Organise all your messaging and email services with Rambox
June 12, 2017 – 09:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

RamboxRambox is a smart tool which enables accessing all your messaging and email services from a single cross-platform Electron-based app.

We really do mean all. The program opens with icons for 90+ supported services: Flock, Gmail, Hangouts, Hootsuite, Hushmail, iCloud Mail, ICQ, LinkedIn Messaging, Outlook, Outlook 365, Pushbullet, Skype, Slack, SquirrelMail, Steam Chat, TweetDeck, WhatsApp, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Zimbra and more – and you can add as many others as you need.

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Extend Android device battery life with AMOLED mnml Wallpapers
June 11, 2017 – 03:41 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AMOLEDIt’s been known for a long time that using dark wallpaper on devices with AMOLED screens can save energy and extend battery life.

Exactly how much you’ll save depends on the wallpaper, your device and how it’s used, but typical figures are 5 to 15%.

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Xonotic is a free and fast arena shooter
June 9, 2017 – 00:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

XonoticXonotic is a fast-paced arena-style first-person shooter for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Powered by a modified version of the Quake engine, the program’s quality graphics and lengthy feature list already outperform some commercial products.

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Chrome Delight brings gorgeous time-lapse video to your New Tab page
June 8, 2017 – 02:26 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Chrome DelightThere’s now a whole library of Chrome extensions which aim to enhance your “new tab” page, typically by importing new wallpaper from sources like Flickr and Shutterstock.

Delight goes a step further, replacing the usual static images with gorgeous time-lapse videos.

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Safely clean your Windows Installer folder with PatchCleaner
June 7, 2017 – 05:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PatchCleanerPatchCleaner is a free tool which can detect and safely remove junk files from the \Windows\Installer folder, potentially freeing up gigabytes of hard drive space.

The folder contains Windows Installer-based setup programs and patch files, and uses these whenever you want to modify or update the software. They should be removed when you uninstall a program, but guess what? This doesn’t always happen.

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kkrieger: a first-person shooter in under 100KB
June 6, 2017 – 05:00 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

kkriegerTired of resource-hogging Electron apps hogging vast amounts of system resources for even the simplest task?

For a neat reminder that it doesn’t have to be that way, take a look at kkrieger— a complete first-person shooter in under 100KB.

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Convert digital images to colour ASCII art with Image2ASCII
June 4, 2017 – 07:22 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Image2ASCIIImage2ASCII is an open-source Windows application which converts digital pictures to stylised ASCII art.

The program is tiny, and arrives as a stand-alone executable. There’s no installation required, simply download and run it.

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Find suspect processes, files and settings with ESET SysInspector
June 3, 2017 – 06:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ESET SysinspectorESET SysInspector (32-bit) is a powerful tool for examining the low-level details of a PC, and perhaps spotting malicious files, poorly configured settings and other issues that might be causing you problems.

The program has been around for a long time, but we’ve not looked at it for everal years, and as ESET issued a rare update recently we decided to see what it could do on a test Windows 10 laptop.

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Automatically change Android device settings with AUTOSET
June 2, 2017 – 01:55 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AUTOSETAUTOSET is an interesting $2 app which enables altering your Android device settings when you run an app, when an event happens, on a particular schedule, and more.

This opens up all kinds of possibilities. Choose a navigation app in AUTOSET’s list, for instance, and you could increase the screen brightness and media volume.

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Turn your phone or tablet into a mobile scanner with Adobe Scan
June 1, 2017 – 09:55 by Nick Peers in News, Tips | No Comment

Adobe ScanAdobe has released Adobe Scan 17.05.31 for iPhone, iPad and Android mobiles. The app allows users to turn their mobile camera into a scanner for various types of paper document, including receipts and magazine pages.

Apps that turn your phone or tablet into a portable scanner are two-a-penny, so at first glance Adobe Scan looks like a very late gate crasher to a party that’s already in full flow. But it claims one major advantage over its rivals: OCR support for free.

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Dipiscan is a professional, customisable network scanner
June 1, 2017 – 07:24 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

DipiscanDipiscan is a professional network scanner, fast, capable, and with a huge number of configuration options.

The package is easy enough for anyone to use. Launch it, click Analyze to scan your current network (no need to enter an IP address range, it figures out sensible defaults for itself), and the process is completed within seconds.

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