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Firefox 37 FINAL released, implements new HeartBeat ratings system
March 31, 2015 – 08:43 | No Comment

Mozilla has released Firefox 37.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 37.0 due to follow in the coming days.
The new release debuts the Heartbeat user rating system, plus a number of incremental improvements and …

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Backup, clone or reformat USB keys with ImageUSB
March 31, 2015 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ImageUSBImageUSB is a free Windows application for creating and writing images of USB drives. It sounds much like many other free tools, but wait – this one is much better than you might expect.

The program comes from a trustworthy developer, PassMark Software, so you can download it with confidence. That won’t exactly take long – it’s a very compact 463KB – and there’s no installation required, just unzip and go.

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Caliber: instant messaging for your LinkedIn contacts
March 31, 2015 – 05:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CaliberMost instant messaging apps market themselves on just how much fun they are, with group chats, location services, media sharing, and of course way more stickers and emojis than everyone else.

Free Android and iOS app Caliber bypasses all this and goes for a different audience entirely: it’s instant messaging for your business contacts.

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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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XYplorer 15.0 adds flat select tool, timestamping, sticky checkbox selection and improves portable device support
March 24, 2015 – 11:41 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

XYplorer FreeCologne-based developer Donald Lessau has released XYplorer Free 15.0 and XYplorer Pro 15.0, major new versions of its Windows Explorer replacement tool.

Version 15 comes with four new features, two of which (better support for portable devices and timestamping improvements) are restricted to Pro users only. The tool already boasts tabbed and multi-paned browsing, batch rename, directory print and quick file compare tools among its broad feature set.

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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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