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Popular team communication software Slack introduces a major update to its desktop app that mitigates the performance issues plaguing the app for so long. The new version now loads much faster on Windows and Mac, and eats a lot less memory, giving its millions of daily users a delightful experience when interacting the app.

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Slack team is rebuilding the app from the ground up, eliminating the resource-hogging bloats from its stack. The recent developments in Javascript in the past few years made it easier for team Slack to make the call and upgrade its client-side ecosystem, bringing the much-needed performance boost within the app.

“We want people to be able to run Slack alongside anything else they are using to get their job done and have that be easy, uncumbersome, delightful even. So we took a look at the environment we’re in. I think the other thing to note is that the ecosystem for client-side development has just changed a lot in the past five years. There have been some major updates to JavaScript and new technologies like React and Redux to make it easier to build dynamic web applications. We also wanted to update our stack to fit in with the modern paradigm.” — Jaime DeLanghe, Director of Product Management

Previous versions of Slack for Windows and Mac are noticeably slow for some. That’s especially true for those who have multiple Slack workplaces and channels to keep tabs on. This is due to the fact that Slack retrieves all conversations for each channel first before rendering the UI, thus, delaying your interaction to the app.

Now, Slack will only load data when needed, depending on which channel you’re on. The result: a speedier and memory-efficient user experience.

Slack is slated to release the new app in the coming weeks.

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Slack is a widely popular team communication tool used in a formal setting like workplace collaboration and remote communication. It got all the bells and whistles you can hope for when collaborating and working with remote team members on shared projects.

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Microsoft just rolled out an update to their spreadsheet editing app Excel that allows you to point your phone's camera into printed tables and turn them into editable spreadsheets.

The update is made possible by artificial intelligence (AI) trained to recognize characters and detect datasets inside printed tables before finally importing them as spreadsheets. If you're familiar with how Google Translate app works that translates words in realtime when you point your camera to a foreign text, you can expect the same capability with this update but for printed tables.

The update is first available on Android, but iOS should expect the roll out in the coming days.

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Excel is not the first app that gets AI treatment from Microsoft. A few weeks ago, Microsoft-owned Skype also gets AI-assisted background-blur support that smartly obscures your often messy, distracting background.

Satya Nadella's helm at Microsoft continues to deliver the much-needed disruptions and innovations. And with its billions of cash being pumped into their Machine Learning (ML) department, we can expect few more nifty advancements in AI in the next few years.

Excel Gets OCR Support, Lets You Snap Tables and Convert Into Editable Spreadsheet

If you're a traveler who wants to stay productive while on-the-go or you're a digital nomad who loves to mix leisure and work, chances are you'll need a decent power bank for your laptop more than you'd imagine.

An extra power bank that can charge your Mac or laptop ensures you have extra battery juices you can turn to when you needed to do last minute work while your laptop's battery is dead empty. A portable power bank that fully supports your Mac or Windows laptop is especially useful if you're in the most remote part of the country where rotational brownouts are expected.

In this article, we will show you top-of-the-line power banks for your Mac or Windows computer that guarantee to give you those extra hours without hurting your wallet. We specially hand-picked below's list with charging speed/time, safety, and capacity as criteria.

The Best Laptop Power Banks You Can Carry Anywhere

  1. Crave PowerPack Power Bank (50000mAh)

    Topping from this list is this 50,000mAh backup power bank from Crave PowerPack. Crave PowerPack CRVPP101 is your compact, high-density travel companion guaranteed to fully charge your devices anywhere you go. This power bank has two laptop power supply ports and universal compatibility with virtually any mobile devices.

    Capacity: 50,000mAh Laptop Compatibility: Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Lenovo, NEC, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba (Apple Laptops draw > 5 Amps, not supported) Port Compatibility: 1 20V/3 Amp Port for Laptops

  2. Mophie Powerstation (22,000mAh)

    Powerstation AC is another strong contender under this category. This quick-charging emergency power bank offers you a legit AC port that gives your notebook or Mac a safe 100W power (110V) and a USB-C charging port that provides 30W power.

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    Although not as big as Crave PowerPack's 50,000mAh, Mophie Powerstation AC should be enough to give your laptop additional 15+ hours emergency battery.

