Snap Attack: Real Time Word Building Game For Windows 8

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Whether you’re on public transport or just trying to kill time during a rest break at work, a challenging word puzzle is often the right tonic for a quick mental exercise. You might have played cross-platform games like Scrabble or Words with Friends and there are literally thousands of other word games that you may not have tried yet. Windows Store is now slowly catching up with iOS and Android for the number of word building games available for it, and Snap Attack is just the latest entry in this genre. Published by Microsoft Studios, Snap Attack is a free real time word builder where the player races against time and competes with thousands of online players trying to complete word puzzles using the exact same word board as they are. Read More

Smallx264 Uses HandBrake GUI To Transcode Videos In Batch

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HandBrake needs no introduction when it comes to video transcoders  It is a versatile open source application that lets you transcode (or convert) videos among various different formats. The only shortcoming with HandBrake, however, is its inability to convert videos in batch, which means if you’ve got a ton of files that you need to process, you’re pretty much out of luck. Previously, we covered HB Batch Encoder Mk2, a Windows tool that uses HandBrake at its backend and lets you transcode videos in bulk. SmallX264 is a similar application built for the very same purpose and sports a decent interface. It can convert multiple videos in no time, and carries a ton of settings for advanced users. Read More

Manually Install Drivers And Fix ‘Driver Not Found’ Error On Windows

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Plug & play a new device into your Windows PC and it will find and install the right driver for it. This happens most of the time but then there are always exceptions when Windows fails to find the right driver for devices made by even the most popular manufacturers. The reasons behind this can be numerous but in the end only one thing matters; how do you fix it? How do you install drivers that Windows failed to install? The solution, you will find, is very simple and requires no apps. Read More

Hide And Unhide Windows Taskbar With A Hotkey

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The Windows Taskbar is perhaps one of the most important features of the OS. It allows you to navigate between running applications, access the Start Menu / Start Screen, receive system notifications, and/or check the time. But you may have noticed that most of the time, well, the Taskbar is just sitting down there at the bottom taking up more screen space than it needs to. Although Windows allows you to set it to automatically hide itself by checking Auto hide option in Taskbar Properties sheet, it pops right back up if you move the mouse cursor to the bottom of your screen (or wherever you've positioned the Taskbar). If you want to keep the Taskbar hidden until such time that you actually need it, Taskbar Control can help, because it enables you to do that via custom hotkey. It’s really simple and easy to use. How does it work? Let’s find out! Read More

Hddb: Create Hard Disk Database & Quickly Search Files

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The native search functionality of Windows operating system works well for finding certain kinds of file types or digging deep into subdirectories, but it’s not the best solution when it comes to finding custom files as quickly as you can. Previously we’ve covered applications like Everything Search Engine and MasterSeeker that improve upon Windows Search in several ways and provides you with, what I’d refer to as, the fastest way to find your desired files in less time. Hddb, short for Hard Disk Database, is a similar program that lets you retrieve files and folders in your computer at breakneck speed. This little tool, just like its name, creates a complete database of all the items on your PC, in turn allowing you to quickly search them. Read More

How To Sync Browser Data Between Desktop And Android In Firefox 29

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Mozilla has finally launched Firefox 29, the latest version of the company’s massively popular web browser, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. With version 29, Mozilla has debuted the new Australis interface borrowing heavily from Google Chrome. But besides  that, Mozilla has also revamped the sync feature of the browser; the new sync feature is better than ever, and doesn’t now require you to store the pesky auto-generated authorization code (as in previous releases), but rather all your data is now synchronized via email and password through a Firefox Account. In this guide we’ll highlight the difference between the new and old sync methods, as well as show you how to sync data between desktop and Android in Firefox 29. Read More

New Features In Firefox 29 For Desktop & Android

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Firefox 29 is out and the update is a huge one for the browser and it’s users. The update finally brings the much talked about Australis theme to the stable channel and it was well worth the wait. Austalis isn’t just beautiful it’s also the most minimal that Firefox has ever been. Other new features on desktop and mobile include brand new customization options for the buttons that appear on the Menu Bar, Firefox Sync which is now set up exclusively through the Firefox Account, and new repositioned buttons for bookmarks have been added. Developers get new features too with the implementation of <input type="number"> and <input type="color"> on both desktop and Android. Additionally on Android new share options, and customization options for the home panels have been introduced. Read More

