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Email archiving software MailStore Home 10.1 is out

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:06:07 +0000

MailStore Home 10.1 is the latest version of the popular email archiving and backup software for Microsoft Windows devices. The new version of the program features search improvements, and some other changes that are useful to users of the program. Existing users may run a check for updates from within the application. A click on […]

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Ghacks Deals: Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle (97% off)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:17:13 +0000

Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle is a big eLearning course bundle that includes course covering Excel (regular and advanced), Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and even SharePoint. The bundle is heavily discounted right now. You can buy it for $39, which is 97% off the actual price. The following courses are included in the bundle: Microsoft Excel Course […]

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TrayStatus: Caps Lock and other information on Windows taskbar

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:03:15 +0000

TrayStatus is a free and commercial software for Windows that highlights the Caps Lock status, and other information, on the Windows taskbar. The Caps Lock and Num Lock keys on a computer keyboard can cause some troubling experiences when you they toggled without you realizing it. Caps Lock for instance may result in passwords not […]

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A Look at Desktop Environments: XFCE

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:36:36 +0000

Xfce is yet another lightweight but highly customizable desktop environment many people use for GNU/Linux, and is the environment of choice for systems such as Xubuntu, and Manjaro (Although Manjaro does come in other flavours, Xfce is known as the Manjaro teams initial focus and was their primary DE for a while.). The Xfce website […]

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How to prevent your ISP from snooping on you

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:42:03 +0000

Internet Service Providers may be able to sell your web history in the United States without you giving your consent. The new ruling passed the US Senate and the House of Representatives already, and the last thing standing in its way is the President of the United States. Assuming that the change in privacy rules […]

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EditBone is now called Text Editor Pro

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:09:52 +0000

Text Editor Pro, formerly known as EditBone, is a free multi-purpose plain text and code editor for Microsoft Windows devices. We have reviewed EditBone back in 2013 and found it to be an excellent editor especially for programmers due to its support for over 50 different programming and scripting languages. Support for languages such as […]

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Malwarebytes releases another beta to fix Malwarebytes 3 issues

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:06:58 +0000

Security company Malwarebytes has released another beta version for its flagship product Malwarebytes 3 to fix long-standing issues in the program. Malwarebytes 3, a new product born out of the ashes of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit, and Anti-Ransomware, has been plagued by bugs ever since its release. As a Malwarebytes user myself, I have been plagued […]

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A Look at Desktop Environments: GNOME

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:30:41 +0000

Back in the day, what we now know as MATE was initially the GNOME 2.x desktop environment in all it’s glory. Nowadays, GNOMEis an entirely different animal, and one worth exploring for those GNU/Linux users who love to do things differently, and like to stray away from the cookie cutter aspect of computer usage. I […]

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Vivaldi 1.8 released: find out what is new

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:22 +0000

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 1.8, the latest version of the company's desktop web browser a moment ago featuring a redesigned history feature, and more. Vivaldi is one of the web browsers that I'm keeping a very close eye on: the browser has come a long way since first beta and stable releases, and grown considerable […]

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Don’t rush to install the Windows 10 Creators Update

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:31:03 +0000

Most tech sites report that the Windows 10 Creators Update is out, and many don't fail to mention that the release is the official one. The problem is, that Microsoft has not confirmed that yet, and the past has shown that the first release version is usually not the build that users will get when […]

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Windows 10 Creators Update: new and removed features

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:00:31 +0000

The Windows 10 Creators Update is the third big feature update for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (after the November Update, and the Anniversary Update). The following guide provides you with an overview of new features of the Windows 10 Creators Update, of features that changed, and of features that Microsoft removed. While called the […]

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Deal of the Week: Ashampoo Software Bundle Pay What You Want

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:46:49 +0000

I have something special for you today: A Pay What You Want Deal for eight Ashampoo programs on Ghacks Deals. You can grab one of the programs if you pay at least $1, and all eight if you beat the average price (currently $18.13 at the time of writing). Here is what is included (first […]

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Ashampoo Snap 10 screen capture review

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:10:03 +0000

Ashampoo Snap 10 is a screen capture program for Windows that enables you to capture screenshots and video on Windows devices. I reviewed Ashampoo Snap 7 back in 2013; a lot has changed since then, and yesterday's release of Ashampoo Snap 10 was a good enough reason to revisit the program and write another view. […]