  3. Omnicharge AC/DC (20,400mAh)

    Omnicharge's 20,400mAh power bank is another easy favorite amongst travelers and digital nomads, and it's easy to see why. This emergency power bank is well-equipped with fast-charging USB ports and a 100W AC outlet that can power your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Pro 3/4, Lenovo, Dell, HP Laptops, DSLR cameras, and even DJI drone's battery.

  4. MAXOAK Laptop Power Bank (50,000mAh)

    MAXOAK's 50,000mAh power bank is your compact and lightweight external battery pack ideally recommended for Windows-based laptop. This power bank has a total of 6 charging ports: one 20V/5A for laptops, one 12V/2.5A for digital cameras, two 5V/2.1A, and two USB 5V/1A for iPhones, tablets. MAXOAK has a wide laptop compatibility support which includes Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft Surface Pro, Sony, Samsung, Acer, and Toshiba.

  5. AC Jackery PowerBar (23,200mAh)

    Jackery PowerBar 23200mAh external battery pack delivers 85W of power via AC outlet and a few powerful outputs including Quick Charge 3.0, USB C, and 5V/2.4A, making it an indispensable travel companion. This power bank can charge your 15.4" MacBook Pro and other 15'' laptops, GoPros and other hand-held devices.

There you have it! So next time you embark on another beach pilgrimage or go in an adventure, be sure to bring one of these power banks for your laptop!

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Remember the Software Data Cable for Android I mentioned before? That was really a clever tiny piece of  app that every Android user should install. Why? Well, you better see my previous post about it here: How To: Transfer Files From PC To Android Phone Via Wi-Fi (And Vice Versa).

If you ever wished you could do almost the same thing on your iPhone or iPad and make your life a LOT easier, well, then, you've got to check out PushBullet.

PushBullet is your Swiss Army Knife for anything wireless


As a long-time Android user who just switched to iOS, I hate it when moving files & information from my computer to iPhone is such a difficult feat. The same frustration you get when you copy contents from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC. And that's the problem that PushBullet is trying to solve.

What is PushBullet

In a nutshell, PushBullet makes it really easy to send files, ebooks, links, and virtually any  media files from one device to another. Whether you're pushing files from your Windows computer to your iPhone, iPad or Android, the process is absolutely painless. All you have to do is to right-click the file or link and select the destination device and voila, you can instantly go right to that file/link by tapping on the notification you get on your Android or iDevice. And no, you don't have to be in the same wireless network to make PushBullet works.

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And if you have an Android device, you can even automatically “push” all your calls and SMS alerts to your computer so you  won't miss important calls and text messages even if your phone is on silent mode or in another room. Unfortunately for iOS, PushBullet doesn't have this feature yet. But given the more open iOS8.0+ architecture, I believe this feature is currently in the works (check out the paid app Notifyr for iOS, it works almost the same).

Why is it useful?

PushBullet's homepage already has a detailed information on how it works and how it becomes so handy, but allow me to point it out here.

With PushBullet, you can easily:
  • Send files from your mobile device to your computer with one click (or the other way around)
  • Receive calls, SMS and other phone notifications straight on your computer

And if you're on Android, there are whole lot more you can do with PushBullet like being able to reply text messages straight from your computer.

Final Verdict:

PushBullet is a simple yet powerful push notification service designed to make all your internet-connected devices “work” together. It's a godsend  web service that you will surely appreciate especially if you're dealing with multiple devices. PushBullet is currently available for iOS, Android and as a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera. There's also an unofficial paid app PushPal for Mac users.

Transfer Large Files Between iPhone and Other iDevices Over Existing Wi-Fi Network

LINK: PushBullet

Must-Have: PushBullet Makes Your iOS, Android and Computer "Work" Together

Few days ago, I ran into a problem trying to embed a 40-seconds video into a website.

The problem:

The short video was too large — about 80MB in size — which doesn't seem to justify the length of the video we need to upload. With that ridiculously large size, we cannot easily upload and make it publicly accessible in the website for some performance reasons (if you're a web guy, you get it).

Since video hosting services like Vimeo and YouTube were not an option at that point, we had to come up with ways on how to minify the video without compromising the quality before finally embedding it to the site. And thankfully, we found this awesome tool called Handbrake.

