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Microsoft reinvents PowerToys, coming this summer (source code and all)

Microsoft’s PowerToys set of utilities for Windows 95 and Windows XP made it easy users to tweak the operating system by doing things like adding feature to context menus, upgrading the Alt+Tab task switcher window, synchronizing files and folders, opening Command Prompts from Windows Explorer, and much, much more. Most of those features don’t work […]

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Kodi 18 “Leia” release candidate is available (media center software)

Kodi is a popular, open source media center application that runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. It’s been nearly two years since the last stable update, but now Kodi 18 “Leia” is almost ready to go. The first release candidate was pushed out this week, and it’s available for download for all supported […]

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Slax 9.5 released: light-weight, modular Linux distro that runs from a flash drive

Slax is an operating system designed to be run from a USB flash drive, allowing you to carry all your software in your pocket. Just plug it into a computer to boot into Slax, then shut down the PC and remove the flash drive when you’re done. While it’s actually pretty easy to do this […]

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Reaper audio editing software gets a native Linux installer

Reaper is a powerful, versatile digital audio workstation for editing music, podcasts, or other audio projects. I’ve used it to edit and mix every single episode of the LPX podcast and Loving Project podcast. The software is also cross-platform. There 32-bit and 64-bit builds available for Windows and macOS, and there’s been an experimental Linux […]

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Mozilla releases experimental Firefox Color, Side View extensions

Mozilla’s Test Pilot program for the Firefox web browser lets you try out experimental new features to help decide whether they should be added to future versions of Firefox. Today Mozilla is introducing two more, which you can try out by installing Firefox Extensions. Firefox Color is a tool that lets you customize the color […]

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GIMP 2.10 open source image editor released, finally supports HiDPI displays

GIMP is a free and open source graphics editing program for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Its been around for more than two decades, and it’s a powerful tool that’s often compared to Adobe Photoshop… although Photoshop users tend to complain that GIMP’s menus and tools are unintuitive. But it’s hard to complain about the […]

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Opera launches Opera Touch mobile browser, updates its desktop browser

Opera’s been killing off some of its mobile apps recently. Opera Max died last summer. Opera VPN will leave this world next week. But the company still continues to focus on its core products: web browsers. Today Opera is releasing a major update to its desktop web browser, and a brand new mobile browser called […]

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Avira releases free Privacy Pal tool for Windows

Anti-virus company Avira’s latest application isn’t so much about protecting your computer from viruses as it is about giving you more control over the personal data collected by your web browser and other apps. It’s a free application called Privacy Pal that lets you delete the cookies, cache, browsing history, download history, and other data […]

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VLC 3.0 media player launches with Chromecast, 8K support

Popular multimedia app VLC has just been updated to version 3.0. Among other things, the update brings support for streaming videos from a PC to a Chromecast… even in formats not natively supported by Chromecast hardware. Other highlights include support for 360-degree video, 3D audio, and hardware-accelerated decoding for 4K and 8K video on supported […]