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Skype 5.0 Now Available For Mac OS X

Skype has released Skype 5.0 beta for Mac OS X which includes the new group video calling feature and a revamped user interface. The new version also integrates with your Mac address book allowing you to call, IM or SMS your contacts from within Skype.

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Earlier last month, Skype had also rolled out Skype 5.0 beta for Windows with integration and group calling features. Skype 5.0 users can group video call any other Skype 5.0 beta users on Windows or Mac OS X. Skype 5.0 for Mac also includes a new new call control bar which allows users to hang up a call or mute it from a mini Skype bar that sits on top of any web page or documents.

Other features include the ability to search chat history, send messages to users even when they are offline. You can download Skype 5.0 beta for Mac OS from here or learn more about it at the official Skype blog

Watch a video of Skype 5.0 for Mac OS X in action below:

10 New Screensavers – Worlds of Water

[Windows Only]

screensaver-icoWater, water everywhere, and it’s all on your screen. Check out the newest batch of water themed animated screensavers below.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen.

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Windows 7 themes?

If you have Windows 7, be sure to check out the Blue Water theme from Microsoft. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

WinCDEmu – Opens ISO and Other CD/DVD Images

Just in case you didn’t know, an ISO file is an exact image of a CD or DVD that can be burned to a disc. There are also other types of files that contain disc images, such as CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, and IMG. Often times, software can be downloaded as an ISO file or another disc image type.

Not only can these image files be burned to a new disc, they can also be opened or “mounted” as a virtual drive. When you mount an ISO or similar file, it can be found as a new drive letter on your computer. This is handy, especially if you want to find out what’s in a disc image before you burn it, or if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive on your computer.

In order to mount a disc image, you’ll normally need to install virtual drive software on your PC. My favorite mounting software is Virtual Clone Drive. Once installed, it’s easy to use. You only need to double click an ISO to mount it as a new drive. Another good one is MagicDisc, which was reviewed here a few years ago.

Here’s one I recently ran into. It’s called WinCDEmu. It’s available as a normal install, and also as a portable program (single EXE file). I have a special love for portable applications and gave WinCDEmu a try.

I downloaded the portable version. It’s a small download, at about 235k. When you first launch it, you’ll be prompted to let it install it’s driver.

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Click the Yesbutton to continue. After that, you’ll be able to mount ISO and other disc images by clicking the Mount another imagebutton.

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As you can see above, you’ll be able to see the drive letters for your new virtual drives as you add them. That’s as complicated as it gets …

Downloads

arrow-down-double-3 Download WinCDEmu from SourceForge (portable and installed versions)

arrow-down-double-3 Download WinCDEmu from Download.com (portable)

arrow-down-double-3 Download WinCDEmu from Download.com (installed)

Here are some more things that might interest you

Techie Buzz Verdict:

WinCDEmu has several things going for it. It’s free, open-source, small, and has a portable version. As I’ve shown, the portable version is simple to use, and the installed version is even easier, since it allows you to mount images by double clicking on them.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Freeware Fridays | Top Tools of the Week #23

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In case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.


10 New Screensavers Halloween, Sports and More

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10 new animated screensavers. Included are 4 more Halloween themes, some Sports and more. In addition, you’ll see links to Windows themes and dozens of wallpapers.

 

Facebook and Twitter are Easy to Hack on Public Wifi

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Be careful when using public or unsecured wifi hotspots. It’s now easier than ever to hack into accounts on unsecured wifi networks.

 

Fake Antivirus Tools from Microsoft Don’t be fooled

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A new warning from Microsoft’s Windows Security Blog tells the frightening story of new ScareWare apps that disguise themselves as Microsoft’s most popular free antivirus tool.

 

How to Open or Edit PPT, PPTX and PPS Files

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You don’t need to pay $280 for Microsoft PowerPoint. If you only need to view files, the PowerPoint Viewers from Microsoft are the simplest to use. However, there are many free ways to create and share PowerPoint files.

 

10 Spooky Screensavers for Halloween

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Spiders, bats, crows, pumpkins, ghosts and blood. Get ready for Halloween with 10 new animated screensavers.

