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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)

Wed
17
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Turning Off Auto-Start in PowerPoint

A reader recently wrote with a PowerPoint inquiry: " I often receive lovely PowerPoint files and when I open the file it automatically starts as a slide show. But I would like to view each slide on the "Presentation" panel (on the left) in order to ... save a few individual slides. How do I turn off the feature that makes my presentations auto start in a slide show? " My Reply: The reason your PowerPoint files open automatically is because they were saved as a .pps file (PowerPoint Show), rather than a .ppt file, (PowerPoint Presentation). The .ppt file extension is the default file extension for ... (view more)

Fri
15
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Airport Full Body Image Scans can be Transmitted, Stored

Contrary to U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assurances, full body scanners used in U.S. airports can store and transmit digital strip search images of people. The TSA has asserted that these scanners have zero storage capability ... and that any scanned full body images won't be printed, stored or transmitted and will be deleted immediately once viewed. However, those assertions appear to be false. (Source: theregister.co.uk ) Full Body Scanners Have Storage, Transmission Capabilities A redacted 70-page document (PDF) obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) ... (view more)

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