Struggling to nod off? Try using these three apps to sleep more soundly
March 3, 2018 – 10:52 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

whitenoise-200x175Sleep. We all need it, yet many of us do not get enough. While it is common knowledge that we need 7-8 hours per night, the average American will sleep for around 5-6 hours, falling well short.

How can we increase the amount of time we sleep, yet also increase our sleep quality so we don’t hear that dreaded alarm and snooze and then wake up feeling like we’ve barely slept at all? We’ve found three apps which will help you nod off, stay asleep and wake up feeling more refreshed.

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The team behind TunnelBear VPN announce new password manager, RememBear
March 2, 2018 – 06:02 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

rememberbear-200x175There are people who swear behind a password manager (and we’re one of them) and others who think to store all your passwords, logins and personal info, in one database, is asking for trouble.

They could be right. Without pointing fingers, a few popular password managers have been hacked and data leaked in the past, although as your data is highly encrypted, it’s unlikely to be cracked.

You could simply write down all your passwords, offline. We know people who have done this (including bank login information), but if this is stolen, then you lose everything.

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The official Mobile Passport app will glide you through immigration
March 1, 2018 – 05:19 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

mobile_passport-200x175As a US citizen, you’d think returning to your own country should enable quick and easy access through immigration? Sadly, not.

We’ve been in this situation ourselves, such as flying into Miami, where if you land behind a few incoming flights, the queue for the Global Entry kiosks can be hours long. Often you’re put in one big queue with everyone else including international travellers with an ESTA visa, all wanting to use the same devices.

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BleachBit 2.0 adds drag-and-drop file shredding to open-source disk cleaning tool
February 28, 2018 – 10:27 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

BleachBit 2.0Open-source cleaning tool BleachBit 2.0 has been released for Windows and Linux, along with BleachBit 2.0 Portable for Windows.

The update – the first in over two years – introduces support for dragging and dropping files on to the program window in order to shred them using BleachBit’s disk-wiping tools.

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Quickly toggle on/off Windows security with new SysHardener
February 27, 2018 – 05:17 by Chris Wiles in News | No Comment

syshardener-200x175Most users seem to think Windows is locked down after installation, where it makes it almost impossible for anyone to gain access to your computer. It’s only after you install malicious software are security concerns raised, but these are typically intercepted by third-party security software.

Problem is Windows ships with a middle ground configuration where it is forced to compromise between security and compliance. As an example, the geolocation service is switched on by default so applications can determine where you are located. For the security conscious, users might not want to allow applications to know where they are located.

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Reduce your Windows footprint with Auslogics Windows Slimmer
February 26, 2018 – 07:03 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

windows-slimmer-200x175Buy a lightweight entry-level laptop for the road and it’s likely to ship with a small drive. A 128GB SSD is often the norm and you’ll soon find yourself battling the system for storage space.

Using the cloud is one option, keeping files away from your computer and downloading on demand. Realistically though, how much space would these use and you’ll require a solid internet connection just to be able to access the data. Not always ideal away from the office.

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FireAlpaca 2.0 improves layer support, adds 64-bit Windows build
February 21, 2018 – 06:55 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

firealpaca-200x175Japanese developer PGN Inc has released FireAlpaca 2.0, a major new release of its free paint app for Windows and Mac users. The app is aimed at wannabe painters with a variety of drawing tools coupled with advanced features such as layer support.

Version 2.0’s headline new feature is the addition of a separate 64-bit build for Windows PCs, but is also improves its layer support along with some minor tweaks and adjustments.

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Remote monitoring software O&O Syspectr is now free of charge
February 15, 2018 – 06:58 by Chris Wiles in Featured, News | No Comment

syspectrNearly every company deploys network monitoring tools which enable the IT team to keep a constant eye on remote servers. Downtime costs money.

Of course, network monitoring isn’t limited to remote servers. It can be used to manage your local network and that’s why a tool such as O&O Software’s O&O Syspectr can come in handy. You can use this tool to remotely manage PCs on your network, automatically deploy software updates, check drives for potential issues, remotely shut down and check for unauthorised access.

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TunnelBear 3.2 improves and refines its VPN service, rebuilds VigilantBear component
February 14, 2018 – 06:31 by Nick Peers in News | No Comment

TunnelBearCanadian VPN provider TunnelBear Inc has released TunnelBear 3.2 for Windows. TunnelBear, also available on Mac, provides users with both free (500MB/month) and paid-for VPN plans.

Version 3.2 features a completely rebuilt VigilantBear component and comes with the promise of improved reliability when switching networks as well as some other tweaks and bug fixes.

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Start and manage your new business from your smartphone with these four essential apps
February 12, 2018 – 08:58 by Alex Eckardt in Featured, Tips | No Comment

LibreOffice 4.3The way we view work has changed hugely in the last few years, with everyone keen to do their own thing, start a business or simply become the ‘next big thing’ online.

Either way, there’s a shift to self-employment and being your own boss and being able to work from just about any location. With flexibility in mind, what are the best apps you can use on your smartphone to start and maintain your new business?

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VLC 3 ‘Vetinari’ gains Chromecast support, hardware decoding, 4/8K, HDR10 and 360 video
February 11, 2018 – 09:48 by Chris Wiles in Featured, Freebies, News | No Comment

VLC 3 logoAlthough there is a tonne of free video players on the market, few of them enable you to view just about every video and audio format, relying on you to upgrade to the ‘Pro’ version with additional codec support.

Not VLC, which has been the most universally lauded media player since it’s original release back in 2001.

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