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In what can be considered another indirect blow to Android, today a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled Motorola Mobility has violated a Microsoft patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,370,566) that deals with “generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device”.…Read More »
If you follow the mobile industry in the USA in even the slightest, chances are you heard about how AT&T signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company, to purchase T-Mobile USA. Since that deal was announced there was an uproar from pretty much everyone except AT&T and Deutsche Telekom.…Read More »
With the recent rapid releases of Firefox, there may be a desire to test the latest release of FF before upgrading to ensure add-on compatibility, etc. There are many ways to go about testing the latest release of Firefox including using portable versions of FF or installing on a virtual machine.…Read More »
Note: This freebie was originally posted about back in December of 2010. That specific offer has since expired but the same freebie is now available from a different source. Therefore I have republished this post to let everyone know about it, in case you missed it last time around.…Read More »
Remember that legal battle over patents Apple has with, um, everyone? Yeah, well, Apple 1, HTC 0.
Yesterday the U.S. International Trade Commission passed final judgement on the matter of Apple’s complaint that HTC devices were violating Apple patents. The ITC ruled HTC did indeed violate Apple’s ’647 patent — the one dealing with formatting of data in unstructured documents to pass data to programs for processing.…Read More »
You know what is one of the most annoying things ever? Someone (or something) changing the icon configuration on my desktop. It drives me nuts; I have the icons in a certain config for a reason and when someone/something changes it…arrrrg!…Read More »
There are many online malware scanners that use multiple antivirus engines to scan files. However, as shown in dotTech’s analysis of Avira vs avast! vs AVG vs Microsoft Security Essentials, antivirus software don’t detect unknown malware (i.e. zero-day threats — retrospective detection rates) as well as they detect known malware.…Read More »
Does it feel like you just updated to Firefox 8? That is because you literally did just update to Firefox 8. But hey, Mozilla has a rapid release cycle schedule to meet. Who cares if these rapid updates are bloody annoying.…Read More »
The following is a list of Outpost Security Suite Pro features, as per the developer:
- Anti-Malware module (Anti-Virus + Anti-Spyware) with greater detection accuracy
- Two-way firewall for secure network connections
- Proactive Protection module to preemptively block unknown and zero-day threats
- SmartDecision technology to facilitate secure decision-making
- Web control with fast web content filtering to protect your PC from web-borne threats
- Anti-spam to automatically keep your inbox junk-free
- System and Applications Guard to keep installed software and OS protected
- Self-protection technology to maintain continuity of protection
- The 4th generation of SmartScan optimization technology for fast subsequent malware scans
- USB virus protection to prevent malware which spreads via USB devices
- Program activity tracker to review file and registry activity in real time
- Entertainment mode (for games and video) and Auto-Learn 2.0 (for beginners)
Anyone that has followed dotTech for a while knows I am a huge fan of Outpost Firewall: Outpost Firewall has been featured as dotTech’s choice of best free firewall and I personally use Outpost Firewall Pro to protect my computer.…Read More »
There are many, many programs out there that serve the purpose of analyzing your hard drive usage (such as O&O DiskStat which was recently just posted about on dotTech). So, for a analyze-hard-drive program to stand out, it needs to be able to do something *special*.…Read More »
Update: WinOptimizer 8 is now available as a freebie! Go get it now.
The following is a description of WinOptimizer 7, as per the developer:
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What does this program do?
Just as dirt and trash accumulate in buildings and factories in the course of time, unnecessary data and “leftover files” gradually collect in all Windows® installations as you use them.
Ever working on a project and wished you could place two windows side by side to make it easier for you to do whatever you were doing? I know I have. Well, you know as they – be careful what you wish for… you might just get it!…Read More »
Microsoft Security Essentials vs Avira vs avast! vs AVG: Best free anti-virus/anti-malware program for Windows [3rd Edition]
Without a doubt one of the most popular questions I am asked is “which security software should I use for my computer?” Often times the person asking me the question is looking for a free security solution as opposed to a paid one.…Read More »
Ever crash your computer? If you say “no” you are a liar. Ever crash your computer and then it refuses to load into Windows? One of the most common causes of computer crashes is a new software change you made. One of the easiest ways to undo crash-causing software changes is booting into Windows Safe Mode and undoing what you (foolishly, in retrospect) did.…Read More »
The following is a description of Paragon Disk Wiper, as per the developer:
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Disk Wiper 10 Personal allows you to:
- Completely erase a whole hard disk, a separate partition or just clean free space.
- Irreversibly destroy all on-disk data easily and quickly, so as it cannot be recovered with any present-day technology.
You may have heard Google is rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to GSM/UMTS Nexus S devices over the next month. If you are impatient and don’t want to or cannot wait for ICS to hit your Nexus S, there is way to manually update/install Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x) right now.…Read More »
The following is a quick description of Backup4All Lite, as per the developer:
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Backup4all Lite edition implements the basic functionalities of a backup application, thus more suitable for home users that don’t need the advanced backup features Standard or Professional have.
