How “fake” video downloads can install malware
January 19, 2016 – 13:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

VideoIt’s been a common Windows malware trick for years: you download some dubious video, it claims it won’t play unless you install a “codec”, but the file you’re offered is a Trojan or virus. Oops.

You might think you’d never be caught out by something so obvious, but it only takes a moment, you’re not paying attention, and — too late.

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3 Screen Recorder extensions for Chrome
January 19, 2016 – 07:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ScreencastifyFrom tutorials to troubleshooting, game walkthroughs, presentations or just sharing desktop activity, everyone can use a screen recorder occasionally.

This used to mean tracking down and installing some low-level native application, but there are now some surprisingly capable Chrome extensions which just might do everything you need.

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Doro PDF printer adds color conversion, page rotation controls
January 18, 2016 – 08:01 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

DoroLightweight virtual PDF printer Doro has been updated with new color conversion and page rotation settings.

If the default “UseDeviceIndependentColor” color conversion strategy doesn’t work, then you can now convert to RGB, CMYK or grayscale, or just use the colors in the source document.

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Disable those “Get Windows 10” pop-ups with GWX Stopper
January 18, 2016 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

GWX StopperWhile it’s great that Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10, it’s maybe less impressive that they’re using regular pop-up ads to tell us about this. Over, and over, and over again.

If you’re happy with Windows 7 or 8 then there are various ways to get rid of these alerts, but GWX Stopper is probably the simplest of all.

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Sophos Home: super-simple free antivirus for Windows and Mac
January 15, 2016 – 10:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Sophos HomeAvira, Avast, Baidu: plenty of developers offer free antivirus these days, and it can be as reliable as the commercial competition.

It’s tough for a new product to stand out from the crowd, then – but the new Sophos Home has found a way.

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Dashlane 4 unveils new user-friendly design, widens Password Changer support
January 14, 2016 – 09:30 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Dashlane 4.0Password management provider Dashlane has unveiled Dashlane 4.0 for Windows and Mac alongside Dashlane for iOS 4.0 and Dashlane for Android 4.0. The new release – available in free and a paid-for Premium package – shows off a brand new interface.

The new design – which Dashlane claims has been “enhanced and optimised for convenience” shows off menu upgrades, improved search, wider support for its automatic password changer tool and support for five more languages.

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How to automatically shut down your PC
January 14, 2016 – 08:08 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ShutMeDownManually shutting down a PC is easy enough – assuming you can find the power menu, anyway – but automating the process takes a little more work. And even if you spend a while playing with your power options, shutdown.exe and Task Scheduler, it still might not deliver what you need.

Fortunately there’s plenty of freeware around to help automate all your shutdown, restart, sleep and other power-related tasks.

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Browse, play and organise your movie files with Saleen Video Manager
January 13, 2016 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Saleen Video ManagerWe’re usually sceptical of media managers. They always promise big benefits, but often require a lot of setup time before they deliver, if you ever see them at all.

Saleen Video Manager is a little different. Yes, you can spend an age entering library data, if you like – but it also gives you plenty of movie manager tools you can use right away.

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1Password 6 for Mac debuts new All Vaults view, word-based password generation
January 13, 2016 – 06:42 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

1Password6AgileBits has released 1Password for Mac 6 a major new update for its Mac password manager client. The app, which works in conjunction with 1Password for iOS 6.2 as well Windows and Android apps, features a number of new and improved features.

The new release kicks off with a brand new All Vaults view. It enables users to view all items in both the main app and 1Password mini view without having to move between vaults.

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Remix OS is a Windows-like Android you can run on a PC
January 12, 2016 – 13:02 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Remix OSJide Technology has released Remix OS 2.0, a multitasking, mouse-friendly version of Android which comes ready to run on a PC.

The alpha build is available as a 700MB ISO, which the company recommends you run from a “USB 3.0 flash drive that supports FAT32 format, with a minimum capacity of 8GB and a recommended writing speed of 20MB/s.”

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Create and share your CV in minutes with Kickresume
January 12, 2016 – 04:53 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KickresumeDid you wake up on January 1st full of plans to change your life, get a new job, maybe a whole new career? Only to find that, somehow, your enthusiasm has faded and you’re back to work, as usual?

The key is to start small, with simple steps that’ll take you in the right direction, but won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed. Like creating and sharing your CV with the Chrome extension Kickresume.

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