OSForensics 4.0 drops free version
November 10, 2016 – 14:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

OSForensicsPassMark Software has unveiled OSForensics 4, a major update for its powerful PC forensics tool.

There’s bad news: the “free for personal use” edition has been replaced by a 30-day trial.

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Marp creates PDF presentations from Markdown
November 9, 2016 – 08:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MarpBuilding presentations often involves mastering a heavy-duty GUI: layouts here, color panels there, transition previews, animation and more.

Marp strips all that away, and enables creating presentations with just a little Github-flavored Markdown.

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Run multiple processes simultaneously with MParallel
November 8, 2016 – 10:44 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MParallelMulti-core CPUs have been around for a very long time, but unfortunately most software is still single-threaded and has no idea how to utilise all that power.

MParallel is an open-source tool which offers one simple workaround, launching multiple processes in separate threads so that you can run them all simultaneously.

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Gmail 5.0.3 for iOS unveils Material Design-inspired look, allows users to unsend email
November 7, 2016 – 14:36 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Gmail for iOSGoogle has unveiled a major new version of its iPhone and iPad email app with the release of Gmail 5.0.3. The major highlight of this new build is a complete redesign to more closely match its web and Android interfaces.

Gmail 5.0.3 also comes with a handful of new features, including instant search, an option to unsend mail and swipe-to-archive functionality.

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Open Hardware Monitor: it’s still alive!
November 7, 2016 – 10:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Open Hardware MonitorAfter almost two update-free years, the Open Hardware Monitor project has jumped back to live with the release of version 0.8.

The open source project is a free tool for monitoring CPU load, clock speed and temperatures, fan speeds, voltages, video adapters, RAM usage and more.

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Prisma-like NeuralStyler 1.2 brings more creative control
November 7, 2016 – 09:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

NeuralStylerOpen-source video-to-art creator NeuralStyler has hit version 1.2 with some handy new features.

A simple video trimmer allows selecting the scene you’d like to transform. It’s not precise – you choose your start and end points by seconds, not frames – but that’s still enough to save you a lot of time and hassle.

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SoftPerfect RAM Disk no longer free for personal use
November 6, 2016 – 12:27 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SoftPerfect RAMDiskSoftPerfect has released SoftPerfect RAM Disk 4.0 with a major license change: the program is no longer free for home users.

After the 30-day trial is up, version 4.0 now requires a $29 license for home users. As before, it’s $49 for businesses.

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(Un)colored is a rich content HTML and Markdown editor
November 6, 2016 – 06:39 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Uncolored(Un)colored is a distraction-free HTML and Markdown-compatible document editor for Windows, Linux and Mac.

The program opens with an empty window, no toolbars, ribbons or anything else– it’s just an empty frame where you can start to type.

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Clean PC Smart is a fake Registry cleaner
November 5, 2016 – 09:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

peEXERunning Registry cleaners generally makes us nervous, as they’re far more likely to remove some important setting than make any measurable difference to your system speed.

Most developers try to address this by building real intelligence into their code, but “Clean PC Smart” takes a different route: despite listing thousands of “issues” and claiming to fix them, it never deletes anything at all.

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Capture and analyze your network traffic with Dripcap
November 4, 2016 – 12:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DripcapDripcap is a cross-platform open-source packet analyzer which allows even total network novices to inspect their network traffic.

The program is simple to set up, as there’s no installation or third-party capture tool required– just unzip the download to any convenient folder.

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WindowBlinds 10.5 adds universal app skinning
November 3, 2016 – 06:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WindowBlindsStardock has released WindowBlinds 10.5, the latest edition of its desktop customisation tool, with new support for skinning universal apps.

There’s no extra work involved for the user, nothing else to configure– just choose a visual theme and your desktop, applications and apps all get the new-look interface.

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