Light Is A Lightweight Variant Of Mozilla Firefox Stripped Down To The Essentials

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Firefox is an impressive web browser that carries loads of features, add-ons and settings, coupled with a user-friendly interface that is both functional and intuitive. But the story doesn't end here; Firefox is open-source, which enables other developers to make their own Firefox builds using its source code. Light is one such new third-party variant of Firefox developed by cstkingkey, a forum member at MozillaZine. What makes it different from the full-fledged version of Firefox is its ultra-lightweight design (hence the name Light). The author has simply stripped down all the non-essential components off the default version, creating a build that definitely feels faster than Firefox. Read More

Easily Extract Multiple Icons From Any File In Windows

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Previously, we've featured a wide array of tools and applications for creating, customizing or downloading icons for files, folders and apps in Windows as well as other platforms. For instance, Folderico is a fantastic tool for quickly modifying folder icons in a few mouse clicks. Likewise, Iconmancer is another great application for designing your icon files from scratch. Today’s icon recipe is about how to extract icons from files like EXE, DLL, TXT etc. and save them as image files. Meet Icons From File a freeware desktop application that does just that. And the best part is that the tool is dead simple to use and can extract icons from any files in a snap. Read More

150 Best Windows Software Of Year 2013

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Every year, we review a truckload of desktop and mobile apps as well as tips and tutorials for our loyal AddictiveTips readers. And as we look back on another year gone, it’s time we present our behemoth compilation of the biggest and most spectacular releases on Windows platform in 2013. The operating system that has made it way to tablets from notebooks and desktop PCs was in full-swing this year, receiving an all new 8.1 update, loads of Windows Store apps including the likes of Flipboard, Facebook and Twitter, as well as some amazing conventional desktop app releases. So without any further ado, lets take a look at the best apps for Windows from 2013! Read More

Group Multiple Applications By Task Under One Window With TaskSpace

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Many of us who own large screen monitors, or dual or triple displays setup take Taskbar space for granted, but it’s considered fairly a premium property by Windows users working on small laptop screens. It’s not unusual to run out of Taskbar area when you have a ton of application windows opened simultaneously – and it becomes quite tedious to incessantly hit Alt + Tab to switch windows. There’s where TaskSpace comes in –  a small, portable application that lets you group currently running apps under different TaskSpace windows making your programs easier to manage according to the task you want to perform. Read More

Define Hotkeys To Launch Any Program, File Or Folder In Windows With EvoKeys

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Are you the kind of person who mostly uses the keyboard to navigate in Windows? If your answer is yes, then this little desktop application called EvoKeys will definitely make your experience more intuitive. The application allows you to launch any program, file, folder or system utility via a custom hotkey combination. Users can specify the hotkey combination of their choice for opening each item, along with setting up any other parameters that fit their needs. The application is not resource-hungry at all, and quietly sits in the system tray area after launched in order to execute the commands at the assigned keystrokes. Read on for more details. Read More

TweakNow PerfectFrame: Windows Collage Creator With 100 Layout Options

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Of all the genres of apps we've covered so far, photo collage creators are among those that we've reviewed most, because there really isn't any shortage of good ones. When it comes to photo collage creator apps for Windows, we have great options like the powerful CollageIt, or the Instagram-focused InsaPic for quickly building photo collage out of your Instagram photos. Though if you want to painlessly create photo collage using the most basic set of options, give TweakNow PerfectFrame a shot. While it’s not the most feature-rich app of its kind, it does come with a user-friendly design that takes the hassle completely out of the process, while giving you enough control over how the final result looks. PerfectFrame lets you combine up to 10 images using 100 different collage layouts. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Viber App For Windows 8 & RT

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Popular free mobile messaging and VoIP platform, Viber, extended its roots to the desktop back in May with the release of Viber for Windows and Mac, though the Windows app was desktop-based, meaning those using Windows RT tablets were out of luck. After a lot of speculations and wait, this week marked the availability of the popular VoIP service in Modern UI flavor at the Windows Store, boasting everything you would expect from an official Viber app, coupled with an exquisite interface that is both simple and intuitive. Viber for Windows 8 and RT offers all the functionality found on the mobile and desktop variants sans voice messaging and video calls. Read on for our hands-on review. Read More

