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1Password 4.5 for iOS complete rebuild, 1Password 4.3 for Mac improves mini tool, sync and export
April 23, 2014 – 08:44 | No Comment

AgileBits Inc has released 1Password for iOS 4.5, a major rewrite of its password management tool for iPhone and iPad. The release is accompanied by a less radical, but still relatively major, upgrade to the …

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SX Antivirus Kit bundles all SecurityXploded virus-hunting tools
April 23, 2014 – 05:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SecurityXPloded has announced the release of SX Antivirus Kit, a collection of its system checking and malware detection tools.

Despite the name, there’s no antivirus engine here, nothing to directly detect and remove threats. The 14 bundled programs are more focused on manual detection, helping you spot any signs of malware on your PC.

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NirSoft releases Wifi Collector – for Android?
April 22, 2014 – 06:03 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NirSoft has announced the release of Wifi Collector, its first Android app.

Yes: Android. NirSoft’s Nir Sofer may be best known as a prolific developer of Windows utilities, but he’s now decided to branch out into the mobile world.

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Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView
April 21, 2014 – 09:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Prefetching is an excellent Windows technology which records the files loaded when an application starts, helping the system to optimise its launch time in future.

Normally this all happens entirely in the background. But if you’re having launch problems with a particular application, or you just want to better understand how your PC works, then NirSoft’s WinPrefetchView (32-bit version here) might be able to help. (As long as you’re not using an SSD, anyway – prefetching is unnecessary and probably disabled.)

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Compress your JPEGs by up to 20% with wxPackJPG
April 20, 2014 – 06:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

JPEG compression is amazingly efficient, but while this is normally good news, it’s a little disappointing when you’re archiving. Store your JPEG library in a zip file and you’ll barely cut their size at all.

Choose a more specialist compression format, though, and the results can be very different. WxPackJPG is a graphical front end for the open source PackJPG, and it claims to compress JPEGs by up to 20%.

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Explore hidden Windows icons and bitmaps with NirSoft’s ResourcesExtract
April 19, 2014 – 16:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

The software you run on a PC may be packaged in several different formats: EXE, DLL, CPL and so on.

These file types aren’t just for executable code, though. They can also contain resources for the program can call on, as required: icons, bitmaps, cursors, videos and more.

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Rain Alarm: a handy weather alert app that works almost anywhere
April 17, 2014 – 12:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RainAlarm200-175As you might guess from its name, Rain Alarm is a smart app which can warn you about imminent snow or rain. That doesn’t sound too special – there are a host of tools promising to do the same thing – but this one has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

It’s about as cross-platform as you can get, for example: there are apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8; add-ons for Firefox and Chrome, or you can just visit the Rain Alarm website from almost anything with a browser.

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WordPress 3.9 brings faster, easier media editing
April 17, 2014 – 08:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WordPress.org has announced the release of WordPress 3.9, a significant update which brings a host of worthwhile improvements.

Uploading your images is now as easy as dragging and dropping them into the editor. Once there, quicker access to crop and rotation tools, as well as the ability to resize them “in place”, makes for a smoother editing experience.

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Sketch 3 for Mac adds reusable Symbols and Presentation Mode, improves Export tool
April 17, 2014 – 06:08 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Sketch 3 for MacBohemian Coding has released Sketch 3.0, a major new version of its Mac vector-based design tool. Version 3.0 adds a brand new feature called Symbols, which lets users combine multi-layered objects into a reusable group.

Other changes include major improvements to the Export Tool, redesigned Text and Layer Styles, a revamped inspector and a new Presentation Mode for showing off designs in full screen.

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FileOptimizer 6.50 adds HTML optimisation support
April 17, 2014 – 05:56 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Lossless compression tool FileOptimizer has been updated to version 6.50.302 with new HTML optimisation support.

If you’re wondering how any HTML optimisation can be guaranteed to be “lossless”, then you might have a point. Currently “tidy” is turned off by default, and if you try to enable it (Options > HTML) the program warns you that your files “may not be editable any more”.

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Emsisoft, Kaspersky top AV-Comparatives March Real-World Protection test
April 16, 2014 – 16:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Independent security testing lab AV-Comparatives has revealed a summary of its March 2014 Real-World Protection Test, where top antivirus products are exposed to a test set of 1,264 current threats.

Topping the chart this time were Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.1 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, both blocking 99.7% of threats with no false positives at all.

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Bluhell Firewall: a simple but effective ad-blocker for Firefox
April 16, 2014 – 14:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Building the perfect ad-blocker is a complex business, not least because your users can have very different ideas on how it should work.

Some developers try to address this with layer after layer of features. You’ll be able to whitelist this, blacklist that, and add custom filters for just about everything else. Sounds great, until you have to spend an age learning how everything works, and start to notice how all these layers are slowing you down.

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