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Windows 10 has more than 10 million beta testers now

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:03:29 +0000

Microsoft's Windows Insiders program has crossed the 10 million members mark recently according to a blog post by Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi. Introduced back in October 2014 when the first preview build of Windows 10 was released to the public, membership grew quickly to over a million over the course of a couple of weeks. […]

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Windows 10 Start Menu StartIsBack++ 2.0 released

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:22:30 +0000

StartIsBack++ 2.0.1 is the latest version of the start menu replacement program for Windows 10 that works similarly as Classic Shell and Start10. We reviewed the version of StartIsBack+ for Windows 8.1 back when it was released. If you have used that version before, you have a good understanding already what StartIsBack++ 2.0.1 for Windows […]

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TreeSize Free 4.0 is out

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:20:16 +0000

TreeSize Free 4.0 is the latest free for personal use version of the popular disk space distribution analysis software for Microsoft Windows devices. The program tries to answer one simple question: where did all the free disk space go? We reviewed TreeSize Free back in 2010 for the first time, and found it to be […]

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Bandizip 6.0 is out with new interface

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:37:20 +0000

Bandizip 6.0, a new version of the archive software for Windows, has been released featuring a new user interface, and other changes. I switched to Bandizip in 2014 as it supported features that 7-Zip, the program that I used up to that point, failed to introduce much needed features quickly enough. The company responsible for […]

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Disable Security Messages on Windows 10

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:42:05 +0000

The following guide explains how to disable security messages on Windows 10 to prevent popup notifications on the desktop. Windows 10 monitors security and maintenance related features and settings, antivirus protection and Windows Update for instance, and notifies you if something is not working correctly. If antivirus protection is turned off for instance, you get […]

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Agnitio: control Windows with your voice

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:01:26 +0000

Agnitio is a free software program for Microsoft Windows computer systems that adds voice commands to the operating system. If you compare the voice controlled computers of science fiction franchises such as Star Wars or Star Trek with what is possible today, you will notice that voice control has a long way to go to […]

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chrlauncher: custom Chromium downloader, updater and launcher

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:33:10 +0000

Chrlauncher is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows that lets you download, update, and launch various Chromium versions. Chromium is the open source part of Google Chrome, and other browsers such as Vivaldi or Opera. Users who want to try out Chromium run into several issues right from the start. First, when it comes […]

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Optimize your images with Google’s Guetzli compression algorithm

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:57:12 +0000

The following guide walks you through the steps of optimizing jpeg images using Google's new Guetzli compression algorithm. Google unveiled Guetzli some time ago, a JPEG encoder that promises up to 35% smaller file sizes than achievable with current methods. A 35% reduction would result in Ghacks saving hundreds of Megabytes of storage space, and […]

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Windows Tip: Speed up Disk Cleanup System Files loading

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:01:59 +0000

The following tip provides you with information on how to speed up the loading of Disk Cleanup's "clean system files" option on Windows. Disk Cleanup is a built-in tool on Windows devices that users may utilize to remove temporary data from the operating system. It is not as complete as dedicated third-party cleaning programs such […]

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A Look at Desktop Environments: KDE 5 Plasma

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:22:33 +0000

This time around we will be looking at KDE: powerful, graphically beautiful, and filled with an array of useful software; but the most resource intensive of the major desktop environments. KDE has always been a weird thing for me, I quite enjoy its almost limitless amount of customizability, the great tools that it comes with, […]

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A look at Desktop Environments: MATE

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:23:25 +0000

One of the most amazing things about GNU/Linux is it's customizability, both on a deeper system level but also on the surface with various desktop environments and window managers at the users disposal. My personal favourite of the various desktop environments is MATE (pronounced Mah-Tay). I started using GNU/Linux about 17 years ago on my […]

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Tab Ninja: better Chrome tab controls

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:42:15 +0000

Tab Ninja is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser that gives you better options when it comes to controlling tabs in the browser. Google made the decision recently to remove certain tab features from the browser. The Close other tabs, and Close tabs to the right options will be removed from […]

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Exclusive preview of Startpage’s new image search tools

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:17:54 +0000

The privacy focused search engine Startpage will launch new image search related tools soon that improve the user experience significantly. Startpage, just like Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo, offers a dedicated image search option that users can make use of. While you can use web searches to find sites with images as well, using the image […]

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Here is the first mockup screenshot of Firefox 57’s new design

