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CES 2008 Utility Software

The CES show gets bigger each year and the 2008 International CES was no exception. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands/Venetian and the Hilton hotel. www.CESweb.org

Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 1 - Computers
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 2 - Utility Software
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 3 - Accessories - Backpacks and Laptop bags     Printers     LCD Monitors     TV Cards
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 4 - Digital Cameras - Digital Cameras and Camcorders, Storage for them, and Digital Image Frames
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 5 - Projectors 
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 6 - Storage  - Solid State Drives 
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 7 - Security Products 

By Terry Currier

ArcSoft  www.arcsoft.com
BD Magic is an optional Blu-ray player feature that adds both a network content delivery channel and a powerful on-screen personal media library. Featured players receive updated Blu-ray trailers, Blu-ray sample scenes, and exclusive high-definition content direct to the Blu-ray player. Works with both Blu-ray discs and consumers’ existing DVD and CD libraries. It accesses a Gracenote™-powered database of 50,000 DVDs and 3.6 million CDs worldwide to make recommendations and promote new related content.
ArcSoft® TotalMedia Extreme includes:

ArcSoft Print Creations™ Applications Suite: This print-project software provides users with professionally-designed templates for creating greeting cards, calendars, etc. by adding their photos and text. Projects can be printed at home or online, or shared electronically.
ArcSoft PhotoStudio Darkroom: This application focuses on non-destructive image processing for RAW, JPEG and TIFF image files. It offers professionals and hobbyists a complete set of enhancement tools and export options inside a thoughtfully-designed user interface. Smart Restart

Centurion Technologies  www.smart-restart.com
Smart Restart provides security for a computer by blocking all access to a computer's critical system files while at the same time permitting full functionality of the user's personal profile.  When protection is enabled, all changes made to the system's hard drive configuration are wiped clean by simply restarting the computer. After installing in onto the computer if you have a virus or malware activating the program and restarting the computer puts it back to the time when it was installed. Cost is $39.99

CMS Products  www.cmsproducts.com
BounceBack Professional Version 8.0 was announced. Several new features have enhanced the program: CMS Backup

 BounceBack Professional software allows two ways to restore a hard drive "crash." Following a hard drive failure, users may choose to simply replace the computer's failed drive with the backup hard drive, or choose to restore their system, applications and data using the CMS Products BounceBack Rescue Disk.

CyberDefender  www.cyberdefender.com CyberDefender Complete
CyberDefender’s safeSEARCH Toolbar v2.0 BETA is a free browser plug-in that offers an improved search experience while protecting personal information and ensuring privacy. This latest version gives users the ability to preview website security rating and user ratings before entering a selected website. Available for download at http://beta.cyberdefender.com.
In addition it provides instant access to critical site details such as site owner, host country, IP address for the site, contact information, popularity ratings, affiliated websites, and a brief site description to help users make an informed decision before entering a potentially unsafe website. It also helps users clearly distinguish between safe and dangerous websites within search results from Google, MSN, Yahoo and AOL, among other search portals. Each time users search via their favorite search engine, safeSEARCH v2.0 displays a useful website rating icon within the search results. When users mouse over the icon, safeSEARCH displays a brief rating breakdown and navigates them to more detailed information about the website.
This puts users in control of their surfing experience giving them access to website reviews from other CyberDefender users, ability to post their own reviews, warn others of questionable sites or share info and ratings on trustworthy websites. It alerts you of suspicious activity in real time, before you become a victim of identity theft and potential fraud, including removing saved password data and educating users about cookies and IP tracking, among other safety features.

CyberLink   www.cyberlink.com
TV Enhance a TV-on-PC Solution, integrates seamlessly with CyberLink PowerCinema, a multifunction media entertainment center and Windows Media Center. Consumers have a complete, end-to-end platform for subscribing to premium TV services including Satellite, Terrestrial, and Cable. TV functions such as live reception of broadcast channels, EPGs is supported as well as major free-to-air TV signals including DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-S/S2, and ATSC.
CyberLink Live allows for placeshifting solution of live TV shows. With a TV tuner card installed on the home PC, users can remotely access live TV programs with time-shift playback directly from any web-enabled device outside the home. Free download.
PowerCinema Mobile is their TV-on-the-Go Solution, designed for handheld devices. Developed to run on the Windows® Mobile operating system, it consists of five major entertainment modules: digital TV, FM radio, music, videos, and photos. Multiple TV signals are supported including DVB-T, DVB-H, DVB-TH, T-DMB and DAB.

