Get your finances under control with Yapbam
July 23, 2015 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YapbamManaging your money can be complicated, tedious, time-consuming. It’s tempting to just leave your accounts to look after themselves, and if your finances aren’t too tight then you might get away with that. For a while, anyway.

Keeping track of your balances is a much better idea, though, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Yapbam (Yet Another Personal Bank Account Manager) is a cross-platform personal finance manager which helps you get started almost immediately.

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Microsoft’s new “Send” is “instant emailing” for Office 365
July 23, 2015 – 03:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SendMicrosoft’s Garage group has released Send, a quick and easy iOS app for sending SMS-like short emails via Office 365 and school email accounts. No subject lines, no signatures, it’s essentially an instant messaging program which happens to communicate via email.

The app aims to keep any operating hassles to a minimum. Office 365 integration gives you immediate access to  your Outlook contacts, and sending messages is as easy as selecting one and entering your text.

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Easily print custom image thumbnails with Primg
July 22, 2015 – 13:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PrimgWindows provides many ways to browse a folder of images, but it’s much less flexible when it comes to printing. Typically you’ll have to print your pictures one at a time, or make do with whatever fixed multi-image formats your printer driver supports.

Primg is one of the simplest solutions around, a tiny portable freebie which gives much more control over your picture printouts.

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CyberLink launches Media Suite 13
July 22, 2015 – 11:17 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

CyberLink LogoCyberLink Corporation has released Media Suite 13, its comprehensive do-everything collection of multimedia software.

Highlights include the leading consumer video editor PowerDirector 13, PowerDVD 15 for media playback, and an excellent image editor in PhotoDirector 6.

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Worried about upgrading to Windows 10? EaseUS System GoBack Free provides you with an escape route
July 22, 2015 – 11:01 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

System GoBack FreeEaseUS has released System GoBack Free 1.0, a tool aimed squarely at those about to upgrade to Windows 10.

The stakes are high for Microsoft’s new OS – it’s a free update to many, but those who have reserved their upgrade may be getting twitchy ahead of the big day. System GoBack Free aims to soothe their nerves by offering an easy fallback option.

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Microsoft ships stand-alone Android Emulator
July 21, 2015 – 07:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Visual Studio Emulator for AndroidMicrosoft has released the final build of Visual Studio Emulator for Android, which despite its name, doesn’t install or require Visual Studio: just Windows 8+ with Hyper-V.

The big disadvantage of the package is still the lack of the Play Store. You can only install new apps from their APK files.

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MobaXterm 8.0 adds PuTTY engine, credentials, PowerShell support
July 20, 2015 – 13:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MobaXtermAll-in-one remote networking toolkit MobaXterm 8.0 has shipped with the ability to create credentials for multiple sessions.

The latest build is packed with technology derived from the open source PuTTY, including the SSH/ telnet/ rlogin/ serial engines, the embedded terminal, a new “MobaKeyGen” graphical SSH keys generator – even a new Games menu with simple puzzles and games from the PuTTY developer. (No, really.)

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Pattern-lock Android apps with ES App Locker
July 20, 2015 – 07:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ES App LockerAndroid devices have plenty of security options – passwords, PINs, pattern locks – but they’re mostly about blocking access to the entire system. Get past the lock screen, and if a friend picks up your phone they can do whatever they like.

ES App Locker – from the developers of the popular ES File Explorer – adds another layer, enabling you to block access to individual apps by drawing a pattern on the screen.

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Find, save and share animated GIFs with PopKey for Desktop
July 17, 2015 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PopKey for DesktopPopKey for Desktop is a free Windows and OS X tool for browsing, saving and sharing the latest animated GIFs.

It’s a desktop spin on the company’s PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS, and has a simple, app-like interface which keeps options and controls to an absolute minimum.

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Audacity 2.1.1 adds scrubbing, seeking, effect presets
July 17, 2015 – 04:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AudacityClassic open source audio editor Audacity has been updated to version 2.1.1 with some welcome additions and improvements.

A new Ctrl+click “scrub play mode” enables playback – both forwards and backwards – just by moving your mouse cursor across the waveform.

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Is virgo the smallest virtual desktop manager ever?
July 16, 2015 – 12:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

virgoWhen you’re regularly trying out new software, it’s important to look for anything odd or unusual, any sign that a program might not be what it seems.

The Windows “virtual desktop manager” virgo seemed like a great example. A 3.7KB download? Which unpacked to a single 8KB executable? There had to be something wrong here. Surely?

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