Monday, 31 December 2012

FREE Digital Organiser

LiveBinders is a FREE way to gather your knowledge, whether it is website links or files, all into one place for easy sharing. Also available as an app for iPad, Andriod and Chrome. See: http://www.livebinders.com

Monday, 24 December 2012

FREE Email Security Check

This FREE test lets you check how good your email antivirus is in a safe way, by sending you 7 emails with attachments each testing a way a virus could be sent. Many hosted email systems check attachments when you try to download it, so don't be surprised if you get all 7 emails. See: http://www.emailsecuritycheck.net/index.html

Sunday, 23 December 2012

FREE Online Password Manager

Too many passwords is a symptom of modern life that can easily be managed by using a FREE online password manager. Rather than have the same password for all your online accounts and services, you only have to remember one really strong password.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Check if your email has been hacked?

Find out if your email address has been compromised in recent data breaches or disclosed online in the last 90 days by using this FREE email checker by garlik. See: https://my.garlik.com/garlik-ui/direct/checkemail 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cloud Based Presentation Tool

With a FREE Prezi license you get 100MB of cloud storage to create public presentations. Create, edit and present, using the FREE iPad app or use Prezi Desktop, which also lets you keep your prezis on your own computer. See: http://prezi.com/

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Independent Anti-Virus Comparision Website

AV-Comparatives is an Austrian Non-Profit-Organization, which provides independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public. Every day, AV-Comparatives researchers collect a set of malicious URLs and run real world tests, file detection tests and performance tests for most major antivirus products. The results are posted monthly in clear easy to read charts and reports. See: http://av-comparatives.org/

Monday, 17 December 2012

Check When Gmail and Twitter Are Down

Not being able to access a web service you rely on is frustrating, so first check to see if you are not the only one affected. downrightnow is a FREE monitoring website displaying the status of web services, such as Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo! Mail, LinkedIn and many more. It works by combining user Tweets and official announcements to tell you when there's service issues. See: http://downrightnow.com/

Friday, 14 December 2012

FREE Browser Bookmark Sync Service

Always have access to you browser bookmarks wherever you are with the FREE Xmarks utility. Login at http://my.xmarks.com to view, edit, add and delete your bookmarks from any browser. Available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. See: http://www.xmarks.com/

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

FREE PC Vulnerability Scanner

Keep all your PC software up to date with the FREE Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). It scans your software for missing security updates and locates the necessary downloads for you. See: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
If you don't to install anything there is even an online version covering 100 third-party programs/plugins at: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/

Monday, 10 December 2012

Educational iPad Apps For Kids

An iPad is not just for games, it makes a brilliant educational tool for kids. Here is my top list of educational apps, as tried and tested by my two sons. (NB - please use Safari browser as links do not work in Chrome)

Playful Minds: Math (5-8 years old)
Based the US and UK curriculums, with Gameloft's high production values.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id449569846?mt=8
Everyday Mathematics® Beat the Computer™ Multiplication
Build up t confidence with times tables with this simple game.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id413518042?mt=8
Algebra Problem Solving Skills
Teaches techniques for common problem solving strategies and test taking skills.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id496032151?mt=8
BrainPOP Featured Movie
Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id364894352?mt=8
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure
The excellent narration and artwork really bring this book to life.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id407953805?mt=8
Scribblify
Great drawing app for young kids, with lots of unusual brushes and features. 
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id412842078?mt=8

Friday, 7 December 2012

Discover The Best Android Apps

AppBrain is a FREE Android market search engine, which lets you easily install and manage your apps directly from the web browser and on the device with their free Android app. Filter by categories; 'Free', 'Price Reduced' and 'App2SD supported' to help find your perfect apps - see: http://www.appbrain.com

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Scientific Calculator In Google

I always knew that Google could act as a basic calculator, but I didn't realise that there was a scientific calculator built into the Google search page. Either search for the word 'calculator' or bookmark the following link: http://www.google.com/search?q=calculator

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

FREE Android Security And Optimization App

Advanced Mobile Care by IObit is a FREE all-in-one Android security and performance optimization app for Android. In addition to real-time malware scans, features include a Game Speeder, Battery Saver, App Manager, Task Killer and Privacy Locker. See: http://www.iobit.com/advanced-mobile-care.php

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Email Up To 2GB For FREE

Competing directly with yousendit.com, this simple no fuss service lets you email files up to 2GB for FREE, to up to 20 people at a time, with no registration. Files are available for 2 weeks before they are deleted. See: www.wetransfer.com

Monday, 3 December 2012

FREE Online Task Management

Manage your tasks and to do lists with this easy to use FREE cloud based system. You are spoilt for choice on how to add tasks, ranging from email, twitter and Siri, and also syncs with Microsoft Outlook and BlackBerrys. Apps are available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Gmail. The system lets you set a wide range of task reminders via email, SMS and most instant messaging clients. See: www.rememberthemilk.com

Friday, 30 November 2012

Windows 8 Start Button Alternatives

If you really cannot live with Windows 8 not having a start button, don't panic.
Here are some of the best utilities for getting back the start button.



