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Twitter’s live video streaming Periscope app now available
March 26, 2015 – 13:49 | No Comment

Twitter has launched Periscope, a Meerkat-like iOS app which broadcasts live video to your followers.
Going live sends an instant notification to your friends, who can tune in via Twitter or the app, see what you’re …

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Highlight key text on web pages with Super Simple Highlighter for Chrome
March 28, 2015 – 09:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Super Simple HighlighterYou’re working on some web research project, part way through a lengthy page, when it’s time to go and do something else. Annoying, because while you can bookmark the site, when you next return you’ll still have to find all the most important quotes and paragraphs all over again.

Super Simple Highlighter is a Chrome extension which makes it easy to highlight one or more sections of a page, restoring them when you return (usually) so you can carry on where you left off.

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First look: Process Lasso 8
March 27, 2015 – 18:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Process LassoWhether you’re working on your PC or not, there are always plenty of processes running in the background: system services, program updaters, security tools, scheduled tasks and so on.

Windows uses a range of techniques to decide how your system resources are shared out, but you may still find some processes grab more than you’d like, drastically cutting the performance of everything else.

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Troubleshoot DLL problems with DLL Hijack Detect
March 26, 2015 – 08:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DLL Hijack DetectRun a Windows program and it’ll often try to access functions or data in a Dynamic Link Library (a DLL file). If the program has provided a copy of the DLL then Windows will load that, otherwise it’ll search various folders on your system to find a copy.

Sounds great, in theory, but there can be problems. If you have multiple copies of a DLL scattered around your system, applications won’t always get the versions they expect. And if malware copies a DLL to a preferential point in the Windows search order – so-called “DLL hijacking” – then you could be running malicious code whenever it’s requested.

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Colorblinding shows how websites look to the color blind
March 25, 2015 – 13:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ColorblindingYou can spend a very long time choosing your website color scheme, finding a starting shade, then a matching palette, shuffling and rearranging until you find something that appeals.

This isn’t all about you, though – it’s also vital to understand how your design will be seen by anyone with a color vision deficiency.

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Fix corrupt photos with JPEG Repair Shop
March 24, 2015 – 10:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

JPEG Repair ShopMaybe a download failed, an archive was damaged, a CD just got too old – it doesn’t really matter. All you know is that one of your most important JPEGs has been corrupted, and there’s no obvious way to restore it.

Sounds like a case for JPEG Repair Shop, a free portable tool which can fix some types of corruption in a click or two.

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Flickr Tab displays great images on every new Chrome tab
March 24, 2015 – 07:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Flickr TabFlickr Tab is a simple Chrome extension which displays a popular Flickr image every time you open a new Chrome tab.

Interesting idea, we thought. Maybe you’ll be able to customise the images, perhaps define a few keywords, so you’re running a personalised Flickr search each time?

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Easily create and debug batch files with Batch IDE
March 23, 2015 – 18:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Batch IDECreating and testing batch files can be a tedious experience. You’ll open Notepad, type your script, save it, switch to an Explorer window, find and double-click the file. And if there are problems you must switch back to Notepad and do the same thing again.

Batch IDE is a tiny portable batch file editor (a 114KB download) which cuts out all this hassle by including a “Run” button. Enter your script, click Run when you’re ready, and a command window opens to display the results: no saving or task switching required.

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X-Bomber is a fast, fun 2D space shooter
March 23, 2015 – 05:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

X-BomberVertical-scrolling 2D space shooters have been entertaining gamers for more than 30 years, so it’s no surprise that some people see them as very dated. But the genre has some a long way since the empty repetitive arcade games of the 1980s.

The free X-Bomber for Windows doesn’t just repeat the same levels at higher speeds or with more enemies – you get 17 missions, with multiple objectives, a back story based on the Japanese sci-fi TV series Star Fleet, and dynamic in-game dialogue from the characters.

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Art of Illusion is a free 3D modelling studio
March 20, 2015 – 09:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Art of IllusionTools like Plotagon are a fun way to create simple 3D videos, but as we saw yesterday, they’re a little limited. Okay, make that very limited.

If you’d like to try 3D modelling for real then the open source Java-based Art of Illusion provides much more scope for getting creative.

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Create fun animated videos with Plotagon
March 19, 2015 – 11:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PlotagonAnimation is difficult. 3D animation is horribly difficult. But Plotagon offers an interesting shortcut, an easy way to build your own 3D animated movies, without requiring any technical knowledge or artistic ability at all.

There’s a catch, of course – two, really – but this free Windows, OS X and iOS app still has plenty of entertainment potential.

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Google Maps for iOS 4.4 adds full-screen maps, colour-coded transit links
March 19, 2015 – 09:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google MapsGoogle has released Google Maps for iOS 4.4, a new version of its map app for iPhone and iPad users.

The new build promises one-tap access to a full-screen map, the ability to view transit colours when viewing public transport directions and the ability to filter search results for Zagat-rated restaurants.

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