Optimize, Compress Video for up to 90% (Useful for Web Embeds)

Handbrake is one bad-ass video optimizing software that will surely save your day. It allows you to compress any videos of any format, thus significantly reducing the file size without losing quality. It's lightweight, free, and it just works like a charm.

Here's why everyone loves Handbrake:
  • Great video format support. You can compress any types of videos like .wmv – Windows Media Video File, .avi – Audio Video Interleave File, .m4v, .mov, etc.
  • It is Open Source. That means you don't have to spend a penny
  • It works on Windows, Mac and Linux so everyone can enjoy.

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Using Handbrake is pretty easy. First, you have to specify the Source video file, define Output settings as well as the Destination folder, then, hit Start. It's that easy. See the demo below (click to enlarge):

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The result:



Look at that file reduction I got — from 80MB I was able to shrink it down to 7.6MB. That's 90% reduction!

Still not convinced? Download Handbrake for Windows or Handbrake for Mac and see it for yourself.

How To: Web-Optimize, Compress Videos Without Losing Quality (90% Reduction Guaranteed)

For the uninitiated, Recordit Fast Screencasts is a Mac-only piece of software recently launched that lets you create video screencasts FAST. This app works similarly to Jing; you decide what particular area of your screen you want to screen-capture, hit the record button, then wait for a few seconds for the app to upload & generate a unique link for the screencast. If you have a Mac, go check out Recordit.

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What makes Recordit unique is the nifty GIF support, which is kind of envy to all Windows users out there considering that there's not much good screencasting apps available for Windows with decent GIF support.

But fret not, I got you here a decent (even better) alternative to Recordit that works well on any Mac and Windows computer.

LICEcap Records Your Screen Activity And Saves It As High Quality GIF (Windows & OSX)



LICEcap is FREE and fully functional GIF creation tool both for Windows and Mac that allows you to capture an area of your computer and store it as a high quality GIF. LICEcap is very lightweight and there's no extra fuss to get started. Just grab and install the app, and you're good to go.

LICEcap Features:

  • Record directly to .GIF or
  • Move the screen capture frame while recording
  • Pause and restart recording, with optional inserted text messages
  • Global hotkey (shift+space) to toggle pausing while recording
  • Adjustable maximum recording framerate, to allow throttling CPU usage
  • Basic title frame, with or without text
  • Record mouse button presses
  • Display elapsed time in the recording

Why use GIF when there's a video?


The problem with most video screencasting software today is that the size of video or flash file it generates is too large that you can't quickly embed it on a web page nor share it to your co-workers or employer. With GIF as an output format, the size is too minimal, thus saving you time.



Link: LICEcap

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Previously on this blog we have talked about Connectify, a tiny piece of app that turns your laptop into a wireless hotspot so you can quickly share your internet connection without having to spend hours of frustration doing it via Ad-Hoc.

Connectify is great, but only if you're willing to toss $40 for the lifetime Pro version that unlocks a plethora of features which of course you don't need all. While there's a Connectify Lite version, I find it too limited especially the latest version. And that's not only my opinion.

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Now if you want a decent and FREE alternative to Connectify to share your LAN, 3G/4G internet connection, then, you might you want to check out mHotspot.

mHotspot Transforms Your Computer Into Portable WiFi Hotspot  (link)




mHotspot is a 100% free software which converts your Windows-based computer into a functional and secure Wifi Hotspot. If you have DSL or 3G/4G broadband at home, you can quickly share that to other wireless devices. Absolutely no router or additional external hardware required.

With mHotspot, you can:

  • provide internet access to other devices (10 devices max)
  • set your own hotspot name without any prefix or restrictions (unlike Connectify Lite)
  • secures your wireless hotspot with WPA2 PSK password security
  • application size is 400KB only (that's cool)
  • share any type of Internet connection (LAN, Ethernet, 3G/4G, etc)
  • see the details of the connected devices (e.g. device name, IP & Mac Address)
  • see the network usage (upload and download speed)
  • turn your laptop as a repeater



mHostpot, the best Connectify alterntive as yet, has already amassed over 2 million downloads to date. Go check out mHotspot.

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mHotspot Is A FREE Alternative To Connectify That Turns Your Computer Into Wifi Hotspot

Unless you’re a really die-hard fan of XP and Vista and have no plans of upgrading, it’s assumed you’re using the latest Windows 7.