 

Two Finger TouchPad Scroll for Windows

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Two Finger Scroll is a tiny application that enables multi-touch scrolling with your laptop touchpad.

 

Review of Wise Registry Cleaner Free

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Would you pay good money for a program, if you could get some of the same features for free? Don’t pay for a program just because you see it advertised on TV. Check out this freebie.

 

Free Game Secret Maryo Chronicles

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If you enjoyed the old Nintendo games like Super Mario, there are plenty of free games like it out there. You can play this one on Linux or Windows.

 

10 New Screensavers Clocks and Gauges

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These ten new screensavers seem to be mostly either clock themes, or a strange type of time gauge.

 

Try Ubuntu 10.10 Inside Windows Uninstall If You Don’t Like It

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There is a way to install Ubuntu 10.10 inside of Windows – and it can always be easily uninstalled later. I’ll show you the details of a typical installation in this article.

 

10 Unique and Unusual Screensavers

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Ten animated screensavers that defy description. You have to see them for yourself.

 

Transfer/Backup Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

Import & Export Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

Opera Link does not sync your current sessions and passwords with the new computer. If you are looking to do that, a software called Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool which allows you to export your settings, profile and sessions to an archive and then later on import it back to another computer.

 

Installing Zone Alarm Free Firewall

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Do you understand what your Windows firewall is doing? Is it tough enough to protect your security and privacy? If you have any doubts, you should check out ZoneAlarm’s free firewall.

 


Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

10 New Screensavers – Halloween, Sports and More

[Windows Only]

Last week I showed you 10 Spooky Screensavers for Halloween. This week 4 out of the 10 are new Halloween themes, but these are a bit happier. In addition, they’ve included some sports themes and even a fish tank theme.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers above, is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen. I think you’ll like that.

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Check out these Eerie Wallpapers and Apps!alt

Be sure to check out the dozens of Halloween wallpapers I wrote about. Also, here are eerie Windows 7 themes that Pallab wrote about last week. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still grab the wallpapers using a trick that’s easy to learn. Also, if you’re an Android phone user, check out these Halloween apps.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

CCleaner 3.0 Adds 64-Bit Support, Secure Drive Eraser, HTML5 Cleanup and More

ccleaner_logoOne of my favorite PC cleanup software; which was also part of my 35 Top Free Software List, has been updated to version 3.0 with several new and exciting features including 64-Bit Support, database cleanup, secure drive wiper among other features.

One of the most interesting features of this PC cleanup is that it now supports 64-bit systems natively which will result in improvised performance on compatible systems. In addition to that, it also has a new HTML5 database storage cleanup for the next-gen HTML specification. This new feature will allow them to cleanup temporary data which have been created by your browsers which support HTML5.

CCleaner 3.0 also adds a new secure drive wiper, which will securely erase the content of any drive without leaving any traces. If you use Internet Explorer 9 or , the new version includes better cleanup options along with support for clearing up files left behind by Microsoft Silverlight.

Oh and the best feature of all, the software now comes with a intelligent cookie retaining feature which will ensure that you do not have to login again to a site for which you have checked an option to keep you logged in for a while. In short,  CCleaner 3.0 will retain session cookies when you do a full cleanupgif. I tested this feature out and it works perfect with Google Chrome.

Want to know more? Head over to the announcement post or go straight up and download CCleaner 3.0.

Evernote 4 For Windows Released, Speedier and More Compact

Evernote has released version 4 of the Windows desktop client of the popular multi-platform note-taking software. The new version is written from scratch and is 5 times faster than Evernote 3.5 and also uses half the memory it used.

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Evernote 4 is a major change from Evernote 3.5 and was completely rewritten from ground up. It fixes some major problems with Evernote 3.5 which includes slower start times and large memory footprints among other things. Evernote 4 has also been redesigned and looks completely refreshing when you compare it to Evernote 3.5.

The new interface saves up on a lot of space with a new redesigned menu and a better interface. Creating new notes is also easier than it was with Evernote 3.5. Evernote 4 also supports multitouch gestures and .

Evernote 4 also focuses on ease of use with note creation and editing and also adds Jump Lists support and geo-location capabilities for .

For more information on this release and the download links for Evernote 4, visit the Evernote blog.

