Brainstorm at speed with Edraw Mind Map
November 11, 2014 – 08:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Edraw Mind MapIn theory, mind mapping software should help you generate ideas, then organise and arrange them for easier sharing with others.

But then you launch your chosen package, stare at a blank screen, and are left wondering exactly how to begin. The end result is you’re wasting time dealing with the mechanics of the program, rather than thinking about the core issue you’re trying to address.

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LinuxLive USB Creator 2.90 released
November 11, 2014 – 05:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

LinuxLive USB CreatorThibaut Lauzière has announced the release of LinuxLive USB Creator 2.90, his one-stop distro download and Live USB key builder.

As usual, there’s support for the latest distributions: CentOS 7.0, Ubuntu 14.10, Debian Live 7.6.0, KNOPPIX 7.4.2 and more.

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Shock Firefox 33.1 release for desktop and Android boosts privacy controls
November 10, 2014 – 13:48 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Firefox 33 FINALIn a surprise move, Mozilla has unveiled Firefox 33.1 FINAL for desktop alongside Firefox for Android 33.1, unveiling some major new privacy features in the process.

The update adds a new Forget button for wiping activity over a user-defined period at the click of a button, plus introduces DuckDuckGo searching, which allows users to search without being tracked.

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Clipbor is a very configurable clipboard manager
November 10, 2014 – 09:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CliborIf you’re frustrated by the Windows clipboard and its one item limit then you’ve probably already tried a few clipboard managers, and we’ve covered plenty in the past (CopyQ, Clipboard History and Remembr, for instance).

Looking at yet another example probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, then – but Clibor just might be worth the effort.

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Sensor Sense monitors all your Android device sensors
November 7, 2014 – 08:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sensor SenseLight levels, position, sound, acceleration: your Android device knows a lot about its environment, and this data can be very helpful in adjusting how it behaves.

Individual apps might access one or two of these sensors, but Sensor Sense displays them all, and in real time.

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Office apps for iOS now iPhone-friendly, editing is free
November 7, 2014 – 06:40 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Office for iOSMicrosoft has released major updates for its iOS apps, Word 1.2, Excel 1.2 and PowerPoint 1.2.

All three have been redesigned for smaller screens, and run on your iPhone and iPod as well as the iPad.

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Enterprise network monitor ServersCheck now free
November 7, 2014 – 05:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ServersCheckServersCheck has announced the release of ServersCheck 12, its hugely comprehensive enterprise-level network/ web/ system and server monitor.

The highlight this time is the program is now free for personal or business use, with no time limits, to monitor just as many systems as you like.

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XMind 6 adds “export to Evernote”
November 6, 2014 – 11:31 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

XMindXMind has released XMind 6 (aka v3.5.0), a significant update for its popular mind mapping application.

The Free, Plus ($79) and Pro (currently on special offer at $99) editions can all now save maps to Evernote – images, attachment and text – making it easy to access them on different devices.

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Dub Music Player + Equalizer is a great-looking Android audio player
November 6, 2014 – 09:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Dub Music PlayerThere are a huge number of Android music players around, most of them competing for your attention with their vast and ever-extending lists of features. That’s great news if you’ll use all their functionality, but otherwise it may just get in your way.

Dub Music Player + Equalizer seems relatively simple by comparison, but it delivers the core basics most people need, and comes wrapped in a great looking, easy-to-use interface.

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Opera Mini 9 for iPad and iPhone reveals Video Boost mode, designed to reduce stutter and bandwidth usage
November 6, 2014 – 06:25 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Opera MiniNorwegian browser developer Opera has unveiled Opera Mini 9.0, a major new version of its speed-optimised browser for iPhone and iPad.

Version 9’s headline new feature is ‘Video Boost’, a tool Opera says that allows users to watch videos on their mobile without eating so excessively into their data plan.

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Adobe’s open source editor Brackets out of beta
November 5, 2014 – 14:28 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

BracketsIt seems to have been around for a very long time, but Brackets, Adobe’s open source text editor, has finally hit version 1.0.

Brackets’ appealing set of visual tools and inline editors now optionally comes with Extracts for Brackets (Preview), an extension which reads colours, fonts, gradients and other data from a PSD, making everything easily available in clean CSS.

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