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VMware Workstation 12 Pro, Player 12, Fusion 8 ship with Windows 10 support
August 25, 2015 – 11:47 | No Comment

VMware has announced the release of VMware Workstation 12 Pro, VMware Workstation 12 Player and VMware Fusion 8.
VMware Workstation features full Windows 10 compatibility: you can run it as a host or a VM, it’s …

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Easiest malware removal trick. Ever.
August 27, 2015 – 06:57 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Antimalware tricksRemoving malware is often a complex and time-consuming task, even for security experts. But as Bitdefender has reported, sometimes, just occasionally, the most effective technique can be extremely simple.

Like, turn your PC off, and on again.

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Insert special characters into any document with WinCompose
August 27, 2015 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WinComposeNumbers, letters, basic symbols and punctuation – your keyboard covers all the typing basics. But what if you need to enter accented characters, math symbols, superscripts, or anything else a little less standard?

WinCompose is an open source tool for Windows which can insert special characters and symbols into just about any document or application.

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Translate website text by pointing at it with TransOver
August 26, 2015 – 08:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TransOverIf you need to translate website text then there are plenty of services and apps available, most of which have piled on the features as they try to stand out from the crowd. But while that sounds great in theory, in practice it can mean wasting time navigating a bulky interface to get what you need.

TransOver is a Chrome extension with more of a back-to-basics approach. There’s no copying URLs, no opening new tabs or panes – you’re able to translate text by selecting, clicking or just pointing at it.
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How to create a system restore point – even if your PC is sleeping
August 25, 2015 – 09:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Restore Point Creator

If your PC isn’t behaving as it should then System Restore could help, quickly restoring your system files and settings to a more trouble-free time. Unless, that is, you don’t have a suitable restore point available (oops).

Restore Point Creator is a handy tool which can automatically create restore points when you log on, or on some daily, weekly or interval-based schedule.

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Synchronise media players for group viewing with Syncplay
August 24, 2015 – 10:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Syncplay

Syncplay is a free tool which syncs media players over the web, allowing a scattered group of friends to watch videos together.

To get started you must specify a server and choose a room name, something unique which represents your group.

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Network Inventory Advisor is a one-stop auditor for PCs and Macs
August 24, 2015 – 06:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Network Inventory AdvisorManaging one computer can be difficult, but connect a few systems in a network and your problems rapidly multiply.

Network Inventory Advisor is a professional tool which can help by providing detailed reports on all Windows, Mac and Linux computers, along with other network devices. It’s free for small networks of up to 10 nodes, and licenses for larger setups start from $89.

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Give your screen a custom tint with ColorVeil
August 21, 2015 – 06:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Color VeilColorVeil is a free Windows app with a single purpose: to place a color filter over your screen, reducing brightness and cutting eye strain.

The program is a tiny download – 21.8KB, really? – and immediately applies a default filter on launch. Right-click its system tray icon and a settings dialog appears when you can choose your preferred shade and opacity.

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How to get brighter colors in Windows 10
August 20, 2015 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows 10 Color ControlIt’s easy enough to customise your Windows 10 taskbar and Start Menu colors – right-click the desktop, click Personalise > Colors – but the official route only offers a small set of predefined shades, and the taskbar is always dark.

Fortunately Unchecky developer RaMMicHaeL has released Windows 10 Color Control, a free tool which gives you more choice of colors and – optionally – a brighter end result.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X8 celebrates 25th birthday
August 19, 2015 – 11:30 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PaintShop Pro X8It’s 25 years since PaintShop Pro was released as shareware by Jasc Software, and Corel Corporation is celebrating the occasion with the release of Corel PaintShop Pro X8 ($99).

Lens correction tools are a long-awaited addition, automatically fixing distortions, vignetting and other common lens-related issues.

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Windows 10 virtual machines now available
August 19, 2015 – 05:13 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Windows 10Microsoft has updated its Microsoft Edge developer site, adding downloadable Windows 10 virtual machines for VirtualBox, VMware and Hyper-V.

Although these are aimed at developers, they’re a quick and easy way for anyone to try out Windows 10.

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Lock down Windows 10’s privacy settings with O&O ShutUp10
August 18, 2015 – 13:03 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ShutUp10Berlin-based developer O&O Software has released O&O ShutUp10, a tiny portable tool for controlling Windows 10’s many privacy-related settings.

Amongst its near 50 tweaks are options to disable telemetry, wi-fi sense, key app permissions, peer-to-peer updates, automatic Windows updates and more.

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