Keep an eye on your network with EasyNetMonitor
April 16, 2015 – 09:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EasyNetMonitorWe’ve always liked tiny single-executable utilities, the type you’ll find at NirSoft and Sysinternals. The developers don’t waste time with gimmicks, massive icons or interface themes: they just concentrate on the core functions you need to get the job done.

So it is with EasyNetMonitor, a free tool for monitoring the availability of network and web hosts. While not up to NirSoft standards, it crams a lot of functionality into its very compact file.

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TripAdvisor 10 for iOS and Android adds Travel Guides, iPad-only optimisations
April 16, 2015 – 08:58 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TripAdvisor for iPhone 9.0TripAdvisor has unveiled TripAdvisor for iOS 10.0 alongside TripAdvisor for Android 10.0. The app’s main highlight is the introduction of Travel Guides for selected locations.

The new release also allows users to submit up to 10 photos with each review, plus implements a number of optimisations for iPad users.

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CyberLink PowerDVD 15 is smarter, smoother, even more powerful
April 16, 2015 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

CyberLink PowerDVDCyberLink has launched CyberLink PowerDVD 15, a worthwhile update of it’s do-everything media player for Windows Vista and later.

CyberLink’s playback-improving TrueTheater technologies are smarter than ever. TrueTheater Color enhances hue and vibrancy but leaves skin tones alone, while TrueTheater Sound amplifies vocal range audio for crisper, clearer speech.

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Adware-avoider Unchecky acquired by Reason Software
April 15, 2015 – 17:24 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Reason Core SecurityReason Software, developer of herdProtect and Should I remove it?, has acquired RaMMicHaeL’s smart adware-blocking Unchecky.

The program is an innovative free tool which monitors software installations, looks out for bundled adware, and automatically clears their checkboxes to ensure they’re not installed by default.

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Batch print documents, photos, PDFs with 2Printer
April 14, 2015 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

2Printer2Printer is a free (for personal use) Windows tool for batch printing PDFs, Office documents, photos, drawings and a whole lot more.

If you only print the occasional document then this isn’t the program for you. But if you run a business and need to print a folder of documents at the end of the month, say, it could save you some time.

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Opera debuts all-new Opera Mini for Android 8.0 browser
April 14, 2015 – 07:57 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera Mini for Android 8.0Opera Software ASA has unveiled Opera Mini for Android 8.0 a major new – and long overdue – version of its mobile-friendly browser for Android devices.

Despite appearing to be a simple upgrade from the previous release – 7.6 – Opera Mini 8.0 has been released to the Google Play store as a completely new – and separate – app, which means existing users will need to download and install it afresh, where it will subsequently appear and run in isolation alongside the original version.

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Kaspersky releases CoinVault Decryptor
April 14, 2015 – 06:18 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

KasperskyKaspersky Labs has released CoinVault Decryptor, is a free tool which may help victims of the CoinVault ransomware to decrypt their files.

The program works by using a set of decryption keys recovered by the Danish police. Unfortunately it isn’t a full set, and so the Decryptor won’t work for everyone.

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Chat with animated GIFs in Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Gmail
April 13, 2015 – 17:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GiphyThey’re old, horribly inefficient, seriously dumb, but let’s be realistic: there are times in every online conversation when only an animated GIF will do.

If you already have a big collection of face palms and laughing dogs then that’s not a problem, but if you’re more of an occasional GIFer then you might need a little help.

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Cut SVG file sizes by up to 80% with SVGO
April 13, 2015 – 04:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SVGOScalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a versatile image format with many possibilities, but its XML-based files aren’t exactly efficient, and they can include a vast amount of redundant data.

SVGO is an open source tool for Windows and Mac which optimises SVGs, stripping out surplus tags, and cutting file size by up to 80% without affecting the image itself.

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Media file manager Konvertor FM goes freeware
April 12, 2015 – 15:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Konvertor FMLogipole has announced that its Windows 7+ media file manager Konvertor FM is now freeware.

There are so many media managers around that you might be wondering why you should care, but this one is a little different. It doesn’t just view JPGs, PNGs and GIFs: there’s support for 2,034 image file types, 795 audio, 230 video, 102 3D, as well as Office documents and other more general types, even if they’re stored in any of 165 archive formats.

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NetToolset is a handy suite of network tools
April 12, 2015 – 07:32 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

NetToolsetNetToolset is a free-for-personal-use network toolkit for Windows XP+ which supports eight common functions: Ping, Traceroute+, DNS Lookup, Reverse DNS, Blacklist Lookup, IP Whois, Domain Whois and Port Scan.

The program is more about simplicity than power. Typically you’ll click a tab, enter a domain or IP address and click a button. The Ping function has the most configuration options, including Rounds, Reply Timeout, Time between rounds, Bytes and Reverse DNS.

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