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:45:14 +0000

Mozilla plans to make Firefox 57 a milestone release by introducing major changes to the web browser when the version is released. We talked about those in the past already; most notable probably is the focus on WebExtensions in Firefox 57. Classic add-ons will stop working at that time, as they are no longer supported […]

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How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:38:38 +0000

Instagram announced on March 23, 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service. Two-factor authentication adds a security layer to the sign in process on Instagram. What is meant by that is that you are required to complete a second authentication step before you are signed in to […]

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TTSFox: Firefox Text to Speech add-on that works offline

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:23:36 +0000

TTSFox is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds text to speech functionality to the browser, even when the device is offline. It can sometimes be useful to have something read aloud to you. This can be the case if you do something that is not directly in front of the monitor, […]

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You can now watch Netflix in Firefox on Linux

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:08:00 +0000

Netflix announced on Tuesday that Linux users may use the Firefox web browser on their devices now to watch video streams on the website. Netflix started to work on HTML5 compatibility almost four years ago to improve the service's compatibility. The video streaming service relied on the use of plugins, most notably Microsoft Silverlight in […]

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Windows 10 KB4016635 Update released

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:26:46 +0000

Microsoft released a new cumulative update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, KB4016635 that patches two issues. The update is not available through Windows Update, but exclusively available on the Microsoft Update Catalog. It is unclear right now whether Microsoft will make it available through Windows Update at a later point in time. The […]

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Opera 45: Telegram inclusion, Reborn improvements

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:49:38 +0000

Opera Software released several updates for Opera 45 Developer recently that brings Telegram integration, and improvements to the Reborn redesign of the browser. Reborn, a new design for the Opera web browser was revealed when Opera Software released Opera 44 Developer to the public. Reborn is not a complete change of the look and feel […]

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Ghacks Deals: TNT Stream Unblocker Plus: Lifetime Subscription (Netflix works)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:46:04 +0000

Today's deal brings you a lifetime subscription to TNT Stream Unblocker Plus (or regular without the Plus). It is a service that may either be used to access geo-blocking streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu, or as a VPN. I had the change to test the functionality of the service, and streaming tests did […]

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Windows 10: look up data usage for the past 30 days

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:02:05 +0000

The following guide walks you through the steps of looking up data usage information on devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. It can sometimes be useful to find out how much data is used on a device in a given period of time. Maybe you are on a metered Internet connection and want to […]

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KB4012218, KB4012219: Windows Update processor generation detection

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:53:33 +0000

The March 2017 preview updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 introduce Windows Update processor generation and hardware support detection. Microsoft published KB4012218 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and KB4012219 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 yesterday evening. These previews are only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog, […]

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Learn PowerShell, using PowerShell

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:46:18 +0000

PowerShell is more than just a command line shell. It is a configuration management framework that the command line shell is part of, but also a scripting language. It is more powerful than the Windows command prompt but also more intimidating. While it has been there for more than a decade, most Windows users are […]

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5 Things to learn how to do in GNU/Linux via Command-Line

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:06:04 +0000

GNU/Linux is powerful, very powerful, but truth be told it can also be a daunting experience when trying to learn to utilize the true power behind a GNU/Linux system; the terminal. Using the CLI, or Command Line Interface, can speed up MANY processes and tasks, once you know how to use it and some of […]

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Deal of the Week: Linux Power User Bundle (97% off)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:09:44 +0000

If you want to get started using Linux, but don't know where to begin, then you may find this week's deal of the week useful for that: The Linux Power User Bundle is a five course bundle that acts pretty much as an introduction to Linux. The following five courses are included in the bundle: […]

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Full Last Pass 4.1.42 exploit discovered

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:09:13 +0000

Tavis Ormandy, a prolific member of Google's Project Zero initiative, revealed that he discovered a new security issue in LastPass 4.1.42 (and maybe earlier). Ormandy revealed that he discovered an exploit, but did not reveal it. Project Zero discoveries are reported to the companies who produce the affected products. The companies have 90 days to […]

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Audacity 2.1.3: official Windows 10 support, last XP version

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:54:23 +0000

Audacity 2.1.3, released on March 17, 2017, is the first version of the popular audio editor that supports Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system officially. The audio software can record live audio through microphones or mixers, digitize recordings from other media, and also capture audio when a supported sound card is available. Apart from recording audio, […]

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