Tech Treats


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.

Wallpaper of the Week: Fractal Pattern With Captivating Blue Swirls

This weeks wallpaper is a melange of individual blue and white swirls of varying sizes that look like art glass and are reminiscent of the shape of certain sea shells. I enjoy fractal patterns, and this one looks like it could have come straight from the workshop of a glass artist. Icons display surprisingly well against this background.

Image of various sizes of individual shell shaped blue and white swirls.

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Finds of the Week: The Malware Museum, USB-C Cables Frying Laptops, 20 Useful and Fun Google Search Tricks, 100+ Free Adult Coloring Pages

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

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Text Faster With These Ten Useful Tips

This article is a compendium of useful tips for texting quicker and more efficiently using both Android and iPhone mobile phones. Some were familiar to me and pretty obvious, like turning your phone to a horizontal position, while some were new and welcome.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search

Google Search is changing where Google Ads are displayed - instead of being on the right hand side of the search results page, ads will be appearing at the top and bottom of the page.
Google states that "... the layout is able to provide more relevant results for people searching and better performance for advertisers." The change is global, that is, it will appear in all languages that Google Search supports.

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Download 14 Free NASA/JPL "Visions of the Future" Posters

NASA/JPL commissioned a collection of colorful, retro style posters with the underlying theme of the future of space travel. The result is fourteen fun posters that you can download and print for free.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Half Moon Floating in Space

This weeks wallpaper brings us an image of approximately half the moon floating against the dark background of space, with the pocked and cratered lunar surface providing a good contrast against the dark background. Icons pop with this wallpaper due to the largely dark background.

Image of Half Moon Floating in Space

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Finds of the Week: Print to PDF in Windows 10, Must-See Sky Events for 2016, Gmail Adds Two Safety Features, Free Boot Failure Troubleshooting Chart

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

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Get Daily Deals on Free and Deeply Discounted eBooks

Stack of book on top with ereader leaning against themIf you want to load up your E-reader with great ebooks you can't go wrong with Bookbub. BookBub is a free daily email service that notifies you of ebooks by popular, bestselling and critically acclaimed independent authors. Their selection of ebooks (for just about any e-reader) is carefully curated, with titles either free or at a significant discount.

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