Windows software of the day [August 4, 2012]

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Software for August 4, 2012

rSpeakers

There’s something magical about the future. What is it? I can access the entire history of the world, and all of the the knowledge gained from it, with a few taps of my fingers. All of this stuff is without visible, tangible connections to wires: the wireless internet. However, one thing that could easily become wireless that hasn’t yet been popularized? Headphones. What if you want to start your music on your computer, and then walk away? rSpeakers solves this problem.

With rSpeakers, you just start the server, start the Android app, and connect. You’ll instantly start streaming your computer’s audio to your phone. It’s that simple! On your phone, you can choose your datastream frequency and type, allowing you to stream audio in whatever quality you want. Keep in mind that the two highest frequencies require an in-app purchase, and that the more data you send the further off your phone’s audio will be.

While rSpeakers wouldn’t work for anyone trying to, say, watch a YouTube video, it’s great if you want to start a music playlist from your computer and walk around with your headphones on.

Price: Free with upgrade

Version discovered: v0.1.1

Supported OS: Windows/Mac/Linux with Java 1.7

Download size: 41KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: No installation required!

rSpeakers homepage

Shapeshifter

The Windows clipboard manager is terrible. It has no history function whatsoever, and you have no way of viewing what’s on the clipboard without pasting it. Shapeshifter brings both of those two things, with a simple and easy to use interface.

To pull up your clipboard history, just press and hold Ctrl+V. You can then select an item with your mouse, or the arrow keys. When you’ve selected, just release Ctrl+V, and your item will be pasted. It’s that simple!

Shapeshifter is a free, beta app, and it certainly shows. The settings menu is literally non-existent, and I had some issues getting the window to go away. However, it’s a very nice clipboard manager, even as it is now, and is worth a try for those who like to try out software.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: Beta – updated daily

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 2.15MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: unknown — web installer

Portability: Requires installation

Shapeshifter homepage

[via Ghacks]

Time Zone Master

If I gave you five seconds to find the time in some obscure country in the world, how would you spend it? I’d spend it creating a new Time Zone Master clock. This app lets you add as many clocks as you could possibly want to your desktop, allowing you to see the time across the globe.

Time Zone Master isn’t the most beautiful program. As you can see to the right, the clocks have jagged edges and awkward gradients, and it doesn’t deal well without Aero glass enabled. However, it’s still great at giving local time amywhere in the world. It also lets you see what time it would be in a given place at a given time using its built-in Explore menu.

Overall, Time Zone Master is nice, but fairly useless. There are webapps that are much better than Time Zone Master and don’t suck up system resources sitting in the background. However, if you insist on having an installable time zone calculator, TZM is one choice for you.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v1.10

Supported OS: Windows XP SP3+

Download size: 5.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/41

Portability: Requires installation

Time Zone Master homepage

[via AddictiveTips]

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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5 comments

  1. David

    For Time Zone Master, the graphics depend on the capabilities of your graphics card. Run on a system with a more recent compatible card, the graphics are superb. Also, its the only windows program that uses the Olson tz database used on unix/linux machines, making it aware of time zone rule changes as they become known. But thanks for the review.

  2. Coyote

    I really can’t imagine there aren’t a set of bluetooth headsets out there somewhere. Aside from that I wanted to say rSpeakers sounds like a neat idea but then I realized my phone already has the ability to stream media from not just my house but from anywhere I have cel signal. Not to mention internet radio….

  3. Rob (Down Under)

    This info may be of use to some of you.
    For about $10 to $20 you can get wireless Headphones.
    They plug into any 3.5 mm socket, and have a wireless sender (base unit).
    The headphones are wireless, so you just wander around the house.
    I have a flat above me with no carpets, and a wooden floor, so too much noise starts a war.
    I intended to have my TV on, and be able to hear it anywhere in my flat.
    The good news is it works.
    The bad news is they insist on having FM radio capability, which I never want to use.
    And anytime the signal to the base unit gets weak, it decides to go to the FM radio instead. That infuriates the hades out of me, and cannot be disabled.
    I have tried 4 different brands of wireless headphones, and they all have that failing.

    If anyone knows of a brand that does not have flippin radio built in, could they let me know.