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YouTube for iOS 10.38 unveils major redesign, new in-app editing tools
October 6, 2015 – 08:31 | No Comment

Google has rolled out YouTube for iOS 10.38 for iPhone and iPad. Despite the minor version number revision, the new app sports a major facelift, plus new in-app editing controls.
The new look sports a minimalist …

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YouTube Kids is a friendly, safe(ish) video browser
October 7, 2015 – 04:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YouTube KidsYouTube can be a great resource for young children, but there’s also a vast amount of adult content that you probably won’t want them to see.

The regular YouTube app and even the website can place some limits on what you access (Manage Subscriptions > Restricted Mode > On), but if that’s not enough then you might like to try Google’s official YouTube Kids app for Android.

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Easily transcribe media files with Listen N Write
October 6, 2015 – 08:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Listen N WriteIf you need to transcribe a media file then you could just open it, click Play, launch Notepad and start typing.

That’ll work well, too, for about five seconds, until you have to start hitting Play/ Pause, stepping backwards or forwards, and generally spending more time switching between the apps than transcribing.

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How to move or resize windows with the keyboard
October 5, 2015 – 10:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

altspcIt’s easy enough to size or position windows with the mouse, but keyboard shortcuts can be quicker and more convenient.

On Windows 7 and later, pressing Win+Left or Win+Right snaps the current window to the left or right half of the screen.

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Cleanly remove software with Bulk Crap Uninstaller
October 5, 2015 – 06:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bulk Crap UninstallerWhen we first looked at Bulk Crap Uninstaller (BCU) back in April, it was a simple free tool which did little more than uninstall multiple Windows programs in one operation.

Intensive development means that’s all changed, though, and BCU is now a very capable manager and uninstaller for all your Windows software.

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Is your Android device secure? Ask OPSWAT Gears
October 2, 2015 – 07:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OPSWAT GearsBack in February we checked out OPSWAT Gears, an interesting free tool for checking the security of PCs and Macs.

We had some reservations, but the package did a good job of identifying security issues on our test PCs, and a new Gears Android app brings some of the same features to your mobile devices.

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Handle is a one-stop Gmail, to-do and calendar manager
September 30, 2015 – 07:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HandleWith so many productivity apps around, time management should be easy. But the reality can be very different, as key areas of your life – email, calendar, lists – are often split across several tools.

Handle is a free Chrome extension and iOS app which takes a different approach, combining gMail, to-dos and your calendar in a single view.

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Seven sneaky adware installer tricks
September 29, 2015 – 13:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for MacInstall the latest freeware and there’s a good chance you’ll find some bundled adware, too, but most people know how to avoid it. Chose the “Advanced Installation” option, click “Decline”, clear a few checkboxes and you’ll probably be safe.

Unfortunately some of the adware companies are realising that the old techniques just don’t cut it any more, and they’re now using even more tricks to try and force that payload onto your PC.

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Get Belight Software’s Get Backup Pro for your Mac – absolutely free!
September 28, 2015 – 11:11 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Belight Get BackupThe latest version of OS X – El Capitan – is just days away now, and the excitement is building. But before you plunge in and install it, what happens if something goes horribly wrong with the new install? You might be able to roll things back with Time Machine, but Belight Software has an alternative.

Belight wants you to start using its three-pronged backup solution Get Backup Pro instead – and to tempt you into switching, it’s offering a free licence for the Pro version, worth $19.95 – but hurry, you’ve only got around 48 hours left to grab it!

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Easily tweak scheduled tasks with PC Tasks Optimizer
September 28, 2015 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PC Tasks OptimizerSmart PC Utilities has released PC Tasks Optimizer, a quick and easy way to manage your core Windows scheduled tasks.

There’s no technical talk about “events” or “triggers”, as instead the program just displays a list of statements about how you use your computer: “I do not connect any devices via Bluetooth”, “I do not use Microsoft Active Directory”, “I do not want Windows to routinely defrag my hard disk”, “I do not share my media library”, “I have disabled Windows Remote Assistance”, and a whole lot more.

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ACDSee Pro 9 gains lens correction, Photoshop plugin support
September 25, 2015 – 14:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ACDSeeACD Systems has revealed the next generation of its image management and editing tools, ACDSee 19 ($59.99), ACDSee Pro 9 ($99.99) and ACDSee Ultimate 9 ($149.99).

The Pro and Ultimate editions gain the most this time around, with major new editing features.

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CCleaner 5.10 FINAL and CCleaner for Mac 1.10 focus on browser cleaning
September 25, 2015 – 05:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

CCleanerPiriform Software has released CCleaner 5.10 and CCleaner 5.10 Portable for Windows PCs, along with CCleaner for Mac 1.10.

Both builds focus on browser improvements, while PC users gain faster start-up times and improvements to the program’s support for window and DPI resizing.

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