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Skype for iOS 6.0 and Skype for Android 6.0 released, unveil intuitive new features and design
September 4, 2015 – 03:59 | No Comment

Microsoft has rolled out a major refresh of its Skype mobile apps with the release of Skype for iPhone 6.0, Skype for iPad 6.0 and Skype for Android 6.0.
All three apps come with a redesign …

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Spybot Anti-Beacon quickly closes Windows 10 privacy holes
September 4, 2015 – 11:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Spybot Anti-BeaconSpybot developer Safer Networking has released Spybot Anti-Beacon, a portable free tool which makes it easy to disable a host of Windows 10 tracking technologies.

Just launching the program displays the current status of 10 “problem” areas: Telemetry Hosts/ Services/ Group Policy, Consumer Experience Improvement Program Group Policy/ Scheduled Tasks, Application Impact Telemetry, Steps Recorder, WiFi Sense, “Apps use advertising ID” and P2P Windows Updates.

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8GadgetPack brings gadgets back to the Windows 10 desktop
September 4, 2015 – 08:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

8GadgetPackWindows gadgets made their first appearance in Vista as a convenient way to install tiny desktop tools like clocks, system monitors or weather applets.

The technology was retired in 2012 due to security vulnerabilities, but these days any danger is minimal, and if you were a fan then 8GadgetPack provides an easy way to run 50+ gadgets on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 PCs.

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View, search, edit, repair and convert CSV files with CSVed
September 3, 2015 – 11:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CSVedDownload a large dataset from just about anywhere and there’s a good chance it’ll available as a CSV file, which you can then open in just about any spreadsheet or database.

And if you don’t have access to any heavy-duty data processing packages right now, you could always try CSVed, a tiny free Windows tool for browsing, editing and generally processing CSV files.

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Start10 brings the Windows 7 Start menu back to Windows 10
September 3, 2015 – 08:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Start10Windows 10 may have restored the Start menu, but its Windows 8-style redesign isn’t too everyone’s taste.

If you’re not happy with the new look then Stardock’s Start10 ($4.99) gives you some stylish and configurable alternatives.

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The world’s most efficient PNG file?
September 2, 2015 – 15:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ZIPYou probably already know that PNG is a great lossless compression format, but have you ever wondered just how efficient it can be?

Developer David Fifield decided to find out, and the results are impressive: a 420-byte bzip2 file, which decompresses to a 5.8MB PNG, and holds a 225,000 x 225,000 pixel image.

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“Send To Toys” updated for Windows 10
September 1, 2015 – 04:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Send To ToysAfter years with no activity at all, Gabriele Ponti’s classic Explorer extension Send To Toys has been updated to version 2.71 with improved installation, various bug fixes and Windows 10 compatibility.

That’s good news, as it’s still a time-saving tool, extending the right-click Send To menu with options to copy a file’s contents to the clipboard, open them in the command prompt, enter their name in the Run box, copy or move them, send them via email, and more.

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Document your desktop activity with StepsToReproduce
August 31, 2015 – 07:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StepsToReproduceWhether you’re asking for help with a PC problem, or trying to explain a point to someone else, it’s often important to clearly document a series of steps.

StepsToReproduce is a free application for Windows Vista+ which makes it easy to record, annotate and share a sequence of screenshots.

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How to view the source of Chrome extensions
August 29, 2015 – 07:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Chrome Extension Source ViewerYou’ve found a great new Chrome extension. Installing it only takes a click, but if you’re not quite sure what it’s doing, whether it’s safe, you might want to take a look at its source code, first.

Chrome Extension Source Viewer (CSEV) is a free extension which makes it easy to inspect the innards of other Chrome add-ons.

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Mixmax upgrades Gmail with email tracking, previews, surveys, more
August 28, 2015 – 06:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MixmaxMixmax is a free Chrome extension which upgrades Gmail with a host of useful extras.

You get instant visual previews for YouTube videos, Google Maps, Twitter timelines, Pinterest pins, and other links and attachments.

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Easiest malware removal trick. Ever.
August 27, 2015 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Antimalware tricksRemoving malware is often a complex and time-consuming task, even for security experts. But as Bitdefender has reported, sometimes, just occasionally, the most effective technique can be extremely simple.

Like, turn your PC off, and on again.

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Insert special characters into any document with WinCompose
August 27, 2015 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WinComposeNumbers, letters, basic symbols and punctuation – your keyboard covers all the typing basics. But what if you need to enter accented characters, math symbols, superscripts, or anything else a little less standard?

WinCompose is an open source tool for Windows which can insert special characters and symbols into just about any document or application.

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