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MacBooster 2 released, adds System Status, Photo Sweeper and Security modules
August 28, 2014 – 08:57 | No Comment

IObit has released MacBooster 2.0, a major new build of its shareware cleaning and optimisation tool for Macs. The app, which is available as a 14-day trial download, includes a number of new and improved …

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GlassWire is an easy-to-use network monitor
August 28, 2014 – 09:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Whether you’re concerned about security, or just hoping to optimise your PC’s performance, understanding what’s accessing your internet connection can be very helpful.

Network monitors will tell you more, but they’re often targeted at experts, weighed down with complex details which – even if you understand them entirely – you may not really need.

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KDE Mover-Sizer brings handy Linux desktop tricks to the PC
August 28, 2014 – 07:13 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Resizing and repositioning windows on the PC desktop is such a fundamental task that you’ll almost do it without thinking. Move the mouse to the title bar/ border, click, drag, release. Very basic, very simple – but there might still be room for improvement.

KDE Mover-Sizer is an open source, portable tool which brings a common Linux desktop trick to Windows. Instead of having to move your mouse cursor to the title bar or border, you just hold down the Alt key, then left-click anywhere inside a window and drag to move it, right-click and drag to resize it.

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HDD Guardian tests and monitors your hard drive health
August 27, 2014 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a hard drive/ SSD monitoring system which reports on various reliability indicators, and sometimes highlights imminent hardware failure.

These predictions can sometimes be questionable, but SMART still has plenty to offer, and the open source HDD Guardian (also available in a portable edition) provides a simple and straightforward way to find out more.

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Google unveils Google Slides for Android and iOS, view and edit Google Drive-hosted presentations offline
August 26, 2014 – 13:07 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Slides for AndroidGoogle has unveiled Google Slides for Android 1.0 and Google Slides iOS 1.0.0, new apps for accessing and editing presentations while on the move.

Both apps provide users with an option for downloading presentations to their devices for editing and viewing while offline. The iOS version is accompanied by updates to both Google Docs for iOS and Google Sheets for iOS that allow users to edit Word and Excel files.

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Design stylish, detailed diagrams with yEd
August 26, 2014 – 10:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

yEd Graph Editor is an interesting free diagram designer with some unusual features.

The core interface works much like many similar applications. You’ll choose your symbols from a palette (flowchart, UML, ERD, BPNM, network, computer, more), drag and drop whatever you need onto the page, and position them as you like. Symbols may then be customised with text, colours, URLs and more, before you join them up with lines to represent your structure or ideas.

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OneDrive 4.4 and Dropbox 3.3 for iOS released, promise major new features
August 26, 2014 – 08:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OneDrive for Android 2.0OneDrive and Dropbox users with access to an iPhone or iPad rejoice: both iOS apps have been updated with major improvements with the release of Microsoft OneDrive 4.4 and Dropbox 3.3.

Both apps gain new features – the ability to search within Word and PowerPoint documents in Dropbox, a brand new Photos view in OneDrive – as well as a number of improvements and stability fixes.

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Create fun photo collages in seconds with Shape Collage
August 26, 2014 – 06:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Shape Collage is a photo collage tool with a difference. You’re not restricted to creating collages with the standard rectangle or “pile of photos” look: they can use whatever shape you like.

The free-for-personal-use program crams a lot of functionality into a single window, but smart interface design means it’s still very easy to use. Click the “Add” button, choose a few photos (local, from your online accounts or a general internet search), click “Create” and that’s it: your first collage.

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Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0 released, puts key Windows shortcuts just a couple of clicks away
August 25, 2014 – 07:02 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ultimate System Panel 1.0UK developers Techy Geeks Home has released Ultimate Settings Panel 1.0, a brand new collection of shortcuts to key system Control Panels and other tools for Windows users.

Version 1.0 offers easy access to key Windows shortcuts as well as useful management utilities for Microsoft Outlook 2010, System Configuration 2007 and System Configuration 2012. More categories are promised in future versions.

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Mini review: Argente Utilities
August 25, 2014 – 06:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Argente Utilities is a one-stop PC maintenance suite with tools to clean, optimise, repair and generally improve your system speed and reliability.

It’s a relatively lightweight, portable package, arriving as a 7.5MB zip file, and there’s no adware or similar hassles: just a gentle “donate” screen which you can dismiss forever with a click.

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MultiHasher is an excellent file hash calculator
August 23, 2014 – 06:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MultiHasher is a very well-designed file hash calculator which comes packed with essential features and functionality.

The good news starts with the download. It’s free, a compact 2.75MB and entirely portable, just unzip and run.

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PortableApps.com Platform 12 adds app menu, instant search, automatic app closing
August 22, 2014 – 09:35 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

John Haller’s PortableApps.com has announced the release of PortableApps.com Platform 12, a major update for the all-in-one app manager.

Right-clicking the Platform system tray icon now displays a cascading menu containing all your apps, links to system folders, Backup/ Restore/ Eject functions and more.

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