PointerStick is an excellent aid for any presentation
November 18, 2011 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Often, during a presentation, you’ll want to highlight a particular area of the screen. The obvious solution is to use the mouse cursor, and sometimes – if you’re using a large projector, say – that may be enough.

Mouse cursors are generally unobtrusive, though, which is why you might lose track of yours even when you’re sitting in front of the screen. So if you’d like to make your point rather more obviously, then you may benefit from a new free tool, PointerStick.

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Skype Beta updated, adds Facebook video calling and group screen sharing
November 17, 2011 – 18:38 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Skype’s integration with Facebook is nothing new, but the latest beta version of the cross-platform chat and VoIP tool takes this to a new level. Skype for Windows 5.7 Beta and Skype for Mac 5.4 Beta bring further advantages to connecting your Facebook account with your Skype one. Now, as well as being able to make use of Facebook chat from within the app, it is now also possible to conduct Facebook video chats.

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Want the features of Firefox in a 64-bit environment? Install Waterfox 8.0
November 17, 2011 – 10:32 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | Comments Off

Each new release of Mozilla’s Firefox brings improved performance to this popular open-source web browser. But despite these welcome tweaks, Firefox remains hobbled in one major respect for Windows users: it’s resolutely 32-bit.

There is an experimental 64-bit build of Firefox Nightly for Windows, but it’s an extremely early, unstable release and isn’t recommended for the casual user. So how can you enjoy Firefox in 64-bit without major risk? The answer lies with Waterfox 8.0.

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Freemake Video Downloader 3 released with wider support for streaming video sites
November 17, 2011 – 10:26 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

Grabbing videos from streaming web sites has just got a whole lot easier thanks to the release of Freemake Video Downloader 3.0.0. There are various tools that can be used to download videos from a variety of web sites such as YouTube, but it is often the case that such video downloaders are not capable of coping with every streaming site or have limitations on the video formats that are supported – these are not restrictions that are found here.

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Adobe releases Android apps that turn tablets into viable design tools
November 16, 2011 – 18:03 by Mark Wilson in Featured, News | Comments Off

Adobe is a name associated with design tools, and it has long been associated with desktop software that can be used to create everything from websites and products designs to page layouts and perfect photos. But in recent years there has been a huge interest in mobile devices, and while handheld devices are a little limited when it comes to being used as a design tool, the same cannot be said of tablets. The larger screens found on tablets have been put to great use in Adobe’s latest Android apps – Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Proto and Adobe Debut.

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Horloger is a beautiful flip clock for your Windows desktop
November 16, 2011 – 12:11 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, Tips | Comments Off

Finding out what time it is need not mean relying on Windows’ built in clock which is functional, but ultimately pretty ugly. Horloger, on the other hand, is a beautiful flip clock that will look great on any desktop. The look may appear familiar to mobile owners as widgets with a similar style are also available for the likes of Android, but this is a take on the genre that has been designed with Windows users in mind.

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MediaMonkey 4.0 now plays friendly with video as well as music
November 16, 2011 – 08:31 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Ventis Media has overhauled its music management tool to add full support for video. MediaMonkey 4.0, available in free and Gold editions, allows Windows users to manage and organise their media collection with a set of powerful tools.

Version 4.0 also adds support for library sharing to and from UPnP/DLNA devices, improves automatic synchronisation capabilities with Android mobiles and introduces a new portable installation option, allowing MediaMonkey to be run from USB drive.

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Emisoft’s free BlitzBlank deletes even the most stubborn malware files
November 16, 2011 – 07:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Malware removal is normally an entirely automatic process. Your PC encounters something unpleasant, your antivirus package deletes it, and you carry on as before: easy.

Sometimes, though, life isn’t quite as straightforward. In particular, if you’ve spotted a suspect process which your security suite doesn’t recognise yet, then you’ll probably want to remove it manually. And that can be a real challenge.

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IObit Advanced SystemCare 5 debuts ActiveBoost technology
November 15, 2011 – 19:15 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | 5 Comments

IObit has launched version 5 of its all-encompassing PC maintenance, optimisation and security suite. Advanced SystemCare 5 sees the debut of ActiveBoost technology, a background process that aims to keep the computer running smoothly through intelligent management of system resources.

Advanced SystemCare features a new cloud-based database for up-to-the-minute updates, redesigned user interface and enhanced Quick and Deep Care modules. The system tool has also been rewritten with a brand new architecture and source code to extend compatibility to both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.

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Hamster Free Burning Studio is a free disc burning suite with plenty of power
November 15, 2011 – 12:39 by Mark Wilson in Freebies, News | Comments Off

It’s fair to say that disc burning tools is one thing that is hardly in short supply, so it’ would be natural to wonder why another might be needed. While there are all manner of advanced burning suite available, anyone starting out in disc burning for the first time tends to get forgotten. This is something that Hamster Free Burning Studio aims to address, bringing the option to create and copy discs to everyone.

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Easily capture and analyse your network traffic with York
November 15, 2011 – 10:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Network capture tools can be useful for all kinds of reasons: troubleshooting, security, system optimisation, or just to keep a better record of your online activities.

Setting them up and making sense of their reports can often be tricky, of course – but it doesn’t have to be this way. York, while from perfect, offers easier than usual setup and in-depth logging of your traffic, and so could be very useful as a first network capture tool.

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