Are you the kind of person who sits down at their computer at one in the afternoon, zones out, looks outside, and notices it’s actually one in the morning? If you are, try the free program TakeABreak. This free app …Read More »
I actually find myself Googling for an online stopwatch quite often. Clock is a free app that could get me to stop: instead of being just a clock, Clock is a timer, stopwatch, calendar, and alarm clock.
Clock is quite …Read More »
Oracle has released an update to Java 7 for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that patches security vulnerabilities. Oracle says the Java 7u7 (v1.7.0_07) update fixes security issues related to CVE-2012-4681 plus two other vulnerabilities.
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There are plenty of high-quality clouds being produced by reputable companies, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft SkyDrive. However, if you’re looking for one from a company known for its impressive cloud infrastructure, try Amazon Cloud Drive.
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Are you looking for a functional calculator app for your Windows 8 PC or tablet? Calc4Win supports the standard four-button calculator features, plus the standard set of scientific calculator features.
Calc4Win is easy enough to use. You just tap out …Read More »
Listening to your media collection can be quite annoying, especially if the files themselves were not properly cared for. Clementine doesn’t care–it uses the MusicBrainz Picard database to automatically tag music files, and can create smart playlists on demand.
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Windows Vista removed the feature to extensively customize file type associations. Now, you can only use Windows’ very basic association editor. Gunners File Type Editor seeks to fix that by bringing extensive support for filetype control back to Windows Vista …Read More »
Avid readers of the internet all know about RSS, the free and awesome way to read the latest posts from all of your favorite sites. However, if you’re a fan of the new Windows 8 style interface, there’s not many …Read More »
If you’re a true security nut, you’ve probably heard of TrueCrypt. It’s that free hard drive encryption program that’s unfortunately quite complicated. If you’re looking for a trouble-free way to encrypt your hard drives, DiskCryptor might be the program for …Read More »
New Java 7 exploit allows hackers to install malware on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux; only fix currently is to disable Java
Perhaps due to their high market penetration, or maybe because of poor coding, Adobe Flash and Java have emerged as the two most widely attacked platforms on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux alike. Indeed Adobe just recently patched a …Read More »
If you’re not planning on upgrading to Windows 8, you’ll miss out on what’s probably my #1 feature: the Windows Store. Luckily, there are alternatives. AllMyApps is a free and great appstore for older versions of Windows.
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Are you a famous Wiki editor by night? If you are, you probably know some form of markdown. That’s the syntax formatting that allows you to form series of asterisks and pound signs into real HTML and XHTML. MdCharm is …Read More »
Are you a fan of puzzles? If you are, you may find PuzzleTouch a fun game to download. It’s a free jigsaw puzzle app that has dozens of built-in photos, plus the ability to create puzzles from your own photos.…Read More »
Generally when you get slapped with a $1.05 billion fine and the potential ban on your products, it is a bad thing. In the case of Apple v Samsung, Samsung may not have received the short end of the stick …Read More »
By now you know how to bypass the Start screen and go straight to the desktop. If you want an easier way to skip the Windows 8 Start screen to go straight to desktop upon boot, and the ability to …Read More »
When you go to install a program on Windows 8, you may find that your installation is blocked by something called the SmartScreen Filter. Windows SmartScreen is a new feature Microsoft added in Windows 8 that, among other things, blocks …Read More »
Are you looking for a cross-platform tool to lighten that load of scheduling and planning daily tasks? Wunderlist is one such tool, and covers every use you could possibly think of.
While it’s not required, Wunderlist recommends a Wunderlist account. …Read More »
Everyone has their favorite way to launch apps and search the web. For some, Windows’ start menu is their sole app launcher and their browser’s search box is the only way they search the web. Pipy is a free app …Read More »
Are you a fan of the classic game Minesweeper included in practically every version of Windows ever released? You might be dismayed to know that Microsoft has opted to not include any of their games with Windows 8, instead requiring …Read More »
Are you looking for a tool to help you with your grammers and spelings? Ginger is a free tool that may be able to help. It lets you get both grammar and spelling corrections in all three major browsers, …Read More »
There are dozens of image manipulation programs out there, and many of them seem designed to complicate things as much as possible. Not so with ImgTransformer: this app is quite simple. You select your photos, select your transformations, and are …Read More »
Some games are destined to fall away and never be played again. Others are timeless, and will exist as long as humans do. Tic Tac Toe is one of those simple, fun games, and with Simple Tic Tac Toe, you …Read More »
Much like games on other platforms, Windows 8-native games are beginning to evolve into small little ways to pass time while you’re on your device. Untangle is one of those, and it’s one of the better ones. How quickly can …Read More »
If I were to ask you what exactly “The Cloud” was, what would you say? Most people would sit and stare blankly, but most dotTechies wouldn’t. Would you expound upon the benefits of a thousand identical computers all containing redundant …Read More »
Is your mouse cursor bothering you? On many operating systems, your mouse cursor will automatically hide itself after it’s been untouched for a few seconds. This is especially great for people who watch a lot of videos on their computer, …Read More »
There are few programs more simple than SnapTimer. Its very idea is to be usable in a snap: it can accomplish anything with just three or four taps. Along with its extremely simple idea, it’s also surprisingly customizable. If you’re …Read More »
There are dozens if not hundreds of free image editing programs for Windows, and all but a few are created by and for their developers for one of a few specific tasks. They wind up weird and one-off, and are …Read More »
Never Late is a timer, alarm, and clock all rolled up into a beautiful Windows 8 interface [Windows 8]
If you took a look at SnapTimer and became instantly interested, but felt that it’d be nicer as a Windows 8 app, look no further than Never Late. Much more of a complete program than SnapTimer, Never Late is a …Read More »
- Keyboard Shortcuts Manager: create custom keyboard shortcuts
- BrowsingHistoryView: view your browsing history from a multitude of browsers
- Fruit Ninja: the classic fruit cutting game now on your Windows 8 computer
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Windows vulnerability allows hackers to remotely extract password hints (the reminders you use for Windows account passwords)
Do you have a password set to protect your Windows account? If you do, then more likely than not you setup a reminder hint to help you remember the password in case you ever forget. Microsoft claims this password hint …Read More »
Windows 8 Pro full retail version (not upgrade) will cost $69.99 until January 31, then $199 [rumor]
Looking to buy Windows 8? We already know that Windows XP and higher users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. We also know people who purchase Windows 7 PCs after July 2 can grab a Windows 8 Pro …Read More »
- USB Disks Access Manager: manage USB drive read and write privileges
- Universe Sandbox: play master of the universe from your laptop computer
- Reversi Twist: a twist on the classic strategy game
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Are you holding back on purchasing a new Windows 7 machine because you want to wait until Windows 8 hits stores? If you have US$14.99 to spare, you don’t have to wait. Microsoft is offering an upgrade to Windows 8 …Read More »
Giants from gaming industry have already expressed their dislike of Windows 8 (and Windows 8 Store). Add Raluca Budiu, User Experience Specialist at Nielsen Norman Group, to the list of naysayers. In an interview with Laptop Magazine, Budiu, who …Read More »
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