Fake Antivirus Tools from Microsoft – Don’t be fooled

No! Microsoft is not offering fake antivirus tools. However, a new warning from Microsoft’s Windows Security Blog tells the frightening story of a new threat that disguises itself as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). As many of you know, MSE is Microsoft’s free antivirus suite. I recommend it, and even Fred Langa recommends it.

How Does it Work?

1. You unintentionally visit a website that places a drive-by download known as FakePAV, onto your computer.

2. Once it runs, you’ll get this bogus warning in your web browser. (images from WindowsTeamBlog)

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3. Clicking on Clean computeror Apply actionswill initiate a fake attempt to clean your PC. It will report that it failed and then ask you to Scan Online.

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4. After it performs a simulated scan, you’ll be offered this list of Antivirus and Antimalware tools.

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5. Clicking on any of the Free Installbuttons starts another install for persistent and more intrusive fake antivirus software.

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The final look of this fake antivirus software can take many forms, such as Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010, AntiSpy Safeguard, Major Defense Kit or Pest Detector. These apps give you even more false warnings and try to scare you into buying more protection. Applications like these are also known as ScareWare.

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What should you do to protect yourself?

My recommendation is to use good, up-to-date antivirus software. Enable any anti-phishing options in your web browser. I also recommend the free URL filtering service offered by OpenDNS.

What should you do if you are already infected?

The first tool I use on infected computers is MalwareBytes. If that doesn’t do the trick, Keith Dsousa wrote about an application which will Remove Fake Antivirus from Your System. If all else fails and the PC is really trashed, I’ve got an article describing how to Run Antivirus on a PC That Will Not Boot.

If you need good free advice on what to do, there are several malware removal forums that will take you step by step through a recovery process. Bleeping Computer, Major Geeks and especially Temerc Countermeasures are three good ones.

How to Open or Edit PPT, PPTX and PPS Files

ppt-iconRecently, my friend Tiffany wrote me to tell me she was having trouble finding a free and easy way to view PowerPoint files.

I inherited a brand new Windows 7 All-in-One with touch screen   … One of my complaints is that I can’t view a PPS on it, and I’ve tried downloading links (from several places found on Google) to get a PPS viewer, not one of them worked.   Do you know of a place where I can get just the viewer, that will work on 7?

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most used slideshow tool in the world. Even though you’ve probably seen PowerPoint slideshows and know what they are, I’d bet there are still a few of you that don’t know what to do when you get an email with a PPTX attachment in it.

Some of the file extensions associated with Microsoft PowerPoint are .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .pot, .potx, .potm, .pps, .ppsx and .ppsm.


PowerPoint Viewers

I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Here’s a list of free PowerPoint viewers. In many cases, you can also edit as well as view.

* The apps that can edit PowerPoint files have an asterisk in front.

Windows

PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (Microsoft)

PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (Microsoft)

*Open Office or *LibreOffice

*Lotus Symphony

Mac

PowerPoint 98 Viewer (Microsoft)

*Open Office

Linux

*Open Office

Web

*Google Docs and Google Docs Viewer

*Zoho Office and Zoho Viewer

*Office Live

*ThinkFree

*Slideshare and many others



Conclusion:

As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of alternatives to the full version of PowerPoint. If you only need to view files, the PowerPoint Viewers from Microsoft are the simplest to use. The free office suites, such as Open Office give you lots of options to create and share slideshows. For some, the best alternatives are free web services, such as Google Docs or Slideshare. Users of Mobile devices such as iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or iPad, may not find any free apps for presentations, but they can probably use some of the free web viewers.


10 Spooky Screensavers for Halloween

[Windows Only]

Would you like some creepy screensavers for Halloween? Most of these aren’t   scary, but they set the mood nicely and are perfectly safe for the little ghosts and goblins at home.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

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One of the nice features of the screensavers above, is that they all now have settings to mute the sounds.

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Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen. I think you’ll like that.

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Bonus Eerie Wallpapers and Apps!

Be sure to check out the eerie Windows 7 themes that Pallab wrote about earlier this week. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still grab the wallpapers using a trick that’s easy to learn. Also, if you’re an Android phone user, check out these Halloween apps.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)