PDF Eraser Lets You Edit PDF Files, Add Images & Text To Them

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The best thing about of a PDF document is, in part, that it can be viewed on just about any device, on any desktop and mobile platform. It is one such handy format which allows everyone to see the same information, presented in the same way. If you occasionally work with PDF files, you may have encountered situations where you needed to alter a few things, for example, you may have wanted to split the PDF pages into individual files, or maybe you had to remove a few unwanted objects from the document itself. If you have not found a good application to accomplish that task, PDF Eraser is here to help. The free Windows program allows to remove any unnecessary objects, images, and text from PDF documents, annotate them and split a single file into multiple documents. Read More

Lyrics Finder Finds Lyrics And Adds Them To Your MP3 Files

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Software developers face many challenges during development of a new application, but perhaps the greatest challenge of all is figuring out how to make their work stand out from the crowd. Some developers try to accomplish this by including as many features as they can to their project, but if you don’t have many resources and man power to achieve the same, you may just focus on a single key function and make that just as good as it can be. Lyrics Finder is one such brilliant example. It’s a free program for Windows and Mac OS X that aims to perform just one task and does it fairly well. It allows you to find lyrics of music files stored on your computer and automatically adds them to the track’s metadata. How? Let’s find out! Read More

TinyTake: Capture Screenshots And Record Screencasts, Share Them Online

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For many Windows users, taking screenshots is an activity that’s performed several times a day. If your work involves visual representation of ideas to your clients, or you constantly need to give visual assistance to customers over the internet, then a screenshot tool provides a definitive solution to accomplish this task. Fortunately, there are a ton of Windows applications that let you capture and save on screen activity any time but if you need a tool that lets you capture screenshots and record screencasts, annotate them on the fly and share them online in the simplest way, then TinyTake might be what you’re looking for. The application has been developed by MangoApps, and boasts many great features that streamline your screenshot sharing experience. Read More

Musix Is A Gorgeous Music Player With ID3 Tags And Playlist Support

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Music is a significant part of life for many people. It can make them feel happy or sad, help them block outside stimuli and work better, help them relax, or just help them bust out a move. While these days music can be streamed directly from the internet using services like YouTube and Spotify, the local media library on your computer is often consumed and managed by an offline music player such as WinAmp, JetAudio, Media Monkey and iTunes etc. If you’re looking for a desktop music application that flaunts gorgeous interface then Musix is worth giving a shot. Besides its eye candy UI, the application is focused on providing you all the basic functionality you’d have in other similar apps, such as ID3 tags support, playlists creation, and ability to play MP3 and FLAC files. Read More

Simple Run Blocker Lets You Restrict Access To Apps On Windows

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Your computer gives you full control over how your kids may access certain applications and websites. Windows comes packaged with different built in parental control features that can restrict access to a bunch of files and programs, but you can also do the same using third-party apps. If you want to stop certain applications from being accessed by anyone who uses your computer but would like to do so in the least complex way possible, then Simple Run Blocker is what you're looking for. It allows you to block any user application via simple drag and drop of its executable file over the Simple Run Blocker’s window, and enables you to either whitelist or blacklist required apps in a blink of an eye. Read More

Safely Eject USB Drives And Memory Cards Via Hotkeys With USB Disk Ejector

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Being a Windows user, you’d perhaps be familiar with the ‘Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media’ tool, which sits in the system tray and allows you to eject a plugged in USB flash device from Windows instead of directly pulling it out from your computer to prevent any opened files from being corrupted or lost. But if you are looking for a better way to disconnect your disks, let’s say, via keyboard hotkeys, then help is delivered by the open source tool called USB Disk Ejector. Once fired up, it displays a complete list of currently connected USB drives and memory cards and enables their safe disconnection from the system. Read More

