 8 users just got some welcomed news.

Microsoft announced recently that Windows Phone 8 devices will run Windows Phone 8.1, the next, and Windows Blue version of their smartphone operating system. This wouldn’t be news or even of interest to tech news readers if not for two things:

  1. The trend of device (as well as service) providers to not provide updates in order to push sales of the next generation device, as I noted above.
  2. Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 device owners are still angry over being left out of the Windows Phone 8 upgrade cycle.  Windows Phone 8 was released soon enough after some newer Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices hit the market that many thought an upgrade to Windows Phone 8 was all but a done deal.  When that didn’t happen, not only did it cause a huge uproar with those owners of the newer devices, sales of those devices literally tanked overnight.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any official information on the upgrade itself at this time. Microsoft hasn’t released any yet.  There are a number of rumors floating around about what might be included in the update, including a much desired notification center and digital, virtual assistant code named, “Cortana.” However, Microsoft BUILD is coming up in April of 2014, and more information should be made public at that time.  Stay tuned to Soft32 for additional news and commentary on this as we get closer to BUILD.

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Recover all of the data from your iDevice

With EASEUS MobiSaver – a must have, multiplatform tool.

0024695It totally sucks when your iDevice locks up or dies and you lose your data. If you live in your iPhone, like I do, having something like this around for those times when the world turns upside down is a must have…a must have. That’s where EaseUS MobiSaver comes in. It’s a data recovery utility for your iPhone and Windows machine.

EaseUS MobiSaver is an easy-to-use iPhone data recovery app that allows you to directly scan your iPhone – or extract iTunes backup files – to recover deleted iPhone dat. You can recover notes, text messages, call history, calendar data as well as photos and videos. EaseUS MobiSaver supports iPhone 5, 4S, 4, and 3GS. EaseUS MobiSaver can solve all data loss problems with 3 simple steps. You can preview your lost files, and get all your missing data back in minutes.

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EASEUS MobiSaver has two recovery modes – direct from the device and from iTunes backup. The app lets you scan your device, and with one click to recover data from iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS, New iPad and iPod Touch 4. When recovering data from an iTunes backup, you can extract the files and then send them to your device quickly and painlessly.

EASEUS MobiSaver is a great app. If you’re in a bind where you can’t get regular access to your iDevice or if your iPhone just isn’t doing what you want or need it to do and you MUST get your data off before you wipe it, then this is the app that you need. Its just that simple. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that you MUST have iTunes installed on the PC you use do to the recovery. This is the only fault that I can find with the app, however. So, other than that, this is a total winner of an app.

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East-Tec Eraser 2014

Keep your private information private with this important Windows utility.

eraser2014-200x175Online privacy is becoming a huge issue. With legislators so willing to give it away or to sell it to the highest paying lobbyist, and with so much malware around trying to steal it, its surprising that consumer computing is as popular as it is. If you want to be online, then you need to do something to protect yourself – over and above using a malware scanner. This is why I really like security applications like East-Tech Eraser 2014. This Windows-based security application could just save your bacon, and your private data.

East-Tec Eraser 2014 is a privacy protection app for Windows that helps secure your personal data, and your offline or online privacy by erasing all files that store evidence of your Internet activities. Over and above that, it helps keep your PC clean by deleting unnecessary data stored on your computer with or without your knowledge.

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East-Tec Eraser 2014 can remove your online tracks or internet history. You can delete evidence of the web pages you visited, and pictures you’ve viewed on the Internet. You can remove unwanted cookies, chat room conversations, you can deleted e-mail messages and files, and temporary files. You can even delete the Windows swap file, and clean out the Recycle Bin. The app is a complete file security tool. The best thing about East-Tec Eraser 2014 is that it works with all modern, popular browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.

East-Tec Eraser 2014 works with over 250 other online apps like AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, iTunes, WinAmp, Real Player, VLC Player, Skype, Dropbox, and Roxio. It works with Peer2Peer apps like BearShare, LimeWire, BitComet, and uTorrent. It also works with news readers and email apps like Windows Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Eudora.

East-Tec Eraser 2014 not only works with online enabled apps, but it works with your Windows operating system by wiping temporary and garbage files that get created by it and your other apps. Not only does this app protect your privacy, but it can speed up your PC as well.

The app is easy to use. The interface has GREATLY improved over the last version, and the price, while higher than I personally would like, is very reasonable, especially for what you’re getting. If you’re looking for a drive/OS utility as well as an online privacy protection app, East-Tec Eraser 2014 is a great choice.

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2013 Predictions Scorecard

I made some predictions for 2013 just about a year ago. Let’s take a look and see how I did…

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Nearly every technology website I know of or frequent takes a stab at tech predictions for the New Year.  Some try to be bold. Some stay close to reality.  I tend to lean that way, myself. If I’m going to put myself out there, I’d rather analyze the trends and use that as a basis to make predictions from.  As such, I have been no different over the years. I try to prognosticate around those trends and then put it out there. However, like most of the other sites, I often fail to go back and see how I did.  Did I get it right?  How accurate was I?  Was I even close??

