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CCleaner 5.06 FINAL released – adds support for forthcoming Microsoft Edge and IE12 browsers
May 27, 2015 – 08:41 | No Comment

Piriform has unveiled its routine monthly update to CCleaner with the release of CCleaner 5.06 for Windows PCs. The new release is also available as a portable build.
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Quickly create stylish icons with Seanau Icon Toolkit
May 27, 2015 – 09:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Seanau Icon ToolkitCreating Windows icons can be a challenge. Regular image editors aren’t optimised for the process – that’s if they have ICO support at all – while specialist icon designers are often bulky and complex.

Seanau Icon Toolkit is a free icon editor which applies a few tricks to make the process much more straightforward.

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Convert archives between formats with ArcConvert
May 26, 2015 – 06:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ArcConvertIf you’re an experienced computer user then you probably don’t spend much time thinking about archive formats. You’ve just installed something like 7-Zip and are ready to extract whatever you find.

Not everyone is as well equipped, though, so if you’re sharing something like a .gz with others then it might be wise to convert it to a more basic .zip, first.

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Reor is a quirky desktop calculator
May 25, 2015 – 07:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ReorLaunch Windows desktop calculator Reor for the first time and it’s tempting to think: is that it? The tiny interface really is stripped back, with little more than a numeric keypad, four operators and an equals button.

But wait. There’s more. And clicking on the Menu button reveals all.

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Terrify your friends with Windows Error Message Creator
May 24, 2015 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Windows Error Message CreatorYou’re busy working on your PC. Everything seems fine. But then, without warning, an error message tells you that some irreplaceable files have been lost forever.

It’s horrible. A nightmare. But if you’re the twisted type then you can now bring this experience to your friends, with a little help from Windows Error Message Creator (WEMC).

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Uncover website problems with Darcy SEO Checker
May 21, 2015 – 10:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Darcy SEO CheckerSearch engine optimisation software is usually all about keywords, helping you find what’s going to work for you, and optimising your content and site structure to deliver better search engine rankings.

Despite its name, Darcy SEO Checker doesn’t bother with any of that, instead spidering across your site to check for HTTP error codes, URL issues, description and title problems, and more.

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Control your PC by spoken commands with VoiceBot
May 20, 2015 – 08:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VoiceBotBinary Fortress has launched VoiceBot, a macro manager for Windows Vista+ which allows you to control games and other applications with spoken commands.

At its simplest, you might have VoiceBot recognise the word “New”, then issue the command Alt+F > N. Quick, easy, and works almost everywhere.

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Google Chrome 43 FINAL adds web MIDI hardware support, improves permissions API
May 20, 2015 – 07:33 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 43 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 43’s main new feature is support for hardware MIDI instruments.

Chrome 43 also implements a couple of behind-the-scenes tweaks for developers that will help benefit end users through reducing the number of unnecessary prompts for action without compromising security.

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Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 20, 2015 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft Office for AndroidMicrosoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones.

Pre-release versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for phones running Android 4.4 or later.

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Panda Global Protection 2016 beta now available
May 19, 2015 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Panda Global Protection 2016Panda Security has announced the first public beta of Panda Global Protection 2016, a revamp of its comprehensive all-round security suite.

The new release provides enhanced wifi protection, detecting and alerting you to potential vulnerabilities.

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Process Hacker 2.35 released
May 19, 2015 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Process HackerFabulous PC monitoring tools Process Hacker and Process Hacker Portable have been updated to version 2.35 with some welcome extras and enhancements.

One major addition is support for viewing the load time and load reasons for process modules, on Windows 8 and above. If a long-running process like Explorer.exe is developing problems, you can now sort its modules by load time to get clues about the cause.

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View 100s of retro graphics formats with RECOIL
May 19, 2015 – 04:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RECOILViewing images is easy these days. No matter which platform you’re on, or what application you’re running, just about everyone uses the same standard formats, and these can typically be displayed on your device’s native viewer, with no need to install anything else.

In the early days of computing, 30+ years ago, it was different. There was no JPG, no PNG, so companies like Atari and Commodore had their own graphic formats. Even these weren’t fixed, with new variations all the time, which makes it very difficult if you’d like to view any of them on a modern computer.

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