Keep your mobile photos safe from snoopers with ToolWiz Photos
December 18, 2015 – 06:59 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ToolWiz PhotosThe top quality cameras on modern smartphones make it easy to record just about every detail of your life, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

But while that’s great in theory, it can lead to problems if someone else accesses your phone and sees something you weren’t expecting to share.

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Look out! 12 frankly fantastic FREE software giveaways this festive season!
December 17, 2015 – 09:39 by Nick Peers in Featured, News, Promos | No Comment

giveaway-200x175Tis the season for giving, and we’ve been swept up in the holiday mood. This year, Downloadcrew Giveaway returns with a major bang, with no fewer than 12 (twelve) free software downloads for Windows users over the festive period!

From next Monday (December 21st) to New Year’s Eve (Thursday 31st), we’ll be hosting one free giveaway a day on the special Downloadcrew Giveaway site – make sure you bookmark it now!

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FreeSmartSoft products still hiding an uninstallable “back door”
December 17, 2015 – 08:55 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

FreeSmartSoftIt’s three weeks since we exposed freeware developer FreeSmartSoft for including an uninstallable adware-serving back door in some of their products.

The company had released some updated versions since then, so we checked out a copy of the popular FSS Google Book Downloader to see if any lessons had been learned.

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ImBatch 4.5.0 adds more “image to PDF” power
December 17, 2015 – 06:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

ImBatchHigh Motion Software has shipped ImBatch 4.5.0, the latest edition of its free-for-personal-use image batch processor.

This release is mainly about the “Save to PDF” task, which now has more power than many specialist image-to-PDF tools.

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Build native iOS and Android protoypes with Pixate Studio
December 16, 2015 – 08:21 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PixateDesigning mobile apps is always going to be difficult, but there are ways to make life easier – and building a prototype of your interface is a good place to start.

Pixate Studio is a capable prototyping platform which allows designers to create 100% native prototypes of mobile apps, without the need to write any code.

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What is your PCs clipboard giving away about you?
December 15, 2015 – 09:38 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Free Clipboard ViewerThe Windows clipboard is very convenient, but it does come with some privacy and security risks.

Most dangers are clear. Copy some lengthy password to the clipboard, forget about it, and the text may be viewed by anyone with access to your PC. (Until you copy something else there, anyway.)

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How to find which versions of the .NET Framework are installed on a PC
December 15, 2015 – 06:18 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Microsoft .NET FrameworkCheck the system requirements for a Windows application and you’ll often find it needs some minimum version of Microsoft’s .NET Framework.

.NET doesn’t provide any obvious way to discover which versions you have installed, unfortunately, but there are several workarounds you can try.

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Firefox 43 FINAL adds new block list, updates Android user interface
December 14, 2015 – 17:00 by Nick Peers in Featured, News | No Comment

FirefoxMozilla has rolled out Firefox 43 FINAL for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox 43 for Android due to follow imminently.

The desktop build gains few notable new features – including a secondary Private Browsing block list, but the most interesting changes can be found with the Android build.

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Track your PC usage with Motivate Clock
December 14, 2015 – 06:56 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Motivate ClockYour project is urgent, the deadline imminent – but PCs have so many distractions that it’s easy to get pulled into doing something else, without even really noticing.

Motivate Clock is a free time tracker for Windows which makes it quick and easy to understand exactly where you’re spending your computer time.

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Crystal Security is a compact cloud-based malware detector
December 11, 2015 – 07:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

Crystal SecurityInstall any anti-malware with real-time protection and you’re generally weighing down your system with services, drivers, DLLs, background processes and more.

Crystal Security does things differently, its tiny download unpacking to a single 830KB executable which runs happily on Windows XP and later.

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Open Live Writer is an open source fork of Windows Live Writer
December 10, 2015 – 04:45 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Open Live WriterMicrosoft’s blog editor Windows Live Writer has been revived with an independent open-source fork, Open Live Writer.

OLW’s first release allows you to create blog posts, add photos, videos, maps or more, and publish them to your website.

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