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Bookmark This! April 25, 2012 posted by

Basket Buddy and Smoopa are great for bargain hunters, but not for retailers

Rather like using dynamite to fish in a lake, bargain hunting is becoming something of a killer sport, and the writhing creatures on the end of the line are the retailers, struggling to balance lower margins with increased price competition. Of course it’s technology that’s changing the odds in favor of the consumer, and a couple of new mobile apps are pointing the way to the future.


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Bookmark This! April 25, 2012 posted by

Wajam turbo-charges your web searches with social network results

The world now revolves around friends, the more you have the happier you are, and in fact if you don’t have thousands of mates, you’re a bit of a loser. Yeah right! OK so we’re talking social networking land here, which we all know is not exactly real. Even so, it was inevitable that companies would start to come up with clever ways to make use of all this Liking, Friending, Tweeting and Plussing…and so they have.


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Awesome April 24, 2012 posted by

Tomahawk is a superb free open source music player which is a music magnet [Daily Freeware]

There’s a huge selection of software music players around at the moment, and they all have good and bad bits. However for the most part they all fail in one way or another, which means that you miss out on the best music choice on and offline. What’s missing is a tool which lets you combine just about every music source anywhere in one simple interface. Well, guess what…?


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Bookmark This! April 23, 2012 posted by

Clownfish Translator lets you text chat in Skype using multiple languages

You’ve just got back from vacation where you had a hugely fun time, and met lots of nice people. Perhaps someone even a little bit special? But the problem is they speak a different language to you, and you can’t wait until one of you learns the other’s lingo. How to keep the flame going without spending a fortune?


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Bookmark This! April 20, 2012 posted by

Gimp 2.6 delivers world class photo editing with an open source label [Daily Freeware]

Photo and image editing has been dominated for a very long time by the Adobe product Photoshop, and quite rightly so. No other program has come close to delivering the level of sophistication and feature set that Photoshop does, and that’s why it’s been the choice of professionals for so long. There have been attempts by other commercial companies to compete, most notably PaintShop Pro, now owned by Corel, but by and large they’ve not made any impression on the…


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Bookmark This! April 20, 2012 posted by

GameXN lets you play free games solo or with others using your browser, phone or Skype

Online Flash games are nothing new, but on the whole they’re restricted to fairly basic features, just you against the clock or computer. Most of the big services also restrict you to their platform of choice, so you’re limited in when and where you can play, which can be frustrating if you really enjoy a particular game.


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Bookmark This! April 19, 2012 posted by

Mobile 3GP Converter lets you play your phone videos on your PC or TV [Daily Freeware]

Even in today’s smartphone driven environment, there are a huge number of handsets that record video in the 3GP format (.3gp). This is all well and dandy until you want to play back the video on something other than a phone, at which point you’ll discover that most computer players are not equipped to handle this mobile video format.


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Bookmark This! April 18, 2012 posted by

PhotoRec freeware recovers lost videos, photos and other files from corrupt media [Daily Freeware]

There’s few things worse than going on vacation, happily grabbing huge numbers of photos of family, locations and events and returning home to find that the memory card, or your hard disk storage is corrupt and the images are all gone. Unfortunately it happens all too often, and we generally think that there’s nothing we can do. But there is.


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Bookmark This! April 18, 2012 posted by

Library Mixer is an extremely cool open source platform for sharing and lending files privately with friends

Recent history is awash with file sharing applications and services across the world, ranging from the massively successful BitTorrent to smaller yet still impressive services such as Tribler. However most of them either fall short in features such as privacy, or they are aimed purely at those who just want to share files with no consideration for copyright or other legal issues.


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Bookmark This! April 17, 2012 posted by

MP3Gain cures the annoying LOUD and soft music tracks problem [Daily Freeware]

I’ve started to use my phone as a music player much more nowadays, especially when I bike down to the shops or whatever (yes I’m careful not to shut out traffic noise!). One of the thing I’ve noticed though, is how annoying it is when different tracks play at different volumes. I’m not just talking about quiet tracks, but also tracks which should be loud but which aren’t for some reason (probably because I ripped them poorly from my CD).


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Bookmark This! April 16, 2012 posted by

USB Guardian protects your PC from malicious flash drive attacks [Daily Freeware]

The humble USB memory stick and its variations have become a standard part of our computing world. Where we once used CDs or even floppy disks (remember those?) to move files around from computer to computer, nowadays it’s quicker and easier to grab a USB drive to do the transfer. It’s the modern day sneakernet, right?


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Awesome April 13, 2012 posted by

The amazing AfterFocus gives your smartphone gorgeous camera skills [Daily Freeware]

The smartphone camera has come a long long way since the launch of the Nokia 7650 in 2002, which is generally thought to be the first mass market camera phone in the world. Back in those days everyone was astonished at the quality of the photos the phone took, even if actually they were really rather awful. It was a PHONE for goodness sake! [Nokia 7650 image –  Wikimedia]


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Bookmark This! April 12, 2012 posted by

How Many lets you instantly calculate the true cost of the gadget you’re buying [Daily Freeware]

Here’s the problem. Money. It’s become far too abstract. Not only is it usually dispensed via bits of colored plastic, or transferred from place to place in digital bits and byte, but we have lost sight of the true value of the things we buy. Rather like our governments, we’re divorced from the reality of our spendthrift ways. Well no more.


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announcement April 12, 2012 posted by

The Red Ferret now on Google Currents for iPad, Android tablets, and more…

Google Currents, the tablet and smartphone formatted feed reader app has just gone international, and in celebration The Red Ferret is now published on the Google Currents platform. This means you lucky readers with the money to buy iPads and assorted tablet type toys (and smartphones) will be able to read us in magazine style, with a cool funky layout and everything. The only gripe we’ve got with the app is the fact that the titles aren’t live links, which means…


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Bookmark This! April 11, 2012 posted by

Temper is a freeware MIDI audio sequencer with smarts [Daily Freeware]

Got dreams of grabbing some fame and fortune as a rock god? Fancy yourself with the art of song writing, but a little stretched for cash at the moment? Well maybe you need to check out the Temper freeware audio sequencer for Windows. This full blown audio suite offers piano roll MIDI editing, multi-track mixing, and VST compatibility. If the above means nothing to you at all, then maybe you’re better off using something else, but if you’re willing to…


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