Restrict and limit Windows user accounts with FrontFace Lockdown Tool
August 27, 2016 – 10:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

FrontFace Lockdown ToolIf you’re setting up a PC for others to use then you’ll often want to limit their actions, prevent them running other applications or tweaking system settings.

Windows has many security and user settings that can help, but they’re scattered across many applets and may be hard to find.

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DarkAudacity gives Audacity’s classic audio editor a UI update
August 26, 2016 – 14:59 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

DarkAudacityDarkAudacity, a mildly redesigned branch of the classic open-source audio editor Audacity, has been released for Windows.

The package has no big technical changes or enhancements, and instead focuses on revamping the interface to simplify operations and give it a more modern look.

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OpenStreetView is a crowd-sourced Google Street View
August 26, 2016 – 07:17 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

OpenStreetViewOpenStreetMap has launched OpenStreetView, an open-source alternative to Google Street View.

The service offers free Android and iOS apps to record images while you’re driving. Upload the results to the OpenStreetView servers and they’ll be shared with the world.

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JixiPix’s Sprektrel Art is free until August 29th
August 25, 2016 – 13:10 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Spektrel ArtSpektrel Art is a smart Windows and Mac app/ Photoshop plugin which transforms images into digital works of art — and it’s available for free until August 29th.

What does it do? The developer attempts to explain, saying it’s “an extravagant otherworldly display of undulating movement that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light”. Umm, great.

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Transfer user profiles to a new PC with Transwiz
August 25, 2016 – 06:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

TranswizMigrating to a new PC can bring all kinds of hassles, and transferring user profiles is particularly awkward– especially as the old Windows Easy Transfer applet was discontinued in Windows 10.

Transwiz is a freeware wizard-based tool which simplifies the process, backing up and restoring user profiles in a very few clicks.

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Why can’t you open that EPUB?
August 24, 2016 – 10:43 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

pagina ePub-checkerYou’ve found an ebook you need, downloaded the EPUB, tried to open it, but– your viewer won’t display it properly. Or maybe at all.

You might assume it’s the viewer, and try something else, but the problem could also be the file. A converter or publishing program might save something with an EPUB extension, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a valid EPUB file.

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Track your AdSense earnings with Auburn
August 23, 2016 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AuburnAre you earning so much with Google AdSense that you’re always online checking your balance?

OK, probably not, but if you’re earning something then tiny Windows freebie Auburn could save you time by displaying your earnings in a system tray icon.

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Opera VPN 1.0 launches for Android, adds network security check
August 23, 2016 – 08:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

opera-vpn-200x175Three months after unveiling Opera VPN for iOS, browser developer Opera Software has launched Opera VPN 1.0 for Android.

The Android build offers the same functionality as the iOS version – secure VPN encryption to the web (with support for spoofing one of five countries), plus the blocking of both ads and tracking cookies. It also offers one extra feature not (yet) present in Open VPN for iOS: a tool for determining the security of the current network.

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Acronis True Image 2017 adds Facebook backup
August 23, 2016 – 05:34 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Acronis True Image 2017Acronis True Image 2017 has shipped with some welcome additions and enhancements.

Incremental Facebook backup automatically archives your Facebook photos, videos, contacts, comments, and likes.

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OpenOffice gets an unofficial iPad port
August 22, 2016 – 04:01 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Office 700He’s already ported OpenOffice to Android, and now Akikazu Yoshikawa has announced the release of Office 700, “the world’s first port of OpenOffice for iOS”.

The package includes all the key functions: text editing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing and just about everything apart from databases.

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My Family Tree 6.0 improves GEDCOM support, date handling
August 21, 2016 – 06:44 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

My Family TreeThe free genealogy tool My Family Tree has hit version 6.0 with a host of small but welcome enhancements.

Smarter GEDCOM handling includes a new import log to help diagnose any problems, and options to choose who to export when you’re saving a file.

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