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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.

Wallpaper of the Week: Last Rays of a Red Sunset

This weeks wallpaper is an image of an intensely colored sunset over a large body of water. Shades of burnt orange and mauve form the main color palette with lighter shades to the right and darker shades to the left. The water has low shallow swells that are echoed in the shapes of the clouds. Icons show up very well on this background.

Sunset over water

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NoScript Extension Is Now Available for Google Chrome

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Firefox users have long enjoyed having a strong layer of  added security with the NoScript add-on. Now there's a version for Google Chrome.

NoScript adds an extra layer of security to your browser because JavsScript, Flash, Java are blocked from all but the site you choose, preventing security exploits and vulnerabilities.

If you want extremely safe browsing NoScript has it - it's good enough to be included as part of the Tor browser. 

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Seven Great Google Maps Alternatives You May Not Have Heard Of

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Google Maps may be the most well known mapping system, but it isn't perfect. If you're looking for different features, more accurate data, live in a country where Google is blocked or don't want to be part of Google's data collecting algorithms, these alternatives can get you where you want to go.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Antelope Canyon Colors

This week's wallpaper is an image of Antelope Canyon, a stunning slot canyon in Arizona in the Southwestern USA. The curves and striations of the sandstone create fantastic waves and forms, most softly rounded, some sharp. The view is from the interior looking out an opening toward a lighter area. Antelope Canyon has some wonderful colors in this image, which shows off the purples, terra cotta, oranges and golds of the textured sandstone. Icons show up quite well in most areas of this background.

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Get Customer Service Phone Numbers for Most Large Companies

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Cut through the corporate phone maze to talk to a human in customer service: these two sites have phone numbers to reach customer service directly for most major corporations and many smaller companies.

Most corporations have online chat or other ways to contact them when an issue comes up, but sometimes you need to talk to a person to get something resolved.

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Download "Coding All-in-One for Dummies" ($17 Value) e-Book Free for a Limited Time

Book cover Coding for Dummies

Get "Coding All-in-One for Dummies" for free through April 16th, 2019. Published by Wiley books, this 800 page e-Book contains nine books in one, here's the list of books:

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45,000 Free Kindle Books

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Find all the Kindle books that are currently free on Amazon in once place (Amazon US only).

Amazon has an ongoing selection of Kindle books you can download for free.
There's a lot of them, but you can choose genres and categories that make browsing for what you want to read easier. Amazon rotates books in and out of the free category. If there's a book you want to read, it's better to get it sooner rather than waiting; it might disappear.

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