Firefox 52 lets you send tabs to other synced devices, ups the security ante
March 6, 2017 – 15:48 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 52 lets you send tabs to other synced devices, ups the security ante

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 52.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 52.0 due imminently.

Firefox 52 now supports syncing tabs to specific devices, makes various improvements to the Downloads button and introduces a raft of security, developer and other enhancements. It’s also the final release for Windows XP and Vista users.

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Three ways to inspect Google Chrome history
March 4, 2017 – 04:49 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Three ways to inspect Google Chrome history

Chrome History ManagerViewing Google Chrome’s history is easy – just press Ctrl+H – but the standard window is basic, and doesn’t give you much information or control.

Using a third-party portable tool provides extra details on your recent browsing past, and may be a more convenient and stealthy choice if you’re hoping to check what someone else is doing in Chrome.

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Bear 1.0.6 gives Mac and iOS users a simpler, friendlier alternative to Evernote
March 3, 2017 – 11:02 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off on Bear 1.0.6 gives Mac and iOS users a simpler, friendlier alternative to Evernote

bear-200x175When it comes to taking notes on your computer or mobile, what platform do you choose? The bells, whistles and expense of Evernote or the pared back simplicity (and no subscription fee) of Simplenote?

If you’re a Mac or iOS user, the answer may lie somewhere in the middle. With that in mind, take a look at Bear 1.0.6, the self-titled “writing app for crafting notes and prose”. It shares Simplenote’s “less is more” approach, but still manages to provide a richer array of tools than simple plain text notes.

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Are you safe from information-stealing malware?
March 3, 2017 – 07:52 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Are you safe from information-stealing malware?

SpyShelter Security Test ToolSpyShelter Security Test Tool is a portable tool which can check whether you’re protected from keyloggers, webcam snoops and other information-stealing malware.

The program is entirely safe and from a trusted developer, but its use of malware-like techniques means there’s a chance your antivirus will flag it as dangerous. It’s not– this is a false alarm.

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Wox is a versatile launcher for Windows
March 2, 2017 – 05:05 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Wox is a versatile launcher for Windows

WoxWox is a versatile Alfred-like launcher which supports file and web searching, and can be extended with more than 100 plugins.

Activate the program by pressing Alt+Space and a simple command bar appears. Start typing a program,  file name or something else, Wox displays matches and you choose whatever you need.

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Desktop Dimmer takes Electron-based RAM-hogging to a whole new level
March 1, 2017 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Desktop Dimmer takes Electron-based RAM-hogging to a whole new level

Desktop DimmerWe’ve always been fans of ultra-lightweight programs, anything which measures its RAM requirements in kilobytes rather than megabytes.

Other people see that as old school, and in some ways they have a point. If your PC has 16GB of RAM, do you really care whether a program uses 500KB or 5MB?

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Resize windows to exact dimensions with Sizer
February 28, 2017 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Resize windows to exact dimensions with Sizer

SizerSizer 4 is a free tool which resizes desktop windows to precise dimensions: 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, or any other values you might need for a specific design or document.

The program starts very simply. Run it, start to resize a desktop window and a tooltip updates in real time to show the current dimensions, a helpful way to see exactly what you’re doing.

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Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare
February 27, 2017 – 19:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare

OnionShareOnionShare is an open-source cross-platform application for sharing files securely and anonymously.

The program uses Tor to temporarily host the files on your computer, and provides you with a cryptic and unguessable URL. Pass this on to the recipient and they can download the file directly from you.

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SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic
February 27, 2017 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on SniffPass captures email and FTP passwords from network traffic

SniffPassSaving email passwords in the client is quick, easy and convenient– unless you need to recreate the account somewhere else and can’t remember the details.

Most clients have specialist password recovery tools which can help. Mail PassView, for example, accesses a local Outlook installation to display its stored account details.

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Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer
February 26, 2017 – 18:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Batch rename a folder of images with PhotoRenamer

PhotoRenamerPhotoRenamer is a free Windows tool which can rename photos from the usual DCS014752.jpg-type garbage to something more consistent and meaningful.

The program opens with an Explorer-like tree view. Browse to the folder containing your images and thumbnails are displayed, eventually (it seems much slower than Explorer).

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Wavosaur 1.3 released
February 26, 2017 – 17:37 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Wavosaur 1.3 released

WavosaurQuirky audio editor Wavosaur (32-bit) has hit version 1.3 with some major additions and extensions.

New “Wavosaur Widgets” are small dockable windows which display real-time scopes, stereo balance and other charts and measurements.

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