Stream torrents before they’re fully downloaded with WebTorrent Desktop
April 8, 2016 – 09:07 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

WebTorrentThere’s nothing new about the idea of streaming torrents before they’ve finished downloading, but WebTorrent Desktop does a better job than most of making that happen.

It’s open source, and installs on Windows, Linux or Mac with minimal hassle. No adware, no browser extensions, no complicated options to consider: just run the installer and it’s finished within seconds.

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Eagle Mode: not your average file manager
April 7, 2016 – 09:45 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Eagle ModeTired of Windows Explorer? There are alternatives around, but most use a very similar core interface with a few extras bolted on.

Eagle Mode is more imaginative. There’s no folder tree, no file pane, in fact it doesn’t look much like a file manager at all. Until you begin to explore…

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IObit ships Smart Defrag 5
April 6, 2016 – 09:22 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

SmartDefrag5.200.175 IObit has shipped Smart Defrag 5, a major update of its freeware disk optimizer.

A new defrag engine supports multi-threading for maximum performance.

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Add style to your photos with ON1 Effects Free
April 6, 2016 – 07:19 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ON1 Effects FreeON1 Effects Free 10 is a collection of professional photo filters and effects which can be used stand-alone, and as Photoshop or Lightroom plugins.

Beginners can use the package much like other apps. Open an image, choose a preset – Cinematic, Color Grading, Haze Reduction, more – and just click a thumbnail to apply that effect.

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Vivaldi 1.0 FINAL released, promises uniquely customisable web browser for power users
April 6, 2016 – 05:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Vivaldi200-175Vivaldi Technologies has unveiled Vivaldi 1.0 FINAL, the first stable release of a web browser aimed squarely at those who want full control over their web browsing experience.

Vivaldi has been developed by a team led by Jon S von Tetzchner, co-founder of rival Opera, and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Vivaldi’s moniker – ‘Not for everybody, just for you’ – highlights its different approach to other major web browsers.

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Ashampoo releases Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016, Ashampoo Backup 2016
April 5, 2016 – 06:50 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

GAshampoo Backup 2016erman developer Ashampoo has released two free programs: Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016, and Ashampoo Backup 2016.

Photo Optimizer 2016 is a stripped down version of the company’s commercial photo fixing tool, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 6.

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Get the lowdown on your PCs storage devices with Diskovery
April 4, 2016 – 08:57 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

DiskoveryBvckup 2 developer Pipemetrics has released the first beta of Diskovery, a free system information tool which reveals all about your PC’s storage devices.

It’s a familiar idea, but Diskovery stands out for its thoroughness, using multiple technologies to discover and talk to drives.

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MacClean 3.0.5 promises to improve security and privacy as well as clean your Mac
April 4, 2016 – 06:14 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

MacClean 3iMobie has released MacClean 3.0.5, a brand new version of its freeware Mac cleanup tool. The app, which boasts a large number of cleaning tools, returns with a new security bolt-on and completely redesigned user interface.

Version 3.0.5’s major new feature is the implementation of new privacy and security tools, the latter based around the open-source ClamAV malware scanning engine.

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Turn your PC into a wifi hotspot with NirSoft’s HostedNetworkStarter
April 2, 2016 – 07:38 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

HostedNetworkStarterNirSoft has released HostedNetworkStarter, a free tool which turns your wifi-enabled PC or laptop into a wireless hotspot.

There’s no installation required, no network drivers or anything else involved: the program is just a simple front end for the standard Windows wifi hosted network feature.

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Adjust PDF brightness, contrast and gamma with YACReader
April 1, 2016 – 06:29 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

YACReaderText-based PDFs are generally easy to read, with high contrast, crisp fonts, and a zoom tool if you need to check the small print.

PDFs of scanned images can be very different, especially if they’re old documents, maybe handwritten, and have faded over the years.

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Investigate your PC’s RAM use with ATM
March 31, 2016 – 07:51 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ATMATM is a portable tool which gives an in-depth, low-level look at your PC’s system memory use.

Forget the usual Task Manager clones, this is more about memory standby lists, the system file cache, Superfetch performance, page file effectiveness, even (on Windows 10) memory compression.

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