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.

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Google rolls out Squoosh, an image compression web app for online or offline use

Squoosh interface

Google's new web app compresses image files, saving space on your device and making websites load faster.

There are many websites that compress images, but Squoosh has some attractive features that make it worth a look. Squoosh was created to load images faster on websites. It's primarily aimed at web developers, but the interface is simple enough for anyone to use with features that most users will appreciate.

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Browse the world’s largest online archive of natural sound audio and video recordings

Macaulay Library logo

View and search the world's largest archive of wildlife sounds, videos and photographs.

The Macaulay Library is the world’s premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs. Although the Macaulay Library’s long history is rooted in birds, the collection includes amphibians, fishes, and mammals, and the collection preserves recordings of each species’ behavior and natural history.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Norway Aurora Borealis

This week's wallpaper shows off the Aurora Borealis shimmering over a lake surrounded by snowy mountains in Norway. The colors of the northern lights are reflected in the water of the lake, deep greens and blues contrast with the lighter colors of the luminous lights above. The sharply focused black faces of the mountains contrast with areas of snowy white. This stunning background works with icons very well. If you're in the northern latitudes of the planet that experience winter, here's a little color to go with the cold.

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Search over 52,700+ free stock photos in one place

LibreStock stock image search

Finding the right free stock image to use for a project often means searching several stock photo sites. LibreStock is a one stop search engine that searches thousands of high quality photos from select stock photo sites so you can find what you need without leaving the site. If you're in need of a video, LibreStock also scans and indexes free videos from stock footage sites.

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Create sandscapes using your browser or mobile device

This Is Sand collage

This Is Sand converts the pixels on your screen into colorful digital sand that flows, falls, layers and forms shapes like real sand. Create an endless array of landscapes and designs in your browser or mobile device. Visit the gallery for inspiration and ideas or submit your own creation to a gallery of thousands of sandscapes created by others.

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