How to increase your laptop volume above 100%
April 29, 2017 – 04:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VolumeLaptop speakers can often be underpowered, and if you’re on the move it might not always be convenient to connect external speakers, or headphones.

Another option is to install specialist audio processing software to amplify your system volume beyond the usual maximum.

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Schedule web pages to open automatically with Open Me Later! for Chrome
April 28, 2017 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Open Me Later!If you’re looking to revisit a website later then the obvious solution is to bookmark it. That’s easy, but won’t help much if you forget about the link, or where you saved it.

Open Me Later! is a free Chrome extension which enables scheduling a page to open automatically, as the date and time you specify.

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Capture, edit and share your desktop with Icecream Screen Recorder
April 27, 2017 – 04:34 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Icecream Screen RecorderDesktop recorders are common on the PC and we’ve regularly covered them here, but does Icecream Screen Recorder have enough to stand out from the crowd?

A handy set of capture types doesn’t stop with full screen, window and freehand rectangles. The program can also capture a fixed-size rectangle around your mouse cursor, very useful when you need to focus on a particular area of the screen.

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Dalenryder Password Generator is a versatile security toolkit
April 26, 2017 – 06:23 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dalenryder Password GeneratorDalenryder Password Generator is an interesting collection of simple security tools, nicely presented in a big-buttoned, touch-friendly interface.

Tap “Quick Password” and the program generates and displays a strong 12-character long password. You can optionally include symbols or change the password length to anything from 4 to 30 characters, then generate a password and copy it to the clipboard in a couple of clicks.

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Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 arrives on Windows, runs Google services in a desktop app
April 25, 2017 – 11:18 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

kiwi-icon-200x175Zive, Inc has released Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 for PC users, migrating its popular Mac tool of the same name to the Windows platform.

Kiwi for Gmail will appeal to those Google aficionados who are currently accessing Google services – primarily Gmail (including mail, calendar and contacts), but also Google’s G-Suite office apps – through their web browser.

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Email This for Chrome sends articles to your inbox for later reading
April 25, 2017 – 11:14 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Email ThisEmail This is a free Chrome extension and web service which sending web pages to your inbox for later reading.

If you’ve found a great article but there’s no time to read it now, tapping the “et” button on your Chrome address bar sends the trimmed-down ad-free essentials of the page to your registered email address.

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Inspect and manage Windows processes with Process Lister
April 24, 2017 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ProcessListerSecurity vendor NoVirusThanks has released Process Lister, a sort-of task manager which displays running processes, their key data, and provides various ways to manipulate them.

The program opens with a familiar list of processes and their details: PID, name, session, command line, 32/ 64-bit, parent PID/ process/ command line, description, company, signer, user/ domain and more.

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Etcher burns images to USB keys, SD cards, more
April 23, 2017 – 06:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

EtcherEtcher is an open-source cross-platform tool for burning images to SD cards, USB drives and other removable devices.

The program keeps operations to the bare minimum, all of them clearly displayed on a simple interface. Choose your image, then your drive, and finally click the “Flash!” button.

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Search for animated GIFs from your desktop with AstroGif
April 22, 2017 – 07:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AstroGifAstroGif is an open-source menu bar app which allows you to search for animated GIFs and copy their URL, or the markdown equivalent, to the clipboard.

The program runs in the background on your PC. It can be launched by clicking its system tray icon, or pressing its (customisable) hotkey, Ctrl+Alt+Space.

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Add shortcuts to Control Panel with My Computer Manager
April 21, 2017 – 09:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

My Computer ManagerWindows makes it easy to place shortcuts in any folder, except of course system folders like Control Panel or My Computer (aka This PC), where for some reason none of the usual rules apply.

My Computer Manager is a free portable tool which helps out by displaying details of your existing Control Panel applets and enables adding custom items of your own.

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Microsoft To-Do is a Wunderlist-like task manager
April 20, 2017 – 07:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Microsoft To-DoMicrosoft has unveiled a first public preview of Microsoft To-Do, a simple task manager with apps for Windows 10, iOS and Android.

The program has been developed by the team behind Wunderlist, which Microsoft acquired back in 2015.

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