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Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key
September 27, 2016 – 07:01 | No Comment
Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key

Well-chosen hotkeys make a program much easier to use, but there can be problems: you might keep hitting one by mistake, or maybe it gives users quick access to a feature you’d rather restrict.
Simple Disable …

Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky
September 26, 2016 – 16:31 | No Comment
Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky

Gaia Sky is what the developer calls a “real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation” package, which normally means you get to fly around like you’re in Star Trek, but with real-world deep-space images to make it more …

Protect your web privacy with ScriptSafe for Chrome
September 24, 2016 – 08:19 | No Comment
Protect your web privacy with ScriptSafe for Chrome

ScriptSafe is a free Chrome extension which has been helping users manage their web privacy for years, building up a huge list of features along the way.
The add-on can help block various content types, fingerprinting …

TunnelBear 3.0 brings faster, more secure VPN connections
September 23, 2016 – 10:15 | No Comment
TunnelBear 3.0 brings faster, more secure VPN connections

Canadian VPN provider TunnelBear has updated its Windows and Mac clients to version 3.0.
The Windows release features a simplified, stripped-back interface and connects and reconnects up to 60% faster than before.

MathMagic Lite is a versatile equation editor
September 23, 2016 – 07:51 | No Comment
MathMagic Lite is a versatile equation editor

Math is hard to avoid, even if you’re a total mathphobe, and anyone might find they occasionally need to use an equation in a document.
High-end packages like Microsoft Word have equation editors built-in, but if …

Google Allo: a sort-of smart messaging app
September 22, 2016 – 07:46 | No Comment
Google Allo: a sort-of smart messaging app

Does the world need another messaging app? We’re not sure, but Google is giving us another one anyway, launching Google Allo for Android and iOS.
Key features include “Smart Reply”, which analyses incoming messages and suggests …

Bitdefender 2017 brings anti-ransomware, wifi vulnerability checker
September 21, 2016 – 15:51 | No Comment
Bitdefender 2017 brings anti-ransomware, wifi vulnerability checker

Bitdefender has unveiled its 2017 consumer security range, including Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 ($39.99-), Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 ($59.99-) and Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2017 ($89.99-).
New features include the Wifi Security Scanner, a one-click tool …

mutool is a command-line PDF toolkit
September 20, 2016 – 07:43 | No Comment
mutool is a command-line PDF toolkit

Open-source PDF toolkit MuPDF has been under development in one form or another since 2002, and over the years it’s built up a host of document viewing, conversion and extraction features.
The package doesn’t get the …

Flico identifies landmarks in YouTube videos
September 20, 2016 – 04:22 | No Comment
Flico identifies landmarks in YouTube videos

Flico is a clever Chrome extension which can identify landmarks in YouTube videos and tell you more about them.
It’s easy to use. If you spot a landmark you don’t recognise, pause playback, click the Flico …

Boost speeds on busy PCs with Project Mercury
September 19, 2016 – 06:26 | No Comment
Boost speeds on busy PCs with Project Mercury

Modern CPUs are powerful devices which can run most applications without difficulty, but run enough processes at the same time and your performance will soon fall away.
Project Mercury (64-bit version) is a freeware tool which …

Easily switch between 20+ DNS servers with Change DNS Helper
September 18, 2016 – 14:36 | No Comment
Easily switch between 20+ DNS servers with Change DNS Helper

Switching your DNS servers can improve web performance, enhance security and help you reach some sites you can’t normally access.
It’s awkward to do this manually, but Change DNS Helper is a free tool which makes …