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WeatherMate 4.0 now portable, supports 100+ US weather maps
March 6, 2015 – 10:04 | No Comment
WeatherMate 4.0 now portable, supports 100+ US weather maps

Its last big release was back in 2007, but Windows weather monitor WeatherMate has jumped back to life with the release of version 4.0, and a host of major improvements.
The program can now display a …

SyMenu now a launcher for SysInternals, NirSoft, more
March 6, 2015 – 06:47 | No Comment
SyMenu now a launcher for SysInternals, NirSoft, more

Portable start menu and program manager SyMenu has been updated to version 4.06 with new Sysinternals support.
You can now browse the full catalogue of Sysinternals tools, select and download Autoruns, Process Explorer, or whatever else …

Monodraw is the Visio of ASCII art
March 5, 2015 – 14:28 | No Comment
Monodraw is the Visio of ASCII art

At first glance, Monodraw’s first public beta looks much like any other OS X diagramming tool. Choose from various themed palettes, drag and drop shapes around on the page, link them up, add captions, tweak …

Unreal Engine 4 now free for all
March 5, 2015 – 13:04 | No Comment
Unreal Engine 4 now free for all

Epic Games has announced that its development suite Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone.
Where’s the catch? You might have to pay a royalty per product (although you might not).

List the contents of a folder with DirList
March 5, 2015 – 08:08 | No Comment
List the contents of a folder with DirList

Windows Explorer makes it straightforward to view the files in a folder, but if you’d like to do something with that information – share it with others, maybe save it for future reference – then …

BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds Pro version, easier folder sharing
March 4, 2015 – 12:46 | No Comment
BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds Pro version, easier folder sharing

File sharing tool BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 with a new $40/ year PRO version.
Sync 2.0 introduces the “personal identity”, which automatically gives access to every added folder on all of your …

MRG Effitas releases latest Online Banking Browser Security report
March 4, 2015 – 10:14 | No Comment
MRG Effitas releases latest Online Banking Browser Security report

Security research company MRG Effitas has released its Q4 2014 Online Banking Browser Security report, awarding certification to the top four products: Kaspersky Internet Security, Quarri POQ, Webroot SecureAnywhere and Zemana Antilogger.
MRG also tested security …

Areca Backup is a very flexible backup tool
March 4, 2015 – 06:45 | No Comment
Areca Backup is a very flexible backup tool

What do you need from a backup program? Set up in seconds, maybe? Complete system backups, full disaster recovery, maybe integration with all your favourite cloud storage providers?
Bad news: Areca Backup doesn’t provide any of …

Essential NetTools: 15+ networking tools in one free suite
March 3, 2015 – 12:36 | No Comment
Essential NetTools: 15+ networking tools in one free suite

Troubleshooting network problems can be a nightmare, even for Windows experts, but equipping yourself with the right software can make all the difference.
As we wrote last month, NetCrunch Tools is a useful collection of common …

Avast 2015 update brings remote access for all, integrates browser cleanup
March 3, 2015 – 09:03 | No Comment
Avast 2015 update brings remote access for all, integrates browser cleanup

AVAST Software has released a new version of Avast Free Antivirus 2015, Avast Internet Security 2015 and Avast Premier 2015.
The big change is that the premier Access Anywhere feature has been replaced by a new …

HexBrowser.NET identifies mystery files from their contents
March 2, 2015 – 17:35 | No Comment
HexBrowser.NET identifies mystery files from their contents

Identifying a file type is normally just a matter of glancing at the extension: EXE, a program; ZIP, an archive; JPG, an image, and so on.
But what if the extension is missing, or has been …