Start8 ($4.99)
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/index.asp
Classic Shell (FREE)
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/
Start Menu X (FREE)
http://www.startmenux.com/

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Manage all your financial accounts in one place

OnTrees is the FREE and simple way to see all your financial accounts in one place. Over 5,000 banks are supported worldwide, as well as phone accounts, loans, etc. You can check your balances, track your spending and set up budgets and alerts to manage your money more effectively. Also available as an iPhone/iPad app. See: https://www.ontrees.com

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Top 10 iPad Apps For Education

An iPad is not just for games, it makes a brilliant educational tool for kids and adults alike. Here is my top 10 list of essential educational apps, to get you started. (NB - please use Safari as links do not work in Chrome)

Muscle & Bone Anatomy 3D
An amazing reference for anyone interested in the human musculo-skeletal system. 
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/muscle-bone-anatomy-3d/id375105666?mt=8
First aid by British Red Cross
Everyone needs to know first aid and the British Red Cross’ official app is FREE!
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/first-aid-by-british-red-cross/id483408666?mt=8
iBooks by Apple
Search through all your reference books quickly as well access thousands of FREE books.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8
Kindle by Amazon
Like iBooks, plus any books purchased on a Kindle device are available on the App for FREE. 
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8
WolframAlpha
Any question you want to know the answer to and this app will probably be able to tell you.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/wolframalpha/id334989259?mt=8
World Atlas HD
National Geographic's atlas with flags and facts for each country.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/world-atlas-hd/id364733950?mt=8
Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model
Everything you need to know about our solar system and so much more.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/solar-walk-3d-solar-system/id347546771?mt=8
Scrabble for iPad
I know it's a game, but there has never been a better game for improving your spelling.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/scrabble-for-ipad/id371808484?mt=8

WordBook XL - English Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad
Dictionary's can get quite expensive, this is one of the best low cost ones.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordbook-xl-english-dictionary/id364030280?mt=8

iTunes U
Courses and lectures from top universities around the for FREE.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/itunes-u/id490217893?ls=1&mt=8

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Email PDF Files Directly To Your Kindle App

Did you know that every Kindle device and Kindle App has it's own email address, which you can use to send PDF files directly to it.  Apps are available for Windows, Macs, iOS & Android devices. You can only send from approved email address, which are managed at Amazon's website in: Your Account, Manage Your Kindle, Personal Document Settings, Approved Personal Document E-mail List.  See: www.amazon.com

Monday, 26 November 2012

Find The Largest Files On Your PC Quickly

WizTree is a small FREE portable app that finds the files and folders using the most disk space on your hard drive in a matter of seconds. Lists the top 1000 largest files or a standard tree view. Essential if you are thinking of upgrading your HD to a SSD. Due to the way WizTree check files, it only works on local NTFS format drives. Available for all versions of Windows, see: http://antibody-software.com

Friday, 23 November 2012

Find And Remove Duplicate Files

After a couple of years, it's amazing just how many copies of the same files you may actually have, which becomes a problem when you start to run out of disk space. AllDup is a FREE tool that helps you to find and remove duplicate files on your PC. Also available as a portable edition, see http://www.allsync.biz/alldup_help/alldup.htm

To specifically find duplicate photos, try VisiPics at http://www.visipics.info

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Rent Adobe Photoshop When You Need It

As part of their Creative Cloud offerings, Adobe now lets you take out a subscription to an individual software package on a monthly or annual contract. Photoshop CS6 normally costs $699 or £660, so if you only need it for a specific project, why not rent it out $29.99 or £27.34 per month. The price drops to $19.99 or £17.58 if you sign up for a year. See: https://creative.adobe.com/plans

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FREE All-In-One Cloud Storage Solution

LogMeIn has expanded their FREE cloud offering with cloud storage that lets you sync, share, collaborate and store unlimited versions of your files. It's biggest trick though, is the ability to sync your data securely between your computers (PC's & Macs), avoiding the cloud if you so choose. You get 5GB for FREE, with an extra 1GB per referral (up to 25GB). See: https://www.cubby.com/

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

FREE Easy To Install Apache Web Server

Apache Friends is a non-profit project which put together XAMPP, a FREE easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. All features are turned on, so it's ideal for test environments. Available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. See: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

Monday, 19 November 2012

Upgrading Your Computers Memory

You don't need to open up a computer any more to see how many memory slots you have free. The Crucial System Scanner automatically analyzes your computer memory and suggests what upgrade options you may have. Available for PCs and Macs, see: http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/

Friday, 16 November 2012

Quickly Diagnose PC Issues for FREE

The antivirus firm Webroot has FREE System Analyzer utility, which quickly highlights areas that need attention on your PC and gives a detailed report on all aspects of hardware, OS and installed applications. Works like a portable app and doesn't require installation. See: http://www.webroot.com/gb/en/business/resources/analyzer

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Searching Gmail

Searching for emails in Gmail by size, has always been a bit of a bugbear for me, but this is no longer the case. Google have now published all the advanced search parameters in a 'Searching Gmail' support page for everyone to see, at: http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=7190

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Design Inspiration Blog

Designbeep is a design blog dedicated to web developers, bloggers, designers and freelancers. It's a massive site full of articles, tutorials, tools and resources for web and graphic design. See: http://designbeep.com/

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

FREE Website With No Adverts

Zoho, one of the first online productivity & collaboration companies is offering FREE websites that you can use with a custom domain and is totally ad-free. Web hosting is also included, together with unlimited storage and email support. See: www.zoho.com/sites

Monday, 12 November 2012

FREE Cloud Backup

If you have a fast unlimited internet connection and loads of spare HD capacity, you can get FREE cloud backup space by offering double the amount of local space to the Symform system. Avaialble for Windows, Mac and Linux, also works with NAS drives from Synology, QNAP, Netgear and more. See: http://www.symform.com

Friday, 9 November 2012

FREE Online Meetings

join.me is LogMeIn.com’s new screen sharing service. A free account gives you screen sharing for up to 250 viewers, with chat and internet calling features. Viewers can also be on Android or iOS (iPad or iPhone) via a free app. Existing LogMeIn accounts (free & pro) are also automatically valid join.me accounts. See: https://join.me/

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Microsoft Office 365 Support Contact Numbers

Office365 support is only available to users with administrator privileges, but what do you do if they are not available.  Tracking down the telephone support number is quite difficult, the last thing you need when things aren't working. Click here to find the telephone support number for a particular country.