Opera 33 launches, with new branding
October 27, 2015 – 09:15 by Mike Williams in Featured, News | No Comment

Opera 33Opera FINAL 33 has shipped, complete with its brand new identity.

This isn’t just about a new icon. No, really. It’s three: a wireframe icon for the developer build, a partially painted version for betas, and a full 3D O for the final release, in Opera’s signature red.

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Sysinternals ships updates for Autoruns, Sysmon, RAMMap, Sigcheck, BgInfo
October 27, 2015 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SysinternalsWindows Sysinternals has announced updates for six of its freeware tech tools.

Autoruns 13.5 gains a right-click option which enables startup programs to be resubmitted to VirusTotal for a new scan.

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Ashampoo Uninstaller is now free
October 27, 2015 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Ashampoo UnInstaller 5Ashampoo has announced that its application remover Ashampoo Uninstaller is now free for anyone to download and use.

It may not look that way when you install it – there are still prompts for licence keys – but register with your email address and you’ll get a free key immediately.

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Generate spectacular 3D fractals with Mandelbulber
October 26, 2015 – 03:02 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MandelbulberFractal generators have been around for a very long time, but most of them just provide yet another way to produce the same Mandelbrot-based imagery we’ve seen so many times before.

Mandelbulber is different, because not only does it give you more formulae to play with, but it also renders your creations in spectacular 3D.

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Optimise your mouse movements for a dual display PC
October 23, 2015 – 07:33 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MouseSet up Windows for a dual-monitor system and your mouse cursor should move smoothly from one display to the next.

This brings real advantages, but you may also notice a few issues, because the cursor doesn’t just stop at the edge of the screen any more. It’s all too easy to move to a scroll bar, or some other control at the far side of one display, and find your mouse cursor overshoots to the other screen.

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Polarr 3 is a versatile photo editor for Chrome
October 22, 2015 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PolarrPolarr’s free online photo editor and mobile apps have generated a lot of interest this year, thanks to their well-judged mix of power and ease of use.

If you’ve not yet tried the editor for yourself, Polarr’s Chrome app is a great place to start.

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What’s really running on your PC? Part 1: Windows System Processes
October 21, 2015 – 11:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Process ExplorerPC too slow, possible malware infection, just not behaving as it should? Then you’ll probably launch Task Manager or something similar to figure out what’s going on.

Sounds great, until you find 50 or more cryptically-named background processes and realise you’ve barely any idea what most of them do.

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Kodi 15.2 unveils bug fixes and improvements across desktop and mobile
October 20, 2015 – 06:50 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

KodiThe XBMC Foundation has unveiled Kodi 15.2, a maintenance update of its open-source, cross-platform media center. This is the second release since version 15 debuted back in July.

The major focus of the new release is to improve stability on the Android platform, but there are numerous other bug fixes implemented in what Team Kodi has dubbed “The Final Chapter” in its release notes.

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Kalkules is a scientific calculator anyone can use
October 20, 2015 – 05:28 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KalkulesIf you’re not mathematically inclined then it’s easy to assume that scientific calculators are too complex, out of your reach, not something you’ll ever need or use.

Kalkules is a free and portable scientific calculator for Windows which shows that isn’t necessarily true.

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NirSoft rates antivirus engines for false positives
October 19, 2015 – 08:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

False AlarmIf you regularly download small technical Windows tools then you’ll know they’re often incorrectly flagged as malware, even when from very trusted sources.

Which security companies are the worst offenders? Freeware developer NirSoft has released a report scoring Virustotal’s 57 antivirus engines for their response to its utilities.

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Copyfish: free OCR and translation for Chrome
October 19, 2015 – 07:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CopyfishCopyfish is a free Chrome extension for extracting and translating text from images, videos, PDFs and more.

The package couldn’t be any easier to use. Click the Copyfish icon on your address bar, click and drag to draw a rectangle around your text, and wait: the OCR result is displayed in a few seconds, along with a translated version.

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