SurDoc Cloud Backup Offers 100GB Of Free Storage With Focus On Privacy

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Another day, another cloud storage service, or so it seems to be these days. With the increasing trend in mobile computing, consumers want their data always accessible to them no matter where they are, and the best way to do that is to upload or sync it to a cloud drive. And even for those who don't need access to their data on the go, cloud storage is the way to ensure their data remains safe even in case their hard disk fails. There are countless options out there that let you do just that, but the cloud storage service we'll be reviewing today differs by offering 100GB of cloud storage space for free, with paid plans available for even unlimited storage! The quintessential feature of SurDoc is to make automated cloud backups hassle-free, with a high focus on privacy using military-grade SSL encryption for your backups. Let's learn more about it after the jump. Read More

Quickly Benchmark Your Hard Disk Or SSD’s Performance With DiskMark

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Whether you've just purchased a new hard disk or solid state drive and are curious about its performance, or you want to know the state your current drive is in, benchmarking software can be a great way to get a good idea of your drive's condition. While many advanced HDD and SDD benchmarking utilities may cost you an arm and a leg, there are a truckload of freeware alternatives available for Windows that let you measure the read and write performance as well as additional aspects of the drive without paying a dime. DiskMark is one such feature-rich yet ultra lightweight Windows application for quickly measuring your drive’s performance that presents the results in an easily understandable way by including details like average response time, max and minimum read and write speeds in MB/s, total capacity and cache size etc. Read on for more details including screenshots and usage. Read More

Microsoft’s ‘Project Siena’ Lets You Create Your Own Windows 8 Apps Without Coding

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"Everybody should learn to code," they say. Well, as a student of Software Engineering, I'm here to tell you everybody can't become a coder. It takes a good amount of theoretical knowledge, relentless practice, and a lot of patience to be able to create something even as simple as an average quality, one-trick pony of a mobile app. There's no way around it. Unless, of course, you are Microsoft! Yes, Redmond has come up with an app called Project Siena that allows you - at least on paper - to create other apps without writing a single line of code. Read More

herdProtect Scans Running Processes & Startup Items With 68 Cloud Antivirus Engines

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The discussion on whether one should use multiple antivirus or anti-malware programs to protect their computer has been part of many debates. Most security experts believe that you don’t need to install many security programs to keep malicious threats at bay, and that doing so would instead create various conflicts between them, making them less effective. Recently though, cloud-based virus scanners like Virus Total and Metascan have surfaced as better alternatives to using more than one anti-malware app. These services allow you to scan suspicious files through a series of tests using a host of antivirus engines by uploading the files to a cloud server. If, instead of scanning your individual files one by one, you want to scan your PC this way, herdProtect is what you’re looking for. This Windows app checks your PC with 68 anti-malware engines and warns you if any threats are found. Read More

Polkast Is A Personal Cloud For Remotely Accessing Desktop Files From iOS, Android & Kindle

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So you don’t like keeping your private files on a cloud storage? Neither do we – especially after all the hullabaloo the National Security Agency’s PRISM project has managed to cause. Though that doesn't mean you have to completely sacrifice the ability to remotely access your important information. Cloud services aren't the not the only definitive answer to remotely accessing files stored on your PC on your mobile devices. After using Polkast for a few hours, I immediately knew there was something good about it. Poklast basically acts as your personal cloud to let you access files stored on your Windows PC, Mac, Linux or NAS Storage device (such as ZyXel or Synology) from iOS, Android and Kindle Fire over Wi-Fi or the internet. Read More

Draw Or Annotate Anywhere On Your Windows Screen With DeskMarker

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Being a blogger by profession who loves writing about technology as part of his job, there are certain applications I always keep in my toolkit. Screenshot programs and image editors top the list for me, but there are also some additional, less frequently used apps that help me out in certain situations. For instance, sometimes I come across the need to emphasize something on my desktop by simply drawing over the area using image annotators. Though if you just want to temporarily draw on the desktop in real-time, then an application like DeskMarker can work wonders. This highly simple, free for personal use application lets you draw and erase anything over your desktop with a simple pen tool by using your mouse and keyboard. Read More

Launch Any Application From Windows Run Dialog With Add2Run

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If I had to choose my favorite feature of Windows, I’d name it the Run command dialog. This tiny component of Microsoft's operating system lets you painlessly launch files and programs without much effort. Furthermore, it’s fairly easy to access too – a quick hotkey combination of Win + R on your keyboard does the job; could it get any better? Dare I say, yes – it definitely could! Especially after using Add2Run – a tiny portable utility that makes the Run command all the more intuitive, interactive and functional. This barebones application lets you swiftly open frequently accessed items on your computer by assigning them aliases, which means instead of having to type the full command to access a utility, tool, file or application, you can simply type its alias and it will be executed or opened instantly. Read More