Many professionals and novices alike are finding Windows 7 a real crowd pleaser because of its user-friendly abilities and features. Speaking of features, many people including some IT pros aren’t familiar with Window 7’s hidden secrets that are pure work productivity boosters, and fun, too. We’re not just talking about your usual keyboard shortcuts, but real features such as:

Hidden "Send to" Icons

Hidden Send to Icons Windows 7 When you right-click on an icon, the options in “Send to” are actually quite limited. For a full list, just press Shift key before right-clicking. This will save you time rather than doing copy/cut-paste.

Recover Closed Browser Tab

We often close a browser tab accidentally. You can search for it without using the history. For Google Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer, press Ctrl + Shift + T.

Additional Clock and Time Settings

Default Additional Clock in Windows 7 Need to call Uncle Marvin? What time is it in Alaska? Is mom still awake in Brisbane? No one can memorize so many time zones (even Americans still get hung up with their 5 time zones). You can add more clocks when you click on the date and time icon. Click the time and date at the right side of the taskbar and then click Change Date and Time Settings. Look for the Additional Clocks tab and you can add one or two extra clocks with custom time zones and labeling of your choosing. After you click Apply and OK, click the time and date again. The local time should be the big clock, and the ones next to it the custom additions.

Updating the BIOS Revision

When tuning up a slow or troublesome PC, one of the first things to check is whether they have the latest BIOS revision. Most people never update their BIOS, and in the case of hardware or OS upgrades it can often be the key to solving mysterious crashes.

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You can use a search engine to find the latest BIOS release for a particular PC model. To find out what's in the PC you're working with, use the System Information utility. Just click Start and begin typing System Information in the search box. The shortcut should pop to the top of the list within four or five characters. The System Summary page includes a wealth of information, including the manufacturer and model for major-brand PCs, the exact processor, and the BIOS version and date.

Using the Windows Registry Editor

There are a thousand tweaks that you can do only by editing an obscure value in the registry. So you make one of those changes, and then a few weeks or months later you need to do it again. It's easy to find your way back if you leave behind a trail. You can simply save the key in question to Window’s Registry Editor, or the Regedit built-in Favorites menu. At the top of the editing window, click Add to Favorites and the current location is saved, using a name of your choosing. If you need to remove entries from the list, just click Remove Favorites.

Power Settings to Save on Electricity

Part of boosting work productivity is to save on your electric bills and lessen overhead expenses. You can do this by simply making your PC more energy-aware. The biggest change of all is to let your PC go to sleep when they're not being used. That cuts the amount of power they consume by 97%, and they wake up quickly when they're needed again. Just go to Control Panel > System and Security or Hardware and Sound. Click on Power Options and make the necessary power saving settings.

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Window switching with Alt+Tab

Window switching with Alt+Tab Another useful tool in Windows 7 is Alt + Tab. In the window you can click on any icon including the desktop to open it. Alternatively on pressing tab, it moves to the subsequent icon and after you leave alt, the highlighted window opens. If you want to move the highlighter the other way, press shift while hitting tab.

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So you copied something, a photo or a tiny line of codes perhaps, and out of carelessness and itchy happy fingers, you accidentally copied another. And then you realized you need to re-access those previously copied items. And so you begin to wonder: is there a clipboard history, or a temporary folder where all your copied items are saved?

If you’re on Windows and you don’t have any clipboard manager installed, there is not such a way to recover those previous clippings. The notorious Windows’ clipboard only holds one item at a time. New items will permanently delete the previous one.

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Not Until the arrival of clipboard managers -- an extremely useful group of applications that can save you from any computer disaster like sudden shutoff, system crashes, etc. And here, I’m going to share you one of my favorite: Ditto.

Recover/Restore Previously Copied (and Cut Items) Back To Your Clipboard With Ditto (link)


Ditto is an open source (and therefore, FREE) extension for a standard Windows clipboard. This cool utility app extension allows you to save each item previously placed in a clipboard, thus, allowing you to access these items later on. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be placed in a clipboard, whether it is text, images, HTML, and even custom formats.

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Simply put, Ditto allows you to save, manage, and retrieve the countless clipboard grabs you make each day. It’s like recording all your cut and paste – copy and paste activities on a separate clipboard.

