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Acronis True Image Next Generation brings anti-ransomware, blockchain-based features
January 18, 2017 – 12:52 | No Comment

Acronis has unveiled Acronis True Image Next Generation, a new premium subscription option for Acronis True Image 2017.
The product debuts Acronis Active Protection on the Windows edition. It’s a real-time behavioural monitoring system which looks …

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How to set the Windows 10 lock screen photo as your wallpaper
January 21, 2017 – 09:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

lsr.200.175The Windows 10 Lock Screen offers an ever-changing display of top quality photos, but if you decide you like one in particular, there’s no easy way to keep it around.

Lock Screen Reflection is a tiny Windows 10 tool which can help fix this by automatically setting the current lock screen image as your desktop wallpaper.

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Bypass annoying “Error 404” web pages with WayBack Machine for Chrome
January 20, 2017 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WayBack MachineYou’re busy online, browsing your way through some old web site, when you find a critical link, click it, and: Error 404 – Not Found. Annoying, isn’t it?

WayBack Machine is a free Chrome extension which detects HTTP 404 and other “missing page” error codes, checks to see if an archived copy is available at the WayBack machine and offers you a “click here to see the archived version” link.

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MComix is an easy-to-use cross-platform comic viewer
January 19, 2017 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MComixMComix is a configurable, cross-platform comic and image viewer.

The open-source program is a fork of the old Comix project, and has been under development since 2010.

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Create stylish product mockups with Mockuuups Studio
January 18, 2017 – 06:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Mockuuups StudioMockuuups Studio is a simple tool which makes it easy to create professional product mockups.

These are photos where your design appears on a phone, tablet, watch or other device, sometimes as it’s apparently being used.

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Screeny is a versatile desktop capture tool
January 17, 2017 – 05:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenyScreeny is a comprehensive free-for-personal-use screen capture tool for Windows.

It’s a competitive market and there are a host of free screenshot and desktop recorders around, but Screeny manages to stand out anyway with its sheer weight of features.

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Steam Cleaner wipes junk files from Steam, Origin, UPlay, GoG
January 16, 2017 – 05:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Steam CleanerSteam Cleaner is a portable tool for removing junk game files left behind by Steam, Origin, Uplay and GoG.

The program is as simple as this kind of application can be. It’s a single executable, no installation required, no settings to think about, not even a “Scan” button– just launch it and within a second or two you’ll see a list of any game leftovers.

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Hide files in images with BMP Wrap
January 14, 2017 – 03:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BMP WrapBMP Wrap is a free tool which can temporarily convert any file into a valid BMP image, and restore the original file later.

This is a familiar idea, but BMP Wrap does have one or two features that make it stand out. In particular, as a single 20KB executable, it’s probably the smallest steganography application we’ve ever seen.

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Avast launches AVG 2017 range
January 12, 2017 – 09:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AVGIt’s less than 120 days since Avast acquired AVG, but the company has just released the first results in the 2017 editions of AVG AntiVirus FREE, AVG Internet Security and AVG TuneUp.

FREE users will benefit immediately with speedy “Pushed Priority Updates”, ensuring they get the same immediate protection as users of the commercial products.

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View and manage Windows permissions with SetACL Studio
January 12, 2017 – 07:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SetACL StudioSetACL Studio is an industrial-strength free tool for managing all your Windows security permissions: files, folders, registry keys, printers, drives, network shares, services and more.

The program is aimed at sysadmins and other Windows experts, but you don’t have to know about DACLs to find it useful: there’s something here for everyone.

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CSearcher is a fast, portable desktop search tool
January 11, 2017 – 10:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CSearcherCSearcher is a speedy portable search tool with a wide range of search options and features.

Basic operations are simple and straightforward. Type all or part of the file or folder names to search (this is plain text, not regular expressions), specify a starting folder, press Enter and wait for the results. That won’t take long– it’s super-fast.

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Get easy wifi discovery and surveying with NetSpot
January 10, 2017 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetSpotNetSpot is a free tool for discovering local wireless devices and creating colour-coded heatmaps.

Launch the program and it immediately detects all your local wifi devices, displaying their details in a table: SSID, BSSOD, Signal (current/ min/ max/ average), band, level, width, vendor, security, mode, and when it was last seen.

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