Mike Williams

Back to the 1980s: How to play Space Invaders on your PC

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It’s been around for almost 40 years, yet the arcade classic Space Invaders is still hugely popular, the inspiration behind an array of new games on every possible platform.

This isn’t always a good thing. Many games use the name, but don’t bear any resemblance to the original. Others require bulky installations or "in-app purchases" before you can really get started.

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Avast 2016 ships with password manager, SafeZone browser


AVAST Software has unveiled its 2016 product range, including Avast Free Antivirus 2016, Avast Internet Security 2016 and Avast Premier 2016.

The highlight is Avast Passwords, a new password manager available in every edition (yes, even the Free build).

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TeamViewer 11 beta up to 15x faster, debuts Chrome OS app


TeamViewer GmbH has unveiled TeamViewer 11 beta, a preview of its free-for-personal-use remote control package.

Performance enhancements are a highlight, with up to 15x faster file transfers, and a potential 30 percent reduction in data usage.

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Restrict access to time-wasting websites with LeechBlock


Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon -- it’s hard to get any work done when there are so many web distractions around.

LeechBlock is a free Firefox extension which can help by blocking access to your favorite time-sucking sites.

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How to find the Windows Experience Index in Windows 8/ 10


First appearing back in Windows Vista, the Windows Experience Index is a performance rating covering your CPU, RAM, disk, 2D and 3D graphics.

The WEI disappeared from Control Panel in Windows 8.1, but if you need a quick benchmark -- or are just curious how your new PC compares to the old one -- it’s easy to find.

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Highlight (and share) the web with Highly for Chrome


Web highlighters can be a handy addition to bookmarks, highlighting blocks of web text so they’re easier to find later.

Highly is a free Chrome extension which takes the process to the next level, by making it easy for users to share their highlights with others.

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Kaspersky Safe Kids: free parental controls for all your devices


Parental controls are often regarded as a premium extra by security companies, and are only bundled with their most expensive high-end suites.

If you’re working on a budget then it could make more sense to opt for a specialist tool, and Kaspersky Safe Kids Free gives you a lot for no cost at all.

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devd is a lightweight http server


Web servers can be complex, with many modules to install and a lengthy list of settings to figure out.

Devd is an open source http server for 64-bit Windows, OS X and Linux, which proves it doesn’t have to be that way. The program arrives as a single executable, no other dependencies or modules required. Just unzip it and you’re ready to go.

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Opera 33 arrives with new branding


Opera FINAL 33 has shipped, complete with its brand new identity.

This isn’t just about a new icon. No, really. It’s three: a wireframe icon for the developer build, a partially painted version for betas, and a full 3D O for the final release, in Opera’s signature red.

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Sysinternals ships updates for Autoruns, Sysmon, RAMMap, Sigcheck, BgInfo


Windows Sysinternals has announced updates for six of its freeware tech tools.

Autoruns 13.5 gains a right-click option which enables startup programs to be resubmitted to VirusTotal for a new scan.

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Ashampoo Uninstaller is now free


Ashampoo has announced that its application remover Ashampoo Uninstaller is now free for anyone to download and use.

It may not look that way when you install it -- there are still prompts for license keys -- but register with your email address and you’ll get a free key immediately.

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Generate spectacular 3D fractals with Mandelbulber


Fractal generators have been around for a very long time, but most of them just provide yet another way to produce the same Mandelbrot-based imagery we’ve seen so many times before.

Mandelbulber is different, because not only does it give you more formulae to play with, but it also renders your creations in spectacular 3D.

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Optimize your mouse movements for a dual display PC


Set up Windows for a dual-monitor system and your mouse cursor should move smoothly from one display to the next.

This brings real advantages, but you may also notice a few issues, because the cursor doesn’t just stop at the edge of the screen any more. It’s all too easy to move to a scroll bar, or some other control at the far side of one display, and find your mouse cursor overshoots to the other screen.

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Polarr 3 is a versatile photo editor for Chrome


Polarr’s free online photo editor and mobile apps have generated a lot of interest this year, thanks to their well-judged mix of power and ease of use.

If you’ve not yet tried the editor for yourself, Polarr’s Chrome app is a great place to start.

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What’s really running on your PC? Part 1: Windows System Processes


PC too slow, possible malware infection, just not behaving as it should? Then you'll probably launch Task Manager or something similar to figure out what’s going on.

Sounds great, until you find 50 or more cryptically-named background processes and realize you’ve barely any idea what most of them do.

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