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Batch rename your photos with Exif ReName
November 24, 2014 – 14:34 | No Comment
Batch rename your photos with Exif ReName

Everyone has their own idea of how digital photos should be named. This might change from time to time, cameras usually produce something entirely different, and the end result can be a hard-to-browse tangle of …

Block webcam hijacking with WebCam On-Off
November 24, 2014 – 07:22 | No Comment
Block webcam hijacking with WebCam On-Off

Webcam hijacking has been around for a long time, but recent stories about websites streaming live footage from thousands of hacked webcams have placed it firmly back in the headlines.
Fully protecting your own webcam requires …

Handbrake 0.10 adds H.265, ends XP support
November 23, 2014 – 18:28 | No Comment
Handbrake 0.10 adds H.265, ends XP support

Popular open source video transcoder Handbrake has been updated to version 0.10 with some major additions and improvements.
New encoders include Intel Quick Sync Video, a speedy hardware-based H.264 encoder. Basic H.265 support is provided by …

Quick Review: UnityPDF
November 22, 2014 – 07:31 | No Comment
Quick Review: UnityPDF

UnityPDF would like to be the tool of choice for batch PDF processing. It can split or merge files, extract all or selected pages, divide one file into several, rotate every page in a file, …

Take full control of Windows updates with ABC-Update
November 21, 2014 – 16:21 | No Comment
Take full control of Windows updates with ABC-Update

It’s important to keep Windows up-to-date, and the easiest way to make that happen is to let the operating system handle everything. Set Windows Update to “automatic” and get on with something else.
But if you …

Create stylish animated presentations with Notzy
November 21, 2014 – 05:48 | No Comment
Create stylish animated presentations with Notzy

Let’s be realistic: presentation software can be dull. Very, very dull. Boring templates, gradient fills with text boxes, images if you’re lucky, step from one page to the next, maybe export as PPT/PPTX.
We didn’t expect …

Diagnose process hangs with WhatIsHang
November 20, 2014 – 08:49 | No Comment
Diagnose process hangs with WhatIsHang

Windows programs can crash sometimes: it’s just a fact of life. Annoying, too, although at least you’ll typically see an error message with some kind of clue about the cause.
When a program locks up, it’s …

skobbler’s “Scout” app takes on TomTom
November 20, 2014 – 05:28 | No Comment
skobbler’s “Scout” app takes on TomTom

Telenav subsidiary skobbler has announced the release of GPS Navigation & Maps – Scout, a powerful – and now free – travel app for iOS and Android.
As with the previous skobbler app, you get online …

Convert eBooks/ Office documents to PDF with Icecream PDF Converter
November 19, 2014 – 09:50 | No Comment
Convert eBooks/ Office documents to PDF with Icecream PDF Converter

Utilities developer Icecream Apps has released Icecream PDF Converter, a capable tool for converting a range of file formats to and from PDF.
There are plenty of similar applications around, but what’s interesting here is most …

Comodo 8 brings smarter sandboxing
November 19, 2014 – 07:44 | No Comment
Comodo 8 brings smarter sandboxing

Comodo Group has announced the release of Comodo Antivirus 8 and Comodo Internet Security 8.
The new build brings smarter sandboxing with a new default “auto-sandboxing policy”, keeping unknown programs isolated from your system.

IObit releases Start Menu 8 v2.0 beta
November 18, 2014 – 08:15 | No Comment
IObit releases Start Menu 8 v2.0 beta

IObit has released a first beta for Start Menu 8 v2.0, its free alternative Start Menu.
The improvements start with more comprehensive searching. Enter a file name and the program now crawls your entire drive for …