Back up Windows and program settings with CloneApp
June 21, 2015 – 16:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CloneAppCloneApp is a tiny, free and portable tool which can back up and restore the settings of many popular Windows programs.

Supported software includes 7-Zip, Adobe Reader, Classic Shell, Gimp, Google Chrome, Google Earth, IrfanView, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office 2010/ 2013, Firefox, Opera, VLC Media Player, and it can preserve plenty of Windows settings, too: Favorites, Contacts, Network folder settings, Start Menu and more.

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Sicyon is a serious scientific calculator
June 20, 2015 – 13:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SicyonThere’s plenty of “scientific calculator” programs around, but very few really live up to the name (trig functions and a degrees/ radians switch really aren’t as advanced as some developers seem to think).

At first glance the Windows freeware Sicyon looks much the same. There’s a numeric keypad, the basic operators, then buttons of functions which you can use as required.

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WinZip Mac Edition 4.0 adds support for iCloud and ZipShare sharing
June 19, 2015 – 07:16 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

WinZip Mac EditionCorel’s WinZip subsidiary has unveiled a major new release for the Mac edition of its renowned zip archiving tool. WinZip Mac Edition 4.0 focuses on improving its sharing tools, but also implements support for Retina displays.

The tool first updates its direct integration cloud tool to add support for Apple’s iCloud Drive as well as its own proprietary ZipShare service. This increases the number of supported tools to four, the other two being Google Drive and Dropbox.

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Lock your PC with a USB flash drive
June 19, 2015 – 06:47 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

KeyLockKeyLock is a free Windows tool which allows you to lock your PC with a USB flash drive. If you need to leave it unattended for a while, just unplug the drive, a custom lock screen appears, and you won’t be able to continue until it’s reconnected.

Setup is easy. Connect a USB key, choose it in the Drives list, and you can save the details and start protection in a couple of clicks.

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Macrium Reflect Free 6 adds differential backups
June 18, 2015 – 13:08 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Macrium ReflectParamount Software has released Macrium Reflect Free 6, the personal-use-only edition of its popular imaging backup tool.

The big addition is support for differential images, which save time by only recording the data that has changed since the last backup.

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PNotes.NET is the ultimate sticky notes manager
June 18, 2015 – 04:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PNotes.NET“Sticky notes” software can be very basic, and that’s not necessarily a problem. Just being able to type plain text notes as required, add a “reminder” time and browse them all later is more than enough to be useful.

The open source Windows tool PNotes.NET goes further, though – much, much further – and is now so powerful that it takes the genre to a whole new level.

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AIDA64 brings in-depth system information to Android
June 17, 2015 – 05:48 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AIDA64 for AndroidIt’s best known as one of the most powerful and detailed system information tools for Windows, but AIDA64 is also available as a free app which can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about your Android device.

And we do mean everything.

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iPhotoDraw 2.0 adds a pile of annotating extras
June 16, 2015 – 07:40 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

iPhotoDrawSimenu Wu has updated his freeware image annotator iPhotoDraw with a stack of essential new features.

There’s now a very complete set of line drawing tools – with/ without arrow, horizontal/ vertical elbow, polyline, Bezier, spline, freehand – and every aspect of a line’s arrowhead can now be customised: size, alignment, rotation, fill/ colour, thickness, opacity and more.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 8 adds boot-time defrag, System Advisor
June 16, 2015 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Auslogics BoostSpeedAuslogics has released Auslogics BoostSpeed 8, the latest edition of its freemium Windows maintenance suite.

The new build brings back System Advisor, which scans your system and suggests tweaks (programs to uninstall, Windows services you can disable, system settings which aren’t optimized – there are 56 recommendation types in total).

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How to protect your LastPass account from hackers
June 16, 2015 – 06:19 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

lastpass_ios-200x175So, the unthinkable has happened for millions of LastPass [] customers worldwide: LastPass’s servers have been hacked, and user data stolen. The good news – if it could be said to be good – is that your passwords are almost certainly safe… For now.

Doing nothing shouldn’t be seen as an option, so what can you do to ensure your LastPass account remains as tightly sealed as can be?

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Clean up your PC with Empty Folder Finder
June 16, 2015 – 05:40 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Empty Folder FinderEmpty Folder Finder is a tiny portable freebie which lists empty folders on your PC, then optionally allows you to delete anything you don’t need.

There are plenty of similar tools around, but what’s interesting about this one is you can also have it list “nearly empty” folders, anything with just a few small files.

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