EFF’s Privacy Badger automatically blocks web trackers
August 12, 2014 – 05:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

There are plenty of browser extensions around which try to block web trackers, but most have at least some issues: they’re complicated to set up, need custom configuration, use bulky blacklists, maybe there are some questions over the developer’s business model.

Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to change all that with Privacy Badger, a trustworthy Firefox and Chrome extension which blocks tracking ads and cookies entirely automatically, no manual intervention required.

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Reveal lost images with Thumbcache Viewer
August 11, 2014 – 18:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

You’ve accidentally deleted some irreplaceable images. There are no backups; file recovery tools can’t find anything; it seems like they’ve gone forever. But wait: there may still be just a little hope.

Browse a folder in thumbnail view and Explorer generates thumbnails for every supported file, saving them in a local cache. These can live on for a long time, even if the source files are deleted, corrupted or otherwise trashed. And you can recover any or all of them with just a couple of tiny free tools.

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Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6 adds new portrait tools, photo effects, delivers UI improvements
August 11, 2014 – 13:16 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6German developer Ashampoo has unveiled Photo Optimizer 6, the first major new build of its fast, user-friendly photo tool for over two years.

The program adds a number of new portrait-enhancing tools and a slew of extra effects, but also delivers various “structure” improvements to the user interface and promises a more efficient, faster image-editing tool. It also drops support for Windows XP.

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Sysinternals releases a brand new tool: Sysmon 1.0
August 9, 2014 – 09:53 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Window Sysinternals has announced a brand new tool, Sysmon, a Windows service and driver which logs process creations, network connections, and changes to a file’s creation time.

The service is designed to help users identify malware, but can also be helpful when troubleshooting, or whenever you need to know more about what’s happening on a PC.

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LastPass 3.1.50 improves folder management, further tightens security
August 8, 2014 – 13:18 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

lastpass_ios-200x175Password-manager specialist LastPass has released LastPass 3.1.50, a major new version of its cross-platform tool for securely storing online passwords in the cloud.

Version 3.1.50 comes with one new feature, which sees the tool now capable of automatically suggesting a folder name for putting newly saved popular sites into for better organisation. It also comes with various improvements and tighter security.

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YUMI creates custom multiboot USB drives
August 8, 2014 – 09:10 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

If Windows won’t start then there are plenty of standard options you can try: Safe Mode, system restore, “last known good”, and now Windows 8′s refresh options.

These technologies have their limits, though, and so it’s wise to prepare a few other bootable environments of your own. An antivirus rescue disc, a partition manager, maybe a backup tool or system recovery suite.

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DAYU Disk Master Free: image backups and more
August 7, 2014 – 08:15 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

At first glance, DAYU Disk Master Free looks like many other simple image backup tools. Select a target drive, a destination, choose a few options (compression, splitting, priority, speed) and you can run a backup at a click. Restoration is possible from the program or a rescue disk, and there’s a disk clone feature thrown in.

Browse the program’s menus, though, and some relatively unusual bonus features help it stand out from the low-end competition.

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WordPress for Android 3.0 released with major new features, joined by minor WordPress for iOS 4.2 update
August 7, 2014 – 07:17 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WordPressWordPress has updated its two mobile apps with the twin releases of WordPress for Android 3.0 and WordPress for iOS 4.2.

The different version numbers highlight the disparity between both platforms, although ironically it’s the Android version that is more fully featured than the iPad and iPhone build.

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Chrome’s All Seeing Eye searches the text of every page you’ve visited
August 6, 2014 – 14:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

You’ve been online for hours, Chrome windows and tabs scattered everywhere, and now you need to revisit a particular page. Which would be fine, except you can’t remember which one it was, and the standard web history – just titles and URLs – doesn’t help at all.

Maybe you should have installed All Seeing Eye, a Chrome extension which takes a snapshot of every page you visit, indexes its text, and makes this freely searchable whenever you like.

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Parallels Access 2.1 improves Lock’N’Go Magnifying Glass feature, supports Google+ login
August 6, 2014 – 12:45 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Parallels Access 2.0Parallels IP Holdings GmbH has launched Parallels Access for iPad and iPhone 2.1 and Parallels Access for Android 2.1, a useful new update to its desktop remote control app.

Version 2.1 now allows users to sign in using their Google+ accounts, plus promise slicker drag-and-drop performance when using the Lock’N’Go magnifying glass among other improvements and the usual stability fixes.

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Access multiple cloud storage accounts with B1 File Manager for Android
August 6, 2014 – 09:54 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Back in June we looked at B1 Free Archiver, a free cross-platform archive manager which can open (though not create) 38+ archive formats.

The same developer is also behind B1 File Manager, a capable file explorer for Android.

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