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Tue
07
Aug
John Lister's picture

New Android Pie Improves CPU, Battery, 'Wellbeing'

The next edition of the Google Android operating system for phones and tablets will include measures to help users spend less time on their mobile devices. The update also makes notifications more useful and addresses battery life problems. The ... changes come in a new version of the operating system that's officially called Android 9.0 but nicknamed Android Pie (or "Android P"), continuing a pattern of naming updates after food. It's already available for Google's own Pixel phones and will then start gradually rolling out to other models, though older handsets may not get the update. ... (view more)

Wed
07
Feb
John Lister's picture

Microsoft Abandons The Unusual 'Windows 10 S'

Microsoft is ditching a special version of Windows 10 that was based around security and low costs. That said, Windows 10 S had some major restrictions on the programs it could run. Though it will no longer be available as a standalone edition, it ... will now be included as an optional mode in some Windows computers. That means Microsoft is likely continuing to target schools with the option. To many analysts, Windows 10 S was Microsoft's take on the Google Chromebook range. The distinguishing feature of Windows 10 S was that it only ran apps that were downloaded and installed from the Windows ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jun
John Lister's picture

Apple to Disable Phone Features for Drivers

Apple is to introduce a safe driving mode to stop drivers being distracted by their phone. The mode aims to maximize safety without taking all usability away. The changes follow a lawsuit against Apple by the parents of a child killed in a car crash ... . The driver responsible for the crash had been using FaceTime video calling while driving at 65 miles per hour. The parents said Apple shared some responsibility, as it had developed technology to prevent FaceTime from working in a moving car, but chose not to use it. The new mode will debut with iOS 11, an update that will be distributed to the ... (view more)

Fri
24
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'USB Flash Drives Control 4.0', and 'CoffeeZip 4.8'

USB Flash Drives Control 4.0 This program gives helps to give you more control over the USB flash drives attached to your computer. It boasts several useful features, including read mode, write mode, and execute mode, all of which help you control ... how a USB flash drive interacts with your system. http://www.binisoft.org/ CoffeeZip 4.8 This small and simple utility allows you to quickly and easily compress your favorite files. It features support for 64-bit versions of Windows, multi-core compression, integration with Windows Shell, and is free for home and office use. http://ohsoft.net/ (view more)

Tue
25
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Run Old, Incompatible Programs in Windows 7

Here's a great question from an Infopackets subscriber who has written to us before: "Dear Infopackets Team: I've recently upgraded my computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7. While most of the software I have for Vista works well on Win 7, some of ... my Windows XP applications don't. For example, the auto-installer for Quicken 2000 doesn't work on Windows 7 64-bit. I heard that Windows has a compatibility feature that will allow me to run Windows XP programs on Windows 7. Can you please explain what this feature is and how to use it? Thanks for your helpful information, Jennie B." My ... (view more)

Wed
12
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Windows 8: How to Access Safe Mode

This great question recently made its way to us from a frequent Infopackets reader: "Hi guys, I just purchased a Windows 8 PC. For the most part I'm enjoying the new OS. However, I noticed that Safe Mode is no longer available. I think this is an ... important feature and can't figure out why it would have been removed. Is there a way to bring it back? Thanks! Richard F." Our response: Yes, Richard, it is an important feature. There are many situations in which it's helpful to boot your computer into Safe Mode. So it's good to know you can do this in Windows 8. Actually, there are two ... (view more)

Thu
23
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

'Windows 7 God Mode Tool 2.0', and 'Audacity 2.0.2 RC4'

Windows 7 God Mode Tool 2.0 God Mode is simply a free software tool that creates a new, hidden Windows control panel containing everything about your computer's current Windows 7 configuration options and settings. It also displays additional ... features not easily found in the ordinary Window's Control Panel. This utility can be used to easily enable God Mode, creating a shortcut on the user's desktop. http://aakifn.com Audacity 2.0.2 RC4 Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity ... (view more)

Mon
19
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Ashampoo Photo Commander 9 Review

Special Note: At the end of this article, we're offering an incredible 76% discount on Photo Commander 9. IMPORTANT: Proceeds support our website and staff of writers. You can click here to go straight to the offer . Otherwise, please enjoy our ... review, below. If you're like most computer users today, you have hundreds, or thousands, or even tens of thousands of digital images stored on your computer. All your photos are important to you, and so you can't or won't delete them. But there are just too many for you to page through as often as you like. Finding Photos on a PC are like Needles in a ... (view more)

Mon
25
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

'Xpy 1.1', and 'Eagle Mode 0.81'

Xpy 1.1 Xpy 1.1 is a software tool that disables Windows XP components which communicate with Microsoft servers, thereby increasing privacy settings. http://xpy.whyeye.org Eagle Mode 0.81 Eagle Mode is an advanced zoom tool that provides a file ... manager, file viewer and player. It also includes a chess game, a 3D mines game, a netwalk game, a multi-function clock and some fractal fun. http://eaglemode.sourceforge.net This freeware software program is brought to you by MajorGeeks.com: The Original Spyware-Free Download Site, in partnership with Infopackets.com. Disclaimer: the above software ... (view more)

Thu
11
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Is the Windows 7 Discount Pack Compatible with XP?

Infopackets Reader 'Gene' writes: " Dear Dennis, Regarding the Windows 7 super discount (set to expire soon) -- I see that the Windows 7 bundle being offered is for 3 (three) licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium. Can you tell me, is there a similar ... discount / offer for Windows 7 Pro? The reason why I ask, is because I'm told Windows 7 Home Premium isn't as compatible with XP software. Is that true? " My response: This isn't a simple yes and no answer, so allow me to answer this in detail. First: only Windows 7 Home Premium is being offered in bulk (3 licenses, discounted), and not for any ... (view more)

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