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Opera FINAL 31 unveils redesigned Discover service, tweaks sync options
August 4, 2015 – 16:54 | No Comment

Opera Software has unveiled Opera 31 FINAL, a new stable release of its desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.
After the excitement of three major new features in version 30, Opera 31 is a bit …

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Tweet, share and save quotes and images with Pullquote
August 4, 2015 – 13:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PullquoteYou’re browsing online, and find a quote you’d like to keep or share with others. Should be easy, but instead you’re copying and pasting the quote, maybe editing it for Twitter, adding a link, perhaps a bookmark. Although even then, any URLs point at the page, not the content you’re after.

Pullquote is a free Chrome extension which changes all this by providing a simple, unified way to tweet and save quotes, images and more.

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Control your PC with a webcam via Camera Mouse 2015
August 4, 2015 – 05:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Camera MouseSome Windows applications are keyboard-oriented, others built for touch, but the vast majority are still designed to be controlled by a mouse. And that’s a problem if you don’t have reliable control of a hand.

Camera Mouse is a free tool for Windows XP+ which allows users to control their mouse with head movements, instead. It’s been around for years, but developer Boston College has recently released an update with a couple of new features.

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Recover webmail logons with SterJo Mail Password
July 31, 2015 – 08:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SterJo Mail PasswordSterJo Software has released SterJo Mail Password, a free Windows tool which recovers and displays webmail account details for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, GMX, Zoho and one or two more.

There’s no hacking or brute forcing involved. The program simply checks the credentials stored by your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera setups, so if these aren’t saved locally then it won’t show anything at all.

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ScreenOut is an always-on-top Chrome video viewer
July 30, 2015 – 15:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreenOutYou’re browsing with Chrome, and have found a great video. Ideally you’d watch it all, uninterrupted, but there’s other work to do, and so you have to resize all your various windows to fit.

ScreenOut is a Chrome extension which gives you another option. Click an address bar button and the video opens in a floating, always-on-top pane. Then you can switch to some other application while still watching the clip.

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IObit unveils first beta of Advanced SystemCare 9
July 29, 2015 – 05:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IObit Advanced SystemCareIObit has released the first public beta of IObit Advanced SystemCare 9, its flagship all-in-one PC cleanup, maintenance and security suite.

Improvements include a new “Speed Up” module, which checks your system for surplus startup programs, unwanted apps, dubious Windows settings, and anything else which might be slowing you down.

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AIDA64 5.30 supports Windows 10 and Intel Skylake, broadens benchmarks
July 28, 2015 – 09:40 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

AIDA64-200-175Budapest-based FinalWire Ltd has released a major new version of its Windows diagnostic and benchmarking tool with the release of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 5.30.

The new release, also available as a portable build, introduces support for Intel’s forthcoming Skylake processor line while also promising advanced support for the RTM releases of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.

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Quick review: VX Search 5.12
July 28, 2015 – 07:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VXSearchWindows Search has plenty of power these days, and there’s a whole library of capable freeware if you need more, so is there really any reason why you should bother with the free-for-personal-use VX Search?

We took the latest version for a test run to find out.

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Explore your family tree with FTAnalyzer 5
July 28, 2015 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FTAnalyzerGenealogy sites like Ancestry are great for presenting family trees, taking all that raw data and presenting it in a straightforward graphical form.

But if you want to really understand your tree, to spot problems, links, patterns you might have missed, then you’ll need to delve a little deeper.

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Plan projects, brainstorm and share ideas with MindMaple Lite
July 27, 2015 – 04:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MindMaple LiteMindMaple Lite is a free application for generating mind maps, project plans, running brainstorming sessions, and generally helping to organise, present and share your ideas.

Download and installation is straightforward – no registration, adware or other hassles here – and conveniently the program opens with a mind map explaining itself: the main features, what’s new in this edition, what you get from upgrading to the Pro edition, and more.

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CCleaner 5.08 FINAL strengthens Windows 10 compatibility
July 24, 2015 – 07:30 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform Software has released CCleaner 5.0.8 FINAL and CCleaner 5.0.8 Portable, the latest builds of its Windows cleaning tool.

The new build promises compatibility with the RTM build (10240) of Windows 10, and adds support for Microsoft Edge Browser Monitoring to the Professional version of the software. By adding Edge to the Browser Monitoring feature in CCleaner Pro, users can now automatically clean the browser whenever it’s closed (or be prompted to do so).

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Instantly invert your screen colours with NegativeScreen
July 24, 2015 – 05:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

BinaryOptimising your PC’s screen colours cuts eyestrain, reduces headaches, and helps you sleep at nights. It can be surprisingly easy, too – set up a program like SunsetScreen and it works largely automatically.

There may still be times when your display is too light, or maybe too dark, though, and that’s where NegativeScreen comes in. It’s a tiny freeware app for Windows 7 and later which can invert your screen colours on demand.

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