Data Drive Thru  www.thetornado.com
Providing a seamless solution to the challenge of transferring files from one computer to another, regardless of whether either machine is a PC or a Mac, Data Drive Thru introduced  iTornado™. The device is the ultimate accessory for those replacing old computers, or switching between operating systems from Windows to Mac or Mac to Windows, that need to move their files of all types, including documents, music and pictures to their new Mac or PC.  iTornado is a file transfer micro computer that connects to two computers in a matter of seconds simply by plugging the retractable USB cables into the USB ports of each computer without the need to load any software.
When connected to the USB ports of two computers it immediately initiates a peer-to-peer network via its patented No Software To Load™, or NSTL Technology™, which auto-loads and auto-runs the software and drivers needed to move the data bi-directionally from one computer to another via a user-friendly split-screen display that within seconds appears on the monitor of both machines showing the contents of each machine. From this interface, files can be dragged and dropped from one machine to another at speeds of up to 25 Mb/sec. It will retail for $79.95 and start shipping in March 2008. Comes with a separate bonus copy of PC Eraser that can clean files from Windows based PC computers to US Government Department of Defense standards allowing consumers to dispose of or donate their old computer free of the fear of their personal files falling into the hands of identity thieves.
Data Drive Thru also introduced PC Armor, a suite of intelligent security software. It  does what AntiVirus programs can't, it stops malware and viruses from infecting your PC without having to know about the problem executable in advance. Monitoring all programs and activities at the PC kernel level, and paralyzes any activity or behavior that might compromise the security of your PC. The suite also includes RG Crawler™ and RG Guard which act as a first layer of defense against known bad executables that attack through the Web. It will retail for $19.95 for a one year subscription. It will be available toward the end of the first quarter of 2008.

Diskeeper  www.diskeeper.com  Diskeeper 2008
Built for speed Diskeeper® 2008 is the most automated performance enhancement defragmenter ever built. New features include the ability to defrag in the most extreme levels of low free space or the highest levels of crippling file fragmentation. Intelligent defrag dynamically chooses which software engine will net the most performance gains on a given system or environment. This is all done completely transparently, in real time, tapping the full power of otherwise unused idle resources with a highly advanced background processing technology called, InvisiTasking™.
With InvisiTasking defragmentation operations now take place “on the fly”, in real time, as fragmentation occurs. This means no performance degradation is ever caused by fragmentation related build-up—giving the user a constant maximum in speed and reliability at all times. I-FAAST 2.0 (Intelligent File Access Acceleration Sequencing Technology) automatically boosts access speeds for your most frequently used files (by 10% – 80%).

FranklinCovey  www.franklincovey.com
Developed jointly by FranklinCovey and COMPLETExRM, PlanPlus Online is a secure Web-based application that provides planning, sales management, customer relationship management (CRM), team collaboration and process management for small and medium-sized businesses via the Internet. Its familiar “planner-like” interface is based on FranklinCovey's renowned planning and time management methodology. The application offers team calendaring and scheduling and an integrated contact manager that easily tracks all important client information, sales opportunities and activities through a customizable sales process. Key features include:

Suggested retail price for PlanPlus Online is $25 per month. A one-month introductory subscription is available for $9.95..

Grisoft  www.grisoft.com
AVG 8.0 due out in March 2008 offers a completely new multi-threaded scanning engine that combines anti-virus and anti-spyware while retaining the product’s signature small footprint and scanning efficiency. Additional protection is provided in the form of safe searching and safe surfing protection acquired through the recent purchase of Exploit Prevention Labs, rootkit detection, basic security for MSN and ICQ instant messaging, and detection of malware-infected files on websites.iolo System Mechanic

iolo  www.iolo.com
Demonstrated a updated System Mechanic at ShowStoppers. It automatically checks, diagnoses and repairs the entire system, fixing errors and slowdowns and cleaning out clutter – so PCs operate smoothly, reliably, and up to 300% faster.  The new update for 2008 features a radically redesigned interface, with a more intuitive, ergonomic layout; as well as more robust system tune-up, repair, and maintenance options. In addition, this new version offers key upgrades, including a disk defragmentation tool which can defrag drives up to 70% faster than before, and up to thirty times faster than the standard Windows defragmenter.

Laplink  www.laplink.com
PCmover helps you choose which applications and folders you’d like moved over to your new PC. It can move all programs, files and settings in one easy step. Choose connection: from USB cables, Windows Easy Transfer cable, parallel cables, removable media or a wired / wireless network to do the transfer. They include a simple wizard to set up the move. “Undo” Feature: Quickly reverse a migration at any time with PCmover’s easy ‘undo’ feature.
With PCsync you control your remote PC just as if you were sitting in front of it. You can even remotely control a PC from any Mac, Windows, or Linux-based computer. Connect through firewalls automatically, print remote documents to a local printer. Access remote PC files, email, PIM data, and Internet favorites from any computer or handheld device. Download remote files to your handheld or forward them securely to other people. All data transfers are kept secure with 128-bit SSL encryption, and all traces of your remote access session are erased when you log out.

