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This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon Dent.

Items should consist of at least two paragraphs.

The first should be a "teaser" paragraph. This paragraph will be automatically published in our RSS feed. It should state the nature of the find and the benefits without mentioning the product name or providing a product link. For example:

"For months I've been looking for a good way of deleting 'undeletable' files. Finally I've discovered a free utility that does the job reliably and simply."

The second paragraph should at the very least, expand the benefits, name the product and provide a product link. For example:

"Unlocker is a tiny 230KB utility that works with Windows 2000 and XP. Vista users are out of luck. Just right click on the 'undeletable file', select 'Delete with Unlocker' from the context menu and next time you boot the file will be gone for good."

You can have a third paragraph if you wish; indeed as many as you like. However there must at least be a second paragraph after the opening "teaser" paragraph.

Tame Twitter with This Add-on for Chrome and Firefox

Tweak New Twitter

This extension for Firefox and Chrome based browsers gets rid of some annoyances and makes Twitter more pleasant to use.

Make your Twitter timeline show original content from the people you follow, stay on the Latest Tweets timeline, move retweets to a separate timeline and more with this browser extension.

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Use This Free Tool to Convert PDFs into Online Forms

 

 

Turn PDFs into online forms that are easy to fill out and return for free.

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Turn Your Photos into Art with This Free Program

Fotosketcher

Transform your photos into watercolors, oil paintings, pencil sketches and cartoons with a few mouse clicks.

FotoSketcher is a free program for Windows and macOS that converts digital photos into art automatically.

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Enjoy 50 Hours of Nature Sounds from BBC Earth

BBC Nature Sounds

BBC Earth is offering six 10-hour “visual soundscapes” from nature to relax and unwind.

Immerse yourself in some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth combined with accompanying sounds from nature.

Each 10 hour visual soundscape is a combination of natural sounds and stunning video from the BBC Planet Earth II series, melded into a 10 hour treat for the eyes and ears.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Desert Dunes, Lake, Blue Sky

This week’s wallpaper shows textured sand dunes curving around a topaz blue lake. Overhead, a blue sky. Parts of the sky mirror the texture of the dunes. Created by Samsung, this digital background is a good balance of water, sky, and sand. Icons show up quite well even in the lighter areas of the image.

Background wallpaper desert dunes, lake, sky

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See Current Times Around the World at a Glance

Every Time Zone

This simple, intuitive web app shows the current time for major cities around the world.

If you need to interact with others working in different time zones, determining their current time and day of the week quickly can make the task easier.

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This Powerful Note Taking App Is Now Free to Use

Notion note taking app

Notion is an all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases that's now free for personal use

Notion can be used to take notes, organize data and projects, plan, outline, and collaborate using tools like tables, lists, galleries, calendars, and notebooks. All in one place – no need to switch tabs or windows.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lost in the Pyrenees

This week’s wallpaper by Microsoft shows sunset in the Ordesa valley, located in the Pyrenees mountain range. Sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Europe, the forested valley is surrounded by spectacular cliffs. This image shows the rising sun catching the tops of the layered sandstone cliffs, creating a soft orange glow.

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Manage Windows 10 Privacy and Security Settings with This Free Utility

Privatezilla

This free utility integrates several Windows 10 privacy and security settings into one easy to use graphical interface where you can check and change privacy and security settings with just a few clicks.

Microsoft collects quite a bit of date through telemetry and some Windows 10 features are unpopular. This free tool allows you to analyze, enable, or disable Windows 10 privacy and security settings.

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