Thursday, April 29, 2010

ImageEnhancer - Improve the quality of your photos

Some photos are notoriously poor in quality. Photos taken by your phone's camera, for instance, or your web cam. Or taken by you using any camera, really. Here's a simple way to make them better without being an expert. From the developer:

"Support BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF, ICO
• Saving in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF
• SlideShow
• Histogram
• Color Correction (contrast, brightness, gamma, color expansion)
• Crop (auto trimming)
• Sharpen (Unsharp Mask ..)
• Noise reduction (several ways)
• Exif information (this is about expanding information about the origin of photography)
• Multithreads
• Use PFD Layers
• And much more"



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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Beware fake antivirus comeons (Important News)

Telegraph - 4.28.10 (by Claudine Beaumont, Technology Editor)

More than 15 per cent of all the malicious software online is in the guise of fake anti-virus software, Google has found Photo: CLARE KENDALL

Google analysed more than 240 million web pages in the last 13 months, and found that fake antivirus programs accounted for 15 per cent of all the malicious software it detected online.

Cyber criminals are using increasingly sophisticated tactics to trick unsuspecting computer users in to downloading and installing software laced with malicious code, which, when activated, gives hackers "back door" access to a computer. This allows criminals to use the machine to send spam emails, or to try and capture personal information and login details for online banking and email accounts.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

BatchGeo - Import a spreadsheet of addresses into Google Maps

Let's say you have a bunch of locations listed in a spreadsheet. Why do you have all these locations in a spreadsheet? I don't know. Maybe you're a serial killer and these are all your possible victims. Or maybe they're your friends and you want to see how many of them you can visit in a day. Whatever. It doesn't matter. The point is, you can get them all pinpointed on a Google Map, and even post that map on your web site!

Developer's ideas:

* Create a map - Copy directly from spreadsheet program such as Excel or the free Google Docs or OpenOffice Calc.
    * Multiple Destination Driving Directions - Locations are linked to Google Maps for driving directions ("Calculate Distance" option.)
    * Distance Calculator - Calculate the distance in miles or kilometers to several locations from a single address.
    * Satellite Photos - Addresses are linked to Google Maps for satellite photos and driving directions.
    * Make your own Google Earth KML - Quickly create KML files with your address data for 3D viewing data in Google Earth.
    * Get postal codes / zip codes - Retrieve postal or zip codes for a given address internationally.
    * Print a map - Make a printable map with your addresses on it.
    * Save a map - Create a map with your locations and associated data to a web page for later use.
    * Create a store locator - Map your store properties, and then link to them from your website.
    * Plot a list of real-estate property addresses on a map with photos to link from a web site or for emphasis in a presentation.
    * House Hunters - use a saved location map to keep a reference index of your favorite properties.
    * Get center coordinates (centroids) for a listing of zip codes, cities, or states.
    * For quick single address geocodes, zip code, city or state centroids use our Single Address Lookup Tool
    * Kids - you now have your own personal paper route mapper!



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Sunday, April 25, 2010

MappedUp - Get a useful screensaver for a change

Instead of bullets through your screen or flying toasters, why not get a screensaver that not only looks great, but has some utility to it? Why not indeed. Check out this excellent offering.

"MappedUp is an application that tracks a large number of RSS news sources and displays their latest items on a world map."


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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Clean Temporary Places - Expunge superfluous files

What if you had a room in your home where you put stuff you intended to throw out later? What if you kept adding stuff to it every time you came home? What if you never, ever got rid of any of it? What if the room itself just got bigger and bigger until it took up your whole house? That's sort of what happens on your computer. This app helps you shovel out the accumulated detritus.

Developer description: "In short: Deletes unused, temporary, sometimes hard to find files for you, automatically."



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Docs.com - Facebook spreads its tentacles

What an awesome domain! Docs.com - Simple, elegant, all-encompassing. And available for you to visit and join. From the developer:

"Now you can discover, create, and share Microsoft Office documents with your Facebook friends. Built using Microsoft Office 2010 – Docs for Facebook lets you work from just about anywhere with the familiar Office experience."


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dictionary.com (Android) - A free and comprehensive dictionary app

The best way to resolve disputes about word meanings or pronunciations. From the developer:

"The free Dictionary.com app for Android delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, including more than 325,000 words and definitions and 300,000 synonyms and antonyms. The app also features phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions and Dictionary.com's popular Word of the Day that is enjoyed by millions of people."



Dictionary.com is available on the Android Market


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Harmony for Google Docs - Access Google Docs from Outlook

In praise of all things efficient, I put before you this add-on application which neatly bestows upon the user sidebar access to your Google Docs from within Outlook. From the developer:

"Harmony for Google Docs™ is a free sidebar for Microsoft® Outlook® that eliminates the need to use e-mail attachments. The beta release transforms Microsoft Outlook into a powerful collaboration console, with full-featured access to your Google documents. Locate, share, and work on Google documents quickly and easily, directly from your e-mail."


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Sunday, April 18, 2010

tinySpell - Avoid spelling mistakes in any application

There may be a few extraordinary individuals who never make spelling errors as they type. For the rest of us, a spell-checker is more than a little helpful. One problem though, is that not all applications that need one, have one. For example, typing text in Notepad, you are on your own. Who wants to copy and paste into Word just to check their spelling? From the developer:

"Occasionally you need to check spelling in an application that does not include a spelling checker and you don't want to launch your word processor just for that. This is when tinySpell becomes handy. It is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check and correct the spelling in any Windows application. tinySpell can watch your typing on the fly and alert you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It can also check the spelling of text that you copy to the clipboard. tinySpell installs itself in the system tray for easy access."



