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Word for iOS 1.14, Excel for iOS 1.14 and PowerPoint for iOS 1.14 add more new features
October 12, 2015 – 06:43 | No Comment

Microsoft has released new versions for the three core apps in its iPad and iPhone Office suite. Word for iOS 1.14, Excel for iOS 1.14, and PowerPoint for iOS 1.14 all gain minor improvements and …

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AKVIS Draw converts digital images to gorgeous pencil drawings
October 13, 2015 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AKVIS DrawAKVIS has shipped AKVIS Draw 3.0 ($49-), its powerful digital image > pencil drawing converter, with an enhanced ability to create both color and black and white sketches.

The new release also delivers improved contours and more control over line strokes and thickness.

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RunAsTool: easily run apps as another user
October 13, 2015 – 05:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RunAsToolLogging in to a PC as a standard user is great for security, but not so convenient if you regularly have to run programs which need admin rights.

RunAsTool is a portable tool which makes it quick and easy to launch applications with the rights they need.

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Manage advanced Firefox security settings with ConfigFox
October 12, 2015 – 01:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ConfigFoxFirefox is a supremely configurable browser with an array of useful settings, but many are so deeply buried in about:config that you may never even realise they exist.

ConfigFox is a free portable tool for Windows which makes it easier to view and manage Firefox’s more advanced privacy and security-related options.

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View and manage your Office add-ins with OfficeIns
October 10, 2015 – 07:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OfficeInsEvery time you run a Microsoft Office application it’ll also launch a host of add-ins, which are often almost entirely useless – and you might not even know you’ve installed.

These extensions can be viewed and managed from within each Office app, but if you’d just like a quick overview then it’s much easier to use NirSoft’s classic OfficeIns.

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Hide data inside JPGs with Free File Camouflage
October 9, 2015 – 05:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

File File CamouflageImage steganography is a clever technique for hiding files inside JPEGs, so that the contents appear unchanged, but anyone who knows the secret can easily extract its contents.

Free File Camouflage isn’t so clever – in fact, it uses the most basic approach we’ve ever seen – but there are still a few reasons why you might want to give it a try.

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How to kill a Windows process
October 8, 2015 – 06:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Close ProcessIf you’ve finished with some Windows application then you’ll probably get rid of it by pressing Alt+F+X, clicking the top-right Close button, or following some other documented route.

This is generally the safest approach, too, as it gives the program an opportunity to close down properly, save important data, delete temporary files and generally clean up.

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YouTube Kids is a friendly, safe(ish) video browser
October 7, 2015 – 04:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YouTube KidsYouTube can be a great resource for young children, but there’s also a vast amount of adult content that you probably won’t want them to see.

The regular YouTube app and even the website can place some limits on what you access (Manage Subscriptions > Restricted Mode > On), but if that’s not enough then you might like to try Google’s official YouTube Kids app for Android.

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Easily transcribe media files with Listen N Write
October 6, 2015 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Listen N WriteIf you need to transcribe a media file then you could just open it, click Play, launch Notepad and start typing.

That’ll work well, too, for about five seconds, until you have to start hitting Play/ Pause, stepping backwards or forwards, and generally spending more time switching between the apps than transcribing.

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How to move or resize windows with the keyboard
October 5, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

altspcIt’s easy enough to size or position windows with the mouse, but keyboard shortcuts can be quicker and more convenient.

On Windows 7 and later, pressing Win+Left or Win+Right snaps the current window to the left or right half of the screen.

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Cleanly remove software with Bulk Crap Uninstaller
October 5, 2015 – 06:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bulk Crap UninstallerWhen we first looked at Bulk Crap Uninstaller (BCU) back in April, it was a simple free tool which did little more than uninstall multiple Windows programs in one operation.

Intensive development means that’s all changed, though, and BCU is now a very capable manager and uninstaller for all your Windows software.

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Is your Android device secure? Ask OPSWAT Gears
October 2, 2015 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OPSWAT GearsBack in February we checked out OPSWAT Gears, an interesting free tool for checking the security of PCs and Macs.

We had some reservations, but the package did a good job of identifying security issues on our test PCs, and a new Gears Android app brings some of the same features to your mobile devices.

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