Some of the good features of Ditto and its Quick Paste Tools:
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Searching previously copied files.
  • Saving any type of information that can be placed on a clipboard.
  • Keeping multiple computer clipboards synchronized.
  • Data is encrypted when sent over a network.
  • Sending individual clips to other computers.
  • Able to access tray icons or global hot keys.
  • Can assign hot keys to specific copy entries.
  • Automatically checks for updates.
  • Can select any entry by double clicking.
  • Can use drag drop or enter key.
  • Can paste into any window that accepts standard copy or paste entries.
  • Displays thumbnail of copied images on a list.
Download: Ditto Clipboard Manager (FREE)

Must-Have: Recover All Items Stored On Your Clipboard with Ditto (Windows)

Almost everyone knows how Google Docs works and how multiple users can work on either single or multiple documents at the same time. Now, wouldn’t you want that same capability on other applications? However, you know that is not going happen.

Until now.

How would you react if you found out that a brilliant group of programmers has created a screen share application wherein two users can work on a single application such as Excel or Photoshop? Amazing, right?

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This is the essence of PowWow. It is a very simple application that allows two users to work on an application at the same time, taking turns with their own mouse pointer. The design is for complete collaboration and not just screen broadcasting like that from Google Docs.



PowWow has been proven for such tasks as sharing Google Chrome to write an e-mail together, sharing a Photoshop task, sharing web-coding reviews between two web developers, or sharing paired programmer tasks. In short, PowWow feels as if you are working with someone just sitting beside you, even if the other user is a continent away. So far, most applications can be used on PowWow.

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For the present, PowWow is a beta available only for Mac. A version for Windows will be available very soon. For now, the official site is requesting people to sign up for an e-mail listing so they can be informed later when the Windows version will be out.

Because the Mac version of PowWow is still in Beta, the official site is giving caution to users should anything unusual or unpredictable happens, and to inform the makers by emailing them.



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New App 'PowWow' Seeks To Revolutionize The Way We Collaborate Online

Previously on this blog we have talked about YouWave, a high performance Android emulator that makes it easier to run Android on your PC. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, head over HERE.

Modern technology has brought computer desktop applications to be used on smartphones and iPhones. However, what if there are phone applications that you want to use on your desktop?

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Introducing Cubiez, the apps that brings your favorite phone apps on your desktop. All the apps on your mobile phone that you love or need to use can now be accessed on any desktop or laptop.

As of date, Cubiez is a free app download, though only the first lucky few who download can avail of the exclusive Alpha version.

Cubiez: Bring Your Favorite Mobile Content to Your Desktop (link)

Cubiez allows your phone apps to be made available at the bottom of the taskbar screen so they are always accessible. Should there be any new content for your phone apps, instant notification will alert you. The platform is also non-intrusive because you never have to leave what you are doing just to check for updates.


Cubiez is very simple to use. All you need to do is to download the free app and then install. A marketplace will appear on the taskbar, the purpose is to choose the phone apps that you like. In one click, installation can be completed and everything will show up on your taskbar. Now, all you need is to do is log into your favorite apps.

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The mobile apps on your desktop are even made to like, well, like mobile apps, the way you see them on your mobile phone.



Download: Cubiez (Windows)

Cubiez is available only for Windows. However, the developers will soon come out with versions for Mac and Linux.

Bring Your Favorite Mobile Contents to Your Desktop with Cubiez (Windows)

Goodness, what will people ever think of next in terms of technology?

A website called paludour.net (link) is introducing a new application for Windows called the AutoUSBCheck. It can be downloaded to any computer to be used for automatic copying, backup, or stealing data from any USB flash drive that is plugged into the computer. It also shows when a USB flash drive has been used on the computer and extracts a copy of the USB drive data to the hard drive.

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AutoUSBCheck is so easy to use:

1 Download and install AutoUSBCheck HERE.

2 Once installation is complete, launch the app -- go to Start > Programs > AutoUSBCheck Preferences. You should be prompted like this:


3 Just hit OK(you may enter the unlock code to download the Full version). This should bring the AutoUSBCheck dialog, as seen below:



4 Click Start button to activate program. And you're done!

If the application is in active state and any USB flash drive is plugged into the computer, the app will silently copy USB files without user's knowledge in the background unto the hard drive to be accessed later.

