Compress CBR/ CBZ comic files by 50% or more
December 15, 2014 – 11:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

CbxConverterDigital comics often come in the form of comic book archives, typically JPGs stored in a single archive file (cbz = zip, cbr = rar, and so on).

You might think these simple compressed formats would already produce the smallest possible files, but no – the free CbxConverter can resample images and convert them to WebP, shrinking the archives even further.

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ISOBuster 3.5 adds support for large drives with 64-bit sector addressing
December 15, 2014 – 06:06 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

ISOBusterSmart Projects has released ISOBuster 3.5, a major new version of its shareware data recovery tool. Although the program now supports recovery from a variety of different drives, it’s still renowned for its ability to recover data from optical drives including CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

Version 3.5’s headline new feature is support for 64-bit sector addressing. This enables it to correctly support, display and extract data from any partition, file, folder or file system that resides above the 2TB boundary on large drives.

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Anvisoft Slim Toolbar 1.4 now free
December 13, 2014 – 07:02 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Anvi Slim ToolbarUtilities developer Anvisoft has released a free version of its browser security tool, Anvi Slim Toolbar.

The program provides real-time and on-demand tools to detect and remove malicious add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

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Google 5.0 for iOS released, integrates Google Maps, adds iPhone 6-friendly design
December 12, 2014 – 11:34 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Google Search 5.0Google has unveiled Google 5.0 for iOS, a new release of its search tool for iPhone and iPad.

Version 5, which incorporates functionality from Google Now, has been rebuilt from the ground up to add a number of new features, plus show off a new look and feel that’s been designed around the new iPhone 6 product family.

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HiPER Calc Scientific is a powerful free calculator
December 12, 2014 – 11:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HiPER Calc ScientificWindows Calculator has improved a great deal in recent years. It still opens in a very basic “standard” view, but you also get Scientific, Programmer and Statistics modes, along with unit conversions, date calculations and more.

The free HiPER Calc Scientific seems a little basic by comparison, as it’s “just” a regular scientific calculator. But it’s compact, portable, and has more than enough functions and features to make it interesting.

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Close annoying web popups with Overlay Blocker (Chrome)
December 12, 2014 – 07:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Overlay BlockerIt happens all the time. You’re browsing a website, engrossed in the content, when suddenly an overlay appears and blocks your view. Annoying, even when it’s displaying useful information.

Usually clicking the “x” close button will get rid of the popup, and you can carry on as you were. But if there is no “x”, or it’s been carefully hidden, then you might need a little help.

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Mobizen: access your Android device from anywhere
December 11, 2014 – 18:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MobizenIf you’d like to run Android on your PC then you could install some heavyweight emulator, or maybe use a virtual machine.

But it might be easier to equip your Android device with Mobizen, a free app which allows you to view, access and control it from just about anywhere.

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Play 108 logic games for free with Logyx Pack
December 11, 2014 – 07:12 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Logyx PackMicrosoft Minesweeper may have been an extremely basic game, but it was also easy to play, and a fun way to pass a few minutes, which is probably why it came bundled with Windows for around 20 years.

The game was finally dropped in Windows 8, but you can get it back with the free Logyx Pack, along with 107 others: Tetris, Battleships, Reversi, Checkers, Simon Says, and many more (see below for the full list).

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AIDA64 5.0 adds wireless monitoring support, certificates information panel
December 10, 2014 – 09:13 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

AIDA64Budapest software firm FinalWire Ltd has released a major new version of its Windows diagnostic and benchmarking tool with the release of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 5.0.

Version 5.0’s major new feature is support for remote monitoring of computer sensors using third-party smartphone and tablet apps.

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View, save and restore a drive’s MBR/ boot sector with HDHacker
December 10, 2014 – 06:42 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

HDHackerBefore a PC can access a drive, it must first read various disk structures: the boot sector, master boot record (MBR), partition table, and so on. Normally you don’t have to care about any of that, but if these structures are corrupted, and the drive becomes unreadable, then you might want to know more.

HDHacker is a tiny tool which can read, display, save and restore a drive’s master boot record, boot sector, or just a defined number of continuous sectors. This is potentially very dangerous – choosing the wrong drive or sectors could trash your system – but it can sometimes be helpful.

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Update Scanner alerts you when web pages change (Firefox)
December 10, 2014 – 04:36 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Update ScannerIf you’d like to know when your favourite websites are updated then you could monitor their RSS or ATOM feeds, maybe a Twitter account or Facebook page. But if they don’t have any of these – or checking them all seems like too much effort – then you’ll probably just keep revisiting the site, again, and again, and again.

Update Scanner is a Firefox addon which saves time by automatically detecting and notifying you about changes to your chosen web pages.

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