Microsoft ships stand-alone Android Emulator
July 21, 2015 – 07:11 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

Visual Studio Emulator for AndroidMicrosoft has released the final build of Visual Studio Emulator for Android, which despite its name, doesn’t install or require Visual Studio: just Windows 8+ with Hyper-V.

The big disadvantage of the package is still the lack of the Play Store. You can only install new apps from their APK files.

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MobaXterm 8.0 adds PuTTY engine, credentials, PowerShell support
July 20, 2015 – 13:09 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

MobaXtermAll-in-one remote networking toolkit MobaXterm 8.0 has shipped with the ability to create credentials for multiple sessions.

The latest build is packed with technology derived from the open source PuTTY, including the SSH/ telnet/ rlogin/ serial engines, the embedded terminal, a new “MobaKeyGen” graphical SSH keys generator – even a new Games menu with simple puzzles and games from the PuTTY developer. (No, really.)

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Pattern-lock Android apps with ES App Locker
July 20, 2015 – 07:06 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

ES App LockerAndroid devices have plenty of security options – passwords, PINs, pattern locks – but they’re mostly about blocking access to the entire system. Get past the lock screen, and if a friend picks up your phone they can do whatever they like.

ES App Locker – from the developers of the popular ES File Explorer – adds another layer, enabling you to block access to individual apps by drawing a pattern on the screen.

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Find, save and share animated GIFs with PopKey for Desktop
July 17, 2015 – 06:35 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

PopKey for DesktopPopKey for Desktop is a free Windows and OS X tool for browsing, saving and sharing the latest animated GIFs.

It’s a desktop spin on the company’s PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS, and has a simple, app-like interface which keeps options and controls to an absolute minimum.

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Audacity 2.1.1 adds scrubbing, seeking, effect presets
July 17, 2015 – 04:37 by Mike Williams in News | No Comment

AudacityClassic open source audio editor Audacity has been updated to version 2.1.1 with some welcome additions and improvements.

A new Ctrl+click “scrub play mode” enables playback – both forwards and backwards – just by moving your mouse cursor across the waveform.

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Is virgo the smallest virtual desktop manager ever?
July 16, 2015 – 12:04 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

virgoWhen you’re regularly trying out new software, it’s important to look for anything odd or unusual, any sign that a program might not be what it seems.

The Windows “virtual desktop manager” virgo seemed like a great example. A 3.7KB download? Which unpacked to a single 8KB executable? There had to be something wrong here. Surely?

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AndroMouse is a smart Android remote control for your PC
July 16, 2015 – 05:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

AndroMouseYour PC’s large screen, quality sound card and speakers make it great for viewing and sharing media, but having to control the system via a keyboard and mouse isn’t always convenient.

AndroMouse provides a versatile alternative, with a comprehensive collection of tools which allows you to remotely control a PC from your Android device.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac 1.0 unveiled, provides on-demand scan-and-remove tool
July 16, 2015 – 05:05 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for MacSecurity developer Malwarebytes has unveiled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac 1.0, the company’s first Mac product.

The new app hasn’t been coded from scratch, but is a rebranded (and updated) version of AdwareMedic, which was acquired by Malwarebytes back in March.

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SurfFind is a fast grep-like text search tool for Windows
July 15, 2015 – 04:58 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

SurfFindThe Windows Search engine is much better than it used to be, but still has plenty of room for improvement, which is why there’s an enormous number of alternative tools around.

SurfFind is a tiny open source package – a mere 216KB download – that searches your specified text files for keywords, quickly displaying the results. It’s a familiar idea, but the program does have some interesting extra touches which help it stand out from the crowd.

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MEmu is an Android 4.2.2 emulator for Windows
July 14, 2015 – 13:16 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

MEmuMEmu is a free package which allows you to run a virtual Android 4.2.2 tablet on your Windows desktop.

Setup is far more awkward than it should be, not least because the developers forgot to finish its localisation from the original Chinese, but if you persevere you’ll find what looks like a good product.

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Organise, edit and share your photos with digiKam
July 14, 2015 – 08:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | No Comment

digiKamAfter an initial release way back in 2006, digiKam has grown into a powerful, professional photo manager, crammed with high-end features and free for everyone to use.

The program started life on Linux, and so doesn’t get much attention elsewhere. There are builds available for Windows and Mac, though, so we installed a copy on a Windows 8.1 system to see what it had to offer.

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