Some of us may have relatives in other parts of the other world while others have business contacts. Yet others have friends while others just online acquaintances. The fact is with globalization occurring at a stunning pace and the internet spreading even faster, nowadays we are in contact with people from all around the world on a regular basis.…Read More »
The following is a description of CyberLink MediaShow 5, as per the developer:
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CyberLink MediaShow 5 is a fast and easy way to preserve and share your life’s best moments. One-click fixes, photo slideshow, face tagging, uploading to Facebook and express video conversion, are just some of the convenient features available for organizing and sharing your photos and videos.
The following is a description of StuffIt Deluxe 2010 (Windows), as per the developer:
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The only compression utility you need
StuffIt Deluxe® gives you all the features you need to backup, share, archive, encrypt and shrink your photos, music, and other documents without compromising quality.
The following is a description of ABBYY Screenshot Reader, as per the developer:
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Create your own “snapshots” of images and texts from opened documents, file menus, Web pages, presentations, or PDF files with just several clicks.
ABBYY Screenshot Reader creates copies of images which you can easily cut and paste from your clipboard to Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint® or graphic files.
Update: Back when I wrote this article two years ago SUPERAntiSypware’s online scanner was “new”. It isn’t new anymore. Still, this article is applicable to the scanner because it is still around today.
SUPERAntiSpyware – a popular and effective security software which protects users again spyware, malware, adware, trojans, rootkits, homepage hi-jackers, worms, dialers and parasites (has free and commercial versions) – today has released a free “online scanner”.…Read More »
Ever look at a file or folder and wonder why the heck the “size” and “size on disk” are different? Yeah, me too. Until recently I had no idea why these two are different and just brushed it off as some technical mumbo jumbo.…Read More »
The following is a description of Simply Good Pictures, as per the developer:
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With “Simply Good Pictures” you achieve results, which even professional photographers could only obtain with extensive knowledge and experience. Some of the most important program functions:
- Automatic object recognition: manipulates only those image parts, which help optimize the overall impression!
The following is a description of Ocster 1-Click Backup, as per the developer:
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- Fully Automatic: Creates fully automatic backups of your data
- Easy to use
- Full system backup: Backup of your whole computer or of complete hard disks
- Backups are stored in VMDK files: if you do a full system backup (image backup) then your data will be stored in the standardized VMDK disk format.
Windows Calculator provides you with a fair amount of functionality in terms of mathematical computational needs. However it is an annoying piece of **** to use. One of my biggest grips with Windows Calculator is that you can’t see the computations you did before or the ones you are doing now.…Read More »
Last year in August I wrote about CCEnhancer (it was known as CCleaner Enhancer back then before Piriform made the developer change the name), a simple program that enhances CCleaner (yes, pun intended) by adding cleaning support for hundreds of programs.…Read More »
The following is a description of Android Converter, as per the developer:
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Multimedia for Android – originally easy!
Convert music, videos and photos for your Android-device: no matter whether mobile-, smart phone or any other device based on Google’s ‘Android’ operating system!
Do you torrent? My guess is many people do, legally or illegally. A new proof-of-concept website, YouHaveDownloaded, aims to prove your downloading is not anonymous and is being tracked.
You Are Being Tracked
You may or may not know this but peer-to-peer downloads are increasingly being tracked as to who is downloading (and uploading) what.…Read More »
Earlier today I made an announcement about some potential downtime while I make some changes to dotTech. Well the changes have been made and hopefully almost no one had any downtime. This announcement is intended to inform everyone about the new improvements made to dotTech.…Read More »
Just a quick announcement.
I am making some back-end changes to dotTech (a post will be made later on exactly what has happened after I have made the changes). I am doing my best to ensure little to no downtime but in the next 24-hours some of you may experience a dotTech that appears to be down.…Read More »
Often times when I am multitasking I copy some text/link/picture/whatever planning on pasting it somewhere else. However before I can paste that information, that I copied, to the proper location I end up copying something else for another task. This annoys the crap out of me because everything right after I do the second copy I think “oh crap I had something else copied”.…Read More »
The following is a description of CyberLink YouCam 3, as per the developer:
- Split Mode
Apply webcam effects to other open webcam applications using split mode.
- User Interface
An all new slick user interface, which includes the ability to instantly change the skin color of the CyberLink YouCam interface
Use touch screen gestures with touch-enabled devices to scroll through and resize media, and more.…Read More »
The following is a description of Serif PhotoPlus 10, as per the developer:
- Powerful enhancement tools
Correct common image problems like lighting and red eye. Plus, remove people and object with PhotoPlus’ clone tool.
- Layer management
Edit non-destructively using layers and create layer groups to help manage complex compositions.…Read More »
The following is a description of Zentimo, as per the developer:
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Fast & Reliable Device Safe Removal
Highly customizable, informative & powerful device menu
Unlike native safe removal tool’s menu it shows you device drive sizes and empty space, device icons, lets you customize anything, and gives much more abilities at your fingertips: you can stop or browse drives in a click, quickly launch portable applications, speed test your drives, scan for hardware changes, stop all devices at once and many more.