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Comodo Dragon 36.1 unveils new Chromium-based look, tightens privacy tools
November 25, 2014 – 07:54 | No Comment

Comodo has unveiled a controversial new version of its Chromium-based browser with the release of Comodo Dragon 36.1.
The version number reveals that the browser is now based on version 36 of Google’s open-source Chromium browser, …

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Select random files in Explorer with Random Selection Tool
November 25, 2014 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Random Selection ToolLaunch Windows Explorer and typically you’ll have some specific task in mind: a particular folder you need check, some files you’d like to open.

Occasionally, though, your requirements might be a little more vague. You want to watch a video, maybe, or play some music, but you don’t know and can’t decide which files to choose.

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Batch rename your photos with Exif ReName
November 24, 2014 – 14:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Exif ReNameEveryone has their own idea of how digital photos should be named. This might change from time to time, cameras usually produce something entirely different, and the end result can be a hard-to-browse tangle of mismatched images.

It’s a familiar story, but the open source Exif ReName tries to restore order by renaming and sorting your pictures based on the date and time they were taken.

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Block webcam hijacking with WebCam On-Off
November 24, 2014 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebCam On-OffWebcam hijacking has been around for a long time, but recent stories about websites streaming live footage from thousands of hacked webcams have placed it firmly back in the headlines.

Fully protecting your own webcam requires tough security measures. A quality antivirus engine, smart firewall, strong passwords.

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Handbrake 0.10 adds H.265, ends XP support
November 23, 2014 – 18:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HandbrakePopular open source video transcoder Handbrake has been updated to version 0.10 with some major additions and improvements.

New encoders include Intel Quick Sync Video, a speedy hardware-based H.264 encoder. Basic H.265 support is provided by x265 1.4, while WebM’s libvpx can encode VP8 to MKV files (and sees Theora deprecated).

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Quick Review: UnityPDF
November 22, 2014 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

UnityPDFUnityPDF would like to be the tool of choice for batch PDF processing. It can split or merge files, extract all or selected pages, divide one file into several, rotate every page in a file, insert pages from one file into another, password-protect or set permissions for your PDFs, even display or clean metadata.

That’s a solid set of features, and we were interested to see that UnityPDF had once been a commercial product, if only briefly (it’s now free for any use). Time for a closer look.

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Take full control of Windows updates with ABC-Update
November 21, 2014 – 16:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ABC-UpdateIt’s important to keep Windows up-to-date, and the easiest way to make that happen is to let the operating system handle everything. Set Windows Update to “automatic” and get on with something else.

But if you need more control, some way to install only your chosen updates, at a time that’s convenient for you, then it might be worth looking at ABC-Update.

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Create stylish animated presentations with Notzy
November 21, 2014 – 05:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NotzyLet’s be realistic: presentation software can be dull. Very, very dull. Boring templates, gradient fills with text boxes, images if you’re lucky, step from one page to the next, maybe export as PPT/PPTX.

We didn’t expect much from the free presentation builder Notzy, then – but the program turned out to be a real surprise.

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Diagnose process hangs with WhatIsHang
November 20, 2014 – 08:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WhatIsHangWindows programs can crash sometimes: it’s just a fact of life. Annoying, too, although at least you’ll typically see an error message with some kind of clue about the cause.

When a program locks up, it’s a different story. There’s no error dialog, no system-level sign of trouble. If you don’t have the application window open then you may not notice it’s stopped working at all.

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Convert eBooks/ Office documents to PDF with Icecream PDF Converter
November 19, 2014 – 09:50 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Icecream PDF ConverterUtilities developer Icecream Apps has released Icecream PDF Converter, a capable tool for converting a range of file formats to and from PDF.

There are plenty of similar applications around, but what’s interesting here is most conversions are handled in the background by a bundled copy of Open Office.

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Google Chrome 39 FINAL goes 64-bit on Mac, promises performance, stability improvements
November 19, 2014 – 06:03 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 39 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. The big news with version 39 is the long-awaited arrival of a native 64-bit build for Mac users.

Unlike the Windows version, which offers both 32-bit and 64-bit builds, the Mac build is now 64-bit only, and existing users with supported Macs will be automatically upgraded to the new version.

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IObit releases Start Menu 8 v2.0 beta
November 18, 2014 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Start Menu 8IObit has released a first beta for Start Menu 8 v2.0, its free alternative Start Menu.

The improvements start with more comprehensive searching. Enter a file name and the program now crawls your entire drive for matches, displaying hits wherever they might be.

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