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Google Assistant on Android

Posted on December 15, 2017. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Google | Tags: , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post on using the Google Assistant app on Android.

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Voice typing in Google Docs

Posted on December 6, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, voice recognition | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on using dictation in Google Docs.

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ChromeOS alternative to Linux

Posted on November 16, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Microsoft Office Suite | Tags: , , , |

ZDNet has a post by Jason Perlow, who offers an alternative to Windows 10 other than Linux, claiming ChromeOS flavors are less work than Linux. There’s also a free version of Office in the ChromeOS cloud, for Office users.

 

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The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows

Posted on November 2, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, voice recognition | Tags: , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on Looking for the best free Windows speech to text software? We compared Dragon Naturally Speaking with free alternatives from Google and Microsoft.

Source: The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows

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How to Quickly Transfer Files from a Computer to Your Phone with Portal

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Android, Apple, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: We’ve all had that moment where we need a file on our phone that happens to be on the computer. Now, there are a couple of ways you can do this: email it to yourself, put it in cloud storage like Dropbox, or even transfer it with a USB cable. But there’s a faster, easier way. Enter Portal.

Source: How to Quickly Transfer Files from a Computer to Your Phone with Portal

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Not sure which ransomware has infected your PC? This free tool could help you find the right decryption package

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Malware | Tags: , , |

ZDNet on ransomware: A new tool analyses the ransom note and the encrypted file in order to offer the appropriate decryption tool — if it exists.

Source: Not sure which ransomware has infected your PC? This free tool could help you find the right decryption package | ZDNet

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SpeechTexter | Speech Recognition Online

Posted on September 25, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware suggests: Free online voice to text converter. Type with your voice. Fast and easy.

Source: SpeechTexter | Speech Recognition Online

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Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use

Posted on September 13, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Google, Graphics | Tags: , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a post: I’ve written in this column in the past about online photo libraries and collections that are free to use. They’re great if you need an image to illustrate a card or flyer you’re designing, perhaps, or a web site you’re working on.

Source: Tens Of Millions Of Images That Are Free To Use | Gizmo’s Freeware

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How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

Posted on September 5, 2017. Filed under: backups, Freeware/Shareware, imaging | Tags: , , , , |

How-To Geek has a post: Microsoft announced that System Image Backups will be deprecated in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update. The feature is still available, but it is no longer actively being developed and may be removed in a future release of Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft recommends you use a third-party tool to create full system images of your PC.

Source: How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

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Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes | ZDNet

Posted on August 14, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , |

Dump Windows completely and install only Linux Mint. The entire process took 10 minutes. Here are the details.

Source: Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes | ZDNet

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yWriter6 by Spacejock Software

Posted on July 22, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware post about: yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create.

Source: yWriter6 by Spacejock Software

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How To Rename Cortana

Posted on July 21, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Windows 10 | Tags: , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips has a post on Windows 10’s Cortana: Hey, Cortana! I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I hear someone yell out, Hey!” Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but it sounds rude to my ears. I know you’re going to laugh at this silly old…

Source: How To Rename Cortana | Daves Computer Tips

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Get Microsoft Visual Studio For Free

Posted on July 10, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware posts: A couple of years ago, Microsoft made a major announcement about the future of Visual Studio, the software that most serious software developers use for creating Windows programs. Instead of charging around $1000 for Visual Studio, it would be available for free for non-commercial use.

Source: Get Microsoft Visual Studio For Free | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools

Posted on July 6, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft OneNote | Tags: , |

PCWorld has a post: OneNote becomes even more powerful at organizing your life when it’s connected to the right add-ins and services. Save everything from meeting notes to recipes and even emails to your digital notebook.

Source: Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools

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Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

Posted on June 28, 2017. Filed under: Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a recommendation: You can use this handy app to scan any document straight from your phone.

Links for Android, iOS, and Windows phones apps. Free and pay versions.

Source: Scan Documents on Your Phone with CamScanner for Android

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Kiwi for Gmail lets Windows users break free of the browser

Posted on June 20, 2017. Filed under: Email, Freeware/Shareware, Gmail (Google Mail), Google | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has a post for Gmail users: Hundreds of millions of people use Google’s Gmail and are frustrated daily by the experience. With the release of the Windows version of Kiwi for Gmail, you can finally get the full Gmail (and G Suite) experience in an app.

At the end of the 30-day trial you can drop back to the free Lite version, with support for a single account and no integration with Google Apps, or pay $9.99 for a one-year subscription that unlocks all the features.

Source: Kiwi for Gmail lets Windows users break free of the browser | ZDNet

Kiwi for Gmail download page

 

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7 Free Windows Apps for Exploring Your Creative Side

Posted on June 16, 2017. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post: If you are just starting to explore your creative side and want to experiment with a free Windows app, then we have the ones for you.

Source: 7 Free Windows Apps for Exploring Your Creative Side

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All the Cloud Storage Services That Offer Free Storage

Posted on June 14, 2017. Filed under: backups, Files, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Cloud storage is the dream of the post-PC, mobile-focused tech world…but we’re not quite there yet. There’s a limit to what you can get for free, especially if you go with one of the major services. Here’s an exhaustive list of all the cloud storage and photo services we could find across the web that have at least some free storage options. Use them all at once to save a million Steam games, or just find the best one with the biggest bucket for your most important files.

Source: All the Cloud Storage Services That Offer Free Storage

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download

Posted on June 7, 2017. Filed under: books, ebooks, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , |

Gizmo’s Freeware has a Free eBooks and Audiobooks Index by genre:

Source: Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download | Gizmo’s Freeware

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Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free

Posted on June 2, 2017. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

CNet has a post: Available for iOS and Android, the app offers all the extras of other scanning apps minus the limitations and fees.

“Adobe’s including optical character recognition (OCR) for free.” So now you can edit, search, and copy from what you scan. Very useful!

Source: Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free – CNET

Adobe Scan is available here

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