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NewRetroArcade has classic 80s games – in a VR arcade
April 1, 2015 – 10:13 | No Comment
NewRetroArcade has classic 80s games – in a VR arcade

If you’re interested in 80s arcade games then you’ve probably played clones of Space Invaders, Pac-Man and other classics.
If you’re a real fan then you might have set up an emulator to run the original …

Tune your Windows Services with Easy Service Optimizer 1.0
April 1, 2015 – 08:39 | No Comment
Tune your Windows Services with Easy Service Optimizer 1.0

Popular utilities developer Sordum has released Easy Service Optimizer 1.0, a free tool for optimizing system services on Windows XP and later.
The program works much like an automated version of Black Viper’s classic tuneup site. …

Backup, clone or reformat USB keys with ImageUSB
March 31, 2015 – 08:23 | No Comment
Backup, clone or reformat USB keys with ImageUSB

ImageUSB is a free Windows application for creating and writing images of USB drives. It sounds much like many other free tools, but wait – this one is much better than you might expect.
The program …

Caliber: instant messaging for your LinkedIn contacts
March 31, 2015 – 05:47 | No Comment
Caliber: instant messaging for your LinkedIn contacts

Most instant messaging apps market themselves on just how much fun they are, with group chats, location services, media sharing, and of course way more stickers and emojis than everyone else.
Free Android and iOS app …

Office Image Extraction Wizard goes open source
March 30, 2015 – 07:46 | No Comment
Office Image Extraction Wizard goes open source

RL Vision has announced that its Office Image Extraction Wizard is now open source.
The Windows application is a simple but effective tool for extracting images from Office and many other document types. Although, notably, not …

Highlight key text on web pages with Super Simple Highlighter for Chrome
March 28, 2015 – 09:43 | No Comment
Highlight key text on web pages with Super Simple Highlighter for Chrome

You’re working on some web research project, part way through a lengthy page, when it’s time to go and do something else. Annoying, because while you can bookmark the site, when you next return you’ll …

First look: Process Lasso 8
March 27, 2015 – 18:44 | No Comment
First look: Process Lasso 8

Whether you’re working on your PC or not, there are always plenty of processes running in the background: system services, program updaters, security tools, scheduled tasks and so on.
Windows uses a range of techniques to …

Twitter’s live video streaming Periscope app now available
March 26, 2015 – 13:49 | No Comment
Twitter’s live video streaming Periscope app now available

Twitter has launched Periscope, a Meerkat-like iOS app which broadcasts live video to your followers.
Going live sends an instant notification to your friends, who can tune in via Twitter or the app, see what you’re …

Troubleshoot DLL problems with DLL Hijack Detect
March 26, 2015 – 08:57 | No Comment
Troubleshoot DLL problems with DLL Hijack Detect

Run a Windows program and it’ll often try to access functions or data in a Dynamic Link Library (a DLL file). If the program has provided a copy of the DLL then Windows will load …

Colorblinding shows how websites look to the color blind
March 25, 2015 – 13:51 | No Comment
Colorblinding shows how websites look to the color blind

You can spend a very long time choosing your website color scheme, finding a starting shade, then a matching palette, shuffling and rearranging until you find something that appeals.
This isn’t all about you, though – …

PhotoDemon 6.6 brings RAW support, more selection tools
March 25, 2015 – 08:36 | No Comment
PhotoDemon 6.6 brings RAW support, more selection tools

Tanner Helland has announced the release of PhotoDemon 6.6, his open source photo editor for Windows.
The lengthy list of major new features starts with powerful Magic Wand, Polygon and Lasso selection tools.