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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Microsoft Fix it Center - They made it, let them fix it

Some folks scoff at the idea of taking their car to the dealer. But it stands to reason that the maker often knows better how to fix a product than anyone else. Debatable, I know, but an arguable point. Microsoft, the maker in this case, has a nice, simple app that lets you troubleshoot common problems with Windows.



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Thursday, April 15, 2010

SDExplorer - Integrates Microsoft Live SkyDrive into Explorer

This is a great way to get easy access to your Live SkyDrive documents. From the developer:

"SDExplorer is a free, easy-to-use, but very powerful extension for Windows Explorer. With SDExplorer you can perform all everyday operations with your documents on Microsoft Live SkyDrive™ using Windows Explorer, as if they were on your computer itself.

Moreover, you don't need to install and configure any additional programs or ActiveX components. SDExplorer will take care of communicating with the online storage all by itself."


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Twitter Times - Don't let the river pass you by

Twitter tweets flow by like a fast-running river, so it's devilishly hard to catch everything. Now you can read tweets is newspaper form. Tweets are transformed into a personalized newspaper, generated from your Twitter account.

The Twitter Times - Video Tour from Maxim Grinev on Vimeo.


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Documents to Go 2.0 (Android) - View Office 2007 docs free

Without getting into whether or not the ubiquity of Office documents is a good thing, here's an app for android phones that will let you view Word and Excel docs for free. The paid version lets you view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files as well as view Adobe PDF files.


Documents to Go is available on the Android Market

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Vonage now available as a free Android app

Vonage is known for making VoIP calls (that's calls over the Internet rather than the regular phone system), which translates to free domestic and inexpensive overseas calls. From the announcement:

"The Vonage Mobile app for the compatible Android™ OS Phone is free to download and once you've installed it you are ready to start calling.

Our unique software allows you to dial directly or dial through your existing contacts. When the app is open, it recognizes you're making an international call and automatically routes it through the Vonage network. With the Vonage World Mobile plan you get unlimited international calls to over 60 countries†, and great low rates everywhere else using only your local cell phone minutes. When you're in a WiFi hotspot, you use no wireless minutes at all."




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Friday, April 09, 2010

Get "Sneak Peek" in your Gmail - Google Labs

Having a preview pane in Outlook and Thunderbird is a very helpful feature. Now you can get a similar effect with your Gmail webmail by enabling the Sneak Peek feature in Google Labs. Click on the little green beaker to get there.



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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Partition Wizard - Mange your disk partitions for free

If you don't know what a disk partition is, you don't want this software. On the other hand, if you know about partitions and understand how useful they can be, but don't want to spend money on a partition manager, this app will tickle you. From the developer:

"Partition Wizard is a partition magic alternative. It allows home users, business users, and system administrators to easily perform partition operations safely and quickly."



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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Free Internet Window Washer - Erases your tracks for privacy

Going along with yesterday's post, this free app will make it easy for you to sweep away all traces of your Internet browsing and other computer activities. This is a privacy issue, certainly, but it also has to do with keeping your computer clean and neat. From the developer:

"Free Internet Window Washer is a free internet tracks eraser and privacy cleaner software. As you work on your computer and browse the Internet, you leave behind traces of your activity. The Windows built-in functions will not protect you, most of the tracks can not be erased with them. Therefore, anyone else can see what you have been doing on your computer. Furthermore, much of your activity information takes up valuable disk space, and recovering this space can be very beneficial."


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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Free Hide IP - Does what its name implies

You may be confused about how to surf the web anonymously. What most people think of when they hear this phrase in really just browsing without leaving traces of your virtual travels on the computer from which you set out on your journey. But the sites you visit all know your IP, or the whereabouts of your computer.

If you want to really browse with anonymity, you have to hide your true IP, and this is what this app allows you to do. From the developer:

"Free Hide IP is a lightweight and useful software designed to protect your privacy when surfing the Internet by changing your IP address. The software will protect your Identity and Prevent tracking of your online activities."


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Friday, April 02, 2010

winPenPack - A cornucopia of portable apps in a single download

Have a flash drive? (Or "pen" drive as the developers call them, hence the app's name.) Make it your portable computer by pre-loading it with apps galore. More from the devs:

"winPenPack is an applications environment of Free Softwares, modified for being run and used from an USB pendrive, without need of installation. The removable device, so, is no more a simple data container, but becomes a really self-contained environment, within programs and documents are homogeneously integrated.

"Portable" softwares included into winPenPack does not need to be installed, does not write their settings into host PC, and can be easily carried between multiple computers through any external device, as removable hard disks or USB pendrives.

After inserting the USB pendrive into a free USB port of host PC, user will have immediately available a collection of pre-configured and ready to use programs, subdivided in categories and executable through a practical menu, analogue to Windows menu Start, the winPenPack Launcher. User will feel as is working on its own PC, with web browsers, e-mail clients, image and drawing editors, chat clients, PC maintenance and security, school, development. All he needs, always available. All these features make winPenPack extremely useful in any field.



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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bible (Android) - Get the Bible free on your Android phone

Many people read the Bible, and many people have Android phones. I put these two fact together and decided to recommend a great, free Bible app! Aren't I smart?



Bible for Android is available on the Android Market

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