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21 Free Tools for Your Next Design Project
Make your next design project more visually appealing with these free design resources. This is a nicely curated list of tools you can use on design projects like web sites, publications or products. While the list is geared towards web site creation the tools are still useful - the stock photo lis... Read More


You Have 1 Week To Get This $50 Video Converter For Free
Our old friends at Digiarty are running another special deal on WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, their full-featured Windows program which allows you to download, rip, resize and edit videos in dozens of different formats. It's great for copying videos to your phone, tablet or laptop in order to wat... Read More


Never Forget A Conversation In A Phone Call (Android)
There are many cases where recording phone calls on a mobile are helpful. Some people give you instructions over a phone call and you might find it too slow to jot them down on a piece of paper, or you work in a business or service industry and need to review the conversations over the phone with y... Read More


Gizmo's Exclusive: Get A Professional Video Editor For Free If You're Quick!
VSDC Video Editor is a very capable Windows program for editing videos and adding effects. A basic version of the program is available for free. There's also a Pro version, with support for loads more features and codecs, which costs $19.99 per year. However, I've just managed to obtain a special ... Read More


Reminder: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Stolen Or Hacked
With so much publicity surrounding last week's major ransomware outbreak, which spread to more than 150 countries, here's a timely reminder of something that you can do to check whether your details have been stolen by hackers. When hackers steal your account details from a third-party system, the... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Vatna Glacier
This weeks wallpaper is an image of the Vatna Glacier in Iceland. Frozen water in its myriad forms shows up in this photo - cool blue ice, layered mounds with striations, a frozen river of blue ice, and snow covered mountains against a blue and pink sky make this a memorable background. Icons are v... Read More


Running Windows XP, Vista, 8.0? Read this NOW!
You're probably aware that there's a massive ransomware epidemic spreading right now. It's already affected companies and computers in more than 150 countries, and causing untold misery for hundreds of thousands of people whose computers have been rendered unusable. If you're running Windows 10 an... Read More


Errors When Windows Starts Up? Autoruns Will Tell You Why
One of my favourite free utilities for Windows received an update a couple of months ago. This is a really useful tool, so I thought I would share the details with you. The other day my PC started behaving strangely. Whenever Windows starts up, it was giving me an error message about being unable ... Read More


9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device
In our list of Best Free Android Apps, we've selected more than 200 apps grouped in various categories, with a brief description of each program. To save you time working out exactly which apps you need most, we've previously picked from the long list nine "must-have" free apps based on the old ver... Read More


Create Online Charts, Diagrams, Flowcharts And More
I've written about a couple of free systems recently which allow you to create business diagrams, charts, flowcharts and so on. Can you tell that I needed to create just such a thing and so have been researching the subject in depth? Anyway, here's another one called draw.io that's really good, fr... Read More


Loads Of Free Streaming Movies And TV Shows [Mostly USA Only]
There are loads of sites on the internet which stream top-rated movies and TV shows for free. Trouble is, it can be hard to know which sites are the best and which offer the most content. That's where a rather neat system called Reelgood comes in. It collects all those free streams into a single p... Read More


Read Hundreds Of Art Books Online For Free
The Guggenheim in New York is one of the most famous art museums in the world. As part of their education remit they've been digitising some of the best art books available, and there are now literally hundreds in the collection. If you're interested in art, or the history of art, the collection i... Read More


Finds of the Week: 11 May, 2017
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across that are fun, interesting, or useful, or all three. I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon - Creating Strong Passwords - Why and how to calibrate a monitor in Windows - Web Sudoku - Microsoft Edge has a PDF bugRead More ... Read More


Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now
It's not uncommon for security researchers and hackers to discover new ways of being able to attack computers that are connected to the internet (ie, yours and mine). Normally the attack takes the form of an infected file or email that hackers need to trick their victim into opening. A new vulnera... Read More


A Better Way To Uninstall Programs
There are plenty of programs available, free and paid-for, which claim to be the ultimate program uninstaller for Windows. They reckon they can remove every last trace of a program, and do it better than the built-in Windows uninstaller can. In truth, there's rarely any need to use a specialist un... Read More


Practice Your Java, Python and JavaScript Coding
Edabit is a really neat web-based environment to help you practice your programming skills. Once you've signed up (which is free) and chosen your preferred programming language, you can then choose from a large number of exercises. These generally take the form of "write a function which....". You... Read More


Gizmo's Exclusive: Want To Win This Superb $99 Security Tool?
The trouble with having an always-on internet connection is that every application on your computer insists on using it, all the time. You'd be amazed just how often Windows, and all of your installed programs, connect to the internet and just how much data they end up using. Keeping track of all ... Read More


Finds of the Week: May 4, 2017
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon - 7+ Great Games You Can Run from a USB Stick - How to Wipe and Restore Tablets and Phones for Travel - Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secre... Read More


Create Lovely Diagrams, Infographics, Ads, Charts Etc For Free
Creately is a web-based system that lets you design all sorts of graphics. Think of it as a desktop publishing program, with lots of ready-to-use templates, that runs directly in your browser so there's nothing to install. You can then save your finished work as an image or PDF file, to use whereve... Read More


Learn Programming From Stanford University For Free
A couple of years ago, Stanford University in the US launched a short course that teaches the fundamentals of computer programming. Being from Stanford, you'd expect it to be top-quality. And it is. One common criticism of the course is that the programming language it teaches is Java, which is n... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Cannon Beach Sunset
This weeks wallpaper is a stunning sunset photo captured from Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA. Luminous sunset colors highlight large offshore rocks behind a line of waves, while the foreground gleams with what looks like a receding (or incoming) tide. Icons show up very well with this colorful but subdu... Read More


A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles
Back in 2013 when Google Reader was about to close its door and disappoint its users, our editor Rhiannon suggested 6 Free Google Reader Alternatives. Among them, you might have been using one or any other choice that suits your need now. Along the way, things change and there are other great cont... Read More


Make Charts, Diagrams, Flowcharts, Mindmaps And More Online.
I've been working recently on a complex flowchart for my business. I've mostly been using a large whiteboard in my office, as I find that this is a good way to think about processes and develop ideas. But all those scribbles and additions have caused my masterpiece to look incredibly untidy, not to... Read More



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