LightShot: capture, edit and share your screengrabs online
April 4, 2014 – 11:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

LightShot is a simple free tool which makes it very easy to take, edit and share your screengrabs online.

The program doesn’t force you to learn new hotkeys, for instance. To launch it you’ll just press PrtSc, as usual.

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Automatically move, copy, upload or download files with LimagitoX FileMover Lite
April 4, 2014 – 09:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Moving a few files around your system is simple, and you’ll probably just do it yourself: drag/ drop, copy/ paste, whatever it might be.

When you regularly need to process a lot of files, though, it might be quicker to automate the task with LimagitoX FileMover Lite.

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jAlbum 12: adds embedded web browser, drops ad-supported free build
April 3, 2014 – 17:22 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

jAlbum AB has released jAlbum 12, a major update of its popular web album builder.

A major interface revamp sees the program now include an embedded web browser (Chromium), enabling you to preview changes as soon as you adjust your project settings.

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Detect and monitor wifi networks with Homedale
April 3, 2014 – 13:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Homedale is a straightforward portable tool which detects local wireless networks and tells you more about them: name, channel, MAC address, encryption type and so on. It’s great for troubleshooting various wireless conflicts, or just finding out more about what’s going on around you.

The Homedale interface is, well, basic – just a single tabbed dialog box. Click “Access Points” first and you’ll see a table with details on all your network neighbours, including their name, MAC address, vendor, signal strength, encryption, country ID, mode, frequency, band, first and last seen times, supported bitrates, model and adapter.

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Stardock Start8 1.4 update ensures compatibility with Windows 8.1 Update 1
April 3, 2014 – 11:00 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Stardock Start8 1.1Stardock Corporation has released Start 8 1.4, a minor update to its Windows 8 Start button and menu replacement tool. There are no new features in version 1.4, just a series of bug fixes and one key compatibility update.

That update is support for the forthcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1, due to ship on “Patch Tuesday” next week. Existing Start8 users should therefore update this before April 8th rolls around.

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Quick Review: Baidu PC Faster
April 3, 2014 – 08:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Baidu PC Faster is a free suite of tools to clean, optimise and maintain your PC.

Yes, we know: we’ve heard this before, too. But PC Faster could be different, not least because it comes from Baidu, the company behind China’s largest search engine. Will this extra corporate power ensure it really delivers? We took a look.

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Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 adds Game Booster, User Rights Manager
April 2, 2014 – 17:18 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | Comments Off

Ashampoo GmbH has unveiled WinOptimizer 11, the latest edition of its PC cleanup, optimisation and maintenance suite.

The new release introduces Game Booster, a tool which frees up valuable system resources by temporarily shutting down non-essential services and processes.

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IObit PCtransfer launched, offers data and settings migration tool for Windows users
April 2, 2014 – 13:18 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | Comments Off

PCtransfer 1.0IObit Systems has released IObit PCtransfer 1.0, a freeware tool for migrating data and a limited selection of settings from one PC to another. The tool offers a simple, fuss-free user interface that will appeal to novices, but lacks advanced functionality, such as the ability to move entire programs or a more comprehensive array of supported program settings.

The program is packaged as a self-contained portable executable, so once launched, it’s a case of first selecting which items to include in the backup.

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Spotify 1.0 for iOS shows off darker theme, improved playlist features
April 2, 2014 – 09:59 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off

Spotify for iOSPopular music-streaming service Spotify has updated its iPad and iPhone app with the release of Spotify 1.0. The app gains a refreshed user interface to match the new darker theme being rolled out across all platforms.

It also debuts several new features. Chief among these is Your Music, a means of saving, organising and browsing the user’s favourite music in one spot.

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aria2 is an HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent downloader for the command line
April 2, 2014 – 09:30 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off

Downloading a file is usually very simple – just point your browser at the appropriate URL, and wait – so it’s hard to imagine why you might want to use a command line tool, instead.

Take a look at the open source aria2, though, and you might change your mind.

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O&O Syspectr debuts new email notification system
April 1, 2014 – 11:22 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off

O&O Software has announced a major update for Syspectr, its remote PC monitoring and management service.

A new email notification system makes it much easier to define which events you’d like to track. A panel lists the event categories (“Security”, “Updates”, “Software”, more), and you can choose whether you’d like to be informed of problems, warnings or “information” alerts with a click.

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