Google Maps for iOS 4.4 adds full-screen maps, colour-coded transit links
March 19, 2015 – 09:56 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google MapsGoogle has released Google Maps for iOS 4.4, a new version of its map app for iPhone and iPad users.

The new build promises one-tap access to a full-screen map, the ability to view transit colours when viewing public transport directions and the ability to filter search results for Zagat-rated restaurants.

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Design interface mockups on your iPhone with Napkin Sketch
March 18, 2015 – 11:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Napkin SketchNapkin Sketch is a lightweight free design tool for building interface mockups on your iPhone.

The app is all about simplicity. There’s no interactivity here, no huge palette of custom shapes, no export to code or anything even faintly complicated. It’s really just a simple drawing tool, a quick and easy way to present an idea during a meeting or over coffee.

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MeshMagic 3D is a simple STL viewer and editor
March 18, 2015 – 07:48 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MeshMagicAustralian developer NCH Software has announced the release of MeshMagic 3D, a simple 3D design tool which can import and edit STL and 3DP models.

This is very much “CAD lite”. The 335KB setup file doesn’t download the real files from somewhere else, it really is all you get: a single executable plus an installer, and nothing else at all.

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Track your PC activities with ManicTime
March 17, 2015 – 11:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ManicTimeManicTime is a free activity tracker which can monitor exactly what you’re doing on a PC, then give you a detailed breakdown of which apps you were running, when, and for how long.

The program is aimed at business users who need to bill others for their time, but it can have other benefits. If you’re easily distracted, say, then seeing exactly how much time you’re spending on desktop games could be an important reality check.

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PeaZip gets a novice-friendly spinoff: PeaExtractor
March 16, 2015 – 16:13 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

PeaExtractorPeaZip Software has announced the release of PeaExtractor, a PeaZip spinoff which can extract the contents from 150+ archive types: 7Z, ACE, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, RAR, TAR, ZIP and more.

The program can’t create archives, it’s strictly about extraction only, keeping the entire process as quick and beginner-friendly as possible.

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SunsetScreen dims your PC screen at night
March 16, 2015 – 09:42 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SunsetScreenSkytopia has released SunsetScreen, a free tool for Windows XP and later which automatically reduces the glare on your screen at night.

In theory, reducing your exposure to blue light in the evenings may help avoid problems with melatonin production, and so give you a more restful sleep. But even if that doesn’t work, having the screen match your current lighting conditions could make your computer more comfortable to use.

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Z-Cron is a smart PC task scheduler
March 15, 2015 – 05:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Z-CronZ-Cron is a free-for-personal-use Windows tool which advertises itself as a “task control tool”, something which can “have programs of all kinds started automatically by the system even if no user is logged in”.

This isn’t the most compelling of descriptions, as Windows Task Manager does the same thing already – but wait. Z-Cron is more capable than it seems.

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Windows Repair 3.0 debuts Pro version, new PC fixes
March 13, 2015 – 14:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Windows Repair has announced the release of Windows Repair v3.0.0 and Windows Repair Portable v3.0.0, the latest editions of its one-stop troubleshooting toolkit.

The package now comes in both Free and Pro editions. This doesn’t affect the free version much – nothing has been taken away, there are no nag screens – but the $19.95 Pro build includes extras like performance tweaks, better disk cleanup and custom scripting support.

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Mailbird 2.0 brings new Contacts Manager, swipe gestures, email snoozing
March 13, 2015 – 11:46 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MailbirdSparrow-like Windows email client Mailbird has been updated to version 2.0 with a range of new and enhanced features.

Smarter email management tools include the ability to drag and drop any email conversation to a folder, a trash button for one-click deletion, and – in the $6/ year Pro version – the option to Snooze an email and deal with it later.

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Microsoft EMET 5.2 blocks “VBScript God Mode”
March 13, 2015 – 06:20 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

EMETMicrosoft has updated its exploit blocker Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) to version 5.2 with some welcome tweaks and enhancements.

The Attack Surface Reduction mitigation has been extended to stop processes running malicious scripts via IE’s script engine. That’s good news as it’s a particularly powerful hack, and the basic “VBScript God Mode” idea has been around for quite some time.

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Alfred turns unused smartphones into surveillance cams
March 12, 2015 – 13:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AlfredDo you have an unused Android smartphone? It might be yesterday’s model, but Alfred can give it new life, turning the device into your very own home surveillance camera.

Setup starts by running Alfred on the phone you’ll be using as a monitor. Configure it as the camera, and log in with your Google account.

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