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The Fascinating Finances Behind A Top-Selling Game

Back in 2014, one of the best-selling games for Android and iPad was something called Monument Valley. If you never played it (me neither) and you'd like to see it in action, there's a clip on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC1jHHF_Wjo which will give you a good idea of what it looks like. And very good it looks too.

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This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too

Epic Browser is a free web browser that's based on the same source code as Google Chrome. However, it's designed to specifically appeal to users who value their online privacy. It deletes cookies and other settings each time you close it. It automatically blocks trackers, and any other systems that web site operators employ to monitor your online behaviour. All of which helps to protect your privacy and saves bandwidth too.

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Download Thousands Of Free Sounds

You're no doubt familiar with sites like Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest and other image-sharing systems. But here's a different take on the genre altogether. The Free Sound Project (www.freesound.org) is a site for sharing not images but sounds. There are thousands to browse and search through, and you can download any that interest you.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One

A new program from Digiarty called 5kplayer bills itself as being what a proper media player should be. And having tried it, I tend to agree that it's a pretty impressive piece of work. It'll play your audio and video files, as well as allow you to access streaming radio stations. Plus, it'll stream your content to an Apple AirPlay if you have one, and there's even a handy Youtube downloader built in too.

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Need To Identify A Song? Just Sing It To This Site!

I'm always impressed when I discover new ways that people are using the internet to make our lives more productive or fun, and this ranks among the best of them. Midomi is a web site which helps you remember the name of a song or tune that you've forgotten, so long as you still remember a small part of the music.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them?

Hacked email address checking service windowThe past couple of years have seen a number of high-profile attacks by hackers on some of the world's best-known web sites. You can't have failed to notice news coverage of the Ashley Madison hack recently, in which the details of some 30 million extramarital thrill-seekers were leaked.

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How To Stop Windows 10 From Phoning Home

Ever since ET coined the phrase in the 1980s, programs which attempt to contact their creator's server in order to send back information about the user are said to be "phoning home". Such behaviour is not uncommon. Adobe Digital Editions, for example, which is a free program for reading protected e-books, was recently discovered to send Adobe details of every book you read, and every page you turned.

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Grab This $24 Music Software Package For Free

I've written before about Forte Notation. It's a program which turns your PC into an electronic sheet of music paper (that stuff with rows of 5 lines on it). You can compose music, and listen to it, just by dragging and dropping notes into the correct place with your mouse. Keep dragging, and moving any note that doesn't sound right, until you end up with a tune you like.

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