Memeo  www.memeo.com
Their LifeAgent makes Windows makes backups easier - NEW Right click on files or folders to add to a backup plan. With Back In Time – Users can restore deleted files from within Windows Explorer. A 30 day trial version is available.  $49.95Memeo Autoebackup Screen

SmartTags™- NEW Backup files based on file tags (photos tagged with “birthday” are automatically backed up). Other Features include:

Motionbox  www.motionbox.com
Introduced a new premium service that delivers a complete, secure solution for uploading, storing and sharing precious video memories. Also introduced TV-quality iPod downloads and new video flipbooks for sale, called Motionbooks.Motionbox screen
Their free service, launched in 2006 let users store, share and consume their personal video by combining the power of cutting edge online video tools with a simple and easy to use web interface. Motionbox made it possible to move video onto the web quickly and easily, to create mini-home movies without any complicated editing software and to share those videos with family and friends.
For $30/year, Premium Members will be able to enjoy all the benefits of the free service and gain the ability to safely store and manage their entire video library with unlimited uploads and capacity. The premium service also enables TV-quality downloads that can be transferred and viewed on portable devices such as iPods.  
Users are able to select a video from their video folder and simply highlight a 15 second clip from the frame selector. Each frame from this clip is printed in high-quality images and exported into a 3.5” x 2” Motionbook with four-color cover art and personalized titles, for a cost of only $8.99 each.  

Nero  www.nero.com 
Nero 8 allows users to author and playback HD-DVD content; play and stream digital media through their digital home; rip, burn and back-up discs faster and easier, and more. Specific Windows Vista-optimized enhancements to Nero 8 include:

This update also includes play back of Mini HD DVD-Video discs, and burning of HD DVD-Video onto DVD-R/RW media. Smart Encoding, a feature that detects compliant incoming data formats from AVCHD camcorders, avoids time-consuming re-encoding by skipping the recoding step for AVCHD content when the destination format is also AVCHD. Advancements in the home entertainment features offer even more flexibility by letting users fast forward, and pause content streamed throughout the digital home via Nero’s home media server application.
The BDMV features, as well as play back of Mini HD DVD-Video discs, are available with the Blu-ray / HD DVD Plug-in for users which can be purchased via the Nero Online Shop. Current users of the Plug-in simply need to update to enjoy these new capabilities.

NTI  www.NTIus.com
NewTech Infosystems, Inc. (NTI) announced today that it is shipping the latest versions of its Windows®-based software solutions with Blu-ray disc (BD) support. NTI’s BD products range from easy-to-use applications for creating, managing, and burning data, audio, photos, and videos to advanced backup and restore software applications.
NTI Media Maker™ 8 is an all-in-one digital creativity suite solution for capturing, creating, protecting, burning, and sharing data, audio, photos, and videos. Equipped with NTI’s EasySteps® user interface, it provides out-of-the-box support to create data Blu-ray discs. Suggested retail price of US$80.NTI - Nija
NTI Ninja™ is a data security solution for users and manufacturers of USB Flash and other external USB drives. In addition to the user-adjustable partitioning, anti-tamper encryption and password protection, the new version has been enhanced with a new level of convenience. Users can now access the secured data stored on their private partition from any PC, anywhere - there is no need to pre-install Ninja on the PC to access the users' private data. It uses 128-bit driver-level encryption technology to create a private partition on the USB device. The user simply enters a desired size for the public partition and Ninja will automatically set the size of the private partition based on the total capacity of the USB device. After entering a password and a password hint, the user only needs to click Start and their new Ninja device will be created in a snap. With this approach, users can easily access and share commonly used data on the public partition while simultaneously hiding and restricting access to confidential data on the private partition. Designed for PCs running Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™, it has an MSRP of US$25.
NTI - Shadow 3NTI Shadow 3 enables automatic, continuous back up of photo, music, data, and video files to virtually any attached storage device. For Windows 2000 / XP / Vista and  Mac OS X. Not only does Shadow 3 allow users to automatically copy files from their PCs to various devices in real time, but it also preserves the files in their native format - meaning no additional software is necessary to restore files. It 3 works transparently in the background without disturbing you while you work, and does not take up important system resources.
FileCD™ 3.0 is a full-featured packet writing utility for copying your data files to CD/RW or DVD/RW discs for transfer or archival purposes. The familiar Windows interface makes copying your data files as easy as pointing and clicking a mouse. Simply drag and drop any file/folder from your source hard disk to the FileCD window or simply right mouse click the file/folder and use the "Send To" option to select FileCD and in minutes you will have a disc containing your important data files.  NTI - Backup
NTI Backup Now® 5 delivers email, profile and remote-online backup/recovery features, hard drive spanning capabilities, and support for virtually all media formats. Also provides easy image backup and disaster recovery to protect operating systems, applications, and files. It can create a complete image of data stored on the hard drive to simplify complete recoveries. Suggested retail prices range from US$50 for the Standard Edition and US$70 for the Shadow and Image Editions to US$100 for the Advanced Edition.
Features included in all editions range from file-level backups, 128/256-bit data encryption and password protection to email notification and migration. Unattended backups (full, incremental or differential) can be quickly set up using the easy-to-use scheduler. And, with the File Exclude / Include features, users can bypass or select specific file types from multiple folders for backup. Backup jobs can also be appended or overwritten.
Email and Profile Backup/Recovery tools are also included to enable users to archive their important emails and critical data files as well as their current Windows configuration for their desktop layout, regional settings, bookmarks and more. This gives them the flexibility to quickly recover individual files that have been lost or restore the entire system to its backed-up state.