Advantages:

  • You get to know if a USB flash drive was ever plugged into your computer get to copy the flash drive contents.
  • Automatically backup files once USB stick is inserted.
  • Once active, it is automatic and silent.
  • Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
  • You can limit or unlimit what size file to copy.

Disadvantages:

  • Free version is only a trial version. Paludour.net will send the full version of AutoUSBCheck if user sends a donation of €6 Euro or $ 9US.
  • Rare incompatibilities may occur.
  • Use at own risk because there is no technical support.

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At long last, the multiple tab browsing support you've loved and seen on apps such as Chrome and Firefox has finally landed on Windows Explorer.

Thanks to this handy Windows app called Clover which adds a multiple tab functionality to your Windows default File Explorer. That is, when you want to navigate to another file, you don't need to launch it in a separate window and have multiple windows opened at the same time.

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The current version of Windows File Explorer doesn't have a multiple-tabbing support yet. And so Clover must be a good news especially if you do a lot of copy, paste, move, cut or deletion of files.

Get A Google Chrome-Like Tabs Interface On Windows Explorer With Clover (link)

Clover (2.7MB) is a tiny, free Windows app that adds a multiple-tab functionality on your Windows File Explorer. Once installed, you'll get a Google Chrome-like tabs interface on top of the Explorer of every window.


No special requirements to use this app. All you have to do is to download and install Clover from their website (link).

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Other notable goodness of Clover:

Convenient Tab page

To master the powerful, easy-to-tab, just remember that Ctrl + T to open the page, and Ctrl + W close the page, Ctrl + Tab to switch pages, the work efficiency far more than doubled!

Seamless integration of operating system

Clover by the BHO plug-in form, integrated into Windows Explorer, to keep your usual habits, without having to learn new software operation, and immediately you can use.

Lightning-fast bookmarks bar

Press Ctrl + D to add the current path, or directly to the folder into the bookmarks bar. No longer around to look for the folder to access, instant reach, how happy!

Clover is a a must-have utility app that makes file browsing a completely new experience. Supported platform includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, on both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions.

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The seemingly endless disk spaces of gigabytes and terabytes in desktops, laptops, and now with external hard drives means that people today can have as much music in their files as the whole Library of Congress. It also means that some music files in our collection can become redundant. It makes no difference if you are listening to music using your desktop and a VLC player.

However, it will matter if duplicate tracks play on a portable USB thumb drive. Aside from two or three of the same songs playing, there is the matter of limited space in a portable player. In that sense, it would be better to completely remove redundant files to make more room in a limited 1 or 2 gig portable player.

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In this article we're going to walk you through how to remove duplicate media files on your PC. Using this tiny software called CopyTrans and iTunes, it will be easier to find those duplicate files and finally take those junks files out from your desktop or laptop.

Get Rid Of Duplicate Media Files On Your PC With CopyTrans + iTunes

Note: While you can always navigate to File > Display Duplicates on iTunes to display and delete those duplicate media files, physical files are not actually removed at all; iTunes will only take them out from the library.

Alright, here we go.

All you need to do is to download the free CopyTrans free app, extract, and then run the executable file. Before running the app, make sure that iTunes or any other media player is closed. The app tool is portable and does not require any kind of installation. When you run the tool, it automatically scans your iTunes library or entire Mp3 files and immediately shows the results categorized into different albums, like this:


After this, all you need to do is to click on the album and select the duplicate tracks for the cleanup. This is found at the left-hand side bar. Once the tracks are selected, a small blue screw icon will appear. If you click on this, the track will be deleted (see screenshot below).

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Instead of scanning your entire music collection manually, CopyTrans is the best way how to delete duplicate mp3 files.

Download CopyTrans HERE

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Not all websites are safe for kids; some portals promote sexual curiosity while others expose anti-racism and some violence of that sort. In corporate scene, there are websites that are not supposed to be visited especially during working hours. Facebook, YouTube, TumBlr, Orkut, Twitter – name them all – have been the major problems recently in schools and many other business organizations.

If you’re a mother who wishes to protect your child from bad websites or a network admin who is responsible for the network activity of company workforce, then, this short tutorial will teach you how to restrict internet access to a specific website – no additional software needed.

