Terrify your friends with Windows Error Message Creator
May 24, 2015 – 07:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Windows Error Message CreatorYou’re busy working on your PC. Everything seems fine. But then, without warning, an error message tells you that some irreplaceable files have been lost forever.

It’s horrible. A nightmare. But if you’re the twisted type then you can now bring this experience to your friends, with a little help from Windows Error Message Creator (WEMC).

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IObit Game Assistant 3 adds game “Boost”
May 22, 2015 – 10:27 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

IObit Game AssistantIObit has launched IObit Game Assistant 3, a major update for its simple game launcher/ monitor/ manager.

The program automatically recognises more than 4,000 games, and its launcher can now – at last – organise them into categories. As before, you’re free to add local or web-based games as required.

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Uncover website problems with Darcy SEO Checker
May 21, 2015 – 10:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Darcy SEO CheckerSearch engine optimisation software is usually all about keywords, helping you find what’s going to work for you, and optimising your content and site structure to deliver better search engine rankings.

Despite its name, Darcy SEO Checker doesn’t bother with any of that, instead spidering across your site to check for HTTP error codes, URL issues, description and title problems, and more.

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Xara Web Designer 11 debuts online editing
May 21, 2015 – 05:16 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Xara Web Designer 11Xara Group has unveiled the latest generation of its WYSIWYG website builders, Web Designer 11 ($49.99) and Web Designer Premium 11 ($99.99).

Both editions include a beta of cloud.xara, which allows Xara sites to be viewed, edited and updated from a browser on any device.

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Nektra SpyStudio goes freeware
May 20, 2015 – 12:43 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

SpyStudioNektra Advanced Computing has announced that its system monitoring tool SpyStudio 32-bit/ 64-bit is now free for both personal and commercial use.

An essential download for geeks everywhere, SpyStudio reveals a host of low-level details on what a process is really doing: the files and Registry keys it’s accessing, the windows it creates, COM objects instanced, API calls made, and more.

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Control your PC by spoken commands with VoiceBot
May 20, 2015 – 08:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VoiceBotBinary Fortress has launched VoiceBot, a macro manager for Windows Vista+ which allows you to control games and other applications with spoken commands.

At its simplest, you might have VoiceBot recognise the word “New”, then issue the command Alt+F > N. Quick, easy, and works almost everywhere.

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Google Chrome 43 FINAL adds web MIDI hardware support, improves permissions API
May 20, 2015 – 07:33 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Google ChromeGoogle has unveiled Chrome 43 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 43’s main new feature is support for hardware MIDI instruments.

Chrome 43 also implements a couple of behind-the-scenes tweaks for developers that will help benefit end users through reducing the number of unnecessary prompts for action without compromising security.

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Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 20, 2015 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Microsoft Office for AndroidMicrosoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones.

Pre-release versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for phones running Android 4.4 or later.

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Panda Global Protection 2016 beta now available
May 19, 2015 – 12:58 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Panda Global Protection 2016Panda Security has announced the first public beta of Panda Global Protection 2016, a revamp of its comprehensive all-round security suite.

The new release provides enhanced wifi protection, detecting and alerting you to potential vulnerabilities.

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Process Hacker 2.35 released
May 19, 2015 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Process HackerFabulous PC monitoring tools Process Hacker and Process Hacker Portable have been updated to version 2.35 with some welcome extras and enhancements.

One major addition is support for viewing the load time and load reasons for process modules, on Windows 8 and above. If a long-running process like Explorer.exe is developing problems, you can now sort its modules by load time to get clues about the cause.

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View 100s of retro graphics formats with RECOIL
May 19, 2015 – 04:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

RECOILViewing images is easy these days. No matter which platform you’re on, or what application you’re running, just about everyone uses the same standard formats, and these can typically be displayed on your device’s native viewer, with no need to install anything else.

In the early days of computing, 30+ years ago, it was different. There was no JPG, no PNG, so companies like Atari and Commodore had their own graphic formats. Even these weren’t fixed, with new variations all the time, which makes it very difficult if you’d like to view any of them on a modern computer.

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