Tabby Cat generates a feline friend for every new Chrome tab
January 26, 2017 – 08:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Tabby Cat generates a feline friend for every new Chrome tab

Tabby CatThere are endless Chrome extensions which replace your new tab page, typically to give you gorgeous photo wallpaper or equip your browser with productivity-boosting tools.

Tabby Cat has a simpler aim: it generates and displays a cute new cat on the background of every tab you open.

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Google Maps for iOS adds real-time updates to Popular Times feature
January 26, 2017 – 08:32 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Google Maps for iOS adds real-time updates to Popular Times feature

Google Maps for iOSGoogle has released Google Maps for iOS 4.27, the second major update to its iPhone and iPad app this month. It follows an earlier update that improved support for Uber services.

The new release extends the live crowd-tracking feature that is already present on the maps.google.com website to the app. This is accompanied by a new feature giving users access to clipboard data, making it possible to import addresses from other apps.

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WayBack Machine’s official Chrome extension gets a major update
January 26, 2017 – 06:40 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on WayBack Machine’s official Chrome extension gets a major update

WayBack MachineIt’s barely a week since we looked at the WayBack Machine’s simple Chrome extension, but it’s just had a major update which makes the add-on much more useful.

Clicking the WayBack Machine icon now displays buttons to show the first or most recent archived copies of the current URL, as stored in the WayBack Machine– perfect for seeing how a site has changed over time.

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Customise and convert icons with Axialis IconGenerator
January 25, 2017 – 09:09 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on Customise and convert icons with Axialis IconGenerator

IconGeneratorAxialis Software has unveiled Axialis IconGenerator, a free tool for customising and generating icons from a database of icon sets.

The program is mainly aimed at professional developers and designers, who might use it to purchase one of Axialis’ commercial icon sets and adapt it to suit their needs.

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View Chrome, Firefox, Edge log-ons with SterJo Browser Passwords
January 25, 2017 – 08:31 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on View Chrome, Firefox, Edge log-ons with SterJo Browser Passwords

SterJo Browser PasswordsFreeware developer SterJo Software has released SterJo Browser Passwords, a simple tool which finds and displays passwords stored locally by Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Opera.

There’s no configuration required. Simply launch the program and your logins are displayed with details including the browser, URL, user name and password.

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Analyze active network connections with Process Network Monitor
January 24, 2017 – 13:46 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Analyze active network connections with Process Network Monitor

Process Network MonitorProcess Network Monitor is a free tool which highlights the network activity of the processes running on your PC.

The program opens with a table telling you more about any running process which has a network connection open: process name, description and file details, PID, session ID, TCP count, UDP count and the total number of connections.

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RawTherapee 5 ramps up its RAW processing power
January 24, 2017 – 08:26 by Mike Williams in News | Comments Off on RawTherapee 5 ramps up its RAW processing power

RawTherapeeOpen-source raw image processor RawTherapee has hit version 5.0, its first major release in more than two years, with some important new features and functionality.

The Wavelets tool provides a smart way to perform some action – sharpen, denoise, colorise – on one detail level, without affecting other levels. This could allow reducing noise in one part of an image, while sharpening other areas.

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GameRoom is an all-in-one game launcher for Windows
January 24, 2017 – 05:37 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on GameRoom is an all-in-one game launcher for Windows

GameRoomGameRoom is a Java-based game manager and launcher with support for Steam, Origin, UPlay, GOG and Battle.net.

The program finds and imports your existing games automatically, no setup or folder selections required, then downloads and displays their cover art.

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Firefox 51 delivers a mix of security, performance and reliability tweaks, implements FLAC audio support
January 23, 2017 – 06:27 by Nick Peers in News | Comments Off on Firefox 51 delivers a mix of security, performance and reliability tweaks, implements FLAC audio support

FirefoxMozilla has released Firefox 51.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux, with Firefox for Android 51.0 due imminently. There are no standout features in this release – the closest thing to a headline addition is the inclusion of FLAC support.

Elsewhere, Firefox 41 focuses on tweaks and enhancements that add up to a reasonable update. These include improved performance via the new e10s multi-process system, security warnings when logging into insecure sites, and more reliable syncing of bookmarks.

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How to set the Windows 10 lock screen photo as your wallpaper
January 21, 2017 – 09:11 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on How to set the Windows 10 lock screen photo as your wallpaper

lsr.200.175The Windows 10 Lock Screen offers an ever-changing display of top quality photos, but if you decide you like one in particular, there’s no easy way to keep it around.

Lock Screen Reflection is a tiny Windows 10 tool which can help fix this by automatically setting the current lock screen image as your desktop wallpaper.

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Bypass annoying “Error 404” web pages with WayBack Machine for Chrome
January 20, 2017 – 08:27 by Mike Williams in Tips | Comments Off on Bypass annoying “Error 404” web pages with WayBack Machine for Chrome

WayBack MachineYou’re busy online, browsing your way through some old web site, when you find a critical link, click it, and: Error 404 – Not Found. Annoying, isn’t it?

WayBack Machine is a free Chrome extension which detects HTTP 404 and other “missing page” error codes, checks to see if an archived copy is available at the WayBack machine and offers you a “click here to see the archived version” link.

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