How To Bring Back Windows Experience Index To Windows 8.1

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After more than an year in the market, Windows 8 is yet to overcome its subdued defeat, as the Metro UI operating system is far from earning the same praise its predecessor once received from users and critics alike. And while Windows 8.1 did reinstate a few missing pieces such as Start button and boot to desktop, Microsoft also quietly removed a few handy features that were already available in Windows 8, one of them being the Windows Experience Index or WEI. For the uninitiated, it’s a built-in Windows feature that assigns a score to your Windows PC based on your software and hardware configuration, giving you a rough idea about how well your system will perform at certain tasks. If you've upgraded to Windows 8.1 but miss the WEI feature from the previous version, then we've got a handy third-party alternative for you by the name of ChrisPC Win Experience Index. Read More

Get An On-Screen Virtual Trackpad In Windows 8 & 8.1 With TouchMousePointer

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Windows 8 has been designed with touch navigation in mind from the ground up. Those who have already hopped onto the bandwagon would be aware that the operating system’s new Start Screen and Metro interface feels easy to navigate on a touchscreen device or PC. However, things get a bit clunky when you switch to the desktop mode, where touch navigation feels less-user friendly, and quite non-intuitive. Although you can attach a mouse to control Windows even on touchscreen tablets or notebooks, there are instances when using a mouse is not an effective option, such as while on the couch, in your car etc. TouchMousePointer is a third-party application that adds an on-screen virtual touchpad to the Windows desktop, that's similar to a hardware touchpad found on laptops, complete with left and right click buttons. You can easily specify the pad’s position on the desktop, and tweak its settings. Read More

Access & Stream Computer Files & Media On Android With AirStream

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These days, one can easily access files stored on their computer on the go straight from a mobile device, thanks to high-speed internet connections and a bunch of apps and services out there that make it possible. Just a few weeks ago, I covered OnAir Player that lets you access and play media files stored on your PC from your iOS or Android device. However, if you want more flexibility and control, along with full access to all your files rather than just music, photos and videos, you should check out AirStream. It is the duo of an Android app and a desktop server app that gives you full remote access to your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from your phone or tablet, either via your local Wi-Fi network, or over the internet. Read More

ReIcon Is A Portable Tool To Save & Restore Windows Desktop Icon Layouts

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If you frequently fiddle with your screen’s resolution, you must be aware of the way it messes up your icon layout afterwards when you switch back to your preferred settings. Previously, we've covered Windows tools like DesktopSaver, DesktopOK and IconRestorer that allow you to save icons position and quickly restore the layout or previous state after switching back from a different resolution. ReIcon is another one such tool designed to overcome the same nuisance. Using this portable app, you can quickly save multiple icon layouts of your desktop and reinstate them on the fly. More details and screenshots after the jump. Read More

Create & Share Short 60-Second Videos On Windows With Movie Moments

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The ability to quickly edit casually recorded videos in a way that requires the least amount of skills can be a lot of fun, but things have gotten even more interesting lately with the popularity of Vine and Instagram that let users record short video loops and share them on social networks. Windows RT and Windows 8/8.1 are built by Microsoft with portability in mind, and both these operating systems can record videos on camera-enabled tablets and computers. On the flip side, Microsoft’s OS is yet to officially receive Vine or Instagram clients. Though, the Redmond company has provided its own take on creating and sharing short videos for Windows 8.1 and later. Movie Moments is a Windows Store app by Microsoft that lets you easily record, edit and share videos of up to 60 seconds in length, in the most simple fashion. Read More

Allow, Block Or Remove Apps From Windows Firewall Using Context Menu

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I still remember those Windows 98 days when a pesky virus popped into my computer from the internet, and wouldn't go even after trying all the antivirus solutions I had at my disposal. Luckily, Microsoft has been shipping its desktop OS with Windows Firewall, providing an sufficient protection against internet threats, hacks and security breaches. At its core, Windows Firewall lets you change the way your computer communicates with the outside world, automatically blocking suspicious incoming communication unless you open the port for it in the firewall's settings, using rules. However, those who often tinker with these rules would be aware of how tricky, tedious and confusing it can be to block or unblock the pertaining ports. If you want to overcome this, try Tweaking.com’s Allow, Block Or Remove - Windows Firewall tool that makes configuring those rules tenfold easier. Read More