LightBulb reduces eye strain by shifting screen gamma over time
January 31, 2017 – 15:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

LightBulbLightBulb is a f.lux-like application which smoothly adjusts screen gamma to make colours seem warmer at night, reducing eye strain and making your PC more comfortable to use.

Install the program and it goes to work automatically, detecting your location, figuring out the sunrise and sunset time and updating your display colour temperature to match.

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Bing Wallpaper updates your desktop with Bing’s image of the day
January 31, 2017 – 08:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Bing WallpaperBing Wallpaper is an open-source application which sets your wallpaper as Bing’s image of the day, then keeps it up-to-date.

Download, unzip and run BingWallPaper.exe and it immediately updates your wallpaper, displays a notification and minimises to your system tray.

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Optimise images for the web with pingo
January 29, 2017 – 03:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

pingoPingo is a free PNG and JPEG optimiser which supports both lossless and lossy compression.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but pingo stands out from the competition in several ways– some good, some not.

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DevDocs offline API browser now available for desktops
January 28, 2017 – 09:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

DevDocsLast month we wrote about DevDocs for Chrome, a free extension which gives access to API documentation for around 200 programming languages and technologies.

Now an unofficial Electron-based applet, DevDocs, brings the service specifically to the desktop, with downloads available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Winstep Nexus and Xtreme updated to 17.10
January 27, 2017 – 15:43 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WinStepWinstep Software Technologies has updated its flagship products, Winstep Xtreme and Winstep Nexus, to version 17.10.

Winstep Xtreme, the company’s powerful set of desktop applications, gains a new Moon Phases module which shows you how the moon will appear on any day of the month.

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Create strong passwords and software keys with SterJo Password Generator
January 27, 2017 – 09:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SterJo Password GeneratorFreeware developer SterJo Software has unveiled SterJo Password Generator, a free tool for creating strong and random passwords.

A simple interface enables choosing the length of each password and the type of characters it should include: upper or lower case letters, numbers and/ or special characters.

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temps is a gorgeous weather app for the desktop
January 27, 2017 – 07:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

tempsTemps is an open-source Electron-based weather app for just about every desktop: Windows, Linux and Mac.

There’s no installation required, just unzip and run, and in a few seconds you’re looking at temps’ stylish, app-like interface.

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Tabby Cat generates a feline friend for every new Chrome tab
January 26, 2017 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Tabby CatThere are endless Chrome extensions which replace your new tab page, typically to give you gorgeous photo wallpaper or equip your browser with productivity-boosting tools.

Tabby Cat has a simpler aim: it generates and displays a cute new cat on the background of every tab you open.

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Google Maps for iOS adds real-time updates to Popular Times feature
January 26, 2017 – 08:32 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Maps for iOSGoogle has released Google Maps for iOS 4.27, the second major update to its iPhone and iPad app this month. It follows an earlier update that improved support for Uber services.

The new release extends the live crowd-tracking feature that is already present on the maps.google.com website to the app. This is accompanied by a new feature giving users access to clipboard data, making it possible to import addresses from other apps.

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WayBack Machine’s official Chrome extension gets a major update
January 26, 2017 – 06:40 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

WayBack MachineIt’s barely a week since we looked at the WayBack Machine’s simple Chrome extension, but it’s just had a major update which makes the add-on much more useful.

Clicking the WayBack Machine icon now displays buttons to show the first or most recent archived copies of the current URL, as stored in the WayBack Machine– perfect for seeing how a site has changed over time.

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Customise and convert icons with Axialis IconGenerator
January 25, 2017 – 09:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

IconGeneratorAxialis Software has unveiled Axialis IconGenerator, a free tool for customising and generating icons from a database of icon sets.

The program is mainly aimed at professional developers and designers, who might use it to purchase one of Axialis’ commercial icon sets and adapt it to suit their needs.

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