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CyberLink PowerDirector 6

PowerDirector 6’s powerful features are handcuffed by a mildly frustrating interface. Unfortunately, the app just won’t let you easily tweak things, which is strange because the product seems aimed at pleasing the button-mashers.

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Falcon Northwest Mach V

It’s no secret that we’ve had nothing but headaches with overclocked
quad-core Intel systems this year. The cause of the problems—be it
heat, over-overclocking, or other—doesn’t really matter. Frankly, we
don’t care. These systems are being sold to consumers who don’t want to
know the shape of the piston heads in their engines—they just want to
be slapped back into the seat when they step on the gas.

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ScreenTek

You've been wating for someone to show you how to use something like the ScreenTekLaptop Screen Replacement.

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Verbatim 12GB Store

Team Flash can’t compete with Team Magnetic on desktop computers, but the flash guys may have finally found a competitor it can conquer.

Unfortunately for Verbatim, its new 12GB micro-drive USB thumb drive is the victim. The Store ’n’ Go USB HD Drive uses Cornice’s Dragon-2 12GB miniature hard drive. This sixth-gen drive features lower power consumption, a 40 percent smaller size, and a 300 percent capacity increase. It also features a motion sensor, so it won’t die if you drop it while it’s running.

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PixRecovery 1.0

You should have known it was a bad static-electricity day when balloons stuck to your clothes and your socks clung together as if they were made of Velcro. But you decided to pull the memory card out of your digital camera anyway, didn’t you?

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Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Plus

We weren’t kind when we reviewed Pinnacle’s Studio 10 in our April 2006 issue. It was buggy and unstable, and we couldn’t fully install it on our Athlon 64­–based machine.

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Preventing “Oh Crap!” moments

When "it" hits the fan, there are a few tricks you can use to troubleshoot just about any computer situation.