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Step 1 Log in to your computer as Administrator.

Step 2 Navigate through the Hosts File. Click Start > Run and type the following:
\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows should prompt you an "Open with" dialog (see below). Just select "Notepad" or any other text editor and hit OK.

NOTE: To access the hosts file on on Windows 7, you may need to temporarily disable all active antivirus software first. Then run Notepad as Administrator, open the host file by navigating over here: \Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts.

Step 3 Now, let’s try to block Facebook and Twitter. All we need to do is to add the following codes below the lines containing 127.0.0.1 localhosts (if you cannot see it, create it):
127.0.0.1 facebook.com
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 m.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 touch.facebook.com
127.0.0.1 twitter.com
127.0.0.1 m.twitter.com
Step 4 Now, save the File and see it yourself!

If you’ve performed right the procedures above, your computer should not be able to access Facebook and Twitter. If you want to block more websites (e.g. Twitter, YouTube, Orkut etc.), just access the Host File and append the domain name or web address and save.

Blocking specific websites is really that easy!

How To: Block, Restrict Access To Unwanted Websites - No Additional Software Needed

Ever wondered how to turn your laptop or notebook into portable Wi-Fi hotspot without using Ad-Hoc? If yes, well, then, this post is for you.

Ad-Hoc, in its simplest term, is a technology that enables “within reach” wireless devices to directly connect and communicate. If you have multiple wireless devices at home, you can actually connect them altogether via an Ad-Hoc wireless network. Ad-Hoc is commonly used as a tethering/internet sharing tool that enables you to share your broadband internet connection at home.

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Ad-Hoc is awesome, but only for above-average users. Setting up an Ad-Hoc wireless network requires tidbits of configuration, which if wrongly carried out, can lead to hours of frustration. Thankfully, there’s such an app that simplifies the sharing of internet connection on the fly.

The Quickest and Easiest Way To Share Internet Connection Without Using Ad-Hoc

Meet Connectify, a tiny piece of app that eliminates the hassle of sharing your internet connection via Ad-Hoc. For uninitiated, Connectify is a simple network- connection sharing solution for Windows 7 that turns any laptop, PC with a wireless connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Sharing internet connection with Connectify is simple enough; all you have to do is to download the Connectify app (see link below), set your desired hotspot name and password, and you’re good to go!

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There are two variants of Connetify: the Free and Pro version. The free version of Connectify is already powerful that it even comes with handy web connectivity and management options like the ability to disconnect attached clients.

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Connectify must be the quickest and easiest way to share internet connection as it requires nothing more than setting up a password and a connection type to turn any notebook, laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.



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How To: Turn Your Laptop, PC Into Wi-Fi Hotspot Without Using Ad-Hoc -- Internet Sharing Made Easy

When you're working in a shared computer, it is often necessary to restrict others from accessing certain applications/programs installed on your PC. You don't want other people to get access with your confidential information by just simply launching certain apps without you knowing. Also, you cannot afford your kids to mess around with your files and open certain apps which could potentially bring them to websites with inappropriate contents.    

How To: Sync Your Files Across Multiple Computers, Mobile Devices

Here I am going to walk you through to another free tool that can help you prevent others from executing certain applications installed on your computer. The tool is called Applocker, a free software locking tool that locks certain applications on your computer. If you don't want others to run certain apps on your computer, then, Applocker is for you.

Applocker - Prevent Others From Opening/Executing Certain Apps On Your Computer

Applocker is a freeware that prevents specified programs from being launched. It lets you limit what applications can be used on your computer. Applocker is very useful especially for parents who want to restrict their kids to use computer, or just to keep certain programs out of reach of other people. Applocker is only limited to locking .EXE files, so you cannot lock control panel, and anything of that sort. You can however lock things like Task Manager, Explorer, Firefox, FileZilla and other .EXE files.

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Here's how you can lock specific programs on your computer with Applocker:

  1. Download and install your free copy of Applocke here.
  2. Launch and configure the app.
Applocker may not be the best free app-locking software available today, but we can still get the best protection by doing some 'dirty tricks'. Applocker by default allows you to lock any application by simply specifying executable's file-name. But the app doesn't have this feature of self-protection -- Applocker is not protected by itself.