Paragon Software  www.paragon-software.com Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager
Announced the release of Hard Disk Manager 2008 Suite – all of the tools that every consumer needs to completely manage their home or office computers. This new version of Hard Disk Manager provides complete backup and restore, defragmenting, disk copy, secure erasure tools and more. Features include:

The Suite will be available direct from Paragon Software’s website for $49.95.

Pinnacle Systems  www.pinnaclesys.com Videospin
Pinnacle Systems, is offering a free program called VideoSpin™ specifically designed to make video editing and sharing fast, easy and fun. This is a complete package, not just a trial version, absolutely free. You can get the free download from www.videospin.com. With it you can create entertaining movies in minutes simply by dragging and dropping videos, pictures, and music from the PC's hard drive onto the timeline and adding a few transitions, and titles if they wish. There is a preview feature so users can check their movies after each change or they can wait until just prior to clicking on the "Make Movie" button. When the video is complete, it can be output in a common video format such as AVI, MPEG, RealVideo® or Windows® Media for viewing and sharing on a PC or a portable media device. Videos can also be attached to an e-mail or uploaded directly to popular Web sites like YouTube™ or Yahoo! Video™. Designed for Windows XP with SP2, or Vista™ systems. Comes with a 15-day trial of its Advanced Codec Pack to enable users to create and edit MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX® files and to share videos on devices like the Apple iPod® Video. Users can purchase the pack for $14.99 or continue using VideoSpin without these features when the trial is over.

Siber Systems  www.goodsync.com GoodSync
Announced GoodSync Version 6.7 as the latest iteration of the top-rated backup and synchronization product for personal computers. Version 6.7 now offers support for Web-based transfers via FTP or WebDAV protocols, making it easy to upload and maintain copies of files at distant locations for the ultimate in disaster protection. FTP uses the Internet's TCP/IP protocols for fast data transfer, while WebDAV, an extension to the HTTP protocol, allows users to collaborate on, and even alter, files via the Web.    GoodSync supports backups to multiple devices and features both one-way and bi-directional synchronization making it easy to update the user's most recent information. Real-time action monitoring, an easy-to-understand tree-based interface, and automatic settings. Free for personal use; a professional version of the product can be purchased for $19.95 (USD), with Enterprise and OEM pricing available.

Smith Micro  www.smithmicro.com
Revue Media management for your Windows Mobile® Smartphone or PDA. Smith Micro Revue

Smith Micro RecoverStuffIt Deluxe® 11, provides powerful tools that help you Zip, access, share and protect all your personal information. Now compress JPEG photos by up to 30% with absolutely no loss in quality. Compress documents from within Microsoft Office using StuffIt’s latest plug-ins, with special optimization for PowerPoint 2007 presentations. Easily archive your files and transfer them automatically over email or FTP, or even burn them to CD or DVD directly from StuffIt. Multi-core optimization means faster compression and access to your files than ever before.
MediaRECOVER is the must-have solution to accidentally deleted files or corrupted media. It will recover images, including RAW Image files, email files, documents, and database files (mdx, prm.) It will also help you repair many corrupt files that are unusable.
Morpheus Photo Morpher™ is fun and easy-to-use. Transform your old photos into cool new animations that your friends and family will enjoy.

Sunbelt Software  www.sunbeltsoftware.com
iHateSpamReleased a major upgrade of its antispam software, iHateSpam. The new version 5.0 adds a completely new antispam engine that delivers comprehensive antispam and antiphishing protection for Microsoft Outlook along with user interface enhancements that make the product easier to install with no configuration required.
iHateSpam is an add-on component that integrates spam and fraud-blocking features into the Outlook email client, giving users the power to filter email so that only legitimate email messages are received. Because it is able to quickly respond to changes in spammer techniques, the majority of existing and new spam attacks are blocked while also minimizing the blocking of legitimate email.
A 30-day trial version is available on Sunbelt Software's website. Purchase price is $19.95 and includes one year of free spam updates, renewals are available for $9.98.

 


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