Well, this year, I found LAST year’s predictions and I’m gonna run through them quickly and then grade myself on how well I did. I had 5 predictions last year (6 with a bonus gaze into the crystal ball…) and I’m going to give myself a max of 2 points per prediction depending on how right, or (more likely) how close I was to what actually transpired.  I’m using a 2 point system simply because it’s easier to grade myself that way. I don’t want to make this too complicated.  Let’s dive in and see how things went.

  1. BB10 Fails I get 2 points here. BB10 made its debut and quickly went…nowhere. The OS was so poorly received that it caused a major issue for the company. Blackberry (still RIM to many people at the beginning of 2013) reported a loss of over $4B USD last quarter of the year, as well as a CEO switch. Blackberry’s outlook for 2014 doesn’t look any brighter, either.  They’ve farmed the manufacturing of devices out to FoxConn in China and are instead going to concentrate on the OS. This may prove to be a challenge for Blackberry, as they’ve let a great many of their development staff go.  Retaining current or acquiring new development resources is going to be a challenge for them, as I’m not entirely certain they are a safe bet going forward.
  2. RIM Declines, is Purchased by Dell or Microsoft - I get 1 point here.  The company did tank, and they were nearly purchased; but it wasn’t by either Dell or Microsoft.  Blackberry has decided to focus on their enterprise customer base, but unfortunately, I was right about many enterprise users seeing that Blackberry doesn’t have the exclusive lock on Push that it did back in the day.  As such, enterprise users have a wide variety of choices available to them when it comes to mobile messaging.  I think those customers would be smart to bypass Blackberry and choose one of the other options. Getting in too deep with Blackberry could be problematic at this point. I don’t see them sticking around much longer…
  3.  Microsoft Surface RT Products Don’t Survive 2013 - I am going to give myself 1 point here. Again, I was close, but it didn’t quite happen the way that I thought it would.  Microsoft took a $900M charge in 2013 , fired Ballmer, totally reorged the company and killed the Windows RT brand, in large part due to the issues and problems with Surface and Windows 8.  However, Microsoft, instead of killing the product line and marching on with something else, has decided to respin Surface, and made very quiet, but strategically sound, partnerships with organizations like the NFL and CBS.  If you watched the NFL Wild Card playoff games on CBS, you’ll notice that each NFL analyst had a Microsoft Surface 2/Surface 2 Pro device, with Type Cover, sitting in front of them.  That, along with the strong 2013 Holiday sales that Surface 2/ Surface 2 Pro enjoyed, may just have saved the product line – and Microsoft for that matter – from an early demise.
  4. Windows 8 is Declared a flop - Yeah… unfortunately, I get 2 points here. Windows 8 is a total disaster; and despite the success that Surface 2/ Surface 2 Pro enjoyed over the 2013 Holiday Sales Season, Microsoft has very quietly admitted defeat with Windows 8. They brought back the Start Button, and gave users the ability to boot straight to the desktop; but that wasn’t enough for most users who are too entrenched into the Aero way of life. Microsoft killed the Windows RT brand and has announced that it will bring back the Start Menu (to what degree remains unknown as of this writing) in what is being currently called Windows 8.1 Update 1, sometime in the Spring of 2014.
  5. No Public Jailbreak of iOS 6 will be Released - Yeah… I blew this one. Before I upgraded my iPhone from iOS 6.x, I jail broke it for, like all of 27 seconds. I quickly put it back, because Cydia and its contents are a hot mess, and there really isn’t anything that I could find from the alternative software store that I wanted or felt safe installing on my iDevice.  However, a public jailbreak for iOS 6.x did get released. It took a while; but it happened.
  6. Competition between Apple & Samsung heats up with Revamped Apple TV - I don’t get any extra credit, either. I really thought that Apple would release the iTV, or what ever it would have been called, last year. Unfortunately, I’m leaving this prediction in the past. I don’t see this happening any time soon, as there are a number of content provider issues that must first be ironed out before this hits the market with any real success, and unfortunately, I really just don’t see those deals getting done.

At the end of the day (or year) I scored 6/10, or 60%.  That’s not too bad…its better than some of the other prediction recaps I saw or listened to in the past week or so.  How did you do?  Did you make any tech predictions last year?  Did they come true/were you accurate?  I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments, below. Why not weigh in and tell us how YOU did?

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CES 2014 Coverage on Soft32

The next few days should prove to be interesting…

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This post won’t be very long; but I wanted to let everyone that’s been stuck under a rock know that CES starts this week. The show showcases some of the best and most promising gadgets to come to light for the next few years. It’s probably one of the biggest and best shows still out there.

While the expo floor isn’t open to the public yet, and I unfortunately wasn’t able to make arrangements to physically attend, I will do my best to cover some of the coolest and most interesting devices. Some of the hotter topics include smart TV’s, wearables, 4K TV’s, and streaming hardware and services as well as smartphones, accessories, computers and the like.

I really haven’t paid much attention to too many rumors up to this point. Until something either shows up or misses CES, I planned on pretty much ignoring it. Now with the show set to really open up to the world tomorrow, you can bet that I’ll be looking at a great deal and will have some exclusive content for Soft32.com in the coming days and weeks. This year promises to be very interesting.

So sit back and relax. I should have something set to post in the next few days or so. In the meantime, I’d really love to hear what topics, products, services, etc. you’re looking forward to seeing covered and detailed at CES. Why not join us in the comments below and tell everyone what you think the hot product trends will be for 2014?

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