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To protect Applocker from being launched, just move Applocker.exe and config.txt  to any secret directory, or you can save it on your flash drive. Access both files here: C:\Program Files\SmartX\Smart-X AppLocker. And yes, you can also lock Applocker.exe using the app itself; just go to Application Locker Configuration and add Applocker.exe as protected .EXE. In order to open the locked Applocker.exe, just rename the actual Applocker.exe file to anything like Applocker1.exe.

Lock certain programs installed on your PC; prevent your kids and other users from opening unwanted apps!


How To: Lock, Protect Certain Programs Installed On Your Computer

There are many great tutorials in the web. Reference sites such as W3Schools and Hscripts are everybody’s best friend particularly to those who're complete beginner in web programming. Instructables, wikiHow, eHow – name them all – are also great web resources that provide useful information, DIY tutorials on how to accomplish something.

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Yes, these websites are cool. But wouldn’t it be much cooler if you can take these websites with you and browse them offline? If you’re a student who relies heavily on the (sometimes sluggish) internet, here’s another useful tool you can use to turn any existing website into an instant eBook so you can browse it offline.


Free Web-Grabbing Software To Make Existing Website Available for Offline Browsing


Source: HTTrack.com
HTTrack is a free and easy-to-use website copier that allows you to grab or copy existing website into an instant eBook. Here’s the notable feature of HTTrack:
  • HTTrack recursively builds all directories, fetching all HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.
  • HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online.
  • HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads.
  • HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

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HTTrack can also be a good alternative for those looking for ways on how to turn a website into .CHM. HTTrack is available both for Windows and Mac. Get it here.

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You might have been experiencing about sudden crashes and unusual freezes/hang-ups when browsing the web. One good reason why you’re experiencing such frustration is that you’ve got a lot of add-ons and toolbars installed. Toolbars, browser extensions and add-ons are only useful when we need them. But if there’s not really a need for them, don’t bother to keep them – dust them off!

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Sure removing unwanted add-ons/toolbars on your browser is a pain especially if they’re persistently hard to remove. So here I’m bringing you another awesome and FREE tool that makes it easy to uninstall unwanted add-ons/toolbars at the same time.

Quick Uninstall, Remove Unwanted Toolbars, Extensions All At Once

Toolbar Cleaner is a free tool that makes it easy to get rid of unwanted add-ons, extensions and hard-to-remove toolbars installed on your Chrome, IE or Firefox browser. Toolbar Cleaner is extremely lightweight, simple and fast.

Just a quick installation and you can instantly remove those add-ons and toolbars you don’t need anymore. Another notable feature of Toolbar Cleaner is that you can remove Window startup items/programs on your PC.

Download Toolbar Cleaner here.

How To: Remove, Uninstall Browser Extensions, Toolbars All At Once – For Chrome, IE and Firefox

Computer starts to slow down? Conflicting software, driver incompatibility, and corrupt registry can be the reason why your PC starts to bog down. And here’s more: if you constantly leave your PC on standby (with active applications opened), expect for the performance of your PC to get worse.

If you constantly open multiple files and applications all at the same time, you probably have noticed that annoying delays, less-responsiveness, and deprived processing on your PC. This normally is the case especially with Window-based computers; when you launch certain app, say Firefox, it actually generates ample amount of data which are temporarily saved on your disk. And the longer you leave the app running, the more it accumulates data, and that could significantly reduce the overall performance of your PC.

In a situation like this, we often resort to reset/restart our PC. The same action is taken if our computer experiences “freezes” and “hangs-up” due to unresponsive programs or if we’re asked to restart our PC after installing certain app. But actually, you don’t really have to. Follow this simple trick on how to reset your computer without actually restarting:

Computer Freezes, Hangs-Up? Reset Your Computer – No Restart Needed

Step 1 Access your Task Manager with the famous Alt+Ctrl+Delete. This should bring the Windows Task Manager.

Step 2 Find explorer.exe in the list of active processes. Right-click on it and hit End Process. This should bring the Task Manager Warning dialog. Just hit Yes.


Step 3 Launch explorer.exe. Simply click on File > New Task and type “explorer” (without quotes). Hit Ok.

You’re done!

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