Restrict your PC to run only specific apps with Secure Lockdown
April 25, 2016 – 05:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Secure LockdownSecure Lockdown ($14.95-$29.95) is a quick and easy way to turn your computer into a “kiosk PC”, a system which runs only the applications you specify.

If you run a business and would like customers to be able to browse some demonstration software, for instance, you probably don’t want them to be able to close that program, Alt+Tab to something else, log out or otherwise mess things up – and that’s where Secure Lockdown can help.

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Capture, edit and share full web pages with Open Screenshot
April 24, 2016 – 04:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Open ScreenshotDesktop screenshot tools support many capture types, and sometimes this includes taking an image of a full web page, even when it doesn’t fit on the screen.

Sounds great, but it’s extremely difficult for a third-party tool to make this happen consistently with all browsers and web pages, and often it just won’t work.

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Franz: one desktop chat app for 14 messaging services
April 22, 2016 – 03:25 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FranzLet’s be frank: there are too many chat services in the world, and it can take a stack of background processes and open browser tabs to manage them all.

Franz is a free Windows, Mac and Linux application which makes your life easier by supporting them all.

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Evernote for Windows 6 marks evolution rather than revolution
April 21, 2016 – 11:59 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Evernote for Windows 6UPDATE: Evernote has unveiled Evernote for Windows 6.0.4, a major update of its desktop client for Windows users.

The new release sees another user interface revamp, plus focuses on refining existing tools rather than introducing major new features.

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Terminal Wings is a tabbed command line for Windows 10
April 21, 2016 – 08:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Terminal WingsWindows 10 brought a host of overdue command line improvements – like selection, resize and copy/ paste tools which actually work as you expect – but there’s plenty of scope for more.

Terminal Wings extends the console further with Chrome-style tabs, new colour and wallpaper options, transparency settings, “minimise to tray”, and more.

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StableBit CloudDrive is a secure virtual drive for your cloud storage accounts
April 21, 2016 – 05:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

StableBit CloudDrive.StableBit CloudDrive beta ($34.95) is an interesting tool which creates a secure virtual drive on your PC, and stores the data on your choice of local, network or cloud storage.

The program currently supports Amazon S3, Box, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business accounts.

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Adjust brightness and contrast from software with ClickMonitorDDC
April 20, 2016 – 03:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ClickMonitorDDCClickMonitorDDC is a tiny free tool which allows adjusting the brightness and contrast of DDC-compatible monitors (and that’s most of them, if you’re unsure).

You could do this anyway with the monitor buttons, maybe opening the Display Control Panel applet, but ClickMonitorDDC will often be much more convenient.

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Norton Security Premium 2017 gets first public beta
April 19, 2016 – 16:39 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Norton Security 2017Symantec has released a first public beta of Norton Security Premium 2017, the next generation of its high end security suite.

The new edition introduces “Proactive Exploit Protection”, which aims to prevent malware exploiting holes in your operating system – even those not yet discovered.

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Hain is a search tool, launcher and desktop assistant for x64 Windows
April 19, 2016 – 07:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HainHain is an open-source keyboard-oriented launcher, desktop search and productivity tool for 64-bit Windows.

The program is convenient to use. Unzip the download, run Hain.exe, it adds an icon to your system tray and pressing Alt+Space (customisable) launches the interface when required.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016 improves performance and interoperability with Microsoft Office
April 18, 2016 – 10:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

SoftMaker FreeOfficeSoftMaker Software has released SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016, a brand new version of its office suite for Windows and Linux that’s free for both personal and commercial use.

The new release comes with the promise of improved performance as well as better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. It also includes a number of new features and tweaks, confined largely to the suite’s presentation and spreadsheet components.

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Block unauthorised webcam usage with Who Stalks My Cam
April 18, 2016 – 04:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Who Stalks My CamWho Stalks My Cam is a free Windows application which alerts you to dubious software attempting to access your webcam.

The download unzips to a regular installer, but there’s also a portable version if you just want to take a quick look.

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