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Rip DVDs and convert videos for your mobile device [DOWNLOAD DIGEST]

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Besides ripping DVD video, with this little but powerful program you can backup your audio CD into MP3 format, rip CD into APE files, OGG or WAV audio file formats. DiscRipper will also automatically fetch all CD tracks information from CDDB internet database; grab album covers and even lyrics for all your songs.
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Meta-iPod, the iTunes Cleaner is an all-in-one iTunes manager program. Compare your tracks to the originals to see if your tracks are mis-labeled. Transfer tracks from your iPod into iTunes while keeping your ratings and play counts.

The VSO Image Resizer software organizes your photos by changing their resolution or moving them within your hard drive. VSO Image Resizer is the perfect tool for those who store their digital pictures and images on their PC and who want to resize, compress, convert, create copies, create thumbnails, and import or organize photos.

A powerful contacts and information management tool designed on the world-class FileMaker Pro runtime platform (but you don't need FileMaker Pro to run this software). It includes unlimited storage of virtually any visual and auditory info type.

Displays the screen of remote computer via LAN or Internet. Allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control another computer remotely.

A native application for the iPhone or iPod Touch powered by Flixster that allows you to find show times, watch trailers, and get maps to your local theaters. It can also show you the popular movies of the week, as well as upcoming movies to get excited about.

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Top 10 Android apps; Worst passwords ever; Firefox 3.6 review [WEEK IN REVIEW]

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Analysis based on 32 million passwords from last month's server breach, shows that millions of people continue using weak passwords. by Dancho Danchev

SmartPlanet: NASA on Wednesday said that it is working on a personal flying suit and stealth plane concept called "Puffin." by Andrew Nusca

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The panic over this month's wave of targeted, zero-day attacks against Internet Explorer is over. Microsoft has released an emergency security update that patches the underlying vulnerabilities, and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. But what does this episode say about Internet Explorer? Is it inherently unsafe?

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I've had Firefox 3.6 installed on my system for a few hours now and I've been putting it through its paces, I'm ready to give you my thoughts and feelings on this new release. by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
The Android Market is teeming with apps that can make your life easier in countless ways. These 10 are among the best. by Larry Dignan
Ever since the information superhighway has existed, web developers have tried to build the perfect roadmaps for people to find compelling content. Yahoo started it, Google copied them, but there hasn't been any true visions of a web directory in a long time.
Microsoft warns that a malicious hacker could exploit this vulnerability to run arbitrary code in kernel mode. by Ryan Naraine
With other more versatile MID platforms on the horizon, such as the Apple Tablet and new form factor Android devices, is Amazon two years too late with their Kindle Development Kit? by Jason Perlow
It's no secret that 3D TV was a big theme at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Electronics companies are banking on 3D to sell the next wave of flat-panel TVs starting this holiday season.
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Trendy geolocation app Foursquare lets you know where your friends are and compete to be "mayor" of locations in your neighborhood. Now it's available for RIM BlackBerry. by Andrew Nusca
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At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage and highlights some of the key devices and technologies the company will be launching in the coming year. He demos a new slate PC from HP running Windows 7 as well as some new Windows Mobile phones. Robbie Bach, the company's p...

At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."

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