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Tor Browser 6.0 released
May 31, 2016 – 06:08 | No Comment

The Tor Browser team has announced the first stable release of Tor Browser 6.0.
This edition adds code-signing for OS X, which should allow Mac users to install Tor without any Gatekeeper hassles.

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Image to PDF or XPS is a portable PDF creator
May 31, 2016 – 03:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image To PDFImage to PDF or XPS is a compact tool which imports multiple image formats, saving the results to PDF or XPS files.

Supported source formats include BMP, GIF, PNG, TIF, WMF, EMF, XPS, JPG, JP2 and J2K files.

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Calendar and Countdown: quick and easy task countdowns for Chrome
May 31, 2016 – 01:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Calendar & CountdownCalendar and Countdown is a free Chrome extension with some handy calendar and task management features.

Click C&C’s address bar icon and a full year calendar appears, along with week numbers and links to view different years.

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KOPLAYER is an Android emulator for Windows
May 30, 2016 – 03:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KOPLAYERKOPLAYER is a free Android emulator which allows mobile gaming on your PC’s desktop.

It’s a bulky 300MB download – VirtualBox and an Android image, mostly – but installs easily enough, and within a minute or two your virtual Android device appears.

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Squeaky Mouse plays WAVs when you click mouse buttons
May 30, 2016 – 01:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Squeaky MouseSqueaky Mouse is a quirky Windows application which plays custom WAV files when you click specific mouse buttons.

This could be useful audio feedback for anyone who can’t clearly see the mouse, perhaps because they’re visually impaired, or they’re some distance away, perhaps watching an in-person software demonstration.

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Stop data leaks with GiliSoft USB Lock
May 29, 2016 – 03:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GiliSoft USB LockNetworks, Internet, USB, wifi, Bluetooth, CD, DVD, Blu-ray– modern PCs make it easy to exchange files with the outside world.

Sounds great. Unless you’re running a business, perhaps managing several PCs, each packed with confidential files which you don’t want copied or shared without permission.

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Cryptomator: free client-side encryption for your cloud files
May 29, 2016 – 02:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CryptomatorKeeping your data in the cloud offers some protection against disaster, but also brings privacy issues: could anyone else access your files?

Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption to keep your data safe, and allows access on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS (a $4.99 commercial app), and via Java (Android is “coming soon”).

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Grover Podcast is a smart podcast manager for Windows 10
May 28, 2016 – 13:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Grover PodcastYou’re running Windows 10, enjoy browsing podcasts, but really don’t want to install the bulky iTunes?

Grover Podcast is a free, easy-to-use Windows 10 app which covers all the podcast basics – and more – and just might have everything you need.

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Take full control of your PC’s sleep modes with Stand-Bye!
May 27, 2016 – 14:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Stand-Bye!Stand-Bye! is a free tool which suspends your PC when it’s idle, saving energy and extending battery life.

This starts much like Windows, with a simple “activate standby after x minutes idle time” setting. Simple.

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Three software testing tools you didn’t know you needed
May 25, 2016 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NotMyFaultSome software is easy to test. Downloaded a new editor? Open a few supported file types, check they’re displayed correctly, rework them, create documents from scratch: simple.

System utilities are more of a challenge. Can your PC optimizer really handle a memory leak? Or an application using too many resources? And is your file unlocker really up to the job?

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View, edit and process CSV files with CSV Buddy
May 24, 2016 – 15:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CSV BuddyCSV sounds like it should be a simple file format. Every data field separated by a comma, one record per line– what could possibly go wrong?

Quite a lot, unfortunately. Fields might be separated by other characters, use different encapsulators (“string markers”), include line breaks, not include a header, have some custom encoding, and more.

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SaMotion is a free portable to-do list manager
May 24, 2016 – 06:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SaMotionSaMotion is a portable freeware to-do list manager, with a strong focus on simplicity.

The interface is, well, minimalist: a tiny toolbar, and a small work area with an “Add Category” link.

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