Block unwanted hotkeys with Simple Disable Key
September 27, 2016 – 07:01 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Simple Disable KeyWell-chosen hotkeys make a program much easier to use, but there can be problems: you might keep hitting one by mistake, or maybe it gives users quick access to a feature you’d rather restrict.

Simple Disable Key is a free Windows tool which can disable individual hotkeys globally, by program or using a custom schedule.

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Navigate the galaxy with Gaia Sky
September 26, 2016 – 16:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Gaia SkyGaia Sky is what the developer calls a “real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation” package, which normally means you get to fly around like you’re in Star Trek, but with real-world deep-space images to make it more “educational”.

The project is based around the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission to chart around one billion stars of our galaxy.

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Protect your web privacy with ScriptSafe for Chrome
September 24, 2016 – 08:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScriptSafeScriptSafe is a free Chrome extension which has been helping users manage their web privacy for years, building up a huge list of features along the way.

The add-on can help block various content types, fingerprinting technologies, cookies, web bugs, Google analytics, cross media requests, social media buttons and a whole lot more.

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TunnelBear 3.0 brings faster, more secure VPN connections
September 23, 2016 – 10:15 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

TunnelBearCanadian VPN provider TunnelBear has updated its Windows and Mac clients to version 3.0.

The Windows release features a simplified, stripped-back interface and connects and reconnects up to 60% faster than before.

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MathMagic Lite is a versatile equation editor
September 23, 2016 – 07:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MathMagicMath is hard to avoid, even if you’re a total mathphobe, and anyone might find they occasionally need to use an equation in a document.

High-end packages like Microsoft Word have equation editors built-in, but if you’re not so lucky then MathMagic Lite is a convenient free-for-personal-use alternative.

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Google Allo: a sort-of smart messaging app
September 22, 2016 – 07:46 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Google AlloDoes the world need another messaging app? We’re not sure, but Google is giving us another one anyway, launching Google Allo for Android and iOS.

Key features include “Smart Reply”, which analyses incoming messages and suggests appropriate responses you can send with a tap.

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Bitdefender 2017 brings anti-ransomware, wifi vulnerability checker
September 21, 2016 – 15:51 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Bitdefender 2017Bitdefender has unveiled its 2017 consumer security range, including Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 ($39.99-), Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 ($59.99-) and Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2017 ($89.99-).

New features include the Wifi Security Scanner, a one-click tool which lists local wireless networks and quickly highlights any vulnerabilities.

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Postbox 5 adds dynamic content support, anti-tracking features
September 21, 2016 – 07:15 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Postbox 5Postbox, Inc has released Postbox 5.0, a major update to its Windows and Mac email client. Version 5 showcases a new look with high-DPI support in Windows, plus adds dynamic data support to responses and templates.

Other highlights include a new anti-tracking feature, Quick Post tool, new per-image scaling tool to help keep message sizes down, and global filters. There’s also 25 professionally designed email signatures and 70 business templates.

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mutool is a command-line PDF toolkit
September 20, 2016 – 07:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MuPDFOpen-source PDF toolkit MuPDF has been under development in one form or another since 2002, and over the years it’s built up a host of document viewing, conversion and extraction features.

The package doesn’t get the attention it deserves on Windows – probably because the key tools are console-based – but if you don’t mind spending time at the command line, it’s certainly worth a look.

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Opera 40 unveils free VPN to secure web browsing, improves battery saver
September 20, 2016 – 05:04 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

OperaOpera 40 has been released, bringing an easy, convenient VPN feature to the masses. It’s also reworked the battery saver tool, which was introduced in Opera 38, and adds RSS feeds to personal news.

The VPN server allows users to browse the web securely through an encrypted, tunnelled connection on any network (including insecure Wi-Fi open hotspots). It also makes it possible to spoof the user’s location, giving them access to otherwise geo-locked content.

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Flico identifies landmarks in YouTube videos
September 20, 2016 – 04:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FlicoFlico is a clever Chrome extension which can identify landmarks in YouTube videos and tell you more about them.

It’s easy to use. If you spot a landmark you don’t recognise, pause playback, click the Flico icon, then “Scan Landmarks”, and the add-on goes to work.

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