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Kaspersky 2016 adds Private Browsing, Change Control
July 29, 2015 – 08:20 | No Comment

Kaspersky Labs has released its 2016 editions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security in Canada and the USA.
The suites now have a “Change Control” system which warns you of attempts to …

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ScreenOut is an always-on-top Chrome video viewer
July 30, 2015 – 15:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenOutYou’re browsing with Chrome, and have found a great video. Ideally you’d watch it all, uninterrupted, but there’s other work to do, and so you have to resize all your various windows to fit.

ScreenOut is a Chrome extension which gives you another option. Click an address bar button and the video opens in a floating, always-on-top pane. Then you can switch to some other application while still watching the clip.

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Quick review: VX Search 5.12
July 28, 2015 – 07:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VXSearchWindows Search has plenty of power these days, and there’s a whole library of capable freeware if you need more, so is there really any reason why you should bother with the free-for-personal-use VX Search?

We took the latest version for a test run to find out.

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Explore your family tree with FTAnalyzer 5
July 28, 2015 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FTAnalyzerGenealogy sites like Ancestry are great for presenting family trees, taking all that raw data and presenting it in a straightforward graphical form.

But if you want to really understand your tree, to spot problems, links, patterns you might have missed, then you’ll need to delve a little deeper.

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Plan projects, brainstorm and share ideas with MindMaple Lite
July 27, 2015 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MindMaple LiteMindMaple Lite is a free application for generating mind maps, project plans, running brainstorming sessions, and generally helping to organise, present and share your ideas.

Download and installation is straightforward – no registration, adware or other hassles here – and conveniently the program opens with a mind map explaining itself: the main features, what’s new in this edition, what you get from upgrading to the Pro edition, and more.

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Instantly invert your screen colours with NegativeScreen
July 24, 2015 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BinaryOptimising your PC’s screen colours cuts eyestrain, reduces headaches, and helps you sleep at nights. It can be surprisingly easy, too – set up a program like SunsetScreen and it works largely automatically.

There may still be times when your display is too light, or maybe too dark, though, and that’s where NegativeScreen comes in. It’s a tiny freeware app for Windows 7 and later which can invert your screen colours on demand.

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Get your finances under control with Yapbam
July 23, 2015 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YapbamManaging your money can be complicated, tedious, time-consuming. It’s tempting to just leave your accounts to look after themselves, and if your finances aren’t too tight then you might get away with that. For a while, anyway.

Keeping track of your balances is a much better idea, though, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Yapbam (Yet Another Personal Bank Account Manager) is a cross-platform personal finance manager which helps you get started almost immediately.

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Microsoft’s new “Send” is “instant emailing” for Office 365
July 23, 2015 – 03:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SendMicrosoft’s Garage group has released Send, a quick and easy iOS app for sending SMS-like short emails via Office 365 and school email accounts. No subject lines, no signatures, it’s essentially an instant messaging program which happens to communicate via email.

The app aims to keep any operating hassles to a minimum. Office 365 integration gives you immediate access to  your Outlook contacts, and sending messages is as easy as selecting one and entering your text.

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Easily print custom image thumbnails with Primg
July 22, 2015 – 13:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PrimgWindows provides many ways to browse a folder of images, but it’s much less flexible when it comes to printing. Typically you’ll have to print your pictures one at a time, or make do with whatever fixed multi-image formats your printer driver supports.

Primg is one of the simplest solutions around, a tiny portable freebie which gives much more control over your picture printouts.

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CyberLink launches Media Suite 13
July 22, 2015 – 11:17 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink LogoCyberLink Corporation has released Media Suite 13, its comprehensive do-everything collection of multimedia software.

Highlights include the leading consumer video editor PowerDirector 13, PowerDVD 15 for media playback, and an excellent image editor in PhotoDirector 6.

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Worried about upgrading to Windows 10? EaseUS System GoBack Free provides you with an escape route
July 22, 2015 – 11:01 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

System GoBack FreeEaseUS has released System GoBack Free 1.0, a tool aimed squarely at those about to upgrade to Windows 10.

The stakes are high for Microsoft’s new OS – it’s a free update to many, but those who have reserved their upgrade may be getting twitchy ahead of the big day. System GoBack Free aims to soothe their nerves by offering an easy fallback option.

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Microsoft ships stand-alone Android Emulator
July 21, 2015 – 07:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Visual Studio Emulator for AndroidMicrosoft has released the final build of Visual Studio Emulator for Android, which despite its name, doesn’t install or require Visual Studio: just Windows 8+ with Hyper-V.

The big disadvantage of the package is still the lack of the Play Store. You can only install new apps from their APK files.

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