Import iTunes Playlists To Modern UI Music App In Windows 8

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Apple is not going to release a Modern UI app for Window 8, it’s the desktop version or nothing. If you use an iPhone, or if you’ve switched from an iPhone to a different smartphone, or from a Mac to a Windows 8 computer, your music was probably painstakingly moved to the Modern UI Music App from iTunes. Sadly, there is no way to make the transition easy. Assuming that you’ve moved your music to the new app, you might also want to import the playlists you created in iTunes and thank fully, it is a painless process. Read More

Save-o-gram: Download Instagram Photos And Videos To Your PC

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In Instagram’s continued quest to remain mobile exclusive, a number of PC users have always felt left in the dust. Yes, I know Instagram, in its entirety, is best suited for mobile, but I wouldn’t mind having a way to access (or download) Instagram content from a computer. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to download Instagram photos and videos on a PC, and here at Addictivetips, we’ve covered those solutions from time to time, from Torch Browser to Free Instagram Downloader, and whatnot. Today, I’d like to share Save-o-gram, a similar Windows application which lets you download all Instagram photos and videos of any user provided it is public to begin with. The tool boasts a dead simple UI, and offers a few additional handy features. Read More

12 Things Out Of The Box Macs Can Do That PCs Can’t

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Before we begin, a disclaimer. Even though I write mostly about Macs and this post's title is inherently antagonistic, please know that the content is created strictly for comparison. We are not living in a fanboy delusion on the subject of Macs vs PCs. We know full well that no matter what we try, Macs do not stack up to PCs when it comes to gaming. We also know that even after the decline in sales, PCs still command nearly 90% of the computing market. None of that information is alien to us. With that in mind, we approach the subject of things Macs can do and PCs can't, objectively and with zero resentment. Read More

How To Select Multiple Tiles In Start Screen Of Windows 8.1 Update 1

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Microsoft’s tiled operating system received its second major update last week when the tech titan released the new Windows 8.1 Update 1 to the public. For those who missed our coverage, Update 1 has brought several new features to the table such as the ability to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, app install notifications, title bars, among others. One additional change is the introduction of a new context menu on Start Screen. This context menu carries options for pinning and unpinning, resizing, and uninstallation of apps and other items, which were previously accessible from App Bar. Other than that Microsoft has also changed the way multiple tiles are selected on Start Screen. In this guide we will show you how to select multiple tiles via two different methods in Update 1. Read More

InstalledDriversList Lists All Device Drivers Currently Installed On Your PC

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When dealing with a new Windows installation, it’s quite common to run into driver headaches. Every installed component on your PC concluding your printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, and even internal devices like GPU, network adapter, and hard drive etc., use a device driver to communicate with your computer, and its installed operating system. People deal with driver issues in different ways; some will look into Device Manager utility in Windows to rectify the issue while others may directly find and identify missing drivers on the manufacturer's website. But sometimes there’s certain technical information about the appropriate driver version that’s not so easy to get. This is where InstalledDriversList for Windows aims to help. The portable program is designed to automatically highlight all device drivers that are currently installed on your machine. Read More

SmoothVideo Project Increases Frame Rate In Your Default Media Player For HD Playback

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When Peter Jackson released the first Hobbit film, many cinema goers who watched it in 3D experienced repeated motion sickness caused by the film’s soap opera styled quality. This was because the entire thing was shot in 48 frames per second (fps), rather than the industry standard of 24 fps. But where the majority of people didn’t like the change, the rest of us found it a major step forward in big screen entertainment. And since then, I’ve been trying on my own to bring similar fluidity to the films that are in my own collection. SmoothVideo Project (SVP) is an open source Windows application that uses frame interpolation so that the normal 24 frames per second films look as clear and smooth as their 48 fps counterparts. Read More

Here’s What’s New In The Windows 8.1 Update 1

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The last time we covered something important about Windows 8 was back in October 2013 when we explored the many new features that were introduced via Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop and the deeply-missed Start Menu button were the noteworthy features that aimed to bridge the gap between the ‘desktop’ and the ‘Modern UI’ environments. The Redmond based software giant has now released another similar patch labeled Windows 8.1 Update 1 which was recently made available via Windows Update tool. We installed it on our desktop to see what exactly Microsoft brought to the table, so here's our full guide to those changes and how they'll affect your Windows 8 usage. Read More