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AIDA64 5.30 supports Windows 10 and Intel Skylake, broadens benchmarks
July 28, 2015 – 09:40 | No Comment

Budapest-based FinalWire Ltd has released a major new version of its Windows diagnostic and benchmarking tool with the release of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 5.30.
The new release, also available as a portable build, introduces support for …

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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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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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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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MobaXterm 8.0 adds PuTTY engine, credentials, PowerShell support
July 20, 2015 – 13:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MobaXtermAll-in-one remote networking toolkit MobaXterm 8.0 has shipped with the ability to create credentials for multiple sessions.

The latest build is packed with technology derived from the open source PuTTY, including the SSH/ telnet/ rlogin/ serial engines, the embedded terminal, a new “MobaKeyGen” graphical SSH keys generator – even a new Games menu with simple puzzles and games from the PuTTY developer. (No, really.)

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Pattern-lock Android apps with ES App Locker
July 20, 2015 – 07:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ES App LockerAndroid devices have plenty of security options – passwords, PINs, pattern locks – but they’re mostly about blocking access to the entire system. Get past the lock screen, and if a friend picks up your phone they can do whatever they like.

ES App Locker – from the developers of the popular ES File Explorer – adds another layer, enabling you to block access to individual apps by drawing a pattern on the screen.

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Find, save and share animated GIFs with PopKey for Desktop
July 17, 2015 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PopKey for DesktopPopKey for Desktop is a free Windows and OS X tool for browsing, saving and sharing the latest animated GIFs.

It’s a desktop spin on the company’s PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS, and has a simple, app-like interface which keeps options and controls to an absolute minimum.

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Audacity 2.1.1 adds scrubbing, seeking, effect presets
July 17, 2015 – 04:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AudacityClassic open source audio editor Audacity has been updated to version 2.1.1 with some welcome additions and improvements.

A new Ctrl+click “scrub play mode” enables playback – both forwards and backwards – just by moving your mouse cursor across the waveform.

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