Nektra SpyStudio goes freeware
May 20, 2015 – 12:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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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EncFSMP: a real cross-platform encryption tool
May 18, 2015 – 11:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EncFSMPEncrypting your most confidential files can be very easy, at least with the right application. Create a container; choose a password; drag, drop, done.

Sharing those containers is often more difficult, especially if the recipient needs to install a copy of your original encryption tool, and it’s not available for their platform.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 adds Windows 10 support
May 18, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo WinOptimizerGerman developer Ashampoo has announced the release of Ashampoo WinOptimizer 12 ($49.99), its hugely comprehensive all-in-one PC maintenance toolkit.

Extended drive and internet cleaners work to free up more hard drive space. They can optimise multiple user accounts in a single operation, too – no need to log into each account individually.

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Extract, convert and process your PDFs with PDF MultiTool
May 16, 2015 – 09:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PDF MultiToolPDF MultiTool” sounds like it’s going to be yet another PDF toolkit: the usual set of basic functions, none of which work very well, which only exists at all because the developer hopes you’ll install its assorted toolbars.

But no: this really is different. There’s no adware here, no toolbars or similar irritations, and the feature list includes plenty of interesting extras which you’ll rarely find elsewhere.

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Access folder contents instantly with Wincmder Shellex
May 15, 2015 – 06:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Wincmder ShellexIf your desktop is cluttered then you could create a few folders to hold shortcuts, important files, whatever you access regularly. That works, but it’s less convenient: you’re forced to open a folder to view the contents, then close it when you’re done.

Install Wincmder Shellex and just right-clicking a folder displays a menu listing its contents (shift+clicking gets you the previous context menu). Choose a shortcut or file and it launches as usual, no need to open the folder at all.

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