ON AIR adds now playing information to Skype
July 25, 2012 – 12:28 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Most people are keen to share their unquestionably excellent musical taste with everyone they know, and what better way to go about it than through a chat client. ON AIR is a plugin for Skype that enables you to share details of the music you are currently listening to by having your Skype status message automatically changed whenever a new track is played.

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RipTunes converts YouTube videos to MP3, ringtones and more
July 25, 2012 – 09:36 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

RipTunesYouTube is a great source of music videos and with the large number of privately filmed videos it is a great resource for tracking down live performances by your favorite band or artist. When you are at your computer, there is nothing to stop you from visiting YouTube whenever you want so you can listen to your favorite songs whenever you want, but RipTunes is a free utility that enables you to convert videos into MP3 files that you can add to your offline music library.

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Kurupira: just simple, free parental controls
July 25, 2012 – 08:09 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’ve tried setting up parental controls before then you’ll know this can often involve a lot of work. You may need to create accounts for each one of your children, for instance, before defining in very precise detail exactly what sort of content they can access, and what they really shouldn’t.

And so we were very surprised to see how straightforward the free Kurupira Web Filter was, by comparison. No “per user” settings, no lists of content types, no real need to set up any web filtering options at all: the program automatically blocks “inappropriate” websites just as soon as it’s installed, without you having to take any additional actions.

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OpalCalc: a scientific calculator for the rest of us
July 25, 2012 – 06:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

If you’re not comfortable with math then most scientific calculators will seem a little intimidating, packed as they are with complex functions which you’ll rarely, if ever use.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. OpalCalc is a very powerful calculator with some near spreadsheet-like functionality, yet it’s also presented in a way that makes it very accessible to even the most math-phobic of potential users.

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AirDroid lets you manage your Android device in a browser, without cables
July 24, 2012 – 13:36 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

AirDroidWant to get some photos off your Android phone or tablet but don’t have your USB cable with you? Looking for a way to send SMS messages from your computer? Want to copy and paste text between your Android device and computer? These are just some of the things that AirDroid could help you with. This free app enables you to use your web browser to connect to and control your Android device on a Mac or a PC running Windows or Linux. Read More »

Hideman: get a new IP address with this speedy VPN
July 24, 2012 – 07:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

VPN clients are a generally a very good way to maintain your anonymity online, and Hideman is no exception: just launch the program, click the Connect button and in a second or two you’ll be allocated an IP address in another country.

Which country? Hideman provides servers in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Russia, Singapore, Ukraine, the UK and US.

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Comodo IceDragon offers fast, secure browsing with a Mozilla core
July 23, 2012 – 12:26 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

Comodo IceDragonGoing online means having to decide which web browser you’re going to use to find your way around the internet. If security is your primary concern, a new browser as just entered the arena and is vying for attention. If Comodo IceDragon sounds familiar, you’ve probably been put in mind of Comodo Dragon, the security focused web browser based on Chromium. IceDragon is very much the same idea but this time around there is a Mozilla core.

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Manage your multi-monitor setup with NirSoft’s MultiMonitorTool
July 23, 2012 – 11:01 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Nir Sofer has released his latest creation, MultiMonitorTool, and the name tells you everything: it’s a one-stop tool to handle all your multiple monitor needs.

As usual with NirSoft utilities, there’s no installation required, no adware, no unwanted extras at all. Just download and unzip the implausibly small MultiMonitorTool file (under 200KB) and you’re ready to go.

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Stream (just about) any media file to your iPad or iPhone with VLC Streamer Free
July 23, 2012 – 10:36 by Nick Peers in Tips | Comments Off

When all is said and done, Apple’s pretty restrictive when it comes to playing media on your iOS device. Out of the box, only Apple’s own formats are supported, which is fine if you’re wedded to iTunes, but not so great if you have media in a variety of different formats.

You could manfully try converting them all using a tool like Handbrake, but if you want a quicker, fuss-free solution, then check out VLC Streamer Free instead.

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Mission Control / Expose Clone beings some of OS X to Windows
July 23, 2012 – 08:19 by Mark Wilson in News | Comments Off

Mission Control / Expose CloneWhen it comes to subtly, Mission Control / Expose Clone will win no prizes for its name – however, it may well impress in its ability to bring a great feature of OS X to Windows users. Ordinarily, Windows allows you to navigate between open windows and program using the task bar or by pressing the Win + Tab or Alt + Tab keyboard shortcuts. With Mission Control / Expose Clone installed, you can add Ctrl + Tab to your shortcut collection to access this great utility.

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Paragon Partition Manager 12 out: adds “Split Partition” wizard, new engine
July 23, 2012 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

Paragon Software Group has released Partition Manager 12, the latest edition of its flagship partitioning tool.

The program didn’t get much of a fanfare, perhaps because it’s mostly a maintenance release. Still, there are some worthwhile improvements, particularly if you have one of the commercial builds.

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